Twin Peaks

Why Not Everything Is a Reboot (Except Everything Kind of Is)

In his 1996 book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken pauses a story to explain why, contrary to the impending observations and celebrations, the first day of the new millennium would not be January 1, 2000, but January 1, 2001. “The first year of the new century was the year one, not the year zero, so the first year of the new millennium will be 2001, not 2000. I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years, but no one will listen.” He imagines himself in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1999, raining on everyone’s parade, “A thankless job, but someone will have to do it.” It’s a relatable passage, not just because Franken was right (though he was), but because it captures the frustration of feeling like you’re the only person talking sense in the face of an erroneous cultural assumption. The way Franken felt in 1996 about the starting date of the 21st century is how I feel now whenever people label things reboots that clearly, clearly, are not. … Read More

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The Revealing First Entries in 10 Fictional Diaries

Marilyn Monroe made the character Lorelei Lee famous after her portrayal of the diamond-loving gold-digger in the 1953 Howard Hawks musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But author Anita Loos, who was born on this day, invented the outrageous blonde in her 1925 Jazz-Age novel of the same name. Written in the form of Lorelei’s diary, spelling mistakes and all, Loos captures the character’s personality and obsession with wealth and status in the opening entry. These other fictional diaries are equally telling, revealing powerful themes and insights into each character from the very first page. It’s also fascinating to see how the diary format has often been relied upon to express the inner world of fictional women throughout literature. … Read More

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David Lynch Is Walking Away from the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival

Well, so much for that. Five months after the widely-cheered announcement of an unexpected (and sort of unprecedented) quarter-century-later… Read More

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10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide. … Read More

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David Duchovny Hopes to Revisit his ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘X-Files’ Characters

With the long-awaited third season of Twin Peaks scheduled for a 2016 return on Showtime, David Duchovny has expressed his desire… Read More

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Glamorous Pin Ups of Your Favorite TV Characters, from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Broad City’

New York City is a tough, demanding home, leading Broad City‘s Abbi and Ilana into the sort of grungy and gross scrapes that means that they’re rarely seen as glamorous. But through the eyes of artist Emma Munger, Abbi and Ilana are worthy of a bicep tattoo in her series of endearing portraits of pinups. She renders your favorite TV shows and films in sharp and curvy lines, charming portraits that show iconic characters in bewitching style. Munger has great taste and your favorite show is likely included in the below series, from Broad City to Twin Peaks (she’s also selling Men of Twin Peaks Valentine’s Day Cards) to Orange Is the New Black. Here are some of our favorites: … Read More

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Kyle MacLachlan Will Reprise the Role of Dale Cooper in New Season of ‘Twin Peaks’

Who better to play Kyle MacLachlan’s cherry pie and good coffee lovin’ Twin Peaks detective Dale Cooper — last seen 23 years ago… Read More

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How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA

Earlier this year, John Waters — whose last movie, A Dirty Shame, was released a full decade ago — finally got the offer he’d been waiting for all this time. According to his hitchhiking chronicle Carsick, his very first driver was “Harris,” “an art school type” with a sideline in weed dealing who called himself a fan. They talked for a bit about movies before Harris asked the (five) million-dollar question: “How come you aren’t making a movie?” … Read More

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The Best Homemade Gifts by and for TV Superfans

Holiday gift shopping is simultaneously fun and frustrating. There’s the joy of finding the perfect gift for someone important in your life, but it’s first accompanied by the panic of searching for that perfect gift. Fortunately, if your recipient is a television fan — and who isn’t? — then there is no shortage of wonderful gifts to give them. Official TV merch is fun (and very, very weird), but if you want to get a little more personal, here are 15 unique, homemade gifts for the television obsessive in your life. … Read More

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