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David Lynch Interrogates a Monkey in Netflix Short Film on His 74th Birthday

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David Lynch Interrogates a Monkey in Netflix Short Film on His 74th Birthday
David Lynch released a short film on his 74th birthday titled “What Did Jack Do?” In the Netflix short, the master of the surreal interrogates a talking monkey that may have committed murder.

The 17-minute short “What Did Jack Do?” — which Lynch wrote, directed and edited — was posted to the streamer without advance notice on Monday, and you can watch it now. It’s a goofy take on an old fashioned film noir, shot all in black and white, with Lynch himself playing a detective who grills a monkey wearing a raincoat, suit and tie.

It’s a riot from the first moment and is even funnier once the monkey named Jack opens its mouth to defend itself, a human’s lips crudely superimposed onto the monkey’s face as it speaks in a robotic tone of voice. He may know something about a chicken named Toototabon that it turns out … well,
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Watch David Lynch Interrogate a Monkey in New Netflix Short Film

Watch David Lynch Interrogate a Monkey in New Netflix Short Film
David Lynch stares down an unlikely murder suspect — a monkey — in his new Netflix short film, What Did Jack Do? The Twin Peaks co-creator also wrote, directed and edited the 17-minute project, which is available to stream now.

The film, shot in a crackling black and white, follows Lynch as he interrogates the disturbed, suit-clad monkey (“Jack Cruz”) in a train station. Between cinematic puffs of a cigarette, the filmmaker grills the accused criminal with clichéd hardball detective questions, often themed around animals (“There’s an elephant in the room,
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Jeremy Irons to head 2020 Berlinale international jury

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Jeremy Irons to head 2020 Berlinale international jury
British actor to serve as president of the international jury.

British actor Jeremy Irons is to serve as president of the international jury at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1).

The Oscar-winning screen and theatre actor has appeared in more than 50 features, including David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, David Lynch’s Inland Empire and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven. He also provided the voice of Scar in Disney classic The Lion King.

Irons first attended the Berlinale as a guest of the festival in 2011 with J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, which played in competition. He returned in
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Laura Dern Recalls Being Miss Golden Globe in 1982: My Grandma Drove Me Up in Her Toyota Corolla

Laura Dern Recalls Being Miss Golden Globe in 1982: My Grandma Drove Me Up in Her Toyota Corolla
Laura Dern has many years of Golden Globes experience under her belt.

At the annual award show on Sunday, the actress, 52 — who took home the best supporting actress award for her performance in Marriage Story — reflected on one of her early career highlights, as well as how “times have changed.”

In 1982, a 15-year-old Dern served as Miss Golden Globe (now called a Golden Globe Ambassador), a position held by a child of Hollywood stars that helps presenters hand out trophies and escort winners offstage during the show.

“I remember how simple it seemed, with my grandma driving me up to
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Laura Dern Reveals What David Lynch Really Thought About Winning an Oscar

Laura Dern Reveals What David Lynch Really Thought About Winning an Oscar
David Lynch finally won his first Oscar earlier this year at the Governors Awards, where the “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” icon received an honorary Academy Award. Lynch’s acceptance speech went viral because of its briefness. “To the Academy and everyone who helped me along the way, thanks,” the director said. Then Lynch addressed the statue: “You have a very nice face. Good night.” And that was that. Fortunately, Lynch muse Laura Dern has finally shed some light on the director’s reaction.

Dern attended the Governors Awards this year to give Lynch his honorary Oscar alongside her “Blue Velvet” co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rossellini. “The whole room goes insane,” Dern tells Vulture about Lynch’s win. “The quintessential moment I’ve had with David in all of these years was, he was holding his Oscar, and we walked back for a smoke. He needed a smoke. And as we went outside,
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Mark Duplass Goes Full David Lynch and Launches One-Man Fyc Campaign for Ray Romano

Mark Duplass Goes Full David Lynch and Launches One-Man Fyc Campaign for Ray Romano
David Lynch once launched a one-man awards campaign for Laura Dern’s “Inland Empire” performance. At the cross streets of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea in Los Angeles, Lynch famously sat in a director’s chair in between a cow and an Fyc banner for Dern. While not as strange, Mark Duplass has gone full Lynch this year by kickstarting his own one-man Fyc campaign on behalf of his “Paddleton” co-star Ray Romano (via the Los Angeles Times).

Duplass was spotted at various locations throughout Hollywood on Friday, November 15 posing for photographs with his handmade Fyc posters. One sign read “Everybody still loves Raymond,” while others included slogans like “4 Ur Conside-Ray-Shun!” and “Vote 4 Ray!” Duplass campaigned for Romano at Hollywood & Highland, Sunset Boulevard, and the offices of Film Independent.

Duplass co-wrote “Paddleton” along with director Alex Lehmann. The movie stars Duplass and Romano as best friends who embark on a
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Academy Honors Wes Studi, Geena Davis, David Lynch and Lina Wertmuller With Honorary Oscar

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Academy Honors Wes Studi, Geena Davis, David Lynch and Lina Wertmuller With Honorary Oscar
These four Hollywood veterans will be feted with honorary Oscars:

Wes Studi

Though actor Wes Studi is known for playing men of few words who often let their actions do the talking for them — think Magua in “Last of the Mohicans,” or his roles in “Avatar,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Heat” and “Geronimo: An American Legend” — he doesn’t hold back his enthusiasm for his 2019 Honorary Award, which will be the first given to a Native American performer.

“To get one is freaking fabulous,” he says.

Studi is grateful for the recognition of his peers for a career that has spanned more

than two decades and touched on a diverse array of not only film and television projects.

It most recently has included recurring roles on “Penny Dreadful” and “Hell on Wheels,” as well as such features as “A Dog’s Way Home” and “Hostiles,” and also turns as writer, producer and director,
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Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)

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Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)
Acclaimed actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, best known for “Woman at War,” is set to star in writer/director Ragnar Bragason’s dark comedy “The Garden.”

Currently in post-production and to be pitched at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films over Aug. 20-23, “The Garden” is Bragason’s sixth feature and his first one since the 2013 Toronto entry “Metalhead.”

“I did two plays in between and the TV series “Fangar” (“Prisoners” in English”),” said the director, known as well for his twin features “Children”/”Parents”, and the ‘Shift’ TV series. Based on Bragason’s own 2012 stage play “The Garden,” which ran for a year at the Reykjavik City Theatre to a sold-out crowd, the picture is a social realist satire set in Reykjavik in a large apartment block full of immigrants.

Sectarian Indiana Jónsdóttir lives off the public welfare state, and in her small private garden, tends to her award-winning laburnum tree. Johanna – her neighbor,
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Review: Alain Resnais' "Last Year At Marienbad" (1961); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Open To Interpretation”

By Raymond Benson

Last Year at Marienbad should have had the marketing tagline: “Open to Interpretation,” for the film belongs at the top of a list entitled Movies That Make You Go ‘Huh??’

Alain Resnais’ enigmatic, surreal, and puzzling experimental picture from 1961, the follow-up to his acclaimed Hiroshima mon amour (1959), won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The picture has been simultaneously praised and reviled since its release because audiences generally don’t know what to make of it.

Yes, it’s beautiful to look at. The cinematography by Sacha Vierny is magnificent in its black and white, widescreen splendor. The settings at such Baroque palaces as Nymphenburg and Schleissheim in Munich evoke a mysterious past that might be an alternate timeline. The music by Francis Seyrig might belong in a creepy cathedral with its gothic horror organ. The pace is slow, but the picture
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The Horror and the Voyeur: David Lynch’s "The Elephant Man" and "Inland Empire"

David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and Inland Empire (2006) are showing July and August on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“I am convinced we are all voyeurs. It’s part of the detective thing. We want to know secrets and we want to know what goes on behind those windows.” —David Lynch, interviewed by Newsday, March 9, 1997Whether or not you feel comfortable attaching the word horror to the universe of David Lynch depends on your receptiveness to the sort of terror that springs from the uncanny, from the moment familiar objects and situations take on the sinister glow of foreign, threatening things. To defend Lynch’s horror credentials is to embark in an act of taxonomical defence. For a genre that’s often seen to meddle with and grow alongside the thriller, Lynch’s version further obfuscates the distinction, conjuring up a hybrid that sits in between the two. Horror,
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David Lynch: ‘It’s important to go out and feel the so-called reality’

The cult director of Blue Velvet is soon to bring his creative vision to Manchester international festival. But how does he get his ideas?

David Lynch is best known for his strange, beguiling, often nightmarish work for cinema and television – films such as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and the TV phenomenon Twin Peaks – but from his home studio in the Hollywood Hills he also produces music, paintings, sculptures, books, short films and music videos. The breadth of Lynch’s creative interests will be on full display this week at the Manchester international festival, where the 73-year-old presents a special season of screenings, live music and talks at the city’s Home arts centre, alongside his first major UK exhibition of visual art.

Lynch was born in Montana and grew up in various parts of the white-picket-fence middle America he would later interrogate in his films. He studied painting in
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Academy to Award David Lynch an Honorary Oscar This October

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Academy to Award David Lynch an Honorary Oscar This October
The Academy announced today that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Awards to David Lynch, Wes Studi and Lina Wertm&#252ller, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Geena Davis. The four Oscar&#174 statuettes will be presented at the Academy's 11th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, October 27, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center&#174. Said Academy President John Bailey.

"These Governors Awards given by the Academy each year recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond. It is with great pleasure that we announce this year's recipients."

Born in Missoula, Montana, in 1946, Lynch is a filmmaker, musician and artist. He wrote, produced and directed his first full-length feature film, Eraserhead, in 1977. With editing, scoring and sound design also led by Lynch, the film continues to draw a large cult following. Its success brought
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David Lynch, Geena Davis among Academy honourees

David Lynch, Geena Davis among Academy honourees
Awards to be presented at 11th Annual Governors Awards on October 27

David Lynch, Wes Studi and Lina Wertmüller will receive honourary awards from the governors at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and Geena Davis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 11th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on October 27.

“These Governors Awards given by the Academy each year recognize individuals who have devoted to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond,” said Academy president John Bailey. “It is with great
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Governors Awards Go to Geena Davis, David Lynch, Wes Studi, and Lina Wertmüller

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted Saturday, three months earlier than usual, to select their choices for the 11th annual Governors Awards. The Academy moved up the date for the Governors Awards from November 16 to Sunday, October 27. The nearly three-week jump backward reflects a similar shift for the February 9, 2020 Oscars.

The non-televised awards program always draws a number of Oscar contenders to the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland to celebrate the honorary Oscar winners as well as the occasional Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Awards.

This year’s selection reflects the Academy’s current emphasis on diversity, as Oscar-nominated Italian director Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”) and Native American actor Wes Studi (“The Last of the Mohicans”) join long-overdue director David Lynch to accept Honorary Oscars. Oscar-winner Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
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Governors Awards Go to Geena Davis, David Lynch, Wes Studi, and Lina Wertmüller

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted Saturday, three months earlier than usual, to select their choices for the 11th annual Governors Awards. The Academy moved up the date for the Governors Awards from November 16 to Sunday, October 27. The nearly three-week jump backward reflects a similar shift for the February 9, 2020 Oscars.

The non-televised awards program always draws a number of Oscar contenders to the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland to celebrate the honorary Oscar winners as well as the occasional Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Awards.

This year’s selection reflects the Academy’s current emphasis on diversity, as Oscar-nominated Italian director Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”) and Native American actor Wes Studi (“The Last of the Mohicans”) join long-overdue director David Lynch to accept Honorary Oscars. Oscar-winner Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
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David Lynch, Geena Davis Named Honorary Oscar Recipients

David Lynch, Geena Davis Named Honorary Oscar Recipients
Directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi have been named recipients of this year’s Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Monday.

Lynch, Wertmüller and Studi will receive honorary Oscars and Davis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Oct. 27.

The Academy’s Board of Governors chose the recipients at a special meeting on Saturday, with the announcement delayed until AMPAS President John Bailey could reach all the recipients to tell them of the honor.

Also Read: 2019 Emmy Contenders, From Sophie Turner to Richard Madden (Exclusive Photos)

The four awards reflect the Academy’s recent push for a more international and diverse membership. Wertmüller followed Agnes Varda, Hayao Miyazaki and Jean-Luc Godard as non-American directors to win the award. Studi was awarded as a pioneering Native American actor,
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux is an actor, screenwriter, and film producer who was born in Washington D.C. on August 10, 1971. As a television actor, he is best known for starring as Kevin Garvey on the HBO series ‘The Leftovers’. The films for which he is best known are ‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Inland Empire’, and ‘The Girl on the Train’. As a screenwriter, he is known for films including ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’. Theroux has also attracted attention to himself in his personal life, specifically because he is the ex-husband of actress Jennifer Aniston and their relationship was high-profile. Although he

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Theroux
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Audiences Aren’t Getting Dumber, They’re Just Overwhelmed — Analysis

Audiences Aren’t Getting Dumber, They’re Just Overwhelmed — Analysis
A decade ago, within the special features for “Inland Empire,” David Lynch took aim at the then-newly launched iPhone: “It’s such a sadness that you think you’ve seen a film on your fucking telephone,” he said. “Get real.”

Ten years later, the simmering tensions between filmmakers of a certain age and the changing facets of the distribution landscape have come to a head, raising concerns about whether moviegoing audiences have any future at all.

The consternation and division has become pervasive in the film community. In “The Mule,” Clint Eastwood growls more than once about how often the younger generation vanishes into its phones; while Eastwood’s 90-year-old horticulturalist-turned-smuggler struggles to comprehend text messages, more than one distracted character gazes into miniature screens as if the real world held no consequence. After a year of debate about its theatrical prospects, “Roma” landed on Netflix, where users can conjure
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Review: David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Thought Gang’

Review: David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Thought Gang’
For more than a quarter century, filmmaker David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti have been sitting on some of the most compellingly bizarre creations either had worked on — even by David Lynch’s standards. Now they’ve finally released Thought Gang, a project that has only previously surfaced on Lynch’s soundtrack to Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and in the backgrounds of his works like Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. A far cry from the hipster, cool jazz of Twin Peaks or the dreamy pop of their work with singer Julee Cruise,
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David Lynch Possibly Plots Next Film as Angelo Badalamenti Collaboration ‘Thought Gang’ Arrives

It’s entirely possible we’ll never get another long-form moving-image work from David Lynch–though, if you’ll excuse my language, who the fuck knows; more on that in a second–but the artist has kept busy since Laura Palmer screamed all illumination from reality. The last few months alone brought the publication his excellent, thoroughly Lynchian memoir Room to Dream, and it was last week that we were gifted a new(-ish) album from him and maestro Angelo Badalamenti. Recorded in 1992 and recovered from the fallen-through cracks, this self-titled work from their collective, Thought Gang, is no footnote: the alternately smooth and assaultive jazz LP mixes soundscapes befitting its artists with, courtesy Badalamenti, occasional spoken-word segments as thrilling as they are goofy. (Per Lynch: “It’s sort of like jet-fueled jazz in a weird way…but it’s all based on stories. It’s Modern Music.”)

Fans have
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