Johnny Depp's extraordinary journey has taken him from schoolboy misfit and bad-boy celebrity to compelling OscarÂ®-nominated actor whose films have grossed over $7.75 billion worldwide. This lavish celebration of his art and life is fully updated to include Depp's most recent roles (including The Lone Ranger)Â and his offscreen life following the breakup of his long-term relationship with Vanessa Paradis.
"It always bothered me that Aasif was more than merely funny-he's also a great actor. Now I've learned he's an amazing storyteller as well, and I am furious . . . but also grateful. Aasif's movement between cultures and genres is what makes him and his story singularly funny, poignant, and essential." - John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require
"My father moved our family to the United States because of a word. It was a word whose meaning fascinated him. It was a singularly American word, a fat word, a word that could only be spoken with decadent pride. That word was . . . Brunch! 'The beauty of America,' he would say, 'is they have so much food, that between breakfast and lunch they have to stop and eat again.'" âfrom "International House of Patel"
If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
This is a book filled with passion, discovery, and humor. Mandvi hilariously and poignantly describes a journey that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate his or her way in the murky space between lands. Or anyone who really loves brunch.
In The Actor's Way four experienced actors talk about the secrets and the practical realities of theatre training. Under the direction of Eugenio Barba, director of Odin Teatret and protege of Jerzy Grotowski, they explore issues such as the connections between physical and mental work on stage, how to gain and control the spectator's attention, and intercultural performance techniques. In interview with Erik Exe Christoffersen they provide an account of Odin Teatret's path-breaking combination of European and Asian Theatre. Linking traditions of Commedia dell'Arte to Indian Kathkali dance, these actors have been at the forefront of a genuinely new kind of performance. The Actor's Way is an account of personal and professional development in the theatre.
The first volume to examine the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in this light, Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption paints Taylor as the seminal representation of âcelebrity.â A figure of enormous charisma and cultural sway, she intrigued a global audience with her marriages and extra-marital improprieties, as well as her extravagant jewelry, her never-ending illnesses, her dependency on alcohol, and her perplexing friendship with Michael Jackson. Despite her continued world-renown, however, most people would be hard-pressed to name even three of her films, though she made over seventy.
Ellis Cashmore traces our modern, hyperactive celebrity culture back to a single instant in Taylor's life: the publicizing of her scandalous affair with Richard Burton by photographer Marcelo Geppetti in 1962, which announced the arrival of a new generation of predatory photojournalists and, along with them, a strange conflation between the public and private lives of celebrities. Taylor's life and public reception, Cashmore reveals, epitomizes the modern phenomenon of âcelebrity.â
In 1987, three white Jewish boys from New York City were the most fascinating phenomenon in the burgeoning rap music scene. No, really. The Beastie Boys, barely out of their teens, had just released Licensed to Ill, which quickly became the first hip-hop album to reach number one on the charts. Pairing vulgar and hilarious lyrics with heavy-metal-derived musical backing and a punk DIY attitude, the BeastiesâMCA (Adam Yauch), King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and Mike D (Michael Diamond)âchanged the face of rap forever by bringing it into the mainstream. In the years that followed, they would change it again and againâmusically, culturally, and politically.
To create The Skills to Pay the Bills, Alan Light spent years taping conversations with the group, their friends, roommates, producers, engineers, collaborators, and other artists from Madonna to Chuck D. Here, as told from the inside, is the fascinating tale of three rump-shaking, innovative rappers whose albums still go platinum and whose tours continue to fill arenas after more than two decades of making music. The Skills to Pay the Bills chronicles the Beastiesâ unique journey from the hardcore New York underground to the top of the Billboard charts. It is a story of larger-than-life personalities, noble causes, funky beats, and truly one of the most influential and ambitious groups of all time.
I said, Whereâd you get your information from, huh?
âThe first time I met them, I thought I was on Candid Camera.â âD.M.C.
âI think I made out with Adam Yauch once in their dressing room.â âMadonna
âOne of my favorite groups is the Beastie Boys.â âBono
Legendary jazz ambassador Dr. Billy Taylor's autobiography spans more than six decades, from the heyday of jazz on 52nd Street in 1940s New York City to CBS Sunday Morning. Taylor fought not only for the recognition of jazz music as "America's classical music" but also for the recognition of black musicians as key contributors to the American music repertoire. Peppered with anecdotes recalling encounters with other jazz legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others, The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor is not only the life story of a jazz musician and spokesman but also a commentary on racism and jazz as a social force.
âI'd recommend this book to anyone wanting an introduction to Stanislavksi or Chekhov or acting in general.ââMatt Peover, trainer and theater director, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
An inspiring and technically thorough practical book for actors that sets down a systematic and coherent process for organic (from the âinside-outâ/experienced emotion) acting. The author offers a step-by-step, Stanislavski-based approach to text, role, and performance to be used in everyday work and gathers together in one volume the essential tools that serve to re-create human experience. John Gillett builds on his experience of teaching at drama school level as well as thirty years of acting. For those acting students and professional actors who have become mystified and frustrated with trying to understand Stanislavski's approach, this book is an accessible guide to inspire a truly real and audience-captivating performance.
"Kronstam is slender and dark, with the clarity of a rapier, an intuitive sense of style, and a dynamic brilliance that takes off at jet speed under perfect control." --Claudia Cassidy, Chicago Tribune
"He was the glue that held the company together. He was the reason it maintained its international reputation as long as it did." --Ib Andersen, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet
"In the long and, seen with international eyes, unique Danish tradition of brilliant male dancers from Bournonville to Nikolaj HÃ¼bbe, Henning Kronstam will stand out as the absolute number one." --Ebbe MÃ¸rk, Politiken
The story of Henning Kronstam, one of the greatest dancers of 20th-century ballet, is a testament of professional achievement and personal victory. Overcoming illness, family disapproval, and his own private torments, Kronstam dominated one of the world's most renowned companies, the Royal Danish Ballet, for nearly 30 yearsâbeginning in 1956 when he created the role of Romeo at the age of 20 in Frederick Ashton's Romeo and JulietÂ until a new generation, trained by him, took the stage. In 1979, he organized and directed the Bournonville Festival, introducing the world to the rarely performed works of August Bournonville, the Danesâ master choreographer.
Alexandra Tomalonis has documented Kronstam's major roles as recounted in his own words, revealing the genius behind the man and his art. A superb technician and impeccable classical stylist, Kronstam was also a great dance-actor. His range stretched from classical ballet to modern dance; his greatest roles included Bournonville's James; Balanchine's Apollo; Petit's Cyrano; and the Old Clown in Murray Louis's Hoopla. His refusal to substitute flash for style earned him the admiration of his peers, and he remains a beacon of artistic integrity and courage to the three generations of dancers he taught and coached.
In the writing of this book, the author conducted 200 hours of interviews with Henning Kronstam and talked with over 100 dancers and choreographers, including many who worked with him. She observed classes and rehearsals at the Royal Danish Ballet over a 10-year period to provide an unusually detailed view of backstage life. More than a biography of one man, this book tells the story of a great dance company. The 155 photographs accompanying the narrative showcase Kronstam's refined classical technique, unparalleled dramatic range, and the theatrical traditions of the Royal Danish Ballet.
Alexandra Tomalonis has been writing dance criticism for the Washington Post since 1979, and she is the founding editor of DanceView, a quarterly dance review magazine. She has taught dance history and appreciation at George Washington University and George Mason University and has been guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.
Art historian, collector, museum director, and broadcaster Kenneth Clark (1903â1983) was one of the leading cultural figures of the mid-20th century. This new book considers all aspects of his life and work, including his landmark TV series, Civilization. Clark was enormously important in terms of his support of, and influence upon, the art of his time. As director of Britainâs National Gallery he oversaw the relocation of its collecÂtion during WWII; as chair of the War Artists Advisory Committee he persuaded the government not to draft artistsâsuch as Henry Moore; in 1954 he co-founded the broadcasting company that was to become ITV, and then chaired the British Arts Council from 1955 to 1960. A pasÂsionate advocate of making art accessible to all, in 1969 Clark wrote and presented Civilization for the BBC, distillÂing the history of Western philosophy, culture, and art into 13 groundbreaking episodesâthe first-ever blockbuster documentary series viewed around the world.
He's been anointed the "Godfather of Singapore fashion" and "Singaporeâs Fashion Royalty" but Daniel Boey is not a fashion designer.
Just who exactly is he and what does he do? On the cusp of his 50th birthday, and several months shy of his 25th anniversary in fashion, we take an unabashed, no-holds-barred look at his colourful life in the industry. From his clueless early days as a shy kid through the time he picked up his first fashion magazine (not Vogue), his early dalliances with fashionistas, packing his bags for an uncertain future in the West to his rise into the realms as a feared industry personality and eventual mentor to many of Singapore's top fashion labels and models, Daniel takes us on a dizzy roller-coaster ride through his tumultuous time in a tough, unforgiving, unpredictable, cut-throat, often superficial industry.
This is the untold story of a man who refused to confirm, who went from a glittering life to a shocking knock on deathâs door, and who still continues to write his own rules.
With forewords by Singapore's top couturier, one of the nation's most beloved actors, two of Singaporeâs most popular radio personalities and a bevy of supermodels, the book is a fantastical journey of one singular sensation.