Universal Studios direct-to-DVD film 'Beethoven Saves Christmas' casting 1,000 extras

Kim Rhodes Beethoven Saves Christmas

The beautiful and talented Kim Rhodes is starring opposite Beethoven
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Original Pictures are teamed up filming the 7th movie in the family comedy Beethoven film series. The casting directors are seeking upwards of 1,000 people of all ages including children to appear the film as background performers.

John Putch is directing his second film for Universal Home Entertainment. He previously directed Universal's direct-to-DVD move "America Pie: Book of Love". Putch began his career as an actor in 1973, and began directing films and television series in 1985. His TV directing credits include "Scrubs ," "Ugly Betty," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Zeke and Luther," "Cougar Town," "Friends with Benefits" among many others. Some of his film directing credits include " Waiting to Act," "Intrepid," "Pursuit of Happiness," "Mojave Phone Booth," "Route 30," and "Route 30, Too!".

Two Disney Channel stars are playing lead roles in "Beethoven Saves Christmas". Kim Rhodes was a series regular on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody", and Kyle Massey was the star of "Cory in the House". Canadian actor Munro Chambers, who plays Eli Goldsworthy on the television series "Degrassi: The Next Generation" is co-starring. And Primetime Emmy nominated actor Robert Picardo plays a lead role.

Here is what the extras casting director is seeking:

• All ages, male and female, any ethnicity.

• Families, moms, dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas.

• Ice skaters.

• People to play attendees and participants in a Santa Claus parade.

• People to play Christmas shoppers.

• Must be willing to work mostly exterior winter scenes.

• Must be willing to work on a set where dog(s) are in most scenes.

• Must commit to 1-2 complete days of filming.

• Must be located within a reasonable driving distance to Winnipeg.

• Must be legally able to work in Canada.

There will possibly be upwards of 1,000 extras hired for these scenes. Filming will take place on Monday through Fridays only. A typical day of shooting is between 10-12 hours. Pay rate is $11.00 per hour when hired.

If you fit the criteria above and are interested in being considered to work on the film, here are the steps to take:

• Download the extras application form HERE.

• Fill out the form and attach a color recent color photo.

• Photo does NOT have to be professional, can be a snapshot.

• Include all contact information, including your location.

• Specify if you can ice skate and own skates.

Send all of the above to the following ASAP:

Kari Rieger
Kari Casting
Beethoven Saves Christmas Extras
PO Box 68043
RPO Osborne Village
Winnipeg, MB R3L 2V9

Filming is taking place 15 miles north of Winnipeg in the small town of Stonewall, Manitoba. Shooting will continue through March 18, 2011.

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

Los Angeles:

Jeff Gerrard
Beethoven Saves Christmas
4704 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Suite 202
Studio City, CA 91607


Jim Heber
Beethoven Saves Christmas Casting
PO Box 1907
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R2

Extras Casting


Kari Rieger
Beethoven Saves Christmas Extras
PO Box 68043
RPO Osborne Village
Winnipeg, MB R3L 2V9

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.

Beethoven Saves Christmas
Winnipeg Production Office
889 Erin
Winnipeg MB R3G 2W6

Universal Studios Home Entertainment
10 Universal City Plaza
33rd Floor
Universal City, CA 91608

Original Pictures
191 Lombard Ave
Suite 602
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X1


Jeff Freilich


John Putch


Kim Rhodes
Robert Picardo
Kyle Massey
Munro Chambers


The big lovable Saint Bernard Beethoven is back again for another warm family fun romp. This time he saves Christmas. Beethoven is shipped off to participate in a set in a non-descript quaint American small-town Christmas parade. A youngster named Mason is assigned the responsibility of keeping an eye on Beethoven. Together, they get into to all kinds of doggone mischief.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a Division of NBC Universal.

Columbia Pictures feature film 'Men In Black 3' casting background performers in New York

"Men In Black 3" is currently on hold due to script rewrites.
Shooting will continue on March 23, 2011.

Men In Black New York Casting CallMen In Black III will hit theaters May 25, 2012
Sony Pictures

The feature film Men In Black III is currently filming in New York and the extras casting director is currently seeking the following:

• SAG Caucasian women to play 1960s young, attractive secretary types.
• Must be available for filming between February 28 and March 9.
• Must have natural-looking hair with no obvious highlights or roots.
• Please do not submit if you've previously worked on the film.

Email a recent picture and contact information to

Write "SAG Secretary Types" in the subject line of your email.

Men In Black III is being directed and co-produced by Primetime Emmy Award winning Barry Sonnenfeld, who has helmed such films as Get Shorty, Wild Wild West, and of course the first two installments of Men In Black. Steven Spielberg is also on board as co-producer with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald of the Los Angeles based Parkes/MacDonald Productions.

Ethan Cohen has penned the script, and rumors of him being replaced by David Koepp were untrue, although Koepp did some brief work on the script. Cohen's writing credits include Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Tropic Thunder.

The principal actor casting director is auditioning actresses in their 20's to play a younger version of Emma Thompson. The character has a good sense of humor, is alluring, and is very secure with her level of intelligence.

Principal Actor Casting

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

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

New York:

Ellen Chenoweth
161 Avenue of the Americas
11th floor
New York, NY 10013

Extras Casting

New York:

Grant Wilfley Casting
123 West 18th Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Production Companies:

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

Men In Black 3 Production Office
Kaufman Astoria Studios
34-37 36th Street
2nd Floor
Astoria, NY 11106

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

Amblin Entertainment
100 Universal Plaza
Bldg 477
Universal City, CA 91608

Right Coast Productions
289 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

Parkes/MacDonald Productions
1663 Euclid Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Steven Spielberg
Walter Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
Barry Sonnenfeld


Barry Sonnenfeld


Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Josh Brolin
Jemaine Clement
Emma Thompson
Nicole Scherzinger


The Men In Black duo of Agent Jay and Agent Kay are back in action. When the world is threatened by an evil alien, Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with the younger Agent Kay to stop an evil villain named Boris (Clement) from destroying the world in the future. Brolin will play the younger version of Jones' Agent Kay character.

General Open Casting Call for Three Upcoming Network TV series

"Drop Dead Diva" starring April Bowlby is one of the three shows being cast.
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Television Open Casting Call – Saturday, February 19th

Gwinnett Place Mall
Center Court
2100 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096

11:00am - 1:00pm

Casting Director Bill Marinella, a 17-year industry veteran, will be holding a General Open TV Casting Call for THREE upcoming network TV series on Saturday, February 192011. The search is on for background talent and specialty bit players for all three television shows. One hit series revolves around a law office and is filmed in Peachtree City. The second series focuses on football and the social night life in NYC. The third series is currently unnamed. All three series will soon begin production in the Atlanta, GA area. All positions are paid.

The open call is open for ages 18 and up only please. It is important you are dressed in your best wardrobe with make-up and hair camera ready. Arrive with two forms of valid I.D. 

The open casting call will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 11 am to 1pm at Gwinnett Place Mall (center court) located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA.

Specifically seeking the following different type looks:

• Very chic and trendy “30-somethings”
• Upscale patrons with upscale suits / dresses with a polished look
• Talent to portray attorneys and defendants and character faces
• Anyone with cool/funky hairstyle, eyeglasses, tattoos, or “Art Gallery” look
• Specifically looking for blonde men and women (tan a plus!)
• Upscale “Ladies of Luxury” 20’s-40’s (Show us your upscale look)

• Fit recreational Tennis players 20’s-50’s (don’t come in tennis attire)
• Hot looking male and females for LA and NY styled night club scene
• Beautiful, sexy REAL cheerleaders
• Football players or athletic and good looking
• Upscale looking business professionals in 20-40’s
• Upscale patrons with a polished look, so ladies bring your Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana handbags, Prada sunglasses etc...
• Anyone with cool/ funky hairstyle, eyeglasses, tattoos, or “Art Gallery” look
Everyone, please come relaxed and WEAR BEST UPSCALE WARDROBE with make-up and hair camera ready.
Casting ages 18 and over for “ALL LOOKS”

Wardrobe notes:

Colors they love for the professional looks are navy grey, black, olive, tan, maroon, beige, charcoal - think “GQ “ magazine type
For “Nightlife” scenes - Think “Sex and the City” type dresses, spaghetti straps, and stylish jeans for women, tops with jewel tones and color are good!
Men with an upscale NY and LA night club feel (“Entourage” feel), over-dyed or dark upscale jeans and shirts with peak or notch collars and sport jackets and soft soled rubber dress shoes, and handsome, “chic suits” for play.
Please come in style, simple jewelry is best, with hair and make up camera ready

Free parking. Please bring a pen and headshots if you have them. Please know your wardrobe sizes (height, waist, inseam, shoe, etc.)

About Bill Marinella Casting

Bill Marinella is a 17 year veteran in the film industry. He is a Casting Director for many network series and feature films. Marinella Casting has been involved in the casting for films shooting in Georgia in 2010 like Footloose, Marry Me, Change Up and also the hit TV series Drop Dead Diva.