2013 was, inarguably, Rupert's busiest year to date. And what a marvelous year it was! Take a quick look back with us over the highlights:
Rupert made quite a few strides into the television industry this year.
In March and April, Rupert began filming the CBS pilot Super Clyde, in which he played the protagonist, a humble young man who uses his wealth to become a superhero for people in need. The cast also included Stephen Fry, Tyler Labine, and Justine Lupe.
In October, Rupert graced our televisions in “Killer Vacation,” an episode of the popular American TV show, American Dad. Rupert guest starred as a British boy named Liam that main character, Steve, meets on vacation.
After a long wait and, sadly, eventual disappointment when Super Clyde was not picked up by CBS, a rare thing occurred. The show’s creator, Greg Garcia, released the pilot to the public on the CBS website.
To the chagrin of the network, many people were disappointed that the show would not be airing in the 2013/2014 run.
Piquing the edgy, dynamic, roles that his fans are familiarly fond of, Rupert tackled roles ranging a drug-dealing adult film star, a cult punk-rock icon and, to great contrast, the voicing of a shy yet smart foosball player.
All films were initially premiered throughout smaller festivals to critical acclaim, showing us that not only can Rupert throw his talent across multiple genres but also that there is simply no niche he won't attempt. Perhaps this is to spread his wings after the colossus of Potter or, just perhaps, it's to find a new nook he feels comfortable with.
With all the excitement of this year, his joining of the theatre was surely at the top.
London Theatre debuted Mojo in November, which has quickly become a theatrical phenomenon. Breaking away from film for this project, Rupert dove into an all-male cast full of well-known and beloved actors from British television and cinema.
On opening night, where the drug-riddled, rock’n’roll themed and dramatic deaths were on full display, it received raving reviews from not only media but fans, too.
“You won't find much better ensemble acting than this, nor a play that so effectively punctures the pretensions of a hermetic gangland culture.” - The Guardian
This show of masculinity and raw emotion proved to be exhausting transition for Rupert from film to stage performance, but his multiple presentations has landed him a deserved nomination for Newcomer of the Year for the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards, heralding his debut.
2014 will only bring more variety, with the filming of Enemy of Man beginning in February, as well as the release of his cameo in Postman Pat: The Movie.
From the looks of it, Rupert seems intent on proving that, for whatever lies ahead, there is certainly no slowing him down.
**** by Dominic Maxwell
Four young wideboys are hanging out backstage at a Soho bar, talking in awe about the Buick parked outside. It’s summer 1958. Little do they know that the bar’s owner has just been slaughtered, his body stuffed into two bins outside. Welcome to Mojo, Jez Butterworth’s darkly funny first play, now revived with an all-star cast by Ian Rickson.
Mojo was first seen at the Royal Court in 1995, a remarkable debut from the man who went on to write Jerusalem. It takes a long while to blossom from being quirky exercise in style, packed with dynamite dialogue, into something with a real resonance. Good job, then, that it has a lot to offer along the way: the opening scene, for example, in which a rocker called Silver Johnny (Tom Rhys Harries) gets ready for a gig.
After a dance both posturing and primal (care of the choreographer, Quinny Sacks) he jumps into darkness and rock’n’roll turmoil. It’s electrifying.
After that, this terrific cast tears gleefully into five meaty roles. Rupert Grint (Ron from the Harry Potter films) makes an assured stage debut as Sweets, a pill-popping, pill-dealing kid with a hollow confidence. His opening dialogue with Daniel Mays’s garrulous, sweaty Potts is played out at a beguilingly brisk comic pitch.
If style appears to be the substance here, that’s because these lads are all talk, all aspiration. Even when Brendan Coyle (Bates from Downton Abbey) arrives as Mickey, the stalwart lieutenant of the slaughtered bar-owner Ezra, the boys’ inventive gabbiness keeps Mojo both distinctive and disposable. Ultz’s design, complete with curved wooden bar and two-storey spiral stairs, is a delight. Will this ever be more than platinum-grade pastiche, though?
Oh yes. And Ben Whishaw (Q from Skyfall) as Ezra’s son, Baby, is the heart of it. He is sinewy, unnervingly still, angry, unpredictable. Cool to the point of crazy. He reacts to his father’s death with nagging chat about how Colin Morgan’s cadaverous Skinny has nicked his fashion sense. You dread what is really inside him.
Whishaw handles Baby’s dry wit — “There’s nothing like someone cutting your dad in two to clear your mind” — without resorting to off-the-peg psycho glibness. By the end, he is crying one second, bursting into song the next. It’s a performance far outside of his usual range, one that reminds us just how versatile an actor he is. When it all turns from talk to proper conflict, proper danger, in the final half-hour, Mojo takes on a memorable sense of consequence, a vivid sense of damage. Something stylish becomes substantial. These wannabe bad boys are living the dream at last, and wishing that they could wake up from it.Box office: 08448 717622, to Jan 25
Great Caesar is...
John / Adam / Sean / Tom / Mike / Stephen
Armed with horns, guitars, and everything in between, the six men of Great Caesar produce a brilliant and unmistakable brand of brass-fueled rock. Their sound is at once organic and electrifying, combining jazz roots with hard rock sensibilities in a way that does justice to both. On the plugged side, Great Caesar draws from bands like Sonic Youth and the Strokes, while its horns take cues from Spoon and RX Bandits. Together with the husky baritone of singer John-Michael Parker, the band has brought its gutsy sound and raucous energy to hundreds of audiences in and out of NYC, sharing stages with acts like Deerhoof, The Decemberists, Third Eye Blind, and Does it Offend You, Yeah.
Great Caesar began modestly as a jazz trio before gathering three more members, swapping instruments, and evolving steadily into the six-piece powerhouse they are today. Their studio offerings include a self-titled EP (2007) and a string of A-side singles (2010), which they continue to give away for free despite their growing popularity. First and foremost, however, Great Caesar is a live band, dazzling audiences with performances that are equal parts chaos and virtuosity. Fans have noticed, flocking in ever-growing numbers to shows across New England.
Today, Great Caesar strives to make music that is loud, live, and contemporary. The band’s recent move to Brooklyn continues to shape their eclectic sound, which they plan to spread across the country this year with new releases and many more gigs.
We are so honoured to introduce our March 2012 exclusive artist to you: Samantha Grint.
Samantha Grint has always loved performing and music. From the early age of 7, she would often perform for her family and friends. However, it wasn't until the age of 11 that she seriously started becoming involved in both the piano and keyboard; it began with a couple of initial piano lessons which didn't work out, and so Sammy embarked upon her own method of self-teaching herself to play.
Starting with her favorite songs, soon followed her ability for writing and composing and by the age of 12, Samantha had penned a couple of original songs. As her ambition grew, she was gradually enhancing her talent for both playing and composing.
Samantha then began to play at school, building her confidence slowly by performing music shows in front of parents and school friends. Her unique style and ability became more and more evident, and eventually she found herself playing in front of bigger audiences and winning school talent shows. Samantha relished the opportunity to play in front of the whole school and at small private parties.
Samantha has continued to write and play since and recently, after being entered by her mum in the Hertfordshire 3 music competition, Samantha came from over 200 entries to win the final countdown show at the forum nightclub in Hatfield. Here she won a professional recording of her song ‘Un-Ordinary’, available for download on iTunes now.
Samantha has gone on to perform at local charity events, and sang at the 2011 Luton town and Welwyn Garden City Christmas light show with Heart FM. 2011 also saw her performing live on air at Hertfordshire’s Jack FM breakfast show.
In the meantime, she has been asked, and is planning to, record more songs and will be putting together a schedule of events over the coming months for promotion - keep your eyes on RupertGrint.net for more information!
Samantha is eager to play more live shows and promote her music as much as possible. With Rupert’s full support of course, as he often not only helps her at the events but also lends support at home. "He’s really supportive when I play and write", Sam says.
Sammy's artist name is "The Ghost of Samantha," owing to her naturally shy demeanor. However, when she performs, she becomes another 'Samantha', an alter ego - her ‘ghost’ is just her fun, spooky, way of performing as a slightly different character of herself.
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