Way back in 1897, the Moscow Art Theatre was born. Playwright Anton Chekhov collaborated with many actors and directors and in particular a man called Constantin Stanislavski, a man who pioneered method acting with what he called ‘Theatrical truth’.
Bounce forward a few decades later in the 1940′s and 50′s to the group theatre in New York city and a man called Lee Strasberg who, along with others at the now world famous ‘Actors Studio’, popularized the work of Stanislavski to create what is now known today as ‘Method’ acting. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman are just a few famous names to go through the actors studio, and are now possibly the most famous (with the exception of Daniel Day Lewis) advocates of getting into character by living and breathing every nuance of the world they inhabit.
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- Shaun Lappin
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
There are sports movies. There are war movies. Playing with the Enemy will be both, and it’s set to be directed by Jim Sheridan, who has worked in both genres before.
Sheridan will direct the film and re-write its script, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
The film is an adaptation of the 2006 book Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore, about his father, Gene Moore, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers before joining the Navy in 1940. While stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana, he taught German POWs how to play baseball.
- Emily Rome
The book chronicles the story of the author’s father Gene Moore, a former baseball prodigy who joined the Navy and was eventually stationed at a Pow camp in Louisiana where he taught German prisoners how to play America’s favorite pastime. The story explores the relationship between the guards and prisoners at the height of the war as well as the dynamics of the relationship between the author and his father.
Sheridan has written some powerful screenplays in his time and on more than one occasion he’s worked with one of the best actors of all time, Daniel Day-Lewis.
Sheridan is expected to begin production on this film after he finishes his current project, »
- Alex Corey
Jim Sheridan, the man behind films like My Left Foot and In America , has signed on to helm an adaptation of Gary W. Moore's Playing with the Enemy , Deadline reports. The nonfiction book, published in 2006, is officially described as follows: It was true in the 1940's, and it is still true today: if you have talent, someone will notice. In Gene Moore.s case, that someone was the Brooklyn Dodgers. Gene Moore was a farm boy living with his family in Sesser, Illinois, a town so small even map makers ignored it. As a teenager, when he wasn.t in school or helping his Pop on the farm, slopping the hogs and doing other chores with his older brother Ward and five sisters, Gene was playing baseball with the guys on the town team. Some were twice his age. The older fellows »
Exclusive: Wme just signed Jim Sheridan, the Irish filmmaker who has been in play since his CAA agent Bob Bookman left to join Paradigm. Sheridan also signed with Manage-Ment’s Dan Halsted to be his manager. I kind of figured Sheridan would follow Bookie. But Wme pulled off a coup, just as the agency did when it shook loose Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli after his agent Martin Spencer left CAA to join Resolution. In the case of Sheridan, Wme gets a director responsible for what in my book are three bonafide classic films–My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father, and The Boxer. He also helmed the autobiographical In America, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and Brothers. His last film, Dream House, was a misfire, and he had long fought to bring I, Claudius to the screen to no avail, but a good filmmaker is a good filmmaker. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Sometimes, it takes a familiar face to put a face on a problem ... even one that is international in scope.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is no stranger to championing social causes, and she takes up another as she and "My Left Foot" Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn play the title roles in the HBO drama movie "Mary and Martha" Saturday, April 20. Written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Four Weddings and a Funeral") and filmed largely in South Africa, the BBC and NBC Universal co-production tells the story of two very different women who unite to crusade against malaria after both lose sons to the illness.
Mary (Swank) is an American who takes her child (Lux Haney-Jardine, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") away from bullying classmates for an "adventure" abroad, and Martha (Blethyn) is an Englishwoman whose son (Sam Claflin, "Snow White and the Huntsman") volunteers at an African orphanage. After both »
It's St. Patrick's Day week, which means it's time to celebrate movies from the Emerald Isle. While there's no G-rated Irish film available for instant Netflix streaming, I highly recommend "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," a classic Disney leprechaun tale starring a very young Sean Connery (who's actually Scottish but still great to see). Here are great PG, PG-13, and -- if you have older teens -- R-for-language picks for this week. Erin go Bragh, movie lovers! PG Pick - Page to Screen: "The Secret of Kells" (2009, 75 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Even kids who like everything they see will realize how special this movie is, regardless of whether they understand the setting of a medieval Irish abbey. This is a hero's journey set in a supremely original setting. The orphaned nephew of the head Abbot, young Brendan is supposed to help build a wall to ward off invading Vikings. »
- Sandie Chen
"I drink your milkshake!"
After winning a record third Oscar for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for his performance in Lincoln, English-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis is being heralded by many as "our greatest living actor," with some even crowning him "the greatest actor of all time." In his acceptance speech, Day-Lewis humbly said that he didn't "know how any of this happened" to him, and that he "received more" than his "fair share of good fortune." Maybe so, but Day-Lewis is also an incredibly dedicated method actor who conducts vast amounts of research for every role he takes on and often lives his day-to-day life as the character he is portraying while a film is in production.
Day-Lewis' intense commitment to his craft has jeopardized his health on more than one occasion — he broke two ribs from remaining hunched over in a wheelchair all during the filming of »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Triple Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis has cited the vanity-free actor Phil Davis as a key inspiration, alongside Brando and Streep. Is it time the star of Quadrophenia and Whitechapel was recognised as a British acting great?
Phil Davis calls himself "the nose-and-teeth man". He says he sometimes looks in the mirror and thinks: "Look at that tired old boat race." And it's true that, with his pink skin, squinting eyes and shock of vanilla hair, there is something of the naked mole rat about him.
But this week the largely unsung hero of British screen acting was cited by Daniel Day-Lewis as one of the biggest influences on his career. In an article for Port magazine, Day-Lewis ranked Davis alongside Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Marlon Brando: the actor's 1977 turn in Gotcha, he wrote, had made a "deep impression". Day-Lewis has won three Oscars (Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Last year on this website I wrote an article listing what I thought were the best physically disabled characters in film. I wrote it right around the time the Paralympics were ending and I simply saw a trending topic and went with it.
Of course, I knew there was sensitivity to the subject matter, but I thought that at that time, more than ever before, there was a distinct lack of taboo around the subject. The article did generate some pretty lengthy comments after a few days and a point was raised that I had been completely oblivious to whilst writing; not one of my selection of great physically disabled movie characters had been played by a physically disabled actor.
As I’d compiled the list completely oblivious to this point I stand by that previous top ten. However this further highlights the question – why aren’t more great physically »
- Andrew Stewart
Longtime CAA agent Robert Bookman, who represents clients such as Paul Greengrass, Cameron Crowe and Martin McDonagh, has joined Paradigm, the agency announced on Friday. Bookman joins Paradigm as a senior agent on Monday, reuniting with former colleagues Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Stovitz just joined Paradigm from Overbook Entertainment while Holston came aboard in January 2012. Bookman has put together deals for films such as "A Beautiful Mind, "Apollo 13" and "Silence of the Lambs" and his other clients include "My Left Foot" director Jim Sheridan and "Casino Royale" director Martin »
- Lucas Shaw
Lincoln star says he needs to 'lie down for a couple of years' as he dismisses attempts to label him greatest ever actor as 'daft'
Long after the Californian sun rose, the Oscar winners and losers were waking up after a night of loud applause and louder frocks, hilarious acceptance speeches and dire jokes.
As universally predicted, Daniel Day-Lewis took the Oscar for best actor for his towering performance in Lincoln, and also enters the record books as the first male actor to be a third-time victor, after winning for My Left Foot in 1990 and There Will Be Blood in 2008.
Day-Lewis is sometimes seen as a remote and slightly chilly figure, renowned for his obsessive preparation and for remaining in character throughout the filming – hard on his wife, the actor and director Rebecca Miller, given that the 16th president of the United States had a notoriously difficult relationship with his wife, »
- Maev Kennedy, Catherine Shoard
Statistically speaking, with his third best actor Oscar in hand, Daniel Day-Lewis is now officially the greatest actor of all time. But statistics lie. Richard Burton, the greatest actor of his generation, was nominated for six Oscars and never won. Roberto Benigni did. Cary Grant, who almost single-handedly invented motion pictures, never won an Oscar. F Murray Abraham did. Heath Ledger, the most gifted actor of his generation, won his first and only Oscar – for best supporting actor – after he was dead. Art Carney, Nicolas Cage and Richard Dreyfuss were all very much alive when they were singled out as best actor of the year. Yes, Art Carney. As previously noted, statistics lie. Especially when they involve Nicolas Cage.
Arguing whether »
- Joe Queenan
When the name is uttered (“Hi, I’m Daniel Day-Lewis…”), a surge of emotions runs through one’s body. “Strange”, “intelligent” and “reclusive” are the most prominent descriptive words that arise from my literary heart. Since the late eighties, Mr. Lewis has been regarded as one of the finest talents around, following his portrayal of Christy Brown in My Left Foot.
Following that he has defined himself in such movies as Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood and his latest release, Lincoln. His time really is the twenty-first century, whilst he had good roles and gave good performances in the eighties and nineties, this is his time. When the incredible Marlon Brando died in 2004, Day-Lewis moved to the top spot of greatest living actor, with Joaquin Phoenix and Bobby De Niro trailing behind him in second and third positions.
Monsieur Lewis is a method actor, that technique which »
- Quinn Steers
The 85th Annual Academy Awards didn't have a lot of surprises -- it was widely expected that "Argo," Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis would win and they did -- but let's take another look what Oscar voters declared 2012's best in film.
It starts with "Argo," the Best Picture winner, which overcame the nomination morning snub of Ben Affleck in the Best Director category to dominate pretty much all of Hollywood's award season. In doing so, "Argo" became only the fourth movie in history to win a Best Picture Oscar without at least receiving a Best Director nomination. "Argo" also claimed wins in the Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.
But "Argo" was not the night's most honored film. That was Ang Lee's visually dazzling literary adaptation "Life of Pi" which took home four Oscars: Best Director for Lee, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. »
Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24.02.13). The 55-year-old actor - who has been nominated five times - took home the third Oscar of his career for his performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg directed movie, 'Lincoln'. The win makes Daniel the first person ever to win the Best Actor award three times in the history of the Academy, having previously triumphed for 1989's 'My Left Foot' and 2007's 'There Will Be Blood'. His other nominations were for 'Gangs of New York' and 'In the Name of the Father.' The actor - who was accompanied to the ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles by his wife »
Actor breaks records by taking third Oscar, this time for leading role in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic
Oscars 2013: best picture belongs to Argo, while Life of Pi helps upset Lincoln's ship
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Bookies favourite Daniel Day-Lewis duly surged to glory at tonight's Academy Awards, picking up the best actor prize for his performance in Lincoln. He is the first man ever to win three best actor Oscars, having previously triumphed for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood.
Spielberg's film casts the British-born performer as the 16th American president, exhausted but still upstanding at the end of the civil war as he seeks to pass an amendment that will lead to the abolition of slavery.
Day-Lewis, 55, is renowned for his careful preparation and exacting nature – often immersing himself in a role to such a degree that he remains »
- Xan Brooks
Los Angeles — Ben Affleck's "Argo," a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. From the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the final prize. "There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do," Affleck said of the other best-picture nominees. In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread Sunday's honors among a range of films, with "Argo" winning three trophies but "Life of Pi" leading with four. Daniel Day-Lewis joined a select group of recipients with his third Oscar, taking the best-actor trophy for his monumental performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga "Lincoln." "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence triumphed in Hollywood's big games, winning the best actress as a damaged soul in "Silver Linings Playbook," while Ang Lee pulled off a »
- Alex Suskind
The actor accepted his role with typical grace and a touch of humour:
“I don’t know how any of this happened. I’ve received more than my fair share of good fortune. It’s a strange thing because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I’d committed to playing Margaret Thatcher – and Meryl was Steven’s [Spielberg] first choice for Lincoln. I’d have like to see that version. I had to persuade Steven that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical. When we got married 16 years ago, my wife has lived with some very strange men, but luckily she’s been the perfect companion to all of them.”
Despite some strong performances in the category, »
- Simon Gallagher
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