Phyllis Carlyle, a casting director and manager who worked with such big names as Willem Dafoe, Jude Law and Geena Davis who later produced the hit films Seven and The Accidental Tourist, has died. She was 80.
She died September 14 of lymphoma in Encino, CA, according to her family and the Neptune Society.
Born on August 22, 1942, in Cleveland, Carlyle attended the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts before landing a job at a Chicago talent agency. A friend who had moved to Los Angeles get Carlyle a job as a commercial casting director, and she ran with it. “I probably became the top commercials casting director,” Carlyle said in a recent interview with Luke Ford.
“Naivete can be a great quality because you think everything is possible,” she told Ford. “While if I had listened to the advice I was receiving, I would’ve done nothing. Everybody cautions you against everything. I didn’t know any better. I decided to start a management business. From my work as a casting director, I saw a lot of young talent. And I started picking people out of that pool to discuss management. I figured that I would build their careers. They would become stars. And I would learn the film business.”
Along with Dafoe, Law and Davis, those “future stars” included Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Joseph Fiennes, Andy Garcia, Melanie Griffith, Ewan MacGregor, Jon Stewart, Lou Diamond Phillips, David Caruso, and John Malkovich.
It was Malkovich who helped Carlyle launch her producing career in the mid-1980s. A hot property around town at the time, Malkovich was offered a production deal at Warner Bros. She said the actor didn’t want to do that but asked if Carlyle did. Her answer was yes.
“So we put together a two-year deal at Warner Bros,” she told Ford. “I think John showed up twice in two years. That was the beginning of my relationship to a studio.”
Carlyle went on executive produce Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist (1988), starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Davis. It became a Best Picture Oscar nominee but lost to Rain Man. Davis did win for Supporting Actress.
Some years later, a client of Carlyle’s was sent the script for Seven — a project she said the studios were turning down. She would work hard to get the film made, first at Columbia Pictures, then at Paramount but ultimately decided that “studio life was not for me.”
She hired David Fincher to direct Seven, the creepy thriller starred Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey. Released in 1995 via New Line Cinema, it would spend four weeks atop the domestic box office en route to $227 million — a Top 10 finish for the year.
Carlyle’s exec producing credits also include features Maze (2000) and Pathology (2008) and the1999 telefilm Mean Streak.
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Edward Berger’s All Quiet On The Western Front and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast top the European Film Academy’s Excellence Awards honoring achievement in the arts and crafts categories, the winners of which were announced on Wednesday.
Belfast won best European Production Design for Jim Clay, whose credits include Children Of Men, for which he won a Bafta in 2006, and Murder On The Orient Express.
The drama, set against the backdrop of the beginnings of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland in 1969, also won best European Costume Design for Charlotte Walter (Blithe Spirit, Misbehaviour)
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Best European Editing went to Özcan Vardar and Eytan İpeker for Turkish director Emin Alper’s drama Burning Days.
Polish composer Paweł Mykietyn won best European Original Score went for Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO.
Best European Sound went to Simone Paolo Olivero, Paolo Benvenuti, Benni Atria, Marco Saitta, Ansgar Frerich & Florian Holzner for Michelangelo Frammartino’s cave exploration drama The Hole.
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EXCLUSIVE: The actress, producer and top-selling performing artist’s social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter have suddenly gone dark in their featured/cover images.
Reps for Jennifer Lopez were unavailable for comment, but we hear from others that The Hustlers and Marry Me actress is on the verge of announcing a new project.
Here’s a look at her Instagram tonight:
While Lopez’s Instagram had erased all posts, a trail of her previous postings remained on Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter. Across all four social media portals, Lopez counts close to 347M followers, the majority of that coming from her Instagram.
Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions in June 2021 signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix spanning feature films, TV series and unscripted content, with an emphasis on projects that support diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers. Lopez co-runs Nuyorican Productions with her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
Lopez scored her best opening for a live-action movie at the domestic box office with STX’s 2019 stripper caper Hustlers which debuted to $33.1 million, and grossed $105M stateside, $157.6M worldwide. As a recording artist, Lopez has sold over 70 million albums, with J.Lo became her bestselling album with 3.8M copies sold in the U.S. and 12M global. Her Netflix thriller The Mother from director Niki Caro is set to debut in May. Her romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding with Josh Duhamel will hit Prime Video on Jan. 27.
On Facebook, one of her followers, Steffany Merino wrote, “What’s happened? Hope you and your wonderful family are ok. I’ll pray for your health and safety.”
Again, we hear something special is in the works in the next few days.
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