The Rise and Fall of Katherine Hepburn’s Fake Accent

When Hollywood turned to talkies, it created a not-quite-British, not-quite-American style of speaking often called the “Transatlantic” or “Mid-Atlantic” accent which has all but disappeared. “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By,’” purrs a moon-faced Ingrid Bergman in the now-famous scene from 1942′s Casablanca. Staccato t’s and accordion-stretched a’s lend a musical flavor to Bergman’s lilt. Read MoreRead More

Clint Eastwood & Darren Aronofsky On Actors

Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood in conversation with Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky following the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. How Actors Are Like Horses: Eastwood has the audience in stitches as he explains how he learned not to yell “action!” back in his “Rawhide” days. Difficult Actors: Eastwood tells a story of Read MoreRead More

Bruce Lee, Before and After the Dragon

In just a three year span, Bruce Lee starred in a handful of films that catapulted the martial arts genre into a global phenomenon. His sudden death, 40 years ago, left an enormous vacuum, with audiences around the world desperately craving more of the first Chinese superstar it had ever known. Answering the demand came Read MoreRead More

Watch Actors Perform Their Very Own Death-Defying Stunts

IO9 collected a series of clips of actors performing their own stunts, from Harold Llyod’s famous clockface gag to Jackie Chan. Most Hollywood actors are forbidden from doing all but the simplest stunts, because of the studio’s insurance policies. But some actors still demand to be in the thick of the action, while some comedians Read MoreRead More

Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part

Young actors find steady employment as readers in the booming world of audiobooks, and some make it a career. Gabra Zackman is a new kind of acting star: she is heard, but unheard-of. Ms. Zackman had classical training through the Shakespeare Theater of Washington, has worked in regional theaters for the last two decades and Read MoreRead More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Improv Comedy with Liam Neeson, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Del Close

Open Culture culls together some tips of how to do improv comedy. Attention, all struggling comedians! There’s big money in teaching corporate executives the rules of improvisation. Not to prepare them for a highly lucrative second career on some late night, black box stage, but rather to hone their listening skills, teach them how to work Read MoreRead More

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