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VIDEO: Inside Iraqi ghost town destroyed by IS

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:49
The BBC's John Simpson reports from the village of Mansouriya, 100km north of Baghdad in Iraq, to see the effects of the Islamic State (IS) occupation.

Without casting directors, there are no "Best Actors"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:45

Actors are usually the ones in the spotlight, but it’s someone’s job to put them in their roles.

Terri Taylor cast the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” which is up for five awards. As a casting director, Taylor is ineligible for an Academy Award but she was nominated for the Artios Award from the Casting Society of America.

Taylor starts the casting process by reading the script and consulting with the director. After that, she goes into a casting workshop and starts thinking about actors. She says, “I have a lot of ideas of actors I’ve met in the past that I know very well. I’m incredibly familiar with their work, which is a gigantic part of my job… to educate myself on actors and what work they’re doing.” She also speaks with talent agents and auditions actors for each role.

The budget that a film has will greatly affect the casting process. Whiplash was a low-budget film.

“We made it for $3 million dollars, and it absolutely affects the casting process. I think the truth is that we are limited because of our financial resources when you’re making a low budget movie. Not everybody is interested or can work for what we pay,” says Taylor. “So I think it affects our casting process 100 percent.”

Even though she was working with a small budget, Taylor is proud of how the casting of the film turned out.

“I knew going in that it was a special project… not only was the film making wonderful but the acting across the board was so good, even down to the smallest parts,” says Taylor. “It was just pride. Not only for the work that we had done in our craft in assembling people in every role that could get the job done but for all of those actors, I feel a little bit of a kind of maternal feeling for everybody that we assembled and I was just really really proud.”

Whiplash is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

Without casting directors, there are no "Best Actors"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:45

Actors are usually the ones in the spotlight, but it’s someone’s job to put them in their roles.

Terri Taylor cast the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” which is up for five awards. As a casting director, Taylor is ineligible for an Academy Award but she was nominated for the Artios Award from the Casting Society of America.

Taylor starts the casting process by reading the script and consulting with the director. After that, she goes into a casting workshop and starts thinking about actors. She says, “I have a lot of ideas of actors I’ve met in the past that I know very well. I’m incredibly familiar with their work, which is a gigantic part of my job… to educate myself on actors and what work they’re doing.” She also speaks with talent agents and auditions actors for each role.

The budget that a film has will greatly affect the casting process. Whiplash was a low-budget film.

“We made it for $3 million dollars, and it absolutely affects the casting process. I think the truth is that we are limited because of our financial resources when you’re making a low budget movie. Not everybody is interested or can work for what we pay,” says Taylor. “So I think it affects our casting process 100 percent.”

Even though she was working with a small budget, Taylor is proud of how the casting of the film turned out.

“I knew going in that it was a special project… not only was the film making wonderful but the acting across the board was so good, even down to the smallest parts,” says Taylor. “It was just pride. Not only for the work that we had done in our craft in assembling people in every role that could get the job done but for all of those actors, I feel a little bit of a kind of maternal feeling for everybody that we assembled and I was just really really proud.”

Whiplash is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

Same-Sex Couple Gets Married In Texas, After Judge Defies Gay Marriage Ban

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:23

The couple acted quickly on the judge's order, getting a license, and having a ceremony, but the Texas attorney general said the marriage was "void."

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Iraq-Kurdish force 'to retake Mosul'

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:14
An Iraqi-Kurdish force of up to 25,000 is preparing to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State in April or May, a US official says.

As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:06

Oil companies are laying off thousands of workers, and firms that provide services to support the industry — from drilling to seismic surveys — have been told they must slash costs to keep working.

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EastEnders reveals Lucy's killer

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 14:00
EastEnders' latest murder mystery storyline reaches its climax, with viewers of the BBC One soap finally learning who killed Lucy Beale.

VIDEO: Paris racism victim speaks out

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:54
A French man who was pushed off a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans chanting racist songs has been speaking about the experience.

Mali ends battle with rebel groups

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:51
The Malian government signs a ceasefire deal with rebels in a bid to end long-running unrest in the country's north.

Council to outsource all services

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:48
Northamptonshire County Council approves £68m and introduces plan to outsource all services and redeploy thousands of staff members.

Rabbi admits filming women at baths

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:46
A prominent rabbi in the US pleads guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism after secretly filming women prepare to take ritual baths.

Nutrition Panel: Egg With Coffee Is A-OK, But Skip The Side Of Bacon

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:40

A panel of top nutrition experts is recommending that Americans adopt a more plant-based diet and eat less meat and sugar. It also found that most people are not consuming too much cholesterol.

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Terror trial spy's evidence in wig

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:32
An MI5 agent gives evidence in disguise at the US trial of a man accused of involvement in plots to attack targets in New York and Manchester.

'Destructive storm' hits Queensland

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:32
A "very destructive" tropical cyclone hits the coast of Queensland, forcing evacuations from coastal communities, Australian officials say.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:22
A late Mario Balotelli penalty gives Liverpool a 1-0 win over Besiktas in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:21

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

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Ukraine clashes 'deeply trouble' US

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:11
The US expresses deep concern at reports of fighting in eastern Ukraine and calls on all sides to abide by the terms of an agreed ceasefire.

Telegraph stands by HSBC coverage

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:05
The Daily Telegraph publishes an editorial saying it "makes no apology" for its coverage of the HSBC tax scandal.

After His Speech On Race And Police, Complicated Feelings In Comey's Hometown

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:04

FBI Director James Comey was praised for addressing tensions between cops and minorities last week. But in Yonkers, N.Y., some wish he had noted that community's own fraught history with its police.

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Celtic 3-3 Inter Milan

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-19 13:01
John Guidetti's late equaliser ensures Celtic go into the second leg of their Europa League tie with Inter Milan on level terms.

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