Holy Matrimony: Better Halves and Bitter Halves [EPUB]
18 January 2016, 05:28
2003 | EPUB | 0.91MB
In Hollywood, marriage is like an oil change. Most celebrities are due for another one every three months. The E! channel actually breaks into their regular programming to tell us Benjamin Bratt just got married or Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton are getting divorced. We are a nation obsessed with celebrity relationships, break-ups, make-ups, and shake-ups. From better halves to bitter halves, Holy Matrimony! is the first book of its kind. A collection of more than 1,000 quotes by showbiz personalities, including some of today's celebrities, it is categorized by theme: Dating, compatibility, romance, marriage, husbands and wives, divorce, remarriage, and, yes, even some enduring marriages (although "quantity is not always quality," as author Boze Hadleigh points out). Entertaining and enlightening, Holy Matrimony! will raise eyebrows—and maybe hopes—and definitely tickle the funny bone. Because marriage is much too important to take very seriously!
The Actor's Secret [EPUB]
17 January 2016, 17:26
2015 | EPUB | 3.2MB
Offering revolutionary new training for the actor, The Actor's Secret teaches actors and performers how to incorporate the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing, and Breathing Coordination in order to reduce performance anxiety and stress; improve stage presence, breathing, and vocal production; and restore well-being and healthy functioning. These three kinesthetic disciplines are designed to lead to profound change and healing through body-mind reeducation.
Part I explains in detail the principles of the three techniques. A practical method for self-improvement and neuromuscular reeducation, the Alexander Technique focuses on changing inefficient habits of movement and patterns of tension that inhibit the ability to move easily. Breathing Coordination helps increase breathing capacity and awareness. A method for resolving emotional trauma, Somatic Experiencing® follows a process of tracking bodily sensations to restore vitality and health.
Enhanced with over 100 instructive photos, Parts II and III present explorations and exercises that draw on elements of the three methods. Topics covered include the importance of presence and non-doing; the proper mechanics of vocalization and singing; the understanding of character and role; and the actor's journey from auditions to performance, including initial script preparation, rehearsal, monologue, and scene work. Developed by Betsy Polatin, a movement specialist and master lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, the book's exercises provide the actor with simple tools for exploring his or her acting work. Most techniques and self-help books teach a new way of "doing." The secret of this book lies in "non-doing." When the actor learns to first recognize and then suspend habitual patterns, he or she opens the door to deeper artistic choices.
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup [EPUB]
17 January 2016, 07:41
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 6.9/6.79MB
Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow. Face Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.