Before production began, Emma Watson worked closely with Bill Condon and Dan Stevens to polish the script, adding what she calls “detail and depth and fullness and wholeness to the scenes.” She also focused on fine-tuning Belle’s character, expanding beyond what little was established in the 1991 film. Says Watson: “There was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books.” Lots and lots of books, like the ones she’s holding here as she takes direction from Condon in the library. Later in the movie we also learn where Belle and her father lived before moving to the “little town full of little people.” It’s a city that holds special meaning for Watson. “l sing a song called ‘Paris of My Childhood,’ which was odd for me to sing because I was born in Paris and my childhood was in Paris,” she says. “It’s a sweet melody, a really lovely song.”
For the “poor provincial town” that Belle longs to escape, the crew built a real French village on the Shepperton back lot, providing a dramatic contrast between this cozy setting and the imposing castle nearby. Greenwood says her team combed French towns looking for a place to shoot, and though they found candidates in Conques and near Paris, when it came time to discuss bringing cast and crew to these actual villages, they realized it would be easier to create one from scratch. “As much as I thought it should be real, how could you say, 'No, I don’t want to build a French village on the back lot’? So we built it,” Greenwood explains. “That was great because we could then hybrid all the things we’d seen and put all the best elements into our village.” Including a wandering French rooster. Cocorico!
Kevin Kline’s wayward Maurice, Belle’s father, finds himself lost in the woods near the Beast’s castle on his way to sell his music boxes at the market. If he looks safe here, he won’t be for long. “I spent so much time getting pushed around,” Kline says with a laugh. “I noticed it after a couple of weeks, and I said to Bill, 'I’m on the floor again.’ [Maurice] is sort of the fall guy, so I get roughed up a lot!” As fans of the fairy tale will remember, Belle’s papa eventually reaches the Beast’s castle, a majestic but creepy estate Kline describes as “disquieting” to see in person. “It wouldn’t be my first choice if I weren’t stuck in a snowstorm and being pursued by these ravenous wolves,” he quips. Production designer Sarah Greenwood says she and her team emphasized the castle’s magic and grandeur in the grounds and exteriors nearby: “The whole landscape became part of the enchantment.”
It’s easy to become blasé when you’re an actor used to working on lavish productions. But the Beauty and the Beast cast never tired of their surroundings. “I remember the first time Emma Thompson and I saw the ballroom set and our jaws dropped because it’s just so gorgeous,” says Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Plumette. The majestic ballroom was the perfect setting for the final number, when the Beast and all the household objects return to their human form. “Just breathing it in, from the costumes to the flowers to the music, and everybody dancing and swirling around in unison, there was a real magic to it.” The room also evolves with the story. “In the prologue, before he gets transformed into the Beast, it’s almost as opulent as Versailles,” set decorator Katie Spencer says. “Then it’s an echo of what happens to him, and then it comes back for the big celebration at the end.”
Filming Beauty and the Beast can be, well, a beast — at least for Luke Evans and Josh Gad, whose extra-macho Gaston and less-than-macho Le Fou shared bombastic scenes that sometimes led to mildly painful accidents. “We slapped hands so hard, [Josh] burst a blood vessel in his thumb,” Evans (right, with Gad and producer David Hoberman) recalls, laughing. “We had to stop rehearsals, get the medic in. He thought his finger was going to drop off, but I think he’ll survive. We just slapped hands hard, but obviously we just caught our thumbs at some point, and he’s a delicate flower.” But if they’re sounding too similar to their characters here, don’t worry: At least Gad can confirm that his hair in the film is completely fake. “If I had hair this good, I would not be doing Beauty and the Beast right now,” he deadpans. “I would be modeling.”
In this scene, Audra McDonald’s Madame de Garderobe sings for the prince just before he’s transformed into a hairy horned creature. De Garderobe craves attention, but McDonald herself responded a bit more modestly when she learned she’d won the role. “I was just shocked I was asked to be involved, to the point that when I was flying over there, I was like, 'Do they really want me to play her?’” she says. “I was pretty much in disbelief until they put the costume on me and shoved me out on-set.” Which then just made her even more speechless, of course. “When I walked on-set, it felt like I was walking into a dream.” Stanley Tucci, who plays de Garderobe’s maestro and husband, Cadenza, was also humbled by the splendor. “The scope of the set was enormous. They had these candelabras, these chandeliers coming from the ceiling with real candles. It was just stunning,” he says.
Sir Ian McKellen couldn’t wait to slip on that wig and mustache, especially since it meant working with a director he knows well. “I’ve done two films now with Bill Condon, and we’re always looking for a third,” the actor says. “It was absolutely typical of Bill that he wanted to have a few friends with him, so I was very, very thrilled to suddenly be in my first Disney movie.” Though most of McKellen’s work involved voicing his character Cogsworth, the actor says his favorite moment was finally meeting the cast in person for the final celebration. “There was one absolutely glorious day when went out and joined all the actors in doing the final scene, when all the characters in the castle come back to life and become real people,” he says. “So I did feel I was in the thick of it for at least a day, and singing and dancing was an absolute joy.”
Alien: Covenant (2017) Movie Review by: Will Whalen
In space, no one can hear you scream… but at the movie theaters they sure can! The long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, is finally here. A lot of people seemed to be on the fence with Prometheus when it came out for many various reasons. I myself, loved it as soon as I saw it. Fortunately, I didn’t even know it was apart of the Alien franchise until the very last scene which added more to it for me once it was over. So of course I’ve been looking forward to this not only because it looked just incredible, but because just like everyone else, I was hoping to get some answers that we didn’t get in Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender and… Michael Fassbender? That’s right. Double the Fassy boy. This is about a crew and a ton of colonists going to find a planet for them to live on. Of course, when they find one, things don’t go as planned.
Ridley Scott made the first Alien a little over 40 years ago and ever since then, the franchise has been pumping out films every few years or so. The fact that Scott himself is still toying with a franchise he created so many years ago, is really cool. With Prometheus, he took it in a different route than previous films. A horror sci-fi nonetheless but this time, exploring religion and the big questions of life. Which sparked controversy with film nerds all across the internet and even controversy throughout the kids in my school. Here, Scott definitely goes back to the horror routes in every sense of the word.
Ridley Scott is one of the best directors of all time and every time he puts something out, I’m always excited and on board. He’s notorious for directing the shit out of his movies and crafting some of the most beautiful shots that have ever blessed a screen. Alien: Covenant is absolutely jaw dropping with beautiful and majestic shots throughout the two hour runtime. He crafted one of the most gorgeous films I’ve seen all year with help with his talented Cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski who was the cinematographer for Prometheus as well. The way he filmed some of these scenes was absolutely phenomenal. It’s guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like your life is at stake. Another thing that I really appreciate about Scott is that he really tries to use as little CGI as possible. Is there still CGI? Of course but he tries to keep it practical from what I hear and can tell and that’s a rare thing these days.
The performances here were all fantastic. One of my top favorite actors, Michael Fassbender, absolutely killed it. He plays two roles in this as Walter and David and he was just fantastic. Katherine Waterson was also good alongside Danny McBride who actually surprised me a little bit. It was cool to see him in a more serious role. The only problem with the characters is that they kinda jump between characters a bit much so it never fully latches on to one in particular. Nonetheless, all the performances were good but the one performance that I was a bit disappointed with, was Billy Crudup. His character was just very dull and was always saying the same thing that kinda wore thin after a while.
Alien: Covenant is one of the scariest films in recent memory. From the gorgeous and beautifully eerie shots, this film had me biting my nails from the start. Not to mentions it’s just absolutely horrifying. This is no doubt the scariest one in the franchise and I loved every second of it. When the trailer came out for this, I was absolutely so excited and just in awe. I stayed away from every trailer after that so I didn’t know what to expect but I had high hopes. This actually exceeded my expectations. Like Prometheus, I’ve heard a lot of people are mixed about this one too but I’m here to say, that it’s fantastic.
But is this film perfect? It isn’t but the flaws of this film are very little for me. As for problems, they didn’t really answer everything from Prometheus that I wanted to be answered in the actual movie and that kind of disappointed me. However, the films itself is so spectacular that it’s easily forgivable.
This is one of the scariest, bloodiest, awesome sci-fi films I’ve seen in a while and a new favorite of mine in the Alien franchise. I’m a bit surprised at the mixed reviews for this because it’s absolutely breathtaking. Run to see this as fast as you can as though you’re running from actual aliens.
Don’t you just love social media?! We live in a world where people affiliate sentences, pictures and words with the “truth”….no questions asked. And yet, when someone dares to use their brain and exercise their ability to question anything, they are immediately “told” what they should think and say, and are even attacked for having an independent thought or position.
People in the entertainment industry have long lived in a manipulative world. And, thanks to SM…news, and items of interest both real, and mostly fake these days, is on display for the world to see. I am reminded of something the wonderful Denzel Washington said during a recent red carpet event. Nobody checks facts, and nobody has to be truthful anymore…they just have to be fast, and first. It’s all about the sound bytes! And since people don’t stop and think…they buy it. So, we are left with mostly untruths and more questions when the unimportant things are front and center, and the truly important things are buried.
This is what has happened to the OL fandom. What was once a source of joy, and sheer pleasure over a favored book series coming to life, and two unknown actors who made people pull for the underdog and embrace the simple, caring and loving generosity that is all good….has now descended into the bottom well of the worst in entertainment.
People can fan any damn way they choose. They can watch, love, hate, adore, criticize, and yes, even espress opinions about what they like and don’t like. As far as the actors go, their job is to entertain us on their show, and if fans are willing to be manipulated for other things, then that is on the fans. But, when presented with visuals, then don’t tell me that I “misinterpret” what I see. And when visuals are supplied by others, well that doesn’t mean a damn thing to me. They are not my focal point.
At the end of the day, I do not give a shit about bit players, contrived plots and other completely unimportant and make believe drivel because I did not sign up for that when I became a fan of this show, or these two actors. Quite frankly, the PR teams for all involved should be fired because even loyal fans have a breaking point. And, there is a channel change button on my remote.
One of my favorite quotes is “ never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn”. And right now, this is where this fandom is headed. Ship, don’t ship….it’s all what you make it. And while I may be a little tired because I absolutely despise orchestrated fuckery, I will stick with my own opinions for now, and that is OL, and Sam and Cait. When they tell me otherwise…I will power off!
So until then….fan on!! But don’t forget to take the remote. 📺📸💰😘❤
I love the entire Sailor Moon franchise. Yes, it’s mostly a nostalgia thing, but I can’t help but to love it. The manga is a classic, and the 90′s anime, while being long and cheesy, is still something that to this day I will watch. Usagi is a relatable character, and every senshi is enjoyable and unique to the show. While the first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal were pretty terrible, the third season completely makes up for all of the faults in it thus far. Plus, SeiUsa and HaruMichi are life.
Assassination Classroom is a fantastic series. This is a series where you grow with every character. This series is a roller coaster of emotions. It has some of the most incredible moments I’ve ever scene in anime, as well as some of the most heartbreaking. The ending to this show mentally destroyed me, and is the only series to this day that will make me break down every single time no matter how many times I’ve seen it, both subbed or dubbed. It teaches so many life lessons, and is a must watch/read for everyone. The first season closing is not only my favorite closing, but one of my favorite songs, that to this day, I still listen to. Also, KarmAgisa is life.
Kuroko no Basket:
Alright, I love this anime. I love the characters, I love the manga, I love the voice actors, I love the fan arts, I love the fanfictions. I love absolutely everything. The story is intense, and it hooks you from the start. If you like sports anime, this one is a must watch. Also, AkaKuro and Kuroko x GoM my favorite <3
I’m very connected with this series. I’ve been following this series religiously every week for years, so of course it’s one of my favorites. Now, the anime is very disappointing, and the second season doesn’t exist, but I will still love it, especially since the last few chapters of Re have been fucking phenomenal. The opening for the first season is easily one of my favorite songs ever created. Also, I need Re animated like now. It deserves it. Actually, I need Part One redone as well. Can we just reboot the entire anime series?
I love this series. Like Tokyo Ghoul, I’m very invested in the manga. Manga wise, I love the art style, and the story arcs; and once again like Tokyo Ghoul, the second season also does not exist. The story is very well written, although this most recent arc is dragging a bit (but that’s normal for different series). Ciel is such a little bastard, and it’s wonderful to read. It’s a dark series that won’t get a happy ending, and that’s part of what hooks me to it.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt:
This anime is fucking gold. It is hilarious, and soo fucking inappropriate. It’s by far my favorite comedy. It’s art style is so unique and it has the best dubbing ever created. The dub is by far better than the sub. It also has the biggest cliffhanger ending, and fucking NEEDS a season two desperately.
Ouran High School Host Club:
I love this series so much. This is another one of those series where I love every aspect about it, from the anime to the manga to the dubbing and subbing and even the Live Action T.V. Show and Movie. It’s my favorite romantic comedy and always the first one I recommend to people looking for a shoujo. Every character is unique in their own way and the story is really adorable. I love the manga where you see so much development from everyone. Also, Hikaru and Kaoru deserve Haruhi, and I don’t care what anyone says.
No Game No Life:
Shiro is adorable as fuck. As a gamer, this show relates so much to me. It’s an amazing fantasy, and the story is perfect. The animation is beautiful, and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Sora and Shiro are cute together and their interactions make the show that much better. I need my second season. Side Note: Jibril is best girl.
Shokugeki no Soma:
Food Porn. Of course I’d love it. This is once again another series where I’m invested in the manga, so of course I’d love the series. I read the series weekly, and the most recent arc is making me fall further in love with the series. The manga is a great read, and you actually learn a lot about cooking through the series, whether it’s the manga or the anime. The food orgasms are hilarious, and the animation for this show is amazing. I would kill for a season three of this show this year.
I will always have a soft spot for this series. It was the first anime that really got me hooked to sports anime. I love it. Yes, it’s a bit dramatic at times, but being an ex-swimmer/lifeguard, I find this series so relatable, making me love it even more. Also, the fan service is definitely a positive. I love the Japanese voices, and the OP and ED’s for both seasons. The movie prequel they did was also amazing. The animation is gorgeous, but that’s to be expected from Kyoto Animation.
Exactly one year ago I was in Tokyo and visited the Mugiwara Store and enjoying the Day of Sanji in the Year of Sanji.
Now, I’ve been extremely busy for the last six months and I haven’t been able to write even half of the posts I come up with in my head. But today is Sanji’s birthday and he’s my favorite anime character of all time. So, I am going to talk about my love for Sanji, and all (some of) the reasons to why he’s my favorite.
Under the cut you’ll find a lot of love and me being biased! Now on to my list of reasons to love Sanji.
You were in Shawn’s truck. Which felt weird, cause you never got into strange men’s cars. Of course, no one should do that, but this felt weird. And not the bad kind of weird that made you feel like you were about to be cut into a thousand pieces, the kind of weird that gave you butterflies. His hand was on your thigh, and that also felt weird. But again, the good kind of weird. The kind of weird that confused you, since you had never even liked anyone’s hands on your thigh before. You felt your phone buzz in your back pocket, which caused you to shift and that caused him to remove his hand from your leg. A pang of sadness washed over you, and you almost instantly pushed it away, mentally scolding yourself.
He could do the same thing as the last one did. Don’t get too close. Don’t fall too deep.
You picked up your phone from your back pocket. It was Joey.
“Is that Joey or Leo?” He chuckled. His chuckle was absolutely beautiful. Maybe the most beautiful thing you’ve heard, next to his voice. You had stayed up hours the previous night listening to his covers and even some of his original songs. You weren’t even slightly surprised he was so famous. You stared at him, slightly creepily. But you really hadn’t gotten a chance to really take him in. And he was perfect. His jawline was glorious, but it wasn’t so sharp that he resembled a rat. (like some guys you had seem, i.e Jared from The Bachelor franchise) He was very handsome, but not so handsome that he looked like a Ken doll. He was lean, but he wasn’t super buff like a body builder. “Y/n?” He glances over at you for a moment, since it had been a good two minutes of complete silence, and you turned a bright shade of tomato red. Hoping to God that he didn’t notice your stalker like staring.
“Oh, um, yeah. It was Joey.” You uttered, still praying that he didn’t notice, trying to mask any embarrassment. You didn’t do a very good job.
“What did he say?” He chuckled again.
Jesus, that laugh.
You let out a little laugh.
“He just wanted to know where we are.” You quickly sent a message back to him.
“I said we were just driving around, getting to know one another.” You glanced over at Shawn and smiled. His hand went back to your thigh and your heart skipped a beat.
“Be sure to say thanks to Leo, I’m glad he set this up.” He didn’t have to look over at you for you to know he was suppressing an ear-to-ear grin, and his hand tightened ever so slightly on your thigh.
“Yeah, and thanks to Joey for forcing me to leave the house.” You huffed jokingly. Shawn didn’t even titter.
“Why wouldn’t you leave the house?” You looked over at him, and he wasn’t even trying to push down that frown that was plastered across his face. You started to panic. What if he didn’t want to talk to you anymore? Your heart started beating so fast and loud, you were almost one hundred percent sure that Shawn could hear it.
“Um, I got out of a serious long term relationship recently, and Joey said it is time for me to um, yanno, get back out there. So he uh, called Leo to get us together I guess, before you um, go out on tour.” You stuttered, wringing your hands. He was probably about to take you home, not wanting to get involved with someone still seemed affected by a relationship.
“Yeah, I’m glad he did so! How did you know I was going on tour?” He raised an eyebrow as a thin grin appeared on his face. The weight that was on your shoulders only moments ago had almost completely vanished. He didn’t seem to mind. It made you kinda… happy?
“Joey said you most likely were, with that album coming out. Your EP was amazing by the way!” You complimented, putting your hand on top of his. There weren’t exactly sparks flying everywhere, but it felt so right. It felt like your hands belonged together. Your fingers wrapped around his palm as he loosened his grip just slightly on your leg.
“Thank you! Leo send me the link to your YouTube channel, so I watched a few of your films. They are absolutely amazing!” He beamed, and your heart melted. Your ex never watched one of your films. Even the one he was featured in.
“Really?” You unintentionally squeaked.
“Yeah! My favorite was the true crime one, that made a police station look like a reality TV show. I laughed so hard, it was hilarious!” He started laughing at the memory. That film was your favorite, you had hired some actual actors for that one, so you were proud of it. You even got your ex to watch the first five minutes of it, but he said it just wasn’t even funny.
“Really? Oh my God, thank you! That is probably my favorite one as well.” You chuckled, tightening your grip on his hand, which caused him to let go of your leg, but take hold of your hand, entwining your fingers. You skin felt buzzed, like you somehow got slightly high just off of his skin touching yours. Your entwined fingers lied in your lap, and you were pretty sure you hadn’t felt something feel more right than this did. “Maybe sometime you can be in one of my films.” You suggested. He looked over at you with wide eyes.
“Seriously? Man, that’d be great.” He chuckled again.
God, that laugh of his.
“Maybe you’ll be the muse of one of my songs.” He looked over at you and winked. Your entire body melted into a puddle.
“Yeah, I’d like that.” You held back a grin that was so dangerously close to creeping across your face.
“Well, it is almost twelve in the morning, and I would hate to get you in trouble on our first date. How about I run you home.” He smiled, bringing your hands up to his lips and kissing it. You thought you were about to go into cardiac arrest. He was doing small romantic things guys never ever did on first dates without ulterior motive.
“Yeah, but actually can you take me to Joey’s? I’m not going to lie to you, I’m going to sleepover at his house and tell him all about this.” You laughed, your cheeks turning into a blush.
“Ah, perfect! I actually know where that is!” He replied, taking a sharp turn. “It’s just around the corner, coincidentally.” He pulled his hand away, which cause another pang of sadness to enter your body, but you pushed it away.
Jesus Christ, Y/n. He has to drive.
“Ah, here we go.” He pulled into Joey’s driveway, and you were so glad that Leo’s car was not in the driveway. You had walked in on Leo and Joey once, which was one too many times.
“Thank you so much.” You grinned, clicking off your seat-belt. “You have my cell phone number, right?” You were hoping that was a good enough hint that said ‘call me.’
“Yeah, I’ll call you tomorrow.” He replied, grabbing onto your hand.
“Okay um well, then I gue-” Shawn cut you off in the most amazing way you could’ve asked to be cut off in.
Shawn leaned in and kissed you. Again, you didn’t feel the sparks or fireworks, but you were almost one hundred percent sure that that was just for the movies and books. But it felt right. It felt perfect. It felt like your lips and his belonged together, and maybe they did. And you for sure felt incomplete when his lips left yours.
“I’ll um… Talk to you tomorrow.” You somehow stumbled out of the car, seemingly drunken just from Shawn’s lips. You managed to get yourself to Joey’s front door. The door was locked, so you knocked on it, lightly of course, hoping not to wake his parents. Thankfully, Joey opened up the front door, wearing Leo’s hockey sweatshirt and his own pajama pants.
“Hey, can I sleepover tonight?” You giggled, basically falling over in complete giddy lovestruckness.
“Come on in and spill the tea, love.”
author’s note//HEY GUYS so i tried a new thing with the texts idk if i like it but yanno we will see tell me what you think!!! also send me asks for bulletpoints and questions please im desperate and wanna answer stuff ahhhh okay i drank so much coffee AHHHHH!!
Who are your favourite partner to interact with? Be it because of your relationship with the actor or because of the relationship between your two characters...
I think it’s Lauren (Sam). It’s just SO easy when I have to do scenes with her, to the point where after we record a scene together I’ve been like, “I just love our dynamic!” But I also really enjoy doing Joan/Damien scenes w/ Charlie. It’s like a guilty pleasure. -Julia
Well I came on late in the game. Also, as previously mentioned I was in class about 2 or more years ago with Briggon, Lauren, Charlie and Julia. So most of my interaction during this process has been limited to Julia and Lauren. So for that reason only I would pick them. I’m sure everyone else is pleasant as well. Yeah, that’s all I got… -Phillip
Briggon. Duh. - Alex G.
Me and Alex are officially using this answer time to flirt across the room. ALEX of course, guys. - Briggon
This feels a little bit like choosing between my favorite children, because I love working with each of the actors and I love each of the characters in a unique way (yes, even Damien). But I absolutely love working with Julia. Dr. Bright and Sam’s relationship has surprised me in a really lovely way and working with Julia is always a masterclass in acting. - Lauren
Andrew (Mark). The reasons are two fold: 1) Andrew is awesome; we’ve been friends for some time now. 2) The characters are designed to oppose one another in such a way that is just so much fun to explore. -Charlie
He’s… Mercurial. Shear talent. A genius. One of the leading actors in the world. An incredibly formidable presence. A Porsche 911.
Great people about Cumberbatch.
“Hands down, I believe that he’s the most versatile, surprising and charismatic actors of our time.”
Christina Bianco, actress
“Benedict transforms, he doesn’t act. He becomes Turing.”, Morten Tyldum, director
"Even as a 13-year old, he was obviously an outstanding actor - a combination of intuition and intellect. It’s probably once in a lifetime that you find a boy actor as magnificent as this. I don’t think I had to speak or work with him in any way when I was directing him. I felt like I was working with a fellow professional rather than a schoolboy.”
Mr. Tyrell, Cumberbatch’s acting teacher in Harrow
“Benedict is witty, mercurial… thoughtful and expert. He’s very intelligent but he doesn’t let it show by commenting on the character he is playing.”
Richard Eyre, theater director
"He has a sensibility and an oddness to him… and a directness and a fantastic sense of humor (…) So I respect him on a pretty fundamental level (…) He’s an actor who has the ability to play in the outer field of basic acting work (…) He is a very generous, very sensitive, very thoughtful, focused, disciplined actor and, you know, when you work with somebody like that it’s just like playing… like Ronnie Scotts with B.B. King… it’s just a question of when or if… you know when someone’s got it and he’s got it.”
Tom Hardy, actor
“He’s a fabulous actor and happens to have the zeitgeist. Sherlock has lifted him into a global star but he manages to combine stardom with utter brilliance which is really rare.”
Hay Festival director Peter Florence
“Cumberbatch is a remarkable actor. He can quietly project the inner turmoil that more animated actors can only mimic.”
Matthew Gilbert, TV critic
“Benedict Cumberbatch is shear talent. I mean he’s such a fantastically talented actor. He has a marvelous look of course, he has cheekbones you could shave Parmesan of and he’s just a magnificently talented actor. I’ve seen him do so many different things, with such style and he’s also an incredibly nice man and he deserves the enormous acclaim he receives around the world.”
Stephen Fry, actor
“He is phenomenal. The amount of work that goes into his roles, he has a great work ethic and a genius mind, he is so inspiring. He really raised the bar for me and he had this integrity and genuineness. I feel really blessed to have worked with him. Plus he is so much fun, he’s become a good friend.”
Adelaide Clemens, actress
“Everytime Benedict Cumberbatch opens his mouth it is positively electric… At the time I was getting really into Sherlock series one and I was just totally hypnotized by Benedict and I said to JJ ‘You gotta watch this guy, and one thing let to another and… Thank God! …. All credit goes to Benedict but I was smart enough to realize he is a genius.”
Damon Lindelof, screenwriter
"I didn’t really know him as a stage actor. I knew what a fine screen actor he is. But there’s a physicality involved in the theatre. It’s not just about mannerisms or impersonation, which screen often is: it’s about sustaining a narrative with mind and body. When I saw him for Frankenstein, that was the only thing I wanted to know. Did he have that physical capacity? And of course he does. We met and I asked him to do a few things and he was extraordinary in the room. He’s as fit as a boxer, which you have to be for the stage. You have to have an internal fitness that allows you to carry the story so it never sags. He had this combination of the cerebral and the physical which you can see when you look back at his screen work – in Hawking, it’s there. Frankenstein was a great one for using it. That’s why he’s now what he is: one of the leading actors in the world.”
Danny Boyle, director
“He’s a genius. There are certain actors who have the ability to take a line of dialogue and add a ring to it that you didn’t even know you put into the dialogue, into the line. And he’s one of those really brilliant actors. Just listening to him talk…you could enjoy him reading the phone book.(…) And he’s an incredibly formidable presence. He’s amazing.”
Alex Kurtzman, screenwriter
“We found Benedict Cumberbatch fairly early. We needed a very good actor, someone young enough to be believable as an aristocratic, an almost slightly dislikeable character who is an adolescent in terms of his views of the world, his upbringing. But we also needed someone who could hold the screen for four and half hours, in every scene. We needed someone with experience who was not only a very good actor, but also with terrific comic timing. Benedict was the ideal answer to that.”
David Attwood, director (To the ends of the earth)
“Everyone just looked at it and went “Oh. All right.” Meryl looked at me and gave me a big smile, which is Meryl’s way of saying “Well done”. It was not the best quality you’ve ever seen. And his face was very close. But he was wonderful. At first I didn’t realize that he was British because his southern Oklahoma accent was very good.
There’s nothing guarded about him. It can be a little daunting because you have the clear impression at all times that he might be more intelligent than you are.”
John Wells, director, about Cumberbatch’s iPhone auditioning for August: Osage County
“The difference between stars and just great actors is that stars can make parts into them, rather than themselves into parts; they make those people them. They never quite play it like you expect them to, so it becomes very much Benedict’s Sherlock. Look at how Sean Connery owned James Bond.”
Steven Moffat, producer and writer
“He’s a stick shift; he’s changing up and changing down. He’s a Porsche 911.”
Gary Oldman, actor
“I would like to officialy declare my love for Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, that’s right. I’m in love with him.”
Paul Feig, director
“He’s an immersive actor; he’s physical. You have to keep feeding him, trying to keep him stimulated. The engine has to be stoked all the time. The joke is that Hollywood thinks it’s investigating him right now to see what he’s made of. The truth is: He’s investigating them.”
Danny Boyle, director
“Watching him physically train to play James (He dieted, ran the cliffs and swam in the cold sea), and also delve into the meaning of every line in rehearsals, and then plot the effect of his illness on his body and mind as it would be in each scene (shot in the wrong order), while all the while being a joy to be around was impressive to witness. To see it as one performance in the final cut was remarkable. - He is rare even amongst the acting breed. If the character description says handsome: he is. If it says Nasty: he is. Older: he is… Younger: he is. For this reason I just can’t wait to see what he will become.”
Vaughan Sivell, producer and screen writer („Third Star“)
“Being on the set with him… I think everyone was bringing their absolute A-game. I think, frankly, in a way, [his] presence sort of elevated everything.
Time and again, every scene, Benedict brought a surprising, unexpected, grounded, real and often terrifying aspect to the role. So we are incredibly grateful, all of us.”
JJ Abrams, director
“Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my very favorite — excuse me, favourite — actors today, and he brought his brilliant mixture of confidence and strength to Khan in a way that, with all due respect, Montalban never did. Never once does Cumberbatch make the obvious choice, his performance is always subtle, always controlled, and when he finally goes full-Khan, scary as hell.”
Will Wheaton, actor
“I think he’ll be one of the guys who lasts, that’s my take. It’s what George [Clooney] said to me ten years ago: If you can pull off ten years in this business, then you’ve done something, and we both kind of agreed that that was kind of the benchmark. And I think [Cumberbatch] is of the new crop.”
Matt Damon, actor
“Benedict Cumberbatch is truly one of the greatest actors I’ve ever seen. And my favorite thing about him in this movie is that instead of his bad guy being adorned and wearing some crazy mask and costume and hair… he is just a simple man standing in a black shirt and black pants, just a common man… and his performance is so powerful in it’s simplicity… and that to me was an incredibly exciting thing to see: how little he needed to be that powerful.”
JJ Abrams, director
“When he was at school, parents came to see him in plays their own children weren’t in - THAT is how good he is.”
“Yes, Benedict has darkness. He has a light, brilliance, wit, sophistication, an imposing presence. He’s threatening; he’s physical. He’s also sympathetic. He does these things and makes it all look so damn easy. And the other actors … it was so funny. Every time we were doing a scene with Benedict, they were standing a little bit taller. He has a presence that is ridiculous and that voice, oh my God. There wasn’t a day working with Benedict that I didn’t think, this is insane. He elevated that moment. He made that thing that I thought was going to be really hard, authentic.
He’s not like his character in any way, physically or emotionally, but he transformed himself physically. He was suddenly this wildly intimidating big guy. And he’s not. When you talk to him, he’s sort of slight. But in the movie, I spent a year editing him (Benedict’s footage). So it was like I got to see him every day. I got so used to him as that character. So when I saw him again recently, I thought, God, he’s so small, compared to how he is in the movie—he’s so epic. He is an utter chameleon who I think can do anything. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen, let alone worked with. He was able to bring all of these incredible nuances and attitude to a role that in lesser hands would not have worked remotely that well.”
JJ Abrams, director
Ok. Again, I don’t usually do this, but my heart and mind are too full and I have to sleep sometime tonight so I’ve got to get this out.
This was, without any doubt, one of my favorite episodes of the entire series!!! I would have a very hard time choosing between this and the CS movie.
First off, can I just say that the composers are certifiably BRILLIANT!!! Absolute geniuses!!!!! Every single song was outstanding!!! As I heard each song, it was my favorite!!!! Each one was written for the character and these brilliant, talented actors sang them all soooooo beautifully!!! If I had to rank them, I’d say my top favorites were Hook’s, Emma’s, and Zelena’s. But again, they were all soooooo perfectly written and performed! I just can’t say enough about the music!!!! BEAUTIFUL AMAZING BRILLIANT FANTASTIC OUTSTANDING LOVELY EXQUISITE… well, you get the idea.
And now on to the individual songs…
Powerful Magic: Pure. Disney. So beautiful! And so perfect for this perfect couple!!! Snow immediately knowing something was wrong and putting her hands over her mouth were both soooo adorable!!! Charming’s lines were a hoot! And the love between the two was on perfect display! I only wish there was more harmony in the song.
The Queen Sings (Love Doesn’t Stand a Chance): sooooo perfect for this character!!!! And Lana belting it out was fantastic!!! The little snippets from the dwarves, Granny, and Marco were soooo cute! I LOVED how she showed up in each of their locations and sang to them as well. The blatant sexuality of the queen was on full display during the song, both times. And it created a perfect juxtaposition up against the True Love of Snowing both one right after the other and in their trio.
Revenge is Gonna Be Mine: what can I say? Colin as Captain Hook singing this song was just… just… I can’t get over it!!!! @lillpon did an analysis this week of Colin’s voice and the high notes in the song that was just outstanding!!! I knew it was high, but I didn’t know it was THAT high. If you’re interested in her analysis, search #Colin O'Donoghue or #ouat musical. The vengeful pirate was on full display and Colin performed magnificently!!! And doing all that with a broken foot!!!!! Ouch!!!!
Wicked Always Wins: beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!!! And what a voice Bex has!!!! This one was one of my favorites! The beauty of the song not only displayed her envy and hatred, but also her longing for love and acceptance. It was a beautiful song beautifully performed.
Emma’s Theme: No. words. All right. Never mind. Just a few. GORGEOUS!!! PERFECT!!! The love and songs inside of her saved her and saved her family. And the fact that it was her theme from the VERY BEGINNING OF THE SERIES only made it more special and outstanding!!!! And the WORDS!!!!! No words!!!!! *Ugly sobbing*
A Happy Beginning: what a way to end the episode!!!! Everyone singing and dancing together to celebrate our OTP FINALLY GETTING MARRIED!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👰🏼🤵🏻💒. Cue the tears 😭😭😭😭😭!!!!!!!
Next, the non-musical parts of the episode. I’m sorry (not really) but I’m so glad Emma couldn’t wear Snows wedding dress. I never liked that dress. But I didn’t expect the BF to show up so early in the episode. And Killian in a white tux???? Ugh… NO!!!!!! And he knew… he KNEW!!!! He knew exactly what she was doing!!!! Bless him!!!! I LOVE him sooooo much!!!! And then taking off to take care of the crocodile and getting himself captured in the process… not surprising at all!!! And may I just say that I am right back solidly on the side of HATING Rumple!!!!! I really thought that he was playing the BF somehow and he was on the side of the heroes, but after tonight, I cannot think of any way that plays out. We’ll see. Blue putting the songs in Emma before she was even born was excellent!!! It gave her the power to defeat the BF and that whole thing answered the question of why Snow, Charming, and Hook didn’t recognize each other. Henry… my poor Henry!!!! His despair and anger over not being able to help his mom was agonizing!!!!! But finding those pages and showing Emma that she had it inside her all along? Priceless!!!!! As well as the BF’s face when Emma wouldn’t die. And Emma’s tears when she had saved them all, I had tears too! And then the wedding itself. Cue the sobbing… I didn’t think it was rushed. We got our Emma and Snowing moments, Killian and Charming shaking hands, Captain Believer, beautiful, heart wrenching personal vows, their kiss, song, and first dance. What else did we need?
This is my absolute favorite picture at the moment. It’s so perfect <3 India is one of my favorite actresses ever, (you all already know that Cameron is my absolute favorite actor in the world).. and I just think it would be so amazing for them to work together. I mean, you guys can’t deny that they would look really great together, and I also truly believe they would have chemistry and would also work well together. I think we should all start a petition for Gotham to cast India as Harley. I’m kidding. No, but seriously, I’m serious. I truly believe we should at least try. Maybe if we get enough signatures in time they would consider it.
PS. She’s the same age as Cameron, so age wouldn’t be an issue. But they could make her look younger if they had to. Also, she would be a new character (aka Harleen) on the show. I know how that’s a big issue for some of you.
Can you recommend me some bl movies/series? It could be thai, chinese, Korean or japanese. I've watched Addicted(Heroin), Uncontrolled Love and Ghost Boyfriend (which I cried when I watched it btw). Thank you!
Hello :) sorry for replying late, it took me more than I expected. I have too many things to recommend so this is gonna be long ^^”
- Counterattack (nice and funny and totally worth watching because of QingYu, even though they compressed a lot of things from the novel so if you want to fully enjoy the story I really recommend to read it)
- Make It Right the series (I haven’t liked it that much to be honest so this is a recommendation based on the popularity it has, you may like it ^^)
- Seven Days (super sweet, if you find the 1st movie a little slow remember to give a try to the second, though, it’s the one I appreciated the most)
- Takumi kun 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (Takumi is Takumi, super saccharine but it’s something that should be watched; Pure, the 4th one, is different from the others, though, and it’s absolutely my favorite - sorry Takumi, sorry Gii ^^”)
- Boys Love 1 | Boys Love 2 (these are basically the first BL movies I watched, so I had to include them lol; tragic content alert, though)
- Waterboyy (here I’m biased since I love the two leading actors, but the whole movie is enjoyable)
- Red Wine in the Dark Night (I watched it recently and I’m still deciding if I liked it or not; it’s pretty peculiar, but if you like vampires, loneliness, hot scenes and shocking contents you can give it a try)
- Lost in Paradise (among my favorite vietnamese movies, it’s very realistic yet delicate)
- Like Love + Like Love 2 (another thing I’m gonna recommend because of its popularity, since I’m still deciding if I liked it or not; it’s cute and everything, but… well, idk ^^” but you may like it ^^)
I stop here, otherwise I would go on forever >.<
For other stuff in case you may take a look at this list, I mainly did it for my italian pals (so ignore my comments lol) but it has links for the english subbed versions too; the titles with the star (★)
are the ones I liked ^^
So about a year and a half ago, I was managing this restaurant, right? Not a chain or fine dining place, either- just an independently owned (albeit popular) seafood restaurant on the corner of my beach town.
One weekday night, a party of like 5 guys walk in. And all the girls at my host stand (that are anywhere from 16-25), start flipping out. I ask them what the commotion is, and they tell me that one of the men in this party looks EXACTLY like a guy from their favorite show, Teen Wolf, but they can’t tell if it’s him or not, and they’re too embarrassed to go ask.
Hearing of the show, but never actually having watched it, and seeing them literally hyperventilate, I asked why they were so nervous. And they said it was because the man played the Dad of this actor they were obsessed with, Dylan O’Brien.
So to make them happy, I went over and asked him if he was an actor on Teen Wolf ( I was the manager, I could do those things). And sure enough, it was Linden Ashby, aka Sheriff Stilinski.
He was literally the nicest guy ever, and we talked for like a good thirty minutes. I bought his meal and in return he took photos with all the girls and gave them his autograph, plus answered a plethora of never ending questions about what it was like to work with Dylan O’Brien. And trust me, there were a lot of those questions.
I thought he was great but forgot about it shortly after. Now it’s a year and a half later, Teen Wolf is one of my absolute favorite shows, Dylan O’Brien is one of my favorite actors and Jeff Davis is someone I look up to as a writing mentor.
How painfully ironic, the way things happen sometimes, right? I’m glad I fully believe in “everything happens for a reason”, or that unlucky timing might seriously get to me.
what exactly do you like about hobo with a shotgun? i mean i know your a fan of gore but
Well, as I said in a photoset of screenshots I took, it’s just so incredibly vibrant, and beautifully lit and photographed. The use of colored lighting makes every shot look like a piece of pop art. There was so much attention to detail in every setup, and the slick editing makes every scene just mesmerizing to watch.
The acting is also perfection. I’ve always deeply respected Rutger Hauer as an actor, but everyone else was fantastic as well, especially Brian Downey as The Drake. He plays his villainous character with absolute glee and panache, like a morbid game show host–easily one of my favorite screen baddies.
The characters are all perfectly fleshed out–even the ones that are cartoonish exaggerations, like Ivan. “The Plague” are a phenomenal, bizarre supernatural touch that are memorable enough to become iconic in themselves: Even though they don’t show up until the final third of the film, they make a huge impact on the story and character arcs (shame they cut out how Abby was going to replace Grinder), and leave a lasting impression of sheer awesomeness on the viewer.
The use of the theme song from “The Raccoons” over the end credits is just…brilliance. It’s such a great song, and the lyrics are perfect for the film’s dual protagonists (the Hobo and Abby).
While there is over-the-top gore and some pretty outrageous actions taken part in by the characters, it’s really just a highly entertaining, well-crafted homage to late 70’s and 80’s exploitation cinema. It’s got action, it’s funny, you really care about the characters, and it even manages to be touching at times. I simply cannot recommend it enough.
Summary: Elle gets
tickets to Wimbledon but doesn’t get the memo about the rainy chilly weather.
Tom shows up and offers to take her somewhere warm. Elle is shocked to be
talking to her favorite actor. Things go a lot farther than Elle could have
The fight scene where Sana's frantically saying 'Elias! Elias! Elias stop! Elias!' is hands down one of my favorite acting moments from Iman. Not only does she look absolutely GORGEOUS but the way she evokes panic as if she wants to scream but her voice comes out in a strangled, breathless cry instead? Just BRILLIANT. Tarjei and Iman are masters of this skillset we call underacting. Tarjei has honed it particularly well but Iman knocked my socks off this season. Where do they find these actors?
I loved that scene so much because it really was about HER and HER panic and HER world crumbling. Iman is doing AMAZING and I think we haven’t even come close to what she’s capable of. Can’t wait until Sana actually breaks down ;__;.
Tarjei is my favorite actor in Skam. He’s just unbelievable and he ruined me last season haha. Can’t wait to see what Iman does with the rest of hers. I’m sure she’ll keep blowing my mind.
While I love the 1995 pride and prejudice, I do have to say that the 2005 utterly stole my heart the first time I saw it and will always be my favorite. The music and cinematography are absolutely breath-taking (the scene where Mr Darcy and Elizabeth dance and the room spins out of view is one that I will always consider a masterpiece, not to mention both proposals tear my heart to pieces every time) and the actors do such a fantastic job that the viewer can easily relate to them. I adore it!
I’ve always absolutely loved the way that film just pulls you in using everything it’s got. From the acting, the music, the visuals. In my opinion, it’s so compelling and captivating that I never really mind the changes made.
Hi I'm pretty certain I'm into the whole GID/whump thing (actually I had no idea it was a real kink until I joined tumblr yay!) but I had a question. It really only applies when I think of fictional characters, like, if I think about those things happening to my actual real life boyfriend it makes me uncomfortable. Is that pretty normal? As far as you know I mean
That’s absolutely normal! Lots of stuff that we like in fiction have absolutely no bearing on what we would want or would like in real life. Like, okay, this scene from The Lord of the Rings is pretty fucking cool:
But that doesn’t mean that in real life you’d want to be in a war and kill people, because you know in real life, killing people is wrong and being in a war is scary. And you know that the movie isn’t real and the actors are going to get up and go about their day after the shoot’s over and no one is actually getting hurt.
Same thing with whump. Like, one of my favorite whump tropes is illness and high fevers, but when my girlfriend was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago with a high fever, I wasn’t like, “Yay high fevers!”, I was worried and upset. Because she’s not a fictional character, she’s a real person who was really sick.
i mean im sad for them? bc they will have to absolutely see tony everywhere bc ….news flash …outside of this hellsite he’s the number one fan favorite and their money maker , so good luck being bitter!
RIGHT like yikes pal what a bad time for them,,,,marvel needed him in cacw badly enough that rdj was like “okay but i need to be able to get some really good backstory/character development stuff in it has to be good for my character and for me as an actor” and they were like SURE THING OKIE DOKIE like he was there for a Reason ok people Like him he is Important,,,,when mr bob decides he’s bored/wants to spend his time on other stuff then he’ll be gone but Until Then buckle up and enjoy this decade of tony stark content we have been blessed with