By Kenneth Branagh (from TIME Magazine) 2019
Richard Madden has a rigor and a discipline in his work that makes him a very tough self-critic. In fact, he’s much tougher on himself than anyone else is. In him, this is an asset.
In Cinderella, he created a Prince of fine soul and sensibility. He found an English accent that he used offscreen and on for the entire duration of the shoot. It was a world away from his own Scottish brogue and Celtic being. He wanted no part of that in this spiritual aristocrat. But one thing I observed that Richard and the Prince did share was the heart of a gentleman.
Richard can certainly unleash wildness and ruthlessness when the role requires a charisma of danger. He was an electrifying Romeo when I directed him onstage in Romeo & Juliet. But he is also innately courtly and courteous, and mindful of others. This is a distinct part of his intense sex appeal, which combines those bedroom eyes with a romantic sensitivity. In Bodyguard, Richard’s intelligence and physicality worked at perfect pitch alongside his rigorous self-discipline. It paid off to frightening and moving effect.
I have no doubt that Richard will continue to shine, as a most dangerous gentleman of the silver screen.
Branagh is an Oscar-nominated director, actor and screenwriter
Berluti – Pink wool blazer, £2,640; pink wool trousers, £790; black leather Chelsea boots, £1,080
Even in the oppressive summer heat of an east London railway arch, Sergei Polunin remains cool. He lies on the floor of the photo studio in nothing but pink trousers and pointy Chelsea boots, footwear that would silence a Brexit-belt pub. At the photographer’s request, he is spinning on his back, contorting his legs. If you did it, you’d look stupid, or drunk, or stupid and drunk, but Polunin looks graceful. It’s as if he’s speaking some ancient physical language.
Over the past few years, the Ukrainian has been repeatedly dubbed the “bad boy of ballet”. In 2010, aged just 20, he became the youngest ever principal of The Royal Ballet, but quit — on the spot, during a rehearsal — 18 months later, disillusioned with the industry and angry at his employers. He was already a polarising figure in a conservative world (tattooed, outspoken) but his departure sent shockwaves of disapproval through ballet. Few dancers will ever be a principal of “The Royal”, let alone be so ungrateful as to snub the role. It was a scandal.
“I haven’t met another industry that works 14 hours a day, six days a week,” explains Polunin now, sitting in shade outside the studio, dressed in a dark tracksuit, boots off, the shoot over. “You do 120 shows and God knows how many rehearsals, then 10 years later: ‘Thank you, we don’t need you anymore. Next!’ Then nobody knows who you are and you have no money.”
A modern man working in a system he deems to be archaic and draconian, Polunin rails at the lack of exposure given to ballet in mainstream media — “When TV appeared, ballet should have moved to TV, why should people not be watching ballet?” — and bemoans the fact that professional dancers don’t have agents to haggle with the dance companies on their behalf. “You’re only attached to this big building,” he says, meaning the established ballet companies. “One guy decides [your] whole life, you don’t have [any] question and answer.”
Whatever balletomanes think of Polunin, none denies his talent. He began dancing in his hometown of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine, aged four, and by eight he had moved to the capital, Kiev, attending the State Choreographic Institute. At 13, and with support from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, he had moved to London and a place at the Royal Ballet School, alone without his parents and unable to speak the language. Known for his great strength, and his ability to leap impressively high in the air, Polunin has been frequently described as the most gifted male dancer of his generation. It is said his Royal Ballet School teacher knew he was the real deal before he had so much as raised his leg; the sight of his taught, compact, purely-balletic proportions was enough.
After departing The Royal Ballet, Polunin went first to Russia. Invited by Igor Zelensky, a former principal of the New York City Ballet, he found sanctuary with the Stanislavsky Music Theatre, among other companies, and searched for his lost love of the discipline.
Then, in 2015, he danced to the Hozier track “Take Me to Church” in a video directed by the maximalist photographer David LaChapelle, and was suddenly basking in the mass exposure he’d so craved at The Royal Ballet. The video, which saw him careering in graceful anguish around a sun-bathed barn, has been watched more than 24m times, and introduced the inked-up human maelstrom to the YouTube generation.
Then came Dancer, Steven Cantor’s documentary of Polunin’s life and early career, tracking him from child prodigy to disgruntled principal. Kenneth Branagh saw the film and decided, perhaps not surprisingly, that Polunin would be a good fit for the role of Count Rudolph Andrenyi in his starry remake of Murder on the Orient Express(2017). Earlier this year, Polunin worked alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the spy thriller Red Sparrow — he was her dance partner. Next, he appears in The White Crow, a biopic of Rudolph Nureyev, directed by Ralph Fiennes. Polunin plays Yuri Soloviev, a contemporary of Nureyev who became the star of the company once his colleague departed. At Christmas, you’ll see Polunin dancing rings around Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the Disney production of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Hollywood seems to suit Polunin. “It’s way better supported,” he says, comparing film to ballet. “You’re taken in an amazing car, driven, food, treatment,” he explains. “Everything is for you. You go to work and everything is taken care of, you don’t have to think. You only concentrate on yourself.”
He still dances off camera, of course. There have been solo productions at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and a few months ago he filled a late night spot at Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. He says the reaction was amazing, that he tried harder because he knew there were people in the audience seeing ballet for the first time. He’s also planning on starting his own ballet company and a charitable foundation.
Right now, in the afternoon sun, he seems contented, temporarily at least. But he hasn’t lost his impulsiveness. The tattoo of a pigeon next to his left eye is new, he says. It was done hand-and-needle by a guy on a Red Square pavement. What made him decide to get it?
“I don’t think about it,” he says. “It’s like a moment in life. Sometimes I wake up and I have to get a tattoo.” Think of it as a leap in the dark.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is out on 2 November
This is a new name to me. He hasn’t been in the business long but seems to be making speed on his way to stardom. But he sure looks like a heartbreaker in the making.
Born Christopher Jacob Abbott
February 1986 (age 32)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Education HB Studio
Years active 2008–present
Christopher Jacob Abbott (born February 1986) is an American actor. Abbott made his feature film debut in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011). Abbott’s other notable films include Hello I Must Be Going (2012), The Sleepwalker (2014) and A Most Violent Year (2014). In 2015, Abbott starred as the title character in the critically acclaimed film James White (trailer below). Abbott is mostly known for his role as Charlie Dattolo in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls. Abbott has also had an extensive career on stage, having performed in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
He looks like a rising star we can watch for. I think he’s an American cousin to Kit Harington (LOL)
JAMES WHITE. I may go looking for this one just to see him act. It won a lot of festival awards.
Go full screen on this video
He’s going to be playing a significant part in the upcoming George Clooney WW2 film “Catch 22”
Biography Profile / Wikipedia Information
In Like Flynn 2018
A biopic movie IN LIKE FLYNN which shows a rather unknown and yet very interesting and adventurous side of famous movie star Errol Flynn played in the movie by Thomas Cocquerel! Out next year it will also star Clive Standen, William Moseley, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham and Costas Mandylor! The biopic depicts Flynn’s roust-about early life in Australia, before he became an internationally famed celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film, based on Flynn’s early autobiography “Beam Ends” was written for the screen by Large and Luke Flynn, who found the inspiration as a result of their travels through Australia in the footsteps of Luke’s iconic grandfather. The beginning takes Flynn into the jungles of Papua New Guinea in 1930, where he discovers a map on a dead prospector that he believes will lead to a fortune in gold. He then returns to the Depression-era Sydney, rounds up a ragtag crew, steals a yacht from Chinese Opium smugglers and sets sail for Guinea, encountering drunken cowboys, corrupt cops, local thugs and Chinese pirates along the way.
Thomas Cocquerel is an Australian actor, who is being described as the next big thing in Hollywood.
Thomas Cocquerel Family & Personal Details :
- Thomas was born in New South Wales, Australia on 6th September 1990.
- Family : He has one younger sister Elsa Cocquerel. She is also in the entertainment industry working as a full-time model and is represented by Chadwick Modelling Agency. The two famously appeared on the red carpet together for the movie The Water Diviner, in 2015 at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, in a show of solidarity for the Australian film industry.
- Education : He is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Other famous graduates from that school include Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Sam Worthington.
- In order to further his career, he moved his life to the United States and as of 2017, is sharing an apartment in Los Angeles, California with his little sister Elsa.
Thomas Cocquerel Girlfriend, Affairs & Dating :
- In late 2012, Cocquerel had a short-lived romance with actress Lilly Collins. Collins is the daughter of music icon Phil Collins, and it has been said that while the two had fun together – there was no real chemistry and they remain friends.
- In 2013, he began dating the Glee mega star Diana Agron.
- The two met while attending the music festival Coachella, and were all over each other. Their displays of affection were captured by paparazzi meaning they were unable to keep their romance a secret.
- The 2 were reported to have gotten very serious very quickly, however they split after a 9-month relationship.
- Cocquerel has said since then that he does not want to date for some time, as he is focusing on his career.
Thomas Cocquerel Movie Career :
- He has been fortunate throughout his young career to appear in many films and television shows that were considered commercial successes. These have included:
- Walk Right In, 2013
- Love Child, 2014
- Bernie Maguire, 2014
- Adventure, 2014
- Anzac Girls, 2014
- Kidnapping Mr Heineken, 2015
- Campdraft, 2015
- Red Dog: True Blue Stempleton, 2016
- Otherlife, 2016
- 1 Mile to You, 2017
- In late 2017, he will appear in the movies Billionaire Boys Club and The Divorce Party.
- In 2018, he will appear in the movie In Like Flynn.
- Although Kidnapping Me Heineken was released in 2015, it was filmed in 2014. The movie is considered the most successful of his career and also stared Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten.
- He has said that he now considers Sam Worthington his idol after that movie, after witnessing his relaxed approach to the industry. The two became friends after meeting at the audition process, and have been seen multiple times hanging out in Sydney when they are both home.
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, widely considered one of the preeminent actors of his generation, is retiring from acting, Variety has learned.
The 60-year-old star, who has played presidents, writers, and gang leaders in a career that has spanned four decades, has one final film awaiting release, an untitled drama set in the world of high fashion. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017 and reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis to a best actor Oscar in 2007’s “There Will Be Blood.” Day-Lewis intends to help promote the movie, according to a person familiar with his plans.
He did not give a reason for his retirement. In a statement, Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”
Day-Lewis is the only performer to ever win three best actor Oscars. They came for the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” for his turn as a rapacious oil man in “There Will Be Blood,” and for his performance as writer and artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot.” He earned two other Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.”
Day-Lewis has been praised for his shape-shifting acting and versatility. He is known for going to extreme lengths for his performances, frequently remaining in character off-screen. He has also starred in musicals (“Nine”), adventure epics (“The Last of the Mohicans“), and period dramas (“The Age of Innocence”).
The method master once learned Czech to play a philandering doctor in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” listened to Eminem records to channel rage in “Gangs of New York,” and confined himself to a wheelchair for “My Left Foot” to play Brown, who had cerebral palsy.
Day-Lewis, who is the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon, made his screen debut at the age of 14 in a bit part in 1971’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” He first gained attention on the stage and on television before dazzling critics in 1985 with the one-two punch of “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “A Room With a View,” convincingly playing a street tough and an upper class Edwardian.
Although he has remained in high demand, Day-Lewis is also known as being highly selective, often waiting years between projects. In the late ’90s and early aughts he appeared to give up acting for a while, reportedly working as a cobbler before Martin Scorsese convinced him to return to the screen for “Gangs of New York.”