Peter Weller
Actor, film director
Peter Weller
Peter Weller is an American film and stage actor, director and history lecturer. He is best known for his roles as the title character in the first two RoboCop films, the title character in the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as well as Naked Lunch. He received an Academy Award nomination for his direction for the 1993 short Partners, in which he also acted. He also hosted the show Engineering an Empire on the History Channel.
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Zaki's Review: <i>RoboCop</i> (2014)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From the very beginning, ever since MGM's remake of 1987's seminal action flick RoboCop was announced many moons ago, I've been rooting for it. Yes, that first film is a quintessential piece of '80s arcana. Yes, its alchemy-like mix of satire and ultra-violence remains just as potent today as when it hit theaters. And yes, it's one of my favorite movies. Ever.* Nonetheless, given that studios are rarely wont to let little things like "artistic integrity" stand in the way of exploiting extant IP, my philosophy regarding Robo redux was always, "If you're going to do it, do it well." Thus, when the Lion brought in director Jose Padilha (of the cult favorite Elite Squad films out of Brazil) to helm the project, I was intrigued. When they signed actor Joel Kinnaman, a dependable presence on AMC's just-canceled series The Killing, to embody the title role, I was onboard. And when they added a panoply of reliable players like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton to fill out the ...
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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Adaptation Almost Didn't Have Charlie Hunnam As Christian Grey
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in "50 Shades of Grey," but he says it's not a new dimension for him. "You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career," explained Huunam. "I starred in the British channel Four miniseries `Queer As Folk' where I played a young, gay character and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. So I feel, and now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don't anticipate them being too much of a problem. It's like anything else, just an exciting challenge." After months of speculation, the 33-year-old Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the erotic, best-selling novel "50 Shades of Grey," by E. L. James. Hunnam talked about his hotly anticipated role on Saturday night as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of "Sons of A ...
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Maureen Ryan: 'Fringe': The Next Chapter (Want Some Amber?)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The story behind the cool new "Fringe" book is nearly as complex and interesting as the history of the show. Not content merely to publish an official tie-in book, the powers-that-be behind "Fringe," which ended its Fox run on Jan. 18, came up with a book that links directly to the drama's mythology. "September's Notebook," a lavish book published this month by Insight Editions, purports to be the journal of the character September/Donald (played by Michael Cerveris), and the hardcover volume contains all the information he collected about Peter Bishop, Walter Bishop, Olivia Dunham and their world(s). The meticulous journal, which contains hundreds of photos, catalogs the cases on which the Bishops and Dunham worked, chronicles character journeys and compiles information about Massive Dynamic, Fringe Division and the multiple realities explored by the characters. Given the appropriately trippy premise of the book, "Fringe" fans will probably be relieved to find ...
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The Monday Playlist: Monday Mornings, Robin Sparkles, a Hawaiian Remake and More
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
The Monday Playlist: Monday Mornings, Robin Sparkles, a Hawaiian Remake and More Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:02 am, Monday, February 4, 2013 Taking the completely opposite tack, and likely to get a much longer leash (this being cable), TNT's Monday Mornings (Monday, 10/9c) is a surprisingly mellow drama set at a hospital, about doctors forced to face up to their shortcomings, with an ensemble led by (trend alert?) gorgeous and flawed - though decidedly not bonkers - neurosurgeons, played by Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan. [...] it's unquestionably heartfelt as the doctors consider the consequences of how they treat their patients, and Mornings is refreshingly free of the self-consciously outrageous antics that have defined many of executive producer David E. Kelley's recent shows. The ca ...
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Scott Mendelson: Blu Ray Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 2013 76 minutes rated PG-13 Available January 29th from WHV on all the usual home-viewing outlets. Note: My review of The Dark Knight Returns part 1 can be found HERE. One of the dangers of being too literal of an adaptation is that you start to realize, when seen in a different format, what doesn't quite hold up.  Such is the case with the second part of The Dark Knight Returns, which dramatizes the third and fourth books in the 1986 graphic novel.  At least in animated form, it is clear that Mr. Miller bit off just a bit more than he could chew, with a final chapter that expands the playing field far beyond Gotham's borders.  It doesn't quite work, taking us out of the intended story and using it as a way for Miller to discuss a broader commentary on 1980s American foreign policy (the original story was, of course, written in the mid-'80s).  Nonetheless, those wanting a faithful adaptation of the iconic comic book will get thei ...
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'Hawaii Five-0' Remaking Classic 'Hookman' Episode
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Hawaii Five-0" is remaking one of the original series most famous episodes, the 1973 classic "Hookman." “We at 'Hawaii Five-0' hold the original series in reverence, and to be able to go to their well of incredible storytelling is such an honor,” Peter Lenkov, 'Hawaii Five-0' executive producer, said in a statement. "Aside from updating a few sign-of-the-times elements, we are using the original as a roadmap to stay true to each and every element that made 'Hookman' such a beloved hour of television, even going so far as to secure the same locations used in the original episode.” The original "Hookman" episode told the story of a double amputee who set out to get revenge against the cops -- McGarret included -- who were responsible for the loss of his hands. Peter Weller, who played the title character in "Robocop" and recently appeared as Stan Liddy in Season 5 of "Dexter," will direct the episode and star as the villain. Read More... More on Video ...
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Exclusive: Conan O'Brien Gets Animated for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Exclusive: Conan O'Brien Gets Animated for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:57 a.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012 TV Guide Magazine has learned that Conan O'Brien will voice a role in the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Universe animated DVD-movie Batman: The late-night talk show host plays Dave Endochrine, a (yes) late-night talk show host who interviews the Joker after his release from Arkham Asylum. O'Brien joins a brilliantly cast film that also includes Peter Weller as Batman, Michael Emerson as the Joker, Mark Valley as Superman, Ariel Winter as Robin, David Selby as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the Joker's Arkham psychiatrist.
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Michael Emerson to voice the Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; first image released
Flickering Myth - over 4 years
Warner Premiere is set to release the first of the two-part animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal comic book tale Batman: The Dark Knight Returns later this month and while the majority of the voice cast has been known for some time, one character who has so far remained mute is that of the Clown Prince of Crime. Well, not anymore, as TV Guide has revealed that Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) will lend his voice to the maniacal villain, while they’ve also released the first image of the Clown Prince of Crime from the upcoming straight-to-video release. “He's one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers — he has a face for the world and a face for himself,” stated Emerson about the appeal of the character. “He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time. It's freeing because of the largeness of it. "When he laughs, there's nothing subdued about it. When h ...
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'The Celebrity Guide To Wine' You Never Knew You Needed
Huffington Post - over 4 years
We could hardly believe our eyes when we started watching 1990's "The Celebrity Guide to Wine." It's not that we don't want wine tips from Steven Seagal and Whoopi Goldberg, it's just that we weren't expecting to get them. And Whoopi, we certainly weren't expecting to get wine tips from you while you casually stand next to your car, as if that is a totally normal thing to do. In addition to Seagal and Goldberg, this oddly star-studded special also includes Dudley Moore, Herbie Hancock, Kelly LeBrock, Shelley Hack, Robert Loggia and Peter Weller. This madness was directed by Daniel Helfgott, who went on to direct "The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining," starring Ed Begley Jr. and Jackie Collins (please, someone, put this on the internet). Hosted by Spago's then Maitre d'Hotel Bernard Erpicum, there are so many gems in this video that it's hard to pick just one favorite moment, so here are a few: The video really starts out with a bang when a caterer takes offense to ...
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'Star Trek 2' Confirmed For IMAX 3-D Release
MTV News - over 4 years
'We cannot wait for audiences to see the crew of the Enterprise in a way they never have before,' director J.J. Abrams said in an announcement. By Josh Wigler Chris Pine in "Star Trek" Photo: Paramount Pictures It's the day of IMAX news announcements, it seems! Following news that "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" would enjoy an IMAX release and that "Batman Begins" would be re-released in the format alongside its "Dark Knight" sequels later this summer comes yet another announcement of a hotly awaited project boldly going where many other recent films have gone before. J.J. Abrams' still untitled "Star Trek" sequel joins those aforementioned movies in the IMAX club, as announced Wednesday (June 13) in a joint press release from IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures. Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew will debut in IMAX 3-D on May 17, 2013, featuring a number of action sequences that were shot from the ground up with IMAX cameras. " ...
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Abbie Cornish Eyes Wife Role In 'RoboCop' Remake
MTV News - over 4 years
The best way to convince us that a "RoboCop" remake is totally necessary is line up an awesome cast for it, and MGM is doing just that. Hot off the news that Samuel L. Jackson has joined the film as a "charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world," the studio has seemed to have found itself a female lead as well. Deadline is reporting that Abbie Cornish is currently in talks for a big role in the movie. But instead of playing Alex Murphy's former partner Anne Lewis, who was the most important female character in the original "RoboCop," Cornish is in talks to play Murphy's wife. In the Peter Weller "RoboCop," we meet Murphy's wife during a flashback and are told that she and Murphy's son moved on after his alleged death. Deadline describes Cornish's role the same way for the reboot -- she's been offered "the role of his wife, who thinks she is a widow" -- but it seems as though it will be a bigger part in this flick. Hopefully that means there still is a ro ...
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TV Review: House 8.20, ‘Post Mortem’
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (WARNING: significant spoilers follow!) One more down, two to go. Then that’s all there is to House. So how well does this most recent episode stack up? We begin with a patient dying (and a cameo by this episode’s director, Peter Weller), and watch as her body gets taken to the morgue. There the medical examiner (I think that’s what he is, anyhow), begins the autopsy. He’s working along, criticizing Doctor Weller’s skills, and then starts to cut open his own face. Whee! House (Hugh Laurie) and team get involved, naturally. But it’s not long before House is whisked away by Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). More about their antics in a bit. The patient turns out to be extremely critical of all the hospital doctors except House. Since House is gone, Chase (Jesse Spencer) handles the diagnostic process and claims it’s being done by House. The patient accepts this, though he really dislikes Chase and calls him out for basically not doing anything but livin ...
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Watch 56 Episodes of 'Star Trek' at the Same Time, With Sound (Video)
The Wrap - almost 5 years
Ever wanted to watch two seasons worth of the original "Star Trek" series at once? Sure, it seems, as Spock would say, illogical, but thanks to an ambitious Trekkie on YouTube, one 50-minute YouTube clip will unspool 56 "Trek" episodes at the same time, with sound. The video, compiled by YouTube user twilight1138, features the complete first and second seasons of the 1966-69 series, with one exception: points out twilight1138 swapped the first episode of season three in for the first episode for season one, in the interest of episode length parity. Also read: All 5 'Star Trek' TV Captains Appearing at London Trekkie Convention Here's hoping twilight1138 puts his episode collage design to work on those 20 seasons of "Law &amp; Order" we'd love to watch someday. And that no one who watches this has a seizure. Watch the video: Related Articles:  Chris Pine's Former Agency Sues 'Star Trek' Star for Commissions 'Star Tr ...
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2012 Hero Complex Film Festival to Include Screenings of ROBOCOP, SERENITY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, SHAUN OF THE DEAD and More with Special Guests
Collider - almost 5 years
Last year’s Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival included screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan &amp; J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, a Jon Favreau-hosted double bill of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and Warren Beatty opened the festival with his 1990 film Dick Tracy.  The event sounded like a lot of fun and proved more than insightful with some truly swell panels.  The line-up for this year’s iteration of the festival has been announced, and as expected it’s a fun mix of old and new films with special guests galore.  Hit the jump for more info. The festival will run from May 18-21 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  Here’s a brief rundown of the schedule thus far: Friday Dawn of the Dead (2009) with special guests Zack Snyder and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman Shaun of the Dead with special guest Edgar Wright Saturday RoboCop with special guest Peter Weller A Clockwork Orange with special guest Malcolm McDowell SUPER with special guest Rainn Wilson Sun ...
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RoboCop Thinks He’s Like Jesus
D Magazine - almost 5 years
Peter Weller, the man who played RoboCop, was at the Texas Theatre on Saturday for the 25th anniversary screening of the Dallas-filmed ultra-violent classic. After the film, he stuck around for a Q&amp;A. It got weird fast. My friend Brantley Hargrove documents the evening briefly here. Yes, Weller compared his character to Jesus Christ. Yes, he compared the movie to Casablanca. He also thinks RoboCop is a prophetic warning against the dangers of mass privatization. And yes, he thinks the new RoboCop will probably suck.
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$ 30,218 of Websense Inc (WBSN) stock sold by Peter Waller; 1 Additional Transaction
MMD Newswire - almost 5 years
SAN DIEGO, CA  (MMD Newswire) April 20, 2012 -- Peter Waller sold 1,500 shares of Websense Inc stock, or $30,218 worth, as noted in an SEC Filing today. As reported in the filing, the transactions occurred on April 16, 2012.
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Our Second ActionFest Diary Knows All About The Raid, Donnie Yen, JCVD and Peter Weller
Film School Rejects - almost 5 years
If you’re just catching up, Junkfood Cinema auteur Brian Salisbury and I have driven across the country to attend ActionFest, a new film festival dedicated exclusively to the best in ass-kicking action cinema held annually in Asheville, North Carolina. After a 20 hour drive and less sleep than is advisable, we tackled day 1 with a vengeance taking in 6 films. You can read about that in my first piece here. With the closest thing to a full night’s sleep we were likely to get, we made our way back to the Carolina theater for day 2. The Carolina is much nicer than your standard multiplex, with a large open lobby, a concession stand featuring actual human food alongside popcorn and candy and a nice selection of beers on draft. There’s a lounge area above the concession stand featuring yet another small bar and a decent sized home theater-like cinema with a nice 100+” screen, an HD projector hooked up to a Blu-ray player and plush leather couches and love seats that can probably comfort ...
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Seth Meyers To Headline Annual Comedy Night For Charity
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Forgotten Harvest and Funny Or Die have announced that Seth Meyers, “Weekend Update” anchor and head writer of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, will headline the 20th Annual Comedy Night in Detroit on April 27, 2012. Comedy Night is an annual charity event that supports Forgotten Harvest’s mission of eliminating hunger by eliminating food waste. The 20th Annual Comedy Night will take place at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Tickets are on sale now through Forgotten Harvest at, through the Orchestra Hall box office and at Ticket prices start at $25. Comedy Night, which began in 1992 with the support of television and film star and local native Tim Allen and Detroit-area comedy impresario Mark Ridley, has become Metro Detroit’s premier annual comedy event, bringing in well-known stars such as Allen, Meyers, The Smothers Brothers, Richard Jeni, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Meaney, Louie Anderson, David Coulier and Kathleen Madigan. In addition to being the 20th ...
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MGM movies coming to YouTube, Google Play
LATimes - almost 5 years
Seeking to make more money from a library that still provides virtually all of the independent studio's revenue, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has signed a deal to rent more than 600 of its movies through Google's YouTube video site and its digital media store. The partnership unveiled Monday covers more than 600 of MGM's best known titles, including "Rocky," "Terminator," "West Side Story," "Rain Man," "Robocop" and "Moonstruck." They will be available directly on YouTube or via Google Play, the tech giant's digital media store that offers movies, music, books and games to rent on the web and Android mobile devices. Google already has similar movie rental deals with all of Hollywood's major studios, save 20th Century Fox, and 10 independents, including Relativity Media and Miramax. Typically, it charges $3.99 for new releases and $1.99 for older titles. Though it is the leading player in online video-watching through YouTube, Google has a tiny share of the fast-growing but still nascent ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Weller
  • 2014
    Age 66
    He later revealed at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on August 2, 2014, that he had been conferred his doctorate.
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  • 2013
    Age 65
    In October 2013 he filed his dissertation, entitled "Alberti Before Florence: Early Sources Informing Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura", and was awarded his doctorate in 2014.
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    Weller voiced the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the two-part 2013 animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Weller completed a master's degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University and occasionally taught courses in ancient history at the university. In 2007, Weller began a Ph.D. at UCLA, in Italian Renaissance art history.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    He also guest-starred on the Showtime original series Dexter, and had a guest appearance in the December 22, 2010 episode of Psych; where he played villain "Yin"
    More Details Hide Details Since 2012, he's recurring as Lucien Connally on the crime drama television series Longmire. In 2013, he played the part of the villain in the remake of the "Hookman" episode of the original Hawaii Five-O. The part was originally played in 1973 by J. J. Armes. In seasons six and seven of Sons of Anarchy, he plays the ruthless ex-cop Charles Barosky, a boss at the Stockton port and has dealings with the SAMCRO motorcycle club. Weller has also directed various projects for television, including episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, Monk and three episodes of the aforementioned Odyssey 5. He directed a 1997 adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast starring David Caruso and Marg Helgenberger after previously starring in a version of Leonard's thriller Cat Chaser. He has directed eleven episodes of the series Sons of Anarchy, two in Season 4, titled "Dorylus" (air date 9/20/11) and "Hands", three in Season 5, titled "Authority Vested", "Toad's Wild Ride" and "Darthy", three in Season 6, titled "One One Six", "Los Fantasmas" and "Aon Rud Pearsanta" and three in Season 7, titled "Some Strange Eruption", "What a Piece of Work Is Man" and "Suits of Woe". He has directed one episode each season of Longmire since 2012.
    On April 15, 2010, Weller guest-starred in an episode of the science fiction drama Fringe.
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    On January 15, 2010, Weller was seen in a teaser trailer for the companion documentary God of War: Unearthing the Legend that was featured in the game God of War III which Weller also hosted.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    On June 24, 2006, he married longtime girlfriend and actress Sheri Stowe at the Santa Maria Assunta church in Positano, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details It was also Weller's 59th birthday. Guests among the wedding were Carrie Fisher and Marg Helgenberger.
    In 2006, Weller joined the cast of 24 as terrorist collaborator Christopher Henderson.
    More Details Hide Details Weller received a "cheer" in TV Guides "Cheers & Jeers" section for his performance.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    In 2005, Weller co-starred as the Captain in a made-for-television remake of The Poseidon Adventure.
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  • 1995
    Age 47
    In 1995, he appeared in Screamers, a science-fiction film based on the short story "Second Variety" by Philip K. Dick and directed by Christian Duguay.
    More Details Hide Details In a 1977 episode of the television series Lou Grant, he plays Oberster SA-Führer Donald Sterner/Stryker, a tragically disillusioned Jewish-American Neo-Nazi leader who later committed suicide off-screen with his Colt 45 near the end of the episode when his heritage was discovered. On television, he played the shuttle captain in the short-lived series Odyssey 5 and made guest appearances as Terran supremacist John Frederick Paxton in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Demons", "Terra Prime" and in Fringe as the character Alistair Peck. Weller is a contributor to the History Channel in several productions, credited as "Peter Weller, Syracuse University", where he is an adjunct faculty member. He is a graduate student in art history at UCLA, focusing on the Italian Renaissance.
  • 1984
    Age 36
    Weller was in the 1984 film Firstborn with Christopher Collet, where he played the abusive boyfriend of Collet's mother (played by Teri Garr).
    More Details Hide Details Weller has appeared in more than 50 films and television series, including turns as the title characters in the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and blockbuster hits RoboCop and RoboCop 2, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. He has also appeared in such critically acclaimed films as Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, the Oliver Stone-produced The New Age and David Cronenberg's movie of William Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch.
  • 1947
    Born on June 24, 1947.
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