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David Lynch and Mark Frost's 1990 TV series looks better than ever, while the 1992 feature prequel digs deeper in Laura Palmer's unpleasant final days without as many rewards. CBS's 9-disc retrospective is a setup for the highly awaited series continuation -- delayed by 25 years. Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces Blu-ray CBS / Paramount 1990 & 1992 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame & 1:78 widescreen / 25 hours + 134 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 72,99 Starring (series) Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Kimmy Robertson, Eric Da Re, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse,Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh, Wendy Robie, Miguel Ferrer, David Lynch, Heather Graham, Dan O'Herlihy, Billy Zane, James Booth, Michael Parks, Lenny von Dohlen, Hank Worden, David Duchovny, Walter Olkewicz, Jane Greer, David L. Lander, »
- Glenn Erickson
How many times are they gonna try this? First there was the 1998 remake (which I remember loving, but then again I was 10 at the time) starring Matt LeBlanc (remember his movie career?), William Hurt, Heather Graham, and Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith. Then there was an unaired pilot in 2004 directed by John Woo called The Robinsons: Lost In Space, which didn't go anywhere. Now Netflix, in all... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Netflix’s Lost in Space remake now has its first cast member, with Falling Skies alum Taylor Russell signing on to play Judy Robinson in the remake of the classic 1960s television series. The role was originated on the original series by Marta Kristen and played by Heather Graham in the 1998 film remake. Russell is best known for appearing on TNT’s Falling Skies, as well as Lifetime's Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, where she played Lark Voorhies. The original… »
The 10-episode, Legendary TV-produced family drama/sci-fi adventure, which was formally »
Demi Lovato will join the A-list lineup of Global Citizen Festival headliners after Selena Gomez announced a break to focus on her health, People can exclusively confirm. "The Global Citizen Festival combines music and activism in a way that inspires and affects millions around the world. I am proud to support this amazing organization's ongoing efforts to improve global healthcare and to end extreme poverty," said Lovato, 24, whose addition to the bill comes as she and longtime pal Nick Jonas travel the U.S. on their Future Now Tour. This is the fifth year Global Citizen will host its annual advocacy show, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Nobody may believe this, but Every film could be remade. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is done to improve on the previous film. Other times it is done to update a film from years past. There have no doubt been times that something was remade simply because that was a way to squeeze more money out of the property. And if Hollywood continues to employ this trend, sooner or later, every movie, no matter how classic, will probably get resurrected in some way shape or form. No matter how much fans don't want it to happen.
It appears that some films have gotten remade simply because there wasn't a good case against remaking it. If you're a studio head then the numbers make a lot of sense. People know the property, the characters, the story, etc. Nobody is going to be 'literally' hurt by remaking said film, »
The new series will be produced by Legendary Television. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the screenwriting team behind the films “Dracula Untold” and “Last Witch Hunter,” will write the new series, with “Prison Break” veteran Zack Estrin set to serve as showrunner. The three will executive produce alongside Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni , Applebox’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the show. The series is set to premiere in 2018.
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content. “The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new »
- Daniel Holloway
Erik Sudberg has signed on to write the script. Jeffrey D. Erb of Framelight Productions will produce the film. Sudberg’s credits include “Behind the Stars: The Bernie Brillstein Story” and the thriller “Red Sequin.”
Jade gained notice as a regular on the sixth and final season of Vh-1’s “Mob Wives” and via publication of Idw Media’s “Destiny: Queen of Thieves,” based her look and attitude. She has also appeared on shows including “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Wife,” and “Law & Order,” as well as movies like “Elf.”
“Destiny: Queen of Thieves” focuses on a female master thief who lives in New York City. When »
- Dave McNary
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me.
This week’s column is about “Swiss Army Man,” which opens theatrically on Friday.
James: So this is “a farting corpse bromance.”
Semaj: Don’t spoil it.
James: Ok, it’s “an endearing dark comedy about loneliness and the human need to connect to another.”
James: “Child of God” is a little darker than this movie.
Semaj: Yeah, but only because the character in “Child of God” sleeps with his corpses and then starts to murder more people to have more companions.
James: That character, Lester Ballard, was loosely based on the real murderer, Ed Gein, notorious bone and skin collector and exhumer of bodies. He made lampshades out of skin, and bedposts out of skulls.
Semaj: Ed Gein also inspired Robert Bloch’s “Psycho” (the human taxidermy, Norman dressing up like his dead mother) and Nicholas Winding Refn’s favorite movie of all time, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
James: Why are you bringing up Nicolas Winding Refen?
Semaj: He’s always talking about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I think he took his wife to see it on their first date ever.
James: Anyway, “Swiss Army Man” does deal with a corpse like all those films, but it does it in a different way. Somehow it’s not as bleak, and grisly. It’s pretty skillful how they pull it off.
Semaj: “Weekend at Bernie’s” already pulled off a corpse comedy.
James: This isn’t like “Weekend at Bernie’s” either. That’s a straight-up comedy, but like the Two Corey’s classic, “License to Drive,” the comedy comes from the characters trying to disguise the fact that they are carting around a corpse.
James: Yeah, but in those movies they have no meaningful interactions with the incapacitated (or dead) characters. The bodies are usually temporarily animated to deliver a moment of comedy.
James: Exactly. Paul Dano’s character is so lonely that on the brink of suicide he meets the Daniel Radcliff corpse and immediately begins to develop a friendship with him.
Semaj: In a way, it’s as if Paul Dano’s character is animating the corpse with his own thoughts and feelings.
James: Exactly! He provides the corpse with his personality.
Semaj: Sort of like you do with these columns — you animate both sides of a conversation.
James: Yeah, I guess so. Maybe I’m lonely, too.
Semaj: I’m here for you.
James: Thanks, man.
Semaj: So, does that mean that Paul Dano’s character is having a bromance with himself?
James: Sort of, but it’s more complex than that. One of the things that is great about necrophilia stories, despite their disguising reality, is they allow an intense examination of what it means to be intimate with an other. Dano’s character wants what everyone wants: to connect to another, to love and be loved. But he has been damaged by a loveless father, and is so insecure that he is incapable of speaking to the woman he’s attracted to on his bus route.
Semaj: So he isolates himself in the wilderness, and becomes lonelier.
James: He has given up on conventional social interactions, he can’t do it, the world has rejected him. He feels ugly and unlovable.
Semaj: But when he finds the corpse he can infuse it with all his ideas of a perfect mate. He is out in the woods with no one to contradict him, so his imagination can run wild, and he can believe, without any objections from the greater world, that his new corpse friend can talk, and use his farts to propel them over the water like a jet ski, or light fires, or shoot them up into the sky to evade dangerous animals.
James: Exactly. So you think that all that fantastic stuff is in Paul Dano’s imagination?
Semaj: I think so, but it doesn’t really matter after a while because the movie takes us on his ride, we are experiencing everything through his eyes, so whether that stuff really happens or not doesn’t matter as much as having those experiences affect him, and seeing that they are emotionally real for him. Because of that, the audience also feels.
James: That’s one thing the movie does really well: it draws you into his quirky world so you can get on board with what would otherwise, in actuality, be a fucked up situation.
Semaj: I think the farts have a lot to do with making the whole thing more palatable.
James: You’re exactly right. It seems like a silly thing, and amongst people I’ve talked to, the movie is already known as the “farting corpse movie,” but the idea that the corpse’s gas aids Dano’s imagination when animating the corpse is crucial. From the first meeting on, the corpse farts, and it immediately takes the tone of the film out of the macabre and into the more enjoyable realms of a quirky bromance, where two oddball guys can enjoy fart jokes, talk about women, masturbation, and in the end forge an intimate bond.
James: The movie was directed by two guys with the first name Daniel, so they’re credited as “Daniels.”
Semaj: Maybe making the movie was a kind of bromance for them, too.
James: There is nothing more intimate than creating something with someone. That’s why I collaborate with all my friends again and again.
Semaj: Basically the corpse provides Dano with everything he was denied by everyone else in his life.
James: Exactly, just like all bromances do. In “Pineapple Express,” Dale realizes that his weird drug dealer Saul is actually his best friend; in “Superbad,” the boys learn that they love each other more than anyone; “This is the End” is partly an examination of the strain that trauma puts on friendships, and ultimately the triumph of true friendship, even when facing the end of the world.
Semaj: It’s weird that they didn’t let you go to heaven at the end of that film.
James: You’re telling me! I mean Wtf? I sacrificed myself for Seth, and I still don’t get to go to heaven?
Semaj: Danny McBride dragged you down to Hell.
James: Well, Hell would be heaven with a friend like Danny, and Heaven would be Hell without Seth.
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- James Franco
It’s the anniversary of the weirdest conclusion to a major TV show ever screened – and one whose mystery may be solved by its return next year
It had been a long season, filled with humour and flailing and complete misdirection, by the time Kyle McLachlan’s Agent Cooper returned to the Red Room, a kind of purgatory in the thick woods outside Twin Peaks. “I’ll see you again in 25 years,” a spirit who looked like Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told him in that episode, which aired 25 years ago today. Cooper had gone into the Red Room to save his love interest Annie (Heather Graham) from remaining in the Black Lodge – the show’s version of hell – indefinitely. He succeeded, but not before being pursued through the Red Room’s maze by a doppelganger.
Cooper woke up in his hotel room, surrounded by the sheriff and a doctor. He asked, »
- Michelle Dean
Anticipation is an easy thing to have at a film festival, and it’s safe to say that the mood of what-is-he-going-to-do-now? that preceded the Cannes premiere showing of “The Neon Demon,” the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn, was at a particularly high tingle, and for good reason. Refn can be a filmmaker of extravagant humanity, as he proved in “Drive,” and also of extravagant inhumanity, as he proved in “Only God Forgives,” the voluptuous and ludicrous fantasia of revenge that was roundly despised when it played at Cannes in 2013. Nutty as it was, however, “Only God Forgives” did have a few indelible moments (like Ryan Gosling dolefully submitting to getting his hands chopped off), and it suggested that Refn might just possess the operatic fearlessness to create a spellbinding horror film.
A horror film is what “The Neon Demon” is (sort of). It’s set in the Los Angeles fashion world, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Titan Books will place readers within the intense ranks of the Colonial Marines next year with their new anthology Aliens: Bug Hunt. Edited by renowned novelist Jonathan Maberry (who is also editing the Night of the Living Dead anthology with George A. Romero), Aliens: Bug Hunt will feature 18 new stories from a wide range of talented authors, including Brian Keene (The Complex), Tim Lebbon (Alien: Invasion), Yvonne Navarro (Afterage), Christopher Golden (Alien: River of Pain), and more.
Aliens: Bug Hunt will be released sometime next year. It’s not yet known if or how often familiar faces from Aliens or other characters from the Alien franchise will appear in the stories (although Maberry revealed the below photo with his official announcement), but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. While the anthology’s cover art has not yet been revealed, we do have Maberry’s announcement with »
- Derek Anderson
With 217 names announced the other week, you would think that pretty much every surviving member of the cast of "Twin Peaks" is returning for the David Lynch-directed upcoming revival of the series at Showtime. Certainly a bunch of familiar names are all set to return.
But what about the absentees? EW sought out several major cast members who weren't on the list to return to see if they would be coming back. Piper Laurie, who played plotting mill owner Catherine Martell, responded with the following quote:
"I made it very clear to David and the team that I would be delighted to come back. I had a fantastic time on the original and won lots of awards. I'm surprised and I have no idea why I haven't been called back. I did send a note to David that I would be delighted to return, but I think most of »
- Garth Franklin
One of the most striking omissions on last month's massive, 217-name cast list for the Twin Peaks revival was Piper Laurie, who deliciously played the devious Catherine Martell (as well as "Mr. Tojamura") on both seasons of the original series. While some speculated that Laurie's age was a factor in her absence (she's now 84), in a new interview with EW the actress states that she actively lobbied to return but ultimately wasn't invited back. Yes, that is a real sentence, and no, I don't get it either. “I made it very clear to David and the team that I would be delighted to come back. I had a fantastic time on the original and won lots of awards. I’m surprised and I have no idea why I haven’t been called back,” she told EW. “I did send a note to David that I would be delighted to return, »
- Chris Eggertsen
By Doug Oswald
James Woods plays a down on his luck con artist who teams up with retired fighter Louis Gossett, Jr. to score a huge win against a local mob boss in a high stakes boxing match in “Diggstown,” now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Michael Ritchie directs an impressive cast in this entertaining 1992 comedy. However, the MGM release never found its audience and underperformed at the box office upon its release.
The movie opens in Winfield Prison, Olivair County Georgia, where a fight is taking place in the common area with the full knowledge of the prison guards and Warden Bates (Marshall Bell). Wolf Forrester (Randall “Tex” Cobb) is fighting Minoso Torres (Alex Garcia) as Gabriel Caine (Woods) helps an inmate escape. Wolf ends up in the prison hospital after losing the fight and he and Gabe discuss their plans as fighter and promoter after they’re released. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
A trio of new releases popped into the top five on the national home-video sales charts for the week ended April 24, led by 20th Century Fox’s “The Revenant,” the top-grossing drama that pits a rugged frontiersman, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, against a bear who mauled him and a confidante who betrayed him.
The film, which earned $183.4 million in U.S. theaters, bumped Walt Disney Studios’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to the No. 2 spot on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Npd data shows “The Force Awakens” sold 56% as many units as “The Revenant” in its third week of release, the first two of which were spent at No. 1.
“Ip Man 3,” from Well Go USA, debuted at No. 3 on both charts, continuing the Hong Kong martial arts franchise’s successful streak.
A third new release, Lionsgate’s “Norm of the North, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
What a way to start off the week! The formidable cast list for Showtime's forthcoming Twin Peaks revival series was revealed this morning, and man, is it a doozy. In addition to boasting such key returning players as Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), there are a number of surprising A-listers in the mix including Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts. On the downside, a not-insignificant number of cast members from both the original series and the 1992 prequel film Fire Walk with Me are completely absent from the list. Where, for instance, is Lara Flynn Boyle (or Moira Kelly, for that matter)? Michael Ontkean? Piper Laurie? Joan Chen? Anyone from the mill? (Literally, there is no one from the mill.) So while I'm thankful that most of the major players are back in action, I can't help but »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was no secret that David Lynch‘s new season of Twin Peaks (Twin P3aks is the name I’m trying to get off the ground) will be big — around 18 hours in length, if early reports are to be believed, perhaps split into two new seasons — and, this being a David Lynch production, contain a few off-kilter casting choices to fill out its many new roles. The names thrown around have been hugely promising, eyebrow-raising, or some combination: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Jim Belushi, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore — whether they’re previous collaborators or newcomers to the Lynch fold, all making more uncertain the matter of what, exactly, he and Mark Frost have planned.
Consider Showtime’s latest press release a total explosion of that. Pulling back a red curtain on what’s thus far been an intensely secretive project, the network has unveiled Twin Peaks‘ cast, »
- Nick Newman
Angie Tribeca is ready to work, and TBS appears entirely ready to keep cranking out marathons of the police spoof, with the announcement today that season two of the show will debut this summer on June 6. That’s just a few months after the debut of season one earlier in January.
Like season one, the network confirmed that the second outing will be overflowing with famous faces ready to get in on the shenanigans of the show. That’ll include James Franco, Alfred Molina, Maya Rudolph, Heather Graham, Joe Jonas, Danny Pudi, Noah Wyle, Busy Philipps, Rhys Darby and Kevin Pollak among many, many others.
Some hints were given regarding the plot of the season, and it appears a few cases will center around the mysterious murder of a sushi chef, drug lord lifeguards and a boy band member who gets tragically decapitated by a T-shirt cannon.
The ten episode »
- Mitchel Broussard
Exclusive: There won't be any marathon premiere when Angie Tribeca returns for its second season on June 6, but like Season 1 there will be a ton of guest stars popping up. James Franco is back on the Rashida Jones-led cop comedy for its 10-episode Season 2, but the Oscar nominee is just one among many joining the TBS series The comedy created by Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell will see Heather Graham, Mary McCormack, Noah Wyle, Maya Rudolph, Eriq La Salle, Danny… »
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