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Composer of surreal soundscapes returns for the highly anticipated reboot of David Lynch’s cult 90s TV series
Twin Peaks still marks the summit of TV soundtracks
The man behind the musical style often referred to as “Lynchian” has confirmed his place in the new Twin Peaks reboot: Angelo Badalamenti, who scored the original show, not to mention Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, is the latest Twin Peaks alumni added to the lineup of the forthcoming series.
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Movies about movies are catnip for critics, turning the camera back on not only the faces behind it but also on us. Why do we love movies? What drives the perverse pleasure of watching them? Films like Michael Powell's 1960 "Peeping Tom" and David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" attack the latter question most directly. So as Fellini's "8 1/2," the towering giant of the genre, returns to UK cinemas, Jonathan Romney posts a list of The 10 Best Films About Films in The Guardian. To name ten such films is a tall order for any meta-movie completist, but Romney's inventory leaves room for debate. His picks: "Behind the Screen" (Charlie Chaplin, 1916)"The Player" (Robert Altman, 1992)"Peeping Tom" (Michael Powell, 1960)"8 1/2" (Federico Fellini, 1963)"Contempt" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)"Singin' in the Rain" (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952)"Wes Craven's New »
- Ryan Lattanzio
David Lynch fans are trying to regain their composure after the life-altering news — well, really more of a tease, but a pretty indisputable tease — that the Criterion Collection will be releasing Lynch’s masterpiece Mulholland Drive on Blu-ray. Until the day the Blu-ray officially drops (and what a beautiful day that will be), you can watch the new commercial for David Lynch’s signature coffee on repeat to get your Lynch fix.The commercial wasn’t actually directed by Lynch, sadly, but it does have that undeniable Lynch feel. His coffee, the commercial attests, isn’t for robots — it’s for people. (Sorry, robots.) Lynch previously advertised his coffee by having a strange conversation with Barbie dolls. Really. But that’s not all! Lynch fans are seemingly getting some consolation after the Twin Peaks–Showtime debacle: You can listen to a gorgeous new reworking of an old song by frequent Lynch consort Angelo Badalementi, »
- Greg Cwik
“Funny how secrets travel,” David Bowie croons as the music thumps. The camera zooms down a dark desolate highway, illuminated only by the twin beams of a speeding car’s headlights. This is the beginning of David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and it sets the mood for the chaos to come.
Lynch rose to auteur status with unflinchingly distinct films crafted with a fetishistic fever. They were challenging and downright weird films that made unsuspecting audiences uncomfortable while simultaneously earning the director acclaim. They were the types of films that seemed to exist within their own self-contained universes where the past and present would collide, often violently. As much as Lynch became a cult icon in America, his fame here couldn’t hold a candle to the praise he gathered overseas–especially in France. The French loved Lynch, and in the late 1990s, thanks to French financing, Lynch was able to direct Lost Highway, »
- Chris Evangelista
For Lynch apostles, "Mulholland Drive" has long-needed a proper Blu-ray release in the Us. So after years of rumors, Criterion, which released Lynch's debut "Eraserhead" and also houses his early short film collection, has offered reason to believe that this is actually happening: the latest newsletter cartoon (below) looks unmistakably like that blue key that opens a Pandora's Box of horrors at the end of the movie. Fingers crossed that, unlike the new season of "Twin Peaks," this is a done deal. My copy of the bare-bones, standard definition DVD—lacking in chapter stops or extras per Lynch's arcane request—is on its last legs. Watch: 45-Minute Conversation with David Lynch on Film, Art and Influences »
- Ryan Lattanzio
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Andrew Getty -- the grandson of billionaire titan J. Paul Getty -- was targeted in death by thieves who stole some very expensive flatware. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, within 2 weeks of his death at the end of March, burglars broke into his gated home near Mulholland Drive and stole his silverware. Cops tell us the thieves gained entry by forcing open a door. The 47-year-old heir, whose father was reportedly worth $2 billion, had all sorts of eccentric items, »
- TMZ Staff
Very few films have been as hotly debated as Mulholland Drive. If you’ve never seen the film, let’s just say that it requires a lot of piecing things together in order for it to make sense to you, the viewer. You have to be creative. It’s a head scratcher that requires more head scratching than most, and it has perhaps the most abrasive twist of any film. Not to mention the fact that the premise is not entirely clear, and the plot has probably too many loose threads to be considered cohesive. It is an unconventional film that first lures you in with conventional intrigue but ultimately pitches you out of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Calling all crazies! From Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl to Uzo Aduba in Orange Is the New Black, crazy female characters have been stealing the spotlight as of late on both the boob tube and the silver screen. A number of talented actresses, including Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman, have garnered Academy Awards for their portrayals of crazy characters, and most recently, Pike was nominated for an Oscar for her role as stunning psychopath Amy Dunne. But it's not just the latest flicks that have incorporated crazy characters—Naomi Watts gave a chilling performance as a Hollywood hopeful in 2001's Mulholland Drive while 1992's Single White Female left us forever »
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
If you’re anything like me, you went into Monday’s Scorpion finale feeling a little skeptical.
Even though the CBS drama was taking on its most extravagant case yet, it also involved Walter clinging to life on the edge of a cliff. As in, the leader of Team Scorpion and the protagonist of a show that’s already been renewed for a second go-round. Knowing full well that Walter would likely survive this ordeal, you may have worried, like I did, that the season ender would lack the very suspense it was hoping to create.
Fortunately — even though Walter made it out alive, »
At Hammer to Nail, Evan Louison notes that the films in the BAMcinématek series The Vertigo Effect run the gamut of bewildering dreams, questionable memories, false identity, secret plots, and murder. From the schlock (Basic Instinct, Mulholland Drive) to the interstitial (Sans Soleil), it’s easy to see how this one replaced Citizen Kane at the top of the heap a few years back." More goings on: Catherine Deneuve, Eric Rohmer, Stan Brakhage and Preston Sturges in New York, Hou Hsiao-hsien in Chicago, Thom Andersen in Los Angeles, Robert Siodmak in London, Michelangelo Antonioni in Paris and Michael Glawogger in Vienna. » - David Hudson »
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their fourth piece, they will discuss David Lynch’s film The Straight Story (1999).
I am in the midst of my 1999 class and I assigned two films I had yet to see from the acclaimed year – the year that Entertainment Weekly claimed to “change movies” – Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry and David Lynch’s The Straight Story. I like doing this as a Professor, because it varies the class and keeps me from getting too settled into a comfort zone. It challenges me to be more spontaneous and in the moment, a zone I typically find stimulating and energizing. Needless to say, the sixteen year old legacy of Lynch’s The Straight Story created a certain predisposition. Having seen all of Lynch’s other films, »
- Landon Palmer
Originally consisting of a series of eight short episodes shown exclusively on David Lynch’s website, Rabbits was eventually taken down and not available to watch anywhere until it was recently released on DVD in the Lime Green Set, a collection of Lynch’s films, in a re-edited four-episode version. If you can’t afford the 10-disk collection, you can now watch a low-res version of the horror-comedy on YouTube.
“Rabbits” marked an early venture into the web series genre for the director and some footage of the rabbits was later reused in Lynch’s Inland Empire. This surreal “sitcom” features three humanoid rabbits played by Mulholland Drive cast members Scott Coffey, Laura Elena Harring and Naomi Watts whose disjointed conversations are interrupted by a laugh track.
The original score was composed by regular Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, but there’s an alternative, improvised soundtrack developed and performed at (but »
Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
What would you do to be a star? If you look at modern society it seems that people will do anything to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Starry eyes is a film looking at the darker side of Hollywood, taking the audience into a fictional world where fame comes at a price that most would never dream of paying, but for those willing to go that far…the world is theirs.
Sarah (Alexandra Essoe) is an actress trying to get her big break in Hollywood, working in a dead-end job to make ends meet until she finally gets that chance though it seems a long shot. When the audition leads to a call back things seem to be going well, »
- Paul Metcalf
Taking place at the Curzon Bloomsbury, which reopens on 27th March 2015, the Auteur Film Festival is set to be a week-long celebration of cinema’s greatest directors; and today the full-line-up for the festival has been announced. Tickets for the festival go on sale later today: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/auteurfilmfestival. Intros to the films will be announced in the next few weeks via http://twitter.com/CurzonBbury
A director is considered an Auteur when his or her individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film a recognisable, personal and unique stamp.
Through its history, the Bloomsbury cinema has been associated with director of singular vision, so it is fitting to reopen the doors with a festival dedicated to their work. The Auteur Film Festival is presented to acknowledge the diversity in world cinema, to celebrate the resurrection of a cultural institution, and reignite debate »
- Phil Wheat
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians of the Galaxy all received awards from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild during its awards ceremony Feb. 14. Both Guardians and Grand Budapest are nominated for the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (along with Foxcatcher).
Guardians’ Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was awarded for contemporary makeup and David White won for special makeup effects. Grand Budapest’s Frances Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for best period and/or character makeup, as well as best period and/or character hairstyling. Birdman’s Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen won for contemporary hairstyling.
Aside from feature films, the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards also recognizes make-up artists and hair stylists for television and new media, as well as television miniseries and made-for-tv movies. The guild first gave out awards in 2000 and continued through 2004 until they stopped for 10 years. The awards were again given out last year. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Affleck, a two-time Academy Award winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”
Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Michelle McCue
Sometimes (Ok, frequently) the Academy drops the ball. Cary Grant gave his fair share of pantheon performances ("His Girl Friday," "Bringing Up Baby," "The Awful Truth"), none of which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor (he was instead honored for "Penny Serenade" and "None But the Lonely Heart"). Ingrid Bergman's work in "Casablanca," "Notorious" and "Stromboli" was similarly ignored. This year's Oscar candidates are no different, and with that in mind, here are the 15 best performances from the current acting nominees that weren't nominated for an Oscar. Patricia Arquette, "Lost Highway" (1997)"Lost Highway" is sometimes overshadowed by David Lynch's later masterpiece "Mulholland Drive," but it's a rewarding film in its own right, a nightmarish look at repressed guilt, barely-hidden jealousy and self-deception. Arquette (giving a canny double-performance as »
- Max O'Connell
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