Christoph Waltz (04.10.1956)
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor best known for his parts in 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained'.
Childhood: Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria. His parents are Johannes Waltz and Elisabeth Urbancic, who were both set and costume designers. He studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
Acting career: Christoph Waltz made his acting debut on stage and subsequently performed on various stages including at the Salzburg Festival. He then made various television appearances appearing first in German series 'Parole Chicago' in 1979. In 1990, he was in the British TV series 'Gravy Train'. In 2000, he directed his first TV movie 'Wenn man sich traut'. In 2009, he had his breakthrough role in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' as SS-Standartenfuhrer Hans Landa alongside Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth. The role won him an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe among many others for Best Supporting Actor making him the only actor ever to win an Oscar in a Tarantino movie. In 2011, he appeared in 'The Green Hornet' opposite Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz; 'Water for Elephants' alongside Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon; and 'Carnage' with Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet. 2012 saw him win another Academy Award for his appearance in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' opposite Jamie Fox and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Personal life: Christoph Waltz speaks fluent German, French and English. He has one daughter with his costume designer wife Judith Holste and three other offspring from a previous marriage. He has homes in both Berlin and Los Angeles.
It seems James Bond's flighty career has all boiled down to this moment. He's in deep trouble when MI5 boss M finds out that he has set up his own secret mission to Mexico City, but it was a trip he couldn't afford to miss after discovering a message in regards to a top secret criminal organisation. With a new car and a new lover, now he just needs every trace of his existence erased as he sets out to Rome to uncover this sinister mystery, while on the way meeting the only person with inside knowledge of this group; Lucia Sciarra, the widow of a notorious crime boss who informs Bond about SPECTRE. It soon becomes clear that Bond has a new enemy to face off against, though with every member of SPECTRE having some sort of link to 007, maybe this time the enemy's not such a new face after all.
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Christoph Waltz - Shots of a variety of stars as they attended the Opening Night of Broadway's 'Finding Neverland' which was sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Chase, iHeartMedia and USA TODAY. The opening night was held at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015
Christoph Waltz is NOT Ernst Blofeld. Ok?
Christoph Waltz says he is not playing the classic James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Sam Mendes's forthcoming movie, Spectre. Speculation has been rife that the Oscar winner's character Franz Oberhauser would be revealed as Blofeld, though the actor told GQ magazine that the rumour couldn't be further from the truth.
Christoph Waltz has denied he will be playing James Bond's arch-nemesis Ernst Blofeld
"That is absolutely untrue," said the Austrian actor, 58. "That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
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Picking up after the climactic battle at his childhood home of Skyfall Lodge and the villainous attacks on MI6 headquarters, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is ready to face his greatest adversary. With MI6 discovering that he has a secret from his childhood, he is sent to on a mission to track down an old friend, now a high-ranking official in the villainous organisation. Suspecting the involvement of Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), a prominent member of the once-powerful Quantum, Bond soon discovers that he is about to go head-to-head with a more powerful, more dangerous group: SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and its illusive and mysterious leader (Christoph Waltz).
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The 'Spectre' teaser trailer promises more about James Bond's secretive past will be revealed.
A teaser trailer for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre has been released and the film promises to deal more with Bond's past. From what we can glean from the teaser trailer, Spectre is set in the weeks following Bond's fight with cyber terrorist Raoul Silva at Skyfall and M's subsequent death. MI6 headquarters are still in ruins following Silva's attack and an investigation into what happened at Bond's family home of Skyfall is underway. Bond is seemingly drawn into a web of lies and deceit which centre on a secret intelligence agency, known as Spectre.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre.
Christoph Waltz - A variety of stars from the film industry were snapped on the red carpet at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 'Nobody Wants the Night' which was held at the Berlinale Palast in Berlin, Germany - Thursday 5th February 2015
Christoph Waltz and Judith Holste - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
Christoph Waltz and Judith Holste - 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
Christoph Waltz - Shots from the 2015 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes After Party as a host of stars attended the party which was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel at Robinsons May Lot in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
With an epic Golden Globe awards ceremony set to take place on 11th January 2015, the contenders are taking a little time to relax before the stress kicks in.
With the 72nd Golden Globe Awards set to air on NBC on Sunday 11th January, the residents of Los Angeles are partying the remaining days away in anticipation of the celebration. Before converging on The Beverly Hilton this weekend, members of the casts for 'Birdman', 'Big Eyes' and 'The Hobbit' stopped by the Audi party.
Edward Norton - Best Supporting Actor Nominee (credit Jason Merritt - Getty Images)
Amongst those at the prestigious event were Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, who play the actor/actress couple Mike and Lesley in 'Birdman'. 'Birdman' itself is set to do well at the Golden Globes, as it has been nominated for seven awards, including 'Best Supporting Actor' for Norton. 'Birdman' has also been nominated for 'Best Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture - Drama, Musical or Comedy' (both actor and actress) and 'Best Director', 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Original Score'.
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Tim Burton combines his sunnier filmmaking style (Big Fish) with his more deranged impulses (Dark Shadows) for this amazing true story about both the nature of art and how easy it is to slip into an unhealthy relationship. This is the true story of Margaret Keane, the painter responsible for those huge-eyed waifs that peered eerily from virtually everyone's wall in the 1960s and 70s. It's funny and shocking, and best of all deeply moving.
The film opens in 1958 as Margaret (Amy Adams) is fleeing with her daughter Jane (Raye, then Arthur) from an abusive marriage. She settles in San Francisco, and as she begins to establish herself as a local painter she meets fellow painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), a fast-talking charmer who not only discovers that Margaret's paintings have an audience, but he takes credit for painting them himself. At first it's a case of mistaken identity, then it becomes a commercial issue. But as Walter innovates with printed posters and postcards, creating a whole industry around the mournful images, he begins to live the high life, hanging out with movie stars and world leaders while Margaret is locked in her studio at home painting to meet the demand. After he threatens her with legal ramifications and physical violence if she tells anyone the truth, Margaret finally snaps.
Burton keeps Adams at the centre of the film, drawing out her feisty personality and deep artistic sensibilities while letting Waltz become an almost cartoonish villain whirling around her. It's a clever trick, because it forces the film's central question about whether Margaret's paintings are indeed art (Terence Stamp's snooty New York art critic definitely thinks not), even as her artistic integrity is never in doubt. Adams is terrific in the role, especially since Burton focusses on her expressive eyes to draw the audience in. By comparison, Waltz is rather over-the-top, but he keeps adding subtle shades to Walter's manic bravura, and he makes the climactic courtroom sequence hilariously ridiculous.
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Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, who star in 'Big Eyes' as Margaret and Walter Keane, have shared their thoughts on their roles in the Tim Burton directed movie.
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star in Big Eyes, the film which centres on artist Margaret Keane and her husband Walter Keane. The two stars of the Tim Burton directed movie have shared their thoughts on their complex characters and the real people they are based on.
Christoph Waltz (L) stars in Big Eyes as Walter Keane.
It seems Tim Burton's involvement in 'Big Eyes' was both highly appropriate and coincidental.
It seems Tim Burton's forthcoming art biopic 'Big Eyes' was destined to hit the big screen, with the writers having previously admitted to spending a long time on the story and the director himself having already followed the incredible Margaret Keane story.
Tim Burton was a fan of Keane before 'Big Eyes' involvement
In all Burton's work you can see the strong influence Keane has had on his on art when it came to his animated feature films. The likes of 'Corpse Bride' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' all feature characters with the characteristic 'big eyes' made famous by Keane's paintings. 'It was material I was interested in even before I knew they were writing it because I grew up in that era of the Keane work', Burton explains. 'Then I met Margaret many years later and commissioned paintings from her, and I didn't even know Scott and Larry were working on it.'
Putting aside the recent hurdles 'Spectre' has faced from hackers, Daniel Craig discussed just how happy he is to be working on the project again, and the new cast members.
"We've spent two years getting this together," said Daniel Craig while discussing the announcement of 'Spectre' "and there's been so much hard work and effort". For his fourth outing in the iconic role of James Bond, Craig will reunite with director Sam Mendes and the cast of 'Skyfall', as well as bringing an old foe back from the Sean Connery days.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Skyfall'
When asked about the return of Mendes as the film's director, Craig responded by saying "He's the only guy for the job. He did such a wonderful job with 'Skyfall' and came down to do the next one and it just seemed to be the obvious choice." Following on from 'Skyfall' is not going to be an easy task, however, as the third film in the Bond reboot series made over 1 billion USD worldwide and took home two Academy Awards. Furthermore, the recent Sony hacks have revealed that 'Spectre' was supposedly coming in far over budget, and with a script that needed drastic work.
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The star admits the whole story would've been too unbelievable for film.
'Big Eyes' is definitely one of the most extraordinary true stories to hit the big screen in 2014, with direction from Tim Burton giving it an even more surreal edge, but Jason Schwartzman insists the true events that occurred stretched belief even further.
Jason plays a gallery owner in 'Big Eyes'
Margaret Keane's remarkable paintings of people with outsize eyes were a phenomenon in themselves and something that greatly attracted her later husband Walter. However, their marriage turned sour as he repeatedly lied to friends, family and the public that he was the artist, under the excuse to Margaret that men sell more paintings than women. The movie shows the unbelievable lengths Walter went to to keep the truth under wraps, but it seems things were even weirder than we get to see.
Date of birth
4th October, 1956