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Must Read: The Glossary Universal Gave Audiences To Help Them Understand David Lynch's 'Dune'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 3:19 PM
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Even the most ardent David Lynch fans, who support all of his films and artistic endeavors, are hard pressed to get behind "Dune." The filmmaker's lone attempt at a blockbuster is remembered for a lot of things, none of them being that it's particularly good. Lynch's supposed four-hour cut was said to be hacked down by the studio, which may explain why it's so confusing, but doesn't explain why it's boring and slow. Nor does it explain why "the spice" is repeated about five thousand times in the movie. And clearly, Universal was concerned.

Before 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': 26 Gonzo, Offbeat Space Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 7, 2014 12:18 PM
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Offbeat Space Movies
"Guardians Of The Galaxy" has been in theaters for a whole week now, and finding enormous success everywhere it goes. Marvel's first attempt at the space opera, it keeps, as we discussed in our review, a little too close to the studio's playbook at times, but is positively refreshing in the way that it looks and feels big, bold and different. These aren't the sterile galaxies of the "Star Wars" prequels, or the Apple Store future of J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek," this is a space that harkens back to messier visions: the Cantina Bar of the original "Star Wars," and of various other oddball sci-fi movies of time gone by.

Interview: Alejandro Jodorowsky Reveals How His 'Dune' Inspired 'Alien' & Challenges With Getting Script Published

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2014 4:22 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
Frank Pavich's "Jodorowsky's Dune," opening this week in limited release, is a documentary that, for film freaks at least, is something close to miraculous (read our review). It's a detailed, first-hand account of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejando Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi novel "Dune" to the big screen (years before David Lynch "succeeded" in making a movie out of the difficult material). At one point Jodorowsky explains that he wanted to create the experience of a psychedelic trip… without the drugs. What could have possibly gone wrong? We got to sit down with Jodorowsky at South by Southwest, and while we mostly talked about his new film "Dance of Reality" (out in May—read our review), we were able to squeeze in a few questions about "Dune."

'Dune' Is Dead At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 9:12 AM
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Last we heard, the writing was on the wall for "Dune." It was last November that it was reported that Paramount was given a deadline of this spring (read: now) to get a film into production or risk losing the rights to the film and with nothing having happened since, it's no surprise to now hear the project is dead at the studio.

Pierre Morel Leaves 'Dune'; Paramount To Put Project In Turnaround By Spring 2011 Unless...

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 9, 2010 2:43 AM
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  • 1 Comment
... The Project Is Put Into Production By Then; Studio Is Reaching Out To Directors NowFrom hotly anticipated project to a potentially stalled one in limbo; things are not going too well for Paramount's planned adaptation of Frank Herbert's heady sci-fi novel, "Dune" — you know the one, the picture David Lynch inexplicably made in 1984 (ironically he passed up "Return Of The Jedi" the year before).

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