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"Twin Peaks," Episode 13 Recap: What Is This, Kindergarten?

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.Much of David Lynch's work is about regression, or regressiveness, about people who are most comfortable when indulging (really, hiding behind) their baser instincts. An acid-jazz saxophonist with murder on his mind might take refuge in the body and soul of a teenage delinquent (Lost Highway), or a midwestern girl who has played and lost the Hollywood game might concoct a candy-colored dream-life in which she finally attains Tinseltown stardom (Mulholland Dr.). But these escapes always prove to be traps, and cyclical ones at that. What goes around comes around. What has happened before will happen again. Even Blue Velvet's Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), finally liberated from her abusive sexual relationship with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), "still can see blue velvet through my tears.
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6 ‘Unadaptable’ Books That Were Turned Into Movies, From ‘Watchmen’ to ‘Cloud Atlas’

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6 ‘Unadaptable’ Books That Were Turned Into Movies, From ‘Watchmen’ to ‘Cloud Atlas’
Never tell Hollywood it can’t do something. Over the years, the entertainment industry has gamely (and, often, unwisely) taken on projects that have been deemed unadaptable, often by their very own authors and creators. Such a film is bound for the big screen later this week, when Nikolaj Arcel’s already embattled “The Dark Tower” arrives, attempting to prove to audiences that adapting a sprawling Stephen King opus into a movie and television franchise after nearly a decade of starts and stops is, in fact, a good idea. It’s hardly the only example of such a gamble, and few similar attempts have managed to pay out, either financially or creatively.

Read More‘The Dark Tower’ Tested So Poorly That Sony Considered Replacing Director — Report

Sometimes “unadaptable” is just that, and perhaps even the best of books simply isn’t suited for a splashy filmed version. While it remains
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How George A. Romero Changed the Course of American Independent Film

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How George A. Romero Changed the Course of American Independent Film
Predictably, most of the memorials for the late great horror director George A. Romero focused on his influence on the zombie and wider horror genre. Yes, he was important and influential in that area. But his legacy is much wider. More than any other filmmaker, Romero changed the course of independent film making in America.

Independent films have been around as long as movies existed. Indeed, in their infancy all early features from around 1912 were basically independent, before the Hollywood studio system rapidly evolved in the late teens.

Though the majors dominated moviemaking and distribution from their hub in Southern California, many independent filmmakers such as Edgar G. Ulmer, the idiosyncratic Edward Wood, African-American pioneer Oscar Micheaux and various ethnic cinemas flourished on the side. In 1955 Robert Altman was making industrial films in Kansas City when he was hired by a local businessman to make his first feature, the low-budget
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Berlinale 2017. Chromesthetic Delirium and Documentary Spontaneity

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Untitled. © Lotus-FilmA pretty amazing aspect of the Berlinale is that a lot of the festival venues are multiplexes usually devoted to blockbusters, meaning that smaller films from the sidebars are often screened in theaters with gigantic screens and state-of-the-art sound systems. It’s in one such cinema that I got to experience the chromesthetic delirium of Ulysses in the Subway by Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, Flo Jacobs and Ken Jacobs. And, let me tell you, it was mind-blowing. Describing the film is about as difficult as describing a drug trip—indeed, watching Ulysses in the Subway is what it might be like if you were to drop acid and ride around the New York subway with your eyes closed. With the intention of visualizing sound, the four artists took an audio recording Ken Jacobs made of a long subway ride home (Jacobs used the same recording in live performances of
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[Cannes Review] Sieranevada

  • The Film Stage
For this critic’s money, of the several excellent filmmakers to emerge from the Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu ranks as the most formidable. After kicking off his career in 2001 with the outstanding Stuff and Dough, a small-scale but expertly modulated road/drug-deal movie, Puiu made two bona fide masterpieces back to back: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Aurora. While his newest dramatic feature, Sieranevada, may fall just short of M-word classification by not reaching the same level of radical invention as its two predecessors, it is nonetheless another proud entry in Puiu’s stellar filmography.

Unlike Aurora, which was largely made up of silences, observing its solitary everyman protagonist as he wandered around before and after committing a quadruple murder, the dialogue in Sieranevada rushes forth in a stupefying torrent that begins as soon as the opening credits finish and is sustained almost without cease until the film’s closing image.
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Back to School with, um, Back to School

Andrew here with the late and last back to school entry, which makes sense because the 1986 mega-hit Back to School is all about heading back to school late.

Those first few back at school are always a hassle for students, sure. But, they’re probably not that simple for the educators, either. Think about it. It’s your first day teaching a new class of students. How do you make a great first impression so that they’re interested in your class, not just for the first day, but for the rest of the semester?

With that in mind, watching both the students and lecturers at college navigate those first classes in Back to School become even more interesting. Sixty year old Thornton Melon heads back to university as a show of solidarity to prevent his disillusioned son from dropping out. He’s a virtual fish out of water adapting
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An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem

24 Hours Berlin director Volker Heise explains why he chose to shoot his latest documentary in Jerusalem, and explains why the city is like a puzzle with pieces that don't fit.

Follow the 24 Hours Jerusalem project at the dedicated website 24hjerusalem.tv and submit your own Vine videos via #24hjerusalem on Twitter

In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.

The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not
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An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem

24 Hours Berlin director Volker Heise explains why he chose to shoot his latest documentary in Jerusalem, and explains why the city is like a puzzle with pieces that don't fit.

The Guardian has exclusive access to the stream of 24 Hours Jerusalem, which will launch at 05:00 tomorrow UK time

In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.

The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not being "proper
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6 People That Prove Eyepatches Rock (and one we’re not sure about)

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees the return of Nick Fury and his glorious eyepatch to our oversized cinema screens, although if you want to watch the film in 3D an eyepatch of your own will cause some problems. To celebrate the release of the movie (and the fact that the eyepatch is no longer the sole reserve of the fancy dress pirate) here are seven examples of people – real or otherwise – that know how to rock the one-eyed look.

1) Nick Fury

Making his first appearance in 1963, Nick Fury is the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. , an espionage and law enforcement agency that makes the Nsa look like your local neighbourhood watch group. These days Nick Fury is synonymous with Samuel L Jackson, who has so far portrayed the character in six films including Iron Man, Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble
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Boy, Bike, Ridley and Tony

Yesterday I stumbled on the following short film from Ridley Scott titled "Boy and Bicycle" of which he directed in 1962 while a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Shot over the course of six weeks, for ?65 (approx. $108 today) on 16mm and featuring his brother, the late Tony Scott, in the lead role, the short follows a young teen as he skips school. The film was shot in various locations in Hartlepool, North East England. The short would eventually be finished in 1965 when Scott secured financing from the British Film Institute and would then include theme music by James Bond composer John Barry. The short immediately caught my eye and after searching the Internet for commentary from others, most of which feel they see imagery they will later recognize in Scott's Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain, I think the more obvious discussion points are visual comparisons to
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Mindy Newell: How Unforgetable Sentences Can Help You Make Magic

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

The other day two grandmothers, Mindy and Lynette, were visiting their beloved grandchild Meyer Manual. After playing and cooing and aahing and watching Alixandra attempt to feed him mashed bananas, 99% of which ended up on his bib and his chin and my elbow and just about everywhere but in his mouth, Lynette said she had to split. As she was leaving, she said to me, “I love your columns. You’re such a good writer.” (Be that as it may.) I said, “I don’t know where it comes from, I never had any formal training.” Lynette laughed, and said, “Well, I had formal training, and I can’t write like that.”

Well, I don’t know how good a writer I am; I always think I could be a gazillion-million times better.
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On my radar: Max Richter's cultural highlights

Composer Max Richter on Zadie Smith, the Edinburgh festival and why he has a soft spot for James Joyce's Ulysses

Composer Max Richter was born in Germany, and moved to the UK as a child. As a founding member of the contemporary classical group Piano Circus, he commissioned and performed music by composers including Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Julia Wolfe. On the solo albums that followed, he collaborated with the likes of actress Tilda Swinton, musician Robert Wyatt and DJ/ producer Roni Size. In 2008, the Royal Ballet commissioned him to compose the music for Infra, choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with whom he later worked on the chamber opera, Sum (2012). Richter's work has featured in films such as Shutter Island (2010), and he penned the original soundtrack to Waltz with Bashir (2008). He has also provided music for several art installations, including rAndom International's Rain Room at the Barbican. In 2012, Richter
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Anachronisms that aren't – modernity avant la lettre in period literature

Language that sounds too contemporary to feature in fiction from the past is surprisingly common. What are your favourite examples?

Whether we're reading the Booker prize books or watching Downton Abbey, we all love to catch out an author in an anachronism. Philip Hensher, in a piece on this year's Booker longlist, found problems in several books, and took particular issue with the use of "Hello" in Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, set in 19th-century New Zealand. It seems that "Hallo!" – meaning "Stop, wait, hang on" or as a surprised or informal greeting (and much used in Dickens) – hadn't yet morphed into "Hello" as a gracious salutation. On the plus side, Hensher gave a date to one novel, Jim Crace's Harvest, because of the use of mauve – the name for the colour was invented in 1856.

At the other end of the literary spectrum, with the new series of Downton Abbey in full flow,
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Film Review: ‘Grown Ups 2’

Film Review: ‘Grown Ups 2’
The first scene in “Grown Ups 2” depicts a deer urinating directly onto Adam Sandler’s face. The penultimate scene (spoiler alert) depicts the very same deer apparently castrating Taylor Lautner. These bookends are not only the film’s highlights, they also represent the closest it comes to establishing any sort of narrative throughline. Among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade, “Grown Ups 2” is perhaps the closest Hollywood has yet come to making “Ow! My Balls!” seem like a plausible future project. It is all but guaranteed a strong opening weekend.

A follow-up to 2010’s critically savaged yet massively lucrative “Grown Ups,” this sequel introduces a few changes. Most obviously, although Dennis Dugan is back in the director’s chair and stars Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade all reprise their roles as high-school buddies turned over-the-hill dads,
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Morning Brew - Wed. June 19: Portia and Ellen sell another home, Jane Lynch judges on "MasterChef" tonight

Tags: Morning BrewThe FostersAmber HeardKatee SackhoffChristine QuinnEllen DeGeneresPortia de RossiJenna LyonsMulholland DriveSally RideMartina NavratilovaBillie Jean KingGay and Lesbian Sports Hall of FameIMDbKim Stolz

Good morning!

Both Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King will be among the first inductees into the Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. As they should be!

The Village Voice thinks lesbians don't date online. Tell that to all the women I know on OkCupid.

Tomboy was nice enough to release this behind-the-scenes video of their Spring/Summer campaign starring Harmony Boucher.

The Rumpus talked with partners Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul about collaborating on Lost Cat.

Katee Sackhoff may not be playing gay in Riddick, but she's playing straight pretending to be gay, so that counts for something, right? She tells Collider of her character, Dahl:

Well, the fun little tidbit of Dahl is that she just pretends that she’s a lesbian so [the men she's around] don’t do anything.
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Movies This Week: June 7-13, 2013

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As part of their Marilyn Monroe celebration this summer, Austin Film Society will show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (pictured above) 7 pm Tuesday at Alamo Drafthouse Village. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell on a boat! In addition, tonight and Sunday Afs hosts Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra at the Marchesa (free, but you should RSVP). And In Bed with Ulysses, a documentary about James Joyce and his work Ulysses, plays 7 pm Wednesday at the Marchesa.

The Paramount continues the summer classic film series with a focus on musicals this weekend (Singin' in the Rain and The Sound of Music on Saturday and Sunday). Then it's film noir at both Paramount and Stateside on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, Sunset Boulevard and The Maltese Falcon all on the schedule.

For something completely different, the Alamo Kids Club at the Slaughter Lane location is screening The Muppets Take Manhattan this month.
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Samuel Beckett manuscript offers 'intimate' look into his mind

Initial drafts of Murphy, up for auction next month, include extensive revisions as well as drawings of himself and James Joyce

In pictures: The Murphy manuscript

The "extraordinarily rich" manuscript of Samuel Beckett's first major novel Murphy, which has been glimpsed by only a very few individuals over the last half-century, is expected to fetch more than £1m when it goes up for auction next month.

Filling six notebooks, the Murphy manuscript – originally entitled Sasha Murphy – is packed with doodles and extensive corrections, including Beckett's lively sketches of his friend and mentor James Joyce, of himself, and of Charlie Chaplin, who went on to be an influence on the tramps in Waiting for Godot. The first 11 pages of text are entirely crossed out, and an insight into the workings of the Nobel prize-winning author's mind is provided by the eight cancelled versions of the novel's famous opening sentence. Beckett tried out "The sun shone,
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Mel Brooks: Exclusive Cinema Retro Interview

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Mel Brooks: Comedy As The Currency Of Friendship

By Eddy Friedfeld

(Photo copyright Steven R. Stack)

Mel Brooks is profiled in a superb American Masters documentary entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, which premieres nationally on PBS stations on May 20th. One of 14 Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners, he has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer, and shows few signs of slowing down. With new interviews with Brooks, his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, Rob Reiner, and his close friend, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man, Carl Reiner. A DVD with bonus material will be available Tuesday, May 21 from Shout Factory.

"When they called me to say I had been chosen as the next 'American Master,' I thought they said I was chosen to be the next Dutch Master. So I figured what the hell,
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We Tell F. Scott Fitzgerald About 'The Great Gatsby' in 3-D

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" was first published in April 1925 and has since gone on to be read by millions of high school students around the globe, proclaimed as the second-best English language novel by the Modern Library (right behind James Joyce's "Ulysses") and all in all a brilliant depiction of the Roaring Twenties and a scathing deconstruction of post-wwi American idealism.

The novel has to date been adapted for the screen five times, with the most famous arguably being the 1974 version directed by Jack Clayton, adapted by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby. The most recent adaptation is directed by Baz Luhrmann, the boisterous showman who brought us highly theatrical yet also richly cinematic party movies like "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" It's also the first version to be in 3-D.

So how would Fitzgerald himself feel about his Great American
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Chad Johnson Buys Homeless Man a Beer, Clothes and Instant Fame After Party Weekend

Chad Johnson: Football star, avid tweeter, benefactor. The erstwhile Ochocinco met a homeless man who goes by Porkchop on the streets of Miami on Saturday, and, after he bought the man a beer, they were out "living it up" on a whirlwind weekend that would have made James Joyce proud. If only Joyce could have tweeted Ulysses... "Homeless dude asked for a beer, I bought him a case of a 24 n a pack of Newports, we balling together f--k it..." Johnson began, posting a pic of himself and Porkchop (whose real first name is Robert) enjoying said refreshments. Then: "Gave dude a G-shock watch I had in the car so he can tell time, we're listening to Frankie Beverly n Maze...
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