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A formidable actress, Laura Dern has been working in Hollywood since age 5. At 13 years old, the daughter of icons Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern became the youngest Miss Golden Globe and soon thereafter earned critical acclaim with her breakout role in Blue Velvet. The 1986 film also marked the first time Dern and director David Lynch would work together throughout her career, a pairing that continues with Twin Peaks’ celebrated return on Showtime.
Known for her highly emotive face, »
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.So that's how David Lynch does an info dump. First, with a cheeky, knowing scene featuring the brothers Horne: "Jerry, what's going on?" asks Ben (Richard Beymer) after his cannabis-infused sibling (David Patrick Kelly) phones him from the woods. "I think I'm high!…I don't know where I am!" Jerry screams, perhaps speaking for a good subsection of the Twin Peaks revival audience, who have, over the six prior installments, been given only glimpses of a larger picture. Narrative momentum comes in asides; the more prevalent longueurs are reserved for atmosphere and mood, for full immersion in apparent stasis.Part 7 shakes things up, following the brotherly freak-out with several story reveals that come in quick succession. But there's a niggling sense throughout all the »
On the bonus features of the new Scream Factory Blu-ray, the legendary writer/director says that it is. And who am I to disagree? While I think Hairspray is still his most commercially accessible film—there’s a reason it was turned into a hit broadway musical, then adapted for both the big and small screen—Serial Mom is, like Brian De Palma’s adaptation of The Untouchables, a brilliant marriage of a commercial aesthetic and the filmmaker’s true voice. It’s a movie that can appeal to everyone while still being very much a John Waters movie, and for that alone it must be considered a huge success.
Kathleen Turner plays Beverly Sutphin, an idealized 1950s-style housewife with the perfect American family: her husband (Sam Waterston) is a successful dentist and her two teenage kids (Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake) are happy and well-adjusted. »
- Patrick Bromley
While Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is still stuck in Dougie, that doesn’t mean that Twin Peaks can’t push a few buttons for fans. This week has a definite feel of Fire Walk with Me as well as a very interesting introduction to a returning, but until now unseen character that fans have been dying to see.
While we the audience may want Agent Cooper to return, Twin Peaks has other ideas. One thing that has to be pointed out about the Dougie scenes though is just how good Naomi Watts is as Janey-e Jones. In a world, as strange as the one created in Twin Peaks, she is eerily real in her performance.
The other important »
- Paul Metcalf
Harry Dean Stanton is 90 years old, though he's looked so world weary for so long that he seems somehow ageless and immortal. In light of the key Twin Peaks players who've died before the series' return to the air – Jack Nance, Frank Silva, Frances Bay, Don S. Davis, Warren Frost, David Bowie, and most hauntingly Miguel Ferrer and Catherine Coulson, who reprised their roles as Albert Rosenfield and the Log Lady before they passed away – we're fortunate to have him. When his character, Carl Rodd, tells his younger companion "I've been smokin' for 75 years, »
Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure) was rumored to have the part back in 1991. And theories swirled over the years suggesting Agent Cooper’s trusty Gal Friday might just be a figment of his imagination. But in Sunday’s Twin Peaks, the one and only “Diane” was finally revealed to be none other than Laura Dern. (Nifty that she played his Girl Friday back in Blue Velvet too, huh?) A satisfying moment 27 years in the making (even if most of us guessed and hoped it was coming). Now, Albert (who found her in Max Von’s Bar in Philadelphia – did that »
These three projects don’t make up half of Laura Dern’s 2017 body of work, but they do represent defining moments in the year’s entertainment landscape. Few movies or TV shows have been met with as much anticipation or scrutiny, and this level of intense speculation can be tough on an actor who’s been sworn to secrecy.
“A woman came up to me and said, ‘You don’t even tell your kids what part you played? Is that painful as a mother to have to lie to your kids?’ And I got so flustered!” Dern said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I’m not trying to hurt people by not talking about it!”
Luckily, Dern is a veteran. She »
- Ben Travers
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 key image in Part 5 of the revived Twin Peaks is of a woman in ecstasy. Recall, however, the subtitle that series co-creator/director David Lynch appended to his thorny 2006 masterpiece Inland Empire: "A Woman in Trouble." The line separating rapture and anguish is a blurry one, especially for Lynch's ladies, who are as likely to end up exquisitely chiseled corpses (the ubiquitous Laura Palmer; Part 2's doomed henchwoman Darya) as they are world-weary survivors. For the moment, let's focus on Rebecca "Becky" Burnett (Amanda Seyfried), daughter of Rr Diner waitress Shelly Johnson (Mädchen Amick), though Becky's last name—taken from ne'er-do-well husband Steven Burnett (Caleb Landry Jones)—obscures the identity of her father. (Dana Ashbrook's now-law-abiding Bobby Briggs is the most likely candidate, »
Neil Calloway thinks the possibility of a new Power Rangers film is pretty depressing…
With the news we may have another Power Rangers movie solely because the last one shifted a load of cheap plastic manufactured for tiny wages in the developing world to people who should know better, it feels like studios have given up the pretence that films are art and have all but admitted that they’re only made to make a profit for some faceless multinational conglomerate. Coming soon: a sequel made not because they original film demanded that more stories be told, but because everyone who went to see it also bought a giant bucket of a sugary drink at the cinema. At least if that happened we’d know they were being honest.
Screenwriting guru William Goldman calls sequels “whore’s movies”, and while that sounds like the sort of film you’d find on specialist websites, »
- Neil Calloway
David Lynch’s creative process is the stuff of legends. His affection for transcendental meditation is well known, but individual anecdotes from that process—like the way Blue Velvet began with the germ of an idea about an ear found within a field, or Laura Dern’s retelling of the credits sequence for Inland Empire—get passed around long after the fact, not as keys to understanding his work but almost as creative additions to them. The 20 hours of new work currently unfolding on Twin Peaks’ third season will surely go on to generate plenty such legends, but one is making the rounds again now. It is the story of David Lynch’s tempestuous friendship with five Woody Woodpecker dolls, with whom he is no longer on speaking terms.
The story has been kicking around for years, but it was renewed by Lynch’s comments on the dolls in ...
- Clayton Purdom
An FBI agent communicates with an eyeless woman on some cosmic, supernatural plain while a brain on a stalk issues cryptic orders. A living Goddess swallows a grown man into her vagina while in the middle of sexual intercourse. An international-waters orgy climaxes with a priest nearly forced to fornicate with a fake lioness, not long after tying up a man who claims to be God. A lounge-lizard who lives in a luxury igloo (technically, he resides in some sort of psychic limbo) swills cocktails and sprouts beat poetry. And »
Lorde made the day of one lucky fan!
Emely Paula, a newly-hired cashier, chronicled their chance encounter with a cute Twitter video.
"We got Lorde in the house today. I am shook," Paula says in a 10 -second clip, where Lorde can be seen happily holding up the peace sign while smiling into the camera.
News: Lorde Stuns in a Glittering Blue Jumpsuit on the Cover of 'Elle'
The next day, Lorde offered to help Paula, 19, celebrate her new job by inviting her to attend the two-day music festival, which is being held at NYC's Randall's Island Park this weekend.
"Woke up trying »
There’s a moment in the new season of “Twin Peaks” where it becomes clear that after more than three decades making movies and TV, David Lynch still has a prominent male gaze. The iconic director and writer — known for surreal, small town soap opera “Twin Peaks” as well as films like “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” — has been the subject of criticism for years about his treatment of women onscreen. While he has created some of the most memorable female characters, they often become the subjects of voyeurism and also assault. It happens early in the new Showtime series, »
- Carli Velocci
The major online streaming platforms know they've got to haul out the big guns when those lovely summer days try to tempt viewers outside, i.e. that place with sunshine and fresh air. (Nice try, summer!) This month, Hulu revives David Lynch's crowning achievement; Amazon's adding two of 2016's best films not named Moonlight; Netflix trots a recent Cannes smash involving Tilda Swinton and a superpig; and even minor-leaguer Acorn gets in the game with a handsome crime procedural to fill that Borgen-shaped hole in your heart. And of course, »
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.What's an FBI Special Agent to do after being locked away for 25 years in unearthly purgatory? Episodes three and four of Mark Frost and David Lynch's revived Twin Peaks, which aired on Showtime this past Sunday in a two-hour block (aside from September's two-part finale, it's all single, hour-long episodes from hereon out), follow our besuited, Black Lodge-incarcerated hero Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) as he reintegrates into modern terrestrial society. So this is basically Peaks doing Rectify, just with a sterile death row replaced by an infernal hellscape out of Clive Barker. Or David Lynch, really. What's becoming more and more evident as the new Peaks progresses is that the series is, in large part, a repository for Lynch's subconscious, past and present. »
Kirsten Howard May 26, 2017
Fans of David Lynch were devastated recently when the director seemingly told The Sydney Morning Herald that he had quit making films for good.
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The perennially oddball force behind decades of weird Americana like Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart and the newly-revived series Twin Peaks mused in the interview earlier this month that "things changed a lot. So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren't the things that I would want to do."
He was then pressed on whether he was officially done shaping things for the big screen. "He is uncertain at first, but then appears to »
Amazon Prime got some certified Oscar prestige last month, with subscribers able to stream both Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight, but June is going for some lower-profile films that are no less prestigious. On June 1, Prime subscribers will be able to watch The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film that might be more famous for the fact that Farhadi—who is from Iran—and star Taraneh Alidoosti boycotted the Academy Awards ceremony over Donald Trump’s then-nascent Muslim ban. On June 22, Prime subscribers get Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s well-received movie about Adam Driver as a bus-driving poet named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey.
The full list of what’s coming is below, along with a highlight ...
- Sam Barsanti
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, »
Twin Peaks is finally back, and yes as almost every review is probably saying, it is worth the wait. What we have though is something a little different from the Twin Peaks we know. This is David Lynch giving us his full vision, and while special, don’t expect to understand everything you see. In many ways though, that is the point of the show.
When the Log Lady’s (Catherine E. Coulson) has a message for Deputy Hark (Michael Horse) the case of Agent Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) is examined. Is it time for the mystery of Cooper’s disappearance to be finally solved and could he be returning?
Presenting the first two episodes together is the perfect way to bring back Twin Peaks. It feels like an event, and for fans it is an event that has been waited for, for a long time. We finally get to see where Cooper is, »
- Paul Metcalf
David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks is back with Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, Peggy Lipton, Kimmy Robertson, Grace Zabriskie, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise, Everett McGill, Harry Goaz, Catherine E Coulson, James Marshall, and upcoming guest appearances by Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, David Duchovny, Julee Cruise, Balthazar Getty, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Cera, Monica Bellucci, Richard Chamberlain, Amanda Seyfried, Jim Belushi and Eddie Vedder.
Splitting Naomi Watts in two, a Bob Dylan memory, understanding Mulholland Drive, the air in Eraserhead, the lines of Lost Highway, Oscar Kokoschka and how David Lynch: The Art Life all came together for Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm are unearthed.
Do you remember the name of the neighbour's child you »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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