1. “David Lynch: ’I’ve always loved Laura Palmer.’” Twin Peaks terrified TV audiences and made David Lynch a household name. Now, nearly 25 years later, he is returning to the scene of the crime, releasing unseen material from the movie prequel Fire Walk with Me.
“If you follow David Lynch into the woods he will not hold your hand. He cannot guarantee you will find your way home. He truly hopes that you’ll emerge unscathed. The director, painter and transcendental meditation disciple has never been one to explain his work and, on the occasion of the release of the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery box set, no measure of nostalgia will sway him. He’s sitting on a chaise longue in a hotel suite not far from his Los Angeles home when we meet, exuding charisma and an egoless confidence. At 68, Lynch looks vital, present. He’s dressed in his usual uniform: dark jacket, white shirt buttoned up, a blaze of rockabilly hair atop his weatherbeaten face. “Wanna take a look?’ he says, nasal, deliberate. A Blu-ray box set is on the table, containing Twin Peaks seasons one and two, Fire Walk with Me and—here’s the real prize—a previously unreleased 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes from the movie.”
2. “Questlove on Iggy Azalea: ’Black People Have to Come to Grips That Hip-Hop Is a Contagious Culture.’” The Roots’ drummer talks Beyoncé, Sia and why “Fancy” is “a game-changer” for hip-hop.
“Here’s the thing: the song is effective and catchy as hell, and it works. Just the over-enunciation of ’hold you down’? [laughs] It makes me chuckle because all I can see is my assistant holding a brush in the mirror and singing it. I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ’She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out—’Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ’Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”
3. “Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas) Talks Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape.” The director of V/H/S and Autoerotic can’t get up any enthusiasm for this new “analog” comedy.
“I wish the makers of Sex Tape had decided instead to explore a couple that was dealing with the fact that their sex tape leaked, and wrapping their heads around the idea that their friends and family could watch it on the Internet. The film’s star, Cameron Diaz, could probably tell you all about it. Remember when that weird S&M video of 19-year-old Diaz surfaced in 2004? She has done her best to scrub all evidence of the thing from the world, but even as the highest-paid actress in Hollywood she couldn’t keep the photos and videos off the Internet, despite drawn-out legal battles and thousands of ’cease and desist’ emails. And that was 10 years ago! How can I, in the present, derive any enjoyment from watching that same woman break into a warehouse under the assumption that smashing a server with a baseball bat will solve her problem?”
4. “Confidentially Yours.” The banality of the celebrity profile, and how it got that way.
“The profile and its public-relations power were by no means limited to the Hollywood star, or even to the twentieth century. Historian Charles Ponce De Leon dates the emergence of personality journalism to the development of the ’public sphere’ in the late eighteenth century, when ’virtually any man could be famous—could become a public figure known to a large number of people.’ A man needn’t be a member of the aristocracy or even from a well-to-do family; he just needed to be public. He could be a writer or a politician, a captain of industry or an actor. But with public visibility came the need to manage that publicity—to author the public self, as it were. Thus: autobiographies, commissioned biographies, interviews. Think The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which, with its healthy dose of quips and bon mots, helped solidify Franklin’s reputation as both a politician and a Renaissance man.”
5. “Susan Sarandon on Her Love Affair With David Bowie, Woody Allen’s Creepiness, and Psychedelics.” Few actresses have bitch-slapped Father Time quite like Susan Sarandon. The outspoken star on her latest film, The Last of Robin Hood, profound drug experiences, and more.
“There was a 14- or-15-year difference between Louis Malle and I. We met on a set. That was such a learning experience because he was French, had a truffle farm, and I really hadn’t spent a lot of time in Europe. That was really valuable. But in terms of hooking up with movie stars, I got married really young, which knocked out most of my 20s to be fucking around. There have been a couple of famous, pretty interesting ones. One rock star, and another actor. But I’m pretty much a nester and tend to be monogamous.”
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