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By Dancin' Dan
Ten years ago right about now, William Friedkin's adaptation of Tracy Letts's play Bug opened in theaters, introducing most of America to Michael Shannon and gifting Ashley Judd with the best part of her career. Unfortunately, though, Bug was marketed as a body horror movie from the director of The Exorcist, which is... not what it is. At all »
The long-awaited return of “Twin Peaks” may not have been a ratings breakout during its Sunday premiere, but the show will most likely see the lion’s share of its viewership in delayed viewing.
According to Nielsen data, the two-hour premiere averaged 506,000 viewers in its initial airing and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing. That is of course a fraction of the 34 million viewers the initial series debut pulled in back in 1990, but that was also before the rise of cable, let alone streaming.
Showtime won’t be sweating those numbers, however. The premium cabler announced that Sunday was the single biggest sign up day for their Showtime streaming service ever. The show also generated 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter, trending both in the United States and worldwide and ranking number one in prime time among all series. In addition, the show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers, when »
- Joe Otterson
Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.The world's gone mad. Fortunately for FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), he's been able to sit out most of the real-life insanity of the last 25 years. Unfortunately—as surely known by those viewers familiar with Mark Frost and David Lynch's singular television series Twin Peaks, which returned Sunday, May 21st for a limited, 18-episode run on Showtime—that's because he's been trapped in the unearthly purgatory known as the Black Lodge, all while his devilish doppelgänger, a mortal manifestation of the murderous spirit known as Killer Bob, runs amok among mankind.Already it feels like I'm speaking in tongues. But if Twin Peaks and Lynch (who directed, co-wrote, co-edited, and designed the sound for all of these new episodes) have taught us anything, »
Networks: ABC; Showtime. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: April 8, 1990 - June 10, 1991. May 21, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, Everett McGill, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Amy Shiels, Robert Forster, Phoebe Augustine, Chrysta Bell, Richard Beymer, Catherine E. Coulson, Jan D'Arcy, Laura Dern, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Warren Frost, Ashley Judd, David Patrick Kelly, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Owain Rhys Davies, Wendy Robie, Charlotte Stewart, Harry Dean Stanton, Al Strobel, Carel Struycken, Eddie Vedder, Naomi Watts, and Alicia Witt. TV show description:A surrealist murder mystery series with horror and soap »
If you’ve come to this recap of the Twin Peaks revival premiere seeking answers about what the heck happens in the series premiere, I’m going to have to make like Cooper in the Black Lodge and say next to nothing.
Because, honestly, Nadine’s drape runners have a better idea of what’s going on in the two-hour huh?-fest than I do. It doesn’t mean I won’t recount the highlights of the long-awaited continuation’s first installments, it just means that this long-time fan found the first few episodes tough to navigate.
A note about »
Films toplined by Ashley Judd and Maggie Q are the latest projects seeking distribution deals at the Cannes Film Market. According to ScreenDaily, Red Sea Media has begun talks with international buyers for Judd-starrer “Trafficked,” and the U.S. rights to Q-led “Slumber” have been obtained by Vertical Entertainment.
Directed by Will Wallace (“Red Wing”), “Trafficked” centers on three young women from the U.S., Nigeria, and India trying to escape a brothel. Elisabeth Röhm (“Jane the Virgin”), Anne Archer (“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”), and Sean Patrick Flanery (“Dexter”) co-star in the film.
“This is a poignant film,” Red Sea founder Roman Kopelevich emphasized. “It’s important, with the world sex trade impacting girls from remote villages to the doorsteps of our neighborhoods. Anyone with a daughter or a sister should be concerned with this epidemic.”
Judd is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights around the world. She is also a survivor of sexual assault and severe online harassment. “The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary,” Judd told “The Today Show” in 2015. The “Divergent” franchise actress serves as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, an organization striving for better healthcare for all women. You can next catch Judd in the “Twin Peaks” revival, which hits Showtime May 21.
Vertical Entertainment is planning a late-2017 theatrical release for “Slumber.” The supernatural thriller sees Q playing Alice, “a rationally minded sleep doctor, who is forced to abandon scientific reason and accept a family is being terrorized by a parasitic demon which paralyzes victims as they sleep,” ScreenDaily summarizes.
Q currently plays Hannah Wells on ABC’s political dystopian thriller “Designated Survivor.” She portrayed the titular character on The CW’s “Nikita” from 2010 to 2013. Q’s next film is “The Brits Are Coming,” a jewel heist comedy that’s currently in post-production.
Cannes Update: New Films with Ashley Judd and Maggie Q on the Way was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The film chronicles the fate of three girls from the Us, Nigeria and India who attempt to escape a Texas brothel. Will Wallace directs from the screenplay by Siddharth Kara, and Conroy Kanter, Kara and Vicente Aldape served as producers. Frank Mayor is executive producer.
“Trafficked is a character-driven thriller, which will move its audiences and bring awareness to the campaign to stop human trafficking and help its victims,” Conroy said.
“This is a poignant film,” Red Sea founder Roman Kopelevich said. “It’s important, with the world sex trade impacting girls from remote villages to the doorsteps of our neighborhoods. Anyone with a daughter or a sister should be concerned with this epidemic, which is made easier via the internet and other »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Summer's here! That means school's out, and what better to keep cool from the warm, sunny rays than with the hottest new shows hitting the small screen?
From anticipated revivals and farewell seasons to a boy band singing competition and the long-overdue return of a hit medieval fantasy series, summer TV has just about everything you need to keep yourself glued to your television sets!
Don't know what to watch this summer? Have no fear! Et's Summer TV Preview guide spotlights 16 must-watch shows that you absolutely cannot miss.
Related: Summer Movie Preview 2017: Superheroes, Sexy Lifeguards and Bridesmaids Gone Wild, Oh My!
Premieres: Friday, May 12 on Amazon Prime
Inspired by the lauded novel by Chris Kraus, Amazon's latest scripted series comes from Transparent's Jill Soloway and combines the whimsy of sexual desire and the heartbreaking reality of a crumbling marriage with a deft hand. Kathryn Hahn plays Chris, an unhappy »
Looks like “Twin Peaks” and Showtime are getting a little more daring, showing off more actual footage of the show’s revival after months of speculation and secrecy. Just like the last one, new teaser released Thursday gives us a glimpse of some returning faces, but also reveals the first images of some of the new cast. Most figured that there would be some fresh and old faces in the new season, but it was a surprise when creator David Lynch revealed a 217-member cast list last year. The new roster included some big names like Laura Dern, Ashley Judd, »
- Carli Velocci
It came to David Lynch in a flash:
A red room. A dream version of Laura Palmer. An older Special Agent Dale Cooper, silent and pensive. The Man From Another Place, speaking cryptically: “That gum you like is going to come back in style.”
It was early 1989, and Lynch was hard at work on “Twin Peaks.” He and co-creator Mark Frost were trying to meet the deadlines of ABC, the network that had commissioned a drama about love, pie and murder in a Pacific Northwest town. Lynch was under pressure to create scenes that would allow the pilot to be released as a TV movie in case it didn’t get picked up to series. But the filmmaker didn’t have any ideas for footage that could wrap up the story neatly enough to please a movie audience.
Then he walked outside during an early-evening break from editing and folded his arms on the roof of a »
- Maureen Ryan
Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition, 1995.
Directed by Michael Mann.
Heat has been released on Blu-ray before in a pretty definitive edition, but this new one features remastered video from a 4K scan supervised by director Michael Mann, along with a new audio mix. The bonus features found on the two-disc DVD and earlier Blu-ray were ported to this edition, which also has two new discussions from 2015 and 2016 with Mann and many of the cast members.
Can a crime drama be considered epic? Sure, movies like The Godfather Parts I and II and Casino would fall into that category, but they’re films that take place over long periods of time that trace a rise-and-fall arc. Heat’s story unfolds along a relatively short timeline, but »
- Brad Cook
With “Twin Peaks” returning in less than three weeks, Showtime is giving viewers another glimpse at the revival in a new trailer — however, the video may look familiar, if you watched the original series.
Along with FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Showtime’s latest short teaser gives the first look at some of the original “Twin Peaks” characters, including Ed Hurley, Carl Rodd, Laura Palmer’s mother Sarah, Deputy Andy Brennan, and Deputy Hawk.
Along with the familiar faces, the new “Twin Peaks” will feature a lengthy list of new cast members. Last year, Showtime revealed the whopping 217 actors who would appear in the series, including Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Laura Dern, Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Ashley Judd, and more. For a refresher, click here.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Double R Diner, Laura Palmer’s house, the instantly recognizable sheriff’s department – all of these locations and more feature in the nostalgic new trailer for Twin Peaks.
Pitched as a limited event series – one that’ll set the wheels in motion with a two-hour, two-episode premiere in three weeks’ time – David Lynch is back behind the lens, following some back-and-forth with regards to contractual and financial arrangements. But if Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival encountered some choppy waters early on in development, all signs point to a delightful slice of fan service hitting the small screen on May 21st.
On board to headline the truly massive ensemble cast is Kyle MacLachlan, who’s back as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. The caption that accompanies Twin Peaks‘ third season simply reads, “it’s happening again,” which portends all kinds of dark and mysterious events for those residents housed up in the titular town. »
- Michael Briers
Actor, artist and noted Cate Blanchett enthusiast Val Kilmer did a Reddit Ama in which he proved, once and for all, stars: they’re just like us. To promote “Cinema Twain,” the feature version of his one-man stage show “Citizen Twain” (get the reference?), Kilmer answered some fan questions and absolutely delivered — mostly because, as it turns out, Val Kilmer is nothing but a huge, endearingly earnest fanboy.
Here are some of the best answers he gave:
When asked about the experience of working on “Heat,” Kilmer gave just about the greatest response anyone could have hoped for: “Well imagine being able to say, ‘Al and Bob’ for the rest of your life. Not many people can do that. I have seen Bob, giggling like a school girl in a van in the middle of the night, »
- Allison Picurro
Image Source: Getty / Rich Fury With the premiere of Hulu's timely new series The Handmaid's Tale this week, star Elisabeth Moss is about to be back in your mind, and not just on your TV. Elisabeth might be best known for her portrayal of '60s career badass Peggy Olson on Mad Men, but she's one of those actors who has always kind of flown under the radar. With her profile rising and a buzzy new show, we figured it was high time to talk about how fascinating she actually is. She's TV's most famous first daughter. You may see Elisabeth and think Peggy, but her big break was on another TV show. She played The West Wing's Zoey Bartlet, daughter of the president, from 1999 to 2006. Other notable roles from her early years? She guested on a 2007 episode of Grey's Anatomy and played a young Ashley Judd in the »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
It's been over two decades since director Michael Mann unleashed his action-packed classic Heat onto the world, which still has legions of devoted fans to this day. While there have never been any official plans for a sequel, the director will now revisit this iconic crime saga in a prequel novel he is writing with celebrated crime author Reed Farrel Coleman. The novel is expected to be published next year under the filmmaker's Michael Mann Books imprint at William Morrow/HarperCollins.
Deadline reports that this book, which doesn't have a title at this time, will provide an origin story for all of the L.A.-based criminals and law enforcement officers that are featured in the 1995 movie. This book will delve into how Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) met Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), Michael Cherrito (Tom Sizemore) and Trejo (Danny Trejo) in Folsom Prison, and formed his crew. This story will also feature McCauley's mentor, »
Michael Mann is feeling literary these days. Earlier this week it was announced that he and producer Michael De Luca had acquired the rights to Mark Bowden’s “Hue 1968,” and now Deadline is reporting that Mann is partnering with Reed Farrel Coleman to co-write the prequel novel to “Heat.”
A poet and crime-fiction author, Coleman recently published “What You Break” and is up for an Edgar Award (his fourth nomination) for “Where It Hurts.” “Heat,” which stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a cop and criminal, respectively, was released to great acclaim in 1995 and remains one of the most celebrated action flicks of all time. Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Amy Brenneman and Ashley Judd round out the ensemble cast.
- Michael Nordine
So much news to catch up with. Deep breaths...
Coming Soon Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, his second animated feature, got a teaser poster and a release date
EW Faye Dunaway breaks her silence on February's Oscar Best Picture mixup
Deadline Monumental Pictures has announced they're making a big screen version of the Roe v Wade »
- NATHANIEL R
Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »
With both The Hatton Garden Job in UK cinemas now, and We Still Steal the Old Way available on DVD from today, I thought i’d take a look at my favourite Top Five Heist/Crime Caper Movies… In order (for a change) they are:
5) In Security
In Security tells the story of best friends Kevin and Bruce, who are co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime. As a last ditch effort to drum up some business, they start robbing the neighbors to instill fear and create a need for their services but bullets fly when they unwittingly rob the wrong guy – a suburban drug lord with a penchant for kitchen gadgets.
It’s fair to say I love a good goofball crime caper, but In Security however has much more than being just a “crime caper” going for it. For one it stars one of my favourite actors, »
- Phil Wheat
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