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the casting couch

A phenomenon in which prospective employees (typically females) are propositioned for sexual favors in exchange for promised employment or career advancement. The practice is most associated with the entertainment industry, and the term refers to the actual piece of furniture in a casting director's office where such encounters may occur. According to many accounts, the casting couch is alive and well in Hollywood.
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the ˈcasting couch

(informal, humorous) used to refer to a situation in which somebody, especially a woman, agrees to have sex with somebody else in order to get work in a film/movie, TV programme, etc: the Hollywood casting couch for starlets
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casting couch

n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too.
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THE PROVERBIAL casting couch is the central object in Larry Clark's Impaled, the most compelling of the seven short films in the "art-porn" compilation Destricted (screening May 13 and 17 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music).
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They claimed that casting couch was common in the film industry," the actress said in her complaint.
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And girls can do anything they like"' Actress Gemma Arterton on being brought up by her single-parent mother "When I was a 16-year-old fresh from boarding school going out in, you know, the casting couch, I was definitely objectified to an extreme" Hollywood star Thandie Newton, pictured, revealing how she was abused by a director "There was one year that I had almost nothing but massive amounts of coffee.
Whenever Ior gay parts something It is purely fictional, but writer Wright has interweaved some wonderful elements into the script including takes on the casting couch and focus groups, while director Nicholas Hytner merges on-stage action with film footage to great effect.
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Set in Hollywood Neo-noir, and guided by an intrepid philosophical counselor (or life coach), we investigate The Lost Love of the Latest Tycoon, examining the role of the muse, the magnificent intemperate impulses of the femme fatale, and the allure of the casting couch, as we witness the fall of an empire in the twilight of the egoists.