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Cool Stuff: May the Fourth Be with These New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy and ‘The Mandalorian’ Posters

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Now it’s time to spend some money on stuff you don’t need. Bottleneck Gallery has released a big batch of new Star Wars posters by artists Pablo Olivera, Bartosz Kosowski, Lawrence Noble, and Marko Manev. Some of the focus on the original Star Wars trilogy while others dig into the second season of The Mandalorian. But that’s not all. Artist Scott C. has also debuted a Star Wars collection of his signature Great Showdowns watercolor prints inspir...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Hand, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Finn, Lucas, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Scott C


Rafe Spall: ‘Madonna came up and started grinding me. A circle formed’

For all the standing ovations, Hollywood roles and parties with stars, nothing beats the rough and tumble of real life for actor Rafe SpallThe play was going well. It was going very well, a Broadway production of Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a married couple and Rafe Spall as her lover – the last thing Mike Nichols directed before he died. It was a hit; so much so that one night Madonna invited the cast round for dinner. “So I went to dinner,” says Spall.He is tel...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Madonna, Daniel Craig, Rafe Spall, Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Stroud, Lourdes, Rafe


Watch 400+ Documentaries from German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle: Art Forgery, Fashion Photography, the Mona Lisa, and More

You’re certainly familiar with Nouvelle Vague, the “French new wave” that shook up world cinema in the mid-2oth century. You’ve probably also heard of Hallyu, the “Korean wave” of pop music and television dramas (and, increasingly, films) now crashing across not just Asia but the West. As for Deutsche Welle, literally the “German wave,” you may know the term better in its abbreviated form: DW, the brand of Germany’s public international broadcaster. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Photography, Television, College, Germany, Berlin, Africa, West, United States, Seoul, Roma, Turkmenistan, Goethe Institut


‘Olivier was jealous of me’: TV drama pioneer Derek Granger at 100

On his centenary, the veteran producer recalls adding punch to Coronation Street, bringing Brideshead to the screen and his ‘turbulent’ relationship with one of the acting world’s greatsThere are more than 22,000 centenarians in the UK, and on 23 April there will be a sprightly addition to their number: Derek Granger, a former Granada TV producer whose credits include Brideshead Revisited and Coronation Street. Talking to Granger in his Thames-side flat, I don’t get the sense of a man who lives ...
Tags: UK, Television, Drama, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Coronation Street, Soap opera, Ian Mckellen, Financial Times, Brideshead Revisited, Olivier, Granger, Laurence Olivier


Helen McCrory remembered: ‘She had a brightness about her. She was a star’

Richard Eyre, the National Theatre director who cast the actor in some of her earliest roles, pays tribute to her after her deathPart of the tragedy of Helen McCrory dying at such a young age, leaving a husband and two young children, is that professionally she had everything to look forward to. She had established herself as a very considerable actor in the theatre and on film and television.She had a brightness about her, a luminosity: she was, in short, a star. She lit up a stage or a screen ...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, The Queen, Richard Eyre, Helen McCrory


Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner star dies of brain tumour at 54

Ritter, who also appeared in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, died at home alongside his wife and two sonsThe actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54, his agent has told the Guardian. Ritter who starred as the family patriarch Martin in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal died on Monday.In a statement, his agent said that the actor, who also appeared in numerous films including Harry Potter and the Half...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Harry Potter, Prince, Quantum of Solace, Martin, Ritter, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal, Friday Night Dinner, Guardian Ritter, Tamsin Greig Simon Bird


Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies of brain tumour at 54

Ritter, who also appeared in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, died at home alongside his wife and two sonsThe actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54, his agent has told the Guardian. Ritter who starred as the family patriarch Martin in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal died on Monday.In a statement, his agent said that the actor, who also appeared in numerous films including Harry Potter and the Half...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Harry Potter, Prince, Quantum of Solace, Martin, Ritter, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal, Friday Night Dinner, Guardian Ritter, Tamsin Greig Simon Bird


When you're a Jet and a Shark: West Side Story's George Chakiris

The Oscar-winning star portrayed rival gang leaders in the stage and screen versions of the classic musical. He remembers dancing with Marilyn Monroe, playing Dracula and his role as a trombone“I don’t think I was good enough,” confesses George Chakiris. “I was too nervous.” Zooming from Los Angeles, the 86-year-old star is not appraising his Oscar-winning role in West Side Story or his stints as a chorus dancer in golden age musicals with Marilyn Monroe and Cyd Charisse. He is recalling appeari...
Tags: Books, Music, Television, Film, Theatre, Los Angeles, Dance, Culture, Television & radio, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Ballet, Oscar, Broadway, US theater, Marilyn Monroe


John Simm meets Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'Without the audience, we’re just shouting in a room'

The actors and old friends talk about how theatre beats TV, the terror of standup – and the joys of making Yoko Ono crack upJohn Simm’s dad encouraged him towards a career on stage; Tracy-Ann Oberman’s parents were horrified by the idea. Both became household names on television – in Life on Mars and EastEnders respectively – but both love the camaraderie and unpredictability of live theatre. Simm’s theatre credits include Hamlet, Macbeth and the Norwegian odd-couple comedy Elling. Oberman is du...
Tags: Television, Drama, Theatre, Yoko Ono, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Venice, Mars, Hamlet Macbeth, Tracy-Ann Oberman, John Simm, SIMM, Magic Alex, Elling Oberman


Cool Stuff: Mark Englert’s New ‘The Mandalorian’ Poster Focuses on Ahsoka Tano’s Pivotal Episode

We’ll be waiting awhile before we return to the story of The Mandalorian, but as we wait for the third season to arrive on Disney+, artist Mark Englert has some outstanding new artwork to keep our spirits up. Inspired by one of the pivotal episodes of the second season of The Mandalorian, this new poster features Mando meeting with Ahsoka Tano as she tests Grogu and his skills with The Force. But following in the footsteps of Mark Englert’s previous Star Wars artwork, the poster also features a...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Mark Englert, Mando, Rosario Dawson, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Bottleneck Gallery, Elsbeth, Ahsoka Tano, Ahsoka


'That is our job in theatre – I'm gonna make you love me!' Noma Dumezweni meets Harriet Walter

The stars of stage and screen chat about playing witches, seeing ghosts and stepping into another legend’s shoesThey have enjoyed huge success on TV with The Undoing and Killing Eve, respectively, but Noma Dumezweni and Harriet Walter started out on stage. They met in 1999, when Dumezweni played a witch and understudied Walter as Lady Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The pair caught up to discuss Dumezweni’s role as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, theatre ghosts ...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Harry Potter, Royal Shakespeare Company, Black Lives Matter, Walter, Noma Dumezweni, Hermione Granger, Noma, Lady Macbeth, Harriet Walter, Dumezweni


Billie Piper: ‘I know about dysfunctional relationships – what it costs to be a woman’

After 25 years in the limelight, the actor says she is finally finding her voice as an actor, writer and now director. Does life imitate art?The first thing Billie Piper says to me is, “It’s in your lined paper book, Eugene, I already sent it to them,” because she’s trying to home school her children while also roaming around her house to escape them and find a better phone signal. We’re already on to our third kind of tech in an attempt to video chat. “I’m just so strung out,” she says, sitting...
Tags: Family, Music, Television, Film, Women, Doctor Who, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Parents and parenting, Chris Evans, Piper, Tallulah, Eugene


Let's all meet up in the year 3000! Inside the immersive Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Audiences can explore 17 different worlds, meet Daleks and drink cocktails in an ambitious theatre show this spring‘This entire year for live arts has been a real one step forward, two steps back process,” says Daniel Dingsdale. He’s been one of the lucky ones, working on a huge production that has survived the coronavirus upheaval and is set to open in spring.Dingsdale is the writer of Doctor Who: Time Fracture, an ambitious immersive theatre show officially licensed by the BBC and developed by...
Tags: Television, Doctor Who, Theatre, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Immersive theatre, Fantasy TV, Daniel Dingsdale, Dingsdale


Designer of famous UK TV logos dies

Martin Lambie-Nairn, who designed the logo idents for BBC2 and Channel 4, is dead at 75. Former Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive also paid tribute, saying he was "fortunate" Lambie-Nairn had "defined part of my visual landscape growing up. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, UK, Design, Television, News, Britain, Jony Ive, Lambie Nairn, Martin Lambie Nairn


Jeremy Bulloch obituary

Stage and screen actor who played the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars filmsJeremy Bulloch, who has died aged 75, was a busy character actor who staked a claim for cinematic immortality by playing the inscrutable Boba Fett in the Star Wars films. A masked, enigmatic bounty hunter with a jet pack and distinctive costume design, Boba Fett debuted in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), capturing and carbon-freezing Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in order to convey him to the slug-like paymaster Jabba...
Tags: Star Wars, Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Soap opera, Boba Fett, Colton, Jason Wingreen, Bulloch, Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, Han Solo Harrison Ford


Babs Windsor: the daring, giggling pearly queen of the screen

Between the bubbly blonde of the Carry Ons and EastEnders’ matriarch, the actor built up a significant body of work in film, theatre and TVWhen Barbara Deeks, a 16-year-old actor from east London, was encouraged to choose a stage name in 1953, it might seem arrogant that she borrowed from the newly crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. Related: Barbara Windsor: a life in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: London, Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, United Kingdom, Eastenders, Barbara Windsor, Babs Windsor, Barbara Deeks


Craig Revel Horwood: 'I'm a baddie in panto but on Strictly I'm just being honest'

The Strictly Come Dancing judge reveals which contestant surprised him the most and why he’s looking forward to getting booed twice a day in Robin Hood You’re a panto regular – what do you enjoy most about it?I love live theatre – it’s where I started my career back home in Australia and I got into it as soon as I arrived in the UK. As much as I love my screen career, you simply can’t beat helping an audience to suspend their disbelief for a few hours and enjoy a shared experience live and in re...
Tags: Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Media, Australia, Theatre, Bbc, Dance, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Strictly Come Dancing, Panto season, Craig Revel Horwood, Panto


Salvador Dalí Gets Surreal with 1950s America: Watch His Appearances on What’s My Line? (1952) and The Mike Wallace Interview (1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXT2E9Ccc8A When was the last time you saw a Surrealist (or even just a surrealist) painter appear on national television? If such a figure did appear on national television today, for that matter, who would know? Perhaps surrealist painting does not, in our time, make the impact it once did, but nor does national television. So imagine what a spectacle it must have been in 1950s America, cradle of the “mass media” as we once knew them, when Salvador Dalí ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Television, College, America, Cbs, Salvador Dalí, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, Facebook Twitter, Wallace, Mike Wallace, Dali


Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen: ‘I’ve been trying to get sacked from television for years’

Changing Rooms’ flamboyant master of maximalism has made a great living out of being himself. But is lockdown altering him? Is he suddenly dressing down, or brooding on the tragedy that marked his childhood? And does he have any decor tips for our interviewer?If curating your surroundings for a Zoom call is an art, then Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is its maximalist master. Immersed in the dark colours of his 17th-century manor-house living room, he sits with enviable poise, one arm cocked and proppe...
Tags: Reality TV, Design, Television, Julianne Moore, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Television & radio, William Morris, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen


Experience the Bob Ross Experience: A New Museum Open in the TV Painter’s Former Studio Home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkD43oXeloQ Bob Ross is as renowned for the gentle encouragement of his voice as for his speedy technique: indeed, these very qualities are synonymous with the name “Bob Ross.” His revival in recent years has as much to do with the de-stressing effects of his permed onscreen persona as with our awe, ironic or otherwise, at his kitschy picture-perfect landscapes in under an hour. He’s become as much a saint of public television as Mr. Rogers and even more o...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, Youtube, College, Museums, Smithsonian, Bob, Air Force, Ross, Rogers, Facebook Twitter, Northern Virginia, Muncie, Josh Jones, Muncie Indiana


First Mando Monday: New ‘The Mandalorian’ Action Figures, Artwork, Sneakers & More Revealed

During the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian, every week will have a special “Mando Monday” reveal with new merchandise tied to the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. With the second season premiere coming up this Friday, this week brought the first Mando Monday, and while there weren’t any merchandise reveals that provided any insights into the show’s story, it does have a some fantastic new The Mandalorian action figures, officially licensed artwork, Adidas sneakers, and much mo...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Toys, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Adidas, Walmart, Gear, Sequels, Hasbro, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Collectibles, Cool Stuff


When Andy Warhol & Edie Sedgwick, the First Couple of Pop Art, Made an Odd Appearance on the Merv Griffin Show (1965)

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYLiw5blnlE Andy Warhol adored television and, in a way, considered it his most formative influence. While his paintings, silkscreens, and films, and the Velvet Underground, might be all the legacy he might need, Warhol, more than anything, longed to be a TV personality. He made his first concerted effort in 1979, launching a New York public access interview show. In one of the show’s 42 episodes, Warhol sits in almost total silence while his friend Richard Berl...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Television, Nbc, California, College, Mtv, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Zappa, Griffin, Andy, Facebook Twitter, Lynch


Margaret Nolan - actor, artist and Goldfinger title sequence star - dies aged 76

Actor who began as a glamour model went on to appear in the James Bond film before taking numerous roles in 1960s and 70s TVMargaret Nolan, the actor best known for appearing in the title sequence for Goldfinger and for a string of appearances in TV shows in the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 76. Film-maker Edgar Wright, who directed Nolan in her final film role, in the forthcoming Last Night in Soho, reported the news on social media.Nolan, who was born in 1943 in Somerset, first appeared on film...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, James Bond, Nolan, Goldfinger, Somerset, Edgar Wright, Soho, TV Comedy, Margaret Nolan


Get a Sneak Peek at ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ Book’s Stunning Concept Art

This December, fans of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian will be able to get their hands on some of the incredible concept art from the making of the first season. Lucasfilm and Abrams Books are releasing The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian by Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak, and he’s just revealed a sneak peek at some of the concept art from inside the book, including alternate designs for the Mandalorian himself and some adorable new images of The Child affectionately called ...
Tags: Art, Books, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Jon Favreau, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Concept Art, Disney Xd, Mando, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Dave Filoni, Ryan Church


Monty Python’s Michael Palin Is Also an Art Critic: Watch Him Explore His Favorite Paintings by Andrew Wyeth & Other Artists

Many a parent who caught their kid watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the 1970s felt, as one 70s American dad proclaimed, that “it was the singularly dumbest thing ever broadcast on the tube.” Fans of the show know otherwise. The Pythons created some of sharpest satire of conservative authority figures and middle-class mores. But they did it in the broadly silliest of ways. The troupe, who met at Oxford and Cambridge, where they’d been studying for professional careers, decided the...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, College, Scotland, John Cleese, Bbc, Maine, Oxford, Cambridge, Monty Python, Michael Palin, Jones, Palin, Christina, Facebook Twitter


Jude Law: 'When I became a parent, I would cry at anything'

As he plays a troubled dad trapped on a sinister island in The Third Day, the star reveals how the drama unlocked his deepest parenting fears – and shares his worries about its 12-hour, live-action section Osea, a small island off the coast of Britain reached by a causeway, is too unsettling a place to be charming but it is certainly intriguing. Its inhabitants add salt to bottled water to make it palatable. They also wear large fish heads and carry oversized scissors to “cut out” evil from chil...
Tags: Hbo, UK, Television, Drama, Theatre, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Stage, US television, David Lynch, Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Dennis Kelly, Punchdrunk, Felix Barrett


August linkfest

I’ve been reading some excellent books—more about them soon—but right now I want to tell you about a couple of interesting podcasts for language lovers. Word Matters is “a show for readers, writers, and anyone who ever loved their English class”; it’s hosted by four Merriam-Webster lexicographers: Emily Brewster, Neil Serven, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Episodes have tackled singular kudo, the pronunciation of antennae, and everyone’s favorite bugaboo, irregardless (which is definitel...
Tags: Podcast, Science, Design, Television, Sports, America, Radio, Atlantic, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Npr, Words, Contests, Roy Peter Clark, Joe, Southern California


Watch the Opening Credits of an Imaginary 70s Cop Show That Stars Samuel Beckett

: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, , and…gritty television detective? Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck. Some twenty five years after Beckett’s death, Thompson---whose credits include the Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in a Dustbin in Paris in an Envelope (Partially Burned) Labeled: Never to Be Performed. Never. Ever. Ever! Or I'll Sue! I'...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Berlin, Theatre, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Samuel Beckett, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Jean, Pat Williams, Danny Thompson, Ayun Halliday


Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72

The English stage and screen actor, whose credits also include 2009’s Star Trek reboot and First Knight, died in Vienna from illnessBen Cross, star of stage and screen, has died at the age of 72.The actor, best known for his role in Oscar-winning drama Chariots of Fire, died in Vienna from an unspecified illness according to his daughter who confirmed the news on Facebook. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Vienna, Television & radio, Stage, Facebook Continue, Ben Cross


Cool Stuff: Yes, Somehow There is More Must-Own ‘Star Wars’ Art

Is there a major pop culture property that’s had more artwork devoted to it than Star Wars? You could fill multiple museums with all of the art released since the pop culture art boom that’s been dedicated to a galaxy far, far away, but there are still incredible Star Wars-related pieces being produced on a regular basis. Case in point: tomorrow, Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives are releasing some stunning new art from Ise Ananphada, Juan Ruiz Burgos, Gianmarco Magnani AKA Silence TV, and A...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Drama, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Hand, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, John Wick, Star-Wars, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Acme Archives, Andy Fairhurst



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