This is good. Says Mashable:

John Malkovich was disturbed to find upon a recent visit to johnmalkovich.com that someone was already being John Malkovich.

The actor, who moonlights as a fashion designer, had wanted to use that address to promote his new eponymous clothing line.

But it turned out someone had beaten him to the punch and the domain was home to a knock-off fashion brand illegally using his name and likeness.     

Despite the ongoing legal headache that ensued, Malkovich volunteered to spoof the ordeal in a new pre-game Super Bowl ad for the website-building company Squarespace.

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In a bizarrely meta twist, Malkovich actually had to seek legal blessing from the rights holders of Charlie Kaufman's Being John Malkovich for the ad itself, which makes implicit reference to the famously weird film.

"If you think about it, it's kind of crazy, kind of outrageous," Malkovich said. "I have no problem [with the film, in which he appeared], but I also understand what it means to have one's name under the control of other people and, in some cases, being used for purposes that I might not be so supportive of." (Source)

 

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I should've posted this closer to, you know, Thanksgiving, but time got away from me.

Apparently people were, in fact, looking for puppeteers in the wintry economic climate of the late '20s:

The Macy's parade started in 1924, but in 1927 its collaboration with Tony Sarg took things way up a few whimsical notches. Working with fellow puppeteer Bil Baird, a 60-foot balloon dragon, tottering Felix the Cat, hummingbird, and other buoyant wonders made their way down the Manhattan streets, and the crowds went wild.

[...] Sarg also worked on the annual Macy's holiday window displays from 1935 to 1942, the year he died of appendicitis. He considered the balloons "giant, upside down marionettes," and saw no limits to what they could do.  Each year of the Macy's parade, he added new fanciful figures, ever more animated like a policeman shaking a nightstick, a 20-foot elephant, and a sea monster. (Source)

Many cool photos at the link! And this video:

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Took me a while to settle on a headline.

Via Rolling Stone:

"I would say the film's biggest legacy was that it was an introduction to the world of two extremely gifted filmmakers: [screenwriter] Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze, whom I hold in great esteem," Malkovich tells Rolling Stone. "In my mind, they're visionaries who have gone on to do some of the most excellent work in American movies for a long time.

"But [the legacy] for me, not so much," the actor adds. "I mean, in modern culture... [Long pause] It's kind of like if you get a blowjob from the wrong person, then your life becomes a blowjob. So Being John Malkovich always has to be referred to in some allegedly clever or ironic or snarky way." (Source)

So there you go. Also this:

"We [Charlie and Malkovich] were walking down the street in New York after I met him the first time. It was not long before we started shooting and he sidled over to me and said, 'I just want you to know I'm a big fan.' And I said, 'Well, thank you, Charlie, but I read the script, so you don't really have to do that.' And he kind of snorted."

Thanks to Sarah!

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The jimi Hendrix Case is a free game in which you solve Jimi Hendrix's murder, and every character is Jimi Hendrix.

The fact that literally every person in the game world is Jimi Hendrix allows fun things to happen with the classic format—at one point the game quizzes you to remember the victim and suspects, and of course, all the answers are Jimi Hendrix.

Looking into this game a little bit, I learned there are actually lots of conspiracy theories about whether the real Jimi Hendrix was murdered. I don't know enough about them to know if there's anything for Hendrix fans in the game related to those theories, but the game is made with lots of love and doesn't take a lot of your time. (Source)

On another note: China China China, brought to you by Trump...

 

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich.

Thanks to Sarah for that one!

 

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Being John Malkovich turned 15 last month, but let's not dwell on that for too long and instead speed our way to 30+ minutes' worth of behind-the-scenes videos, posted by indieWIRE in celebration. Some of this might be familiar, some might not. Here's one to get you started:

You can view the rest here.

FIFTEEN YEARS. For the love of God.

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Article on Medium:

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I spent a bit too long deciding which part to excerpt--not even kidding. I think the author raises some good points.

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Photographer Sandro Miller wanted to pay tribute to photography greats, so he called in John Malkovich to help recreate famous snaps, for a series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”

Which is exactly what you probably think it's going to be.

Look at this.

john-malkovich-recreates-portraits-1Malkovich as identical twin girls

And this.

john-malkovich-recreates-portraits-2Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe

There's more here, if you dare.

Thanks to Julie, Garrison and Cristian!

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