April 11th, 2012

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In tribute to GLEE @ PwC, the inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else

Yesterday (Tuesday 10 April) I attended THE most fun networking event, run by PwC's GLEE network. I used to work for PwC many many many moons ago, in what used to be their Public Services Division. This is a promo for them, run as a thank you for a great evening.

Cut and pasted from the GLEE @ PwC website:

GLEE @ PwC - our inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else - is all about breaking down the barriers of difference and connecting people, celebrating that we’re all unique regardless of our sexuality, race, gender, religion or ability. So you don’t need a label like gay, lesbian, straight or bisexual – you just have to be up for embracing the uniqueness of all people.

We're proud to be known as the 'inclusive business network for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else'. We're keen to encourage membership from inside and outside of our firm. As well as encouraging lively and informative debate, we're committed to providing a range of business events during the year.

Find out more about them here:
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Mark Lawson talks to Mark Rylance

Photographer: Charles Hopkinson
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Cut and pasted from the BBC Website:

Mark Lawson talks to Mark Rylance, Sunday 15 April, 22:35pm BBC4

Mark Lawson talks to renowned actor Mark Rylance about his life and career.

Mark Lawson talks to Mark Rylance, one of the best stage actors of his generation, about his life and illustrious career. In this insightful interview, Rylance discusses how acting helped him overcome a childhood speech impediment; his lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and his controversial ideas about Shakespeare's authorship; how his role in the film Intimacy raised his respect for porn stars; and how he prepares for his highly-acclaimed role as Johnny Rooster Byron in the award-winning play Jerusalem.

After leaving RADA in 1980, Rylance quickly established himself as a classical actor through major roles at the RSC. Frustrated with so called 'director's theatre' which left him feeling as powerless as 'a waiter', Rylance left the RSC in 1983 to set up his own actor-led production companies. He was the first artistic director of the Globe, where he worked from 1995 to 2005. He has had various film roles, including the alcoholic boxer and chess genius John Healy in the award-winning The Grass Arena, and weapons inspector David Kelly in The Government Inspector. Rylance confesses, however, to being more at home on stage than on screen and his most recent role in Jerusalem has proven to be one of his career highs - earning him Tony and Olivier awards both in Britain and in the US.

To read the full story follow the link:
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Titanic in 3D, BFI IMAX Southbank

Photo credit: http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/titanic-3d-poster-leonardo-dicaprio-kate-winslet/

This film needs no introduction. It has been re-released in 3D in time for the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the world's most famous maritime disaster. Go and see it now on the biggest screen in Britain in a 500-seat, luxury large-format cinema on London's bustling South Bank.

Cut and pasted from the BFI Website:

Titanic - An IMAX 3D Experience (12A)

Experience James Cameron's epic, action-packed romance now digitally remastered from Super 35 to stunning IMAX 3D.

James Cameron's Titanic is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era - the 'ship of dreams' - which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Follow the link for all the details and to book tickets:
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Benedict Cumberbatch is this week's Radio Times cover star

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Cut and pasted from the Radio Times Website:

This week we're celebrating British acting talent ahead of the Olivier Awards, and who better to represent the best of British on our front cover than Benedict Cumberbatch.

We've commissioned arch thespian Simon Callow to write us a piece about the work of actors on both stage and screen. Plus we've a raft of exclusive interviews with the Olivier nominees including Callow, Celia Imrie, Patrick Stewart, Lindsay Duncan, Mark Gatiss and Eve Myles, and exclusive photos shot by Charlie Gray too.

Read the full story here:

Your new Radio Times is available to buy from Tuesday 10 April.

Read Danny Boyle's thoughts on the Sherlock star here:

Edited highlights from that piece:

Danny Boyle: Benedict Cumberbatch is "one of the leading actors in the world"

The film and theatre director Danny Boyle has sung the praises of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, calling the 35-year-old actor "extraordinary" and "one of the leading actors in the world". Boyle directed Cumberbatch last year in Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Talking to Radio Times for the new issue's Olivier Awards picture special, Boyle recalled the casting of Cumberbatch in the play.

"I didn’t really know him as a stage actor," Boyle said. "I knew what a fine screen actor he is. But there's a physicality involved in the theatre. It's not just about mannerisms or impersonation, which screen often is: it's about sustaining a narrative with mind and body. When I saw him for Frankenstein, that was the only thing I wanted to know. Did he have that physical capacity? And of course he does.

"That's why he's now what he is: one of the leading actors in the world. He's gone on to another division, which is movies at the moment. He'll have a great time. He's got experience, he's not a young ingénue being exposed to Hollywood. He'll make the best of it."

Going back to his first meeting with Cumberbatch, Boyle said: "We met and I asked him to do a few things and he was extraordinary in the room. He's as fit as a boxer, which you have to be for the stage. You have to have an internal fitness that allows you to carry the story so it never sags. He had this combination of the cerebral and the physical which you can see when you look back at his screen work – in Hawking, it's there. Frankenstein was a great one for using it."