The Auteurs of Christmas: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers

Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Twin Peaks returns

“It is happening again.” The giant said those words on Twin Peaks over 20 years ago, and now creators Mark Frost and David Lynch are following through on that idea. Now Twin Peaks returns in 2016 with a nine-episode limited series on Showtime. Frost and Lynch will produce and write all nine episodes, and Lynch will direct the entire series. The show will not be a reboot; this series plans to continue the story left unfinished decades ago. Read More »

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 »

Twin Peaks deleted scene

It’s safe to say that I am unreasonably excited about the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray box set. Rumors of new Twin Peaks material have always seemed both unrealistic and unappealing — the show’s ship has sailed, and we’ve all got to accept that. But the reveal of deleted scenes shot between 1989 and 1992 is something else altogether. That’s a holy grail, a set of artifacts from when the story was really alive.

The blu-ray set has a bunch of deleted material — almost a feature-length set of scenes and outtakes from the feature film Fire Walk With Me, and also some scenes cut from the TV series. We’ve seen a glimpse of some of that stuff via the first trailer for the box set. Below, we have the first full deleted scene to share. It’s a short bit from the TV series, specifically from the pilot, showing a thing we’ve never seen before: the moment when Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) for the first time. Read More »

David Lynch Interview Leland Palmer

“You’ve been dead for around 25 years now.” So begins this interview between Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch and Leland Palmer. Specifically, that’s Lynch speaking not to the actor Ray Wise, but to Wise in character as his Twin Peaks alter-ego. It’s part of what is sure to be the strangest bonus feature on the upcoming Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, in which Lynch speaks to the Palmer family as they exist now. (Or something.) Now you can watch a clip of the interview below. It’s the first new legit Twin Peaks material in many years, and that alone warrants a look. Read More »

Twin Peaks blu-ray set

Last week we got the great news that Twin Peaks would finally hit Blu-ray. Not just the show, but all of it. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery will collect both seasons of the television show, the prequel film Fire Walk With Me, and over an hour of deleted scenes and outtakes from Fire Walk With Me. Some of that deleted footage features characters that didn’t make the cut in the final film, which means it will be our first “new” look at some of those Peaks stalwarts since the show went off the air in 1991.

There are other bonus features in the set, too, and one of the most highly anticipated is Between Two Worlds. The segment features David Lynch talking with the actors who played the Palmer family — Ray Wise, who was father Leland, Grace Zabriske, who played mother Sarah, and Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer. (And who also played Laura’s cousin Madeleine Ferguson.) The segment isn’t just Lynch talking to the actors, but also talking to them in character as the Palmer family. We don’t know if Lynch will also be in character as FBI Agent Gordon Cole.

Below, see the first image of the reunited cast. Read More »

Twin Peaks blu-ray set

On July 29 we’re going to see the first new Twin Peaks material to arrive in 22 years. And while this stuff isn’t exactly “new” — it is footage that David Lynch shot for Fire Walk With Me — it is footage that fans have hoped to see ever since laserdisc and DVD made the presentation of deleted scenes a common practice. The scenes feature characters from the TV show who were cut from the movie, and entire minor plot lines. Were you upset that your favorite character from the show wasn’t given time in the film? These scenes will probably have you covered.

David Lynch has always talked about being game to release this footage. The issue was simply money. Not that he wanted to be paid to do it; he wanted to finish the footage properly so it would be mixed and color-timed to fit in with the existing film. And now, for the blu-ray box set — dubbed The Entire Mystery, Lynch’s wishes, and ours, have been granted.

Below, watch a teaser for the Twin Peaks blu-ray set — a teaser which features some of that deleted material.

Update: We’ve added specs for the 10-disc set, and an image of the packaging. The set will feature all episodes of the TV show, including both versions of the pilot, and the theatrical version of Fire Walk With Me in addition to deleted scenes and extras.

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