In Dubious Battle, a film directed by and starring James Franco, based on a John Steinbeck novel of the same name, is looking to cast extras for scenes being shot in Yakima, Washington, starting next weekend, Sept. 27-28.
A Portland-based casting company, Extras Only, is seeking to hire men and women over the age of 18 to portray apple pickers in scenes of the film, which chronicles a 1930s fruit picker labor movement in California. Two casting notices have gone out, another of which says the film is looking for men with long beards, so that might give you an edge, dudes.
Oscar nominee Franco, who's been taking more time behind the camera than in front of it lately, is a big Steinbeck fan, having also played the role of George in the Broadway revival of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
So far, much of In Dubious Battle has been filmed in the idyllic town of Bostwick, Georgia. Besides directing, Franco is playing the role of the novel's character Mac McLeod, leader of the "Party," who helps organize a major worker strike.
Other stars cast in the film include Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, Ed Harris, Robert Duvall, Zach Braff, Nat Wolff and Vincent D'Onofrio. It's set to release sometime in 2016.
Here's the flier detailing the Yakima casting call:
Spokane has been in the spotlight quite a bit this summer, for both the good and the bad, and the in-between. And in another turn of events, the Lilac City has been discovered to have served as the setting for a Spokane-made but not a Spokane-set moment tied to a very undead show being filmed here over the past year.
Last month during his visit to the World Science Fiction Convention/Worldcon/Sasquan here in Spokane, it appears A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin took some time out of his schedule to film a cameo appearance for Z Nation, Syfy Channel's zombie apocalypse series that has so far filmed two seasons in and around Spokane.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Martin's second season cameo appears in episode eight, and as photo evidence below clearly shows, GRRM is on team zombie. He also gets punny with the "title" of his book in the show, playing off what's expected to be the title for ASOIAF's forthcoming seventh book. (Remember, we're still waiting for book No. 6, The Winds of Winter.)
Z Nation's second season premieres tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 11) at 10 pm, and local fans can catch a special big-screen showing of the first episode at the Garland Theater, as part of a benefit for KYRS radio station hosted by the Spokane Film Project.
The passersby are gawking and stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to check out the unusual sight, but not for the typical rubber-necker reasons. They're just wondering what, exactly, the rectangular wooden structure is, how it got there and why.
Just days after the Spokane City Council voted to pass a resolution to allow a 60-day parklet demonstration downtown, the parklet — a patio-esque park about the size of two parallel parking spaces on the edge of the street — materialized overnight. Situated in a loading zone (and no, it's not taking up metered parking spaces that were otherwise open to the public) just outside of Wollnick's General Store, the city's first-ever parklet was set up by the local nonprofit Yes (You Express Studio), which has been championing the idea since last year. For the past two years, Yes has set up parklets at August's Garland Street Fair to show the public how functional and welcoming the spaces can be. There was also a demo parklet at last year's Terrain arts showcase.
Tonight, the parklet will transform into a performing arts space for First Friday's arts walk around downtown; the event is being hosted by Wollnick's.
Around lunchtime today, Yes event coordinator and a board member Cara Forsman had donned an apron and pair of gardening gloves to spruce up some of the greenery in box planters lining the top of the outside wall of the parklet.
Forsman says Yes was waiting for approval from the city to set up the parklet, so when they got the go-ahead at Monday's city council meeting, a team of volunteers set up the structure within hours this past Wednesday. It's been the talk of the town since.
Wollnick's has offered to help manage the parklet, and takes the table umbrellas and chairs inside its store at night. The staff there also locks up the box-style benches and tables, and have agreed to help keep the parklet tidy and welcoming.
While the parklet is currently scheduled to stay open on west Main through October with its 60-day permit, Forsman says there is interest in opening another near the Saranac Building and possibly outside the Nudo Ramen House on west First Avenue.
"If the weather is nice, and next spring businesses want it outside their location, we'd like to continue what we've been calling this social experiment," she says.
The parklet's construction and materials were funded privately and by donation. Moving forward, Forsman says Yes hopes local businesses that want a parklet near them would help sponsor one since the cost to build one can run into the several thousands of dollars. Another issue the group also faces is finding a place to store the parklets once disassembled for the winter.
With the bittersweet end of summer comes many other exciting things: football, cooler weather, fall harvests, scarves, pumpkin spice everything (if you're into that) and the Inlander's Annual Manual!
Yep, our huge annual guide to all things Inland Northwest is on stands now, so get out and pick one up before your local Inlander rack runs out. If yours does, don't worry — you can still come grab a copy of it and the latest issues of the Inlander and InHealth magazine at our handy dandy rack just inside the front door of Inlander HQ in Kendall Yards. We'll try and keep racks filled through September, but don't wait too long.
Inside the 2015 edition, you'll find the typical AM fare, updated to include all that's new or has changed in the past year: a statistical overview of the region and its people in our annual report section, a snapshot of the growing local education scene and guides to all our region has to offer in food, drinks, arts, shopping and recreation.
This year's issue also features an all-new design — we think it looks pretty classy and streamlined. So pick up an Annual Manual and go discover all the awesome experiences and places that makes the Inland Northwest special.
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