Game of Thrones: The Last Watch trailer prepares for The End HBO has revealed the first trailer for : The Last Watch, a two-hour documentary about the making of the final season. For a year, acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay was embedded on the set of the hit HBO series and chronicled the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season. Check out the trailer below! Debuting Sunday, May 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), one week after the series finale, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Made with unprecedented access, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers. Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world – and then have to say goodbye to it. Jeanie Finlay’s previous credits include the documentaries “Seahorse,” “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King,” “Pantomime,” “The Great Hip Hop Hoax,” “Sound It Out” and “Goth Cruise.” Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is her eighth feature film. The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Edward Berger to direct Bryan Cranston in Showtime’s Your Honor Showtime has announced that Emmy nominated writer/director Edward Berger () will return to the premium cable network to direct their new limited series Your Honor. Berger will direct the first three episodes of the series which sees Oscar nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Tony Award winner starring. A legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society, Cranston will star as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Your Honor is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Evil). BAFTA winner Peter Moffat – whose Criminal Justice was the basis for The Night Of – serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes, including the first episode. Your Honor will go into production this fall in New Orleans. Your Honor, produced by CBS Television Studios in association with King Size Productions, is being adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, produced by Ram Landes and airing on the country’s Yes TV. Liz Glotzer (Evil, The Good Fight, Castle Rock, The Shawshank Redemption), Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg (Hostages, Betrayal) of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment will also serve as executive producers. (Photo credit: Getty Images) The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Whiskey Cavalier cancelled by ABC after one season Despite prominent billing surrounding The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, a special preview premiere following the Oscars and surprisingly strong reviews from critics, the espionage action comedy Whiskey Cavalier has received the axe from ABC following struggling ratings, according to . The series followed the adventures of secret agents Will Chase, played by (Scandal), and Frankie Trowbridge, played by Cohan, as they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world. This was the series that Cohen elected to leave her long-running role as Maggie on The Walking Dead, though it’s possible for her character to return to the AMC series eventually. Together, Will and Frankie lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who every so often save the world – and each other – while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. Whiskey Cavalier also stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) as Edgar Standish and Vir Das (Son of Abish) as Jai Datta. Executive producer Bill Lawrence took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm the bad news for fans of the series. is unfortunately over. I actually did have an investment in the show and the people. I’m sad. I’m grateful for the chance. — Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) Foley also took to Instagram to discuss the news in a video alongside his wife and guest star Marika Dominczyk, who was very tearful regarding the cancellation. View this post on Instagram A post shared by (@scottkfoley) on May 12, 2019 at 11:07am PDT The pilot script for Whiskey Cavalier was written by creator Dave Hemingson, who will also executive produce with Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Peter Atencio from Doozer Productions. The studio is Warner Bros. Television and Atencio directed the pilot, with Foley also producing. Because Warner Bros. TV has a major investment in the project including its international appeal and A-list TV stars, the studio is currently shopping the series around to other networks in hopes of keeping the project going. The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Alfred is done with violence in new Pennyworth promo After years of violence in service to the Queen, Alfred Pennyworth now wants to live a peaceful life. Check out the newly released for Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series in the player below! Pennyworth will star Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Medici) as Alfred Pennyworth, Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as Thomas Wayne, Ryan Fletcher as Dave Boy, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Bazza, Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes, Jason Flemyng (The Curios Case of Benjamin Button) as Lord Harwood and Polly Walker as Peggy Sykes. The series follows Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father. Alfred is described as a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. You would never take him for an SAS killer, thanks to his honest, open-faced, and witty demeanor. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become, and he doesn’t know what to make of himself yet. Pennyworth comes from executive producer and writer Bruno Heller (, The Mentalist, Rome) and Danny Cannon (Gotham, CSI), who will also direct. The 10-episode, one-hour drama series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Production on the series began last October at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK. The series will arrive on Epix on July 28. The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Abbie HarrisI can’t be the only one who has opened their script, stared at the first page for what only felt like ten minutes, and then looked up at the clock to find a full hour has passed me by.When your script has become your comfort blanket, despairing at the thought of letting it go before show week will do nothing to reduce all the other stresses that come with being part of a production.So, I would like to share a few tricks that, in my experience, have been incredibly helpful when starting to learn my lines.1) Write the lines out by hand.It may be a pain, but it’s worth it. If there is a line that is causing you trouble, write it out a few times. The act of repetition will cement the line to memory.When I was in primary school, I was given L.A.C.A.W.A.C. spelling homework every week, which stood for Look And Cover And Write And Check. This idea could be applied to line learning. Write out the line, study it for a moment before covering it, write it out again and then check to see how well you remembered it. Doing this a few times should get you used to even the trickiest of lines.2) Say the lines out loud.Just reading the lines repeatedly would do nothing more than make me fall asleep on my script. While I would be hoping that the words get absorbed into my brain through osmosis, I would inevitably wake up feeling even worse than I did before.I recommend speaking the lines out loud because you can learn the words at the same time as figuring out how you’re going to say them on stage. This method provides a two-for-one deal; master the words and the expression together. You may find that understanding the emotion in the scene behind the lines makes it easier to remember what your character should say.Maybe jot some notes on your script as you go, to remind you of your character’s emotional journey.3) Get someone to help you.Probably the most obvious tip on this list. Have someone else read in for the other characters in the scene you’re learning. Learning your lines is one thing but learning when to say them is another. Having someone read in your cue lines will get you used to performing the scene with other actors, and cue lines can also give you a huge clue as to what your next line should be.Hopefully these simple tricks will alleviate some stress, and secure your place in your director’s good books for getting off-script before anyone else!
May 13, 2019
Netflix’s What/If trailer: True success comes at any cost Netflix has the official trailer for Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger’s upcoming social thriller anthology , teasing the difficult sacrifices that the characters must be willing to take in exchange for the achievement of their personal desires. The new series will be available for streaming on May 24, exclusively on Netflix. Check out the video below! What/If will also star Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) as Lisa, Blake Jenner (Glee, American Animals) as Sean, Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World) as Cassidy, Samantha Ware (Barry, Chicago Med) as Angela, Juan Castano (The OA, Bull) as Marcos, Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton, Before I Fall) as Todd, Saamer Usmani (Reign, The Killjoys) as Avery, Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters) as Dr. Ian Harris, Louis Herthum () as Foster, and Tyler Ross, Derek Smith, Nana Ghana, Monique Kim and Marissa Cuevas. Created by Mike Kelley, known for creating the hit ABC mystery drama Revenge, the series will explore the effects of acceptable people committing deplorable acts, with Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Baby) starring in the lead role of a powerful woman named Anne, whose story has yet to be discussed. The streaming service has ordered a ten-episode season of 60-minute episodes executive produced by Kelley, Melissa Loy (Revenge), Alex Gartner and Charles Roven (Season of the Witch), Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke (Flight). Kelley and the streaming service have a multi-season plan for the series, which will take on an anthology format as each new season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally relevant events and how the power of one decision can change lives so drastically The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Charmed Season 1 Episode 21 Recap In the of The CW’s , Hunter killed all the Elders except for Charity, and the Charmed Ones vanquished him. In Charmed Season 1 Episode 21, the sisters realized that Hunter’s death released the Harbinger virus. Outbreak Galvin called the Charmed Ones to the hospital where the Cinco de Mayo party attendees had come in, bleeding out of their eyes and noses. While there, Mel noticed Niko among them, though she was just bleeding from her nose. While the others were infected with the Harbinger virus, as Macy determined, Niko’s was a reaction to learning the truth of her altered history. The sisters instructed Galvin to have the infected quarantined. Niko should be safe among them since she was wearing the protection ring. Unfortunately, Greta arrived and removed Niko’s ring since she was jealous of Mel. The Empathic Plane Maggie could hear Parker calling to her. Harry helped her reach an empathic plane where they could communicate. Parker told her to protect Charity, since she was the last remaining sage from the prophecy. Harry knew she would be at the Garden of Latebra. She had unearthed a plant needed for a spell to help her evade detection. However, since it hadn’t bloomed enough, Charity needed Mel’s powers to speed up the plant’s growth. Parker attacked in Latebra and claimed it was all a plan for Maggie to lead him to Charity. Harry escaped with Charity. Maggie couldn’t vanquish Parker since she sensed the human Parker was still there. In the Vortex Viribus, Harry was able to get the plant to bloom, but Fiona had found them. She killed Charity, and the last sage fell. Sacrifice The infected were reacting violently, and the virus was spreading. Galvin suggested using the ritual he was going to use on Macy to remove the demon in her. Macy apologized for involving him in magic, but Galvin told her that he loved her. He performed the ritual but didn’t tell Macy that it required a sacrifice. Macy and Harry tried to stop him. The ritual killed him, but it worked. Those infected were no longer attacking, and the virus dissipated. The Source Since Charity had died, the blood rain came, in accordance to the prophecy. Alistair had taken Maggie to use her as bait for Parker, who had disappeared after the fight. The sisters searched for them in the eye of the storm. Fiona called the black flame to surround Maggie. Since Macy had previously removed her immortality, it killed her. Alistair wanted Parker to step into the flame and take on the Source to save Maggie. However, Macy, another demon born of a human, took the Origin Dagger from within Parker and placed it in herself. She stepped into the fire and took on the Source to save Maggie. She stopped the blood rain and vanquished Alistair. Back at home, everyone was uneasy about Macy’s new powers, but she had all the control. She went back to Galvin’s body, and his eyes opened. What did you think of this episode of Charmed? Let us know in the comment section below!  The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
HBO’s Euphoria trailer wants you to feel something HBO has the official trailer for their upcoming teen drama series Euphoria, giving us a glimpse of the different struggles that the main characters will go through throughout the season. Starring The Greatest Showman actress Zendaya, the series is scheduled to make its debut on June 16, exclusively on . Check out the video below! Based on an Israeli series of the same name, will follow a group of high school students as they struggle to move through the worlds of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.The original series that was created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin and Tmira Yardeni ran for just 10 episodes from 2012 to 2013. It features an ensemble cast that includes (Spider-Man: Homecoming) in the lead role of Rue. Also starring in the series are Maude Apatow (This is 40), Eric Dane (The Last Ship), Barbie Ferreira, Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects), Algee Smith (The Hate U Give), Jacob Elordi (Kissing Booth), Barbie Ferreira (How to Behave), Hunter Schafer, Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead), Alexa Demie and Nika King. , which is being developed for and written for HBO by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation), is also produced by indie production company A24, who delivered last year’s acclaimed Amazon series, Comrade Detective. The series is executive produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Drake (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Future the Prince along with Levinson, Leshem, Levin, and Yardeni. Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit, Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon will also serve as executive producers. The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
Nothing can stop Lex Luthor in the Supergirl season 4 finale promo has the first promo for the season 4 finale titled “The Quest for Peace,” a reference to the Superman sequel of the same name. The final episode is scheduled to air on May 19. Check out the video below! The episode is directed by Jesse Warn from a story by Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller and a teleplay by Rob Wright & Derek Simon. Its official synopsis reads: “LEX LUTHOR RETURNS – Lex Luthor (guest star Jon Cryer) descends upon Washington, DC and summons Lena (Katie McGrath) and Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong) to the White House. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) realizes she has one last chance to stop Lex and turns to the power of the press to help her.” Supergirl stars (Glee) as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Katie McGrath (Merlin) as Lena Luthor, Jess Rath as Brainiac 5, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz. New to the cast for the fourth season is Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty, Rhona Mitra as Mercy Graves, and Bruce Boxleitner as Vice President Baker. Based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. New episodes of Supergirl premiere Sunday at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free next day only on The CW App! The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
NBC renews This is Us for 3 additional seasons! has signaled the faith it has in the tear-jerking sitcom by renewing it for three additional seasons. The renewal is an unprecedented move for a network, and shows the confidence the Home of the Peacock has in series creator storytelling in the long-term. For the current season, This Is Us averaged a 3.79 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsen ratings, making it currently the season’s #1 entertainment series on any broadcast network in 18-49, as well as the #2 drama in total viewers. “In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC’s Presidents of Scripted Programming. “A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast and crew who reach new heights every week with the show’s inventive and compelling storytelling.” This Is Us is a refreshingly honest and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. This Is Us is a smart, modern series that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. The cast includes , Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, , and Ron Cephas Jones. Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer with . Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors , John Requa, and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. This Is Us is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. This Is Us airs Tuesday nights on NBC. The post appeared first on .
May 13, 2019
was started by the , who are in their 70th year, in 2001. Combating issues such as stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship with this years theme being body image. Here at we put some feelers out to some of our friends who responded with such bravery and pride. Working in this industry we call 'show business' is tough at the best of times, is our chance to educate people and help us understand one another. Our mission as people who are in and adore this industry is to support and help everyone in it. To promote we have been joined by a few of our friends who have written some wonderful guest posts for us. The more we speak about this, the better. Click here to view them all. Upon recommendation, we got in touch with the wonderful and at to ask them to share their wisdom. Since launching in 2018 they have already provided so much help to those in the performing arts industry. Check them out on and visit their . ________________________________________________Over the last few months since we began Industry Minds, we have discovered many avenues that can help boost and support mental health. As we are all different, below we have listed a range of these avenues as we possibly can that we think could help. Some come with a cost and some with no price tag at all but all offer the same outcome: boosting and helping mental health.1. Therapy.Therapy can be incredibly beneficial to anyone who may be struggling or in need of a chat and gaining some advice. There are many services out there but our top picks has to be and our Having a therapist/counsellor who understands the arts can be very beneficial and both of these people specialise in the arts and both offer discounted prices to those in the arts. Trevor is a physiotherapist and Mary is a counsellor.Many people avoid therapy for various reasons so we have asked our Industry Minds Counsellor to write up some advice below for those who may have some questions around what counselling is.“The first question most clients ask is, “what is Person Centred Counselling?” (PCT). It is often referred to as “talking therapy”, which can lead to a comment around - “well, I can surely get the same result by talking to my flat mate , best friend etc”. Of course counselling has its limits and is not a panacea for everything that is wrong in a person’s life, so what difference can a counsellor make, that your best friend can’t? In true PCT style, let me help you decide for yourself. A counsellor will help the client make the CHANGE they want to make: that may be a change in how they see, think, feel about things or themselves or a change in behaviour. While a friend might offer advice on a problem (be that good or bad advice), a counsellor will facilitate that self discovery in an environment that offers certain therapeutic conditions including congruence, non judgement and empathy. Studies have shown that counselling works and clients improve, which leads me to the final favourite question from clients -“when will I be better?”There is no definitive answer to that: everyone is different, but the counsellor role is not one of “curing an illness”, or “fixing something that is broken”, but is the facilitator for a process of growth that is already there within the client. PCT recognises that you, the client are the expert in your own life and so can be trusted to explore and ultimately find any change - sometimes we just need a professional to help us on that journey of change”2. Applause For Thought.AFT is run by Raffaella Covino and the work she has created is incredible. This non-profit organisation provides free and low cost mental health support, talks and workshops to those who work in the entertainment industry. There is nothing else like this in the arts and provides a safe and educational space. The events run at The Other Palace (Victoria) and cover various topics. You can keep up to date on AFT by following them across their socials (LINK) AFT also has a fantastic collaboration with Drew McOnie for Mental Health Awareness Week which everyone should check out! ()3. Fitness/ExerciseExercise has to be our biggest top tip! Exercise can be challenging but very fun and is great to do this for our brains and hearts that work so hard for us. We have put a list below of various classes/apps below:- “Couch to 5K” - App- - It provides a fantastic and safe atmosphere to learn and develop confidence and skills, has a supportive judge free atmosphere, brilliant routines and is a lot of fun. - - A class specifically aimed at Singer/Actors who may still have to go to those dance auditions or who just want to dance and have some fun! A judge free/supportive environment, graduates go for free and run by two wonderful performers Blythe and Danny! - - Provides a space for people in the arts to stop and re-fuel in a guided meditation class. These classes run every Tuesday morning 11am - 12pm at Buddha on a Bicycle. - Yoga - Yoga is so accessible, from YouTube videos (cost free) to various classes all over London or around your area if you are out of London. If you are a gym member look at your gym timetable as classes may run for free or for a small fee. Jessica Louise Parkinson runs which is yoga for creatives which everyone should check out! - “Happy Not Perfect” - App- “Headspace” - App- “Nike running” - App- “1 Second Everyday” - App- “Calm” - App4. PodcastsYou can listen to our Podcast which talks openly to various creatives in the arts on Mental Health, in order to open up the conversation! We are on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud. However, there are several fantastic and brilliant podcasts out there for many different purposes! Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place - Go to podcast! Some wonderful stories with a strong focus on mental healthThe 98% - The podcast which discusses openly and honestly about The Actors Life! Funny and truthful! ()GEMA Collective (Gender Equality Movement for Actors) - Everyone should check out GEMA, not only their podcast but the other incredible work they offer! ()My Dad Wrote a Porno - We all know and love it! Laughing is important!5. King Manual Therapy restores function to body and voice and offers various treatments for creatives including the famous pain free vocal massage, vocal coaching, body and voice connection therapy, myofascial release and full body massage. Or you can keep up to date with KMT and keep your eyes peeled for discounts and offers here - Looking after your body especially those in the arts is very important, and we love KMT and they work they are doing. 6. Talking Talking is completely free of charge and one of the most beneficial things you can do to open up the conversation and support mental health. If its in person or via the phone/skype - it all matters. There is always someone to listen and there is always someone there to help. Below we have listened some contact details to people who are always there to listen, help or offer some advice.Samaritans - 116 123 Mary Burch (email to book in for your free phone/counselling session) - maryindustryminds@gmail.comSANEline - 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day)MIND - 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)Recommended Books: Depression In A Digital Age - Fiona Thomas ()The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k - Sarah Knight ()The Secret - Rhonda Byrne ()The Universe Has Your Back - Gabrielle Bernstein ()
May 13, 2019
Tony TarganActors have a long association with alcohol. There are many famous actors with a history of alcohol abuse, including Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, Errol Flynn, and Humphrey Bogart, to name just a few. Gerard Depardieu once famously claimed that he could drink up to 14 bottles of wine a day! But famous actors often live by a different set of rules. I wondered how community theater or regional actors would answer the question: Have you ever rehearsed or performed on stage while "under the influence"?Mainly, I was interested in motivations. Why did people drink before or during a show? How did it affect their performance, for better or worse? Did other actors or directors know or care? Personally, for me, the adrenaline I get from acting in front of a live audience is better than any drug. I can’t imagine needing any more stimulation. Some theaters have their own traditions – an opening night toast, a passed flask at intermission – and I have played along with that. But for the purposes of this article, I’m focused on actors who were actually impaired on stage. (For that reason, the names have been changed to protect the guilty.)“Rachel” told me that she first performed Midsummer's Night Dream when she was 21. In her words: “In the forest scene where both men are enchanted to fall in love with me, the director wanted the men very sexually amorous. I had a hard time with this scene, being younger and less experienced. One day, during break, we had some drinks. Unintentionally, I was rather tipsy. That day the scene went better and the director said she ‘didn't care what we had done, but whatever it was, keep doing it because the scene was so perfect.’ So, every day at intermission, they gave me a bottle of juice mixed with alcohol and I drank it. It never interfered with my ability to say my lines, and it made me looser on stage. … In my older, wiser days I would never do that; I have techniques and abilities to get myself where I need to be, safely. I also would now have no problem letting a director know I was uncomfortable and ask for help.” In fact, I have seen Rachel perform a topless scene, and she appeared totally at ease and had no more need for “liquid courage.”“Jim” was on stage in a bar scene when a fight broke out. During the fight, “my character grabbed a bottle of tequila and took some deep swigs for free. One night, the bottle was filled with vodka. So I ended up getting a triple shot. The very next scene was a dance number. I had no idea that the bottle had been tampered with. Given the heat of the spotlights and dancing in costume, it was a disorienting experience, but made for a fun story.” Similarly, “Mike” never eats prior to a performance but he “indulged in a glass of wine during intermission. Not a good idea! Although I got through the performance, I almost lost my balance taking bows.” Which was the last time Mike ever drank during a show.“Frank” admitted to me – years after the fact – that he and “Lila” occasionally were high on pot during performances of a show that I directed! (Had I known at the time, I would have been very upset, but it would have been too late to fire them.) He explained that, “It’s not something you want to try unless you’ve rehearsed that way.” Frankly, I had no idea they were high at the time, and it did not visibly affect their performances. Was I just naïve not to notice? What would you do if you noticed that another actor is impaired? “Steve” sees no distinction between the stage and any other workplace: “In a hardworking environment like a film set or a theatre, where you’re in close contact with people, in cramped quarters, a drinker is obvious. You can smell it. It’s atrocious. If I found someone was drunk on my set, I’d send them home. And most likely they would be fired. I’d be clear from the start that no one should arrive at work intoxicated, and drinking or etc. on the job would be grounds for removal. It’s not at all common. Drugs and alcohol simply don’t belong in a workplace.”So, while this is far from a scientific survey, my anecdotal evidence suggests that acting and alcohol generally don’t mix. And I’ll drink to that … after the show! Tony Targan is an aspiring playwright whose short plays have appeared in Midwest regional and community theaters. He is also a director and actor in southeast Michigan community theater, mostly with the Farmington Players Barn Theater. By day, Tony works as a technology attorney in Detroit.
May 13, 2019
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Recap In the of HBO’s , Sansa and Arya learned the truth about Jon’s parentage, and Cersei executed Missandei in front of Daenerys. In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, the penultimate episode of the series, Daenerys dealt with a number of betrayals, and her forces attacked King’s Landing. The Spider Varys wrote letters about Jon being the true heir to the Iron Throne. When Jon arrived in Dragonstone, Varys tried to convince him that he would be the better ruler. Tyrion confessed to Daenerys that Varys had betrayed her, but she already knew. She took it to mean that Jon had betrayed her, and when Jon couldn’t be with her romantically, Daenerys resigned herself to ruling through fear. She had Varys executed for his treason. The Mad Queen Despite the scorpions, Euron’s fleet, and the Golden Company, Daenerys’s forces, especially her remaining dragon, Drogon, cut through them like butter. The battle for King’s Landing was over soon, as the bells rang to announce Cersei’s surrender and the Lannister soldiers dropped their weapons. However, Daenerys wasn’t finished and used Drogon to rain fire down on King’s Landing, civilians and all. Grey Worm charged the surrendering soldiers, and the rest of Daenerys’s armies resumed attacking. Eventually, Jon ordered his troops to fall back. Cleganebowl Arya and The Hound finally made it into the Red Keep. As the castle crumbled around them, Sandor told her that she had to go back. If Arya followed him, she would not survive. Arya thanked him and left the castle. We followed Arya as she made her way through the devastation, trying to save as many as she could but ultimately failing as ashes rained from the sky. She found a horse and rode it away. In the Red Keep, The Hound found his brother escorting Cersei and Qyburn to safety. Sandor confronted Gregor. The Mountain ignored Cersei’s orders to stay with her and killed Qyburn in an instant. Cersei got out of there as the Clegane brothers squared off. Though The Mountain overpowered him, Sandor got some good stabs in. The only problem was that The Mountain is undead. He shrugged them off and pressed his fingers into The Hound’s eyes. Knowing that even a dagger through the eye wasn’t working, Sandor threw himself onto his brother, and they tumbled from the tower into fire and destruction. Together to the End The Unsullied had caught Jaime and were guarding him. As Daenerys’s Hand, Tyrion gained access to him and set him free. Jaime was supposed to convince Cersei to surrender by ringing the bells and opening the gates. Unfortunately, Jaime missed the cutoff as the gates to the Red Keep closed, so he had to find another way in. He ran into Euron, fresh out of the water after Drogon destroyed his fleet. He fought Jaime and stabbed him. Despite Jaime ultimately besting him, Euron rejoiced at having killed Jaime, who wasn’t dead yet. He taunted Jaime for being a Kingslayer yet again as he died. Jaime found Cersei and took her through the crumbling castle. They went underground, but debris blocked the way out for them. Jaime held her as everything around them caved in, and they died together. What did you think of the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comment section below!  The post appeared first on .
May 12, 2019
Watch the Game of Thrones series finale trailer! Following tonight’s episode of the series, HBO has released the first promo for the Game of Thrones series finale! Featuring brand new footage from the last episode of the Emmy award winning series, check out the Game of Thrones series finale trailer in the player below and look for the final episode to air on Sunday, May 19 on HBO. Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, the Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The series stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Executive producers of Season 8 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence, and Lisa McAtackney. The final season of Game of Thrones likely won’t be our last trip to Westeros, as set 1,000 years before the events of the wildly popular sword and sorcery epic. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been cast in the prequel series. S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders, Jessica Jones) will direct the pilot. The post appeared first on .
May 12, 2019
In yet another L for Steve Harvey this week, the man with many jobs has lost yet another paycheck and is being replaced by another white woman on television.According to , Melissa McCarthy will be taking over as host of NBC’s “Little Big Shots” when it returns this year, replacing Steve Harvey, who has hosted the show for the past seasons.“Melissa’s just an incredible performer and incredible comedian,” NBC’s co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy said in a statement, adding that the mother of two, 48, “will bring a completely fresh perspective to it.”“Melissa is a strong creative force with her own ideas. Changes will be apparent,” Telegdy added.Although an exact date for the series’ return has not been announced, the show will begin airing again at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights after the end of football season next winter.The news comes not long after it was reported that Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show Steve had been by NBC after seven years with the network.In place of Steve’s talk show, NBC will air Kelly Clarkson’s new daytime show The Kelly Clarkson Show.That makes two white women in a row that have replaced Steve Harvey on television. What’s next? Amy Schumer’s gonna take his Family Feud gig too? is a post from:
May 12, 2019
Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club is a raunchy cabaret, hosted by the ‘gin-soaked’ woman herself. The show has little narrative but is a collection of freakshow- type acts to get the audience laughing, gasping and exhilarated in the versatile Spiegeltent at the Underbelly Festival Southbank. The opening song was off to a surprisingly slow start and didn’t represent the rest of the spectacle. Close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re at a Lady Gaga concert, Dieter and Gaga’s vocal resemblance is uncanny. Dragging men onto the stage (by carrying her), she set the tone with hysterical observations, flashing dick pics and belting out their original songs, all the while not taking herself too seriously. No one in the audience is safe from Dieter and her contagious energy. The five other artists brought their own talents to the table. Each act was completely unexpected almost faultless. Aerial and Contortionist Beau Sargent blew me away. He was breath-taking and dripping with confidence. Nearing the end of the show, his aerial performance was particularly poignant and added depth to this otherwise light-hearted performance. Phenomenal. Kitty Bang Bang certainly gave Little Death a different vibe, the ‘Bearded Lady’ – I won’t tell you where the beard was- being a less tasteful but equally entertaining act! Bang Bang’s fire-breathing was nothing less than astonishing and I could happily watch her wide-eyed all night. Mime artist Josh Clanc is a natural comedian. A complete contrast to the previous acts, the mime scene did lose some pace but was enjoyable nonetheless. Myra Dubois was truly a ‘siren of South Yorkshire’, her voice can surely be heard for miles! She is hilarious and feisty - I look forward to seeing more of her.Lastly, Fancy Change, described as the ‘Hair Hanging Dynamo’ is a uniqueperformer and had the entire audience on the end of their seats. The risk she takes for our benefit is most certainly appreciated.The band; Mark Elton, Jonathon Kitching, Ed Bussey and Matt Isaac brought so much liveliness to the stage, they were cleverly integrated in yet did not distract from the performances. Being in the round, it is occasionally difficult to balance the sound around the venue and at times (such as the first song), the music drowned out Bernie Dieter from where I was sitting. Some acts could be fine-tuned to perfection, but ultimately, it is a magnificent cabaret. If you’re a fan of the Greatest Showman, but open to nudity, then you’ll love The Little Death Club.Review by Hannah StoreyRating: ★★★★Seat: Unallocated (Standard seats) | Price of Ticket: £21.50
May 12, 2019
The Marathon Continues … literally.Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store has reported a massive increase in sales since the rapper’s shooting death in March.Earlier this week, the South Central Los Angeles-based business announced that it had officially closed its doors for the foreseeable future, however, the online shop has remained up and running and business is booming.According to , Hussle’s fans and supporters have been buying merchandise in droves via , which has brought in more than $10 million. Hats, hoodies and t-shirts are the store’s biggest sellers, sources close to Nip’s team said.The tragic irony behind all of this is that Hussle was shot and killed in front of The Marathon on March 31st, which is likely the reason behind the brick and mortar business’ temporary (if not permanent) closing.“Thank you to everyone who’s placed an order with us these last couple of weeks. We appreciate the unprecedented outpour of support. It means a lot to our team and family,” a message from the store read on Instagram on Monday (May 6).“We are working around the clock to fulfill every order placed. We ask for your patience as we get everything fulfilled and shipped out to you. Additionally, our flagship store is closed right now, but our online store is open 24/7 to serve you and is the only authorized retailer of our brand. Once again, thank you for your support.” is a post from:
May 12, 2019
Nailah MathewsPre-Casting sticks in the craws of every unprofessional theatre artist, and probably in a lot of professional ones, too. Spawning drama that makes every stage manager worth their kit roll their eyes into next weekend, pre-casting somehow manages to worm its way into any given conversation about theater. High school and undergraduate university productions, regional theatres, children’s theatres alike, all seem to struggle with this one concept that actors all loathe somewhat equally. Of course, being pre-cast is flattering, but no actor is happy knowing someone else got a part we were right for, too just because somebody knew somebody else; our egos are too big to allow it. But how do we survive pre-casting and all the evil that comes with it?By calming down for two seconds, and thinking critically about why it happens. Theaters are places where art happens, that much is true. But what art happens, where, and by whom is determined by the theater’s bottom line. Money makes the world go around, and until an economic revolution happens, we kind of just have to deal with it. Pre-casting happens because theaters need to pay their artists. It’s been a long time since we’ve had anything even remotely looking like a federally run program designed to bolster the arts in trying economic times (this article is absolutely a love letter to the Federal Theatre Project) and theatres have to pick shows that they know will make them a decent amount of money. One way of doing that is by considering what actors they currently have in rotation, and who could play what. It’s not personal; it’s economics. A theatre has to look realistically and who’s around so that they can know which shows they can afford to/expect to produce in a season. If they picked shows blindly out of a hat, then a predominately white theatre does ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille,’ and then we’re all unhappy.Even in smaller theatres that have to work with specific budgets are victims of their bottom lines. Having recently graduated from an undergraduate theatre department myself, I know how much it stings but also why it has to happen. But as one of only three black girls in my department, it’s difficult to feel flattered when the role you’re pre-cast for is a formerly enslaved woman. And despite how beautiful the part is, and despite the fact that the part is the emotional linchpin of the play, it’s difficult not to feel insulted. Pigeonholed. Chosen for tokenism. Playing a black woman whose entire role in the play is to provide emotional support and tongue-in-cheek sexual advice to two other white women in a play written by another white woman; I’d rather a department pick something classical and cast it color-blind than have to get stuck in a situation where I feel I may have to compromise my own morals just to enjoy making theatre with the people I love. But I know that choosing that show was my department’s attempt at giving me an opportunity to dig hard into a part, and show off my abilities as a dramatic actor. So why does it still sting? Pre-casting tells actors that our talent either matters entirely or not at all. That their work, their drive, their dedication to their practice, is either the only deciding factor in whether or not they cast, or it’s bullshit. Nobody wants to think that their work is bullshit. You survive pre-casting by realizing that it happens for an important economic reason. Plenty of theatres use the money they make from big-budget musicals, for example, to furnish the smaller productions that enforce the theatre’s mission. Those big shows need names that crowds know and love so that they make the money that these theatres need so that they can take chances on actors that no one has ever heard of before. But it’s similarly important to take a good hard look at the way pre-casting effects students and actors of color, both emotionally and professionally. There are plenty of stories where black women are the architects of their journeys and not props to help the white leads stand on their own two feet. Theatres nationwide need to step up, and especially those in predominately white environments, so that the actors of color that do exist in those spaces are seen and heard and celebrated as more than just the token background Asian, or the Latina nurse with red nails and a lousy attitude. Pre-casting happens to us because it’s how theatre remakes itself. It doesn’t have to define you as an actor. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough, or that your face is the wrong shape, or that you bombed your audition. It’s a necessary evil that is entirely possible to overcome, provided you’re patient enough to wait until musical season is over.
May 11, 2019
Contrary to previous reports, Young Thug was NOT “targeted” in a drive-by shooting in Miami Friday (May 10).Via :A spokesperson for Young Thug issued this statement to XXL: “Young Thug did not get shot at. Somebody took at shot at the car DJ Keyz [Thugger’s DJ] was in. He is fine. It was a minor injury and not serious. Young Thug was long gone and was not involved.”The shooting occurred on I-95 in Miami-Dade County. Lt. Alex Camacho of the Florida Highway Patrol told Local10.com that a party bus was driving on the highway at around 6:30 a.m. when another car pulled up and sprayed the vehicle with bullets.One bus passenger, a woman, was hit by a bullet and was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Two other men were also injured and were rushed to North Shore Medical Center. One of the men was later moved to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.Police believe the bus left a party establishment in Miami, where an incident inside the venue may have initiated the shooting. No arrests were made. Anyone with further information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.?Glad Young Thug is OK and no one was seriously injured. is a post from:
May 11, 2019