Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal

Nightcrawler is not a film featuring the furry blue X-Man, but don’t close the tab just yet! The film features Jake Gyllenhaal as a small-time crook in Los Angeles, and, well, we don’t know much more. The first teaser for the movie is a bit out of the ordinary, and is actually pretty refreshing. It features some intense work from Gyllenhaal, and leaves a lot of room for you to figure out what comes next. Check out the Nightcrawler teaser below. Read More »

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Twin Peaks blu-ray set

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, the upcoming remastered blu-ray release of the two seasons of Twin Peaks and the feature film Fire Walk With Me, contains a huge treat for fans. One disc in the set features ‘The Missing Pieces,’ a feature-length compilation of deleted and extended scenes. Most are from Fire Walk With Me, but there are a few from the series itself. It’s an incredible collection of footage that for decades has been known to exist, but which has never been seen.

‘The Missing Pieces’ premiered in Los Angeles last night, and I’ve compiled a list of what I’d consider the ten most essential scenes. They are mostly character moments that give us something never seen elsewhere in the series or the film. With three exceptions all these picks are standalone scenes rather than extended edits. But two of the extended scenes are among the most-desired bits of film in the set, and the last one, which comes from the series itself, will be seen as an absolute treasure by some.

Note: There are no big Twin Peaks spoilers below but obviously there are some spoilers for the content of the new ‘Missing Pieces’ feature on the Blu-ray set. Read More »

David Lynch wood

David Lynch recognizes true beauty in wood.

Last night at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles, David Lynch, the American Film Institute, and the home entertainment divisions of CBS and Paramount held an unusual event: the theatrical premiere of deleted scenes from Twin Peaks and the feature film Fire Walk With Me. We don’t see too many theatrical premieres for deleted scenes, but in this case it was a feature-length footage presentation with David Lynch, much of the cast, and some of the crew of Fire Walk With Me in attendance.

The event really began with a short introduction from David Lynch, and anyone who hoped that he might talk about the context of the footage or the history of the show would find that Lynch had something else in mind. His short speech almost reads like a eulogy to the Twin Peaks character who suffered the strangest fate of any in the series, as he extols the grace and value of wood. Watch his introduction after the break. Read More »

Mark Ruffalo Columbo

Say thanks to Gary Whitta. A couple days ago, The Book of Eli and Star Wars screenwriter mused about Columbo on Twitter. He soon made the same declaration that others have made in the years since Zodiac: that Mark Ruffalo would be perfect to take up the mantle of the disheveled, persistent LAPD detective originally played by the late (and unimpeachably great) Peter Falk.

Whitta pushed the idea of Ruffalo as Columbo… and then the actor responded, revealing that he’s actually talked about a Columbo project with Now You See Me screenwriter Ed Solomon. The conversation that resulted was terrific. Read More »

Christian Bale Travis McGee

John D. MacDonald‘s long-running character Travis McGee — the star of 21 novels — is moving back towards theaters thanks to a new adaptation of MacDonald’s first McGee novel The Deep Blue Good-By.

James Mangold is directing, from a script by Dennis Lehane, tracking the early days of a “salvage consultant” who helps people out so long as he gets to keep half the value of the Haul. Now we may know what McGee will look like, as Christian Bale has reportedly agreed to star in the film. Read More »

Warner Bros The Nice Guys

Here’s a minor but pleasing update to a recent story. Shane Black (above, on the set of Iron Man 3) may have a Predator movie to work on for Fox, but he’s also been putting together a film based on a script called The Nice Guys, which he co-wrote a few years back. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have been circling the project, which follows a private detective who gets wrapped up in a conspiracy after investigating the death of a porn star in ’70s Los Angeles. Now Warner Bros. is in talks to back the film, which means it is about to take a big step towards being a reality.  Read More »

true detective four leads

Who will be at the center of the second season of True Detective, and what sort of characters will they be? Creator Nic Pizzolatto has had a few different things to say since the show ended, notably that three characters would be at the center of this season. The sum total of various rumors so far, however, is… we don’t know much. Or we didn’t know.

Thanks to some new comments by the writer/producer, we now have a bit more info. While we don’t know if the gender balance of the show will shift at all, Pizzolatto now says plans for the next story arc have evolved somewhat, and that a quartet of characters will be at the center.

Oh, and you know that early report, that the show would be about “the secret occult history of the transportation system”? Yeah, that may not be the case any longer, either. Read More »

del Toro black and white movie

On one hand, it’s great to see the partnership between Legendary and Guillermo del Toro keeping the director in a state of constant production. From Pacific Rim to Crimson Peak to Pacific Rim 2 (with The Strain pilot in there, too) del Toro has been going non-stop. The only downside is that he’s doing big movies. There’s seemingly little room for another movie like The Devil’s Backbone, and there are a lot of people who’d love to see him do another picture in that vein. Turns out, the one with the power to do something about it is del Toro himself.

Now the director says he will do another “small” movie — a black and white film, and that he’s got his eye on John Hurt to play a significant role.  Read More »

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