martin freeman method acting

Method acting is a divisive topic in Hollywood. Sometimes it results in the work of Marlon Brando, and sometimes it ends in Jared Leto sending rats to his costars. Clearly, not everyone is Brando. But for Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, it’s not the lack of a new-age Brando that is at fault, it’s method acting in general. Freeman recently took aim at method acting and at Jim Carrey’s “method” performance in Man on the Moon in a very well-articulated, profanity-laden rant against what he calls a “‘selfish, narcissistic” approach to acting.

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barry jenkins on the black gaze

The “Male Gaze” and the “Female Gaze” have been discussed to death in film circles, but what about the “Black Gaze”? That’s something that even Barry Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of Moonlight and the upcoming Amazon series The Underground Railroad, has rarely been asked about, despite the prevalence of Black talent and Black perspectives in his works. And sensing the dearth in that subject, he decided to explore it himself.

In a 40-minute video featuring The Underground Railroad background actors, Jenkins examines what exactly the “Black Gaze” is, and what it means to him and Black audiences. Watch the video below.

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metal gear solid movie oscar isaac

Oscar Isaac might legitimately kill someone in Moon Knight, the upcoming Marvel Disney+ series starring the Inside Llewyn Davis actor as a mercenary with dissociative identity disorder who draws his power from the moon. At least, that’s what it appears he’ll do, based on the stunts and fight choreography they have him performing during combat training. Let’s just say Isaac gets pretty stabby with a few stunt team members.

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making cameras disappear

“How did they do that?” There are so many feats of filmmaking that leave us baffled, but there are many more that are so seamless that they are invisible to the eye. One of which is an age-old technique that has only been refined as modern technologies improve: filming mirror scenes. Reflective surfaces are the enemy of the camera, catching equipment and crew members on the screen when they don’t want to be, and calling attention to the artifice of it all. So how do filmmakers go about making cameras disappear? An astute video essay by YouTuber Paul E.T. dives into the intricacies of the techniques to shoot mirror scenes. Watch it below.

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josie and the pussycats reunion

The band is back together, and ready for a reunion tour. Though that reunion tour mostly comprises of a (very cheery) Zoom chat. Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid met up for a virtual Josie and the Pussycats reunion on the comedy-musical’s 20th anniversary. Watch the three of them reminisce over the now-beloved movie in the special reunion video below.

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some good news dwayne johnson

In the early days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, John Krasinski shined a light on the uplifting stories of the world with Some Good News, a charmingly lo-fi web series in which the Quiet Place director gave the spotlight to good deeds amid the overwhelming dread and rising body count of the pandemic. It was a nice little gesture, and one that was even Emmy-qualifying, but Krasinski seemingly appeared to wrap it up months ago to package the idea for a more traditional news outlet. But unexpectedly, Krasinski brought it back for the holidays with the help of Dwayne Johnson — excuse me — “Dwanta Claus.”

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the lord of the rings stephen colbert

Peter Jackson has frequently been asked what his favorite The Lord of the Rings movie is. But rarely has he been asked what his favorite scene from the fantasy epics he shot is. So of course only extreme Lord of the Rings nerd Stephen Colbert could think to ask that question, and to score the director in a parody of the fantasy series made on the very sets and locations where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films were shot.

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google maps movies

The United Kingdom is preparing to enter another lockdown, and since its residents can’t really travel anywhere, they’re getting the next best thing: a Google Maps “virtual movie hunt.” Over 40 beloved British movies have been hidden across the Google map of the U.K., and are available to watch for free to any film fan that finds them. This includes institutional British classics like Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit as well as other acclaimed films, including Skyfall and Shaun of the Dead.

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rise of skywalker script leak john boyega

John Boyega doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to other actors of color. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star has been vocal about his unhappiness with the way Disney handled the torrential online abuse that Boyega suffered when he was part of the Star Wars universe, nor the way his character was sidelined in the films. But Boyega is hoping that other studios will learn a lesson and not let their POC stars “get Boyega-ed.”

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john wick vs neo

Many actors get the honor of playing at least one iconic character in their career, but Keanu Reeves has gotten to play three. Not only that, but Reeves will get to reprise all three of those characters in highly anticipated upcoming sequels. In the press tour for the first upcoming sequel, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Reeves spoke about his other two memorable characters, John Wick from the John Wick series and Neo from The Matrix, and answered the question that everyone wants to know: who would win in a fight? The answer is truly excellent (or bogus, depending on your preference).

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