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by Alan Baltes
Examiner
August 13, 2012

Di Bonaventura Pictures in association with Heel & Toe Films are in early pre-production on the true story biopic feature film "Girls Like Us" starring Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell. Casting calls have gone out for all of the major roles such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Gerry Goffin, James Taylor, and David Crosby. Also roles for young Carly Simon at ages 11 - 13, and young Carole King at age 11. The initial casting call consists of over 100 speaking roles, including numerous roles for kids and teens, and other notable supporting roles like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, and Henry Mancini. Filming is scheduled to begin January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Katie Jacobs will direct "Girls Like Us" from an adapted screenplay written by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles. The film is based on Sheila Weller's novel "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation". Katie Jacobs is best known for executive producing the Fox Network hit series "House M.D.". She also directed episodes of the show. "Girls Like Us" will mark the feature film directorial debut for Jacobs.

"Girls Like Us" is a groundbreaking biography of three of America's most important musical artists of all time - Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. The story charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time, and is an epic treatment of mid-century women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them - confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul. Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon's success reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them. Pioneering success in the music business led inevitably to similar roles in women's movement.


Filming on "Girls Like Us" begins in January, 2013.
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Di Bonaventura Pictures in association with Heel & Toe Films are in early pre-production on the true story biopic feature film "Girls Like Us" starring Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell. Casting calls have gone out for all of the major roles such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Gerry Goffin, James Taylor, and David Crosby. Also roles for young Carly Simon at ages 11 - 13, and young Carole King at age 11. The initial casting call consists of over 100 speaking roles, including numerous roles for kids and teens, and other notable supporting roles like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, and Henry Mancini. Filming is scheduled to begin January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Katie Jacobs will direct "Girls Like Us" from an adapted screenplay written by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles. The film is based on Sheila Weller’s novel "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation". Katie Jacobs is best known for executive producing the Fox Network hit series "House M.D.". She also directed episodes of the show. "Girls Like Us" will mark the feature film directorial debut for Jacobs.

In addition to directing "Girls Like Us," Katie Jacobs will produce under the banner of her and husband Paul Attanasio's production company Heel & Toe Films. Attanasio is a very talented and successful writer, garnering two Academy Award nominations for "Donnie Brasco" and "Quiz Show". Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce for Di Bonaventura Pictures. Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee production for Columbia Pictures, and Amy Pascal will handle production duties for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"Girls Like Us" is a groundbreaking biography of three of America's most important musical artists of all time - Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. The story charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time, and is an epic treatment of mid-century women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them - confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul. Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon's success reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them. Pioneering success in the music business led inevitably to similar roles in women’s movement.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

The 2012 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Los Angeles and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Los Angeles Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Los Angeles Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Extras Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Headshot Photographers List
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Deborah Aquila
Tricia Wood
1680 N. Vine Street
Suite 806
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Extras Casting

To Be Announced

Extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles will be hired beginning in January, 2013.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Di Bonaventura Pictures Inc.
5555 Melrose Avenue
DeMille Building, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Heel & Toe Films
2058 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Columbia Pictures
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Producers:

Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Elizabeth Cantillon
Amy Pascal
Katie Jacobs

Director:

Katie Jacobs

Starring:

Taylor Swift - Joni Mitchell

Story:

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation -- female version - but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written - until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.

 

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lsabel on 2012-Aug-17 at 07:31:53 GMT-5:
I'm so excited to here this news; I read the book when it first hit the shelves, and recently watched Taylor's Live Chat on youtube where she was asked about her acting aspirations...Taylor as Joni - BIG shoes to fill :-) She's up to the challenge! Can't wait to see the movie...
lsabel on 2012-Aug-17 at 07:31:30 GMT-5:
I'm so excited to here this news; I read the book when it first hit the shelves, and recently watched Taylor's Live Chat on youtube where she was asked about her acting aspirations...Taylor as Joni - BIG shoes to fill :-) She's up to the challenge! Can't wait to see the movie...
lsabel on 2012-Aug-17 at 07:31:15 GMT-5:
I'm so excited to here this news; I read the book when it first hit the shelves, and recently watched Taylor's Live Chat on youtube where she was asked about her acting aspirations...Taylor as Joni - BIG shoes to fill :-) She's up to the challenge! Can't wait to see the movie...