A great (and funny) interview with Kevin Bacon, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, where we learn the issues of actors using social media, the advantages of having a director for a cousin and the importance of remembering which audience you’re talking to, among other things (and that’s just the first 5 minutes!). Perfect for a relaxed Saturday morning coffee viewing. Enjoy!
An entertaining interview with the fun and fascinating Alan Arkin, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Great insights into longevity in the biz and the joy of having a career resurgence in your 70’s. Enjoy!
A lovely and funny chat with US Actor John Goodman, where he talks about his life and career, auditioning and what he would tell his younger self if he had the chance to dispense that advice (we’ll give you a hint, it involves the word “relax”).
Best advice given? “Learn your lines.” And when things are going pear-shaped on set: “Slow down and keep focused on the guy you’re working opposite and everything will take care of itself.”
(Note: we know that the video cuts out a couple of times, but you don’t miss anything important and it only goes to grey screen twice for about 10 seconds each time – just letting you know!).
Today we thought we’d bring you a round table panel interview with four producers based in Hollywood, including Judi Levine – an Australian producer who arrived in LA 18 years ago and just had her (and her husband’s) first major movie success with “The Sessions”.
Side note: As actors, we often forget that we are not the only ones who have to graft and slog and keep aiming high against all the odds. The truth is that just about everyone in this biz has to do the same thing – no matter which side of the camera they stand on.
This interview session gives you a great idea of what a producer does and how that relates to you as an actor – which is always useful information, and, as they say, knowledge is power.
The panellists are:
Chay Carter (Producer, Argo)
David Klawans (Executive Producer, Argo, Producer, Nacho Libre)
Judi Levine (Producer, The Sessions)
Sean McKittrick (Producer, Donnie Darko, Producer, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies)
Wandering around the internet, we ended up browsing the archives of our local public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where we found this gem of an interview with Matt Damon from 2013 for the program 7.30 Report with host Leigh Sales.
We always enjoy Matt’s interviews. There’s something grounded about him that just makes us want to listen to what he has to say. It also helps that he comes across as smart and well-read. We also really like Leigh Sales as an interviewer. Normally hip-deep in politicians’ refuse, navigating to the truth (quite often successfully), it was fun to watch her have a break from all that, be a little star-struck and yet still ask well thought-out questions and conduct an interesting and insightful interview.
Have a break from what you’re doing (the video only runs about 7 minutes) and learn what advice Matt’s been given during his career, what fame was like when it suddenly arrived and enjoy his Jack Nicholson impression (we did) …
Now that the Oscars are behind us, with all the glamour and madness that comes with it, we decided we’d like to hear from someone who represented the Hollywood of old, along with all the graciousness, humbleness and love of craft & the biz that comes with such experience.
This feeling was inspired during the presentation on Sunday, when, while saddened to see the various names and faces of those who have passed over the last 12 months, we also felt a surge of gratefulness for all those who came before us and that we had them for as long as we did. The desire to listen to one of the greats and soak up the information, stories and knowledge they held became very strong – which was the point where we thanked the powers that be for the internet. We were delighted, after a quick search, to discover this interview from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s “Conversation” series that features one of the greats who only recently left us, industry legend, Mickey Rooney, undertaken in 2004.
This is a chance to hear about the history of American entertainment – from burlesque and vaudeville to movies and television to online, this man has experienced it all and his stories are fascinating and enlightening, insightful and funny. “Change is good as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.”
The biggest takeaway advice: “Don’t retire, inspire.” And that’s exactly what he did and does. Enjoy.
It’s nearly Oscar time! Today we bring you a video featuring Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) and the wonderful Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), courtesy of Variety, where they discuss playing real people, getting into character, the process of acting, identifying themselves in the character, using imagination and sources and more,.
We’re only hours away from the Oscar Awards and so here is our next video featuring 2015 Oscar nominees, courtesy of Variety – a discussion between Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Oscar nominee, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), where they discuss how they began, theatre versus film, how important instinct is, their current roles, the process of working in independent film, egos and more.
It’s nearly here … only one day to go until one of the red-letter days of the acting biz arrives – Oscars Sunday. So today, in honour of the biggest event in Hollywood, we present the final video in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter – The Studio Heads’ Round Table.
Traditionally less-forthcoming than the more visible actors, directors and writers, Hollywood Studio bosses, Jim Gianopulos (Fox), Brad Grey (Paramount), Alan Horn (Disney Studios), Donna Langley (Universal), Jonathan Sehring (IFC Films) and Kevin Tsujihara (Warner Bros.) discuss Superhero movie overload, the challenges of the box office and the rise of Netflix, among other issues now being faced by the traditional power centres in Hollywood and beyond.
In preparation for tomorrow’s Academy Awards’ presentation, curl up and get to know some of the biggest decision makers in the business and how the biz ticks from the top down in this engaging round table discussion. Enjoy.
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