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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.

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Emily S. Whitten: Seven Movies for Surviving Snowzilla

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.

Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).

“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have »

- Emily S. Whitten

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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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Christine review: Rebecca Hall astonishes in real-life horror story

24 January 2016 11:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor gives the performance of her career in Antonio Campos’s eerie study of a news anchor who achieved notoriety in the 70s for killing herself on live TV

Hollywood has never seemed to know quite what to do with Rebecca Hall. The stunning British actor came to the industry’s attention with a scene-stealing turn in Christopher Nolan’s magician thriller The Prestige, shortly followed by a juicy role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. But since her arrival, Hall has largely languished with supporting roles in films that in no way prepare you for the breadth she displays in director Antonio Campos’s tragic character study, Christine.

Hall completely immerses herself in the role of Christine Chubbuck in Campos’s stark retelling of the story that led to the television news reporter’s suicide live on air, aged 29, in 1974. It’s one of two films on the »

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Sundance Review: ‘Sleight’ Is An Intriguing Blend Of Street Sensibilities, Mysterious Magical Science & Coming Of Age Tropes

24 January 2016 7:48 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Anyone can learn a trick, but doing something that no one else is willing to do makes you a magician. I can do what no one else can,” Bo (Jacob Latimore) attests in a critical moment of confession, avowing his commitment to achieving the extraordinary in “Sleight.” It’s a line that wouldn’t feel out of place in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige,” as Christian Bale’s thaumaturge pledges similar sacrifices to his craft at all costs. Both characters are obsessive, keep secrets, and lead ruinous double lives, and while “Sleight” is ultimately a much smaller, less impressive beast, it still has plenty of intrigue and allure. Chameleonic and bold, the dramatic thriller is a unique blend of styles and ideas — that one-of-a-kind spot where L.A. street magic, legerdemain, science fiction, romance, drug dealing gang bangers, and limited socio-economic opportunities intersect. Read More: Check Out All Of Our »

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Christopher Nolan Fondly Recalls His Time with David Bowie

21 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David Bowie couldn’t have asked for a grander entrance in Christopher Nolan‘s finest film, The Prestige. Walking through a field of electricity, Bowie’s Nikola Tesla greets Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), conducts and produces electricity with his body, and then offers the magician a meal. Even though the real Tesla, a famous germaphobe, probably wouldn’t have shaken […]

The post Christopher Nolan Fondly Recalls His Time with David Bowie appeared first on /Film. »

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Christopher Nolan and Tilda Swinton on David Bowie, Ziegfeld’s Cinematic End, the Skies of ‘Sicario,’ and More

20 January 2016 2:40 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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Christopher Nolan remembers working with David Bowie at EW:

When we were casting The Prestige, we had gotten very stuck on the character of Nikola Tesla. Tesla was this other-worldly, ahead-of-his-time figure, and at some point it occurred to me he was the original Man Who Fell to Earth. As someone who was the biggest Bowie fan in the world, once I made that connection, he seemed to be the only actor capable of playing the part. He had that requisite iconic status, and he was a figure as mysterious as Tesla needed to be. It took me a while to convince him, though—he turned down the part the first time. »

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Christopher Nolan Remembers Magical Collaboration with David Bowie: 'I Begged Him'

19 January 2016 12:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The Magical David Bowie Performance Nobody Appreciates Nearly Enough In the week since David Bowie passed away from liver cancer at age 69, tributes from peers, critics, collaborators and admirers have poured in from across the world on all corners of the Internet. The latest tribute comes from Christopher Nolan, who published a short post on Entertainment Weekly's website earlier today honoring the late musician and actor who provided so much gravitas to Nolan's 2008 psychological drama "The Prestige." "When we were casting 'The Prestige,' we had gotten very stuck on the character of Nikola Tesla," the director writes. "Tesla was this otherworldly, ahead-of-his-time figure, and at some point it occurred to me he was the original Man Who Fell to Earth. As someone who was the biggest Bowie fan in the world, once I made that connection, he seemed to be the only actor capable of playing the part. »

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Why Christopher Nolan Begged David Bowie To Star In The Prestige

19 January 2016 10:22 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We lost one of the greats in the history of entertainment when David Bowie passed away on January 10. Since then, a number of his collaborators have spoken about what it was like to work with the singer and actor. The man had a number of film roles but one of his last was as the enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan.s 2006 film The Prestige. Now, the director has opened up about working with the icon, and why he had to have Bowie in his movie. According to Christopher Nolan, casting the small, but vital role of Nikola Tesla in The Prestige was one of the most difficult actions in the film. As the one character in the movie who was based on a real person, it was important that the man playing him be right for the role. Like all right-thinking people in the world, Nolan is a »

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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and David Bowie in Movie Posters

16 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: UK one sheet for The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976). Designed and illustrated by Vic Fair.David Bowie, who left our planet this week, appeared in some 20 movies, but his appearances on movie posters are restricted to just a handful of films. Many of his roles, especially in later years, were cameos or small, but significant, character parts. He memorably played Pontius Pilate in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat (1996), and Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006); he appeared as himself in films as varied as Christiane F. (1981), Zoolander (2001) and Bandslam (2009); and he was endearingly strange as an FBI agent in the opening section of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).His most important and iconic film role by far is his starring role as the titular alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth »

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David Bowie, The Actor

14 January 2016 3:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

David Bowie’s death came as a shock to many. I had awoken during a night of restless sleep and decided to put on Bowie’s newest album as I tried to fall back asleep. Before I had drifted off again there was an alert on my phone, a rarity that late at night. It was difficult to believe that David Bowie could be dead, so soon after releasing a new album, but the announcement of his death felt even stranger, coming at the moment of my personal connection with his music. There will be no more music from Bowie, but his connection to the arts extends beyond his music. In fact, beyond being a trailblazing musician, Bowie was also an accomplished actor. That part of his oeuvre was understandably subservient to his music, but was nonetheless underrecognized.

Part of what made Bowie’s acting so captivating was that he »

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David Bowie: The Fascinating Filmography of a Cracked Actor

11 January 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Bowie’s relationship to cinema and acting was characteristically complex and knotty even before he started: He famously had to change his name from Davy Jones because there was already a British actor with that name making major waves in music as part of the mega-hit TV manufactured band, the Monkees.

For an artist who transformed rock and roll music to great acclaim and financial rewards, David Bowie’s work as an actor never matched the notoriety and success of his recordings and concerts. But Bowie accomplished a feat that eluded Elvis and many other pantheon rockers who attempted to crossover from rock stardom to films and starred in a movie that has endured as a legitimate work of art: Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterwork, “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” (The other contender for that distinction is Mick Jagger, whose “Performance” is ranked as a masterwork of British »

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Music Icon/Actor David Bowie Dies

11 January 2016 12:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Upi:

David Bowie, one of rock music’s most talented musicians, and most iconic and lasting figures, died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

The rock legend released his final album, Blackstar, on Friday, his 69th birthday.

David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” the official statement read. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

The message was also posted on Bowie’s official Facebook page.

His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, posted this photo on his Twitter page.

Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016

As an actor, he appeared as everything from an alien in the movie »

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David Bowie, the Actor: Nine of His Most Memorable Movie Roles

11 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The music world suffered a huge blow with the loss of David Bowie. It would be heard to overestimate the influence he had as a rock star, but Bowie, who died early on Monday, also brought his magic to movies as well. Today, we're taking a moment to count off the great cinematic roles for which we'll also remember him. 1. Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986) And this list has to start with Jareth, a role that served as an introduction to David Bowie for a generation of '80s babies. Jareth is weirdly cool and weirdly sexy to the »

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David Bowie, the Actor: Nine of His Most Memorable Movie Roles

11 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The music world suffered a huge blow with the loss of David Bowie. It would be heard to overestimate the influence he had as a rock star, but Bowie, who died early on Monday, also brought his magic to movies as well. Today, we're taking a moment to count off the great cinematic roles for which we'll also remember him. 1. Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986) And this list has to start with Jareth, a role that served as an introduction to David Bowie for a generation of '80s babies. Jareth is weirdly cool and weirdly sexy to the »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Why movies and TV could never resist a David Bowie song on the soundtrack

11 January 2016 8:26 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On a cross-country flight yesterday evening, I watched "Sleeping with Other People," a really sharp romantic comedy starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. In one scene, Brie, high on Molly while attending a birthday party, leads a group of kids in a dance to David Bowie's "Modern Love." Across the aisle at the time, another of the passengers was watching "The Martian," and had just gotten up to the montage scored to Bowie's "Starman." I took note of the coincidence, but only long enough to note that Bowie's music had appeared on a whole lot of movie and TV soundtracks over the decades, as you might expect from an artist with a career as long, brilliant, and varied as Bowie's. A few hours later, I was on the ground, and the news was out that Bowie was dead of cancer at 69. Unable to sleep, I began combing his IMDb page, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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David Bowie, Legendary Rocker And Actor, Dead At Age 69

11 January 2016 7:45 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Bowie starred in the 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

David Bowie, one of the most iconic rock and rollers of all time, has died after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Bowie exploded onto the British rock scene in 1969 and quickly became an international sensation. Over the decades he remained relevant by constantly reinventing himself and producing a wide range of music. He even created an alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, who simultaneously built an equally enthusiastic audience. Cinema Retro readers should also recall that Bowie had a successful career as an actor as well. His first appearance on screen was as an extra in the 1969 film "The Virgin Soldiers" but over the decades he won acclaim for his performances that afforded him leading roles and the chance to play memorable supporting characters as well. His film credits include "The Man Who Fell to Earth »

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Thn Remembers David Bowie: Our Favourite Bowie Moments On Film

11 January 2016 7:39 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

David Bowie’s Best Film Moments

As if Monday wasn’t a hard enough day to get through, today we’ve also had to cope with the tragic passing of David Bowie. He was a true icon and legend of the music industry and had an uncanny chameleon knack for reinvention, managing to transcend all manor of boundaries. Bowie is beloved to the world for the music and magic that he brought into our lives and the way in which he changed the industry.

His songs didn’t only have a massive effect on the world of music, they also impacted on the medium of film. You only have to look at the soundtracks portion of the late musician’s IMDb page to see just how many movies have been enriched by his vocals. That of course wasn’t the end of Bowie’s contribution to the film industry as »

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David Bowie dies at 69 after long fight with cancer

11 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.

Bowie, whose hits included "Space Oddity," ''Fame," ''Heroes" and "Let's Dance," died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family, representative Steve Martin said early Monday. The singer had fought cancer for 18 months.

Long before alter egos and wild outfits became commonplace in pop, Bowie turned the music world upside down with the release of the 1972 album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" which introduced one of music's most famous personas. Ziggy Stardust was a concept album that imagined a rock star from outer space trying to make his way in the music world. The persona - the red-headed, eyeliner wearing Stardust - would become an enduring part of his legacy, »

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David Bowie Dies at 69 After 18-Month Cancer Battle, Stars Pay Tribute

11 January 2016 6:07 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to believe, but we're now living in a world without David Bowie. The music legend died January 10, just two days after both turning 69 and releasing his final album, "Blackstar."

After initial hopes that it was just another death hoax, the sad news was slowly confirmed online, including this post on Facebook:

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with...

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones, further confirmed the sad news, although he didn't elaborate on the star's surprising battle with cancer:

Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016

According to CNN, Duncan Jones's mother, Bowie's first wife, Angela, is sequestered on the U.K. series "Celebrity Big Brother." Producers told »

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