Screen Actors System at Cannes International Film Festival

Screen Actors System member and award winning actress, Marianne Bourg, will be presented at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival this May.  “Snake Eyes,” a Baldo-Bretow Film, stars Bourg as Sloane Markum, a woman who seeks revenge on her husband’s killer.

Recently winning “Best Actress” at CMF Hollywood for her role, Marianne will walk the red carpet at the invitation-only Festival De Cannes in the beautiful French Riviera.  The thriller, “Snake Eyes,” will be in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or in the festival’s annual “Cannes Court Mètrage” against professional and independent filmmakers from around the world.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Here’s a video of Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice. “Act wherever you can… it’s always about the work at the end of the day.”

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July

Philip Seymour Hoffman

23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen’s finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz‘s Happiness(1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson‘sMagnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and the upcoming Mission: Impossible III (2006).

Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard‘s “True West” and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill (I)’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. His other acting credits in the New York theater include “The Seagull” (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), “Defying Gravity”, “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*@%ing” and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and “The Glory of Living” by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company.

Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.

On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in an apartment in Greenwich village, New York. Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and two open envelopes of heroin next to him. Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was age 22. In 2013, he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Acting Advice From Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro Acting Advie
Robert De Niro

Acting Advice From Robert De Niro

This clip from the Actors Studio with Robert De Niro says a great deal about minimum movement, one of the staples of Screen Actors System. Remember to enforce the basic standards of class as you prepare your scenes for this week. Bring the new students into the system and pass along your own knowledge.

That will make YOU stronger, and you are doing your fellow actor’s a service.
Work hard guys. Put in the time this week in you rehearsals and really push yourselves. I want breakthroughs this week!


Robert De Niro, who is thought of as one of the greatest actors of his time, was born in New York City in 1943 to two artists. He first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly(1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. In 1974 De Niro received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Cape Fear (1991). He won the best actor award in 1980 for Raging Bull (1980). De Niro currently heads his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale (1993).”

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker