Supercut of Abraham Lincoln portrayed in Film and TV (1915-2012)

Kevin B. Lee assembled these portrayals of  Abraham Lincoln in film and television: from babysitting Shirley Temple to hunting vampires, Star Trek to Bill & Ted, D.W. Griffith to Steven Spielberg, Bugs Bunny to Robot Chicken. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a high-profile study of one of America’s greatest presidents leading his country through the perilous Civil War. Too bad it Read MoreRead More

Abe Lincoln as You’ve Never Heard Him

Daniel Day-Lewis is known for diving deeply into his roles. He kept the voice of Lincoln between takes and off set even using it to discuss Mad Men with costar Jared Harris (better known to most Americans as Lane Pryce in “Mad Men”). The latest in a long parade of screen Abes, coming right on the heels of Read MoreRead More

The World of a Professional Naked Girl

New York City artist Molly Crabapple addresses her life spent as a nude model for amateur photographers and how that has shaped her view of herself and of women. “If you keep traveling, you’re going to get yourself raped.” Z. and I were sitting in a cafe on the edge of the Sahara. We’d been bumming around Read MoreRead More

Daniel Day-Lewis Explains How He Developed Lincoln’s Voice

The Legendary actor along with Steven Spielberg along with Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner discuss how they found Lincoln’s voice. Daniel Day-Lewis, a London-native, spoke with a clear British accent, which of course came in stark contrast to the reedy, almost high-pitched voice that he employed as the wise — and surprisingly jovial — leader of the Read MoreRead More

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our Read MoreRead More

Nicole Kidman – Hollywood’s Unlikely Rebel

R. Kurt Osenlund offers a portrait of Nicole Kidman, looking at her career becoming a Hollywood rebel. While other A-List actresses have chased the kind of star vehicles that kill on opening weekend, Nicole Kidman has been quietly becoming Hollywood’s most unlikely rebel—a statuesque leading lady with a snowballing penchant for bold auteur partnerships. It’s Read MoreRead More

Daniel Day-Lewis on playing Lincoln

In this 60 Minutes interview, you’ll hear from the famously reticent Daniel Day-Lewis on his feelings for Lincoln, the man, in the actor’s first interview about “Lincoln,” the movie. It also gives a first look at the making of the “Lincoln” movie with details about the historical accuracy of the set, props, and acting from Read MoreRead More

Child Actor Henry Thomas’s Audition For E.T.

Here is a remarkable improvised audition by Henry Thomas that moved Steven Spielberg to tears. Okay Kid, you got the job. Henry Thomas goes into more detail in this interview for Esquire Magazine. ESQ: It’s a movie that’s impacted a lot of kids over the years. What was it like to be a young kid Read MoreRead More

What Filmmakers Need to Know about “Method” Acting

“The camera, I concluded, is not a recording device, it’s a microscope which reveals what the eye does not see. It also penetrates into a person, under the surface display, and records thoughts and feelings- whatever is going on. I would never forget this.”

- Elia Kazan

You’ve got a film to cast and the head shots and resumes start to come in. You turn-over the head shot and look over the resume for film credits, television, commercials, theatre, and finally training. Training, okay- you see schools, workshops and then you read- trained in “The Method.” The Method? Is that a cult or psychological deprogramming thing that some actors put themselves through? Yes it does sounds like that, and that’s why it’s so misunderstood and sometimes made fun of.Read More

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