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Katie Holmes Praises Pittsburgh on Live with Regis & Kelly

8 Nov

Today, actress Katie Holmes (and wife of Tom Cruise) was on Live! With Regis & Kelly today to promote her new film, “Jack and Jill” and spoke about Pittsburgh.

Regis asked how her, Tom, and Suri celebrated Halloween and she said, “We were in Pittsburgh because Tom is shooting One Shot.” (Which got a few cheers from audience members!)

Kelly Ripa then said, “Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh is GREAT! I love Pittsburgh.”

Kelly and Katie discussed the mall “near the airport” and Regis chimed in that nowadays “so many movies are coming out of Pittsburgh!”

Katie then said that she shot “Wonderboys” a few years back, right here in Pittsburgh, as well, and spoke about a few other movies that have been filmed here as of late.

Watch, below:


Nancy Mosser Casting Seeking Extras to Play Penguins Fans for National Gatorade Commercial TOMORROW

8 Nov

Pittsburgh Penguins fans are needed for a national commercial shooting Wednesday afternoon (November 9th, starting around 5pm)  into late evening (could be as late as 1am.)

Please call their office to be booked. Must be 18-59 years of age. 412.621.1160.

Casting Notice – Pittsburgh! PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER – Male needed

16 Jun

  Attention Pittsburgh-area actors!

A young-looking guy with braces or a retainer needed for “Perks of Being a Wallflower” this Monday!

Nancy Mosser Casting is seeking a male above age 18 to play a Freshman in high school.

The male needs to have either braces or a retainer.

If you or anyone you know matches this criteria, please send a picture ASAP to mossercasting@gmail.com with your name, age and contact information.  

For this role, you would need to be available on Monday, June 20th for the scene. This job could last 12-14 hours, and is in the South Hills area.

Casting Notifications – Pittsburgh

27 Apr
Casting for “The Dark Knight Rises”
 There is no casting or contact information available just yet.  Keep checking the Glitzburgh Twitter feed for updates.
Vehicles needed for “Perks of Being A Wallflower”

Summit Entertainment is looking or vehicles from 1970 to 1991 to be featured in their film “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” being filmed in the Pittsburgh area May 9th to June 29th with Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.

If you are interested in putting your car in the movie, please call 412-572-5232.

Nancy Mosser Casting seeking a 7-8 Year old boy for “Perks of Being A Wallflower”

Nancy Mosser Casting is looking for a 7-8 year old boy to play “Little Charlie” in the feature film “Perks of Being a Wallflower” shooting in Pittsburgh beginning May 10th.  There are a few speaking lines, but no experience is necessary.  The child will be needed for approximately four days of filming.  The boy must have brown hair and blue eyes.  No hair dye or contacts will be allowed.  If you have a boy that fits this description or know of one, please send a very recent photo tomossercasting@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Nancy Mosser Casting handling extras and speaking roles for “Perks of Being A Wallflower”

Nancy Mosser Casting has been hired to cast local speaking parts and extras for the feature film “Perks of Being a Wallflower” which will shoot in Pittsburgh starting in May.

Actors and those wishing to be extras should create a free profile at www.mossercasting.com (see talent registration).

Those already on file with Mosser Casting should make sure that their profile has two recent photos posted (one medium or closeup and one full length shot) and that their contact information is up to date.

For information please email us at mossercasting@gmail.com.  No phone calls please at this time.

“Still I Rise” seeking a COSTUME FITTING STAND-IN

Fourth River Casting is seeking a costume fitting stand-in for Viola Davis for the production STILL I RISE.Thisposition is for costume-fitting purposes only, not for Ms. Davis’ shooting stand-in, but applicants will be given first consideration for other open positions.

The ideal candidate is an African-American woman with darker skin coloring (photos of Ms. Davis can be seen here- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0205626/), approximately 5′ 7″, 150#, who wears size 8 clothing with size 9 shoes. More detailed info will be sent to qualified applicants. Applicants must be available on Wednesday, April 27th, from 9 am to 1 pm.

For consideration, please send an e-mail to fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com with VIOLA DAVIS as the subject. Include headshot, full body photograph, (these do not need to be professionally taken photographs but do need to provide an accurate image), contact information including phone number, and description of relevant experience. We will be contacting people immediately. Thanks!

Extras casting for “Still I Rise”

FourthRiverCasting is accepting submissions for background artists for the feature film, STILL I RISE.  To be considered, please follow the guidelines below.

Applications that do not follow the directions detailed will be deleted.

The story of STILL I RISE- Two strong women, both mothers, one a teacher, channel frustration into action, joining forces to transform an inner city school. Facing the obstacles of a broken bureaucracy, they persevere with a singular goal —  to make a difference in the educations and lives of their children. Inspired by events that are creating headlines daily, this empowering story explores what may be the most pressing civil rights issue of our time:  the crisis of public education in America.

STILL I RISE will be shooting in the Pittsburgh area from mid-May through early July. Submissions for background artists of all ages are being accepted.

There is a special need for children who appear eight years old for this project. Some children will be needed for only one day of shooting, but we are also looking for many who can commit to a few days to appear in classroom scenes. If you are the parent of a child who is or appears to be in this age range, please submit information as soon as possible. All children will be interviewed prior to casting.

Please send an email to fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com with the following information:








DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXTRA EXPERIENCE (no experience is necessary, but we’d like to know if you’ve done background work before.)

For children’s submissions, please also include-




For all applications, please include an attachment of a photograph. It doesn’t need to be professionally done, but needs to show a good likeness and include face and body. Please do not ask us to visit another site. If you have a resume, you may attach it as well.

Submissions for adults must have STILL I RISE as the subject of the e-mail; submissions for children must have STILL I RISE-CHILDREN.

You will be contacted by telephone or e-mail when scheduling begins. Again, only applications that follow the instructions will be accepted. NO PHONE CALLS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.

Thank you for your interest, and looking forward to working with you!

Lissa Brennan, Director

Short film casting principles and zombie extras

WHAT: As part of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative program, 50 emerging and high potential leaders produce PopUp! Pittsburgh, an event designed to raise awareness for a Pittsburgh neighborhood. This year’s project is a 10-15 minute film that will show the glorious past, the downfall, and the recovery and new future of the neighborhood as seen through characters in the neighborhood fighting against zombies that represent the social issues of the neighborhood.



Young African American Male 11-14
Females Ages 30-40
Males Ages 30-45
Older Males 50-65
Young Children Ages 4-10
Young Females 16-20
Young Males16-20
Tons of Zombie Extras all ages!!!!!!
CONTACT: lafunk12@gmail.com
Casting for indie film “Ticket…To…Ride.”
Casting Call For Paid Postions Of Independent Super Ultra Low Budget Film “Ticket…Two…Ride.”  A J.T.C. Film.
Inquire to J.T.C. at “A Murder Of Crows Productions LLC” in “Casting” in email at jtc0333@aol.com .
Headshots, Contact number and email, Resume, and Goals Of The Industry Needed.  If You Have An Education Of The Industry, Or Do Not, All Will Be Up For Consideration For This Film, Or the Next Out Of Eleven Original Screenplay Novels Written By Myself, J.T.C..
All Including This Film Take Place In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
1 Male Lead Role With Experience, Black Hair (or does not mind dying hair black), Thin like build
 (in his twenties and looks of that age in youth)
All Below For The Independent Film Feature As Co-Stars:
Jane- Hostess (female in her twenties)
Mandy- Waitress (female in her twenties)
Luke- Bartender (male in his twenties)
Dan-  A regular of a middle class bar/restraunt (male in between forty and fifty)
Gina- A regular of a middle class bar/restraunt (female in between forty and fifty)
Rosyln- Mother To Male Lead Role (female in her fifties)
Justin- Boyfriend to female lead role (male in his twenties)
Connie- Sister to female lead role (female whom is in their twenties but looks like they are in their teens)
Bonnie- Cashier in fast food joint (female in her twenties)
Kent- Female lead roles “Go to Man” (male in his twenties)
Dean- a regular in bar/restraunt (male in his forties to sixties)
Rog (short for Roger)- a regular in bar/restraunt (male in his forties to sixties)
Jefferey- a regular in bar/restraunt (male in his forties to sixties)
Ron- Bartender in bar/restraunt (male in his twenties)
Shelly- Ex girlfriend of lead male role (female in her twenties)
Chris- lead male roles “Go to Man” (male in his twenties)
Kupe C. Diamond-  “The Man And His Decision Maker” (male who looks of age between fifties and seventies)
Brandie-  Gas station attendent (female in her twenties)
J. Smith- Mysterious Motorcylclist (male in his forties or thirties)
Filming Begins In Early October 2011 In The Northern Area Of Allgheny County.  Including North Hills, Hampton, And Evans City.
For Those Whom Are Co-Stars, It Will Be Of One Day’s Worth Of Oppurtunity For All The Parts Have Lines And Screentime.  Around Five To Eight Hours Or Less In That One Day Of Filming is needed.
For The Lead Role, It Will Be Five To Eight Hours In One Day For Two Straight Weeks At The Most. And One Week With Five To Eight Hours In Those Days At The Least.
Inquire About Payment So There Is An Understanding Of Payment Due As It Is A Super Ultra Low Budget Film Of Independence So No One Wastes Anyones Time Or Money For A Meeting/Audition.
There Will Be No Rehearsals.
Good Luck Fellow Independent Pioneers!
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Casting: Locke and Key Stand-in / Photo Double Needed

16 Feb

As of yesterday, Feb. 15, 2011 – Now casting in Pgh: Caucasian boy between the ages of 7-9 years old needed as Stand-in/Photo-double for TV pilot, “Locke and Key.”

The pilot for this FOX television show is shooting in Pittsburgh now through Feb. 28. The boy must be between 47-48 inches and between 48-54 lbs with dirty blonde or VERY light brown hair that is somewhat shaggy. No tan. Not shy.

Contact mossercasting@gmail.com for inquiries or call 412.621.1160 to see if the role has been cast yet.

Get To Know … Actress Susyn Elise Duris (and her actor-dog, Folsom!)

15 Nov

Actress Susyn Elise Duris is a Pittsburgh girl at heart. Even though she’s from Williamsburg, Virgina, and also lived in Michigan for a long time, the 7 years that Susyn spent in Pittsburgh was a special time in her life – and branded her a Steelers and Penguins fan forever!

Susyn, whose husband also has Pittsburgh roots (he’s from New Brighton and is an Edinboro alum), has family who are from the North Braddock and Monnesson areas, as well. While she lived in Michigan, she spent summers here. A fond Pittsburgh memory that she has from childhood was being able to visit the set of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. You could say that this was Susyn’s first taste of being on a television set – she’s appeared on TV series such as Big Shots, North Star, and Boston Legal, and is now starring in a web series online. Susyn’s also been a part of major motion pictures such as the movie “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and a number of indie flicks and festival films.

Susyn started acting at age 10 in school and community plays, and continued well through high school. After she went on to the University of Colorado, however, she decided to pursue other interests and obtained degrees in business and finance/marketing. Eventually, she decided to get back into acting. Around April of 2004, Duris joined the Screen Actors’ Guild, AFTRA, Women in Theater, and Women in Film, and began taking on TV and movie roles, once again.

Her dog, Folsom, is also familiar with the “Hollywood” life. Folsom is a canine actor and has appeared on the TV series Big Shots as well as in print and television advertisements. He is a unique-looking  chocolate miniature poodle who is also from Da’ Burgh. In 2006, Susyn and her husband purchased Folsom from a breeder in Jefferson Hills. A talent scout noticed the pooch at the groomer later on and after submitting some photos and going through an audition, Folsom was signed to an agency. He has to know hand signals on set and works with dog handlers and trainers, but, with him, it’s all about his uniquely adorable look.

Susyn also has a look that casting directors also go to. Typically, this pretty blonde is cast for her “toughness” and universal appeal, often as a blue collar worker , “mom roles” or playing the part of a “hard” kind of woman. She specifically targets these types of roles and doesn’t mind being typecast. After all: “It’s better to be typecast than not cast at all,” she says.

Susyn claims that her background in business and marketing definitely help her “sell herself” when auditioning for roles. Her love is drama rather than comedy, but she’ll do either. Typically, she tends to lean towards procedurals, cop shows, legal dramas, etc. Therefore, her role in Boston Legal was perfect for her. Her current project, “The Unemployment of Danny London” is a web series. “Due to changes in the economic landscape and competition,” she explains, “artists and talent are producing their own content,” such as these online shows and web series. They’ve filmed a few episodes so far, with Susyn playing the role of “Miriam.” You can learn more by clicking here. The show also has a Facebook page and Twitter account so that you can keep up with the series.

Susyn also stays busy with animal actor and beloved doggie Folsom, of course, and will be doing a film she’s writing with her husband. The yet-untitled film is based on a book that her husband, Jeff, wrote, and  should hopefully be filmed entirely in Pittsburgh – or at least that’s the tentative plan.

Susyn Elise Duris now happily resides in Los Angeles with Jeff and Folsom, but remains true to her ties to Pittsburgh. She misses Peter’s Place in Bridgeville, the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville, Mallorca in the South Side, and Moonstones Metaphysical Haven in Dormont. She, of course, follows the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers (as well as her college football team, the Colorado Buffalos) and is also still an sustaining member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, despite now living in L.A. Susyn loves Sex and the City, is a published writer, and pens a blog, The Spiritual Creative: Actress Susyn Elise Duris’ Musings on Life.

Is there nothing that this modern-day Renaissance Woman cannot do?

Glitzburgh doesn’t think so – and we’re proud to have her as a fan and friend of the Black & Gold!

Taylor Lautner Frenzy Eclipses Mt. Lebanon’s Virginia Manor As ‘Abduction’ Continues to Film in Pittsburgh

15 Jul

Today I set out on Day 2 of my Taylor Lautner adventure. Writing an entertainment blog in Pittsburgh, and having one of the most current and relevant “heartthrobs” of our time filming a movie here in my hometown – well, it’s like hitting a blogger-jackpot.

So, today I went star-seeking, and, set out to talk to other Pittsburghers about what it meant to them to have  a movie star in our presence, and to see what they thought that this meant for our region. Additionally, as a writer, and always the observer, I really wanted to be able to soak up this experience and be as “in it” as all of the fans were, to be able to take it all in, and truly be a part of it, from all perspectives and all sides of the situation, as much as I am able to, with it being a closed set, and my not having and press privileges….(yet! But, as always, I’m determined!)

So, on this 90-degree summer day, I played two very appropriate roles: journalist, and fan girl.

Last night, I found out from a source that Lautner would be filming scenes today Osage Road in the relatively affluent subdivision Virginia Manor where he resides in the Mt. Lebanon neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I got there around 11:00am to find that there were about 60 others already anticipating his arrival – just waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. The majority – as you’d expect – were women, ranging from toddlers to tweens, coeds to cougars, Hollywood types to housewives – it was quite a mix, with an age ran spanning 5 months to, I’d say 50 years!  (And even including true-blue paparazzi!)

Osage Road was lined. Two police and a number of Abduction crew members and security had the road blocked off at Valleyview Drive, where barricades were in place. No one – and I mean no one, including the postal worker and street residents – was allowed down the portion of the street where they were filming. I witnessed some desperate attempts – some of which were pretty funny. There were quite a few “joggers” who were rerouted (many of whom you could simply tell were SO not runners), a younger couple in a car who were “looking through the high school” (in a housing plan?) and a little girl who said she lived on “Pine Street” (the police informed here that there were “5 other ways to get there, and this definitely wasn’t the most efficient.”)

Devotion was unswerving, though, amongst the diehard Lautner fans! Some girls who I talked to from the Hookstown area, all 13 and 14 years old, were there since 8am and made a handcrafted sign for the actor. (The same group, Sarah, Jess, Elaina, and Sydney, sat for 9 hours in the rain on Monday at Lautner’s Abduction shoot at Hampton High School, but did not meet or speak to the actor.)  Two sisters who I also spoke to, Alexandra, 21, and Beatrix, 19, from Sewickley, are such Lautner fans that, in the past, they’ve traveled to the “real” Forks, Washington, where the “Twilight” book series is based. (As most of you know, the Twilight movie series is what shot Lautner to fast and furious fame, though he’s in Pittsburgh filming the thriller, Abduction.)

Many residents of Mt. Lebanon think that it is “neat” or “interesting” that a movie is being filmed in their neighborhood, and the teenage girls (and some of their mothers!) are certainly smitten by Lautner. However, it doesn’t seem that all of the residents are pleased. Many teenage and twentysomething boys walked or rode past making snide remarks, teasing girls about Taylor Lautner, or making otherwise rude comments, and a sense of jealousy or simply being “territorial” was in the air. Additionally, many older residents expressed disdain and/or annoyance at not being able to drive down their own streets, or were simply annoyed by the inconveniences imposed by the hoopla and spectacle of it all. One woman named Mary complained about the “circus” in her “once quiet” neighborhood.

The goal of everyone in attendance was the same: to meet Taylor. Fans wanted photos, autographs, handshakes, and hugs.Many people had Twilight memorabilia or Taylor Lautner posters to be signed, some came unprepared but just wanted to see their favorite star in person. One girl told me that she “just wanted to see him” and admitted to sitting outside his house for hours. “The police have escorted me off of his lawn more than once.” Another woman was advising the crowd “not to scream” because it would “make Taylor run away.”

This brings me to my next point: when is enough enough?

Lautner has a reputation for being a nice star – very down to earth, friendly, and known to take pictures with fans and sign autographs. However, I do agree that some of this behavior WOULD make him “run away.”

Here’s an example: after I went home for the day, I decided to drive on by, again, after a Starbucks run, since I live 5 minutes away, out of curiosity, to see if there were still people there. THERE WERE. Not only were there still people, with chairs and coolers, lining Osage Street … but there were 20 people or so CAMPED OUT on his LAWN. Where he is LIVING.

Now, I admit that watching the scene unfold earlier on in the day was intriguing; a little exciting. “Lautner-hunting” has been fun, and I still hope that, during his time in Pittsburgh, I somehow cross paths for him, get a hello, a quote, a handshake, or, best yet, a photo! But, that being said, as enjoyable as the day was, I didn’t obsess. I stayed for a couple of hours and left, went back a couple of hours later, and left again. Some people were literally there from 8am until, well, probably 10pm when I drove past again later in the night. I’m not judging them, by any means – to each their own – but, it makes me feel badly for him, or any celebrity, really. It’s one thing when he’s on set, doing his job. However, when they’re at home, or “off the clock” and just living their life…I personally say, let it go. Give him some space! But, that’s just me, just my personal opinion, that’s all.

But …

I hope if any of you are still camped out in front of his house that you at least brought your laptop and are reading the Glitzburgh blog!

I will continue to update you on all things Taylor Lautner as I get news and information!

(I’ll be out of town for a week, though, so you all will have to give me the scoop as I am away from Pittsburgh!)

BTW: Pick up a copy of Saturday’s Tribune-Review! A quote from me will be on the front page of the Living section in the article about the Taylor Lautner movie and it will talk about the Glitzburgh blog!!

Some of the crowd lining Osage Rd. scoping out Taylor Lautner

From the Abduction Set in Mt. Lebanon - July 15, 2010

Pssst… I’ll have more news on the Katherine Heigl movie, too, when I return from my trip! She’s also filming here in the Ambridge/Sewickley area in a movie called, “One for the Money!”