ELVIS HOPEFULS VIE FOR SHOT AT CBS SERIES.Byline: Brent Hopkins Staff Writer
HOLLYWOOD - Pretenders to the throne of the King of Rock 'n' Roll rock 'n' roll: see rock music. turned out by the hundreds Wednesday, belt buckles glittering in the sunlight, hoping to secure a role in an upcoming CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast. miniseries detailing the rise of Elvis Presley.
Answering an open casting call that sought actors who looked 18 to 33 years of age and could sing 10 bars of any Elvis song, they came from all over the country, bringing guitars and gold sunglasses, wives and agents.
The line stretched a half-block down Beverly Boulevard, where a young Elvis imitator chatted with a middle-age facsimile who sported glued-on sideburns side·burns
Growths of hair down the sides of a man's face in front of the ears, especially when worn with the rest of the beard shaved off.
[Alteration of burnsides. . There was a look-alike talking on his cell phone. And a wannabe checking his hairdo in the reflection of a minivan window.
Some looked pretty good in their tight pants, others never should have been allowed near a black leather jumpsuit. Blue suede shoes
"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. abounded, all worn with the hope of capturing the elusive essence of the King.
The prize was a callback from the row of casting executives and producers who held the key to the starring role in ``Elvis,'' slated to air next May. Those who got it went to the green room to learn their lines; those who didn't departed, presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. in search of the Heartbreak Hotel.
Alex Pages, a 43-year-old MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. bus driver from Fontana, crafted his intricate sequined se·quin
1. A small shiny ornamental disk, often sewn on cloth; a spangle.
2. A gold coin of the Venetian Republic. Also called zecchino.
tr.v. outfit out of what appeared to be a nylon jacket, yet still managed to pull off a distinctly Presley-esque aura from behind a massive pair of gold shades.
``When I pop the glasses on, I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what happens, man,'' he said, affecting a Mississippi drawl and curling his upper lip to deliver the singer's signature line. ``Thank you very much!''
Chris Monteith mon·teith
A large punch bowl having a notched rim on which cups can be hung.
[Possibly after Monteith (Monteigh), an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.] , a 28-year-old who's been at it for 10 years, brought his wife, agent and agent's son to keep him company in line.
``You need it all - the moves, the looks, the charisma,'' the North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. native said, straightening his white suit.
In a tweed coat, black shirt and white tie and strumming a Fender acoustic guitar, Dean Zeligman, 21, was the picture of the shy young truck driver who turned into an explosion of electric sexuality on stage.
``Y'all are pretty sick of looking at black hair and sideburns by now, aren't ya?'' drawled Zeligman, a Lancaster native and professional Elvis impersonator who was one of the lucky few asked to read a scene.
Inside the cold studio, in front of a red curtain with a hot microphone to sing into, things turned coldly professional.
Voices cracked, nerves flared and, one by one, a sea of confident Elvis Presleys became a string of vulnerable pretenders.
``There are very few people who can walk through the door, step up to the mike and make you go 'Wow,''' said Peter Golden, CBS' executive vice president of talent and casting.
``The trick is to show the boyish naivete na·ive·té or na·ïve·té
1. The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.
2. An artless, credulous, or uncritical statement or act. that he had when he was starting out, then the tremendous superstar confidence in his 30s.''
Jake Engle, an 18-year-old from Yachats, Ore., didn't bring a cape, dye his hair or even announce that he'd left the building, making him a strangely low-key performer in a field of showoffs.
But he thought he had the underlying charisma he needed to stand out among the long line of aspirants to be the next King.
``For an Elvis audition, expect a blockful of Elvises,'' he said. ``When this came along, I said, Hey, I've got to go - heat, cold, rain, whatever. I'll do whatever it takes to stand in line for the five minutes of fame.''
Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738
(1 -- 4 -- color) CBS held an open casting call Wednesday for actors who look 18-33 years old for an upcoming miniseries about Elvis Presley. At top, Donny Edwards of Las Vegas takes his turn before the judges. Above, a sequined jumpsuit-clad Elvis impersonator heads for the Studio City tryouts accompanied by his own Priscilla. Pompadours were the preferred hairstyle, as seen by the group of four would-be Kings above right. Jamie Tintor of Hibbing, Minn., right, waits for his chance to sing.
Tina Burch/Staff Photographer