Archive for the ‘Acting’ Category

On the shirtless hunk watch: the Skarsgård Tarzan

December 10, 2015

The illustration:

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From a piece in BuzzFeed yesterday, “the first images of the live-action film, The Legend of Tarzan, have been released and they are quite simply [hot hot hot]” by Kimberley Dadds:

The first official stills, featuring Alexander Skarsgård as the main man Tarzan, were released on Wednesday and they’re heavenly.

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Morning Name: Park Overall

December 10, 2015

Morning name on the 8th: Park Overall, the actor.

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June’s L&G news

June 15, 2015

Two pieces of recent news from the L&G world: a Tony for Fun Home (on the L side), a NYT interview with the French ambassador to the US (on the G side). Bonus on the G side: a photographic tribute to David Hockney.

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Identities

June 10, 2015

Today’s Zippy, continuing the story of Lazlo Crannich:

To remind you: Lazlo Crannich is an actor who performs the character of Zippy the Pinhead: when you see Zippy in public, you’re actually seeing Lazlo, and who knows where the real Zippy is or what he’s doing. So Lazlo is a kind of double — a permanent double, so to speak. Lazlo has a (very constrained) private life under his own name, which we catch glimpses of in the strip, but Zippy’s private life is forever invisible to us. It’s a kind of magic irrealism., a counterpart to the literary magic realism I write about here every so often.

In my own fiction writing about two people called Sundance and Butch, there’s a good bit of magic realism, plus a lot of play on identities, names, and the performance of characters.

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Nook and Crannich

June 9, 2015

Two recent Zippys, continuing the story of Lazlo Crannich, Zippy’s character actor:

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Hasn’t the world had enough of Zippy the Pinhead? he cries out in despair. But then it’s back to the job, the job of being Zippy.

Sam Waterston

May 31, 2015

In the June 1st New Yorker, a brief piece “Stormy Weather: Sam Waterston plays Prospero, at the Delacorte” by Hilton Als:

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Illustration by Simón Prades

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Hawaii Five-0 hunks

March 14, 2015

(Not much linguistics here.)

In the middle of the night on Saturdays here the TNT network shows re-runs of the current Hawaii Five-0 tv series, so I’m kept alert by acrobatic fistfights, exchanges of gunfire, and car chases all over scenic Hawaii. And the banter between the two principal characters — it’s a buddy drama, a bro show — with significant interludes of muscular shirtlessness.

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Two more mornings

March 14, 2015

Two more morning names: yesterday, Robin Wright; today, the plant photinia.

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Peter Sarsgaard, Harold in Italy

March 3, 2015

Two unrelated morning names today: the actor Peter Sarsgaard, the Berlioz symphony Harold en Italie.

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Local pronunciations

February 28, 2015

Two notes on the pronunciation of proper names: on the city of Bangor ME and on the actor Ryan Phillippe.

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