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We all know why we watch "Big Brother" -- to explore the dramatic possibilities of chicken wire. Considering Sunday's nomination episode spent, oh, 40 minutes finishing up the chicken wire game from Thursday, we had no choice but to stare at that damn mesh and fall in love with it. The chicken wire got so much screentime that it is already a more compelling character than Victoria. I believe chicken wire could survive until at least week five. Week six if it stays on Caleb's good side. The long challenge resulted in Hoh grabs for Cody, who respectively nominated Victoria and Brittany, and Frankie, who threw up Jocasta (one of "the fiercest persons" he knows) and Amber. Her nomination had something to do with a lame-ass America's Game challenge that I'll discuss in a minute, but the bottom line is the nominations were both unsurprising and fine. Later, Amber and Jocasta »
- Louis Virtel
A glob of stray semen is slathered on as impromptu hair gel. A high school flutist describes all the graphic details of her "one time at band camp." A slobbering frat boy climbs a ladder for a close look at disrobing co-eds — a glimpse so revelatory that he plummets backward without batting an eye. Raunch-comedy history is littered with off-color climaxes, and the genre hasn't blown its load quite yet.
Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Films
From full-blown sex romps to softcore substitutes spruced up with gags, Hollywood's history of »
The late larger-than-life, cross-dressing extraordinaire who ushered in the now-established world of theatrical drag (simultaneously bringing queer performance art to the mainstream) is given the documentary treatment in the warmly nostalgic and playful tribute, I Am Divine.
The alter-ego of shy suburban boy Harris Glenn Milstead, Divine was the muse of “Pope of Trash” filmmaker John Waters (the biggest contributor here, offering up some deliciously trashy anecdotes). Described by her best friend as a “cinematic terrorist”, the duo were childhood friends in 60′s Baltimore, and Divine’s trajectory, from early transgressive dog poop-eating infamy to full-blown stardom, is exhaustively covered by director Jeffrey Schwarz.
Fully ‘out’ before being gay was even recognised as an alternative lifestyle, Divine managed to tap into the uninhibited more accepting culture which emerged during the seventies, and her popularity surged as her NY stage performances gaining prominence around the time Studio 54 and the world of disco exploded. »
- Adam Lowes
While we were all surprised when Christopher Walken started dancing like a dream round a hotel in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon Of Choice video back in 2001, it wasn’t a big deal for the intense actor himself, who started his career in musical theatre. Since then we’ve grown accustomed to lighter performances in fare such as Hairspray, but his latest role has come out of left field. In fact it’s hoved out of the mist, all cutlasses swishing and is ready to seize control of the NBC airwaves this Christmas with Peter Pan The Musical.
Hugh Jackman may think he’s going to be scaring the kids as Blackbeard in the forthcoming Pan movie, but that’s going to be nothing compared to Walken as Captain Hook. Not only that but the show is going to be happening live. How do you like them onions Jackman? The veteran »
- Steve Palace
Yes, you read that title right. Christopher Walken has been cast as the villainous Captain Hook in a new Peter Pan musical being developed by NBC! I've got to admit that I'm kind of shocked by this news. I never thought in million years that Walken would ever play a character like this, especially on a TV series. It's pretty damn awesome though! Walken is going to be amazing… as always. Here's what the actor had to say in a statement:
"I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again."
"He's one of »
- Joey Paur
NBC scored a surprise hit last December with The Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood in a live presentation of the classic musical. The Sound of Music has been popular for decades, but in the social media age, it was irresistible to viewers who wanted to tweet along with the program. The network will try to repeat that success when they air Peter Pan Live! this December. They've also landed a big hook for Hook: Christopher Walken. The program will reunite the actor with executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with Walken on Hairspray. The rest of the special has yet to be cast, but Walken alone might be more than enough to get viewers in front of their TV sets with the Twitter app at the ready. Hit the jump for the press release. Peter Pan Live! will air December 3rd. Here's the press release: Universal City, »
- Matt Goldberg
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Looky, looky: we've got a new Hooky. Christopher Walken has been roped in to play Captain Hook in NBC's new live action version of Peter Pan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Broadcast live, the production will reunite Walken with Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with Walken on the 2007 remake of Hairspray. Walken said the casting was a "chance to put on my tap shoes again", suggesting his Hook will pull off the odd cramp roll while he seeks revenge against the small boy who severed his hand. Pan's casting is yet to be announced, but the part will be played by a woman. Kristen Bell was linked, »
- Henry Barnes
Shivering timbers globally today is news that Christopher Walken has signed on to play everyone's favourite coathanger-handed buccaneer in NBC's Peter Pan Live. Sure, it's a Us network TV show that may never see the light of day on this side of the pond but it's Christopher Walken so we thought you'd want to know.The network is promising to take full advantage of Walken's dancing skills with possibly "the first tap-dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen". Elaborates NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, "He's one of the most unique actors in our business. He might really just be a song-and-dance man at heart."Walken, of course, cut his teeth on TV as Ronnie Walken and in musicals, before moving onto the big screen in the early '70s. "It’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child", says Walken, »
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has announced Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live, the network's follow-up to The Sound of Music Live. Christopher Walken will reunite with his Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for the live musical, and Bob Greenblatt says Walken's version of the character might be the "first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen." Greenblatt also said they were hoping to cast Kristen »
- Jesse Giroux
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. »
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
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.
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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. »
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
Christopher Walken has been cast as Captain Hook in the upcoming live broadcast of the stage musical "Peter Pan" on NBC.
The original Broadway production of James M. Barrie's classic tale premiered in 1954 and featured songs such as "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won’t Grow Up" and "Never Never Land". A live broadcast was then held in 1955 on NBC - one which pulled in a whopping 65 million viewers.
They're considering various names for the role of Peter Pan but haven't locked down the role just yet, Walken is the first official cast member announced. Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron previously worked with Walken on the film adaptation of the musical "Hairspray".
The new adaptation is set to be broadcast on December 4th.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The network announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour that the Oscar winner will star as the infamous villain Captain Hook in its adaptation of James M. Barrie’s high-flying classic, Peter Pan Live!
The flying-without-but-hopefully-with-a-net production was announced in January, as a follow-up to the Peacock’s high-rated surprise smash The Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer and drew nearly 19 million total viewers.
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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
NBC is going big for its upcoming live performance of Peter Pan. Oscar winner Christopher Walken will star as Captain Hook in NBC's follow-up to The Sound of Music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is expected to make the announcement during his session Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. The casting reunites Walken with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron after his starring role in the producers' film adaptation of Hairspray. Photos Broadway Musicals That Have Sung Their Way to the Big Screen "He's one of the most unique actors in our
- Lesley Goldberg
Christopher Walken Cast As Hook
"[Christopher] is one of the most unique actors in our business," Greenblatt said. "He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. ... This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen."
"The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home," Greenblatt added.
Walken, who has 13 Broadway credits to his name »
The Public Theater will open its 2014-2015 season not on one of its storied stages but in the intimacy of Joe’s Pub beginning September 9 with Rock Bottom, the latest new musical from the producer of Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fun Home (not to mention A Chorus Line), among other new works. Bridget Everett (2007′s At Least It’s Pink, Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls) has teamed with Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray, etc.), Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray on the show, described by the Public as the story of ”what happens when you’re […] »
A Tony-winning musical about a Hall of Fame rock group by an Oscar-winning director—on paper, it sounds like a sure-fire hit. So why did Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys fall flat in theaters this weekend?
Simply because Clint Eastwood should have never directed it in the first place.
When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway back in 2005, it broke the mold of the emerging trend of “jukebox musicals”—that is, musicals that repurposed pre-existing songs and placed them into stories—by using the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that were already loved and adored by millions to tell their own story. »
- Jake Perlman
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