Early De Niro

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Growing up in NY to a gay father with feelings of insecurities and loneliness, De Niro’s acting may have been a form of self therapy as well as an attempt to come to terms with his ambivalent feelings towards his father.  De Niro from a young age has dedicated the craft of acting to the style of the method by … Read More

Writers behold!

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David Mamet shares some writing tips with his writing team from the Unit TV show: TO THE WRITERS OF THE UNIT GREETINGS.  AS WE LEARN HOW TO WRITE THIS SHOW, A RECURRING PROBLEM BECOMES CLEAR.  THE PROBLEM IS THIS: TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DRAMA AND NON- DRAMA. LET ME BREAK-IT-DOWN-NOW.  EVERYONE IN CREATION IS SCREAMING AT US TO MAKE THE SHOW … Read More

The Bogie

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Bogie

The leading man of the past was one of the most imitated movie actors of all time. His unique, almost musical sibilance, his creased frown and rare, infectious smile gave him a quality that was at once dangerous and sympathetic. The American Film Institute ranked him as the greatest male legend in cinema history.  Bogart began as a heavy and … Read More

Rehearsing with Sidney

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Sidney L.

Sidney Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, directing more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957 of 12 Angry Men.  As well as being a fine craftsman in his field he also had a strong direction of actors and thus was also known as the ‘actor’s director’, having … Read More

The Herzog Way

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Herzog-Loch-Ness

This is taken from a chapter in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic which I encourage you to read if you haven’t already done so. And in this particular chapter Elizabeth relays a moment when her friend, who was living in Italy as an independent filmmaker, was annoyed that he couldn’t get work or move ahead in his creative world. He … Read More

Brando the brand

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Brando would often say to his close friends ‘If you want to know me, listen to Miles Davis’s records or read stories or novels by major Anglo-American writers such as Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells.’ He was not only a devoted drummer who could hold his own with professional musicians, he was also knowledgeable about … Read More

10 ways to keep active during the lockdown

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10 ideas

Now that the winter of our discontent is behind us we have the spring of the virus to contend with and it comes at no better time than Easter, which is just around the corner.  Being cooped up in doors, especially if you have a family with kids, can be debilitating and challenging. Having to be in each others faces day … Read More

Why don’t artists ask?

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Starting out as a street performer known as ‘The 8ft Bride’, exchanging white flowers with strangers for money, Amanda Palmer learned pretty quick that there is an art to asking which she then proceeded to take into her music while touring with her band ‘The Dresden Dolls.’ Couch-surfing, self-promoting, crowd-sourcing, these were all ways for her to connect on a … Read More

A Fool’s Journey

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Buster

Buster Keaton was a master of the streamlined gag. He once said ‘A good comedy story can be written on a penny postcard.’ To him his films were nothing more than postcards: the disposable shorthand of someone on vacation. He was a prodigious acrobat and brilliant writer, gagman, director, and editor – a 5ft 6in auteur masquerading as a clown. … Read More

Jeff and Zen

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The Dude

While being a self confessed lazy man, Jeff is also one of the most steadily employed actors around, dedicating himself to, and practicing, a craft he truly digs. He has appeared in more than 60 films and TV productions across the sands of time, with his wide repertoire including comedies, dramas, mysteries, Sci-Fi, cartoons and even documentary narration. It seems … Read More