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The Best Thing I’ve Seen All Year: Christopher Walken Flips Off the Law of Physics

31 December 2009 10:50 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Did I say of the year, because I meant of the decade.  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, on December 31st, 2009, at 12:40Pm Central Standard Time, I stumbled upon the best thing I’ve seen since I clicked the TV Power button on at 12:01 Am January 1st, 2000 and realized the world hadn’t ended.

The movie is called McBain.  It is from 1991, and it was a time where Christopher Walken was kind of going through a lull in his career.  Of course, if you know enough about the man, you realize Walken doesn’t go through lulls.  There are just moments where has chosen not to turn the volume up to Kick-ass level.

Nonetheless, whatever you think of his career at this time, when a gun found its way into his hands, the laws of physics ceased to exist.

Just watch the clip, and we’ll talk after:

Through one window, »

- Kirk

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Brandon Bird's Nic Cage Colorforms

30 December 2009 10:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If there's one thing I wish carried over from my childhood, it's Colorforms. Those things were so awesome, the sticky vinyl allowing you to recreate scenes with your favorite characters, or throw them up in the window for damage-free art. Collections included Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Super Friends, the Smurfs, He-Man, you name it.

And -- alas -- while they're not experiencing a resurgence, Brandon Bird has tapped into my Colorform-loving heart with a new creation -- the Nicolas Cage Adventure Set. It includes two backgrounds -- a tropical island and haunted castle, 3 different outfits on Cage, and added perks like a space helmet, skateboard, and parrot. Looking at this, I can only hope that more are to come -- Christopher Walken dancing, being creepy, and playing Russian Roulette, Meryl Streep's Julia Child cooking and eating, and my god -- should someone ever make me a Heathers colorform set, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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What are the best music videos of the noughties?

24 December 2009 3:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Let us know your favourite pop promos of the decade

What makes a great pop video? Explosive action? Mind-bending animation? Bling? Bottles of Cristal? Being ripped off in the latest TV advert? One viewer's masterpiece is another's dross, and they will never agree.

And there are simply more videos now than there used to be. In the 70s and 80s, quality videos stood out because there wasn't much else around – Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Jacko's Thriller and Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer were events. Now videos cram every corner of YouTube, blogs and TV channels from Viva to MTV.

In the noughties, having a director for your video wasn't enough – they had to be a big name. Hype Williams was one of the busiest, shooting videos such as Kanye West's Gold Digger and Stronger, Beyoncé's Check on It and Coldplay's Viva La Vida. Other directors such as Mark Romanek »

- Dugald Baird

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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Set stealer Christopher Walken

22 December 2009 12:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Christopher Walken never buys his own clothes. The 66-year-old actor - who has starred in over 100 Hollywood movies - said he always raids the costume department of whichever set he is on, so he doesn't ever need to buy his own clothes. He said: ''I'll tell you something... I never buy clothes. Whenever I'm making a movie I take the clothes from there back home. My complete wardrobe is from movie sets. Usually it's real nice stuff''. The 'Pulp Fiction' star said although he tries to collect all these souvenirs from the films he's worked on they're not always very easy to .. »

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Q&A: Jared Leto

11 December 2009 4:34 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'My most embarrassing moment? It had to do with karaoke and Eye Of The Tiger'

Jared Leto was born in Louisiana in 1971. He went to New York's School of Visual Arts, and in 1994 was cast opposite Claire Danes in the television series My So-Called Life. His movies include Fight Club, Requiem For A Dream and Alexander, and he put on 67lbs (more than 30kg) to play John Lennon's assassin, Mark Chapman, in Chapter 27. Next February, he will tour the UK with his band, 30 Seconds To Mars.

What is your earliest memory?

Fireworks and a wolf.

When were you happiest?

I'm hoping that hasn't happened yet.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Stephen Hawking – a great example of triumph in the face of adversity.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The need to sleep.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? »

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Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' will be Palms Casino's ad campaign

11 December 2009 9:49 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Christopher Walken and South Park's Cartman aren't the only ones who love Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face.'

The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will use her hit song in their latest ad campaign. 

Which is amusing since we only recently found out that the song is about her fantasizing about having sex with women while making love to her boyfriend.  What happens in Vegas, gets fantasized about?The ad, which finishes with the slogan "Show Us Your Poker Face", focuses on the resort's exciting features, including the Playboy Club and Fantasy Towers.

Palms owner George Maloof said; "We feel that this is a special and unique opportunity to connect the Palms brand with one of the most respected and talented artists of our time."

Respected and talented to be sure. Also controversial. 

On Barbara Walters show this week, Lady admitted she fantasized about women whilst making love to her ex-boyfriend. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Spike Jonze: Master of the Wild Things

7 December 2009 1:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Once the hippest name in music videos, the 40-year-old director will this week terrify children with his adaption of Maurice Sendak's adored tale

A large rubber-band ball sits on the bedside table of the wilful young Max, hero of the new Spike Jonze film, while overhead, on a shelf, sits a bird's nest. Early shots of these odd objects cleverly prelude the virtuoso visual style of this audacious adaptation of a children's classic: the 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

In the hands of the Oscar-nominated Jonze the island of fearful monsters that Max discovers one night when he has been sent to bed without supper becomes a perilous wasteland dotted with spherical wickerwork huts, nest-like forts and rounded boulders. Although Max, along with his ugly, untamed group of new friends, is clearly recognisable from Sendak's book, any parent who returns to their nursery copy »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Spike Jonze: 'I'm never going to compromise'

4 December 2009 4:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The well-connected director is very good at getting his own way, hence his family unfriendly take on kids' classic, Where The Wild Things Are

Ten years after Being John Malkovich, there are still few people's heads you'd pay to spend 15 minutes inside as much as Spike Jonze's. It would be easy to imagine life from his perspective as a continual flow of way-cool experiences: "Here I am dashing off another era-defining music video. Here I am hanging out with Karen O/Kanye/Mia/the Coppolas. Oh look, I've got another bunch of Oscar nominations. I think I'll pop into Vice magazine and do some cool shit. Now I'm just scrolling through the contacts on my iPhone and thinking how phenomenally well-connected I am." That's the movie version, but real life hasn't been quite so straightforward for Jonze of late. Over the past five years, a random visit to Jonze's »

- Steve Rose

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Walken Heading Back To Broadway

30 November 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Christopher Walken is returning to Broadway in black comedy A Behanding In Spokane, 10 years after he last starred onstage in New York.

The Oscar winner will star alongside Anthony Mackie and Sam Rockwell in the play, about a man who goes in search of his missing hand, which will begin previews on 15 February.

Walken last performed on the New York stage in the 2000 musical James Joyce's The Dead. He also appeared in several theatre revivals early on in his career, including Shakespeare classic The Merchant of Venice. »

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Walken, Mackie, Rockwell 'Spokane' Bound

30 November 2009 10:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Variety

Christopher Walken, Anthony Mackie, Sam Rockwell and Zoe Kazan will star in the latest Martin McDonagh play, "A Behanding in Spokane," opening on Broadway in March.

Walken plays the handless guy in a story that also involves a couple of con artists, played by Mackie and Kazan, and a hotel clerk portrayed by Rockwell. Directed by John Crowley, show is the first stage outing by Brit scribe McDonagh ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore," "The Cripple of Inishmaan," 2008 pic "In Bruges") to take place in the United States.

Read more at Vari »

- Brent Lang

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Vera Farmiga reveals her favorite scenes from her new film "Up in the Air" to MakingOf.com

30 November 2009 10:16 AM, PST | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

link: http://makingof.com/happening_now/media/up-in-the-air/vera-farmiga-discusses-up-in-the-air/99/783

Over the past decade actress Vera Farmiga has starred in films that range from "The Manchurian Candidate" to "The Departed" and has shared the screen with industry veterans such as Christopher Walken, Richard Gere, and Jon Voight. She has also worked with iconic directors including both Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Farmiga recently sat down with MakingOf.com to talk about her new film “Up in the Air” in which she acts alongside George Clooney and newcomer Anna Kendrick. The film is written and directed by Jason Reitman who also helmed the films "Thank You For Smoking" and "Juno". Reitman wrote Alex, the character Farmiga portrays, with her in mind.

In the interview, Farmiga discusses her character development and explains that when it comes to on-screen chemistry "You don't really prepare for something like that. You have to be in the moment. »

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Interlude- Madonna: "Bad Girl"...

28 November 2009 10:11 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

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"Bad Girl" performed by Madonna, was released as the third single from her 1992 studio album "Erotica", February 1993 on Maverick Records.

The video was directed by David "Fight Club" Fincher, previous collaborator on Madonna's "Express Yourself", "Oh Father" and "Vogue" music videos.

"Bad Girl" featured Madonna as 'Louise Oriole', an alcoholic Manhattan executive with a penchant for one-night stands, distracted by cigarettes, cocktails and random hook-ups. Christopher Walken plays a guardian angel and Matt Dillon is a crime scene cop.

Madonna only performed the song once, during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live", January 1993...


- SneakPeek.Ca

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Monkee Micky Dolenz in West End Musical 'Hairspray'

23 November 2009 5:52 PM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Micky Dolenz, child television actor and star of a 1960s sit-com about a fictional band called, “The Monkees,” is heading to London’s West End, where he will appear in the hit musical Hairspray, TheImproper has learned. The musical has had a hugely successful three-year run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Dolenz will take the part of Wilbur Turnblad, the father of Tracy Turnblad. In the hit 2007 movie version of John Waters' hit, Wilbur, a genial joke-store owner was played by Christopher Walken, Tracy was played by Nikki Blonsky and mother Edna was played by John Travolta. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Afm Coverage: Posters and Synopses for Burke And Hare, Electric Slide, Irishman, Effie, Main St., Cash

22 November 2009 8:28 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (Afm).  The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, Afm has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films.

Below you’ll find images and synopses for Burke and Hare, Cash, Effie, Main St., The Electric Slide, and The Irishman.  Hit the jump to check them all out.  Also, all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations.  You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by click on their respective links.

Burke And Hare, directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf in London)

William Burke and William Hare are scratching out a living in 1830s Edinburgh. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Where the Wild Things Are: A Monstrously Mediocre Children's Movie

13 November 2009 8:46 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Spike Jonze had a pretty impeccable record, from directing Christopher Walken's triumphal dance in the video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," to producing MTV's transcendently stupid pain-porn Jackass, to his magnificent collaborations with Charlie Kaufman on Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Nothing about that remotely suggests that he should adapt a children's book, though. He does a great job of evoking the weird and making it normal, but he's never quite pulled off believable emotion. Ultimately, that's what sinks Where the Wild Things Are. It's not just Jonze, though. The entire creative team is bizarre. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, best known for fellating her mic at live shows, composed the soundtrack; Dave Eggers, best known for a fictionalized memoir (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and a fictionalized biography (What is the What), adapted the 10 sentences »

- Alex Remington

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Walken, Freeman, and Macy Team Up For The Maiden Heist

10 November 2009 8:46 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

It’s hard to a fault a movie that features Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and William H. Macy in key roles, even if it does look like yet another wacky heist movie featuring actors who are capable of better things. Peter Hewitt’s 2009 crime comedy “The Maiden Heist” certainly has potential, but after watching the trailer, I’m not entirely sold on the idea. I used to be able to trust Morgan Freeman, that is, until I properly investigated both “The Contract” and “The Code,” two films that are the very definition of mediocre. What’s more, it’s from the guy who directed that terrible live-action “Garfield” flick. Yikes. Perhaps “The Maiden Heist” suffers from a lackluster trailer, one that degrades the film’s overall quality. Then again, maybe not. Here’s what it’s all about: A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan »

- Todd

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Pat Seals of Flyleaf Shares His Top Ten Horror Films

9 November 2009 10:24 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As we've mentioned previously, November 10th is the release date of the band Flyleaf's new CD, entitled Memento Mori, and to help celebrate the occasion, their bass player, Pat Seals, has taken time out of his hectic schedule to prepare for Dread Central readers a list of his Top Ten favorite horror films.

Nothing relieves the stress of the holidays -- or anything really -- like a good horror flick, and Pat certainly has prepared an eclectic catalog that shows he knows his shit about our genre.

Without further ado, here's Pat's list (click each image to see the full poster):

1. The Addiction (1995) - Dir. Abel Ferrara, Starring Lili Taylor

This is my favorite vampire movie. It is the best. The best. Morality and the darkness of human nature are the focus, and Lili Taylor's performance is brutal. Plus, Christopher Walken waltzes in for a philosophical cameo. The »

- The Woman In Black

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Christopher Walken Out-Poker-Faces Lady Gaga

4 November 2009 6:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I don't think there's anything Christopher Walken can't do. He can make gold records, hide watches up his arse, dance like a prince, play Russian roulette, find missing people, live underground for decades, and make just about everything sound cool. He's no one-hit wonder.

And now he's also proved that he can out-Poker Face Lady Gaga. Yes, the latest YouTube video to make the rounds (embedded after the jump) finds the actor guesting on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross -- a program from BBC One. Instead of adding more cowbell to the music scene, he calmly sits in his chair and reads lyrics to Gaga's song. In. The way. Walken. Would. Say it.

You might just be able to manage getting through the first part unscathed, but when he starts making "Oh!" sound effects, well, it's comedy gold and I don't see how you could maintain your own poker face. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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