Helen Mirren to Teach Her First Online Course on Acting

MasterClass remains on fire. In recent months, the new online course provider has announced the development of online courses taught by leading figures in their fields. And certainly some names you’ll recognize: Martin Scorsese on FilmmakingHerbie Hancock on JazzDr. Jane Goodall on the EnvironmentDavid Mamet on Dramatic WritingSteve Martin on Comedy, Ron Howard on Directing and Werner Herzog on Filmmaking too. Now add this to the list: Helen Mirren on Acting:

Writes MasterClass:

Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony winner Helen Mirren is one of the greatest actresses of our time. In her first online class, she discusses the dualism that is core to her method: the necessity for mastering technique (craft) and then letting go so that your imagination can take over (art). Learn how to break down a script, research characters, and master techniques so you can transcend them to find freedom in every role.

The course won’t get started until early next year, but you can pre-enroll now and eventually get early access to the course itself. Priced at $90, the course will feature 25 video lessons where Mirren "brings you behind the scenes to show you the secrets of her acting technique." And a downloadable workbook that features supplemental materials and lesson recaps.

Learn more about Helen Mirren Teaches Acting here. And if you’re interested in getting access to all of MasterClass’ filmmaking courses, you can buy an All-Access Annual Pass for $180. They have a similar deal for their Writing and Cooking courses as well.

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10 Brilliant Christmas Gift Ideas

Fun and easy way to make your own personalized Ugly Christmas Sweater and win all the ugly Christmas sweater parties… which is obviously what Christmas is all about.

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving; each month reveals yet another beautiful pooch answering nature’s call. Also important: $1 from each “Pooping Pooches” calendar is donated to the Maui Humane Society to support animals in need.

Turn this Useless Box on, and it will turn itself off. That’s all it does. Marvelous, isn’t it? I bet your friends and family will love to receive one of these to see how much you care about your relationship with them.

There’s no reason a dog shouldn’t receive a ridiculous crocheted Christmas themed hat this year. I mean… which dog owner wouldn’t want to find this under their tree?

You haven’t achieved full coziness until you’ve nestled your little piggies into Maxi Pad Slippers. With guaranteed comfort and hygiene, your friend’s and family feet will never feel happier (if they won’t disown you for giving such Christmas present).

The Santaur is a Christmas tree ornament that is Santa in centaur form. No longer will Santa need his reindeer to travel around the world, he can simply use his magical and mythical powers to summon presents into your homes, similar to how Jesus does it.

Reindeer sex Christmas jumper pattern iPhone case. I have no idea why would anyone think that this is inappropriate.

There’s no better way to show your love for your little nieces and nephews than getting them Two Front Teeth Pacifier for Christmas.

Who wouldn’t want to get a new pet for Christmas? This Pet Rock is the perfect gift for someone who just haven’t enough space for a cat or dog. House broken, trained, and groomed. Comes with a walking lease.

Socks AND sandals: why not cut out the middle man? Once you got the Sock Sandals, you will never go back to traditional Christmas socks.

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Nine Tips from Bill Murray & Cellist Jan Vogler on How to Study Intensely and Optimize Your Learning

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Would you take study tips from Bill Murray? After high school, he did spend some time as a pre-medical student at Regis University in Denver — before dropping out to return to his hometown of Chicago and get his start in comedy with the famed improv group Second City. Still, Regis did eventually award him an honorary Doctor of Humanities a decade ago, and you have to admit that the fame-and-fortune path worked out for him. In fact, it worked out and then some: seeing the massive success of Ghostbusters (and the temptations thereof) looming in 1984, Murray decided to make his return to school, this time to study philosophy, history, and French — and at the Sorbonne, no less.

The Spotify playlist below offers brief selections of spoken-word wisdom related to studying and learning in general, part of the fruit of a project by Murray and German cellist Jan Vogler. (If you don’t have Spotify’s free software, you can download it here.)

They recently made an album together called New Worlds, where the sounds of Vogler’s classical trio accompany Murray’s voice, singing and reading classic works of American music and literature from Mark Twain to Van Morrison. They also recorded this selection of memories, galvanizing messages, and "intense study tips" briefly summarized as follows: "Don’t cram," "Concentrate," "One problem," "Sleep on it," "Take a bath," "Focus on others," "More is more," "Take a break," and "Build a routine."

Listen to the playlist and you can hear Murray expand on these suggestions, some of which will resonate with material we’ve previously featured here on Open Culture: the psychological phenomenon that has us do our best thinking in the shower (or indeed the bath), for instance, or the intellectual foundations of Murray’s comedic persona. If you find his advice useful, you might also look to the example he sets with how he runs his career, famously taking risks on untested ideas or collaborators (including a certain Wes Anderson) and going to great lengths (up to and including replacing his agent with a voicemail box) to avoid getting caught in the gears of his industry. Whether studying a subject or becoming the most beloved comic actor of your generation, in other words, you’ve got to find a path that works for you and you alone. As one track of Murray and Vogler’s helpful playlist puts it, "Good luck."

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – A Vicious Cycle

Hey geeks– if you’re any kind of a wecomics fan, you’re surely familiar with Kate Beaton. I consider her to be the highlight of my “generation” of cartoonists. A sister of hers is dealing with an aggressive form cancer and is getting to the point where few options remain, and what remains is liable to be quite expensive. They’re running a fundraiser to make sure she can get the right treatment. Please give it a look if you have a moment.

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