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Christopher Walken is a legend in Hollywood. You gotta admit, the man's got style. Granted, it's a kind of odd style, but style nonetheless. Though you think you may know everything about the man who brought “more cowbell” to the cultural lexicon and...
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Christopher Walken

Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken) delivering the trademark line: "I gotta have more cowbell!...baby."

Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award winning American actor of stage and screen, on which he has spent more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including A View to a Kill, At Close Range, The Deer Hunter, King of New York, Batman Returns and Pulp Fiction, as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fat Boy Slim.

Walken, gained a cult following in the 1990s as the Archangel Gabriel in the first three The Prophecy movies, as well as his frequent guest-host appearances on Saturday Night Live, his most notable being Bruce Dickinson in the "More Cowbell" sketch. In the United States, films featuring Walken have grossed over $1.8 billion. He has also played the main role in the Shakespeare plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Coriolanus. His most famous film roles were Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter and in Pulp Fiction, as Captain Koons, a Vietnam War veteran, which has since become a pop culture icon, despite his appearance being less than ten minutes in length.

Walken debuted as a film director and script writer with the short (five-minute) film Popcorn Shrimp in 2001. He also wrote and acted the main role in a play about Elvis Presley titled Him in 1995.

He has nominated 2 Academy Awards (won one of them), 2 BAFTA Awards (won one of them), Tony Award, Emmy Award and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards (won one of them).

Walken was born Ronald Walken (named after actor Ronald Colman) into a Methodist family in Astoria, Queens, New York. His mother, Rosalie, was a Scottish immigrant, and his father, Paul Walken, emigrated from Germany. Both of his parents were bakers. Restaurateur and TV cooking show host Lidia Bastianich worked at the Walkens' bakery as a young girl.

Influenced by their mother's own dreams of stardom, he and his brothers Kenneth and Glenn were child actors on television in the 1950s. Walken studied at Hofstra University on Long Island, but did not graduate. Walken initially trained as a dancer in musical theater before moving on to dramatic roles in theater and then film.

Over the next 20 years, he appeared frequently on television, landed an experimental film role in Me and My Brother, and had a thriving career in theater. In 1964, he changed his name to "Christopher" at the suggestion of a friend who believed the name suited him better. Coincidentally, Walken's last credited role under the name "Ronnie" was a character with the name of "Chris". Nowadays, he prefers to be known informally as "Chris" instead of "Christopher".

Walken made his feature film debut with a small role opposite Sean Connery in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes in 1971. In 1972's The Mind Snatchers a.k.a The Happiness Cage, Walken played his first starring role. In this science fiction film, which deals with mind control and normalization, he plays a sociopathic American soldier stationed in Germany.

Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall has Walken playing the suicidal brother of Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). In 1978, he appeared in Shoot the Sun Down, a western filmed in 1976 that costarred Margot Kidder. Along with Nick Nolte, Walken was considered by George Lucas for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars; the part ultimately went to Harrison Ford.

Walken won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter. He plays a young Pennsylvania steelworker who is emotionally destroyed by the Vietnam War. To help achieve a gaunt appearance for the role, Walken ate nothing but bananas and rice for a week.

Walken's first film of the 1980s was the controversial Heaven's Gate, helmed by Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino. Walken also starred in the 1981 action adventure The Dogs of War, directed by John Irvin. Walken then played schoolteacher-turned-psychic Johnny Smith in David Cronenberg's 1983 adaptation of Stephen King's The Dead Zone. That same year, Walken also starred in Brainstorm alongside Natalie Wood and (in a minor role) his wife, Georgianne.

In 1985, Walken played a James Bond villain, Max Zorin, in A View to a Kill. Walken dyed his hair blond to befit Zorin's origins as a Nazi experiment. He also played the leading role of Whitley Strieber in 1989's Communion, an autobiographical film written by Streiber that was based on his claims that he and his family were subject to alien abductions.

At Close Range starred Walken as Brad Whitewood, a rural Pennsylvania crime boss who tries to bring his two sons into his empire. His character mostly based on Bruce Johnston.

In Biloxi Blues, Walken convincingly played an eccentric drill sergeant known for his stinging sarcasm and sharp wit, not dissimilar to his real life talents.

The Comfort of Strangers, an art house film directed by Paul Schrader, had the distinction of providing a role for Walken that disturbed even him. He plays Robert, a decadent Italian aristocrat with extreme sexual tastes and murderous tendencies who lives with his wife (Helen Mirren) in Venice.

King of New York, directed by Abel Ferrara, stars Walken as ruthless New York City drug dealer Frank White—recently released from prison and set on reclaiming his criminal territory. In 1992, Walken again played a supporting villain in Batman Returns as millionaire industrialist Max Shreck. Walken's next major film role was opposite Dennis Hopper in True Romance, scripted by Quentin Tarantino. His so-called Sicilian scene has been hailed by critics as the best scene in the film and is the subject of four commentaries on the DVD. Walken has a supporting role in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction as a Vietnam veteran giving his dead comrade's son the family's prized possession—a gold watch—while explaining in graphic detail how he had hidden it from the Vietcong by smuggling it in his rectum, after the boy's father, in whose rectum the watch had previously been concealed, had died of dysentery. Also in 1992, Walken played Bobby, Cassandras manager in Waynes World 2.

Later in 1994, Walken starred in A Business Affair, a rare leading role for him in a romantic comedy. Walken manages to once again feature his trademark dancing scene as he performs the tango. In 1995, he appeared in Wild Side, The Prophecy and the modern vampire flick The Addiction, which was his second collaboration with director Abel Ferrara and writer Nicholas St. John. He also appeared in Nick of Time, which also stars Johnny Depp.

In the 1996 film Last Man Standing, Walken plays a sadistic gangster. That year, he played a prominent role in the video game Ripper, portraying Detective Vince Magnotta. Ripper made extensive use of real-time recorded scenes and a wide cast of celebrities in an interactive movie. In 1997, Walken starred in the comedy films Touch, Excess Baggage and had a minor role in the film Mousehunt. He also appeared in the drama/thriller film Suicide Kings which also filled with suspense and humor.

In 1998, Walken played an influential gay New York theater critic in John Turturro's film Illuminata.

In 1999, Walken played Calvin Webber in the romantic comedy Blast from the Past. Webber is a brilliant but eccentric Caltech nuclear physicist whose fears of a nuclear war lead him to build an enormous fallout shelter beneath his suburban home. The same year, he appeared as the Headless Horseman in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.

Walken also starred in three music videos in the 1990s. His first video role was as the Angel of Death in Madonna's 1993 "Bad Girl"; the second appearance was in Skid Row's "Breakin' Down" video and his third was in Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice video.

In 2000, Walken was cast as the lead, along with Faith Prince, in James Joyce's The Dead on Broadway. A "play with music," The Dead featured music by Shaun Davey, conducted by Charles Prince, with music coordination and percussion by Tom Partington. James Joyce's The Dead won a Tony Award that year for Best Book for a Musical.

Walken had a notable music video performance in 2001 with Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice. Directed by Spike Jonze, it won six MTV awards in 2001 and—in a list of the top 100 videos of all time compiled from a survey of musicians, directors, and music industry figures conducted by UK music TV channel VH1—won Best Video of All Time in April 2002. In this video, Walken performs a tap dance around the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles; Walken also helped choreograph the dance. Also in 2001, Walken played a gangster who was in the witness protection program in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt and an eccentric film director in America's Sweethearts.

Walken played Frank Abagnale, Sr. in Catch Me If You Can. It is inspired by the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist who passed himself off as several identities and forged millions of dollars worth of checks. His portrayal earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Walken also had a part in the 2003 action comedy film The Rundown, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott, in which he plays a ruthless despot. He was nominated for a Razzie (Worst Supporting Actor) in 2002's The Country Bears and in two 2003 movies, Gigli and Kangaroo Jack. Walken also starred in the Ben Stiller/Jack Black film, "Envy" in which he plays J-Man, a crazy guy who helps Ben Stiller's character.

Most recently, he played the role of Morty, a sympathetic inventor who's more than meets the eye in the comedy Click, and he also appeared in Man of the Year, with Robin Williams and Lewis Black. He costarred in the 2007 film adaptation Hairspray—where he is seen singing and dancing in a romantic duet with John Travolta—and he portrayed the eccentric but cruel crime lord and Ping-Pong enthusiast Feng in the 2007 comedy Balls of Fury, opposite Dan Fogler.

Walken is currently in the movie Five Dollars a Day, in which he plays a con man proud of living like a king on $5 a day. He recently completed filming on The Lonely Maiden, a comedy costarring Morgan Freeman, about security guards in an art museum.

Walken can now be found in Universal Studios' "Disaster" attraction (formerly "Earthquake and the Magic of Effects"). Walken portrays the owner of "Disaster Studios" and encourages guests to be extras in his latest film, "Mutha Nature." Walken is projected on a clear screen, much like a life-size hologram, and interacts with the live-action talent.

Walken has attracted a strong cult following as an actor. He is often imitated for his deadpan effect, sudden off-beat pauses, and strange speech rhythm. He is revered for his quality of danger and menace, but his unpredictable deliveries and expressions make him invaluable in comedy as well. Walken is also noted for turning down movie roles only rarely, having stated in interviews that he will decline a role only if he is simply too busy on other projects to take it. He regards each role as a learning experience. In the long-running media franchises of both Batman and James Bond he is the only man to play a villain in both of them (with the exception of voice actors).

He is one of the most frequently impersonated actors in Hollywood. Notable Walken impressionists include Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eddie Izzard, Jay Mohr, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Davis. He is also frequently referenced in various other works of pop culture, such as in the Fountains of Wayne song "Hackensack." Walken remains one of the most popular portrayers of villains among film fans, with a page dedicated entirely to him on the movievillains.com website. MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch aired a match between Walken and Gary Oldman to determine who was the greatest cinematic villain. On February 15, 2008, he accepted Harvard's award as Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

Walken has hosted the comedy sketch and satire TV series Saturday Night Live seven times, and has a standing offer from Lorne Michaels to host the show whenever Walken's schedule permits. One of his more famous SNL performances was a spoof of "Behind the Music," featuring a recording session of Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper." In the guise of record producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with Bruce Dickinson, lead singer for Iron Maiden), Walken makes passionate and slightly unhinged speeches to the band and is obsessed with getting "more cowbell" into the song. He is also known for his part in one of Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch's "The Lovers" skits. His character brought a lady friend to meet The Lovers, and she is instead subjected to learning the past history that Walken's character shares with The Lovers. He also divulges private information about his sex life with his girlfriend, much to her horror ("She ventured places no lover had dared go before...specifically, the ear canal").

Walken also spoofed his role from The Dead Zone in a sketch titled "Ed Glosser: Trivial Psychic," in which the title character had the ability to accurately predict meaningless, trivial future events ("You're going to get an ice cream headache. It's going to hurt real bad—right here—for eight, nine seconds.").

He also spoofed his role from A View to a Kill in a sketch titled "Lease with an Option to Kill," in which he reprised his role as Max Zorin. Zorin, who had taken on some qualities of other notable Bond villains (Blofeld's cat and suit, Emilio Largo's eye patch), was upset that everything was going wrong for him. His lair was still under construction; his henchmen had jump suits that didn't fit; and his shark tank lacked sharks, having a giant sea sponge instead. A captive James Bond, portrayed by Phil Hartman, offered to get Zorin "a good deal" on the abandoned Blofeld volcanic lair if Zorin let him go, to which he reluctantly agreed.

In another appearance, he performed a song and dance rendition of the Irving Berlin standard, "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Finally, there was the "Colonel Angus" sketch, laden with ribald double entendres, in which Walken played a dishonored Confederate officer. Walken's SNL appearances have proved so popular that he is one of the few SNL hosts for whom a Best of... SNL DVD is available (other celebrity hosts who have a Best of... SNL DVD are Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin), an honor usually reserved only for SNL cast members.

Up until 2003, Walken had a recurring SNL sketch called "The Continental," in which Walken played a "suave ladies' man" who in reality can't say or do anything to keep women from giving him the cold shoulder. Though he is outwardly chivalrous, his more perverted tendencies inevitably drive away his date over his pleading objections. For instance, he invites a woman to wash up in his bathroom; once she is inside, it becomes obvious that the bathroom mirror is a two-way mirror when the "Continental" is seen lighting up a cigarette. What distinguishes "The Continental" is that various ladies are never seen; the camera represents their point of view.

Walken most recently hosted Saturday Night Live on April 5, 2008, which was the first (and so far, only) time an episode hosted by Walken didn't have a "Continental" sketch or a monologue where he sings and dances.

The site, Walken2008.com, remains online.

Emails sent to the campaign are posted at Dear Christopher Walken.

Walken has a genetic condition called heterochromia, which is a difference in the color of each eye (one of his is blue and the other is brown).

He is a Protestant Christian and also describes himself as a methodist.

Walken actively maintains a Twitter account.

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Christopher Walken filmography

Christopher Walken in 2007.

Christopher Walken is an Academy Award-winning American actor of stage and screen. Walken is a prolific actor who has spent more than 50 years on stage and screen. He has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, including A View to a Kill, At Close Range, The Deer Hunter, King of New York, Batman Returns and Pulp Fiction, as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna.

Walken's early career began primarily in theatre and television, where he often played small roles with limited appearances. During these early stages of his career, Walken was credited as "Ken Walken" and later as "Ronnie Walken," until finally settling on "Christopher Walken." Walken began acting in films by 1969, and after a series of increasingly larger roles, won an Academy Award in 1978 as Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Deer Hunter. Since then, Walken has become a highly sought-after actor, typically performing in numerous films every year.

Walken has been a primary character in two film franchises: as Gabriel the fallen angel in The Prophecy series, and as Jacob Witting in the made-for-television films based on Patricia MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall novels. Other notable roles include Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone, Captain Koons in Pulp Fiction, and Frank Abagnale Sr. in Catch Me if You Can. He is also co-producer of his film New Rose Hotel and also sing songs in some of his film including Puss in Boots and Hairspray, he also tries to work a jig (dance) into his movies. Christopher Walken also stars in some TV-Series and theater plays. Walken produced, written and directed short film named Popcorn Shrimp, he also stars in another short film named Engine Trouble in 2002. His upcoming projects are Five Dollars a Day and The Lonely Maiden. He has been rumored for the upcoming films The Dirt and Kevin Approaches. His another film, Citizen Brando is in in-production. Some of his films are unreleased like Jungle Juice (2001).

Since his early career in television series, Walken has primarily acted in films. This list includes credits in studio films, independent films, animated films, as well as made-for-television movies. The film Popcorn Shrimp is also included, which Walken wrote, produced, and directed.

In the beginning of his acting career, Walken had relatively small roles in episodes for a number television shows. This list includes appearances in various episodes of fictional shows, while excluding appearances as himself on talk shows, interview shows, ceremonies, and the like.

Christopher Walken has hosted Saturday Night Live a total of seven times, and is therefore part of the "Five-Timers Club", a select group of celebrities who have hosted the show five or more times. Among Walken's roles on the show are as the title character in "The Continental" and as fictional record producer Bruce Dickinson in "More Cowbell". In 2004, The Best of Christopher Walken was released on DVD, featuring highlights from Walken's many appearances on the show.

This list includes complete appearances of Christopher Walken as himself in TV shows except Saturday Night Live.

In addition to acting for film and television, Walken has acted in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions. He has acted more than 100 additional plays including Shakespeare plays. This list includes importants from them.

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King of New York

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King of New York is a 1990 crime film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Steve Buscemi and Giancarlo Esposito. It was directed by independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara and written by his long-time partner and close friend Nicholas St. John.

The production and costs of the film was financed through mainly Italian interests, including Silvio Berlusconi. Reteitalia Spa produced the feature.

The film opens with Frank White (Christopher Walken), a wealthy and powerful drug lord, riding by private limousine into New York over the Queensboro Bridge after being released on parole from Sing Sing from serving time on drug-related charges. Emilio El Zapa (Freddy Howard), a Colombian drug dealer, enters a telephone booth, where he is almost immediately gunned-down by three assailants. As the hit men leave, one of them drops a newspaper headline onto Zapa's lap which announces Frank White's release.

Across town, Zapa's partner, King Tito (Ernest Abuba), sits in a hotel room with Jimmy Jump (Fishburne) and Test Tube (Buscemi), a pair of gangsters who are negotiating the purchase of several kilograms of cocaine. Finally, the two agree to pay Tito $100,000 up front, plus 10% of the street value (transportation costs, Tito quips). When Tito opens the suitcase ostensibly containing the money, however, he discovers that it is full of tampons ("They're for the bullet holes, puta!"). Jump and Test Tube then draw pistols, shoot Tito and his bodyguards to death, and steal the cocaine.

A few hours later, in the presidential suite at the Plaza Hotel, Frank White steps out of the shower to discover that Jump, Test Tube, and the three phone booth killers are waiting for him. They are revealed to be the core members of his gang, and they welcome him home with a gift of champagne and Zapa's briefcase full of money. After an exchange of pleasantries, Frank leaves to meet two of his many lawyers, Joey Dalesio (Paul Calderon) and Jennifer (Janet Julian), for dinner.

After the dinner, during which Frank proclaims himself "reformed", expresses his desire to be elected mayor, and asks Dalesio to set up a meeting with Mafia boss Arty Clay (Frank Gio), he and Jennifer leave to take a ride on the subway, where it is revealed that she is one of his many mistresses. Upon being confronted by three muggers (led by Harold Perrineau), Frank first brandishes his gun, then gives them a wad of money, telling them to ask for him at the Plaza Hotel if they want work.

In Little Italy, Dalesio attempts to set up Frank's meeting with Arty Clay, but the crime lord refuses to accept. Referring to Frank as a "nigger-lover", Clay proceeds to urinate on Dalesio's shoes, and tells him that it's a message for his boss. Upon hearing of this, Frank, Jump, and several other members of the gang arrive at Clay's social club, where Frank tells Clay that he wants a percentage of all Clay's profits. When Clay refuses and insults him to his face, Frank draws his gun and empties it into the mafioso. As he makes his way out, Frank announces to Clay's henchmen that if they don't want to be continually mistreated as they currently are, they can all find employment at the Plaza. Moments later a couple of Clay's goons (including Robert LaSardo) follow Frank out of the door.

The next night, after watching an avant-garde play, Frank confronts a city councilman about the city's failure to continue the funding of a hospital in a poverty-stricken area of the South Bronx. When the councilman explains that there wasn't enough money in the budget, Frank vows to fund the facility himself. Moments later, he is confronted by Detective Roy Bishop (Victor Argo) and his right-hand men, Dennis Gilley (David Caruso) and Thomas Flanigan (Wesley Snipes), three members of the NYPD's narcotics squad, who tell him that they are taking him to police headquarters for questioning. Instead, the three drive him to an abandoned lot, where they show him the body of Emilio El Zapa in the trunk of their car. When Frank refuses to confess to the crime, Gilley and Flanigan beat him. The cops then drive off, leaving Frank to find his own way home.

Apparently unfazed by Bishop's warnings, Frank sends Dalesio to Chinatown to make contact with Larry Wong (Joey Chin), a local Triad gang leader who possesses 100 kilos (220 pounds) of cocaine worth over $15 million on the street. Larry, however, is leery of dealing with Frank, especially after the killing of Arty Clay. He demands that Frank meet him alone on neutral ground to discuss the deal. As the meeting is being scheduled, however, Jimmy Jump and several of Frank's top lieutenants are arrested by Gilley and Flanigan, who reveal that one of King Tito's bodyguards is still alive and willing to testify against them.

Meeting at the very hospital he is intent on saving, Frank attempts to hammer out a deal with Larry. The Triad demands $3 million up front and another $500,000 after the drugs are sold, but Frank counters that, since the drugs are worth over five times that amount on the street, the two team up, with Larry providing the drugs and Frank providing the dealers, then split the profits evenly. When Frank insists that part of the profits be directed into funding the hospital, however, Larry turns him down and demands that Frank decide immediately whether he want to buy the drugs for $3.5 million or not at all. Frank declines and the two part ways.

Returning to the Plaza, Frank learns of Jump's arrest and orders his lawyers to arrange their release, a process that eventually entails paying $1 million in bail for each man. Frank sends his limousine to the police station to pick up Jump and his men, and they head directly to Chinatown, where they massacre Larry Wong and his entire gang in a quick shootout. They then find the stockpiles of Larry Wong's cocaine in large barrels marked for MSG in a basement storage.

With the money gained from selling the Triad's cocaine, Frank sets up a fundraiser, hosted by singer Freddie Jackson, to raise even more money for the hospital. Witnessing this latest outrage on TV, Gilley, Flanigan, and several like-minded officers resolve to use extrajudicial means to get rid of Frank, despite Bishop's objections. Posing as drug dealers, they bribe Joey Dalesio into leading them to the nightclub where Frank and most of his men are partying (among them are the subway muggers). Catching the criminals unaware, the hit squad bursts in with guns blazing, succeeding in slaying all of Frank's girlfriends and some of his gang.

Fleeing in their limousine in a long chase over the Queensboro Bridge, Frank and Jump trade shots with the police, killing all of them except Gilley and Flanigan. After momentarily giving their pursuers the slip, the two men split up, with the nearly-maniacal Jump staying behind to deal with the two cops. Sneaking up on Flanigan, Jump shoots him five times in the chest, puncturing his ballistic vest. Seeing this, Gilley shoots Jump several times in the chest and abdomen and, after pausing to attempt CPR on his ill-fated partner, kills his assailant as Jump laughs proudly with a single shot to the head. Reeling from the unexpected assault and the loss of his friend, Frank responds with narcoterrorism. A few days after the murders, as Gilley is leaving Flanigan's funeral, Frank kills him personally with a single shotgun blast to the head.

His business seemingly concluded, Frank forces Bishop to handcuff himself to a chair before taking his leave. As Frank escapes down to the subway, Bishop uses a gun from a nearby drawer to free himself and gives chase. Following Frank into a subway car, Bishop corners him, causing Frank to take a woman hostage. During the ensuing standoff, Frank fires on Bishop, killing him, but not before the policeman is able to fire off one last shot himself. Escaping from the train car and into a nearby taxi in Times Square, Frank looks down to see that he has been hit. As police officers surround the car, Frank closes his eyes and dies. The last image of the film is his gun falling limply to his side.

Upon its release, the film proved to be extremely polarizing, with many critics enjoying it, and others despising it. During its premiere at the New York Film Festival, for example, many members of the audience (including Ferrara's own wife) walked out of the theatre. At the question-and-answer session that Ferrara held after the screening, the first question asked was: "This film is an abomination. Why aren't you giving the proceeds to some drug rehab program?" The next day, Larry Fishburne and Nicholas St. John were actually booed off the stage. The film, which originally ran for 118 minutes, had to be edited down to 106 minutes to receive an R rating (it originally was Rated X). It made only $2 million (U.S.) in its very narrow theatrical release and was soon pulled from theaters.

Since then, however, the film has achieved cult film status and is extremely popular among fans of gangsta rap. This may be because much of its soundtrack, including the title song, was provided by Schoolly D, a famous rapper often called the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap." It has also become popular with fans of Christopher Walken, many of whom rate his performance as Frank White as one of his best. The Notorious B.I.G. referred to himself as "the black Frank White" on his album Ready to Die.

On Dan the Automator's A Better Tomorrow, Kool Keith quips that he is the "king of New York, patrolling Alphabet City." "Savage As Fuck" by Smoov-E opens with audio of Walken in the poker scene with Arty, which is also on the 1995 Fat Joe album Jealous One's Envy. On 20 April 2004, Artisan Entertainment re-released the film on a two-disc special-edition DVD with new commentary by Abel Ferrara, a documentary, trailers and a Schoolly D music video.

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Batman Returns

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Batman Returns is a 1992 superhero film directed by Tim Burton. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to 1989's Batman, with Michael Keaton reprising the lead role. Batman Returns tells the story of a corrupt businessman (Christopher Walken) and the grotesque Penguin (Danny DeVito) plotting to take control of Gotham City. At the same time Batman must deal with the emergence of Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Burton originally did not want to direct a sequel because of his mixed emotions of the previous film. Daniel Waters delivered a script that satisfied Burton. Wesley Strick did an uncredited rewrite, deleting characterizations of Harvey Dent and Robin and rewriting the climax. Filming started at Burbank, California in June 1991. Batman Returns was released with financial and critical success, but caused parental backlash controversy.

A deformed baby boy is thrown into Gotham City's river by his horrified parents. Thirty-three years later, the child, Oswald Cobblepot, has been transformed into the hideous Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose gang disrupts the ceremonial lighting of Gotham's Christmas tree and kidnaps millionaire industrialist Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). Armed with evidence of Shreck's many crimes, the Penguin blackmails him into helping him discover the identity of his parents.

When the Penguin's plight becomes news, he's propelled into running for Mayor. Batman (Michael Keaton) is unconvinced by the Penguin, believing that he and his gang are responsible for several child murders. Meanwhile, Shreck throws his secretary, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), from the top of his company's building when she discovers his plan to build a super power station and drain Gotham of its electricity.

Resuscitated by a group of cats, Selina returns home and designs a new costume, becoming Catwoman. Selina, meanwhile, is being romanced by Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne, a situation complicated by Catwoman's teaming up with the Penguin in an effort to rid Gotham of Batman. When Batman exposes the Penguin's villainous ways, thereby ruining his political chances, the Penguin mounts an attack to kill all of Gotham's first-born infants. Batman foils his scheme and Catwoman, after killing Shreck, is presumed dead. The Penguin, having been wounded during his fight with Batman, does not survive his injuries, and dies.

Some time later, Bruce is driving around the city at night with butler Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Gough), thinking he sees Selina's shadow on a wall. Alfred stops the car and Bruce searches for Selina in vain. He does find Selina's cat, however, which he takes with him and leaves. The camera then pans up to the top of the city, amidst the sky scrapers. As the Bat-Signal lights up the night sky, Catwoman appears.

Vincent Schiavelli and Anna Katarina portray The Penguin's assistants. Paul Reubens and Diane Salinger, who appeared in Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure have cameo appearances as the Penguin's parents, while Elizabeth Sanders, the wife of Batman co-creator Bob Kane, cameos as a Gotham citizen.

After the success of Batman, Warner Bros. was hoping for a sequel to start filming in May 1990 at Pinewood Studios. They spent $250,000 reserving the sets from the first film. Tim Burton had mixed emotions from the previous film. "I will return if the sequel offers something new and exciting," he said in 1989. "Otherwise it's a most-dumbfounded idea." Burton decided to direct Edward Scissorhands for 20th Century Fox. Meanwhile, Sam Hamm from the previous film delivered the first two drafts of the script, while Bob Kane was brought back as a creative consultant. Hamm's script had Penguin and Catwoman going after hidden treasure.

Burton was impressed with Daniel Waters' work on Heathers; Burton originally brought Waters aboard on a sequel to Beetlejuice. Warner Bros. then granted Burton a large amount of creative control, demoting producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber to executive producers. Dissatisfied with the Hamm script, Burton commissioned a rewrite from Waters. Waters "came up with a social satire that had an evil mogul backing a bid for the Mayor's office by the Penguin," Waters reported. "I wanted to show that the true villains of our world don't necessarily wear costumes." The plot device of Penguin running for Mayor came from the 1960s TV series episodes "Hizzoner the Penguin" and "Dizzoner the Penguin". Waters wrote a total of five drafts.

On the characterization of Catwoman, Waters explained "Sam Hamm went back to the way comic books in general treat women, like fetishy sexual fantasy. I wanted to start off just at the lowest point in society, a very beaten down secretary." Harvey Dent appeared in early drafts of the script, but was deleted. Waters quoted, "Sam Hamm definitely planned that. I flirted with it, having Harvey start to come back and have one scene of him where he flips a coin and it's the good side of the coin, deciding not to do anything, so you had to wait for the next movie." In early scripts Max Shreck was the "golden boy" of the Cobblepot family, whereas Penguin was the deformed outsider. It turned out that Shreck would be the Penguin's long-lost brother. Max Shreck was also a reference to actor Max Schreck, known for his role as Count Orlok in Nosferatu.

Burton hired Wesley Strick to do an uncredited rewrite. Strick recalled, "When I was hired to write Batman Returns (Batman II at the time), the big problem of the script was Penguin's lack of a 'master plan'." Warner Bros. presented Strick with warming or freezing Gotham City (later to be used in Batman & Robin). Strick gained inspiration from a Moses parallel that had Penguin killing the firstborn sons of Gotham. A similar notion was used when the Penguin's parents threw him into a river as a baby. Robin appeared in the script, but was deleted due to too many characters. Waters and Burton feel Robin is "the most worthless character in the world, especially with the loner of loners." Robin started out as a juvenile gang leader, who becomes an ally to Batman. Robin was later changed to a black teenager who's also a garage mechanic. Waters explained, "He's wearing this old-fashioned garage mechanic uniform and it has an 'R' on it. He drives the Batmobile, which I notice they used in the third film!" Marlon Wayans was cast, and signed for a sequel. Wayans had attended a wardrobe fitting, but it was decided to save the character for a third installment.

In early-1991, two of Hollywood's largest sound stages (Stage 16 at Warner Bros. and Stage 12 at Universal Studios) were being prepared for the filming of Batman Returns. Filming started in June 1991. Stage 16 held Gotham Plaza, based on Rockefeller Center. Universal's Stage 12 housed Penguin's underground lair. A half-a-million gallon tank filled with water was used. Burton wanted to make sure that the penguins felt comfortable. Eight other locations on the Warner Bros. lot were used, over 50% of their property was occupied by Gotham City sets.

Warner Bros. devoted a large amount of secrecy for Batman Returns. The art department was required to keep their office blinds pulled down. Cast and crew had to have photo ID badges with the movie's fake working title Dictel to go anywhere near the sets. Kevin Costner was refused a chance to visit the set. An entertainment magazine leaked the first photos of Danny DeVito as the Penguin; in response Warner Bros. employed a private investigator to track down the accomplice. $65 million was spent during the production of Batman Returns, while $15 million was used for marketing, coming to a total cost of $80 million. The final shot of Catwoman looking at the Bat-Signal was completed during post-production and was not part of the shooting script. After Batman Returns was completed Warner Bros. felt it was best for Catwoman to survive, saving more characterizations in a future installment. Pfeiffer was unavailable and a body double was chosen.

Danny Elfman had great enthusiasm for returning because "I didn't have to prove myself from the first film. I remember Jon Peters was very skeptical at first to hire me." Elfman's work schedule was 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. "When completing this movie I realized it was something of a film score and an opera. It was 95 minutes long, twice the amount of the average of film score." Elfman co-orchestrated and wrote the lyrics for Face to Face, performed by Siouxsie & the Banshees. The song can be heard in one scene during the film.

More than 60 Catsuits were designed in the six-month shoot at $1,000 each. The Batsuit was updated, which was made out of a thinner, slightly more flexible foam rubber material than the suit from Batman. DeVito was uncomfortable with his costume, but this made it easy for him to get into character. J. P. Morgan's wardrobe was used for inspiration on Max Shreck's costume design.

The bats were entirely composed of computer-generated imagery since it was decided directing real bats on set would be problematic. The Penguin's "bird army" was a combination of CGI, robotic creatures, men in suits and even real penguins. Robotic penguin puppets were commissioned by Stan Winston. In total 30 African Penguins and 12 King Penguins were used. A miniature effect was used for the exteriors of the Cobblepot Mansion in the opening scene and for Wayne Manor. The same method was used for the The Bat Ski-boat.

Based on 44 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 77% of reviewers enjoyed the film, with the consensus of "Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken, make this sequel better than the first." Batman Returns was criticized in some counts for developing more screen time for the villains. It was actually Keaton's idea to give himself less screen time.

Peter Travers gave a largely positive review, "Burton uses the summer's most explosively entertaining movie to lead us back into the liberating darkness of dreams." Desson Thomson was mostly pleased with the tragic storylines concerning Catwoman, the Penguin and Max Shreck. However, he felt Keaton deserved more screentime, but still gave a positive review. Todd McCarthy of Variety believed Stan Winston, Danny Elfman, Bo Welch and cinematographer Stefan Czapsky mostly contributed the best elements of the film. McCarthy felt Burton was too obsessed with the visuals and not the storyline, but McCarthy still enjoyed Batman Returns.

Paul Dini enjoyed the characterization of Bruce Wayne. Common criticisms from comic book fans had Batman killing people. Co-writer Daniel Waters responded "We live in dark times. You can't just drop bad guys off in a spider web in front of city hall." Mike Mignola liked Batman Returns' version of Penguin, while Bruce Timm felt Michelle Pfeiffer was perfectly cast as Catwoman. Alex Ross called Max Shreck "the most exciting character in the script".

At the 65th Academy Awards, Batman Returns was nominated for Makeup and Visual Effects. The same categories received nominations at the 46th British Academy Film Awards. The makeup department won a Saturn Award. Burton, DeVito and the costume designers also received nominations. Batman Returns was also nominated for Best Fantasy Film. The film was nominated the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. DeVito was given Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.

Batman Returns would be the last film in the Batman film series that featured Tim Burton and Michael Keaton as director and leading actor. With Batman Forever, Warner Bros. decided to go in a "lighter" direction to be more mainstream in the process of a family film. Burton had no interest in returning to direct a sequel, but he did serve as a producer. With Warner Bros. moving on development for Batman Forever in June 1993, a Catwoman spin-off was announced. Michelle Pfeiffer was to reprise her role, with the character not to appear in Forever because of "her own little movie".

Burton became attached as director, while producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Water also returned to the Catwoman spin-off with Burton. In January 1994, Burton was unsure of his plans to direct Catwoman or an adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher. On June 6, 1995, Waters turned in his Catwoman script to Warner Bros., the same day Batman Forever was released. Burton was still being courted to direct. Waters joked, "turning it in the day Batman Forever opened may not have been my best logistical move, in that it's the celebration of the fun-for-the-whole-family Batman. Catwoman is definitely not a fun-for-the-whole-family script. The film labored in development hell for years, with Pfeiffer getting replaced by Ashley Judd. The film ended up becoming the critically-panned Catwoman (2004) starring Halle Berry.

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The Prophecy

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The Prophecy, released in Europe as God's Army is a 1995 horror film starring Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory Widen, and was followed by four sequels. The film tells the story of the Archangel Gabriel and his search for an evil soul on Earth, and a police detective who unknowingly becomes caught in the middle of an angelic war.

The film opens with a brief prologue in a desert where Simon, an angel, stands over the skeleton of another angel. In voiceover, he reveals that a war has broken out in Heaven and the angelic host is divided, much like in the first angelic war in which Lucifer was cast out of heaven. The introduction of Thomas Daggett follows, as he is about to be ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, but is stricken by horrific visions of angels engaging in war against each other. Several years later, Thomas, having lost his faith and abandoned the church, is now a detective with the LAPD.

Arriving at his apartment, Thomas is startled to see Simon perched atop a chair like a bird, reading a Bible. After Thomas demands to know who he is, Simon tells him that he was with him the day he lost his faith and he knows what he was shown through the visions. Following a brief conversation about faith, Simon leaves Thomas, and Thomas does not know what to make of Simon's presence or claims.

That evening, another angel falls to Earth somewhere within the city. Assuming human form, he locates a scent (presumably Simon's) and waits all night beneath an apartment window. When Simon arrives at the apartment the next day, the angel attacks, leaping up several stories through the window. A bloody battle ensues, with Simon sustaining a serious wound and almost having his heart ripped out. After disabling the angel and removing his sunglasses to reveal empty, pitch-black eye sockets, Simon tosses his attacker back into the alley below. After crashing onto a parked car, the angel is smashed into a nearby wall by a moving car. After seeing his foe slain, Simon leaves the apartment.

Hours later, Thomas arrives at the crime scene. After examining the angel's body, he ventures up to the apartment where he finds a local newspaper from Chimney Rock, Arizona, with an obituary for Colonel Arnold Hawthorne circled. Thomas also finds a copy of A Thesis On Angels In Religious Scripture, a book he wrote while studying for the seminary. He is unable to explain why a copy of his book is at the crime scene.

Simon, near death from his wound, makes his way to Chimney Rock where he believes the dark soul he has been looking for resides in the recently deceased Colonel Hawthorne, a decorated Korean War veteran. While the local schoolchildren give a performance of Ave Maria, he removes Hawthorne's soul from his corpse and takes refuge in an abandoned area of the local schoolhouse.

The next morning, Thomas visits the coroner's office to get the autopsy results on the mysterious corpse found in the alley. Joseph, the coroner, relates to Thomas his bizarre findings: a complete absence of optical fibers in his eye sockets, a lack of bone growth rings, both male and female sexual organs, and a blood chemistry matching that of an aborted fetus. Among the personal effects found on the body is an ancient, hand-written Bible. A symbol engraved on the inside cover matches a scar on the corpse's neck. Within the book is a velvet bookmark marking the twenty-third chapter of the Book of Revelation - a chapter which, according to Thomas, does not exist.

Thomas begins translating the twenty-third chapter and learns of a second war in Heaven over the lifting of man over all other creatures, including angels, some of whom could not accept this. He also translates the symbol on the inside cover, finding it stands for Uziel, lieutenant to the Archangel Gabriel who, unknown to Thomas, has arrived on Earth. Inspecting the taped-off crime scene, Gabriel learns that Simon was there.

Simon is soon discovered by Mary, a local schoolgirl, who promises not to tell anyone about him. Meanwhile, Gabriel sends Jerry, a man whom Gabriel, in his position as Angel of Death, prevented from dying when he committed suicide, to retrieve Simon's personal effects from the police property room. At the same time, Thomas learns the Bible he's been translating dates back to the 2nd century, making it the oldest Bible in existence. He relates to Joseph the translation of the twenty-third chapter, including a prophecy that a dark soul will be found on Earth, one who eats other souls, thus increasing its power. Before any more information can be found out about the dead angel, Gabriel destroys the body, immolating it with a gesture.

Back in Chimney Rock, Simon is discovered sitting and talking with Mary by Catherine, the schoolteacher. She sends Mary back to class and tells Simon she'll be calling the police. After she leaves, Mary returns and Simon, out of desperation, deposits into her Hawthorne's soul. Mary immediately falls ill and is taken home by Catherine.

After finding the immolated body of Uziel, Thomas decides to go to Chimney Rock, as does Gabriel, accompanied by Jerry, after finding Hawthorne's obituary among Simon's possessions. Just outside of Chimney Rock, Gabriel smells a graveyard and commands Jerry to pull the car over. They locate Hawthorne's body but to Gabriel's dismay, his soul isn't there. Gabriel locates Simon by scent and confronts him at the school, but Simon refuses to tell him where he hid the soul. Gabriel reveals his disgust for humans (which he refers to as talking monkeys) and that Hawthorne's soul will end the stalemate, tipping the balance to whichever side possesses it. Simon chastises Gabriel for going against the word of God, and finally Gabriel kills Simon by setting him aflame and ripping his heart from his chest.

Mary begins showing signs of being possessed by Hawthorne's soul, drawing gruesome depictions of war. Meanwhile, Thomas arrives in Chimney Rock, examines Simon's remains, and questions Catherine. He then investigates Hawthorne's home and finds evidence of a court martial in which Hawthorne was accused of a number of war crimes, including cannibalism (when he opens a box belonging to Hawthorne, there are a number of human faces within). Afterwards, Thomas goes to a church to reflect and is shaken by a confrontation with Gabriel.

Catherine arrives at school the next day to find Gabriel questioning the children. He leaves, and she rushes to Mary's home to find Thomas there. It is clear that Mary's condition is worsening. Catherine takes Thomas to an abandoned mine where she saw Gabriel's car parked. Inside, they find angelic script written on the walls and they experience a vision of a battlefield strewn with dead angels impaled on stakes. Thomas and Catherine rush back to Mary's home to find Gabriel there with her, attempting to extract the soul. A struggle ensues, and Thomas kills Jerry. Gabriel is rendered unconscious by an explosion and is taken into custody, but easily escapes. Catherine takes Thomas and Mary to an Native American site where a ritual is to be performed to expel the dark soul from Mary. Gabriel finds another assistant, Rachael, as she dies in a hospital and heads towards the site.

That night, Catherine is confronted by Lucifer. Lucifer tells Catherine that since the creation of man, no soul has been allowed to enter Heaven due to the war waged by Gabriel. He knows that if Gabriel wins, Heaven will simply become another Hell and that is "one Hell too many." The next day, Lucifer appears to Thomas, taunting him by saying that every time Thomas (as a young boy) thought that the devil was under his bed, he actually was. He tells Thomas about the nature of Hell and then advises him to use Gabriel's own lack of faith as a weapon against him. Thomas takes this advice when Gabriel arrives and Thomas questions Gabriel about the angel's true motives for starting the war. Gabriel reveals that God no longer speaks to him, and attempts to disrupt the Native American ritual, but is stopped by Thomas who beats him with a tire iron.

As the ritual continues, Lucifer shows up and approaches Gabriel. He tells him the war is based on arrogance, which is evil, making it Lucifer's territory, not Gabriel's. Lucifer then rips Gabriel's heart out while at the same time Hawthorne's soul is expelled from Mary and destroyed, seemingly by God. Lucifer consumes Gabriel's heart, seemingly becoming intoxicated by it. He asks Thomas and Catherine to "come home" with him, but they refuse. Lucifer confronts Thomas (who has by now regained his faith) again, but Thomas challenges Lucifer in turn, calling him "angel." Lucifer leaves, but not before saying, "Leave the light on, Thomas." The film closes with Thomas commenting on the nature of faith and what it means to be human.

The Prophecy II was released in 1998. Christopher Walken stars again as Gabriel, who returns to Earth to prevent the birth of a child born of an angel and a human woman, prophesied by Thomas Daggett, the police detective from the first film. The film also stars Eric Roberts and Brittany Murphy.

In 2000, The Prophecy 3: The Ascent was released. Gabriel (played once more by Christopher Walken) has finally seen the error of his ways and attempts to guide Danyael, the child from the previous film who has now become a young man, to his destiny in preventing Pyriel, the Angel of Genocide, from overthrowing God and destroying all of mankind.

Released in 2005, The Prophecy: Uprising is the first film of the series to not star Christopher Walken. In Uprising, a woman named Allison has come into possession of the Lexicon, the apparent continuation of the Book of Revelation, which is completing itself during the time of this movie (and in the next one). Various angels work both with and against Allison to control her destiny, protect or own the book, and through them the fate of the entire world.

Also released in 2005 straight to DVD, The Prophecy: Forsaken continues the story of The Prophecy: Uprising. Allison has been charged with protecting the Lexicon, which is sought after by a group of angels who seek the identity of the Antichrist, which the Lexicon will eventually reveal.

Hellraiser: Prophecy is a crossover fan film, combining the themes from Hellraiser and the The Prophecy. This film was completed in March, 2006, and premiered on 24 March 2006 at I-CON XXV. The total runtime is 22 minutes. Two teaser trailers are available at the official website. The film has been reviewed by the Reel Horror Podcast, and The Horror Podcast. The fan film was released on the Internet via YouTube in two parts.

The film score by David C. Williams was released on Perseverance Records August 7, 2006.

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