Erotically charged couple violently seize power to their doom!
As I interviewed Dan Spielman exclusively for Fuse I was impressed at just how intelligent and insightful this well known actor was. You may have seen him in The Hunter with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neil, or in one of many TV shows such as Blue Heelers, Wildside, Farscape or Offspring. With an extensive and impressive acting record, it’s surprising that this is the first time Dan had played Macbeth.
For this production, it’ll be the Director Peter Evans third time (and Bell Shakespeare’s fourth) with the famously violent, fast moving play about the desire for power and its fatal corrupting consequences. Pairing with him as Lady Macbeth is the gorgeous Kate Mulvany, who I saw last year impressively playing Cassius in Bell’s production of Julius Caesar.
It’s crucial that these two characters work well and have chemistry together as the play is essentially about the relationship between the two characters. He is a loyal and hard working servant to his king, but is ambitious, and just requires the nudge from his wife, who knows what he wants, to spur him on to the murderous power grab. There’s a strong erotic spark between the two. She’s deeply supportive of him and he, once he learns of her death, realises all that is worth living for him is gone, delivering the famous “Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow, creeps on this petty pace” speech.
‘It’s not just her being this snake, with all these stratagems manipulating him like a puppet,’ said Spielman, ‘He has the seeds of what happens within him. They love one another, they goad one another, they hurt one another; but they are co-dependent and cannot cope with what they’ve done. And as soon as they go off on their own, such as when Macbeth kills Banquo, they start a path that leads to death’.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s more violent plays, unusually devoid of sub-plots but with some of the most elegant and beautiful language. Spielman was at pains to say it’s essential to tell the story as clearly as possible. As part of the rehearsal the whole cast did intense daily three hour long physical rehearsals using the Myerhold biomechanics movement technique. This helps make the production visually clear for the audience. And Spielman said that having such a hard physical approach removes all egos from the actors after having all sweated and strained.
Spielman was full of praise for the Director, Peter Evans. ‘Peter’s approach is one of restraint. He assembles a terrific team. There’s a lot of trust and then his touch is very light letting his actors discover their characters and how to play it’, he said.
One big surprise is that there’s only one witch, not three. A bit of a Freudian approach, it’s an idea that the director had from the start, seeking an idea that frightened him. For example the beautiful porcelain doll-like creatures in Japanese horror movies and Hitchcock’s idea of the femme fatale as a projection of the fear of males. The single beautiful witch could be anything. In performance, she writhes around the floor, sometimes a siren, sometimes a beautiful girl, or a thing of repulsion. But it’s all a reflection of Macbeth’s perceptions and his fears.
Macbeth promises to be another exciting Bell Shakespeare production.
Jonathan Duffy, the filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary “The Doctor’s Wife,” has announced that he will make a sequel.
The announcement was made on Queensland-based GLBT radio show Gay Savvy on Thursday night.
Duffy co-hosted the show and the announcement was revealed towards the end of the program.
“I am going to make a sequel,” he told hosts Spencer and Andy Pandy.
“I’ve become very passionate about the message that homophobia can be overcome and that not all country areas are redneck towns that should be avoided.”
The first film follows Duffy and his partner, Dr Vincent Cornelisse as they make a move from urban Brisbane to the country community of Mundubbera in central Queensland, in order for Cornelisse to pay back a scholarship he received in medical school. Their story, told mostly through video diaries and interviews with locals chronicles the experiences they have in overcoming their own fears; and in turn becomes a heart-warming adventure that turns the tables on our preconceptions about safety, acceptance and country community.
Duffy’s announcement comes after a long series of facebook messages and tweets encouraging fans of the first film to stay tuned for a big announcement.
When asked what the sequel will be about, Duffy told the Gay Savvy crew, “I’m constantly asked by people in Mundubbera (where the first film is set) when we’re going back to get married.”
“In the sequel, I’m looking at marriage equality in Australia, and the history of marriage as well as people’s reason’s for being for or against it, and looking at that idea of how to battle homophobia. I’m going to try to marry Vincent in the community we came to call home.”
The Doctor’s Wife is continuing to have a successful run on the festival circuit nationally and abroad with Duffy recently receiving the “Award of Excellence in Filmmaking” from the Canada International Film Festival.
Earlier this year, leading GLBT Production Company and distributor, Guest House Films LLC announced that it had acquired the international rights to “The Doctor’s Wife.”
When asked if he had already proposed to Cornelisse, his partner of nearly six years, Duffy told Gay Savvy, “I can’t give too much away because I’m making it right now.”
“But I can tell you that I have asked Vincent to marry me, and that part of the journey of this film will be convincing him to do it. I can’t guarantee that he has said yes.”
Calvin Klein's boyfriend Nick Gruber has reportedly checked into rehab following his recent arrest.
Former porn star Nick Gruber, 22, who is in an on/off relationship with the 69-year-old designer, was taken into custody by police recently after he allegedly punched a man who was partying at his flat.
Police also found cocaine on Gruber and he was arraigned on a felony charge of drug possession and misdemeanours of assault and resisting arrest.
The incident took place in his penthouse in New York City, which is said to be paid for by Klein.
It's now been suggested Gruber has gone to a treatment facility to get help.
"A spy tells us Gruber was seen leaving his luxury 666 Greenwich St building 'with a wheelie suitcase' and talking about his impending trip to rehab yesterday," reports New York Post.
Gruber was reportedly worried there would be photographers swarming his building, although none were present when he left.
Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson from ONE DIRECTION Move Into Haunted Gay Serial Killer Sex Pad Together
One Direction stars Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are to co-purchase a £3million pound apartment in the former lunatic asylum Colney Hatch, according to Daily Mail reports, triggering more gay rumours amidst bitterly jealous nobodies. Personally I'm more excited by the prospect of boyband members spending money like water - usually the seeds of highly readable tragedy and tabloid despair. And even more exciting - their fantastically tasteless choice of home! Former residents of the lunatic asylum Colney Hatch include the highly dangerous serial killer and rapist John Duffy, Jack The Ripper suspect Aaron Kosminski, and the profound and wild homosexual occultist Aleister Crowley. The building is said to be haunted by Dorothy Lawrence too, a woman who was banged up as a loony in 1925 for fighting in the First World War disguised as a man. She died in Colney Hatch in 1964 under suspicious circumstances. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the asylum (which strategically changed its name to Friern Hospital) fell into disrepair and abandon, looking not dissimilar to the house in Psychoville. Locals claimed the place to be haunted by the sounds of screams and echoes of groans from former patients who were tortured and sexually abused there, as well as daylight apparitions of contorted and malfunctioned faces in upstairs windows.
In the 1990s the building was turned into luxury flats by some smart property stooge and rebranded as Princess Park Manor - a name which for some reason appealed to Ashley Cole who swiftly moved in.
Are Harry and Louis gay with each other?
Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are moving into the flat as friends. Harry Styles is a bit of a gay poster boy following his appearances at gay bars including Britain’s flagship gay club Heaven, and because he looks like the sort of annoying bratty boy you wanted to fuck at school. However the teenager identifies as a heterosexual male and to prove the point rather vividly he has been dating hard-faced TV presenter Caroline Flack who is in her thirties. Meanwhile Louis Tomlinson’s sexuality is still in question. Gay rumours bubbled after an interview with One Direction in which each boy named their celebrity girl crush apart from him. Several bloggers and online commentors decided Louis was gay on account of having a “gay face”, "dancing like a gay" and "looking totally gay", unfounded allegations which young girl fans firmly combatted by saying "He has a girlfriend actually. We just don't know what she's called or what she looks like or how we even know this." I'm sure a proper girlfriend for Louis with a name and face and everything will pop up soon enough...
Whitney Houston, Iconic “I Will Always Love You” Singer, Is Dead At 48
The AP is reporting that Whitney Houston’s publicist has confirmed the singer’s death Saturday evening at 48 years of age. Twitter has been set aflame by the news, which is spreading rapidly.
Houston had a long and public battle with substance abuse, but it’s unclear if her death was drug-related. She was found yesterday by her bodyguard on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hills hotel where the singer was set to attend a pre-Grammys party thrown by longtime mentor Clive Davis.
Whitney’s personal struggles and powerful, empowering anthems resonated strongly with the gay community—and many still remember her surprise performance at NYC Pride in 1999.
Here’s two songs we’ve heard many a time at the gay clubs. Rest in peace, Whitney. We will always love you.
FROM AAP: Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown. News of Houston's death came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.
"I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing," music producer Quincy Jones said in a written statement. "I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."
At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Fashion designer Calvin has been in a relationship with boyfriend Nick Gruber for over two years and they were pretty good with each other and everyone say that there both were deeply in love with each other, but now they are not together anymore and no one knows the cause of that ultimate separation, Calvin Klein was so badly in love with him and he was so possessive about his boyfriend too and he was so caring too regarding him, but when 67-year-old fashion designer appeared at the Dream Downtown hotel’s Ph-D nightclub in New York last Sunday without him and that was the very first time when he was going to spend time with out his 21-year-old model boyfriend Nick and that made people realize that the thing is over between them now and they are not together anymore, a friend told the media that, They’re on a break. They could get back together, but who knows?”
The two are said to be ‘on-and-off’ and sometime they themselves feel that this is the end, but then they came back to each other because they really make each other happy and they both love each other, beside sex, they need each other not only for that they really happy together
Archie Comics features front-cover of first ever gay wedding.
It may have been read by teenagers for more than 70 years, but Archie Comics this week proves it is still as current as ever. The Life With Archie #16 issue due out on Wednesday features for the first time a same-sex wedding between characters Kevin Keller and partner Clay Walker. After months of anticipation from fans of the comic book, readers will able to see soldier Kevin marry doctor Clay in front all their friends and family.
In the issue, Kevin has joined the army but is injured while serving a tour in Iraq. While recovering from his injuries in a hospital rehabilitation unit, he meets Clay and they eventually fall in love.
Kevin is the series' first gay character and was introduced to the comic series in April 2010. Last month, chief executive of Archie Comics Jonathan Goldwater told CNN Kevin was introduced: 'to reflect what's going on with kids today in the real world'. The hit comic, which was first published in 1941 in 'Pep Comics', has sold more than 1.5billion and is published in a dozen foreign languages.
The Life With Archie series - a spin-off from the original - follows the lives of the Riverdale High School students as they enter their 20s.
n the original series, the characters were at high school and the comic itself is aimed at 16 or 17-year-olds, although many fans continue to read it into their 20s.
In 2010, the Life With Archie series was revived as a magazine-sized comic devoted to stories that grew out of the main character's wedding to his high school sweethearts Veronica and Betty.
Archie marries both, in parallel universes, so readers get to enjoy two different storylines. After Kevin's character was introduced, a four-issue miniseries which focused on him sold out in 2011 and he is reported to be getting his own series from next month.