March 26, 2021 - 20:29 GMT Eve Crosbie Appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the actress explained how a summer of attending raves while stone-cold-sober led to her big acting break Minnie Driver has revealed the rather unexpected way that she landed an agent when she was just a fresh-faced drama school graduate. MORE: Minnie Driver discovers her father's secret life as she takes part in BBC show Chatting to host James Corden on Thursday's episode The Late Late Show , the actress explained how a summer of attending raves while stone-cold-sober led to her big acting break. "I was the only kid in my class to graduate from this very prestigious drama school without an agent," Minnie, 51, began. "I was just standing at the end of [graduation] in the pub with my mum and half a glass of white wine." Minnie chatted to James Corden via video link Without a rep or any booked work, Minne says she … [Read more...] about Minnie Driver reveals surprising way she got her big acting break
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The young Roth in his Kips Bay apartment. Photo: Bob Peterson Indisputably a great American novelist, Philip Roth has a decent claim to be the great American novelist: a philosopher and a satyr, cranky and profound, one of the foremost interpreters of what he called “the indigenous American berserk.” The winner of just about every prize literature has to bestow, but denied the Nobel, quite possibly because he was, over his 31 books, an inveterate controversialist. There are those for whom he will always be the author (and alter ego?) of Alexander Portnoy, the protagonist of 1969’s Portnoy’s Complaint , whose most famous transgression stands alone in American literature: the act of making love to a piece of liver, his family’s evening meal. Roth wrote in a register all his own, the voluble yawp of the aching analysand — “the aria bit,” his friend and sometime antagonist Alfred Kazin called it. When he died in 2018, after publicly retiring six years before, he left behind a … [Read more...] about Letting the Repellent In
Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Without fail, each year brings a film or two that makes people ask, “How was that nominated for an Oscar?!” While it’s easy to imagine the Academy Awards being decided in a room all at once by some shadow organization, Oscar’s 23 categories are decided much more independently from one another. Each category’s nominations are voted on by that specific branch of the Academy — so you don’t have actors voting on Makeup and Hairstyling, or cinematographers voting on Costume Design — and then the entire Academy votes on the winners in each category. So when a strange outlier nomination like Fifty Shades of Grey or Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa happens, know that they aren’t made equally. A cool Production Design and a cringey Adapted Screenplay nomination aren’t the same thing, because they come from two separate groups with completely different tastes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has roughly 10,000 members across 20 … [Read more...] about Every Academy Awards Voting Branch Ranked by Taste
The ascent of EDM has transformed the sound of the radio more than any other trend of the past decade. Photo: Yulia Skya Classics The essential party starters, as selected by an expert panel of the city’s most influential DJs, dance-label heads, and party promoters. By Piotr Orlov 2000 Antibalas, "Si, Se Puede" "Incredible record from New York's Afrobeat kings." (Rich Medina, DJ-Promoter) Daft Punk, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” Fischerspooner, “Emerge” “The defining track of the electroclash scene.” (justine d, dj-promoter) Memphis Bleek feat. Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, “Is That Your Chick” 2001 Blaze Production presents James Toney Jr. Project, “Revolution Poem” “A seminal record; introduced the dance world to Afro-house.” (medina) Jay-Z, “U Don’t Know” Le Tigre, “Deceptacon (DFA Remix)” M.O.P. feat. Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma, “Ante Up (Remix)” “A club song about robbing people in the street!” (eleven & ayres, djs) Antibalas, … [Read more...] about The Beat Goes Boom: What’s Driving the Dance-Music Moment