With an enviable pedigree, Labyrinth should have been one of 1986’s blockbusters. Conceived and directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, written by Monty Python‘s Terry Jones, and starring a top-of-his-game David Bowie and a breakout Jennifer Connelly, the puppet-populated fantasy film opened on June 27 and promptly fizzled, finishing its initial weekend behind The Karate Kid Part II, Back to School, Legal Eagles, Ruthless People, Running Scared, Top Gun, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on its way to becoming one of the biggest disappointments of the year.
The 1971 movie version makes Wonka’s psychotic tendencies crystal clear when the cocoa pusher takes the kids on an LSD-inspired boat ride, brainwashing them with images so disturbing that even Guantanamo would consider them 'a bit much’ (for example, a huge insect crawling across someone’s face, see below).
One of the most successful franchises of all time is also one of the most discussed with hundreds of debates (still) endlessly raging online.
30 years ago today, David Bowie debuted a brave – even by his outré standards – new look, involving bouffant hair, ruffled shirts, leather gloves and a pair of jodhpurs which left little to the imagination. The Jim Henson’s classic fantasy ‘Labyrinth’ came out on June 27, 1986, in the US, starring David Bowie as the goblin king Jareth, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, the teenager tasked with finding her kidnapped infant brother Toby somewhere in Jareth’s bizarre labyrinth.
One reason the memorable walk-off scene in the original Zoolander was so delicious was because the late David Bowie appeared as himself in a terribly clever cameo. Playing a star referee during the famously absurd modeling competition between Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), Bowie’s bit part was one of many by celebrities of the day, including Tyrese, Christian Slater, Lil’ Kim, and even not-yet-presidential-candidate Donald Trump. This time around in Zoolander 2, Stiller (who also wrote and directed both films) has doubled down on the gimmick with a movie so packed with recognizable faces, it may very well break an all-time record for celebrity walk-ons.
Duncan Jones has revealed that he’s going to be a dad. But he’s also revealed the poignant way in which he and his wife Rodene Ronquillo told his late father, the legendary David Bowie, that he was going to be a grandfather. Taking to Twitter, the director posted a picture of a card he’d made for his dad, featuring a baby in the womb, and a speech bubble saying ‘I’m waiting’. “1 month since dad died today,” wrote Jones. “Made this card for him at Christmas.
Could David Bowie have been in ‘Lord of the Rings’? Quite possibly, it seems, according to Dominic Monaghan, who witnessed the Thin White Duke going for his audition. Speaking to the Huffington Post, the actor – who landed the role of Merry in the Peter Jackson epics – set the scene.
‘Labyrinth’ may not get a remake after all, as its supposed writer says it isn’t happening. After reports claiming that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writer Nicole Perlman was involved in an upcoming reboot of ‘Labyrinth’, it looks as though the writer herself has taken to Twitter to debunk the rumour. “No one is remaking ‘Labyrinth’.
The legendary David Bowie died Sunday night at the age of 69. While the singer-songwriter and performer was best known for his incalculable influence on pop music, he was also a regular fixture on the big-screen, bringing his striking charisma to such movies as the ’70s sci-fi drama The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth, and 2006’s The Prestige. Click through to see a glimpse at some of his most indelible movie and TV appearances.
David Bowie has died at the age of 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer. The results were not always a success, but when the right elements came together, Bowie could find himself being a mesmerising, otherworldly screen presence. Nicolas Roeg cast Bowie perfectly in the cult classic ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, playing the humanoid alien Thomas Jerome Newton, arriving on Earth to seek water to take back to his own, drought-ridden planet.
Among her many pop culture achievements, supermodel, singer, and actress Grace Jones played one of the most memorable Bond girls ever in 1985’s A View to a Kill. As alluring henchwoman May Day, Jones romanced Roger Moore’s 007 — in between trying to kill him of course. In her new book — cheekily titled I’ll Never Write My Memoirs — the 67-year-old Jones reveals some tantalizing tidbits about her brief, but indelible time as one of James Bond’s main squeezes. 1. Her Bond movie debut was actually supposed to be in 1983’s Octopussy.