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Review: 'One More Time' With Amber Heard And Christopher Walken Is A Low-Key Pleasure With Big Rewards

At some point, perhaps around the mid-nineties when he banged out roles in films as varied as "Pulp Fiction" and "Excess Baggage," — or maybe when he voiced his need for more cowbell in 2000, who’s to say, really — Christopher Walken entered an actorly realm of self-parody that few stars are ever able to fully escape. What set Walken apart from the pack was the sense that he was in on the joke, that he was happily playing up his cadence and his dancing purely for our benefit, and that it had zero bearing on his actual (and profound) ability to leave that stuff behind when his work required him to do so. Yet that doesn’t dilute the pure pleasure of watching Walken marry those two ideals — the hammy Walken and the serious Walken — into one irrepressibly charming character in Robert Edwards’ darling “One More Time.” Read More: Watch: Christopher Walken
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Review: 'A Perfect Day' Starring Benicio Del Toro & Tim Robbins Feels Like A Middling TV Pilot

Review: 'A Perfect Day' Starring Benicio Del Toro & Tim Robbins Feels Like A Middling TV Pilot
Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately,
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Cannes Review: Bosnian Aid Worker Comedy 'A Perfect Day' Starring Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins & Olga Kurylenko

Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately,
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Tribeca Review: 'When I Live My Life Over Again' With Christopher Walken & Amber Heard

At some point – perhaps around the mid-nineties when he banged out roles in films as varied as "Pulp Fiction" and "Excess Baggage," maybe when he voiced his need for more cowbell in 2000, who’s to say, really – Christopher Walken entered an actorly realm of self-parody that few stars are ever able to fully escape. What set Walken apart from the pack was the sense that he was in on the joke, that he was happily playing up his cadence and his dancing purely for our benefit, and that it had zero bearing on his actual (and profound) ability to leave that stuff behind when his work required him to do so. Yet that doesn’t dilute the pure pleasure of watching Walken marry those two ideals – the hammy Walken, the serious Walken – into one irrepressibly charming character in Robert Edwards’ darling “When I Live My Life Over Again.” Read More:
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Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy

Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy
Iggy Azalea paid tribute to cult teen classic Clueless in her recent music video for 'Fancy'.

The Australian rapper appears as Alicia Silverstone's iconic character Cher in the video, which was released online last week.

As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:

Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)

Alicia Silverstone played seemingly shallow socialite Cher - famously branded "a virgin who can't drive" and "hymenally challenged" - in the high-school adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser.
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Alicia Admits Post-'Clueless' Career Mistakes

Alicia Admits Post-'Clueless' Career Mistakes
Alicia Silverstone will always be remembered for her star-making turn in 1995's surprise hit Clueless -- and then failing to meet expectations as Hollywood's next "It" girl.

In a new interview with Bullett magazine, the now 35-year-old poses in sexy lingerie and talks to her Clueless director Amy Heckerling about that tumultuous time in her life.

"There are so many things I would have done differently after Clueless, but I think we all have that period in our lives where we think, if I could just press the restart button!," she candidly admits.

Trading on her sudden popularity, a then 18-year-old Alicia got her own production company, First Kiss Productions, and put out the critical bomb Excess Baggage.

"When I was 5 years old, I used to go to my dad's office -- he had a little real estate company. I would sit at a desk and photocopy things and act like I was his secretary. Looking back, I
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Cameron Diaz, Benicio del Toro Pair for Action-Comedy

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Cameron Diaz, Benicio del Toro Pair for Action-Comedy
Benicio del Toro may have proved too expensive for the sequel to Star Trek, but it seems like an independently financed action-comedy co-starring Cameron Diaz could meet his quote. Entitled, uh, Agent: Century 21, it will star Diaz as a real-estate agent who is kidnapped and thrust into the middle of a Mexican drug war involving Del Toro. Someone is still chasing the career high of Excess Baggage, it seems.
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Khan Or No Khan, Benicio Del Toro Won't Be In 'Star Trek' Sequel

Khan Or No Khan, Benicio Del Toro Won't Be In 'Star Trek' Sequel
Benicio Del Toro's always seemed a little uneasy with the idea of stardom. He's been working in the big leagues, on-and-off, since "Licence To Kill" in 1989, and took a big leap up with his near-incomperehensible performance in "The Usual Suspects," but every time he steps towards the A-list, he seems to take two steps back. After "The Usual Suspects?" Botched Alicia Silverstone rom-com "Excess Baggage." After his Oscar-winning performance in "Traffic?" The mediocre "Fugitive"-riff "The Hunted." After his titanic lead in "Che?" Seemingly falling asleep through most of "The Wolfman."  The actor will crop up next year in Oliver Stone's "Savages," but had a pretty big offer made to him of late that promised to be his highest profile role to date; he was J.J. Abrams' choice to play the villain in the sequel to "Star Trek." More fuss was kicked up in the...
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Stacey Dash: Highs and lows from 'Clueless' to 'Single Ladies'

One of our all-time favorite supporting ladies staged a big return Memorial Day weekend, with Stacey Dash's starring turn on VH1's "Single Ladies."

The Queen Latifah-produced primetime soap has "Sex and the City" aspirations, and for a lot of viewers, it may be their first time seeing Dash since she introduced "hymenally challenged" and "vehicular sex" to the pop culture lexicon as Dionne Davenport in "Clueless."

She's been a busy little bee, though. Here are some of our favorite (and least favorite) uses of her talent since we fell in love with her in 1995...

Low: "Illegal in Blue," 1995

Capitalizing on a "Clueless" boost, this direct-to-video noir came out around the same time as Dash's theatrical breakthrough. Unfortunately, it also included a pretty gritty sex scene.

High: "Clueless: the series," 1996-1999

Alicia Silverstone may have had "better things" to do after the film -- we saw "Excess Baggage,
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The 12 best pure Hollywood action movies of the 1990s

There’s plenty of guns, violence and one-liners, as we count down the best 12 Hollywood action movies of the 1990s…

What is an action film? That's been the tricky question that we've had to unconvincingly answer before putting this list of titles together.

Personally, I'm a massive fan of the Harrison Ford movie Clear And Present Danger, but have held off including it here because the action moments are few and far between (there's one really good sequence, but not too much else action-wise). And to be fair, one or two of the movies that have made the cut here could have a similar argument at least wafted in their direction. It's not been an easy list to compile.

But the 12 I've picked here - and I've kept it to Hollywood blockbuster flicks - are action movies at heart, even if the accelerator is relaxed for periods within the films chosen.
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Do You Buy Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro as a Rom-Com Couple?

Do You Buy Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro as a Rom-Com Couple?
Who remembers 1997? I know, it was a very long time ago, but it was a special year in that it gave us two slightly similar romantic comedies based around Stockholm syndrome. The first to be released, Excess Baggage, co-stars Benicio del Toro as a car thief and unintentional kidnapper who falls for the rich brat (Alicia Silverstone) he's accidentally abducted. Two months later there was Danny Boyle's better version, A Life Less Ordinary, in which Cameron Diaz plays the spoiled rich girl who falls for her captor (Ewan McGregor). Why am I taking this nostalgic trip into the dueling rom-coms of yesteryear, you ask? Because Deadline reports that Del Toro and Diaz have been perfectly cast together in a new romantic comedy with the awesomely bad pun title An Ex to Grind.

Based on a novel by Jane Heller, the movie will unfortunately not involve a kidnapping. However, it
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Benicio Del Toro has An Ex to Grind with Cameron Diaz

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Here comes another rom-com, except this time there's no sight of Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Aniston. Fox acquired the rights to An Ex To Grind, a novel by Jane Heller. In a packaged deal with the rights, came Benicio Del Toro and Cameron Diaz starring opposite one another. That's correct, but Benicio has taken this leap before with another blonde. Anyone remember Excess Baggage with Alicia Silverstone? It's the story of a star athlete (Del Toro) who supports his waitress wife (Diaz)...
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Top 7 Bad Couple Chemistry Movies

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

The genre doesn’t seem to matter anymore, every movie seems to boil down to the onscreen pair. Even supernatural movies like Twilight thrive on the romance aspect. Forget the plot, forget the jokes, it’s all about the chemistry onscreen. You either have it or you don’t. It’s too early to tell, but looks like Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler’s latest outing is going to be another dud for this exact reason. Besides Marley and Me, Aniston hasn’t shined on the big screen, and we can chalk that one up to a dog. This time she’s opposite Butler and nothing against him, but the two just don’t seem to click like you want from your onscreen couple.

In honor of what I’m expecting to be some pretty nauseating chemistry in The Bounty Hunter, I
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Benicio del Toro Career Assessment

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Subject: Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (a.k.a., Benicio del Toro), 42-year-old Puerto Rican actor

Date of Assessment: February 12, 2010

Positive Buzzwords: Subtle, restrained, captivating

Negative Buzzwords: Mumbling, marble-mouth, mrrphhh

The Case: I'll be totally honest here and admit that I was pretty late to latch onto the Benicio del Toro phenomenon. He never really registered on my radar for his role in Big Top Peewee or while playing a James Bond villain (the youngest one in history) in License to Kill, and neither of these films were exactly worth re-exploring for the purposes for this column. It suffices to say that, when I first took notice of Benicio, it was when he starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in the ill-conceived caper Excess Baggage. Boy, did I feel sorry for him, but the fellow did make an impression (even over an unusually lackluster Christopher Walken) as the only salvageable aspect of the movie.
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'The Bounty Hunter' trailer: They're dead seri--

'The Bounty Hunter' trailer: They're dead seri--
In this spring's The Bounty Hunter, Gerard Butler plays a man hired to track down his bail-skipping ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. Shame spiral alert: Now I can't stop thinking about 1997's Excess Baggage, because the damsels-in-"distress" in both films use their cell phones while locked in the trunk. I was a little obsessed with Alicia Silverstone's yellow jacket in that terrible movie, which I watched all the time because it was never not on cable. Anyway, are you guys handcuffed to the idea of Gerard Butler as an ultimate rom-com hearthrob? Do you like the trailer or do you
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Tired of Elevator Music? How About Elevator Movie?

I wish I found out about this sooner, but the recently opened New York chapter of the Standard Hotel has installed this amazing video art in their elevator. As guests go up and down floors, they'll see this collage of video clips meant to depict the ascension from Hell to Heaven, or the other way around, if you're going to the lobby.

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The project is titled Civilization, put together by artist Marco Brambilla (director of Demolition Man and Excess Baggage) and design studio Crush. It's comprised of close to 500 looping pop culture clips, many of them popular and classic movies. Can you identify them all?

There's Ghostbusters, 300, Superman 2, The Seven Year Itch, The Fall, Sin City, Rent, Scarface, Enchanted, The Lord of the Rings, Zardoz, Planet Terror, Close Encounters of the Third Kind... It goes on and on! Crazy stuff.

To see more details, watch it in high-definition here.
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Watch this: From Hell to Heaven all in an elevator ride

One of my pals emailed me today about an interesting video mural that's installed in the elevator of the Standard Hotel in New York City. Displayed through the glass wall inside the elevator is a surreal, short film created by director Marco Brambilla, the guy that gave us the cheesy '90s flicks Demolition Man and Excess Baggage and then fell off of Hollywood's radar. Brambilla was asked by the owner of the Standard Hotel to think up a film that the elevator passengers could watch while going up or down. Given complete autonomy to dream up whatever he liked, Brambilla came up with "Civilization", a three-minute video showing a journey from Hell to Heaven -- or, if you're headed from a top floor down, Heaven to Hell -- using clips from hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years. The end product is fascinating, trippy, mesmerizing and I would imagine
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