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Mary Poppins Returns: Inside the magical sequel 50 years in the making

Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), picks up 25 years after the events of the first film, fast-forwarding to London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the actual time period of Travers’ books. Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane has become the warm, loving home that banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) shares with his wife and three children. But after the sudden death of Michael’s wife, the Banks family is shattered — even enthusiastic aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a fervent union organizer, and long-time housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) can’t help lift spirits — and so in time, the once-blossoming home is on the verge of foreclosure.

Cue the arrival of prim and peculiar Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), who leads Michael’s wayward children (and Jane and Michael themselves) on a series of unbelievable adventures — to the top of Big Ben, the bottom of the ocean, into magical encounters with animated dancing penguins and upside-down cousins (hey, Meryl Streep!). If anyone can help this family find the light they’ve lost, it’s Mary Poppins.

Contending with five decades of a practically-perfect legacy, the sequel’s filmmakers have dedicated themselves to being as faithful and respectful to the iconic original as possible while still crafting a fresh new family musical. “The bar is so high for this,” says Marshall, who also directed the Oscar-winning Chicago. “But to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that’s looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives… I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We’re just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by the cast, full of lifelong lovers of Mary Poppins like Blunt (who earned Julie Andrews’ blessing as the character long before the first camera rolled) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Mary’s pal Jack, a winsome lamplighter and former apprentice of Dick Van Dyke’s famed chimney sweep, Bert). Even the creative departments abound with folks who know the stakes and want to get this right: Tony-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) penned a new score that sounds downright Poppins-esque, while costume designer Sandy Powell and her team worked to bring the iconic looks of Mary and the Banks family into the stylish 1930s.

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genderbent hamlet one may smile, and smile, and be a villain…

  • michelle dockery as hamlet, the conflicted and doomed heroine
  • ruth negga as horatio, hamlet’s loyal friend & companion
  • ben whishaw as ophelia, who loves hamlet but is driven to suicide
  • tilda swinton as claudius, the usurper of the crown 
  • hayley atwell as laertes, ophelia’s vengeful sister
  • colin firth as gertrude, hamlet’s father who is now married to claudius
  • olivia colman as polonius, ophelia & laertes’ foolish mother
  • cate blanchett as the ghost of queen hamlet, who hamlet must avenge

(based off discussions and comments made over the months at dailyshakespeare.
a bit of flexibility needed with characters’ ages vs. actors’ actual ages.)

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“They’re humouring you. They don’t want a woman.” A woman is difficult. Hysterical. And you can never really find one who will ever stay. A couple more years, you’ll probably want a baby. And even if they don’t say that to your face, that’s what they’re thinking. Anything else is just your vanity making you believe…"
“What? That I can do it? That I can actually do this? Watch me.”

THE HOUR: 1x01

5 Reason Why You're Not Too Old To Watch “Paddington”

1) Q from Skyfall is Paddington

Ben Whishaw, most well known for playing Q in the last James Bond movie, voiced the titular bear.

2) Like fellow bear Winnie The Pooh, Paddington is timeless

Since his first appearance in 1958, Paddington has appeared in 13 books, a Google Doodle, several sculptures, and even a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

3) You can’t really call yourself an anglophile otherwise

Apart from the stories’ British legacy, the movie stars Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and Matt King (Peep Show).

4) Nicole Kidman, who plays the villain, isn’t joking about how good the movie is

While promoting the movie on Conan, Kidman said “Sometimes you come and you have to promote movies and you know, they’re ok, but this one’s actually really good!”

5) Adorable doesn’t have an age limit

Just look at his face.

Paddington will be playing tonight at 7:30 and 10:00PM in the SLC!

Rule 63 Hamlet Dream Cast

So I am notoriously kind of meh about Hamlet.  So much so that I almost feel like I should hand back my Shakespeare card.  I have always felt that the play seems a bit unfinished and unsettled.  There are so many different versions of the text that I can’t help but think that Shakespeare was never satisfied with it.  What’s more, I find the female characters to be frustratingly underwritten.  So. I wanted to challenge myself to come up with a Hamlet that wouldn’t make me angry.  This is the result.

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I wanted to know as much as possible. It was something that Jane encouraged. She said to me, ‘You’ve got to become our expert on John Keats so that if anybody has a question about him or his work, you can answer it.’ And I took her word. I kind of did become a bit of an expert. I read everything I could get my hands on, about him. I read about four biographies and all of his letters, all of his poetry, obviously, and then kind of critical studies—stuff that wasn’t even especially pertinent to the film, but I got kind of carried away and really addicted to knowing more and more about him.
—  Ben Whishaw and his obsessive tendencies ability to do his homework on a character. (x)

A huge fan of The Hour, I crumble and gushingly exclaim, “I love Freddie Lyon!”


“Freddie will forever be in my heart too,” she smiles back, referring to the BBC’s decision not to commission a 3rd series despite a 25,000-strong petition. “Actually,the other night I saw Ben (Whishaw who played The Hour’s Freddie). We got drunk and started watching YouTube videos.” My nerves melt instantly. She really is nice.

—  From Abi Morgan interview by Marisa Bate in current issue of Red magazine.

Art by Eef

Introduction used for our Last Curtain Call Book:

When we first heard about this play, neither of us knew what the future was going to hold in store for us or how much we would be immersed in this vision of it that you created on that stage. We both counted ourselves as fans of one or more of the actors involved in the play, and it was a given that we’d follow any news about it which the internet would bring us. As the weeks of rehearsals progressed and the first pictures got published, we started a blog dedicated to the play’s progress - conceived at first from no more than an impatient need to keep track of what was happening in the world of your fans during those first days of Mojo at the end of October. Much was there to explore: actors whose work we knew by varying degrees or not at all, a script to the play, the history behind its creation. Plans had to be made for both of us to see the play and witness it come to life. But as the weeks progressed and the preview run began, it soon appeared that there was a growing interest for more within the varying fandoms: questions about the play were being put to us, and those who had been to the play helped in answering anything we could not. The feedback was immense - on twitter, on web blogs, on various online communities; the audience was leaving their opinions for us to read, and we recorded it all.If you spend so much time involved in something, it feels like you’re on the top of the world with every word of praise - nevermind that you’re not the one actually doing anything other than typing a few words and clicking a few buttons. You - the blogger - start feeling like you’re a part of this world you’re reading and writing about, and you feel this immense sense of pride for every achievement, every moment that you - the actors - made someone’s life a little bit happier and brighter by just doing what you were doing best.There was nothing better than going through tweets and communities every day, for a scrap of a mention of what was new, what had been changed, what’d been improved. It was gratifying to read stories from people enjoying the play or meeting the cast. What was even better: the popularity it enjoyed amongst other actors and people in the entertainment industry (e.g. Sam Claflin, James Corden, Matthew Horne and many others’ tweets being a testament to that). Every personal review, every tweet, every word that got posted filled us anew with satisfaction and pride in and love for what you were obviously doing so, so well.And there was another side to it: the play also brought people together. Even for us, the owners of the blog, it’s a story of friendship: from being virtual strangers we went to being friends who talk about so much more than just the play, and now we’ve even come here together to see the last performance. Like us, there are many friendships that have been formed - across different countries, different ages, different interests and fandoms. We heard stories about people befriending others in the day tickets queue or at the stage door, or simply on twitter or other online communities, talking about this one thing they all had in common: a love for this play, no matter who one was a fan of.Yet another aspect was that for many it opened a door to a world of theatre experiences they’d never had before. Like for the two of us, travelling from afar to see Mojo in London also gave us the opportunity to see other plays, discover the skills of other actors - even take some unusual steps into the past by visiting the V&A Archives and getting the chance to see the Tom Hollander and Aidan Gillen’s take on Baby and Skinny.And all this was because of you. Of that moment you made the decision that you wanted to play that role. Of your skill on that stage. Of your performances, making those characters your own. Without you, Mojo was just a play that didn’t mean anything to most of us before we heard you would act in it.So this booklet is just a massive thank you to the cast, staff and everybody who helped making Mojo come true. It’s our way of showing how much you are appreciated for letting us share this wonderful, amazing experience with you.Lots of love and thank you for the great moments we shared with you guys, our followers, here on tumblrMara and Eef

Thoughts on Hamlet's actual age?

I was thinking about the debate on what Hamlet’s actual age is and thought I might as well make a blog post about it. A friend asked me about this around two years ago and I gave what my personal estimate at the time was: early twenties, perhaps? Hamlet’s age is never explicitly given, although implied at, and we always see a wide range of actors in various age groups portraying the Dane in many famous productions and films - from Laurence Olivier, who was in his early forties at the time of his 1948 film adaptation, to the likes of David Warner or Ben Whishaw, who each played Hamlet at around 24 years of age, the first with the RSC in 1965 and the latter in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 production at the Old Vic. And Richard Burbage, the first actor ever to play Hamlet, was 32 when he portrayed the prince. This brings me to a second question: does the age of the actor playing Hamlet (or the age they appear to be) affect our understanding and interpretation of the character and play?

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Kit Harington: I'm a hopeless romantic

EN Interview 1 - Q: There’s not much sex in this film. All you and co-star Alicia Vikander do is hold hands.

HARINGTON: No! (Laughs hard) The whole chaperone thing is so different, and I realised just how scandalous, how forward he is - just for holding her hand, or tickling her behind the neck! Thats the equivalent of him doing some much dirtier things in today’s cinema. They’re being really naughty! And they never consummate their relationship. They never actually have sex, as they’re not married. It’s such a different world from today’s, and maybe young audiences will see it and find it amusing. And the romanticism of it is fantastic.

Q: Was it hard playing a 19-year-old horny schoolboy opposite hot, sexy co-star Alicia, when you were actually 27?

HARINGTON: It was hard and I had to keep reminding myself that I - Kit - would never have had sex with her. I’d be very, very immature as far as that’s concerned, and it’d be incredibly exciting just to hold hands. So it was quite hard to drag myself back to what that felt like back then.

Q: Are you a romantic?

HARINGTON: Oh yeah - I think of myself as a hopeless romantic. No, I am, and I love it - but it’s my downfall sometimes. And that’s why Roland appealed to me so much. I felt very close to the character and his passion for her. He’s this arrogant sod, and I was an arrogant sod when I was younger - and I still am. So I related a lot to his obsession with heroism and the romance of art and literature, and his seriousness. I was a lot more serious when I was a kid.

Q: Alicia’s on a real hot streak thanks to Ex Machina and this. Did you know her before this?

HARINGTON: We were good friends before this, as we did Seventh Son together, an epic fantasy film, and got on really well and had dinners together and so on. And I felt we just had great chemistry on this. She’s so fierce and determined but also vulnerable, and I found that quite exciting.

Q: You’re obviously best-known for heavy drama rather than comedy, but you recently did a great skit with Seth Meyers on his show, and now you’re in the new HBO comedy mockumentary7 Days In Hell with Andy Samberg. Is it true the film’s only 43 minutes long?

HARINGTON: Yes, and it’s because we shot it in just 3 days, in Palm Springs. We shot the sh*t out of everything and got as much as we could. It’s really farcical and stupid and I really want everyone to go and see it (laughs). It comes out in July. It’s got a great cast, with Lena Dunham, June Squibb, Will Forte and Michael Sheen among others - all great actors in this crazy movie!

Q: And you play a sort of John McEnroe tennis star who’s always exploding, right?

HARINGTON: Yeah, and it was so much fun to do. He’s this really stupid, really arrogant English tennis player who’s totally coke-addled and I wear this pink headband with long blonde hair and short shorts. The outfit alone is hysterical. And the tennis match lasts for seven days - four more days than it took to shoot the whole thing! That’s how crazy it was!

Q: So you like doing comedy?

HARINGTON: I love it, and I’ve always wanted to do comedy but I’ve realised recently that my type of comedy isn’t that classic rom-com style - it’s really stupid Saturday Night Live type of comedy, and this was perfect for me. I was here in LA and they sent me the script and I laughed all the way through and jumped at it.

Q: You also just did the Red Nose video. Were you nervous?

HARINGTON: When they suggested it to me, I said ‘Yes’ instantly, as it’s comic relief and for a good cause and it’d be wrong to say no - and that went against every fibre in my being, once I read the script and realised I had to sing in front of my peers! So part of me was like, I REALLY don’t want to do this, but the other part of me was, I MUST do this, so if I have to make a complete fool of myself for a good cause, then I should. So I did. (Laughs) It was very funny, like serenading 18 bunnies. I enjoyed it. Look, I did karaoke with Coldplay as my backup band. That was pretty amazing. I was very nervous but then I got up there and was like, 'Yeah! This is f**king cool! You don’t get to do this very often - if ever!’

Q: Jon Snow’s made you famous - but do you also feel a little typecast now?

HARINGTON: I do. The industry still sees me now as something I’d never have predicted - as an action hero, in the Jon Snow mould. So I have to find other things for my own sanity, to break out of it.

Q: What’s the worst day out you’ve ever had in London?

HARINGTON: Did you say day or date? (Laughs hard). Wow! I’ve definitely had a lot of worst dates! I don’t know what I’d specifically pick - probably a break-up with a girl. London can have some pretty miserable days sometimes, I must admit, when that happens.

Q: What about your happiest?

HARINGTON: It was very recent, but I won’t say what it was, but it was a good thing!

Q: Ever had a recurring menial injury you can tell us about?

HARINGTON: Yeah, I have a bit of a problem with my right arm and shoulder, from sword-fighting. You find you get a lot of shoulder cuts and stuff that cause stiffness and other problems. And I also have a bit of a dodgy ankle sometimes, but I did that to myself - it’s not from any show or movie.

Q: Are you a big music fan?

HARINGTON: Yeah, I am. I think there’s something weird going on with music right now, and I’m part of it - I just discovered Spotify and Spotify radio, and I can listen to all these new tracks and it’s great - it’s a revolution. I’ll hear stuff it suggests for me and I’ll download it. But it means you’re not listening to albums anymore, or to someone’s story. Some of my favourite albums are by Nick Cave. It’s poetry and each song links to the next and the next, and you have to listen to them all in order. It’s great we have all this new technology providing us with suggestions, but they’re singular suggestions and we need to listen to albums more I think.

Q: What one song would you recommend to people to put on their Monday morning playlist?

HARINGTON: It’d be Talking Heads and Once In A Lifetime. (He pulls up the track on his iPhone and starts singing along happily). Same as it ever was, same as it ever was - That’s a great Monday morning track. Perfect! And I love the music video for it too, all David Byrne’s great dance moves.

Q: You mentioned Nick Cave and his poetry. Roland’s also quite the poet. What about your own poetry skills?

HARINGTON: (Laughs) They’ve always been pretty abysmal, in all honesty. I actually really like writing poetry. I’m just not very good at it. I thought I’d take some courses at some point to see if I can improve. I like doing it but it’s for my own benefit, not for anyone else’s viewing!

Q: Who are your acting idols, the guys you really look up to and who inspire you?

HARINGTON: I love Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Norton, Ben Whishaw - and among the classic greats, Brando.

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I got tagged by the cutie my-pounding-heart <3

1. Roman
2. Amber
3. Always changing, currently black
4. I’m an idiot, no seriously, I collect skeleton, and they are beautiful.
5. Red (Like roses)
6. In the heart of the mountain, when the sun goes behind them and the light is a fucking fire!
7. Ben Whishaw <3
8. All of them. Don’t make me choose.
9. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie.
10. Actually Cloud Atlas , followed by “Le Petit Prince” (the little prince)

I can’t tag 20 People. I don’t know 20!
But: thoseweirdthings , thesneakyqueen , cozyouknownada , perv-melon , ughwarts , laptopstrummer , darwem0 , daswhox (I might forget friends who are on tumblr and I don’t remember username)
>I know a lot of you don’t like this sort of post, so don’t do it. Just know that I love you, even if I don’t speak a lot. It was a good excuse to said it.

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Of course we know about Randall’s hidden depths as a total romantic softy, but just look at his face in the first gif.  Oh, he’s got the mischief devil in him too.  The mischief devil who knows the value of slightly strange aerialist based metaphors* and also of Dramatic Pointing!

Poor Bel though, she does look a bit as if she’s been hit by a train.  Freddie is being all boyish and charming with his unfortunate beard and I think he’s just lucky Bel is in the kind of shock that leaves her frozen in place rather than the kind of shock that would leave her looking for the nearest ashtray to clobber him with.  (And if she did clobber him, I think Lix would be happy to help.) 

One postcard saying hey, I’m back. Would that have been so hard to send, Freddie?  Seriously, would it? 

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Epic Daily Mail Fail

“He’s been cast as the main actor in the upcoming BBC thriller The London Spy. And Ben Whishaw looked every inch the leading lad during filming….London Spy follows a smitten Danny, played by Ben, who suddenly finds himself immersed in espionage and danger after falling in love with a woman called Alex who disappears.”

Um, noooo…not unless Edward Holcroft, who plays Alex, is getting some gender reassignment. I know it’s hard to get your head around the fact that the BBC’s doing shows about Actual Gay People–main characters even!–but FFS.

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Original British Drama 2015: Trailer - BBC Two
http://bbc.co.uk/bbctwo 2015 - A year of all new Original British Drama, only on BBC Two. Featuring The Last Kingdom, London Spy, The Dresser and Stonemouth.

London Spy - Not your average ‘gay spy thriller’ (starring Ben Whishaw)

EDIT: I should have noted that the trailer linked is actually for BBC Two and includes several of their new shows all linked. London Spy is just one of them.

If you haven’t heard of BBC’s new series London Spy and love yourself some British crime drama and intrigue, go watch this now.

I actually hate to use the phrase ‘gay spy thriller’ because this show is so much more than that, but that is quite the point I want to prove. Not that we have any gay spy thrillers mind you… oh well…

Note: Spoilers (ish) ahead (although nothing major as the first episode is basically just setting up the premise)

Firstly, is it actually a TV series where the main character (male) has an MI6 boyfriend? Yes! But please don’t just stop there. This kind of setup is almost like a self-indulgent fanfiction, which is why it’s important to point out how not the case this is.

The main character, Danny, is played by Ben Whishaw, who some of you may know as Q from James Bond (and let’s not dive into the interesting fandom universe crossovers of that right now, since BondxQ is also quite the popular pairing). Danny is a normal guy working in a storage warehouse, and meets another guy named Alex. There’s a bit of a slow burn romance to it, regardless of this all happening in the first episode, and all goes well until Alex disappears. Turns out he wasn’t who he said he was (MI6), and now Danny seems to want answers.

I now want to point out how, if you thought it was a gay version of a James Bond, you will be sorely disappointed (or perhaps impressed because the Bond series, while classic and enjoyable, is very backwards, predictable, misogynistic and highly sexualized). There is no gratuitous gay sex (although there is a scene. It’s a normal one). There are no thrilling action scenes (no exploding cars, tumbling buildings). There isn’t even that much dialogue or music (so no snazzy music combined with snarky comments every other line).

No. The dialogue is sometimes awkward and choppy… but so very real and so much more refreshing. These characters are people, not just witty bantering machines churning out line after line of snark (not that I don’t love my dose of snark).

And more importantly, most of the episode didn’t even need dialogue at all. Ben Whishaw’s performance ensnares your attention. You know what he’s thinking and feeling because you can see it.

The acting is the dialogue.

Actually scratch that. The acting is the dialogue AND the soundtrack.

Bottom line: If you want to watch a good performance with intriguing plotline and characters, watch it. If you’re hoping for a gay James Bond thriller… sorry it’s not that. But do go watch it anyways. Let it change your mind. :)

On a side note…moving now into the ‘gay spy thriller’ territory… I really can’t resist the crossover potential of London Spy and James Bond. I’m just waiting for that 100K fic where Q joins MI6 because he originally set out to find out what happened to his MI6 boyfriend that mysteriously disappeared/was murdered/something… only to end up as the quartermaster of one infamous James Bond. :)