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Golden Years: David Bowie’s essential movie performances

4 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

David Bowie.  Thin White Duke, Goblin King, Ziggy Stardust, Genius.  The world was shocked by his death, so soon after gifting us with his album, Blackstar.  Released only days ago on his 69th birthday and intended as a parting gift to us all, David Bowie was wonderful, weird, and surprising until the very end.

While there’s no denying the musical talent Bowie brought to generations through his many albums and character incarnations, the film world has also lost a charismatic actor known for some iconic roles.  While Bowie may not have worked steadily as an actor, his roles were carefully chosen and memorable, allowing him to work with some of the most talented directors of the past 40 years.

Whether Bowie is the Goblin King, a beautiful androgynous alien, or the master of the fashion catwalk to you, we look back and celebrate his most iconic performances in film.

The Man Who Fell To Earth »

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Dominic Monaghan Remembers David Bowie's Audition for Lord Of The Rings

28 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if the Lord of the Rings films weren't good enough...just imagine them with David Bowie in them! Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the films, recalled the time he saw David Bowie coming out of a reading during his first audition for the beloved films. "I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well," he told the Huffington Post. »

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Dominic Monaghan Remembers David Bowie's Audition for Lord Of The Rings

28 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if the Lord of the Rings films weren't good enough...just imagine them with David Bowie in them! Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the films, recalled the time he saw David Bowie coming out of a reading during his first audition for the beloved films. "I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well," he told the Huffington Post. »

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David Bowie Wanted to Be in 'Lord of the Rings'

28 January 2016 8:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, we lost one of the greatest artists of the past century. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. And he was best known for his music, which spanned many genres and influenced generations to come. But he was also an accomplished actor who worked under some of the biggest names in the business. Now comes word that David Bowie wanted to be a part of the epic sci-fi fantasy adventure The Lord of the Rings.

It isn't known which part David Bowie was eyeing. But it is speculated that he wanted to take on the role of Wizard Gandalf, eventually played by Sir Ian McKellen. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, franchise star Dominic Monaghan, who plays the Hobbit Merry, confirms that David Bowie went in and auditioned for a role.

Dominic Monaghan had gone into Hubbard's casting agency, where he was told to »

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Dominic Monaghan on David Bowie's 'Lord of the Rings' Audition, Lotr Reunions

28 January 2016 6:40 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No disrespect to the great Hugo Weaving, but David Bowie would've been an awesome Elrond. Bowie was already the Goblin King in "Labyrinth," and would've fit right into the world of "The Lord of the Rings." But, in one of Hollywood's many "what ifs," he wasn't cast in the franchise at all.

Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry, is now promoting Season 3 of his Travel Channel show, "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan," and he talked to the Huffington Post about Bowie's Lotr audition:

"I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for 'Lord of the Rings,' and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well. You should wait around for 5 or 10 mins. We'll give you some feedback.' I thought, 'Oh, Ok, cool, and »

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Labyrinth: rare behind the scenes pics and promo shots

28 January 2016 3:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Including David Bowie, George Lucas and Jim Henson together on the Labyrinth set...

Towards the end of last year, we ran a series of posts bringing together rare-ish behind the scenes we’d found of a collection of older movies. There are links to some of them down at the bottom of this piece.

Here, though, we’ve arrived at Labyrinth, the week after news broke that a new Labyrinth movie is in the works. You can read more about that here.

If you click on the posh gallery widget at the top of this article, though, you’ll fire up a collection of promotional shots and behind the scenes images we found from the original production of Labyrinth.

Labyrinth is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, and is, of course, quite awesome.

See related  Total Recall (1990): rare behind the scenes pictures The Naked Gun trilogy: »

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David Bowie, and his film acting roles

26 January 2016 9:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The late David Bowie brought something down to earth (literally, in one case) to his film acting roles. We look at his film acting roles.

Editor's note: we don't like to run material to generate clicks off the death of someone. We did, however, want to talk about the wonderful film and TV work that the late, great David Bowie has left behind. Hence, we've thus held this piece back to now. If it still feels too soon, then do give it a miss.

David Bowie's state of existence at the time of performing influenced his musical ‘personas’ enormously. Though such characters as Diamond Dogs’ Halloween Jack or Ashes To Ashes’ Pierrot seem superficially too outré and theatrical to be based in anything real, retrospectively we can see a private life exposed: Bowie’s exposure to fame and feelings of being an outsider informed the Ziggy »

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Writer Nicole Perlman Allays Fears Labyrinth Sequel Will Be A Remake, Original Film “Perfect As Is”

26 January 2016 8:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Entertainment Weekly first caught wind that writer Nicole Perlman had pitched plans for a continuation of Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth, fans of the 1986 original immediately assumed the worst – voicing their opinions loud and clear on Twitter and other social channels.

Revisiting a cult classic in some shape or form so often leads to an impassioned backlash, though Perlman (co-writer on Guardians of the Galaxy) recently posted a series of Tweets confirming that the nascent Labyrinth sequel is neither a remake nor a reboot and, crucially, talk was well underway long before the tragic passing of music and cultural icon David Bowie.

Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect.

Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 23, 2016

Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I »

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About that Labyrinth reboot – the screenwriter speaks…

26 January 2016 12:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We posted an article at the weekend that alluded to the fact that Tristar were planning a reboot of Labyrinth. Well, the film’s screenwriter, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman has spoken out and said the film won’t be a remake at all. She spoke via Twitter.

“Not ‘rebooting’ anything, guys. No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is… Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect.”

Previously

This seems like terrible timing, but it seems that Tristar are planning a remake/ sequel of the classic 1980s Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, which starred Jennifer Connelly and the late David Bowie.

The studio haven’t said whether the new movie will be a remake or a sequel, but it is definitely happening with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman penning the screenplay. »

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'Labyrinth' Movie Is a Continuation, Not a Remake Says Writer

25 January 2016 5:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, we reported that Tri-Star and The Jim Henson Company are moving forward with a reboot of the 1986 cult classic Labyrinth. The studios brought on Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman to write the script, although no story details were given at that time. Over the weekend, the screenwriter took to her Twitter page to clear the air on this new version of Labyrinth, which she says is not a reboot, but rather a "continuation." Take a look at her statement below.

"Not 'rebooting' anything, guys. Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death. Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect."

The news of this new project came just days after the death of original Labyrinth star David Bowie. »

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'Labyrinth' Sequel on Its Way From 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cowriter

25 January 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When David Bowie passed away recently, many fans shared fond memories of his starring performance as the Goblin King in Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy. Sure, maybe the movie as a whole wasn't the knockout dazzler that everyone wished it was, yet its goofy charms and original approach have held up well over the years and Bowie's sincere performance remains a highlight of his movie career. Labyrinth was a disappointment at the box office, earning less than $13 million during its initial theatrical release, but its enduring appeal has seen it perform well on home video and win many more devoted fans. Now a new version will attempt to tap into the magic of the original. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) has been hired to write the screenplay, according to...

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'Labyrinth' Remake on Its Way From 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cowriter

25 January 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When David Bowie passed away recently, many fans shared fond memories of his starring performance as the Goblin King in Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy. Sure, maybe the movie as a whole wasn't the knockout dazzler that everyone wished it was, yet its goofy charms and original approach have held up well over the years and Bowie's sincere performance remains a highlight of his movie career. Labyrinth was a disappointment at the box office, earning less than $13 million during its initial theatrical release, but its enduring appeal has seen it perform well on home video and win many more devoted fans. Now a new version will attempt to tap into the magic of the original. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) has been hired to write the screenplay, according to...

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New Labyrinth Film Not a Reboot

25 January 2016 11:27 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It goes without saying that the death of David Bowie sent all of us reeling a bit. This is a man who's had his influence in both the music and film mediums, and for those of us who have seen his work on film, we most likely remember him in his role in The Labyrinth as Jareth, the Goblin King. In the aftermath of Bowie's passing, it seemed inevitable that rumors of a Labyrinth remake/reboot who get tossed around the trades. A few days ago, that's exactly what happened.

THR reported that not only a new Labyrinth film was in the works, but that it would be a reboot with writer Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) attached. Considering recent events, it seemed a bit tasteless for that news to drop, but the writer took to Twitter to assure fans, that it was not done in an attempt to profit from the legend's death. »

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‘Labyrinth’ Honest Trailer: David Bowie Steals Pretty Much Every Scene He’s In

25 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We were all crushed by the death of David Bowie. Not only was the man a rock god, but he also had a strong influence in the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. And in honor of the late Starman, the folks at Honest Trailers have decided to take on Labyrinth. But before you go thinking that […]

The post ‘Labyrinth’ Honest Trailer: David Bowie Steals Pretty Much Every Scene He’s In appeared first on /Film. »

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Labyrinth Is Not Getting A Reboot After All

25 January 2016 7:57 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Last week news hit the web of a deal that had been struck to reboot the cult classic Labyrinth. The report stated that Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman was on board to write the script for the new project. Now Perlman has taken to Twitter to refute the claims; it turns out there are no plans to remake the film after all.   Not "rebooting" anything, guys. . Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 23, 2016 We covered the news last week, based on news that came out of The Hollywood Reporter. Far from simply being a concept, the original report stated that Tri-Star and the Jim Henson Company had closed a deal to produce the film. Now, as Nicole Perlman tweeted above, it turns out that.s not the case after all. The timing of the report seemed awfully coincidental to some fans who thought that the report, coming so closely after the »

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'Labyrinth' Remake on Its Way from 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cowriter

25 January 2016 7:56 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When David Bowie passed away recently, many fans shared fond memories of his starring performance as the Goblin King in Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy. Sure, maybe the movie as a whole wasn't the knockout dazzler that everyone wished it was, yet its goofy charms and original approach have held up well over the years and Bowie's sincere performance remains a highlight of his movie career. Labyrinth was a disappointment at the box office, earning less than $13 million during...

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Screenwriter Denies Reports of Labyrinth Remake, Calls Timing ‘Awful’

25 January 2016 7:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Over the weekend, reports swirled that Sony had bought the rights to Labyrinth from the Jim Henson Company and was developing a return to the puppet-filled universe, with a script from Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman. Now Perlman has taken to Twitter to clear the air, explaining that, while she was working on a Labyrinth project with the Henson Co., it was not in any way a remake or a reboot. "No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is," she wrote, pledging that "any continuation of the world [will] be handled with love and respect." Perlman told The Guardian that she was heartbroken by the implication that she or anyone else was attempting to profit from the death of David Bowie, as the project has been in development since late 2014: "All I can say is that the timing for the story was awful; »

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New 'Labyrinth' Writer to Angry Fans: No One Is 'Rebooting' Bowie Movie

25 January 2016 6:31 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fans of David Bowie's "Labyrinth" defended his honor this past weekend, but that defense may have been premature.

The Goblin King has only been gone for two weeks, and it felt like much too soon to be seeing headlines like "David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' to Get Reboot With 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Co-Writer." The Hollywood Reporter got that exclusive on January 22, writing, "Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film starring David Bowie, is getting rebooted for the 21st century." They added that TriStar closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to produce a new version and hired "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman to write the script.

That led to multiple postings across the Interwebz, followed by fan outrage at the very idea of remaking the '80s classic, and disgust at the timing of the announcement, just days after Bowie's death.

However, writer Nicole Perlman took to »

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Writer Clears Up "Labyrinth" Remake Reports

25 January 2016 6:15 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Over the weekend came word that Sony Pictures had picked up the rights to Jim Henson's 1980s fantasy classic "Labyrinth" with plans for a remake using a script by "Guardians of the Galaxy" screenwriter Nicole Perlman.

Now, Perlman helrself has taken to Twitter (via Vulture) to clarify those reports. Perlman does confirm that she and Henson Co. are working on a "Labyrinth" project, but stresses it is not a remake or a reboot - rather it sounds like another story set in that same world:

"Not 'rebooting' anything, guys. No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is... Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect."

Speaking with The Guardian, she adds that she was heartbroken by the implication that she or anyone else is attempting to exploit the death »

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'No one is remaking Labyrinth' – screenwriter denies reports of reboot

24 January 2016 11:32 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy cowriter Nicole Perlman says she was upset at implication she would seek to profit from David Bowie’s death

Screenwriter Nicole Perlman has said she has “no interest” in remaking the 1986 David Bowie-starring film Labyrinth, despite news reports stating the contrary.

In a widely cited story, the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Friday that the fantasy film would be “rebooted for the 21st century”. According to their report, TriStar had “closed a deal with the Jim Henson Co to produce a new iteration” and had hired the Guardians of the Galaxy cowriter Nicole Perlman to write the script.

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