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8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

David Lynch Says Infamous Never Made Project 'Ronnie Rocket' Is Still A Possibility

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 1:26 PM
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A couple of years ago, it was reported that David Lynch was opening a nightclub in Paris called Club Silencio. While it was interesting, we were kind of bummed, because it had already been five years since "Inland Empire," and just like now, there's barely been a peep about a new feature film from the director. And so at the time, we drafted a list entitled 5 Things We'd Rather See David Lynch Do Than Open His 'Mulholland Drive' Club in Paris, and right at the top was "Lynch Resurrects 'Ronnie Rocket.' " And it seems it could possibly, maybe, sort of, potentially happen. But first a little background.

Watch 10-Minute Documentary On The Making Of David Lynch's New Album 'The Big Dream'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 16, 2013 11:16 AM
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Though he’s not likely to release a new film anytime soon, that hasn’t stopped David Lynch from finding a new outlet for his creativity: music. His second solo album, The Big Dream is out now and a new ten-minute video has arrived online chronicling how the record came together.

Watch: 20-Minute David Lynch Documentary 'Room To Dream'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 15, 2013 11:01 AM
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When David Lynch isn’t making films, he seems to invest a lot of time into talking about making films. Every other day there seems to be a new documentary/featurette cropping up where David Lynch talks about filmmaking and how beautifully poetic it is. And, as far as we’re concerned, he can just keep doing that. The man is incredibly well versed and endlessly fascinating and in the 2005 doc “Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker,” Lynch upholds his track record of being a wealth of knowledge by offering advice and pearls of wisdom to new filmmakers about the evolving independent scene.

Watch: 18-Minute Interview With 33 Year-Old David Lynch

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 8, 2013 10:36 AM
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Imagine having the opportunity to chat with 33-year old David Lynch in 1979. “Eraserhead” would’ve just come out two years prior and blown people’s minds. What would you even begin to say to the man? “Are you okay? Do you need a hug?” In this newly unearthed video, you can see a fresh-faced David Lynch being interviewed in 1979 along with his cinematographer Frederick Elmes about their not-yet classic film “Eraserhead.”

Watch: New Nine Inch Nails Video Directed By David Lynch Might Give You Seizures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 12:24 PM
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While David Lynch might be concerned that the current cinematic climate doesn't have room from distinctive filmmakers like him, he's found other creative outlets for his work behind the camera. He's directed ads for his own coffee line, webcasts, mini-documentaries for The Killers and a bumper for the Viennale festival. And now comes a music video for none other than Nine Inch Nails.

David Lynch Not Optimistic About Making Another Movie, Says Current State Of The Industry Is "Depressing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 5:23 PM
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It's hard out there for a Lynch, it seems. As the waiting game for a new feature from the director inches closer to the decade mark, it doesn't seem like we'll see anything from him any time soon, at least not the on the big screen. While rumors pop up every now and then that he's got something cooking (earlier this year, word had it that he was working on a "typically dark" script), there doesn't seem to have been any real concrete movement and Lynch doesn't feel like the current system is conducive to his type of filmmaking.

Watch: 50-Minute Episode Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring David Lynch

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 14, 2013 9:21 AM
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If the “Scene By Scene” interview with Woody Allen whetted your appetite for in-depth film discussion, there’s more to be found here. In this episode from critic/filmmaker Mark Cousin’s brief BBC series, sits down with the enigma that is David Lynch.

Listen: David Lynch's New Song With Lykke Li From His Upcoming Album 'The Big Dream'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 11:50 AM
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So a bit of good news/bad news for David Lynch fans. The good news is that he's got something new to share with you, the bad news is that it isn't a new movie. Nope, the director has instead cranked out another album, this time called The Big Dream, which is far less of a Lynch-ian name than his previous effort, Crazy Clown Time. But as usual, he's got some surprises up his sleeve.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Return Of The Jedi' & How It Could Have Been Much Cooler

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 1:57 PM
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This week George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” turns 30. The conclusion to what was then imagined to be the end of the "Star Wars" saga concerned the Rebellion going up against the evil Galactic Empire, which has constructed a second, planet-destroying Death Star that is about to go online. It had a whole bunch of thrills, chills, and fussy robots, but, as we look back on ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and look forward to whatever J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode 7" will be,) it’s interesting to note what the sequel might have contained under different conditions– and how it could have ended up being much, much cooler (This as the companion piece to that ran earlier today btw.)

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