“We were playing all of the songs you want to hear—Bowie, Prince, George Michael—we were trying to do a whole, ‘Can you fucking believe what happened in 2016?’ playlist. But then I just was like, We gotta get some Chance the Rapper and start getting down and dirty with it. I felt there was kind of an energy to that party where everyone was just like, ‘Ugh, I want to dance off 2016, get it out and start over.’ That’s all I wanted, and it happened, right after midnight. “It was,” she continues, “what the kids these days call ‘a rager.’"

-Aubrey Plaza - Observer


Observer photo shoot - 2016
at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn, New York

Photo credits: 
- Emily Assiran (Photographer - Observer Photo Shoot)
- Ken Kurson (Observer Editor-in-Chief - behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot)

New interview in Sunday’s The Observer. Highlights:

On doing press: “Having just turned 40 I hope I’ve achieved some sort of wisdom or patience,” he says in his soft, evenly paced brogue. As a younger man he disliked watching himself on screen; he struggled with press duties and avoided TV chat shows until a few years ago. “I was very uncomfortable with this,” he continues with a gesture at my tape recorder and notepad. “The reductive nature nowadays of most journalism is very frustrating.” One newspaper report on the most recent series of Peaky Blinders focused on the baring of his bottom. “It is getting absurd with the dumbing down, the level of questions you get asked.”

On moving to Dublin and getting a puppy: Murphy moved away, making his home in London with his wife and children Malachy and Aran, now 11 and nine. After 14 years in the British capital, however, they have just relocated to Dublin… “You want to be with your parents as they get older and you want your children to be aware of their culture… Irish people are brilliant and you have to go away and come back to realise it.” Did his boys rebel when they were told they’d be leaving their schoolfriends behind? “We promised them a dog so that was just fine.” A black Labrador arrived, though, he says, “I am the only one that walks it, of course.” 

On Dunkirk: Though Nolan’s films are usually shrouded in secrecy, as Murphy points out: “Everybody knows what happened at Dunkirk, so it can’t deviate too much from the facts. It is not like Inception or Interstellar, there’s no major reveal.” He describes Nolan as an old-fashioned filmmaker. “And while all of his films have big budgets and involve a lot of setet pieces, they always feel like a little independent film for the actor because you only ever have one camera and Chris watches on a tiny little monitor. He is right there beside you.”

On Peaky Blinders: The show will run for two more seasons. “It is some of the best writing I have come across,” he says, “and I never expected to revisit a character like that over and over. It will be about 30 hours of television when we have finished and to shine a light into all these weird parts of the character’s psyche that you would never ever get in the compressed version of a feature film or even a play, that is an extraordinary gift. I am very lucky that it came along. I have always just been about the work.”

On his interests outside acting: “I have not been interested in anything else,” he says. “I know I am old-fashioned, but I don’t want to bring out a fashion line, I don’t want to bring out an album. I just want to do the work as best as I can and if that effects change for somebody, then that is great.” He smiles. “I don’t want to change the world.”

A director, I forget who, told me that it takes 30 years to make an actor. And I believe that. You have to learn your craft, learn your trade – and also you have to live a life and experience things. I have been doing this for 20 years now so, hopefully, in another 10 years I will be an actor. Honestly, if you stick around long enough, don’t make an idiot of yourself and aspire to make good work, people go: ‘All right. He is here to stay.’ — Cillian Murphy interviewed in The Observer

Richonne v. Dandy

@smile24k posted the following:

@severelybabykryptonite @fangirlnovel @jacksonmoses @siancore  –You all have some of the best info and comments on Richonne and I am trying to find some in-depth analysis of the Richonne kiss (but anyone is welcome to answer). I’m sure this has been done, but it was probably before I got into tumblr. Specifically, I’d like to see specific mention of the fact that they are both obviously slipping each other the tongue.

I read somewhere that some actors/actresses find using tongue during an on-screen kiss to be taboo and that it’s  a big “no no” unless discussed in advance and both people are comfortable. The more and more I watch the kiss the more intrigued I become by the fact that Andy and Danai more than likely talked about whether they were okay with using tongue and sharing that level of intimacy, and apparently they were both cool with it. Any thoughts on how much direction they required for that scene or whether a full on tongue kiss was their idea or the director? I’ve wanted to ask about the kiss for a while, so thanks for indulging me. 

First, thanks for thinking of me for this question :)

I’ve seen other actors kiss with tongue, so I was shocked to hear it being a taboo thing.  I think it’s more of a comfort level thing.This may seem like a tangent, but I swear it’s not: 

I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of doing some awesome photoshoots with James Marsters.  One of the things that he’s said about acting (and working with fans for that matter) is that you have to be able to trust your partner.  There are certain places an actor just can’t go if they can’t trust who they’re working with.  I was fortunate enough to have him trust me, which is how I got the shots that I did.

Keep reading

“It was about not having to deal with the unfairness of being a pop star.. Not having to worry about camera angles catching your double chin. Everybody in the entertainment industry is insecure. We have been tap-dancing our entire lives for your approval and you won’t meet anybody who is in the entertainment industry who isn’t a bit fucked in the head. That’s how we got here, so if you can imagine a room full of us, it’s pretty hilarious. It’s exhausting.” - Sia (The Observer magazine).