twin peaks miguel ferrer

We’ve reached the point where things you used to love back in the day getting a big second chance have become commonplace. Oh, a Star Wars movie that seems to evoke the original trilogy? That’s nice. Six new hours of The X-Files? That’s good. Nothing is ever dead anymore – it’s just taking a little nap before it’s roused from its slumber, given a new coat of paint, and asked to win over the fans and attract new admirers. With all of that said: holy crap, Showtime is releasing a new season of Twin Peaks and David Lynch is directing it and everything! How’d that happen?

Anyway, the latest news to emerge from the ultra-secretive Twin Peaks camp is that Miguel Ferrer, who played FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld in the original series, is set to return for the new batch of a episodes.

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Project Greenlight season 4

I’m a huge Project Greenlight fanatic. I’ve been watching the HBO series since it first made its debut in 2001. Actually, I even had a submission in for the second season of Project Greenlight (which was just a scene from the feature film I co-directed). This season of the HBO filmmaking “documentary” series was filled with drama, which I chatted about at length during this week’s /Filmcast.

Project Greenlight, like any reality series, shows a version of events that may or may not happened exactly as presented onscreen. 20,000 hours of footage is edited down into the four and a half hours of television that aired on HBO, and characters and storylines are streamlined and packaged to maximize the drama. So what is the reality behind the show? We’ll never know as we were there in person. But we can listen to a few of the people who were there, namely director Jason Mann and producer Effie Brown, who have commented publicly about the process.

In addition, there are a variety of things I have noticed or learned since watching this season of the show that you probably didn’t know about. So if you watched the fourth season of Project Greenlight, hit the jump to learn some information about what you might have missed.

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Marvel's Jessica Jones

Netflix is set to debut its upcoming original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones on November 20th, 2015, and in the last couple weeks they have released a bunch of new character posters and trailers to promote the show. Earlier this week we learned the episode titles and summaries, and today Netflix has revealed a ton of new Jessica Jones photos, including a better look at Mike Colter as Luke Cage.
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The Golden Compass

A great many people are fans of Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy, and a whole lot of said fans probably remember how disappointed they were when The Golden Compass, based on the first of those books, came out in 2007. It was really a blessing that the film didn’t do well enough to spawn any sequels, as originally planned. Especially because if it had, we wouldn’t be getting our hopes up for a new small-screen adaptation of Pullman’s story.

BBC One has announced that it’s making a new drama series based on Pullman’s books, which center on Lyra Belacqua, a young girl living in a parallel universe where people’s souls exist outside their bodies in the form of animal companions (known as daemons). And the story only gets weirder and wilder from there. More about the His Dark Materials BBC project after the jump.

Deadline reports New Line Cinema is producing the His Dark Materials BBC drama with Bad Wolf. Pullman, who is executive producing, gushed about the project.

It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media. It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television. In recent years we’ve seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.


Pullman’s His Dark Materials books are typically categorized as YA fantasy, but are much more complex than that label would suggest. Not only does it have a big, sprawling plot, it dives deep into philosophical and theological issues. The series as a whole has been acclaimed by adult critics and readers as well as kids. In fact, the last book, titled The Amber Spyglass, was the first children’s book ever longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Perhaps not surprisingly, then, one of the biggest problems with the Golden Compass movie was that it watered down the source material, downplaying its more complicated and controversial elements in order to appease the box office. Not that it helped — it still drew ire from religious groups and did middling business. All in all, it seemed like a waste of good source material, a good writer and director (Chris Weitz), and a good cast (including Dakota Blue RichardsDaniel Craig, and Nicole Kidman).

It’s unclear how many episodes the His Dark Materials BBC drama will have. But the fact that Pullman mentions long, layered stories like Game of ThronesThe Sopranos, and The Wire suggests that one of the advantages of a show, as opposed to a movie, is that Lyra’s story will have more room to breathe on the small screen. Details on who’ll fill out the new cast, or when it’ll shoot and when it’ll air, have not been revealed.

x-files spin-off

The upcoming X-Files revival most likely functions on its own, as a brief return to the popular, conspiracy-laden world of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. However, you just know that series creator Chris Carter and Fox both hope this thing is huge, allowing them to keep the aliens and black oil and weekly supernatural threats coming for the foreseeable future. After all, resurrecting beloved shows to appease a dedicated fanbase is all the rage these days. Why not the best genre show of the ’90s?

But if The X-Files is to continue beyond this event series, it may take on a new form. With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson not wanting for work elsewhere, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to see a new set of (younger! hipper!) agents pick up where Mulder and Scully left off. And since the new batch of episodes introduce some fresh-faced characters, rumors of a potential spin-off have taken root.

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jessica jones episode titles

All eyes are on Jessica Jones, Marvel‘s latest foray into the world of Netflix, and for good reason – it looks good, early buzz has been promising, and the episode that played at New York Comic-Con excited even the most jaded superhero fans in the crowd. At this point, most of you who would click on an article about Jessica Jones are already going to watch it. Some of you may already be planning to binge-watch the whole thing when it drops in a little over two weeks.

So know that episode titles and brief synopses of every episode on the show have arrived on Netflix, and they’re not for the spoiler-phobic. They’re not for true spoiler-hounds either. They’re vague, one-sentence descriptions that never go into detail and exist solely tease the shape of an episode. So if you’re up for some minor Jessica Jones spoilers and want to know the general shape of the season, keep on reading. If you want to avoid spoilers of any kind, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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‘Law & Order’ Star Fred Thompson Dead at 73

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Fred Dalton Thompson, character actor, Law & Order staple, and United States senator, passed away yesterday after a decade-long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 73 years old. He leaves behind an impressive body of work on both film and television. Although rarely the star of any given television show or movie, Thompson never gave a bad performance – he was a consummate professional and working actor.

More details after the jump.

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girls season 5 teaser

HBO‘s Girls flew a little under the radar this past season. What was once one of the most talked-about shows on the air has just become another component of the larger television tapestry. By this point, HBO subscribers, HBO Now users, and people who use their parents’ HBO Go accounts know whether or not the frequently humiliating and brutally honest misadventures of Lena Dunham‘s Hannah Horvath are for them. The think pieces have slowed to a trickle.

But Girls will be Girls and it’s still perfectly good at doing what it does. It’s going to keep going as long as Dunham and her team have embarrassing and uncomfortably personal stories to recreate on screen. The first footage from season 5 has arrived and once again, Dunham showcases a shamelessness/fearlessness that is genuinely admirable.

You can watch the Girls season 5 teaser below.

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movies coming to netflix

Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. Although the world’s most popular steaming service is losing a bunch of great movies and television shows next month, it’s gaining plenty of stuff worthy of your team and attention in turn. If you like unique and varied documentaries, surreal animated family movies, and Marvel superheroes, you’ll have plenty to dig into over the next few weeks.

Scroll one down for our recommendations for movies coming to Netflix next month, plus a complete list of everything else.

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