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It looks like one key actor from the original "Twin Peaks" series will not be returning for the follow-up in Showtime.
TV Line reports that Michael Ontkean has opted not to reprise his beloved role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman in the limited-run revival. A source close to the actor says: "Michael is fully retired from show business, and has been for many years."
On top of that, the site also says that veteran actor Robert Forster has stepped in to replace Ontkean as the town's sheriff, though it's unclear if he'll play Truman or a new character. Rumor was Lynch originally eyed Forster for the role of Sheriff Truman during the show's inaugral run.
Forester joins other newcomers to the franchise with Peter Sarsgaard, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty and Amanda Seyfried also expected to join the project which will sport over a dozen episodes all helmed by Lynch himself. »
- Garth Franklin
In news that is sure to disappoint a lot of longtime Twin Peaks fans, it is being reported today that one of the actors behind a major character has declined to reprise his role for this Showtime revival. When Twin Peaks returns in summer 2017, there will be a new Sheriff in town. But it sounds like his replacement might not be too shabby.
According to TVLine, Michael Ontkean has decided to sit this latest incarnation of the cult series out completely. In the original Twin Peaks, which ran for only two seasons on ABC between April, 1990 and June, 1991, the actor appeared in the beloved role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman. The character might not get retired, though.
Rumor has it that iconic cult actor Robert Forster is being courted to step into the very large shoes of Sheriff Truman. Though, there is some speculation that he may actually be playing »
This is a damn fine disappointment.
When Twin Peaks resurfaces on Showtime in Summer 2017, there will be a new sheriff in town.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Michael Ontkean has opted not to reprise his beloved role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman in the upcoming limited-run revival. Rumor has it that veteran actor Robert Forster (Heroes, Karen Sisco) has stepped in to replace Ontkean as the town’s top lawman, although it’s unclear if he will be playing Truman or a new sheriff.
Winona Ryder and her man are still going strong! The actress made a rare red carpet appearance with long-term boyfriend Scott Mackinlay Hahn at the premiere of her new movie, "Experimenter," during the New York Film Festival on Tuesday. Ryder looked cute and casual wearing a classic Lbd. She styled her brunette tresses in loose curls and finished her look with a black watch and clutch. The Loomstate CEO matched his lady love wearing a black button down and black slacks. The "Experimenter" follows the story of famed psychologist Stanley Milgram, who ran a series of controversial experiments to test human behavior, specifically that of obedience, in 1961. The 43-year-old stars in the biopic as Milgram's wife Sasha and Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley. Stars Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo and Jim Gaffigan likewise make up the impressive cast. While we can't wait to see the actress' latest big screen endeavor, »
- tooFab Staff
At the Dream Hotel Midtown on the Ph-d Terrace for the Magnolia Pictures, Montblanc and Cinema Society reception, Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo with Justine Maurer, Taryn Manning, Lori Singer, Emily Tremaine, John Palladino, Anthony Edwards, Bob McDonough, Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard with Maggie Gyllenhaal turned out before the New York Film Festival première of Michael Almereyda's Experimenter at Alice Tully Hall.
When I arrived, Michael and I spoke about the great loss of Chantal Akerman.
Sasha Milgram chats with Michael Almereyda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
In the elevator with me going up to the reception was Sasha Milgram. Later on, after we talked a little, she asked me "Where is Michael?" I went to fetch the director, who was very happy to speak with her. Sasha was a great advisor to get all the details right about her husband, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It looks like Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival – with David Lynch and Mark Frost at the helm – is starting to come together. Following the news that Amanda Seyfried has nabbed a role in the show, we’ve now heard of another new addition to the cast - Peter Sarsgaard has signed up for a part.
TV Line broke the news, reporting that Sarsgaard has been cast in ‘an unspecified recurring role.’ That, um, doesn’t give us much to go on, speculation-wise.
Mr Sarsgaard, of course, has an extensive body of work behind him. A few highlights include Jarhead, Dead Man Walking and An Education. Soon he’ll be seen in Black Mass with Johnny Depp and in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven.
Showtime has started »
While David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have tried to keep details of their Twin Peaks revival more under wraps than the location of the Black Lodge, little snippets of casting info keep leaking. TV Line reports that Peter Sarsgaard has taken a recurring role in the show. Exactly what that shape the new series' ensemble is taking (and how Sarsgaard will fit into it) is still largely a mystery, but we do know that Kyle MacLachlan is confirmed as returning as Agent Dale Cooper, while Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn are all apparently returning and Amanda Seyfried, Robert Knepper and Balthazar Getty are among the new additions. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost are shooting the series now in Washington state, with 18 episodes planned for the Showtime cable network at some point in 2017. And to keep everyone intrigued, the channel has put out a tiny teaser, featuring footage »
Peter Sarsgaard is one of the new cast members joining Showtime's Twin Peaks, TV Line reports. At least Sarsgaard won't be alone in this regard: He joins Amanda Seyfried, Prison Break's Robert Knepper, and Brothers & Sisters' Balthazar Getty in new roles on the show. As expected, Showtime has been mysterious about the whole affair, and declined to confirm Sarsgaard's participation or what role he might play. Thus far, while many from the original cast are expected to return, the network has only officially confirmed the participation of its protagonist Kyle MacLachlan, who is reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper. Co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are currently shooting Twin Peaks in Washington with an airdate for sometime in 2017, and we'll finally figure out what's going on in the Red Room. (Kidding! Probably not.) »
- E. Alex Jung
Dispatching back to the New York Times from Sundance in January, Manohla Dargis called Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter "a conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram (a superb Peter Sarsgaard)." Filmmaker's Vadim Rizov added that for all its "distancing maneuvering, the film’s no less philosophically urgent or emotional, and the final shot’s a stunner." Experimenter, which also stars Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning and John Leguizamo, now arrives at the New York Film Festival and we've got a fresh round of reviews, the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson »
Peter Sarsgaard is ordering himself a damn fine cup of coffee and joining Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival in a recurring role. The casting news was first reported Tuesday morning by TVLine. No other details are known regarding Sargaard’s role except that it will be recurring. In fact, Showtime has declined on the casting report. However, Showtime has yet to confirm any member of the Twin Peaks revival cast except for Kyle MacLachlan, who is set to reprise his role as Agent Dale Cooper. Other notable names that are reported to be starring in the series include Amanda Seyfried (Big Love), Balthazar Getty (Brothers and Sisters), and Robert Knepper (Prison Break). While Sarsgaard is most well-known for his work in films, including the Johnny Depp-led Black Mass, which just hit theaters last month, he has appeared in multiple TV series in recent years. Earlier this year, he »
- Chris King
The new Twin Peaks trailer is a teaser in just about every sense of the word. Consisting entirely of footage from the original series, it is nothing more than a reminder that yes, Twin Peaks is still coming back and yes, the original series really was that intoxicating and strange. However, we do know that […]
- Jacob Hall
The playfully dead-serious drama Experimenter depicts the life of Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), the Yale social scientist who, in 1961, directed his subjects (“teachers”) to deliver shocks of escalating severity to a “learner” in order to gauge their level of obedience to “malevolent authority.” The writer-director, Michael Almereyda, clearly sees his protagonist as a master of stagecraft as well as psychology, and he gives the movie a whiff of the circus — a gorgeous, photorealist circus, often against tinted black-and-white backdrops that push its ringmaster into the foreground. Milgram talks to us, shows us things. He puts his work in historical context. He expounds on the role of obedience in turning individuals into instruments of the state — as in Nazi Germany. The word reflective suggests a slowdown or cessation of action proper, but Experimenter is busily, thrillingly reflective. Its artificiality makes it seem even more alive, more in the »
- David Edelstein
That’s some damn good casting.
A Showtime rep declined to comment.
Sarsgaard is the latest Twin Peaks neophyte to board the limited-series continuation of the ’90s classic, joining Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper, Brothers & Sisters’ Balthazar Getty and Big Love‘s Amanda Seyfried. To date, the only piece of casting Showtime has officially confirmed is Kyle MacLachlan, who will reprise his role as Agent Dale Cooper. »
Michael Almereyda's thrilling Experimenter with Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, Winona Ryder as his wife Sacha, Jim Gaffigan as the "Learner", "Teachers" including John Leguizamo and Tom Farrell, and Ned Eisenberg as social psychology pioneer Solomon Asch, is a storytelling experiment on its own.
Busy preparing his new film, starring Lois Smith and Jon Hamm, based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize nominated play, Marjorie Prime, Michael met me at a café in the East Village to discuss Experimenter with a quick glance back at Sam Shepard directing The Late Henry Moss in Almereyda's This So-Called Disaster (starring Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Sheila Tousey and Cheech Marin), and a move forward to more Italo Calvino folktales.
Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram: "My admiration for him just deepened as I went."
Experimenter jumps straight into the obedience experiment, which over half a century later, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
I’ve always been fascinated by Bobby Fischer due to his vanishing rather than anything he accomplished at a chessboard. I’ve never been good at the game, yet I respect its complexity. The greats literally memorize past matches and maneuvers, so in-tune with the playing field that they can play out loud with nothing more than words. Fischer was a great—the youngest Grandmaster in history and the first American-born World Champion. Like most geniuses, however, the strain of intellect, pressure, and success brought with it a hefty price. For Bobby it was the deterioration of his mental health. And as it’s told in Edward Zwick‘s Pawn Sacrifice, he may have known this from the beginning. If he were to rise to the top, the time was now.
My knowledge of the man was always miniscule: a footnote to a 1980s film I watched religiously called Searching for Bobby Fischer. »
- Jared Mobarak
The biographical picture is in a state of crisis. At least, so goes the common griping among cinephiles, tired of uninspired retellings of the lives of “important people” in which Significant Moments are triple-underlined, instigators to the Misunderstood Genius of that historical figure. Whether it highlights one being bullied as a child, a breakup with a girlfriend, or merely chronicles the hardships faced by a morally clean individual in troubled times, each of these people-turned-protagonists is given a Rosebud, a single moment that either explains everything or an obviously-defined legacy that one need not even bother decoding. How Citizen Kane, a film from 1941, so perfectly deconstructs tropes of today’s prestige films and biopics, we may never know.
This is not a problem exclusive to the cinema, nor is it a particularly new one. The written autobiography was not (and remains not) without its own conventions and pitfalls, which, in »
- Forrest Cardamenis
It’s one of the most well-known murder cases in American history, and James Solomon’s reappraisal of it is fascinating and frustrating in equal measure
Between Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter, Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment and now James Solomon’s documentary The Witness, shocking 20th-century revelations about man’s inhumanity are having quite the moment.
For decades, students have crossed their arms during introduction to sociology lectures and said: “I would never do that.” They said it when Stanley Milgram’s experiments suggested ingrained obedience to authority could lead anyone to commit Nazi atrocities. They said it when the Stanford Prison Experiment suggested even a mock institutional setting could spark brutal, fascist torment. And they said it when learning of the Kitty Genovese murder, in which a young woman was stabbed in the middle of the night as 37 witnesses sat in the safety of their apartments »
- Jordan Hoffman
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, »
Written by Michael Almereyda
Directed by Michael Almereyda
Not everyone may know of social psychologist Stanley Milgram, but his experiments revealed some very human actions that people experience everyday, as explored in the film Experimenter. Sure, the 60s provided some controversial experiments that were performed on college campuses, but one can’t help but ask why Milgram’s experiments were seen as so radical. That’s what writer-director Michael Almereyda delves into with his new film, to very unconventional degrees.
Milgram’s most notable and controversial experiment is shown right at the beginning of the film. He explores the concept of obedience to authority by making his subjects believe that they are delivering increasingly painful electric shocks to the person in the next room. When the subject shows hesitation and at times mild defiance, the person overseeing the experiment tells them that they must continue, sometimes adding that they have no choice. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Experimenter (2015) Film Review from the 2015 New York Film Festival, a movie directed by Michael Almereyda, and starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, and John Leguizamo. Experimenter works well as both character study and exploration of relevant historical fact. Peter Sarsgaard inhabits Stanley Milgram with a nuanced elegance usually found in Sarsgaard’s work. There’s an intelligence behind the eyes that […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
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