In Focus: Acting
“You can never perfect what we do…It’s that constant pursuit of the unobtainable which is kind of magic really and should keep us motivated to try better.”
Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Colin Farrell, Jim Broadbent & Hugh Dancy offer their advice for aspiring actors.
Yes! Nomination for Benedict Cumberbatch@CvGG_Voices
Benedict Cumberbatch at DUNLOP Tires TVCF of 2014 ad released in TAIWAN.
Here can see this TVCF :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=867128459982559He served as China spokesperson in Dunlop Tires for two years .
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Fascinating article on set designer Es Devlin. Two snippets on Benedict’s Hamlet :
This Catholic inheritance has proved richly useful for Es. Ask her about it and she’ll speak nostalgically of “chanting the mass in Latin, setting up the wine and wafer props in the golden theatre of the Eucharist cabinet on the altar, chiming the bells on cue”. (Great-uncle Christopher’s essay “Hamlet’s Divinity” will soon be on Benedict Cumberbatch’s reading list: she and Lyndsey Turner, also raised a Catholic, want their new production to have a purgatorial air.)
Will it be possible? The production is two years away. Perhaps the technology doesn’t exist now, but very soon, it might. This is typical Devlin. When I ask what she’s planning for the Cumberbatch “Hamlet”, she answers with a question. “What if we could use sound to modulate and expand and contract the space of the Barbican? His soliloquy could fill the whole theatre. What if you felt like you were in his head?”
The stories have already aired on BBC Radio 4, but now you will be able to buy the CD from July 17, 2014 (and I just really like that photo on the cover).
James Rhodes has had an astonishing life. Told through a searingly honest narrative, he recalls the physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child, his ensuing struggle with drugs and alcohol, and the nervous breakdown that led him to spending months in a locked ward. But there is a bright, broad beam of light piercing through the darkness, and it is James’ passion for classical music - a passion that enabled him to get through his tumultuous upbringing, to resign from his mind-numbing job, and to become a renowned concert pianist.
It is an extraordinary achievement that, after years of self-harming, suicide attempts and lots of therapy, James has got to where he is now thanks to sheer determination, countless hours of piano practice and a chance encounter with a stranger: fragile, scarred, but performing sold-out concerts around the world and establishing himself as a presenter and commentator.
A passionate tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, this book also weaves in fascinating facts about how classical music works and the lives of some of the great composers. The result is a stunning, raw and inspirational memoir that will provoke, enlighten and inspire.
'Over the last five years James Rhodes has become my latest addiction. As a pianist, entertaining but always passionate and in the best sense serious about music, his wit on stage and concentration on the keyboard have earned him a new audience for whom classical music had always appeared stuffy and elitist. As for his life and personality - they transcend the imagination of the most vivid novelist. His story is one filled with unimaginable terrors and unconquerable triumphs. The unforgettable story of an unforgettable and remarkable man', STEPHEN FRY
'James' book is every bit as heartfelt as his playing. This is an inspiring insight into an extraordinary life and a plea to look afresh at classical music', DERREN BROWN