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Review: David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Thought Gang’

Review: David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Thought Gang’
For more than a quarter century, filmmaker David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti have been sitting on some of the most compellingly bizarre creations either had worked on — even by David Lynch’s standards. Now they’ve finally released Thought Gang, a project that has only previously surfaced on Lynch’s soundtrack to Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and in the backgrounds of his works like Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. A far cry from the hipster, cool jazz of Twin Peaks or the dreamy pop of their work with singer Julee Cruise,
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David Lynch Possibly Plots Next Film as Angelo Badalamenti Collaboration ‘Thought Gang’ Arrives

It’s entirely possible we’ll never get another long-form moving-image work from David Lynch–though, if you’ll excuse my language, who the fuck knows; more on that in a second–but the artist has kept busy since Laura Palmer screamed all illumination from reality. The last few months alone brought the publication his excellent, thoroughly Lynchian memoir Room to Dream, and it was last week that we were gifted a new(-ish) album from him and maestro Angelo Badalamenti. Recorded in 1992 and recovered from the fallen-through cracks, this self-titled work from their collective, Thought Gang, is no footnote: the alternately smooth and assaultive jazz LP mixes soundscapes befitting its artists with, courtesy Badalamenti, occasional spoken-word segments as thrilling as they are goofy. (Per Lynch: “It’s sort of like jet-fueled jazz in a weird way…but it’s all based on stories. It’s Modern Music.”)

Fans have
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Mary Willard, Comedy Playwright & Wife Of Fred Willard, Dead At 71

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Mary Willard, playwright, TV writer and wife of four-time Emmy nominee Fred Willard, has died at the age of 71.

Willard died on July 13, but news of her death was recently made public.

Champion is the one word that comes to mind when remembering Mary Willard and she wasn’t just Fred Willard’s best cheerleader, but she also mentored and nurtured a number of creative comedic writers and actors through the Willards’ Los Angeles-based comedy sketch group The Mohos over the last two-plus decades (which anecdotally I was a part of some years ago).

‘Let’s put on a show’ was an unofficial mantra, and within less than two-weeks time, the troupe would pull wigs out of the closet and brush up pages for performances at the Io West and The Bang Theater and even as far as the Inland Empire. Those trying out sketches at Mohos had the opportunity
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David Lynch Narrates ‘Curtain’s Up,’ a Short Film About Cinema, Ideas, and Meditation — Watch

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David Lynch Narrates ‘Curtain’s Up,’ a Short Film About Cinema, Ideas, and Meditation — Watch
David Lynch may never make another film — his most recent, “Inland Empire,” was released in 2006 — but at least he’s still narrating them. He’s done that with “Curtain’s Up,” which comes from Stella McCartney, Case Simmons, and his son Austin; like much of Lynch’s extracurricular work, the 10-minute short explores his thoughts on the creative process, among other things. Watch it here.

“Cinema is a language. It can say things, big abstract things, and I love that about it,” Lynch says as the short begins. “Some people are poets and have a beautiful way of saying things with words, but cinema is its own language and so you can express a feeling or a thought that can’t be conveyed any other way. It’s a magical medium.”

Lynch also ruminates on the ways in which painting inspired his love of film, how ideas are like fish,
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David Lynch Launches Clothing Store on Amazon to Sell His Weird and Wonderful T-Shirts

David Lynch Launches Clothing Store on Amazon to Sell His Weird and Wonderful T-Shirts
Never content with just being one of the greatest filmmakers in history, David Lynch is expanding his career options and getting into the clothing business. The director already has his own coffee brand and has created “Twin Peaks”-themed beers and skateboards, and now he’s selling personally-designed t-shirts on Amazon. Lynch’s store, titled Studio: David Lynch, has 25 t-shirts up for sale, each priced at $26 and featuring sizes ranging from small to triple Xl.

The shirts feature the artwork of Lynch, which means they are all as weird and transfixing as you’d expect from the mind behind “Inland Empire,” “Mulholland Drive,” and “Rabbits.” Some of the shirts feature doodle designs Lynch drew of animals such as a dinosaur, an octopus, and a dragonfly, while others are the kind of creatures that feel like only Lynch could dream up. The “Turkey Cheese” and “Chicken Head Blue” shirts, for instance,
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Filmadrid & Mubi: The Video Essay—"Strange, What Love Does"

The Video Essay is a joint project of Mubi and Filmadrid Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a relatively recent form that already has its own masters and is becoming increasingly popular. The limits of this discipline are constantly expanding; new essayists are finding innovative ways to study the history of cinema working with images. With this non-competitive section of the festival both Mubi and Filmadrid will offer the platform and visibility the video essay deserves. The six selected works will be shown during the dates of Filmadrid on Mubi’s cinema publication, the Notebook. There will also be a free public screening of the selected works during the festival. The selection was made by the programmers of Mubi and Filmadrid.Strange, What Love DoesA video essay by Diego Cepeda, Luis Franze, Claudia MunueraA
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc Event: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern reflect on their decades-long journey [Listen]

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc Event: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern reflect on their decades-long journey [Listen]
Emmy voters returned to the strange world of “Twin Peaks” recently with an Emmy Fyc event for Showtime’s revival, “The Return.” Gold Derby was on-hand at Paramount Studios for the Q&A with director David Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern, which followed a screening of the finale. Listen to the entire 47-minute Q&A above.

See ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]

A great sense of mystery surrounded “The Return,” which picks up 25 years after the original series left off. Details were kept tightly under wraps, especially the shocking conclusion. “I was thrilled at the ending,” revealed MacLachlan, who reprised his iconic role as Dale Cooper, an FBI Agent investigating the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in a small Pacific Northwestern town (he also managed to play
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]
Showtime brought prospective Emmy voters back to the strange world of “Twin Peaks” recently with an Emmy Fyc event for its revival, “The Return.” Gold Derby was on the red carpet at Paramount Studios in Hollywood to chat with stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern before a screening and Q&A, where they were joined by director David Lynch. Scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of this post to be taken to our complete interviews.

“Who killed Laura Palmer?” was the question on everyone’s lips when “Twin Peaks” originally premiered on ABC in the spring of 1990. With co-creator Mark Frost (“Hill Street Blues”), Lynch brought the surreal sensibilities of his films “Eraserhead” (1977) and “Blue Velvet” (1986) to the TV masses with the story of an FBI agent (MacLachlan) investigating the murder of a homecoming queen (Sheryl Lee) in a small Pacific Northwest town. The show was a success,
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Chrysta Bell: ‘David Lynch is my mentor in art, music and life’

The singer and actor, on the eve of a UK tour, discusses the Twin Peaks reboot and her long history of collaborations with the director

On 10 June 1991, in the chilling finale of the second season of Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer – or someone who looked like her – tells special agent Dale Cooper: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” As promised, a quarter of a century later, the show written by David Lynch and Mark Frost returned with a boundary-pushing third season. It launched a thousand thinkpieces and fan theories; controversially, it was ranked second in Sight & Sound’s best films of 2017 list. At the heart of the show was new character Tammy Preston, an impossibly glamorous FBI agent played by relative unknown Chrysta Bell.

The musician and sometime actor has often been referred to as David Lynch’s muse: one of her songs appeared in his 2006 film Inland Empire,
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Let’s Not Use the Word "Metaphor": A Conversation with Blake Williams

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The once-intriguing possibilities of 3D films have become a gimcrack commodity, one used by producers to inflate the price of movie tickets and increase revenue. For Hollywood films, it’s usually done as a post-production conversion, nothing more than a brummagem, money-grabbing afterthought devoid of sincere artistic purpose. It is, in a way, a bastard descendant of the crafty stratagems of William Castle (Smell-o-Vision, the flying skeletons, etc.), but without his passion and showmanship, and certainly without his thriftiness. Prototype, Blake William’s hour-long, innominate new feature, is the rare film to not only take advantage of the unique possibilities of 3D technology, but to become symbiotic with it. In the film one find flickers of hope for the medium. You cannot watch Prototype in 2D; it simply does not work. The ineluctable ambition of the film—of its formal experimentation, its assured daring—needs, and deserves, to be experienced as intended,
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Exclusive ‘Inside’ Clip Echoes Original Splatterfest!

On January 12, 2018, Vertical Entertainment will cut deep into Kidnapped and Extinction director Miguel Ángel Vivas‘ Inside, his remake of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s French slasher masterpiece À l’intérieur. The new take stars Rachel Nichols (The Loop, Tokarev, Fantastic Four) as a pregnant woman who is being attacked by Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher), a lunatic […]
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Doc Corner: David Lynch and the Allure of 'Blue Velvet Revisited'

By Glenn Dunks

The massive Doc NYC festival continues this week in New York City until the 16th, showcasing over 250 films and events. We have one more capsule collection to go up the coming days to close out the festival, but today we're entering the wonderful and strange world of David Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, which screens tonight at Cinepolis Chelsea at 9.30pm.

I don’t know about you, but 2017 hasn’t been the strongest year for movies in my eyes. Part of that may have to do directly with the product itself. But a more significant part is that quite literally no movie I have seen this year has had quite the gravitational pull of Twin Peaks. The return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s classic 1990s television series was maligned by many, but found a dedicated collection of fans for whom it was 18-hours of pure Lynchian madness,
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David Lynch as Actor: How His Onscreen Persona Has Evolved From ‘The Cleveland Show’ to ‘Lucky’

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David Lynch as Actor: How His Onscreen Persona Has Evolved From ‘The Cleveland Show’ to ‘Lucky’
Here’s a strange thought: David Lynch has been in front of the camera more often in the last 10 years than he’s been behind it. Though rarely thought of as an actor in the same manner as other on-camera directors, Lynch has appeared not only in several of his own projects — most recently the “Twin Peaks” revival, in which his Gordon Cole became one of the main characters — but an expectedly far-flung range of others as well. Though he only lends his voice to some of them, he imbues each role with his nonpareil essence.

Read More:Why ‘Lucky’ Should Earn the Late Harry Dean Stanton His First Oscar

Lynch made no feature-length films or TV series in the 11 long years between the release of “Inland Empire” and this new “Twin Peaks,” but he did grace us with his presence onscreen several times. Most prominently — and weirdly, and hilariously — that
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’: Even David Lynch’s Cinematographer Can’t Explain What It All Means

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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’: Even David Lynch’s Cinematographer Can’t Explain What It All Means
Peter Deming is at a slight disadvantage when talking about “Twin Peaks: The Return” compared to most other cinematographers discussing their latest work. He’s only familiar with the project as one long feature film, having gone into production with a 500-plus page script that didn’t have episode breaks, rather than the 18 episodes that Showtime aired this year.

“We also shot it like a feature film,” said Deming in an interview with IndieWire. “When you went to a location, you shot all the action that took place at that location. It’s different than TV – there’s no episode scripts, there’s one director, there’s one crew. So we broke it down and scheduled it like a feature film.”

This “block shooting” approach is impossible for most television shows, which are still being written when production begins on the first episode of the season. It’s a far more efficient approach,
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Blu-ray Review: David Lynch: The Art Life Lives Well via Criterion

To quote a certain giant, it's happening... again. It's happening... again. To quote the giant who created the giant, you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that's it. That quote, from filmmaker David Lynch, has been widely used in promotion for this documentary which is all about him and his processes in creating art. But what isn't necessary being flagged up is the fact that for Lynch, this is an ideal, not the reality. With the recent cult popularity of Showtime's admired and debated Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch has re-entered the cinema zeitgeist. It's been far too long since 2006's Inland Empire, his previous widely released filmmaking effort. What was he doing in the interim? Unsurprisingly true to established form, he'd...

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Is ‘Mulholland Drive’ Really the Greatest Film of the 21st Century? (Or How I Learned to Love David Lynch)

Is ‘Mulholland Drive’ Really the Greatest Film of the 21st Century? (Or How I Learned to Love David Lynch)
Until a few months ago, if the name David Lynch came up in film discussion, I would have inwardly shrugged. It had been years since I watched one of Lynch’s films. It had also been years since Lynch had even made a new feature (the last one being Inland Empire in 2006). But after screening […]

The post Is ‘Mulholland Drive’ Really the Greatest Film of the 21st Century? (Or How I Learned to Love David Lynch) appeared first on /Film.
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Harry Dean Stanton Remembered as Hollywood Mourns Cult Favorite

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Harry Dean Stanton Remembered as Hollywood Mourns Cult Favorite
Harry Dean Stanton passed away yesterday at the age of 91 and Hollywood has taken to social media to pay tribute to the screen legend who starred in Alien, Twin Peaks and everything in between. According to TMZ, the actor passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Stanton's career spanned more than 6 decades in numerous television and movie projects and he was also a Navy veteran of World War II.

Harry Dean Stanton was born in Irvine, Kentucky and raised with a musical background while attending Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Stanton sings, plays guitar, and plays the harmonica. After performing theater in college, Stanton said that he had to choose between being an actor and a musician while also mentioning that he could have been a writer as well after studying journalism. He was convinced to get into acting and the rest is history.
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Six Harry Dean Stanton films you can't afford to miss by Jennie Kermode

Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks

He was the son of a cook and a tobacco farmer, a Kentucky boy who took a big risk by dropping out of university to pursue an acting career, but by the time he died on Friday at the age of 91, Harry Dean Stanton had appeared in more than 100 films. They include a host of hits: The Last Temptation Of Christ, Cool Hand Luke, Pretty In Pink, The Green Mile, Inland Empire and more. He had bit parts in the likes of The Godfather 2, In The Heat Of The Night and How The West Was Won, though sadly his scenes in Cheech and Chong's stoner classic Up In Smoke went up in smoke themselves. But some of his work was truly unforgettable. If you see nothing else, you have to check out these.

Repo Man

Repo Man

"The life of
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Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91 by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-16 01:06:05

Harry Dean Stanton - an American original

American Twin Peaks and Paris, Texas star Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91. The character actor, who racked up roles in scores of films across more than six decades, died of natural causes.

Kentucky-born Stanton appeared in a slew hit films including, Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Escape From New York and Repo Man.

One of his most frequent collaborators was director David Lynch, who worked with him on Wild At Heart , Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Men and Inland Empire. He also worked with him on the most recent series of Twin Peaks.

A statement from @DAVID_LYNCH on the passing of the great Harry Dean Stanton. #RIPHarryDeanStanton #TwinPeaks #Showtime pic.twitter.com/EmsO1zotsk

Twin Peaks (@SHO_TwinPeaks) September 15, 2017 Lynch last night paid tribute to his friend. He wrote: “The great Harry Dean Stanton has...
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R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017)

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away of natural causes aged 91, it has been announced today.

Born in 1926, Stanton enjoyed a career than spanned over 60 years, appearing in a host of films including Cool Hand Luke, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Kelly’s Heroes, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape from New York and Repo Man before securing his first ever lead role in 1984’s Palme d’Or winner Paris, Texas.

Later credits included Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Green Mile, The Pledge, Inland Empire, Rango, The Avengers, and the HBO series Big Love. He recently appeared in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival, and his final film Lucky is set for release in the States later this month.
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