Fan Art Fridays: Happy Belated Birthday, Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro turned 73 on Wednesday.

How is Robert De Niro 73?! Jeez. Was Goodfellas really that long ago?

Anyway, enjoy this piece of fan art I found of the birthday boy by Shahin Gholizadeh. It’s a side profile of the actor that shows off his “Touch of Gray.”

View the original here.

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Welcome to New York, Tom Duke

Part of a series on young professionals moving to New York City.

Name: Tom Duke
Age: 23
Hometown: Northampton, MA
Date Moved to NYC: May 1, 2016
Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Actor
Day Job: Expert at Uber (Independent Contractor)
College: Drew University in Madison, New Jersey
Major: Theatre Arts (Bachelor of Arts)
Class Year: 2015
Ethnic Background: Caucasian (Irish, Scottish, English, Polish, German, Spanish, and a bit of Native American)
Relationship Status: Single

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Me: How did you get into acting?
Tom Duke: When I was in 6th grade I did my first play, which was Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and I loved that so I kept doing the play and the musical every fall and spring.

Me: Why did you pick Drew University?
TD: Well, for several reasons. It’s a small, liberal arts school that was far enough away from home but also not too far. It’s in a forest, which I really loved. There’s squirrels and deer and all that. They also have the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is on campus, so that was the draw, and the great theater program in general.

Me: What made you fall in love with Shakespeare?
TD: Like I said, my first play was “Twelfth Night,” but I think the real first work of Shakespeare that I fell in love with was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” when I did that in 8th grade. I was one of the clowns, Rude Mechanicals, and it was just so much fun that I fell in love with it.

Me: Tell me a bit about your experience as a director. What aspect of performing is most exciting for you?
TD: I directed two scenes in my Acting and Directing class at Drew. One was a “Nonsense Scene,” which is a fairly meaningless dialogue that gains meaning through acting and directing choices, and the other was a scene from a play called “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman. My only other directing experience was of a staged reading of a student-written play, one of our department’s weekly “Plays in Process” series. I am most excited by language in performances, which is why I am so drawn to Shakespeare. I find great words and phrases delicious especially when they convey the passions of characters in turmoil or ecstasy.

Me: Tell me about “Tape.”
TD: That was for my Acting on Camera class and I recorded that last spring [2015]. Each thing I do is sort of challenging in its own way, and that particular challenge was playing the character as he didn’t believe that he’d raped the girl, but his friend had. It turned from what was a friendly hanging out to being accused of raping someone.

Me: What was it like reading through the script for the “Tape” scene?
TD: It was very conversational, very natural, but obviously a very dramatic situation. In my Acting on Camera class we were really focusing on the difference between on-camera acting and stage acting. On-camera acting is a lot more subdued. It’s a lot less projecting and more gestures so I was working on that for the scene too.

Me: What was it like transitioning from Massachusetts to New Jersey and then New York City?
TD: It was really different. Well, Massachusetts to New Jersey was not that different because they’re both kind of rural-ish, kind of a small town sort of thing with nature, but New York City is totally different. It’s so big. I’ve been here before and I’ve seen shows here but living here is just a lot. It’s also really good because there’s a lot of opportunities that I don’t have in other places like theater and also job opportunities.

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Actor Tom Duke in Times Square in July 2016.

Me: When you first moved to NYC you lived in Astoria, Queens. Why did you move to Brooklyn?
TD: I moved because I saw an apartment that looked nice and I liked the idea of living in Brooklyn.

Me: Tell me about your time as a legal courier.
TD: I had to go to mostly Manhattan, but a couple of times Brooklyn or Queens. Once I went into Bronxville.

Me: Oh?! So they just gave you the package and sent you all the way up there?
TD: Yeah, but it was only one time, though.

Me: What’s your preferred method of travel?
TD: The subway.

Me: Tell me your favorite line of Shakespeare.
TD: “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York […]” – “Richard III”

Catch Tom Duke as Brutus in “Julius Caesar” at Narrows Botanical Garden on August 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2016.

Fan Art Fridays: Idris Elba

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On my way home from work today, I discovered that the upcoming movie The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba is going to be filming in New York City’s Garment District this weekend.

This probably means that there’s a chance you’ll see Idris Elba in the area. Time to start flipping out!

Fingers crossed he’s in the scenes that they’ll be filming.

Because of this awesome news, I can’t stop thinking about Idris Elba, so I went ahead and found some fan art of him on Deviant Art. This digital portrait by dolgwol was inspired by his character on the BBC series Luther.

I think I have a thing for digital art that look like paintings.

View the original fan art here.

 

Fan Art Fridays: George Clooney

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As many of you know, George Clooney turned 55 last week. No matter how old that man gets, he always seems to have a touch of youthfulness in his eyes.

Yesterday I saw this article on what his wife Amal got him for his birthday. Apparently she has a sense of humor because she got her husband a lawn mower.

Yes, you read that correctly: a lawn mower.

Looks like somebody’s trying to tell their husband that he’s got chores to do!

Enjoy this re-edit of Roy Piper‘s cartoon version of George Clooney. The re-edit, done by nerdboy69 on Deviant Art, uses HDR filters and special effects to create a grainy comic-strip look.

Happy belated birthday, George Clooney!

View the original fan art here.

Fan Art Fridays: Shia LaBeouf at #ALLMYMOVIES

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll already know that Shia LaBeouf watched all his movies in reverse chronological order from November 10th to November 12th at the Angelika Film Center as part of his latest performance art project called #ALLMYMOVIES. Admission was free, so you can imagine how many people were waiting to enter that theater. The whole thing was live streamed, so we had a front row seat of Shia’s face the entire three days.

A fan in what looks like the concession area or lobby of the theater sketched an awesome drawing of Shia watching his movies. The sketch has a slightly courtroom cartoon look to it, which is ironic because in a way the audience and Shia himself were like judges evaluating his filmography during #ALLMYMOVIES.

As I mentioned last week, every Fan Art Fridays during NaNoWriMo will also have a fan fiction presented at the end, so here’s this week’s!

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Enjoy, and view the original sketch on Twitter.

Fan Art Fridays: RIP Robin Williams

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July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014

In honor of the anniversary of Robin Williams’ death this week last year, I’ve decided to feature a piece of fan art of the great legend.

I found this fan art on Illustration Works. I really like the fact that a few of the characters he played in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Goodwill Hunting are featured in the piece as well.

The art was created by Emily Stepp. You can view the original here.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

Happy 51st Birthday, Johnny Depp!

Jhonny Depp et Marion Cotillard pour l'avant première de Public Enemies

I cannot believe that Johnny Depp is 51 today!

The actor has accomplished so much thus far, including getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Golden Globe for his performance in Sweeny Rodd.

Whenever I think of Johnny Depp, I remember the all of the crazy character transformations he’s gone through over the years. With each new film, I wonder how he made it out of the dressing room without having a heart attack after seeing himself in the mirror!

Thankfully, my all-time favorite film of his is Rum Diary, in which he appears as his normal self.

However, in honor of his birthday today, how about we take a trip down memory lane and marvel over the amazing masterpieces the makeup artists have created out of Johnny Depp?

1. Edward Scissorhands, 1990

Edward Scissorhands

In this Tim Burton film, Johnny Depp plays a man with scissors for hands. He becomes the town hairdresser. It makes no sense to me how he could have such unruly hair with that profession.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean Series, 2003, 2006, 2007,  & 2011


Johnny Depp plays Captian Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, one of his most famous roles. I think he was born to be a pirate.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005

Willy Wonka
I honestly wouldn’t have known that Willy Wonka was played by Johnny Depp in this film if he wasn’t credited as a lead actor. They cover every trace of Native American on this man’s face with white powder. And what is up with this haircut?!

4. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007

Tim Burton must have really wanted Johnny Depp to be a hairdresser in another life. Here he plays an evil barber whose real name is Benjamin Barker. Definitely loving the white streak.

5. Alice in Wonderland, 2010

Mad Hatter

How much money do you have to pay a man to let you do this to his face? They went all out for Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter lookgreen eyes and all.

I can’t wait to see what the makeup artists have in store for Mr. Depp next.

Happy 51st birthday, Johnny!