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Christopher Walken To Play Ape Leader King Louie In 'Jungle Book'

July 29th, 2014 8:43am EDT
Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken is the latest star to join Jon Favreau's "Jungle Book" remake. He will play ape leader King Louie. Singer Louis Prima played Louie in the 1967 Disney film adaptation.

The movie centers on Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, who is friends with a bear and a panther and whose enemy is a tiger.

Newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli, the orphan. The live-action/animation adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book will also feature Idris Elba (villanous tiger Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong'o (mother wolf Raksha), Scarlett Johansson (python Kaa) and Ben Kingsley (panther Bagheera).

In addit...
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Christopher Walken To Play Captain Hook In NBC's Live Adaptation Of 'Peter Pan'

July 14th, 2014 12:40am EDT
Christopher Walken To Play Captain Hook In NBC's Live Adaptation
Christopher Walken has signed on to play Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" holiday season special.

The actor, who is the first star cast in the production, said, "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 (producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after (2007 film adaptation of) Hairspray.

"It's a chance to put on my tap shoes again," Walken added in his statement.

Producers tried to land actress Kristen Bell for the title role, according to E! Online, but...
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Christopher Walken To Star In Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

July 24th, 2013 10:33am EDT
Christopher Walken
Director Clint Eastwood has chosen renowned actor Christopher Walken to lead the cast of his upcoming Jersey Boys movie.

Eastwood is working on a big screen adaptation of the Broadway show about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and he has signed up the Oscar winner in a key role as a New Jersey mobster who helped the group build a music career.

According to Deadline.com, Walken will star as Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo in the film, and previous reports suggest the director has chosen a young cast of rising stars to play Valli and his bandmates.

Broadway star John Lloyd Young, who played Va...
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Interview: 'Stand Up Guys' Helmer Fisher Stevens On Directing Icons, Memorable Acting And Duty To Docs

May 23rd, 2013 10:15am EDT
Stand Up Guys
Nothing says talented like a show business journeyman and for busy actor/producer/director Fisher Stevens it’s all in a days work.  On the acting front Stevens has created a ton of past memorable work in films like "My Science Project," "Short Circuit" and "Hackers."  His producing work on important documentaries has not only made a social and environmental impact, but in the case of "The Cove" garnered Academy Awards as well.  And on the directing front its full steam ahead as his latest effort, the Christopher Walken/Al Pacino/Alan Arkin starring flick titled "Stand Up Guys," hits DVD/Blu...
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Robert De Niro, Evan Rachel Wood & More Stars Attend Tribeca Film Festival Kick-Off Party

April 17th, 2013 9:37pm EDT
Evan Rachel Wood
On Tuesday night, celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, director Baz Luhrmann and Sienna Miller helped Robert De Niro kick off the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival by attending the Vanity Fair gala in New York City.

Each year, De Niro, festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal, and Vanity Fair editor Gradyon Carter host a bash at the state supreme courthouse on the eve of the festival's opening.

A pregnant Evan Rachel Wood (above), Mira Sorvino, Gretchen Mol, Karolina Kurkova, Jimmy Buffet, Christopher Walken and author Salman Rushdie were also guests at the event.

According to Rosenthal, security was...
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Christopher Walken Glad He Never Had Kids

March 22nd, 2013 1:34pm EDT
Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken is glad he's never had children during his 50 year marriage to Georgianne Thon because he thinks it would have ended his acting career.

The Seven Psychopaths star - who has been married to casting director Georgianne Thon for almost 50 years - is content without having become a father as it would have affected his acting ambitions.

Asked if his career would have been possible with children, he told The Guardian newspaper: "Absolutely not. I'm sure many of the kids I knew as a child would have continued in show business, but they had kids of their own [and] had to do so...
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5 Fun Facts About 'Stand Up Guys' Star Christopher Walken

January 31st, 2013 10:00am EST
Stand Up Guys
Christopher Walken’s trademark looks, too-cool demeanor and sly eyes make him the ideal mobster. And if nothing else, his gangbuster performance in the upcoming movie “Stand Up Guys” demonstrates it too.

Walken plays Doc, an aging mobster that reunites with long lost comrades Val (Al Pacino) and Hirsch (Alan Arkin). The veteran gangster trio reminisce about their glory days and discover they still have what it takes to stir up trouble. But unbeknownst to Val, Doc’s under contract to kill him, adding an unexpected twist to the action-packed comedic plot.

We’ve enjoyed Walken’s attention-gr...
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Christopher Walken: 'I Was Like A Caveman For 8 Days'

November 12th, 2012 10:33am EST
Christopher Walken
After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the power to Christopher Walken's Connecticut home, the actor lived "like a caveman" for over a week.

Millions of east coast residents were left without electricity or hot water after Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 29, and Walken, 69, was forced to survive with bare essentials.

He told the New York Post, "I don't have an iPad, I don't have a cellphone, I don't have a computer...so when the trees went down, I was in the dark. I was like a caveman for eight days! The lights went out...and that meant no water, no phones, no light!

"And this time of year, i...
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Review: 'Seven Psychopaths' Is The Must See Film Of 2012

October 12th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Seven Psychopaths
What does one little Shih Tzu named BONNY, Seven Psychopaths and one screenwriter suffering from writer's block have in common?

Everything...At least in my favorite film of 2012 so far.

Screenwriter, Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is way past his deadline on his latest screenplay. If that's not enough to cause the poor dude major stress, his passive-aggressive girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) is about to walk out on him.

Lucky for Marty, his BFF sometime actor/full time dognapper, Billy (Sam Rockwell, in a tour de force performance) is sticking by him; actually a little too much.

In fact...
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Al Pacino Injures His Eye On 'Stand Up Guys' Set

April 25th, 2012 10:36am EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino was treated by medics on the set of his new movie Stand Up Guys after hurting his eye in an explosive gun-wielding scene.

The Scarface legend has teamed up with fellow veteran star Christopher Walken for the movie, in which two ageing gangsters enjoy one last job.

The pair filmed a gunfight sequence on the streets of Los Angeles, with both firing off fake pistols in front of the cameras on Monday.

However, Pacino was left wincing in pain after the scene wrapped, and medics had to wash out his eye with solution.

It's not known how the actor was injured.
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Christopher Walken And Robert De Niro Heading To 'Last Vegas' With Michael Douglas

April 20th, 2012 11:31am EDT
Christopher Walken
Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken are set to reunite onscreen for the first time since their Oscar-winning turn in The Deer Hunter to play pensioners at a stag party.

Fellow Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas has already signed up to star in upcoming comedy Last Vegas - dubbed "The Hangover with old people" - and rumors are swirling that De Niro and Walken will join him.

It will be the first time the pair has worked together onscreen since 1978 Vietnam movie The Deer Hunter, which landed Walken an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and De Niro an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
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Natalie Wood's Sister Wants Answers From Robert Wagner

November 25th, 2011 10:10am EST
Robert Wagner
Natalie Wood's sister is demanding her former brother-in-law Robert Wagner clears up a series of unanswered questions about the actress' 1981 death as police detectives re-open their investigation into the tragedy.

Lana Wood has been campaigning for answers for years and now she hopes actor Wagner finally opens up about what really happened the night her sister drowned off the coast of California.

Wood was believed to have died after falling overboard as her husband and their friend Christopher Walken had fallen asleep following a Thanksgiving party aboard Wagner's yacht The Splendour - ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Kill The Irishman'

June 16th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Kill Irishman photo
If you think you’re tough, check out the gusto of this hooded gangster! Out June 14 from the good folks over at Anchor Bay is the star-studded new mobster story entitled "Kill The Irishman" starring the likes of Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken. Want to see if the juice is worth the squeeze – check out the review and extras look below!

Title: Kill The Irishman

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Website: www.anch...
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Check Out 'Kill The Irishman' On DVD & Blu-ray June 14

June 11th, 2011 7:33am EDT
To Kill The Irishman
Based on author Rick Porrello's book "To Kill the Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia," director Jonathan Hensleigh's richly detailed biopic details the rise and fall of notorious Cleveland union rep Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), who earned notoriety in the mid-'70s for his bold willingness to defy the Italian mob.

Raised on the mean streets of Cleveland, Greene's tough reputation eventually lands him a contact with the local mob. Before long, the scrappy local has become a mafia enforcer, but after forming an alliance with notorious gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio) and burnin...
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Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

January 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EST
Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live
With such an iconic sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live, it can be very disappointing when the host fails to excite us. Some celebrity hosts surprise the audience and are actually funny like Brian Williams

, whereas some bomb terribly like January Jones, Michael Phelps and Paris Hilton. Most likely if Lorne Michaels invites the celebrity to host again, it's a good sign like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Bon Jovi. A few other phenomenal past hosts were Justin Timberlake, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Britney S...
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31 Days Of Horror Week 4: 'The Sentinel,' 'Night of the Living Dead,' & More

October 30th, 2009 11:30am EDT
31 Days Of Horror Week 4
With Halloween just a day away, Starpulse writer Kris King is reaching the final stages of his horror movie marathon. This week Kris gets cozy with a Good Guy doll with a "Child's Play" double feature, stands guard at the gates of Hell

in "The Sentinel," and fights off a mental assault from Nazi Alien Grasshoppers in "Quatermass and the Pit."

October 22 - The Sentinel (1977)

There are a staggering amount of famous people in "The Sentinel," and nary a one of them has a major role. When starting the movie, seeing Beverly D'Angelo impulsively masturbate towards the camera was probably the...
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Q&A: Bill Hader On His First Leading Role 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs'

September 16th, 2009 9:37am EDT
Bill Hader
"Knocked Up," "SuperBad," Hot Rod," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Tropic Thunder," "The Pineapple Express, Adventureland." All films -- released just in the last two years -- featuring (obviously, from the title of this post) "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader. Bill Hader now takes on his first leading role, sort of, as wayward inventor Flint Lockwood in the new 3-D animated feature, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Hader, in this one on one interview, discusses with us the challenges of voice over work, his recent success in films as a supporting character and how all of this would ...
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Five Tremendous Quentin Tarantino Films

August 19th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Inglorious Basterds
This week we finally get to see one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer: "Inglorious Basterds." Like all Quentin Tarantino aficionados, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this World War II action epic since it was in development.

Tarantino's films have had a profound impact on those that have an appreciation for cinema. His use of excessive violence as a form of social commentary, his references to classic movies, and his nontraditional narrative structure has remarkably influenced modern moviemaking since he hit the scene in the early 1990s.

With the rele...
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When Good Actors Do Bad Movies

August 7th, 2009 9:20am EDT
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
Entering theatres with a torrent of bad buzz, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" has all the makings of a big-time flop - not necessarily a shock given the thin source material.

What is surprising, however, is the appearance of indie stalwart and critically acclaimed actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of Cobra Commander. It's not the kind of fare he's normally associated with, but he isn't the first good actor to show up in a bad, bad film.

Why does this happen? There are myriad reasons, but these are the most popular:

Material temptation: It's not easy turning down a $20 million ...
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Kate Gosselin's Dating Profile, Walken Impressions, Rednecks & More (Videos)

July 13th, 2009 3:00pm EDT
Kate Gosselin
Today's videos include Kate Gosselin's Match.com profile - another classic from "Funny or Die!"... a montage of rednecks doing stupid stuff & some fantastic Christopher Walken impressions done by Asians. Speaking of Asians, there's also a video of "Cutey Honey", whose claim to fame is being the first female Manga character. We're still not entirely sure what exactly Manga is, but we know it has something to do with Japan and comic books and weird characters with really strange powers. And finally, a new kind of 'booty call'. Check 'em all out!

A video montage of rednecks doing redn...
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Exclusive: Tim Meadows On 'The Bill Engvall Show' And His Favorite Moments On 'SNL'

July 9th, 2009 10:59am EDT
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows joins us to discuss the upcoming season of "The Bill Engvall Show" (premiering July 18 on TBS). He continues the discussion -- that we had previously begun with Nancy Travis -- about the state of the American sitcom and looks back at his favorite moments on "Saturday Night Live," throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game and tries to answer why, actually, did he sign that SNL 30 year contract.

Mike: How did you get involved with "The Bill Engvall Show"? I've followed your career for some time; I really like you on the show but, I admit, I didn't completely see this one comi...
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Rockin' and Reelin': Seven Spectacular Movie Concerts

July 7th, 2009 10:00am EDT
School of Rock
Pull out your lighter, turn up the volume, and get ready to throw up the horns. This jammin' compilation is my top seven compilation of climactic movie concerts. Why seven? Seven is a nice odd number.

When I first decided to form a list of top movie concerts, I thought having a wealth of film knowledge would help me out. Sitting down to draft the list however, I found myself at a loss for ideas. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, and plots sat jumbled together in my head.

After thinking for a few days and taking a stroll through my neighborhood Blockbuster's going out of bu...
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Zac Efron: The Next Leonardo DiCaprio Or Corey Feldman?

May 14th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Zac Efron
In theory, being a teen heartthrob seems like a pretty sweet gig. They never have to wait for tables at restaurants, they have throngs of adoring fans, and they get to date gorgeous models and actresses. Basically, they are given a first class ticket for life, which means more leg room, no middle seats, and cashews instead of peanuts.

But as appetizing as all that sounds, teen heartthrobdom isn't all that it's cracked up to be. It can be a dicey business that often comes at a hefty price because it doesn't guarantee that the ensuing path will be paved quite as goldenly as the yellow b...
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Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...
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Our Favorite Bug-Eyed Celebrities

April 21st, 2009 10:11am EDT
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
In Hollywood, you've got show-stopping performances and eye-popping beauties. But what about those Hollywood beauties whose eyes just pop? Some celebrities are recognized by their plunger lips, or by their adorable pair of dimples, while others are distinguished by their bulging peepers. The bug-eye feature is very hit or miss, however. On one hand, bug-eyes have the ability to create unconventional gorgeosity in a person, but on the other hand, they are also capable of making good faces go Muppet.

Christina Ricci falls into the former category of bug-eyed celebrities. Her sizeable...
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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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An Insider's Look At 'SNL' Behind The Scenes

April 1st, 2009 10:53am EDT
SNL
I am a Saturday Night Live junkie - so much so that at times I have trouble hiding how big of a fan when that little thing called professionalism may be at stake. It was so apparent in the interview I conducted with current featured player Bobby Moynihan - a self-described "SNL" nerd himself - that he casually mentioned the prospect of me attending a show.

Now I could tell Bobby was a really nice guy, but I thought he was just trying to be polite. I was pleasantly surprised (read: screamed like a 12 year old girl!) when a week later he followed up on that invitation and asked if I wan...
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The Best & Worst Of Julia Roberts

March 27th, 2009 9:26am EDT
Mary Reilly
As one of the highest paid actresses in the world, it is no surprise that Julia Roberts has a long and varied career to admire. She started out as a romantic comedy charmer, and she has done several of them even after her vast popularity, but eventually Roberts moved into more dramatic filmmaking and huge box office hits.

She was the first actress to be on the cover of Vogue, and she is undoubtedly considered one of America's Sweethearts, so much so that she actually starred in a movie of the same name! Beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and hard working, Roberts has been in a numbe...
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Rob Schneider Talks About 'Big Stan', 'SNL' And His Famous Feuds

March 26th, 2009 11:26am EDT
Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider has never been one to back away from controversy and as we discussed his new film Big Stan -- released on DVD this week -- this became all the more apparent as this interview went along. Rob is very candid about what he thinks of a fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus and expresses his love for Roger Ebert, a man he once engaged in a very public dispute.

Mike: So, how was the transition to directing?

Rob: Not a big transition because I always felt I had a hand in directing all my movies. So, I really knew what I wanted and it took so many months to finally get the m...
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Check Out 'Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology' On DVD March 10

March 7th, 2009 7:23am EST
Batman Anthology
This year the Bat goes Blu! All four box office "Batman" hits will be released on Blu-Ray for the very first time!

Batman - Batman (Michael Keaton) vs. The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the amazing first extravaganza! With Kim Basinger.

Batman Returns - The Bat (Michael Keaton), the Cat (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Penguin (Danny DeVito). And Christopher Walken, too!

Batman Forever - Riddle me this: The Dark Knight (Val Kilmer) bat-battles Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). With Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell.

Batman & Robin - Will Mr. Freeze (Arnold Sch...
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