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10+ Years Later: Is David Lynch's Dune Really So Awful?

20 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The whole concept behind 10+ Years Later is to revisit films about which time has potentially changed your opinion. When perusing David Lynch's filmography, I found myself routinely thinking, “Of course Dune is terrible,” and ignoring it to the extent that I could. But really, if one hardly remembers a film at all, and one likes or loves everything else that a filmmaker has done, doesn't one owe said film a second watch? I consider Lynch to be my favorite living artist. I can find value in just about everything he's produced, even when it's a television commercial or a thinly-veiled transcendental meditation manifesto. In college I wrote an (overly long, and surely fawning) essay about his fascination with the duality of blonde girls-next-door and...

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"Twin Peaks," Episode 8 Recap: Did You Like That Song?

26 June 2017 4:51 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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."Did you like that song?" the boy (Xolo Mariduena) asks the girl (Tikaeni Faircrest). His words are hesitant and tentative—tinged with naiveté, therefore open and earnest. "Yes," the girl replies, playing along with the courtship ritual. "I did like that song." Yet there's a sense in the slight pause between his question and her answer that she could say anything. That awkward dead space is filled with possibilities—positive, negative and in-between. And what excitement there is in that. This exchange comes toward the end of Part 8 of Mark Frost and David Lynch's revived Twin Peaks, though the quiet beauty of the moment is offset by the many horrors (and wonders) that precede it…and that, will indeed, follow it. It's easy »

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Great Job, Internet!: The mysterious, devastating films of Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve

21 June 2017 7:41 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Last year’s Arrival managed to be the rare thought-provoking, emotionally rich sci-fi blockbuster, another stepping stone on director Denis Villeneuve’s ascendence toward becoming a major Hollywood talent, currently helming Blade Runner 2049 and tapped to rework Frank Herbert’s Dune. While there’s a clear sci-fi through-line connecting those projects, he has, over the course of more than 20 years, built up a rich filmography, full of meticulously crafted shots and devastating performances. While Blade Runner is (sigh) still almost four months away, it’s worth taking a look at his rich previous works and examining what makes them all so individually effective.

In a video essay called “Crafting Morality Through Mystery,” Channel Criswell teases apart some of the French-Canadian director’s techniques. While his early films employed a gritty, handheld style, he has over time developed a more patient approach, with a largely static camera that seems »

- Clayton Purdom

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How I became a fan of Twin Peaks in two weeks

14 June 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

If I’m completely honest, I’m not much of a David Lynch fan. I don’t get along with the surreal. My only two experiences with his work are Dune (1984) which I found confusing and boring and Mulholland Drive (2001) which weirded me out so much I decided there and then that he’s not my cup of tea. I’d always known about Twin Peaks (1990-1991) hearing the incessant praise over the years and I was aware that Lynch co-created it, but due to my now regarded dislike for his work, I avoided at all costs.

Needless to say, when they announced a new series and everybody lost their minds, I didn’t really understand it. However, in my maturing years I’ve become more open to new experiences and learned to love the weird and wonderful. After a colleague commented how amazing the first couple of episodes of series 3 were, »

- Tom Batt

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The Unexpected, Groundbreaking, Cult Phenomenon of ‘Twin Peaks’

19 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

What do you tell people to expect before watching Twin Peaks? It’s as complicated an answer as what to expect when you meet David Lynch. Just ask the man: “They expect, like, a person that's 5-foot-8. Who's very hairy. Who's had most of their teeth removed and who's just gotten out of the hospital,” the filmmaker said in 1990.

Et spoke with Lynch and the cast of Twin Peaks throughout the unexpected, groundbreaking series’ short-lived initial run from 1990 to 1991 on ABC. The TV phenomenon, which returns Sunday, May 21 for a third season on Showtime, showcased Lynch’s penchant for challenging our initial perceptions of everyday life and suggesting there’s always something more going on. 

More: Kyle MacLachlan Returns as Agent Cooper in First Look at 'Twin Peaks' Revival -- Watch!

“Then sometimes they're surprised and a lot of times they're not, because we all know that the surface is one thing and there's 99 percent »

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Alien: Covenant and Hr Giger's lasting impact on the franchise

12 May 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie May 17, 2017

Swiss artist Hr Giger sadly died in 2014, but his legacy lives on in Alien Covenant, as Ryan explains...

Nb: The following contains major spoilers for Alien: Covenant.

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If Prometheus strongly hinted at the fact, Alien: Covenant pretty much confirms it - Ridley Scott's Alien prequels are primarily about David, the android played by Michael Fassbender. Introduced as the unblinking space butler to billionaire industrialist Peter Weyland, David proves to be Prometheus' mischievous catalyst and most charismatic character: obsessed with Lawrence Of Arabia, quietly resentful of the human crew, and wont to experiment on them using the black space goo (or pathogen) he finds on Lv-223.

Alien: Covenant deepens David's backstory a bit further, reintroducing the synthetic as an embittered genius with daddy issues and a god complex. »

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Inside the Roller-Coaster Journey to Get David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Back on TV

9 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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David Lynch Is Done Directing Movies

8 May 2017 5:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are a lot of positives about the modern Hollywood landscape, but there are also some very brutal truths to it. Most studios are primarily interested in very bankable franchises or things that they know will provide them a huge return at the box office. That has made it hard for some filmmakers to get the type of movies they want to make going. This has led legendary director David Lynch to announce that he is officially done directing movies.

The writer/director recently spoke with The Sydney Morning Herlad and, since he hasn't directed a movie in a while, he was asked if he is ever planning on making one again. While he was reportedly uncertain at first, he definitively said "Yes, it is," when asked if Inland Empire was indeed his last movie. David Lynch did provide some reason for his unceremonious retirement from directing movies, though. Here's what he had to say. »

- MovieWeb

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Exploring The Art of H.R. Giger, The Architect of Your ‘Alien’ Nightmares

26 April 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Art of the strange and grotesque was his forte.

Alien would not be what it is today without the art from H.R. Giger. Just take a cursory image search on Google for ‘Alien’ and the first thing that will come up is the design for the terrifying creatures from Giger’s pages. The aliens of H.R. Giger have tied everything together throughout the Alien series, even as the actors and actresses portraying the prey frequently change. While those designs might be his most memorable achievement, Giger created countless art pieces conjuring up nightmare fuel.

By 1967, at the age of 27, Giger was fully immersed in his art. Even though he had a 9-to-5 job, he would spend his evenings creating larger ink drawings. According to the Hr Giger Museum, he created some of his early celebrated pieces during that time such as The Astro-Eunuchs seen below.

Astro-Eunuchs, H.R. Giger, 1967

You can see where many of his future concepts »

- Max Covill

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Zoe Saldana Lobbying For Role In Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot

21 April 2017 8:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Between Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek and James Cameron’s long-brewing Avatar universe, Zoe Saldana’s slate is currently packed to the rafters. Since her back-to-back appearances in J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot and the first Avatar movie in 2009, the actress has also become one of Hollywood’s bankable stars in the realm of science fiction, and Saldana currently has one eye trained on another genre pic incubating in development: Dune.

Of course, Frank Herbert’s seminal novel saga has been adapted before; David Lynch famously molded an imperfect space opera in 1984, before a three-part miniseries bowed via Syfy almost two decades later. But soon after Legendary struck a deal to land the IP’s film and TV rights in 2016, a Dune reboot suddenly became a very real, and very exciting prospect. Fast forward to now and with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049‘s Denis Villeneuve at the helm, there »

- Michael Briers

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Legendary Screenwriter Eric Roth to Pen 'Dune' Reboot

7 April 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Dune reboot is well on its way!  Legendary Pictures nabbed Denis Villenueve earlier to be the director, and now they know who is writing it!  Find out more about the legendary writer below!

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 Director Denis Villenueve will ibe sitting in the director's chair when the cameras begin rolling for the Dune reboot. 

Although, every good director needs an even better writer.  Fortunately an exclusive report from Variety explains that Legendary Pictures has hired the services of reknowned movie writer Eric Roth to write Dune.  Roth is mostly known for penning MunichThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump.

Villenueve and Roth will take on the lofty task of creating a successful adaptation of Frank Herbert's best-selling sci-fi novel.  Something that David Lynch couldn't even achieve in his 1984 adaptation.  On the bright side, »

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Denis Villenueve Nabs 'Dune' Director Job; Eric Roth to Write

7 April 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Dune reboot is well underway with two monumental signings!  Come inside to learn more about Dune's director and writer!

An exclusive report from Variety, has confirmed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 Director Denis Villenueve will indeed be sitting in the director's chair when the cameras begin rolling for the Dune reboot.  Last December, rumors began swirling about Legendary Pictures eyeing Villenueve for the job.  It's amazing news to learn that he's actually signed on.

Although, every good director needs an even better writer.  Fortunately, Legendary Pictures has purchased the services of reknowned movie writer Eric Roth to write Dune.  Roth is mostly known for penning MunichThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump.

Villenueve and Roth will take on the lofty task of creating a successful adaptation of Frank Herbert's best-selling sci-fi novel.  Something that David Lynch couldn't even achieve in his 1984 adaptation. »

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Veteran, Oscar Winning Writer Eric Roth Tapped To Pen Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

7 April 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fans of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” novels have been waiting for a faithful adaptation of the famous sci-fi epic for decades. While David Lynch’s 1984 “Dune” has its fair share of fun moments, the film is far from a true adaptation. With “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve attached to direct a new version of the film, “Dune” fans are expecting big things. Now, Variety is reporting that Legendary has hired veteran writer Eric Roth to pen the script, and it’s clear that the studio wants talented creators on the property.

Continue reading Veteran, Oscar Winning Writer Eric Roth Tapped To Pen Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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Dune Reboot Locks Down Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

6 April 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

While some film lovers may lament the fact that we live in an age where existing properties reign supreme at the box office, it can’t be overlooked that, now more than ever, we’re seeing ridiculously faithful and high quality adaptations of beloved books. In addition to seeing longer being adapted into film franchises, we’re also seeing a shift towards television, allowing audiences to spend a similar amount of time with the characters as they would in a book. In short, we live in an era of high quality adaptations across the board, and given the technology now at our fingertips, now is as good a time as any to see a remake of the sci-fi classic Dune.

For some time, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve had expressed his interest in tackling the dense world of Dune. It had been a “longstanding dream” of his to adapt the story, »

- Joseph Medina

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Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth set to pen Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

6 April 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

So we have Arrival’s captain Denis Villeneuve at the helm of the all-new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, what Legendary Pictures needed next was a grade A screenwriter to join the ranks and that is where Forrest Gump writer, Eric Roth, comes into the fold to pen the new version.

This isn’t the first time Frank Herbert’s Dune has been attempted on the big screen; in fact, there have been many attempts and failures to get them off the ground. As far back as in 1971 Ridley Scott attempted and failed to bring the story to life, it wasn’t until 1984 when Mulholland Drive Director, David Lynch attached himself to the film it finally got off the ground with the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, who Lynch later went on to work with on Twin Peaks, and Patrick Stewart taking on roles. Jodorowsky’s Dune »

- Zehra Phelan

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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot gets Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth

6 April 2017 12:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Dune reboot has found a writer, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Denis Villeneuve and Legendary have hired screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay. Roth wrote the screenplay for Forrest Gump, for which he won received an Academy Award.

Dune was written in 1965 by Frank Herbert and has remained popular ever since with a series of sequels, prequels and spin-offs. The original book follows Paul Atreides, whose family controls Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only producer of spice melange, a highly valuable resource in the galaxy. After his family is betrayed, Paul leads a rebellion to regain control Arrakis.

Dune has been a dream project for Villeneuve for several years. He previously said: “Since I was 12 years old there was a book I read, which is Dune, which is my favorite book, with 1984. After Prisoners, the producer of Alcon asked me what I would like to do next. »

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Forrest Gump writer will pen the Dune remake

5 April 2017 10:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dune movie writer named: Eric Roth, who adapted Forrest Gump to Oscar glory, will bring Frank Herbert’s classic book to screens.

Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth will write the screenplay for Denis Villeneuve’s planned redo of Frank Herbert‘s book Dune. The news of the Dune movie writer was announced by trade bible Variety. The film has been in active development over at Legendary, which has rights for film and television.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, here’s a recap from the original source.

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the »

- Paul Heath

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Screenwriter Set for New Dune Movie

5 April 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last November, Legendary Entertainment acquired movie and TV rights to Frank Herbert's Dune. Then, in December, it was revealed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve was being eyed to helm a new Dune movie, and now the screenwriter for the project has been revealed.

Variety reports that Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Postman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to pen the adaptation of the seminal 1965 sci-fi novel, which was the first in a series of books. Although Villeneuve was previously "in talks" to helm the Dune movie, Variety and THR mention that Villeneuve is taking on the new take on Herbert's ambitious story.

Villeneuve is also set to produce the new Dune movie with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Executive producers will include Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert, with sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson on board as a creative consultant. »

- Derek Anderson

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Dune Remake Gets Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

5 April 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The upcoming Dune reboot is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Legendary Pictures has already hired Arrival director Denis Villeneuve to helm the project, but now the movie has a writer as well. The studio has reportedly hired veteran screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay for this new version of Dune, which looks to be a major priority for Legendary Pictures moving forward.

Variety is reporting that the Forrest Gump writer has officially been brought on board to write the new Dune movie, which Legendary Pictures secured the rights to make last November. The studio closed a deal with author Frank Herbert's estate, not only for this new rebooted movie, but for TV projects related to Dune as well. But it will be Eric Roth who sets the tone for this new take on Dune. No pressure.

The good news for those hoping this new Dune »

- MovieWeb

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Newswire: Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth to tackle the Dune remake

5 April 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

According to Variety, Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth has signed on to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake, lending the project the distinct air of Oscar prestige. Roth is also the writer behind The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Munich, and this Dune adaptation will be his first sci-fi project since The Postman in 1997 (if that even counts). Basically, Roth signing on to Dune is like jumping right into hard mode on a brand new video game. He might do just fine, but there’s very little indication that he even knows how to play.

This Dune movie will naturally be based on Frank Herbert’s original novel, which is one of the most famously dense and complex sci-fi sagas ever. There have been multiple attempts to adapt it in the past, including Syfy’s TV miniseries in 2000 and David Lynch’s film in 1984.


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