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Aarrrr, matey. It's Captain Link!

14 July 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

John August Gregory Maguire (author of the novel "Wicked") looks at the original screenplay of The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Erik Lundegaard the first "Best Shot" entry elsewhere is up for tomorrow's Any Batman Movie fest. I love this article. Erik is so right about Adam West

Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida  

Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?

Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too 

The Film Stage Kurt Russell who starred in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof thinks The Hateful Eight will be going before cameras early in 2015 

The Playlist ranks all eight Planet of the Apes movies. Predictably Tim Burton »

- NATHANIEL R

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Christopher Walken Joins NBC’s Peter Pan as Villain Captain Hook

13 July 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Ahoy, Captain Hook! NBC used the Television Critics Association summer press tour today to announce that they have found their Captain Hook for the upcoming Peter Pan Live! musical coming  later this year. While the person chosen might not immediately seem like the best fit, he's actually the perfect man for the job.

None other than Christopher Walken will don a pirate getup and portray Captain Hook in the NBC's live musical adaptation of Peter Pan per EW. He will play alongside a female Peter Pan that has yet to be cast, though should be soon.

Walken's extensive resume includes numerous stints of dancing and singing including Pennies From Heaven and Hairspray, to name a few. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt suggests that Walken could be the first Captain Hook to bust out tap-dancing.

As for Pan, NBC had wanted Kristen Bell for the part but her schedule won't allow it. »

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NBC's "Peter Pan Live!' hooks Christopher Walken, but not Kristen Bell

13 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar winner Christopher Walken is ready to terrify small children and to share a live "Tarantella" with America. NBC announced on Sunday (July 13) morning that although the network has yet to secure a Peter Pan or Wendy for its "Peter Pan Live!," the network has cast the "Deer Hunter" star as Captain Hook. "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event ‘Peter Pan Live!,’" blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." Add "Peter Pan Live!" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Christopher Walken Cast as Captain Hook in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

13 July 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's been firmly proven that Christopher Walken has some serious moves. The actor is now set to put those dance skills back to work in the role of Captain Hook in NBC's live musical broadcast of Peter Pan.

Christopher Walken Goes Off the Cuff: The Extended Version

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced the casting news at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Entertainment Weekly reports. "He might really be a song and dance man at heart," Greenblatt said of Walken. "He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. »

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Christopher Walken Is Your Singing, Dancing Captain Hook

13 July 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Peter Pan Live!, NBC's follow-up to ratings giant The Sound of Music Live, has made its first major casting announcement: Christopher Walken will be taking on the role of Captain Hook. Walken will be rejoining executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, whom he worked with on the 2007 remake of Hairspray. While Walken might not be as spry as he was when he was singing "Let's Misbehave" to Bernadette Peters in Pennies From Heaven or hoofing in that Fatboy Slim music video from the '90s, you know that his Captain Hook will be brilliant: kooky, charming, and just a little bit creepy. Time to dust off those tap shoes! »

- E. Alex Jung

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Christopher Walken to play Captain Hook in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

13 July 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Oh this should be good: Christopher Walken is going to play Captain Hook — live.

NBC has tapped the veteran Pulp Fiction actor to play the top villain in its next big live musical special Peter Pan. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Though usually considered a dramatic actor, Walken has a long history of singing and dancing roles. From Pennies from Heaven (1981) to Hairspray (2007) to Jersey Boys (2014) to appearances on NBC’s own Saturday Night Live.

“He might really be a song and dance man at heart, »

- James Hibberd

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Christopher Walken Recalls the Marlon Brando Variety Show That Never Was (Video)

12 June 2014 1:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It was the 1990s, the early days of reality television, and legendary actor Marlon Brando had an idea. Perhaps he was inspired by MTV's “The Real World,” which premiered in 1992 and featured a house filled with cameras. Christopher Walken recalled the strange phone call he got from Brando during an appearance on “Late Show” Wednesday night. See video: Watch the Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene Apparently, Brando reached out to Walken because of “Pennies from Heaven,” a 1981 musical film that Walken starred in. He was looking to track down “Pennies from Heaven” choreographer Danny Daniels, whom Walken was still in. »

- Jason Hughes

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Under the skin of Dennis Potter

30 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven Dennis Potter remains one of the geniuses of TV. Twenty years after the writer's death, Michael Newton explores a career built around violent contradictions

In his book A Rumour of Angels, the American sociologist Paul Berger poses an astonishing question. When a child wakes at night and cries out, and its mother comes and comforts him, saying, "There's no need to be afraid it's all right everything is all right," is she telling lies? That question haunted Dennis Potter. In interviews, he shared Berger's answer, that, in ways mysterious to us, the mother tells the truth, everything really is all right.

Yet in play after play, Potter appears to offer the contrary thought. Suffering possesses him; he wants to embrace the hope that the world is beautiful and good, but knows why it is foul and full of sorrow. It would be easier to give up on the beauty, »

- Michael Newton

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Gordon Willis: Shining a light on Hollywood's 'Prince of Darkness'

19 May 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Often called “The Prince of Darkness” for his tendency to artfully cloak onscreen characters in ominous shadows, cinematographer Gordon Willis was the closest thing Hollywood had to a Rembrandt. His playful visual style, daring use of chiaroscuro, and seemingly effortless ability to conjure a mood of unsettling paranoia made him the ideal Director of Photography for the 1970s — a glorious filmmaking decade when Technicolor artifice was swept aside for New Hollywood naturalism.

Whether working with Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather saga, Alan J. Pakula on his dizzying Watergate-era conspiracy thrillers All The President’s Men and The Parallax View, »

- Chris Nashawaty

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Gordon Willis, 'Godfather' Cinematographer, Dead at 82

19 May 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis, the "Prince of Darkness" who was responsible for the look of such era-defining films of the Seventies as the first two Godfather films, All the President's Men, Annie Hall and Manhattan, died Sunday at the age of 82, according to Variety. His cause of death was not listed.

Peter Travers on 'The Godfather' Trilogy

A native of Queens, New York, Willis cultivated an early interest in photography and, while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, joined the motion-picture unit. After the war, »

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What Were Hoskins' Best Films and Performances?

30 April 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »

- Andre Soares

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Bob Hoskins a career in clips

30 April 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From The Long Good Friday to TwentyFourSeven, we look back at the career of the powerhouse actor who worked with some of the best directors in the business

Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

Xan Brooks: Bob Hoskins - five-foot-six cubic and bursting with brilliance

After getting his first theatre role by accident he only went along to support a friend at an audition Hoskins' screen career got off the ground in 1978 with Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, a six-part series for the BBC; he played sheet-music salesman with a penchant for showtunes and extramarital affairs.

He then moved on to what is still his defining role The Long Good Friday, still the benchmark for Brit gangster thrillers, and one that still towers over the pale imitators of recent vintage. Hoskins' performance as aspirational hoodlum Harold Shand, ambushed by the Ira, was an absolute barnstormer, filled with instantly quotable lines and beautifully detailed performance. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Bob Hoskins, one of Britain's best-loved actors, dies aged 71

30 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and many more, has died aged 71

 Helen Mirren, Shane Meadows and Stephen Woolley share their memories of Hoskins

 Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

 Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute

Bob Hoskins obituary

Bob Hoskins: a career in clips

Patrick Barkham: 'He was unforgettable'

The actor Bob Hoskins has died aged 71. His agent said that he died on Tuesday, surrounded by his family, suffering from pneumonia. He retired in 2012 following a diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in the autumn of 2011.

One of Britain's best-loved actors, Hoskins was known for his gruff bonhomie, and career that spanned more than 30 years. He first found fame on the small screen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and then in cinemas as a London gangster-turned-businessman in The Long Good Friday (1980).

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- Catherine Shoard

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Bob Hoskins obituary

30 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor associated with tough guy roles, but capable of playing the poodle as well as the pitbull

Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute

Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an aitch, Hoskins was far from conventional leading-man material. In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career.

As the beleaguered, optimistic sheet-music salesman in the BBC series Pennies from Heaven (1978), written by Dennis Potter, he was sweetly galumphing and sincere. Playing an ambitious East End gangster »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Bob Hoskins obituary

30 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor associated with tough guy roles, but capable of playing the poodle as well as the pitbull

Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute

Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

Bob Hoskins: Michael Coveney on his stage work

Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71 of pneumonia, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an aitch, Hoskins was far from conventional leading-man material. In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career.

As the beleaguered, optimistic sheet-music salesman in the BBC series Pennies from Heaven (1978), written by Dennis Potter, he was sweetly galumphing and sincere. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Bob Hoskins: 1942 - 2014

30 April 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sad news to report this afternoon: veteran British actor Bob Hoskins has died, aged 71. His agent said Hoskins died of pneumonia in hospital on Tuesday. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.Born in 1942, Hoskins’ career spanned 40 years. It started with various TV roles – including one in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven – and ended with recent supporting parts in Snow White And The Huntsman and Made In Dagenham.Arguably his most respected turn was his breakthrough role as Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday, for which he was widely and deservedly praised. In 1986 his brusque-but-tender turn as a call girl's confidant in Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. After that, he took parts in films as diverse as Brazil, Nixon, Neverland and Spice World. His take on Smee was a scallyish highlight of Steven Spielberg's Hook. »

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Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

30 April 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

The British actor announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His agent confirmed to the BBC that he had died.

Hoskins was nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for his leading role in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, for which he won Best Actor at the BAFTAs and the Cannes Film Festival.

He had previously received BAFTA nominations for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven (1978), classic gangster drama The Long Good Friday (1980) and his supporting performance opposite Michael Caine and Richard Gere in The Honorary Consul (1983).

Hoskins also attracted awards attention from the Golden Globes, with nominations for his role in live action-animation hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Stephen FrearsMrs. Henderson Presents (2005).

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins passes away at 71

30 April 2014 5:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm hugely saddened to report that Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins -- the quintessential Cockney gent of latter-day cinema -- has passed away. Aged 71, he died in hospital following a bout of pneumonia. His wife, Linda, and four children issued a statement clarifying that the Londoner "died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family," and thanked well-wishers for their "messages of love and support." Hoskins' health had been declining for some time: he retired  from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His last screen role was in "Snow White and the Huntsman." After supporting roles in such films as "Zulu Dawn" and a BAFTA-nominated turn in Dennis Potter's TV landmark "Pennies From Heaven," Hoskins' film breakthrough came in his late thirties with the role of conflicted East End crime boss Harold Shand in the 1980 gangster classic "The Long Good Friday," which earned him another BAFTA nod. »

- Guy Lodge

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British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies at the Age of 71

30 April 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in “The Long Good Friday,” “Mona Lisa” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

His agent said he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

Hoskins’ breakthrough came in Dennis Potter’s TV series “Pennies From Heaven” in 1978, and his movie career took off with 1980 gangster pic “The Long Good Friday,” in which he starred alongside Helen Mirren.

He was Oscar nommed in 1987 in the best actor category for crime drama “Mona Lisa,” in which he starred opposite Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. The perf won him best actor awards at Cannes, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.

Other film credits included roles in Richard Benjamin’s “Mermaids,” alongside Cher, in 1990, as Smee in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” in 1991, and “Super Mario Bros.” in 1993.

His most recent perf was in 2012′s “Snow White and the Huntsman, »

- Leo Barraclough

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How Jed Mercurio made Line of Duty unmissable TV

21 March 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Old-school scheduling and a good old-fashioned interrogation scene have been key in making Line of Duty the pride of BBC2, says Mark Lawson

Warning: this blogpost contains spoilers

There were obvious risks in declaring Broadchurch the "best TV drama of the year" at the beginning of spring 2013, but, last March, it already seemed safe to award the title. Twelve months on, it's clear that Line of Duty is going to take some beating to the 2014 prize. Although many have just discovered the series through the traditional and social-media coverage that a hit TV show now attracts, the first series in 2012 was one of BBC2's biggest successes.

Even so, creator Jed Mercurio has managed to top even his own standards, as viewers learned that Keeley Hawes' Di Denton, who had seemed at different times to be a perpetrator and a victim, was something of both. She had helped to »

- Mark Lawson

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