Celebrate Boss’s Day Like a Boss With These Cinematic Honchos

It’s that time of year again: Boss’s Day. (What’s that, you ask? When is Employee’s Day? Everyday is Employee’s Day! Now shut up and get back to work, you peons!) (Yes, one could say I am blogging like a boss today.) To celebrate, here’s a list of the best bosses in movie history. "Best," of course, is a relative term, but hey, this is the internet and all I know is that I’m the boss of listicles today, so deal with it or you’re fired. 

1. Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker in Working Girl

2. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5

3. Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper
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4. Christopher Walken as Max Shreck in Batman Returns

5. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

6. Bette Midler as Sadie Shelton in Big Business

7. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys

8. Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own

9. Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick

10. Harvey Keitel as Matthew "Sport" Higgins in Taxi Driver

11. Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop

12. Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Reaves in Empire Records

13. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

14. Maggie Smith as Mother Superior in Sister Act

15. John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

16. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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New Details Revealed in Witness Account of Natalie Wood’s Death

An acount from an ‘ear witness’ has come to light in the newly re-opened case over Natalie Wood’s death while yachting off the coast of Catalina island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. The details she gives are shocking, and they’ve been ignored for 30 years.

In a sworn statement submitted to the LA Sheriff’s department, Marilyn Wayne, who was boating nearby said: "My cabin window was open. A woman’s voice, crying for help, awakened John and awakened me. ‘Help me, someone please help me, I’m drowning,’ we heard repeatedly."

She also claims to have heard someone call out, "Oh, hold on, we’re coming to get you."

What’s even creepier and more damning?  At the time, Wayne worked as a stockbroker at an LA firm servicing Wagner. She says in her statement:

"I had a ‘client box’ designed for clients to drop off their messages through a slot in the front. The boxes were opened in the back, labeled by broker name on each end. Three days after Natalie died, I found a scribbled message on a torn piece of paper in my box that read, ‘If you value your life, keep quiet about what you know.’”

Innocent until proven guilty, and all that.

Christopher Walken Hires Lawyer In Reopened Natalie Wood Drowning Case

The reknowned character actor Christopher Walken has hired litigation specialist Mathew Rosengart to represent him in the reopened case surrounding the mysterious death of fellow screen idol Natalie Wood. Natalie drowned in 1981 while on a boat with husband Robert Wagner and then-co-star Walken, just 50 feet from the shore of Catalina Island.

Police do not offically suspect Walken or Wagner of any wrongdoing in the case but apprently new evidence has been unvieled in the infamously unsolved mystery of what happened that night. An interview from 1997 that Walken did for Playboy magazine shares his recollection of that fateful night:

“What happened that night only she knows, because she was alone,” he said. “She had gone to bed before us, and her room was at the back. A dinghy was bouncing against the side of the boat, and I think she went out to move it. There was a ski ramp that was partially in the water. It was slippery – I had walked on it myself. She had told me she couldn’t swim; in fact, they had to cut a swimming scene from [Brainstorm]. She was probably half asleep, and she was wearing a coat.”

Links: Conan O’Brien to TBS (for Some Reason); Christopher Walken Discovers the Internet

● Conan O’Brien has landed, and it’s worse than anyone could’ve imagined; he will host a late night show on TBS (yes, that’s still a channel), making him network buddies with George Lopez. Why, oh, why? Here’s the scoop. [Daily Beast] ● Everyone on the internet went to eat (and then blog about) KFC’s heart attack with a fried chicken bun: the Double Down. Read all of the reviews in one place. [Urlesque] ● The Tina Fey backlash has begun: sure she’s hilarious, but why won’t she stop making fun of women? [Double X]

● “The Internet is strange,” said actor Christopher Walken… in 2010. “There’s stuff on the Internet about me. I’ve tried to find out who puts it there.” [New Yorker] ● The 12 creepiest pictures of the Pope, because why not — the man is terrifying. [Buzzfeed] ● Jessica Simpson’s new haircut turned her into Kate Gosselin, but before the weave. [Celebuzz]

John W. Codling Paints Christopher Walken & Walken & Walken

John W. Codling is not your average artist. When Wall Street began its tumble in spring of 2008 with the collapse of Bear Stearns, some financial honchos coped through yoga or a psychiatrist. Codling, who works in equities at Tellet Prebon, turned to Christopher Walken. Overworked and stressed out, Codling bought three canvases and started painting portraits of Walken every Sunday (see full gallery). The pieces range from “Walken This Way,” a painting of Run DMC with Walken’s face as Run’s head to “I Follow Nobody,” a painting of Walken with a collage of words incorporated in it. The series culminated into “Sundays with Chris,” which is on display at the DVF Gallery until November 1. All proceeds from the sales will go to Team Continuum, a charity that assists cancer patients. I sat down with Codling at The Standard the evening before the opening.

Why Walken? I don’t think that I picked him. It just kind of happened. He’s somebody that I’ve always been — I don’t know if fascinated is the right word, or related to in some respects, he’s great. Walken is a great actor. He’s an unbelievable character. When this whole thing was birthed, the catalyst was Wall Street falling apart. It was just so laboring mentally — that one day at work was sort of the equivalent to a normal week and then multiply that by five days, so by the time the week was over, everybody certainly that I know in the Wall Street area basically just sprinted to a bar, got drunk and then somehow resurfaced on Saturday. It was just one of those things that I thought I could do to take my mind off — like a hobby, to get out of my own head, so I bought three canvases and they sort of sat around blank and it was like one Sunday I just I was on the phone with one of my friends and somehow Walken came up, I impersonate him, I do him a lot, and we just had a conversation about Walken, and then I got off, and boom. In my job I used to always do Wall Street commentary on the phone as Walken. “The Dow was crazy today” in a Walken tone, and it just kind of came up and it wasn’t a conscious decision, it just sort of happened, and that was kind of fun, and it sort of just didn’t stop.

Any formal art training? Carla Rizzuto, my art teacher from 6th to 8th grade. She’s amazing.

And now an exhibit at the DVF Gallery? I talked about doing a show for a while cause I just had so many of them and I went to a couple different galleries and I actually had plans to do it there, but they were going to take away half the money and I’m giving all the money away to charity. So, a friend of mine who knew somebody at DVF said you should come in and pitch them, they have this new space, they just opened up, and the space is there for things exactly like this, and that’s why Diane (von Furstenberg) put it there.

Who have you sold the paintings to so far? Friends, acquaintances of people, there’s a lot of f*cking Walken freaks out there. There’s a lot of Walken fanatics. That’s kind of why I did the show too — because people for whatever reason — and I don’t think it’s because of the art, it’s more because of him — just responded to what I was doing. When I first started doing it, I had a dinner with real artists there, and they were like, so what have you been up to, and I was like, painting. They were like, (makes a sarcastic noise) “Really?” Then I showed them some, and they were like, “You could sell this.”

Have you met Christopher Walken? No. My mom has. My mom spent some time with him. She works at JFK and his flight was delayed and that’s one of the things that she does there, she takes care of, you know. She’s Scottish, his mom is Scottish, they had a nice little chat. It was great she said, (imitates her Scottish accent) “You’ll never guess who I met last night,” and I said who, and she goes, “that Christopher Walken” and I said what do you mean, “I met him, like you checked him in for a flight?” I go, “Why didn’t you f*cking call me?” She was like, “What the f*ck was I supposed to say, oh my son is going to come out from Tribeca?” I was like “Yeah, I would have hopped in a cab.”

Any clue what Christopher Walken thinks about this? I sent them to his people, I wrote a really nice letter, and I sort of thanked him for being the inspiration that got me through that hairy time. So, I sent a letter that said we would love to have you. And that’s why I think the whole thing works too, is like, I have a different career, I wasn’t like some guy in a basement doing paintings of Christopher Walken, you know the blood dripping out of my finger looking all whatever, you know stuff like that. It was all just a fun, playful thing, that’s what it was meant to be from the get go anyway. And that’s what Diane said when she walked in to the downstairs today, she was like, “this is so fun.”

What’s your favorite Christopher Walken movie? I think King of New York. Christopher Walken could read a brownie recipe and it’s entertaining.

Would you ever give it up to pursue art full-time? I would give up Wall Street to pursue something creative, definitely.

Are you finished painting Walken? You know, I don’t know — probably. People keep going, “who are you going to paint next?,” “What are you going to do next?” And I don’t know that I’ll do anybody, if I did, it would be a fun character. You know, people don’t want to spend millions of dollars for a portrait of Henry VIII or whatever to hang in their place. I’m just as fine with a painting of Bill Murray.

Would you paint a portrait of Diane von Furstenberg? I did.

For a thank you present? Yeah, I don’t know if it’s good enough to give to her, but it’s there.

Just one? Just one, it’s called Nails.