31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time to stay productive, entertained and engaged. We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of July. 


Art & Culture 

1. Take an interactive tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture featuring 30,000+ treasured artifacts. 

2. Get lost on Explore.org’s nature cams at Pacific Walrus Beach in Alaska or the Redwood Forest River in California. There are plenty of opportunities to explore (virtually)! 

3. Take a deep dive into Black history and culture with Google Arts and Culture. In collaboration with NWHM, The Gordon Parks Foundation, NMAAHC and more, Google Arts and Culture provides free education from the past to inspire the future. 

4. Explore the Elephant Yard, Gorilla Habitat and more virtually at the Houston Zoo.

5. Take a 360-degree tour of the Vatican Museum and The Met.

6. Watch the 10 Top Nature History moments, as captured by BBC Earth, from their #StayInAndExplore series. 

7. The Seattle Aquarium has hosted a mixture of Live Cams of our favorite creatures. Get lost in the world of Seal cams, Sea Otter cams and more. 

8. The Giza Project at Harvard University has created a 3D model to explore virtually! Explore the Tomb of Queen Meresankh III and a 3D model of the Sphinx

9. Bobby from Queer Eye goes through every renovation from all 4 Seasons of Queer Eye with Architectural Digest. Watch the episode for some of Bobby’s design secrets! 

10. Google Arts and Culture’s LIFE Photo Collection allows people to browse photos from across the world from all eras. 

11. YouTube has a handy “Learning” section which includes historical lessons, iconic places in African American history, recipes, body care and so much more. Explore now


Live Performances 

12. Watch this moving performance by Alex Newell and ensemble singing ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ for the AIDS Walk New York, Live at Home. 

13. Watch the cast of Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” performing the song “I Wish It Would Rain.” 

14. Clean Bandit has been releasing #AtHome #WithMe performance videos, including “Symphony” featuring Zara Larsson and “Rockabye” featuring Anne-Marie, which you can watch on YouTube.

15. Enjoy the Philharmonic Orchestra performing HOLST The Planets for the #StayHome #WithMe series.

16. In case you missed this in the month of June, watch 8:46 by Dave Chappelle

17. Back in May, Netflix Is A Joke shared a table read of “Dead to Me” Season One: Episode One. Check it out

18. The Creative Collective Initiative is a brand new program offering free classes for actors, dancers and performers worldwide. Check out their website for classes such as Voguing Class With Jason Andrew Guest, Casting for Print With Jody Furlong, Vocal Gym With Dan De Cruz and much more.

19. Trailer time! Check out the “Hamilton” film trailer, which will be airing exclusively on Disney+ on July 3rd, 2020. 

20. Catch up on the Bear Witness, Take Action fundraiser hosted by Keke Palmer and Common. It features roundtable discussions and guest performances with the aim to raise awareness for the Equal Justice Initiative. 

21. The Royal Opera House released two full performances for #OurHouseToYourHouse via Youtube. You can check out The Royal Opera’s “The Magic Flute” and The Royal Ballet’s “La Fille Mal Gardee.” 

22. If you’re missing a concert this summer, tune in to the 2018 performance of Ibiza Classics live at The O2 Arena in London. Over an hour and a half of live-streamed performances from Pete Tong, Jules Buckley and Heritage Orchestra can be streamed for free. 

23. Radiohead shared a live performance from 2008 for the #WithMe series. Check out this legendary performance live in Saitama! 

24. Lift your spirits with Alicia Keys’ NPR Tiny Desk concert! Check out past performances from Lizzo, Adele and many more on the NPR YouTube page. 


Exercise & Meditation

25. Dance with PopSugar Fitness to this effective 30-Minute Cardio Latin Dance Workout.

26. Get your sweat on with The Body Project’s quick 30-minute fat burning work out that you can do in your living room! 

27. It’s Guided Meditation time! Practice stillness with this peaceful 10-minute meditation from Jess at ILivetheLifeILove

28. Do you enjoy dancing to burn calories? Jump in with PopSugar Fitness and Nicole Steen for this 30 Minute Latin cardio dance workout

29. Pick up this quick and fun dance workout by The Fitness Marshall! Get ready to sweat to “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor. 

30. Headspace, an app designed to bring users useful meditation exercises, has a YouTube Channel with a variety of small mini-meditations. Make sure to check them out and download the app to learn more. 

31. Orangetheory is now uploading new at-home 30-minute workout routines daily. You won’t need any special equipment, but the instructors do get creative and have you utilize objects you can find around the house like coffee jugs in lieu of weights.


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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

Casting Networks stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, partners, clients, customers and communities. We strongly condemn all acts of racism, discrimination and senseless acts of violence. For those looking to take action against racial injustice, prior to reading our list of 31 at-home activities this month please see the following list of organizations dedicated to defeating systemic racism and promoting community health and safety.


George Floyd Memorial Fund By His Brother

Louisville Community Bail Fund: Justice for Breonna Taylor

In Memory of Tony McDade Fund by his Family

I Run With Maud: Ahmaud Arbery Fund by his Best Friend

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block


Arts & Culture

1. Check out Discover Los Angeles’ #MagicHour, where you can join in daily for a livestream of the sun setting over Los Angeles. 

2. Catch a quick glimpse of the Van Gogh immersive exhibition that took place in 2019. You can find more images and explore more from this exhibit via Carrières De Lumières

3. Explore the current collection at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, in Oslo, Norway. There are over 150 items in the collection to view thanks to Google Arts & Culture. 

4. The Getty Center / The J. Paul Getty Museum may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t stop us from exploring selected works at ‘Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins’ and ‘Last Minute Michelangelo’ with Julian Brooks. 

5. Interested in learning new cocktail recipes? Be sure to put on your dancing shoes and join Director/Actor Paul Feig for his daily Quarantine Cocktail Time!

6. Explore.org has over 100 live streams of animals and nature. Watch a variety of content from the Village Baby Panda Park in Sichuan, China, to Pipeline Surfing in Ehukai Beach, Hawaii. 

7. Hoping to brush up on your cooking skills? Follow Massimo Bottura, chef and Italian restaurateur, who shares some of his kitchen secrets. 

8. Bill Murray and Guy Fieri held a virtual nacho making competition to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. You can find this on the Food Network Facebook page. 

9. Do you miss crowds and theme parks? Do you want to feel what it’s like to go on a ride again? Jump over to CoasterForce’s YouTube page and ride Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or ride on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain


Live Performances

10. Join Dan Levy and Annie Murphy for Conversations at Home brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

11. A special performance from the American Ballet Theatre for Together Tonight is a must-see! This hour-long special includes performances and interviews for the ABT Crisis Relief Fund. 

12. Catch up on the one-hour #NetflixIsAJoke Live Singing Contest, brought to you by the cast and creators of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

13. Misty Copeland shared this moving video of 32 Ballerinas from 14 countries dancing together virtually to Le Cigne for #SwansForRelief.

14. See Mariah Carey sing ‘Through the Rain/Make It Happen’ for Rise Up New York. 

15. Tune in to the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Virtual Film Festival, June 5th – 7th, right here

16. Get sucked into The Quarantine Show! One hundred percent of donations received go directly to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

17. Joseph Gordon-Levitt started ‘Create Together #WithMe’, featured on YouTube Originals.

18. Check out the top performances from Hairspray Live featured on The Show Must Go On! youtube page.

19. Check out #intothewoodsinquarantine as they perform virtually in support of the Actors Fund, directed by Max Grossman.

20. A handful of YouTube Originals are available for a limited time! 

21. If you missed out in April, the original cast of Legally Blonde came together for a new parody of “OMIGOD U GUYS!

22. Looking for a good laugh? If you haven’t seen Kevin James as the ‘Sound Guy,’ make sure to check out his current series on YouTube.

23. Table read time! Check out Black-ish FYC Table Read from 2019 and catch up with the Cast of Community for their table read.

25. Did you miss our Casting Networks Live Streams? Catch up on interviews with casting directors, talent representatives and acting coaches around the globe!  


Exercise & Meditation

26. Hoping to explore? Join in on this Virtual Guided Meditation in Yosemite Valley with Headspace. 

27. Work out with Mike Peele in this 30-Minute Hip-Hop Fit Workout with PopSugar Fitness. 

28. Look no further! Find this 20-minute full-body workout, no equipment needed by Natacha Océane. 

29. You can check out the app ‘FitOn’. It is free and comes with an excellent range of exercises based on your personal preferences – highly recommended! 

30. Looking for a high energy dance workout? Check out #chakaboomfitness on YouTube. They have an excellent list of musical theatre dances for the family, including a fun dance to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray.

31. Make sure to follow Brittne Babe on Youtube and sweat up a storm trying out her ‘Best Plank Exercises‘ video.


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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time at home to stay productive and entertained. Below is a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of May!


Arts & Culture

1. View the truly exceptional halls of the Palace of Versailles via Google Arts and Culture and pop into the Australia’s National Surfing Museum tour.

2. Learn new cooking techniques at home with Gordon Ramsay as he cooks dinner in 10 minutes. Videos include homemade burgers, lamb chops, and stir fry!

3. Looking to enhance your audition skills and learn how to put your best face forward? If so, CameraLeft and ASG Casting are putting on some excellent virtual classes that teach vital auditioning information, all from the comfort of your home.

4. Wagamama is promoting new cooking-from-home classes. The first of the series featured a class on how to make homemade Katsu Curry.

5. Explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum ‘Experience America’ exhibition online as well as explore countless videos through their online database.

6. The Hubble Space Telescope, which NASA launched 30 years ago, released a portal online that allows you to see an image of stars, planets, and galaxies captured on your birthday. Check it out!

7. Looking for cooking inspiration? Checking out Antoni Porowski’s Instagram page for some excellent tips and cooking tutorials.

8. Just keep swimming! Explore.Org has a live Tropical Fish stream based in Long Beach, California, USA.

9. Learn how to make soap with Laura and Russell Brand for the #HopeFromHome series.


Live Performances

10. Make sure to check out the National Theatre’s website for more details on weekly performances.

11. The Disney Family Singalong is available on the ABC app, filled with family-focused performances by a star-studded lineup.

12. Tune in to some incredible live table reads including ‘The Nanny’ original cast, ‘Grace and Frankie’ hold a live table read with Netflix is a Joke and a 90210 Table Read Reunion took place too.

13. Catch Paul Clarkson, who played Harry in the original cast of Mamma Mia 21 years ago, reenact his role, lip syncing with his family in the kitchen!

14. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is holding a virtual event on May 7th with award-winning filmmaker Rachel Goldberg, on directing for TV. Sign up now!

15. Ben Platt and the cast of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ performed on James Corden Late Late Show during their #HomeFest series. John Legend performed ‘Actions’ for the #HomeFest series as well.

16. Catch John Krasinski in new episodes of ‘Some Good News.’ Don’t miss SGN’s Live Stream Prom which featured performances and appearances by multiple artists and surprise guests.

17. Catch up on The Dutch National Opera & Ballet performance of Tosca, which aired live for home viewers on Sunday, April 19th.

18. Watch One World: Together at Home Special to celebrate COVID-19 workers. Celebrities gathered for a BBCRadio1 virtual performance of ‘Times Like These’ by the Foo Fighters as well. So uplifting!

19. In case you missed watching on Easter, catch up on Andrea Bocelli’s live performance of ‘Ave Maria’.

20. NPR’s series of intimate video performances called ‘Tiny Desk’ include performances from The Roots, Leon Bridges, Lizzo, Laura Marling, and many more.

21. Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber perform ‘All I Ask of You’ from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on his piano at home.

22. Love Dr. Seuss and looking for something to brighten your day? Check out Wes Tank on YouTube. He reads Dr. Seuss classics like ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘Fox in Sox,’ and more!

23. Relax to a special performance of Jonathan Biss and The Elias String Quartet at Carnegie Hall Live.

24. Enjoy classic operas from the couch! The Phantom of the Opera on the West End shared a musical remote performance of ‘Masquerade’ and Dream Girls went live for a special performance of ‘One Night Only.’

25. Looking to dance in the living room? Check out David Guetta’s UNITED AT HOME fundraiser. If you’re looking for more after United At Home, jump into Martin Garrix Live @ My Rooftop in Amsterdam!


Exercise & Meditation

26. Join Day 1 of the 30 day Yoga challenge! Try out these calming 10-Minute Morning Yoga Stretches for beginners.

27. Enjoy some bodyweight workouts at home! Follow these helpful graphics by Elemental Medium.

28. Looking for more virtual meditation classes? Check out the Puget Sound Seekers, who hold a free sound bath Saturday mornings.

29. Warm-up with Nicole Pearce’s 5-Minute Warm-Up for At-Home Workouts.

30. Check out this dance routine by Ava Chappell Choreography. The routine can be tweaked for all levels!

31. Join Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of the Junior Coat at the Dutch National Ballet, for a  Ballet Barre 1 class.


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How ‘White Eye’ Filmmaker Tomer Shushan is Coping with COVID-19 Shutdowns

How ‘White Eye’ Filmmaker Tomer Shushan is Coping with COVID-19 Shutdowns

It was a Friday night in Tel Aviv and the city was celebrating Purim, a week-long Jewish holiday described by some as part Mardi Gras and part Halloween. Thirty-two-year-old aspiring filmmaker Tomer Shushan had reason to be excited. He was working on a brand-new Netflix series that was shooting in Israel. He had been hired as the Israeli assistant to the U.S.-based production designer and art director, both of whom were already in the country.  That March night, the three of them were walking the streets, taking in the celebrations. But Shushan had an even bigger reason to be excited. The short film he wrote and directed, White Eye, would be premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas the following week. Shushan’s plane ticket was booked and he had secured a place to stay. Who knew what life-changing career opportunities lay ahead?

Then, amidst a crowd of revelers, one of his new bosses received a text from his wife back home. He showed it to Shushan: SXSW had been canceled due to COVID-19.

“I couldn’t speak, I just walked straight for 20 minutes like a zombie,” said Shushan to Casting Networks. “I thought maybe it was fake news or just a false rumor that was being spread on the internet. I thought maybe I did something wrong. My mind was like, ‘Why is this happening?’”

As we now know, just about every gathering around the world would be canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, leading to an unprecedented industry shutdown. Shushan is one of the millions of artists whose work is now on hold indefinitely as the world grapples with a matter of life or death.

As he watched events unfold in real-time over the news, Shushan could not help but see similarities between some panicked people’s behaviors during the pandemic, and those of his lead character in White Eye.

White Eye is the story of a young man who is trying to recover his stolen bicycle. When he calls the police on the current bike’s owner, it opens up a can of worms in a way that he never bargained for.

The film is based on Shushan’s personal experience two years earlier when his own bike was stolen. He tells Casting Networks he is not proud of how he handled the situation.

“I only saw the item that belonged to me. I could not see the human being standing in front of me, trying to tell me his story. I wish I would have handled it differently. I wish I had taken a moment to breathe, to listen. I didn’t need to bring the police over. It just messed everything up.”

This singular vision of wanting something so badly was not unlike the media footage he saw of humans in supermarkets, hoarding products and fighting over toilet paper. Yet Shushan is the first to admit that he understands that escalating behavior.

“Those people panic-buying in the stores, they cannot see others around them. The object of desire is their only focus. There is no ability to take a step back and see the situation from a wider angle. I know exactly what that’s like, because I did that with my stolen bike. It’s scary that when you’re in a panic, your natural animal instinct can be very mean and very egoistic.”

To recreate that same feeling for a moviegoing audience, Shushan shot the 20-minute film in one continuous take.  This way, viewers have no time to pause for critical thinking, which mimics his own headspace at the time of the incident. “You’re not even able to pay attention to anything else around you because it’s all happening so fast,” he said.

Working with a budget in the $15 to $20 thousand range, Shushan spent seven months rehearsing with his actors on blocking and line reading. Then, he had one night to shoot the entire short.

“I told the actors, if your lines are not exactly as the script, it’s okay. If you mumble or need to take a moment to think, it’s okay. That’s real life.”

Over the course of that evening, Shushan shot six full takes. In the end, choosing the take that would comprise the actual film came down to one criteria: “I chose the take with the best energy,” he said.

While Shushan wishes that he’d had the ability to see the bigger picture when trying to recover his bicycle, he applied the lesson learned to the SXSW festival’s cancellation and his own disappointment of not being able to showcase White Eye on an international stage.

“The news of the cancellation was a horrible moment for me,” he said. “But it pushes you to go: So now what? It’s not going to stop me from doing what I love to do. This situation is drive for me to make more movies. I will get into that festival again, with another film, on another year.”

However, after the date of this interview, Shushan did get that positive career news after all; his film won SXSW Film Festival’s Short Film Grand Jury Award in the Narrative Short Category.


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30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time at home to stay productive and entertained. Today we’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of April.


Art & Culture 

1. Take a virtual street tour of numerous sites and landmarks on Google Arts and Culture Street View, including a tour of the Rijksmuseum Museum in Amsterdam. 

2. Virtually tour numerous spots within the Yosemite National Park!

3. Check out this sneak peek into Frida Kahlo’s visual diary.

4. View the collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

5. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a daily Open Sea Cam from 7 AM to 7 PM PDT.

6. View all 12 Andy Warhol rooms at the Tate Modern exhibition in London. 

7. Take a 5-hour virtual journey through Russia’s iconic Hermitage museum.


Live Performances 

8. Watch The Metropolitan Opera’s nightly opera streams.

9. The Vienna State Opera, The Wiener Staatsoper, has over 40 live performances to watch. 

10. Catch up with The Seattle Symphony via their YouTube page for past live performances. 

11. Make sure to check in with the SaveWithStories Instagram page daily for new celebrity storytime reads. 

12. The Barricade Boys sing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables in celebration of the NHS in England, UK. If you’d like to carry on with listening toLes Misérables, make sure to catch the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in concert on YouTube, too. 

13. The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School perform “Peter and The Wolf” for the #OurHouseToYourHouse Series.

14. Watch the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven Symphony No. 6.

15. Follow and support #StarsInTheHouse, presented by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in support of The Actors Fund. The series features stage and screen stars singing and will be sure to lift your spirits!

16. Available from April 2nd to April 9th, catch “One Man, Two Guvnors featuring James Corden on the National Theatre’s youtube page. 

17. Check out the hashtag #TogetherAtHome on YouTube for numerous celebrity performances.

18. Harry Styles: NPR Music Tiny Desk concert.

19. Yo-Yo Ma has a daily Instagram series #SongsOfComfort.

20. Catch Sam Smith singing an A cappella performance of his song “How Do You Sleep?

21. Backstreet Boys performing “I Want It That Way” remotely for the #IHeartConcertOnFox.

22. Netflix Big Mouth Live Table Read for Charity Feeding America.

23. New talk show series “Some Good News” with John Krasinski featuring special guest, Steve Carell.

24. John Mayer has launched a new Instagram weekly series called “Current Mood,” which recently featured guest star, Dave Chappelle.  

25. Dua Lipa performs live virtually with her backup dancers and band on the James Corden Late Late Show.


Exercise & Meditation

26. Every Monday, Sara Auster hosts a Live Virtual Sound Bath on Instagram for her series #SoundMovementsMonday.

27. A quick 20-minute workout, with no equipment needed via Pamela Reif.

28. The family can join in on this one! Enjoy a simple family cardio workout with PopSugar Fitness.

29. Make sure to dance with choreographer Debbie Allen through her virtual Instagram classes and join in the “SweatFest” dance series with Ryan Heffington.

30. Check out a variety of free workout videos via Fitness Blender.


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March Events Calendar

March Events Calendar

March is full of film festivals, acting classes, and exciting movie releases! We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below.


Film Festivals: 


BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The San Diego Natural History Museum

March 3-8, 2020, San Diego

The 2020 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, touring to more than 40 countries worldwide will present over 25 films all created and developed by adventurers, photographers, and filmmakers from across the globe. Some topics may include nature, environment, sports and more. 


Cinequest Film Festival

San Jose / Silicon Valley Film Festival 

March 3-15, 2020, San Jose

Cinequest, first founded in 1990, will be hosting its annual Silicon Valley festival throughout select dates in March. The festival will feature 950 presenting artists and innovators and 50+ special events, parties and creative experiences will be available to festival attendees. Categories for filmmakers include; Trending Films, Spotlight Films, Silent Cinema, and more, while there are additional experiences for creatives to attend at Cinequest. 


Sundial Film Festival 

March 7, 2020, Redding

The 12th Annual Sundial Film Festival is a one-day festival, run by the Active 20-30 Club of Redding. All submissions for the festival are required to be 20 minutes or under and must be either a Narrative, Documentary or Animation film. Winning categories include Best One Minute, Best Documentary, Best of Festival and more. Check out this link for more information on tickets for both the Afternoon and Evening shows. 


First Glance Film Festival 

Laemmle, North Hollywood

March 12-15, 2020, Los Angeles

The 20th Edition Los Angeles First Glance Film Festival will take place in March at Laemmle North Hollywood. First Glance is one of the countries top independent film festivals, taking place in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles since 1996. Numerous categories are included from Best Director, Best Editing to Best Web Series Director. Sponsors include RedGiant, Media Services, Acting Studios, Gorilla and Storyblocks Audio. A list of the official selections is available online.


International Ocean Film Festival 

2 Locations; Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center and Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

March 12-15, 2020, Multiple Locations

The International Ocean Film Festival has a clear and focused mission; save oceans one film at a time. The festival, taking place since 2004, honors story-telling that focuses on conservation and awareness to protect our world’s oceans. The 17th annual festival will take place in San Francisco at both the Cowell Theatre and the Smith Rafael Film Center. More details on the schedule can be found here


Latino Film Festival 

2 Locations; AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego 

March 12-22, 2020, San Diego

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), honoring Latino films for the last 26 years, will take place at AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym Cinema in San Diego March 12th-22nd. The SDLFF is presented and produced by Media Arts Center San Diego. Since the festival began, over 300,000 attendees have been present and over 3,000 films have been shared with festival go-ers. 


No Man’s Land Film Festival

The Point, San Diego 

March 13, 2020, San Diego

The Colorado-based festival, celebrating women in film for adventure and sport, will be making its way to San Diego for a one-day festival on Friday, March 13th, to honor Women’s History Month. This one-night special will include a night of incredible climbing films by women, about women and admission is $20 per guest. 


Earth Day Film Festival 

Multiple Locations; Pageant Theatre, Idea Fab Labs Chico, and Gateway Science Museum

March 13-19, 2020, Chico

This year’s festival will take place on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and will provide a selection of films across 41 different countries. Alongside honoring films that relate to conservation, activism, and human connectivity, there will also be a VR Experience, hosted by the University of the Pacific Media X. Please see this link to find out more information on the official 2020 selections and tickets are available here


SLO Film Festival 

HQ at Hotel SLO 

March 17-22, 2020, San Louis Obispo

The SLO Film Festival first started in 1993 featuring 32 films over a week-long period. Today, the 26th annual festival features an array of films including 10 narrative features, 20 documentaries, 22 shorts, and 10 documentary shorts. They offer a worldwide film competition annually and allow filmmakers to submit their films of all genres and lengths to numerous categories, some of which include cash prizes.



ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood

March 20-21, 2020, Los Angeles

The WestFlix festival, sponsored by Technicolor and DeLuxe and Arc Light, is a showcase of California’s best teen films. The festival first started in 2004 as a one-day event and in 2011, they launched a new event to follow the day after screening, which involved workshops and conversations for those who participated and attended the festival. 


ReelAbilities Film Festival 

Over 20 locations throughout the NYC Metropolitan area, Long Island, and Westchester

March 31-April 6, 2020, New York City

Founded in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. The weeklong festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, presented annually in dozens of venues across the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York expanded into an international program, presenting its one-of-a-kind programming in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and South America.



Movie Premieres: 


The Way Back

March 6, 2020

A former HS basketball phenom, struggling with alcoholism, is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption?



March 6, 2020 

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.


Godzilla vs. Kong

March 13, 2020 

As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.


The Climb 

March 20, 2020 (USA Release) 

A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years.


The Banker

March 20, 2020

In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.


I Still Believe 

March 20, 2020 

The true-life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.


A Quiet Place Part II

March 20, 2020 

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.



March 27, 2020 

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’





Gallim Movement for Actors

March 2-6, 2020, Brooklyn, NYC 

This is a 5-day workshop taking place in Brooklyn where actors can learn and develop their tools for movement creativity and specifically hone in on Miller’s research on essential keys to what can only be accessed through movement. The class will include skill building, choreographic studies and phrase work. The class is being led by Artistic Director, Andrea Miller. 


Q&A Sides w/ Reader One on One – Melissa Bormann, CESD

March 5, 2020, Los Angeles

This Q&A will feature Melissa Bormann, a Talent Agent at CESD Talent Agency. Registered talent for the event will be required to provide a 2-3 page Film/TV scene that showcases the actors’ strengths. The talent will act out the scene alongside a reader and will be provided feedback. A great workshop to attend! 


On-Camera Commercial Intensive with Liz Lewis Casting

March 13, 2020, Los Angeles

A great workshop to attend with Liz Lewis, owner/head of Liz Lewis Casting. Liz Lewis will walk the registered talent through the audition process and what happens before an audition begins. She will provide insight on how to improve your on-camera skills and the class will be expected to perform a commercial copy and be given direct constructive feedback. Not one to miss!


Talent Agency Contracts at SAG AFTRA

March 24, 2020, Los Angeles

Learn more about Talent Agency contracts directly with the SAG AFTRA Foundation. On March 24th, you will be informed/reminded of your rights as a performer before you sign a contract in the future. The seminar is run by SAG-AFTRA’s professional representatives department and the session will be both educational and informative. 


Catherine Stroud Casting Workshop

March 7, 2020, Los Angeles

Casting Director, Catherine Stroud is holding a workshop for 18 and Under talent in Los Angeles. Talent registered for the event will learn the basic rules of comedy and comedic acting along with strong techniques to incorporate in future auditions. This is not a class to miss! 



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February Events Calendar

February Events Calendar

Workshops and Masterclasses:


4 Agent Day

February 01, 2020, New York City 

This two-day event will involve a morning and afternoon session where talent can perform a monologue or a 16-bar cut to the panel. The morning panel includes David Gilbert from Zuri Agency and Mallory Levy from DDO Artists Agency. The afternoon panel includes Victoria Kress from Abrams Artists and Bonnie Shumofsky Bloom from Stewart Talent. Talent have the option to sign up for one session or both. More details to follow. The sessions are organized depending on the talents/actors age.


On-Camera Intensive w/ Lisa Zambetti

February 01, 2020, Los Angeles

Lisa Zambetti is holding an On-Camera intensive at Ace Studios in Los Angeles to share her 12 secret tried and true ways that can help your audition experience. Scenes will be delegated prior to the first day and actors signed up are expected to work on those scenes based on feedback and redirection in week 1 and prepare them for the second week.


Self Tapes with Josh Ropiequet: Junie Lowry-Johnson

February 09, 2020, Los Angeles 

Join Josh Ropiequet, Casting Associate at Lowry Johnson/Goldstein Casting, for an important workshop where he will dive into self tapes, maximizing auditions and helpful pointers for talent auditioning. He requires talent to prepare a scene of their choice that does not exceed 3 minutes long and actors will gain feedback on the day.


Animation Voice Over Intensive with Jen Rudin Casting

February 11, 2020, Ney York City 

Don’t miss out on the chance to brush up your VO audition skills with Jen Rudin, Casting Director who is best known for Chicken Little, The Princess and the Frog, and Frankenweenie. Jen will provide extensive re-directs to help you in your next voice over audition. Make sure to sign up today as there are only 12 spots available. 


Workshop Allen Hooper: Amazing Comedy Office

February 15, 2020, Los Angeles 

Ace Studios is having a workshop with Casting Society of America’s Associate Spotlight Award winner Allen Hooper, who is known for his work on Modern Family and Ugly Betty. Allen will explain to attendees the importance of being word perfect, how to bring to text to life and how to transition great improv and stage experience to screen.


5 Week On-Camera Workout with Cathy Reinking

February 19, 2020, Atlanta

Cathy Reinking, who has over 25 years of experience and past Casting Department credits including Frasier and New Amsterdam, is holding an on-camera class which will include honest and direct feedback to actors who are focusing on a career in television. Cathy has over 25 years of experience in casting for Network television and all materials that will accompany the class are provided.


Roundabout Theatre Musical Theatre Audition Workshop

February 29, 2020, New York City

If you are hoping to take part in a musical theatre intensive in 2020, get yourself down to Ripley-Grier Studios for this audition workshop with Broadway’s Casting Associate, Jillian Cimini, C.S.A. of Roundabout Theatre Company / Jim Carnahan Casting. You will have the opportunity to sing a full 32-bars, receive feedback and there’s no audition required to participate. Ages for this workshop include 7 to 20 years old.



Awards Shows:


72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards (WGA)

February 01, 2020, Los Angeles


24th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Awards (ADG)

February 01, 2020, Los Angeles 


73rd Annual BAFTA Film Awards

February 02, 2020, London (UK)


35th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards

February 08, 2020, Los Angeles


92nd Annual Academy Awards

February 09, 2020, Los Angeles


American Black Film Festival Honors (ABFF)

February 23, 2020, Los Angeles



Movie Premieres:


Birds of Prey

February 07, 2020 

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.


The Lodge

February 07, 2020 (USA release)

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.


Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island

February 14, 2020 

A horror adaptation of the popular ’70s TV show about a magical island resort.


The Photograph

February 14, 2020 

A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.


Sonic The Hedgehog

February 14, 2020 

After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.


What About Love

February 14, 2020 

Two young lovers change the lives of their parents forever when the parents learn from the joyful experience of their kids, and allow themselves to again find their love.



February 14, 2020 

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.


The Call of the Wild

February 21, 2020 

A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.



February 21, 2020 

Based on the classic Jane Austen novel.



February 21, 2020 

Satire about the world of the super-rich.


Brahms: The Boy II

February 21, 2020 

After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.


The Invisible Man

February 28, 2020 

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.


The Whistlers

February 28, 2020 

A policeman is intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison in Romania. He travels to Gomera, an island in the Canaries, where he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.



Film Festivals: 


SF Indie Fest

January 29 – February 13, 2020, San Francisco

The SF Indie Fest is one of four annual festivals run by this non-profit organization, which was first established in 1998. On Top of supporting filmmakers through the festival, they too have comedy shows, music, and many more live events.


Sundance Film Festival

January 23 – February 02, 2020, Park City (UT)

The Sundance Film Festival, a highly developed and anticipated annual festival that is focused on developing independent filmmakers, started in mid-January and will run until February 2nd, 2020. Make sure to check out online available tickets in February at various Park City Theaters. 


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival  (NFMLA)

February 08, 2020, Los Angeles

Join in for an evening with NFMLA that is split into three segments; short films, featured programming, and InFocus, where they put a spotlight on black cinema. Drinks, Q&As, and networking opportunities for the attendees.


Pan African Film + Arts Festival (PAFF)

February 11 – February 23, 2020, Los Angeles

PAFF was first established in 1992 and is a non-profit corporation which is dedicated to promoting and honoring its filmmakers. USA Today has selected PAFF as their #3 on the 2015 list of 10 Best Film Festivals in the U.S.and PAFF-LA is the largest Black History Month event in the United States during February.


Malibu International Film Festival (MIFF)

February 15, 2020, Los Angeles

MIFF, established in 1999 by David Katz, is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual day-long event that honors and supports emerging filmmakers. The event includes international and US films focusing on promoting new filmmakers. The organization offers grant(s), which grants a Malibu student filmmaker with production equipment and finishing fund grants (up to $500).


Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

February 12 – February 22, 2020, Los Angeles

The HRIFF, founded in 2002, supports and promotes independent cinema in Los Angeles by offering filmmakers the chance to screen their projects in multiple theatres for industry professionals and festival attendees. Some of the venues participating include LA Live/Staples Center, Arclight Hollywood, New Beverly Cinema and Regent Cinema.



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3 Breakout Performances to Watch for at Sundance

3 Breakout Performances to Watch for at Sundance

This year’s Sundance Film Festival is just kicking off, and anticipation is mounting for many of the films premiering at the festival. There are a number of A-list performances to catch at Park City this year, such as Elisabeth Moss in Shirley and Julianne Moore in The Glorias. But we want to take a look at some of the fresh faces coming to Sundance. Keep reading to find out more about three new actors debuting at this year’s festival. With anticipation surrounding their respective performances, these budding thespians are poised to be breakout stars. 


Adrián Ross in Summer White 

Ross is truly a newcomer, with Summer White as his only credit on IMDb. The young actor takes on a challenging role with the character of 13-year-old Rodrigo. He’s generally a loner, unless it comes to spending time with his best friend, Valeria, who also happens to be his mother. She is his whole world until the day their tight-knit twosome is disturbed by Valeria’s new boyfriend, Fernando. Rodrigo pushes back against the unwelcome intrusion on the close relationship he shares with his mother. It’s a meaty role, and Ross’ performance is described on the Sundance site as “intimate, yet powerful.” Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson is the director and co-writer behind the film, which will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.


St. Vincent in The Nowhere Inn

Vincent, also known as Annie Clark, makes her feature film acting debut in The Nowhere Inn. The musician’s previous theatrical credits mostly fall under the soundtrack category, but for her first foray into leading a feature film, the artist will at least be working with familiar material. The Nowhere Inn centers on an attempt to render an honest portrayal of the real Annie Clark that is then spiced up with her St. Vincent persona and fictitious narratives along the way. This unique premise is generating a lot of buzz around the film and its star, and IndieWire predicts that “edgier buyers like A24 and NEON may be especially intrigued by its meta commentary on rock stardom.” Bill Benz directs the film, which is entered in the Midnight category. 


Meek Mill in Charm City Kings 

Like Vincent, most of Mill’s previous credits have come from the soundtrack department. But in Charm City Kings, the rapper successfully transitions to thespian. He plays Blax, the leader of a group of dirt-bike riders in Baltimore that call themselves the Midnight Clique. The group attracts an impressionable teenager called Mouse, who Blax ends up taking under his wing. The film centers on Mouse’s journey, and as one of the forces influencing it, Mill’s character plays an important role in the storyline. His performance has also helped generate interest in the film, thanks to his celebrity status. Vulture asserts that of all the cast, “the most attention-getting billing is sure to be that of Meek Mill.” Angel Manuel Soto directs the film, a contender in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. 

Sundance has a history of launching many an acting career. It remains to be seen if the festival will work its magic for Ross, Vincent, and Mill, but in the meantime, check out our list of last year’s breakout performances. Or take a look at this year’s complete program guide. You might just be inspired to book a last-minute trip to Park City so you can experience the festival fervor firsthand.


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What Actors Can Learn From the SAG Awards Speeches

What Actors Can Learn From the SAG Awards Speeches

The SAG Awards took place on January 19, and out of all the award shows, it is the one specifically designated for thespians. The trophy that winners take home is literally called an “Actor.” SAG-AFTRA members and their votes are the determining factors on which nominees make it to the stage to accept a statuette. Regardless of whether you’re a member of the union or not, all actors can glean important lessons from SAG Awards winners and their speeches. Keep reading for some big takeaways from this year’s accoladed actors in the major lead categories.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Renée Zellweger for Judy
Takeaway: Acknowledge the importance of what actors do.

Toward the end of her speech, Zellweger touched on the impact of good storytelling with, “I feel so lucky to be a member of this family of storytellers who get to do work that reflects the experience of being human and fosters understanding and empathy and unity. And with some luck, maybe [that work] pushes history a little bit closer to the light.” Zellweger wrapped the speech by dedicating her award to the real-life actor she played to win it. “Judy Garland, 50 years later, your community is thinking of you tonight. This is for you,” Zellweger said as she held up her trophy, reinforcing the value of storytelling and how it lives on. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Takeaway: Learn from your peers.

The bulk of Phoenix’s address was reserved for appreciating the other nominated actors in his category and what he’d gleaned from their work. He started with, “Leonardo [DiCaprio], you’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and [to] so many people.” Phoenix continued with, “Christian [Bale], you commit to your roles in ways that I can only dream of. You never turn in a bad performance … Adam [Driver], I’ve been watching you the last few years, and you’ve just been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound performances. And I’m just so moved by you … [Taron Egerton,] you’re so beautiful in this movie [Rocketman]. And I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.” Phoenix ended his speech by acknowledging Heath Ledger, whom he recognized as his favorite actor. 


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Winner: Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Show
Takeaway: Recognize how far you’ve come.

Aniston started her address with an anecdote from her childhood, saying, “I was thinking back to when I was a little girl and I didn’t have a VCR, but I had a tape recorder. And I would tape Laverne & Shirley [and] Happy Days on my little tape deck, and I would listen to these episodes in my head. And I would just think, ‘I’m going to one day do that’… And then I got a Bob’s Big Boy commercial, and I got into SAG. And that was a humble beginning, but you have to start somewhere.” Later on, she stated that “dreams do come true.” Aniston’s words remind actors of any experience level the importance of appreciating their journey. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Winner: Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones
Takeaway: Make a home, no matter where you find yourself.

Dinklage kept his speech short and sweet. He thanked the people of Northern Ireland, where the series was filmed, as well as his cast mates. And then he ended his speech by recognizing his spouse with, “Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife, who put up with me for more than nine years but lived in a place far away from home. But [she] made it home because we were together. Thank you.” Since shooting locations vary and actors often find themselves away from their home base, Dinklage’s succinct speech offers a very important lesson. That is, create a safe, comfortable space for yourself wherever the job may take you.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag
Takeaway: Appreciate your fans.

Waller-Bridge thanked a number of people in her speech, but she made a special point to recognize Fleabag’s audience with, “I have to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being so supportive of our show on these shores. With all the chaos of the outfits and the interviews and the six-pack that my makeup artist drew on me this evening… and all the amazing Hollywood things that happen here, it’s quite easy to be distracted from the thing that has actually happened to us.” Waller-Bridge joked that at some point, the show’s success would finally register, leaving her crying in a corner. Regardless of the size of your audience, though, Waller-Bridge’s message to appreciate your fans is universal.   


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Winner: Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Takeaway: Value your castmates.

Shalhoub joined Dinklage in the short speech club. He began his address by recognizing SAG-AFTRA and then praised his fellow cast members. “I share this Actor with my fellow Maisel castmates. It is a joy to know you. It is a privilege to work alongside you. And so, with your blessings, I will dedicate this to one of our family [members] who we lost this year and who we miss terribly. The most marvelous Brian Tarantina, our brother — here’s to you.” Tarantina, who played Jackie in the series, passed away last year. But Shalhoub’s tribute reminds us that he and his work are not forgotten. 


Gratitude was a common theme amongst the speeches at this year’s SAG Awards. Winners thanked other industry members, such as their agents, as well as various people in their lives. Zellweger even acknowledged a friend who had let the actress sleep on her couch. You may be couch-surfing yourself, or perhaps an especially lucrative booking paid for the down payment on your own home. But regardless of how close you are to achieving your career goals, the big takeaway from this year’s speeches is a reminder to have gratitude. In her address, Waller-Bridge summed it up with, “This whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you. It’s been the most beautiful dream.” 


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The Big Winners at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

The Big Winners at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

In case you live under a rock and weren’t aware, the Golden Globes happened on January 5. As always, it was a night of speeches, surprises, and some snubs. Films like 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood faired nicely, as did series such as Succession and Fleabag. But the big winners we want to talk about are the actors that left the award show with a trophy in hand. Keep reading to find out which actors won for leading roles in both drama and comedy in film and TV. Plus, take a look at how they got there and what they’re up to next. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Renée Zellweger for Judy

In her early career, Zellweger started off with roles in films like Reality Bites, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Empire Records. The actor possesses an impressive body of work and is known for a number of films that include Chicago and Cold Mountain, both of which garnered her Golden Globes, as well. The latter also won her the 2004 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Films like Jerry Maguire and Bridget Jones’s Diary also contributed to Zellweger’s widespread popularity. Up next for the well-awarded actress is the upcoming drama feature Heft, which centers on a mother who seeks help for her son. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

Phoenix’s first credit listed on IMDb is from his guest appearance on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the 1982 series in which his brother River starred. Films like Russkies and Parenthood followed during his early career. Today, Phoenix is known for a number of films, such as Gladiator, Her and Walk the Line. The latter earned Phoenix a Golden Globe, as well. There are rumors that Joker 2 is in the works, but as for confirmed next projects, Phoenix will be starring in A24’s upcoming drama feature entitled C’mon C’mon.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Awkwafina for The Farewell

Awkwafina has recently become a household name, and two films from her earlier career, Storks and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, only date back to 2016. She is known for her work in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. The budding star has a number of projects in the works, including her upcoming role as Scuttle in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Taron Egerton for Rocketman

Egerton is another actor relatively new to having name recognition. His earliest IMDb credit, The Last of the Haussmans, is from 2012. In 2014, he starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, which helped introduce the British actor to the American market. Since then, Egerton has not been short on work, and he’s starred in films like Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Next projects for Egerton include Sing 2, for which he’ll reprise the role of Johnny. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Olivia Colman for The Crown

Colman had a strong start in comedy and starred in BBC sketch comedy series such as Bruiser and The Mitchell and Webb Situation early in her career. As she progressed in the industry, she landed roles in more well-known projects like Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, The Lobster, and Fleabag. The UK actor gained considerable recognition last year after snagging both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Amongst other upcoming projects that include season four of The Crown, Colman will be starring and executive producing the HBO series Landscapers


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Brian Cox for Succession

The 73-year-old actor has an extensive number of big credits under his name. In 1995, during the earlier part of his career, the Scottish thespian did two period pieces set in his native country: Braveheart and Rob Roy. Since then, he’s added a varied slew of titles to his resume that includes blockbusters like Super Troopers, The Bourne Identity, Troy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Amongst Cox’s next projects is the horror feature Separation, whose cast also includes Mamie Gummer. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

Waller-Bridge is another winner whose rise to fame has been relatively recent. Her earliest credit on IMDb starts in 2009, and roles in projects such as The Iron Lady and the BBC series Broadchurch led up to her breakout performance as the titular character in Fleabag. The British auteur gained significant recognition for not only starring in it, but also creating the popular series that earned her three Emmy awards last year. Waller-Bridge also created Killing Eve and is on the writing team for the next installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die. The successful multi-hyphenate isn’t stopping there – she is executive producing and starring in HBO’s upcoming comedy thriller series entitled Run

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Ramy Youssef for Ramy

Youssef got his start on the Nickelodeon show See Dad Run. His other credits leading up to Ramy include three episodes of Mr. Robot and a small role in the film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Then came the self-monikered Hulu series, one that he created and is loosely based on his life. As for his next projects, Youssef will lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature Hump. Simon Pegg is also attached to the family adventure film, which centers on a camel, a fox and a goat traveling across the Arabian desert.


You can find a full list of the winners here. The Golden Globes don’t necessarily predict upcoming winners at the Academy Awards, but it may still be a good idea to study up before this year’s Oscar nominees are announced January 13. If you do your homework and enter an Oscar pool, your predictions might just leave you as a big winner, yourself, after the next big awards show.


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