I'm looking for books or blogs about actors trying to break into show business. Fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
In BBC Sherlock's, series 3 episode 1 The Empty Hearse, the character Moran is uncredited. Even in the DVD commentary, Mark Gatiss refers to him only as "that guy." Tumblr pleading and screen grabbies here. Who is he?
Sometimes an actress is so beautiful that they get typecast into shallow 'pretty' roles for years, but then, by aging or some other quirk of fate, they get an opportunity to show their talents, and it turns out that they're also fantastic actors. This tends to befall American actresses more than their British counterparts. A canonical example of this would be Virginia Madsen in Sideways. Do you have any others? [more inside]
I was talking to someone recently about the relatively expansive movie deals for actors happening lately -- say, Samuel L. Jackson being signed to play Nick Fury in nine different movies -- and wondering just what fictional character has been been played on the big screen most by the same performer. For example, I know that in the late thirties through the forties there was a series of movies based on the comic strip Blondie where Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake played Blondie and Dagwood in a startling 27 movies together (1947 alone saw four of the movies released), but I don't know who holds the record. [more inside]
A friend of mine has possession of an artwork that was created by someone who is now a recognized, A-List actor. He would like to return it. [more inside]
I'm not an actor/director/casting professional (outside of that one play I directed in college that wasn't very good), but I need to audition roughly six actors this week and I don't know how to do that in a constructive way. [more inside]
There's a particular comedy actor I've seen in a few movies (which I can't remember) and I'm trying to identify him. I don't have much to go on here but maybe you guys can help. [more inside]
Yoshiaki Hanayagi was one of the stars of a famous movie, Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, and yet there does not appear to be any further information about him online. I have found his name in Japanese, 花柳喜章, but googling that gets even fewer hits (I don't know Japanese, but if I saw what looked like a substantial webpage on him I was prepared to try Google Translate). Does anybody know anything about him, even birth/death dates?
After viewing the excellent "A Man for All Seasons" IMDb and the BBC's Kierkegaard - Sea of Faith YouTube I'm in want of viewing other portraryls of noted authors & philosphers. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
There are SPOILERS in this question. I was wondering if anyone knows the breed of the second dog in the movie The Wake Wood, starring Aiden Gillen. [more inside]
I am lost, I am interested in being a positive influence to other people by making them laugh or helping them out with life problems. Need some suggestions. [more inside]
A guy just walked in and asked for a key to the men's room. I'm absolutely certain he's an actor of moderate fame (this is in a Hollywood office building where actors are in and out all the time, so it's nothing out of the ordinary), but I'm really bad with actors' names. Help me figure out who he was! Details inside. [more inside]
My wife and I are enjoying the show "Downton Abbey" quite a lot, but she is bothered by the fact that the actor Brendan Coyle (who portrays Mr Bates) reminds her of a Hollywood actor of a bygone era, perhaps someone from the days of black and white films. [more inside]
Movies/shows where an actor's last-minute injury or mishap was worked into the final shooting? [more inside]
Identify Japanese woodblock print of kabuki actor, possibly by Kunichika, possibly set on Tokaido Road
Need help identifying this Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor. I think the artist is Kunichika, and the print is set somewhere on the Tôkaidô Road. At the top of the page is a large box of Japanese text -- I'm hoping someone can read this, or otherwise identify any hints about the location, actor and character. (Two more translatable things inside) [more inside]
Which 80s or 90s teen-oriented TV show character does this guy look eerily like? I remember the character as being a bit of a schemer and he was either the lead or a major character. [http://oi54.tinypic.com/25tzv3b.jpg]
Bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed actor - who are you? [more inside]
I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
SCTV-filter: In which sketch did Richard Harris (Dave Thomas), after being asked to keep speaking in his loud voice rather than lapse into his insufficiently audible quiet voice [both demonstrated here], say, loudly, "I'll try! But I don't know if I can sustain it!" [more inside]
I'm an artist. Please help me find a day job that makes use of my bizarre love of spreadsheets. [more inside]
Dead actors and alternate universes? Does anyone remember this? Folks recall reading death notices of actors, who then turn out not to be dead, and people use this as (somewhat facetiously) an indication of parallel universes? I'm thinking of Robert Duvall in the Apostle, but I'm sure that there's other canonical examples as well.
Where can I find volunteer aspiring actors in London (UK)? [more inside]
Who is the actress in the Microsoft cloud computing commercial set at the airport? [more inside]
As a children's librarian, I do many readalouds each week. I'm good at it, but I'm working on being great. I'd like to flavor the different characters in the books I read with better accents. I do a decent Southern, an acceptable Proper British and an awful cockney. I'm thinking that out there somewhere is a cheat sheet that would allow me to do a better job of portraying Irish, Russian and other accents. But I can't find it. [more inside]
FrivolousFilter: I am looking for the name of an current actor but can think of no films he is in. He is recognizable but not overly famous. He looks very similar to Goran Visnjic, with a bit of Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman....curly hair, aquiline nose, strong chin, a bit of cruel/arch handsomeness going on...any guesses?
Mystery Ninja Identification: What is the name of the Asian actor visible at 1 hour, 9 mins and 37 seconds into this MST3K episode? [more inside]
[DC filter]: headshot photographer in DC? [more inside]
I am trying to remember the name of a Holllywood movie from forties or fifties about an actor who could not get out of the part that he was playing on the stage. I think the star was a well known actor and he may have won an oscar
Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
My mom has discovered acting in her retirement, and wants me to shoot a headshot for her. I can shoot a portrait fine (gear and technique), but I have no idea what to do for an actor's headshot. Can someone in the business tell me what you'd want from a headshot for an older woman? [more inside]
Why are there so many actors on the IMDB without headshots? [more inside]
Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
How does IMDB decide how to distinguish one actor/director search result from another? [more inside]
I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
Who is the guy who does the narration for the PBS Frontline series? I have always thought he has the most interesting and uniquely credible voice in the world. I know he is doing the Dos Equis commercials now, but has he done anything else? Any other presenters with voices I might like? [more inside]
Scene Suggestions Filter: Please suggest scenes from modern movies or plays, for two female characters, where one or both have an "impediment"- cognitive handicap, physical disability, or intoxication. More specifics included. [more inside]
What are the next steps for a Theater major going into her Senior year of College? [more inside]
On the February 11th episode of FX's show "Damages", I saw an actor in a small part, who I know from another show, but I'll be damned if I can remember him, and I missed the credits! [more inside]
Down's syndrom : do they know what money is ? [more inside]
I'll be performing in next year's Vagina Monologues. How can I be awesome? [more inside]
In the 1st season of Heroes, what kind of sunglasses is the character Nathan Petrelli (played by Adrian Pasdar) wearing? (He is the congressional candidate.) And where can I buy them
Can you help me become familiar with what and who is up-and-coming in martial arts movies? Am interested in recent movies that are less reliant on wires and CG, and in younger actors who didn't just learn martial arts to make a movie, but are truly gifted in the area. I don't mind subtitles! [more inside]
Spoiler inside for "Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay". Who was that one actor? [more inside]
While flying from Montreal to Chicago, I saw a guy on my plane that I'm sure is an actor. I know in retrospect I should have just asked him who he was, but I didn't, so now I need some help. [more inside]
Do you know your French actors? Well then tell me, who is this man? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a voice-over actor or vocal coach in the DC/Northern VA area? I'm interested in locating someone for a brief interview/lesson that would be part of a podcast. Someone who would do it for the possibility of some free publicity and the certainty of a free lunch would be optimal, but not essential.
Do you know artists who moved to NYC illegally and now live there legally? [more inside]
Fiction movies in which actors, portraying musician characters, actually play the instruments and/or sing?
Real music-making onscreen: Fiction movies in which actors, portraying musician characters, actually play the instruments and/or sing? [more inside]
Who plays the Cingular guy in the Alltel food court commercial, and why have I seen him in so many commercials recently?
Are there any famous Iranian males who are well known among non-Iranians in the west (especially the USA)? Any kind of celebrity will do: actors, musicians, artists, authors, or other kinds of TV personalities like newscasters. [more inside]
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