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Links for the Day: Twin Peaks to Return to Television, Marian Seldes R.I.P., An Attempt to Communicate with Tommy Wiseau, Another Interstellar Trailer, & More

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Links for the Day: Twin Peaks to Return to Television, Marian Seldes R.I.P., An Attempt to Communicate with Tommy Wiseau, Another Interstellar Trailer, & More

1. Twin Peaks to Return to Television on Showtime.” It is happening again…

“If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, you might want to pour yourself a cup of damn good coffee and have a seat: that influential and utterly surreal murder mystery, which aired on ABC in 1990-1991, will be revived by its creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, as a limited series for Showtime, the cable network said on Monday. When it made its debut in April 1990, Twin Peaks was the first foray into scripted series television from Mr. Lynch, the director of films like Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, pairing him with Mr. Frost, a writer of Hill Street Blues and The Equalizer. The series introduced viewers to Special Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) who arrives in fictional Twin Peaks, Wash., to solve the murder of Laura Palmer, and meets a world of probable suspects and dreamlike characters, including a dwarf who gives him clues in his dreams, and a lady with a special connection to her log.”

2. “Marian Seldes R.I.P.” The Broadway legend has died at 86.

“Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of A Delicate Balance who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said. ’It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died,’ he said in a statement. ’She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.’”

3. “NYFF ’14: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and Consumed.” For Filmmaker, Vadim Rizov on Cronenberg’s latest film and first novel.

Maps to the Stars brings the news that actors are neurotic, child stars insufferably privileged, studio executives hypocritical bottom-liners and the entire labor force of Los Angeles just waiting for a big break that never comes. To hammer home the closed nature of this toxic cesspool, the plot brings in incest. There is a scene of actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) constipated on the john, her farts loud and sterile in the way that careless post-sync sound tends to be. Satire! (If this scene needed to be filmed—and I’m not convinced—more resonance and echoing of anal wind within the bowl would really have sold it. This is one of the odder complaints I’ve articulated in prose, and I’m a little mad I even had to think about it.)”

4. “Move On, Next Question.” Rich Juzwiak attempts to communicate with Tommy Wiseau.

“After more long-windedness about the creative process being at times a necessarily solitary one, Wiseau finally revealed that he would not be so revealing as to actually answer that question as completely as he could. ’I don’t want to be too specific because it’s my life, but I can give you little bit that I’m not that lonely,’ he said. ’I mean, I have friends around me and I do exercise, I do all that stuff. But sometimes actors need to be lonely. ’Waiting for the subway on my way over, while brushing up on my notes and rereading my research, I had realized that Wiseau benefitted from the same ambiguity that The Room does—his mysteriousness and bizarreness only make him more fascinating. He really could be an alien, for all we know. I was not only at peace with the idea that I would be able to pry very few hard facts from Wiseau; I realized that doing so would be a disservice not just to him but for everyone who delights in his charmingly enigmatic ways. At times, I wondered if he was even capable of having a candid conversation. He sometimes appeared to have the limpest of grasps on facts. A few minutes into our conversation, he referred to me as, ’Richard…right?’”

5. “10 Filmmaking Lessons From Paul Thomas Anderson.” Flavorwire’s Jason Bailey on the filmmaking philosophy PTA imparted during his “On Cinema” talk at this year’s New York Film Festival.

Inherent Vice isn’t exactly a model for narrative cohesion—and that’s entirely on purpose. Its plot is, in many ways, convoluted for the sake of being convoluted, an idea Anderson explained with a clip from Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, a film whose plot was basically a clothesline upon which Hitch could hang set pieces he’d already devised. In that film, the intricate plot is explained in an airport sequence, where the roar of the planes overpowers it entirely on the soundtrack—a way, according to Anderson, to cue that this is ’exposition that nobody cares about.’ Expanding on this theme, Anderson explained, ’I never remember plots of movies. I remember how they make me feel, and I remember emotions and I remember visual things that I’ve seen.’”

Video of the Day: Interstellar got another trailer last week:

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

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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