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Links for the Day: Little White Lies Chats with David Fincher, David Lynch on Eraserhead, Wim Wenders on Claire Denis, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer, & More

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Links for the Day: Little White Lies Chats with David Fincher, David Lynch on Eraserhead, Wim Wenders on Claire Denis, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer, & More

1. “David Fincher Interview.” Ahead of his highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s psychological best-seller, Gone Girl, LWLies is granted an audience with director David Fincher.

“I can’t figure out why other people like it. I know why I like it. I know the things that were interesting that kept coming up in conversations. And then also, to work on a script with the person who wrote the novel, that can be a gift. There can also be a lot of frustration. Or certainly it can be perceived that way. Will this person be able to see the forest for the trees? Or will they be so wed to how difficult it was to make this storyline work that they’re not willing to jettison certain elements when it doesn’t? I know that’s a commonly-held philosophy about novelists. But with Gillian, it couldn’t be further from the truth. She has—and David Koepp has it too—that love of where the audience is in the narrative. She was very good at taking things that were 13 chapters into the book and saying, well that could be in the introduction. She picked out the traits that needed to be dramatised, but didn’t necessarily put them in the same chronological order.”

2. “David Lynch Thinks No One Will Ever Agree on What Eraserhead Is About.” Bilge Ebiri speaks with the master filmmaker about his debut feature, now on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

“No. The midnight movie circuit was what saved or brought a lot of films to the public. You know, the word Eraserhead was on a marquee of many, many theaters for years. Whether people saw the film or not, they’d see the name, and it just went into their collective consciousness. It was the most beautiful thing for independent cinema and art-house cinema, this idea of running films at midnight. It was really important for Eraserhead. Ben Barenholtz, they call him ’the grandfather of the midnight film’—if it wasn’t for Ben, I don’t think Eraserhead would have been discovered at all.”

3. “Walking in the Footsteps of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Tobe Hooper’s classic is 40 years young, and to celebrate, ScreenCrush’s Jacob Hall visited some of the shooting locations.

“If you look at it from the right angle, it could be mistaken for the middle of nowhere. The flat Texas countryside stretches for miles in every direction. The horizon is populated with farm houses and barns. Fields of crops line the road. The heat is so strong, the air outside of my car ripples and I praise a higher power for air conditioning. This is Texas as ’outsiders’ see it: tamed by man, but free of proper civilization. Never mind that the thoroughly modern city of Bastrop is ten minutes in the rear view mirror. Forget that Austin, the geek/hippy/tech Mecca and state capitol, is only 30 minutes down the highway. It’s quiet out here. Quiet enough to tend your land and your cattle in peace. Quiet enough to ignore ’progress,’ a word that demands those quotation marks in these parts. Hell, it’s quiet enough for you to get away with murdering a handful of unsuspecting young people with a chainsaw and to prepare their flesh at your family’s roadside convenience store. Yes, this is Texas. Home of cattle and cowboys. Land of great barbecue and amazing music. The place where a tribe of cannibals can get along in relative peace and comfort, occasionally rearing their flesh-mask covered heads to prey on teenagers who ran out of gas at the wrong time and in the wrong place. I’m deep in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre country. 40 years ago, director Tobe Hooper, a skeleton crew and a ragtag cast of unknown actors made horror history in these parts. Cinema, and the great state of Texas, were never the same.”

4. “Wim Wenders on Claire Denis.” Prior to making her own films, Denis worked as Wim Wenders’ assistant on films like Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire, and below, in the foreword to the book The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy at the Border, Wenders takes an affectionate look at how his collaboration with Klärchen (as she was known then) begun.

“She showed up one morning at the hotel in downtown Houston.
We walked towards each other, a bit awkwardly.
Were we going to speak French together
or would English be the language of choice here in Texas?
My future assistant was smaller than I had anticipated.
’Frail’ would be the right word.
She stared at me
with curious, wide-awake eyes under short blond hair.
Was she up for this tough job?
Maybe my eyes showed what I thought.
She smiled shyly…”

5. “The Availability Gap: What We Lose When Netflix Wins.” Streaming services were supposed to democratize media. But they’re making some movies harder, and costlier, to see than ever.

“The shift to streaming technologies is often viewed in terms of democratization: No longer do art house-deprived viewers have to wait months to see the movie their social-media friends in New York are raving about. But it’s hard to think of anything less democratic than a state of affairs where the price for a single viewing of Sweet Sweetback, or any of the untold numbers of movies waiting to strike a digital deal, has effectively jumped above $20. It’s not just Van Peebles, either: Brooks found 14—fourteen—Woody Allen movies effectively unavailable through Netflix, including Bananas, Deconstructing Harry and Bullets Over Broadway. Want to see how Bullets stacks up against the recent musical version? Hope you’re ready to pay $12 and add it to your permanent collection.”

Video of the Day: The trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay:

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

Welcome to fucking Deadwood!

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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