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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

6 Insane True Stories Behind The Stage Names of Celebrities

Maxwell Yezpitelok examines the stories behind the stage names of 6 well known celebrities. As a teenager, Nicolas Coppola changed his name to stop other actors from teasing him. No, they didn’t tease him because his last name was Italian, or because it sounded like “copulation.” Some people claimed he only had an acting career because Read MoreRead More

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