Thursday, April 23, 2020

Let's celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday with Sonnet 116 read by Eddie

Sonnet 116
by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out ev'n to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Another beautiful new audio from Samuel West's Pandemic Poems collection (via)

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Recently posted photos of Eddie as Viola in Twelfth Night, that's why I chose
Richard II to celebrate. These are my screenshots from the video here.

Monday, April 20, 2020

New poetry reading and tips for performing a monologue

An outtake from the Time Out Magazine photoshoot during the Fantastic Beasts
promo in 2016. More images in the Eddie Redmayne Web Gallery here.
Photographer Andy Parsons. (via)

New Audio here!!! 🎧 
 The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
A poem reading for #PandemicPoems

As a patron of the Mousetrap Theatre Project charity,
Eddie shared his top tips for performing a monologue
You can read them on the Mousetrap website here

  1. ...record yourself the very first time you read the monologue
  2. Learn it. Learn it. Learn it.
  3. 'Ask the question, expecting an answer...'
  4. ...go for something shorter so you can work on it more intensively
  5. ...find a piece of writing you can fall in love with

Update: Winners of the competition:

1st: Nansi Love - One For Sorrow
Eddie said: "Of all the performers, Nansi seemed to understand the very
specific skill of doing a monologue to camera in which we as an audience
can see every thought, every breath, every blink. Her speed of thought
was particularly impressive, with ideas tumbling one on top of the other.
She also managed to find such colour, dynamism and humour in her
despair. It was very impressive and moving."

2nd: Toby Ellis - Private Peaceful
"I thought Toby brought such clarity to the storytelling of his piece
from Private Peaceful. There was a simplicity and a stillness to the
delivery that allowed the words to carry the weight of the emotion
but belied the fervour behind his eyes."

3rd: Genevieve Labuschagne - BU21
"I loved how Genevieve embraced the absurdity and impossibility
of the situation and managed to gear change from the brilliant
humour to the darkness of scenario. I will not forget the delivery
of the line 'I run out of things to say after 12 seconds' in a hurry"

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Eddie about New Orleans for 504LIFE

Eddie Redmayne talked about New Orleans

"I love New Orleans. I was lucky enough to make a movie there a few years ago
now, and I had one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love the people, who
are incredibly kind. I love the music, but I was so obsessed with food, and I will
never forget the beignets on a Saturday morning at Cafe du Monde, or the long
spiraling cue outside Port of Call on Esplanade, that was a cue for burger, which
was the greatest burger of my life. Many places in America claimed to have the
greatest burger in the World, but as far as I'm concerned, New Orleans wins.
Anyway, I'm thinking of you guys at this time of crisis all around the World.
504LIFE" 4/11/20 - SofaKingFest


Eddie spent some time in the city during the
filming of The Yellow Handkerchief in 2007.

Here's how he talked about his impression of the post-Katrina New Orleans
in his 2008 interview for New York Moves. “If you’re lucky enough to find
yourself in these places and to be able to go and see things, it’s great,... You
get an instant insight into the reality of these towns and cities and you’re not
just being a tourist... That city, I swear… it makes you think why every other
city in the world doesn’t take advice. [The people] seem to have taken this
tragedy and their strife from the other end. The drive and humor that comes
from it is a special thing.” 

Outtakes from the 2008 Richard Grasse photoshoot

Eddie Redmayne's video message
during the 504 LifeStream online charity fundraising event
hosted by Sofaking Fest on April 11, 2020.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Eddie's video message from home for Mermaids kids

Eddie sent his love in a live message for Mermaid kids and patrons Hannah
and Jake Graf during the charity’s online fundraising event last Saturday.
You can watch his video message here
(the sound stutters a bit). 

Eddie talked a bit about his time at home with his family. 
that has been keeping them all brilliantly entertained.

Over 6,000 people joined Digifest 2020 on 4th April and raised money for Mermaids,
a Charity helping gender-diverse kids, young people, and their families. 


Friday, April 10, 2020

In my Life - A Heart Full of Love - Les Miserables

In my life, she has burst like the music of angels, the light of the sun,
and my life seems to stop as if something is over and something has
scarcely begun…” - Eddie Redmayne as Marius in Les Miserables

In an interview, Eddie was asked about his best memory of filming Les Mis.
"oh I love - there's a love song in it with Amanda Seyfried and Samantha Barks,
sort of trio that we sing - that was a lovely day. It was a song that always stays
in my head, there were weird sort of stunt butterflies that were like... There
was this very beautiful set that the set designer designed, and there were these
butterflies floating around. It felt like it's a parody of what romance was."

A heart full of love...

Rewatched Les Miserables.

Les Mis is available on Prime Video


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sarabande sessions full video

SARABANDE SESSIONS went live! A selection of Sarabande talks streaming live
for a limited (lockdown) period. First up - the fabulous Academy Award winning
costume designer Colleen Atwood with Eddie Redmayne (November 27, 2017).

"Colleen is one of the most formidable artists I've ever had the privilege to work with.
She has had huge acclaim. She was nominated for twelve Oscars, she won four, and the
variety and the span of her work from Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lamb through
the collaborations with Tim Burton, Rob Marshall, Jonathan Demme, David Yates..."

"The fascinating discussion touched on Colleen’s beginnings in the industry and her early
aspirations as a painter. She also talked through her design process, her relationship with
directors such as Tim Burton and Rob Marshall, and dissected the intricacies of creating
clothing for a character for film. Colleen explained “it’s not about 50 costume changes…
It’s about creating an iconic image for a character”. (x) - preview video

Colleen has designed for films such as Edward Scissorhands, Memoirs Of A Geisha,
Chicago, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Silence of the Lambs...

"Colleen will often make things that are very specific to the actor that will never be seen.
So on the Fantastic Beasts film, there was this intricate pocket design, which we basically
never see in the film, but it was a way in which I knew that all the creatures could be
hiding, and I know Ezra - who's here tonight (in the audience) - had the most stunning
bit of embroidery. It's not for anyone but it's for us..."

New talks will be added every day at 5.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thank You NHS!

Eddie featured in the video NHS England and NHS Improvement
shared yesterday.   

More than 70 stars of stage, screen, and sports field have joined
forces to send a heartfelt thank you direct to NHS staff working
hard in the fight against coronavirus (Eddie at 1:10)

Eddie and other stars including Daniel Craig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge,
Kylie Minogue, Sir Paul McCartney and Naomie Harris showed their
support for the NHS in The Times today’s (3/4/20) issue too.

The cover posted by The Times Pictures @TimesPictures on Twitter

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Shakespeare's Globe's throwback at Twelfth Night

Eddie Redmayne as Viola in Shakespeare’s Globe’s original practices
production of Twelfth Night at Middle Temple Hall, 2002.
Photo: Jonathan Root Thanks to Shakespeare’s Globe on Instagram

What country, friends, is this? This is Illyria, lady.

The Globe production Twelfth Night in 2002 experimented with Original
Practices, recreating as many of the performance practices of Shakespeare’s
own company, including an all-male cast and handmade Elizabethan costumes.
source: @The_Globe on Twitter

Eddie Redmayne and Rhys Meredith as twins Viola and Sebastian
source @The_Globe on Twitter

Globe's Thread on Shakespeare's beloved comedy Twelfth Night

Read more - Links:
Theatre 2002 - Twelfth Night at the Middle Temple Hall
For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - Twelfth Night gifs
For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday - Henry VI. and more
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