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12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Watch: David Lynch's Home Pregnancy Test Commercial & PSA About New York City's Rat Infestation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 5:16 PM
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Sure, he's best known for his catalog of distinct, surreal and terrifying pictures, but David Lynch is a man of many artistic hats. He's a painter, musician, weatherman, coffee enthusiast, transcendental meditation advocate, nightclub entrepreneur and more. But sometimes you need a bit of pocket cash as you jump from endeavor to endeavor, and like so many before (and after) him, Lynch has sometimes found his working on commercials.

David Lynch Confirms 'Twin Peaks' Blu-ray With New Material, But Sorry, No Third Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 9:25 AM
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Twin Peaks
When word emerged earlier this month that David Lynch was shooting a new promo for a forthcoming "Twin Peaks" box set, it seemed everyone had an opinion on how true those reports were. The show's co-creator Mark Frost called it "another strange baseless rumor," while Ray Wise (aka Leland Palmer) told Fangoria that there was indeed more coming from the cult show. “Yeah, we [shot the promo for the Blu-ray] two days ago,” he told the horror magazine. “It’s been done. I don’t know if I was supposed to leak that to anybody, but yeah, we did it and I’m not at liberty to say what was done. I can say that it’s going to be a big surprise.” Well, it's certainly a surprise no more.

Watch: David Lynch's 85-Minute Documentary 'Eraserhead Stories'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 14, 2014 11:09 AM
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Eraserhead
What is there to say about “Eraserhead”, David Lynch's first, dreamlike, horrifying film, a movie so weird it seems to defy all criticism and comment? Well, it turns out that if you're David Lynch, there's quite a lot to say. So, how about a whole hour and a half of discussion of the film, in the shaped of the Lynch-directed 2001 documentary “Eraserhead Stories”?

Watch: David Lynch's 1967 Student Film 'Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times)'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 12:37 PM
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Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times)
So, sorry, that "Twin Peaks" news from yesterday seems like it was bunk, but here's a treat to make up for it: a blast from the past from David Lynch.

David Lynch Reportedly Shooting New 'Twin Peaks' Promo, New DVD Release Rumored

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 2:59 PM
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Twin Peaks
While those rumors a year ago of a possible third season of David Lynch's cult classic TV series "Twin Peaks" were debunked as quickly as they came forward, it appears that the director/creator isn't done with Laura Palmer just yet. It looks like we'll all have a reason return to Twin Peaks soon.

Watch: All 7 Episodes Of David Lynch's Short-Lived ABC Sitcom 'On The Air'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 1:36 PM
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On The Air David Lynch
"The year is 1957. A new program entitled 'The Lester Guy Show' is debuting on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Most of the cast is nuts, the crew is incompetent and everything that could go wrong always does. Of course, this makes the show a hit." So goes the logline to David Lynch's short-lived ABC sitcom "On The Air" and if you need a reminder of what the filmmaker did with his opportunity to be zapped into the homes of mainstream America, here you go.

Watch: 50 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes From David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 9:02 AM
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While David Lynch is always working on something, these days it doesn't seem to be film. Instead he's making coffee, music or painting and next year, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts will have a retrospective of that work. But for those of you waiting patiently for a new Lynch film, hopefully this will help pass the time.

Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Documentary 'What Is Cinema?' Featuring David Lynch, Kelly Reichardt, Mike Leigh & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:12 PM
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Among the daily noise about casting, box office, special effects, trends, awards and whatever else is dominating the conversation, the reason we go to the movies is often left undiscussed. But this exclusive trailer for the forthcoming documentary "What Is Cinema?" is sure to get you thinking about the moments that make you keep returning to the theater, eager for the lights to go down and the projector to turn on.

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