Showing posts with label TWIN PEAKS. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015



Story By: By G. H. HARDING
Nile Rodgers

MAD MEN CLOSING OUT --- While binging on the last cycle of AMC’s Mad Men yesterday afternoon, before its premiere of the last seven episodes, we couldn’t help but note yet again just how wonderful they were and how much stronger they were made by the sterling acting of the show’s entire cast.

With most of the episodes crafted by MM creator Matt Weiner; they seemed to approach Shakespearean proportions of theme and mood throughout. Terrifically dazzling.

It has been a great ride and the show is, without a doubt, one of the best things ever on TV . . . network or otherwise.

Hunkered down for the first ep, titled The Severance, it was great albeit a tad confusing since it jumped ahead in time somewhat, with the Sterling Cooper partners now part of a giant conglomerate, yet operating pretty much on their own.

I’ve watched almost every ep at least twice, often getting more out of the second viewing. I think this opening episode clearly falls into that category. It’s going to be a great final ride.

PEAKS UPDATE --- David Lynch – who co-created the original and iconic Twin Peaks TV series, directed the 1992 cult-fave feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and was set to direct the recently-announced upcoming Showtime revival – has left the project, according to an announcement he made via Twitter last night.

The filmmaker also said the project may still be very much alive at the cablenet.

“Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on ‘Twin Peaks,'” Lynch wrote in a series of tweets. “After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”

“This weekend, I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing,” he went on. “ ‘Twin Peaks’ may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of ‘Twin Peaks’ and wish things could have worked out differently.”

Lynch’s announcement came after reports surfaced this week that the project was dead. Showtime issued a statement on Lynch later on, saying it hopes to still bring back Twin Peaks in all its glory.

“We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points,” they said in the statement. “Showtime also loves the world of ‘Twin Peaks’ and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”

Showtime announced the revival last October. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have already penned all nine episodes, and Lynch was originally set to direct them all as well. They also announced in January that Kyle MacLachlan would reprise his role as FBI agent Dale Cooper.

Twin Peaks was set to go into production this year, eyeing a 2016 premiere date.

My take: The additional funds will magically appear, and Lynch will be back in the driver’s seat . . . I mean, how could he not? He is Twin Peaks!

WHAT NILE WANTS --- While the 62-year-old musician/producer Nile Rodgers first found fame in ‘70s disco group Chic - who recently unveiled their new single, “I'll Be There” – he is planning a host of other things on his platter:

While he has collaborated with a whole host of big names throughout his career – penning tracks for the likes of Diana Ross and producing music for David Bowie and Daft Punk among others – there's one artist he'd really like to team up with as of late:

“I've also become the biggest Miley Cyrus fan on the planet. I've watched her sing live twice—my jaw dropped!" he said recently. “Have I ever thought about working with a contemporary rock band? The Strokes are awesome, and I like Arctic Monkeys a lot too. I'd most like to do the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I've always dug them for some reason.”

Madonna is another star Nile has worked with, after lending his expertise to her album Like a Virgin. He'd welcome the chance to collaborate with her again, though he thinks it would be nothing like it was the first time around. (Rumors flew back in the day that when he was approached to produce that breakthrough record in 1984, his advance was a cool million upfront—in cash!)

Nile also shared who he thinks is the funkiest man alive, naming the pop sensation Prince after having a "ridiculous" guitar duo with him recently.

CYNTHIA PASSES --- Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono have posted their thoughts on Cynthia Lennon (John Lennon’s first wife), following her death last week at age 75.

McCartney said, “The news of Cynthia’s passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I’ve known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.”

In a statement, Yoko Ono wrote, “I’m very saddened by Cynthia’s death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian. She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family. Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time.”

Ringo Starr tweeted: Peace and love to Julian Lennon God bless Cynthia love Ringo and Barbaraxx.

Cynthia and Lennon married on August 23, 1962. George Harrison and Paul McCartney attended the service. Beatles manager Brian Epstein was the Best Man at the ceremony.

Their son, John Charles Julian Lennon, was born on April 8, 1963. They divorced on November 8, 1968 and John married Yoko on March 20, 1969.

Cynthia died after a short battle with cancer at her home in Spain, with her son Julian by her side.

CLOSING NOTES --- Micky and lovely wife Donna Dolenz spotted at Saturday’s Johnny Mathis Concert at Disney Concert Hall in L. A. . . . Manager Ken Levy at Traif for Passover dinner Friday night . . .

On April 12, 2015, UPtv presents the exclusive premiere of The Music in Me, starring Debbie Gibson and Gloria Reuben (TV’s ER). The made-for-TV film is an uplifting musical drama about a small-town girl who gave up her dreams of performing, only to rediscover her joy of singing and songwriting as an adult through her work with a failing church choir. Gibson has written and performs the film’s original song, “Promises.” Gloria Reuben’s new album, Perchance to Dream, is out (MCG Records) and is formally launched this Thursday at NYC’s Metropolitan Room . . .

James Spader's character Red Reddington getting shot on last week's The Blacklist? Methinks it all a distraction, as earlier in the show he announced, “It's time to disappear.” The show's away for two weeks, then it returns.

Monday, October 06, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Kyle MacLachlan

PAGING AGENT COOPER -- Could Twin Peaks be ready for a comeback? Possibly! At least that’s what the Internet is hoping. On Friday co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost simultaneously tweeted: “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee.”

The tweet could mean nothing, but past cryptic messages like it have ended up being advertisements for DVD collections, according to media-rag A.V. Club, only there’s not supposed to be any content left to release anew. This, along with the fact that Netflix chief Ted Sarandos is on the record as saying he would absolutely bring the series back, has people wondering if that time might be near.

Twin Peaks was the iconic series created by Lynch and Frost (in April of 1990) that has not only stood the test of time, but set a new bar in the episodic-TV series continuum.

It followed an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990, on ABC. Seven more episodes were produced, and the series was renewed for a second season that aired until June 10, 1991.

The show's title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set.

The show became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC's insistence that the identity of Laura's murderer be revealed midway through the second season.

The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as both a prequel and an epilogue to the television series.

Fashion-magazine GQ ran a feature in their issue last month on the fashions from the show … which have remained in vogue and which were shown in many of the fall fashion show.

Personally, I'd, love to see it return and if anyone could do it, it'd be creator Lynch, in a totally original way. The man's a brilliant auteur.

PAUL REVERE RIP --- From Kent Kotal via his Forgotten Hits: We lost a good one yesterday ...

A long-time friend of Forgotten Hits, Paul Revere passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.

He had been in poor health for the last several years and officially retired a few months ago, announcing that his band would continue to perform without him as Paul Revere's Raiders. (His son, Jamie, also recently rejoined the band, to help carry on his father's legacy.)

Revere was a rock and roll legend ... as well as a show-biz legend. Pleasing the fans always came first ... he lived to be on stage. (We saw him several months ago at The Arcada Theatre in what would turn out to be one of his final live performances.

Shortly after that, doctor's orders forced him to stay home while the band went out on the road to fulfill their commitments ... and then in July he formally announced his retirement.)

One of the best quotes I have ever read came last night from Terry Currier, who told the audience at The Aladdin Theater on hand for The Oregon Music Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:

Two bands recorded 'Louie Louie' in Portland in 1963.

One ... the Kingsmen ... had a hit.

Paul Revere and the Raiders would have a career.

Loving testimonials are coming in from all over the country ... and more will continue to follow. The first rock band signed by Columbia Records, they would hit The National Top 50 Charts twenty times with '60's classics like "Just Like Me" (#11, 1966); "Kicks" (#4, 1966); "Hungry" (#6, 1966); "Good Thing" (#4, 1967), "Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be" (#5, 1967); "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" (#16, 1968) and their lone chart-topper, "Indian Reservation" (#1, 1971).

This morning, the official Paul Revere and the Raiders website posted a love letter to Paul, signed by Everyone Who Has Ever Met You ... there is no way of calculating just how many lives he touched over the years ... suffice to say that number is well into the tens of millions.

ADAMS FAMILY --- Multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams is releasing of his new covers album, Tracks Of My Years, a diverse collection of time honored classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

The eleven-track album will be released October 6th and features a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry's “Rock & Roll Music”, Ray Charles' “I Can't Stop Loving You” to The Beatles' “Any Time At All.” The album will also include a brand new track entitled, “She Knows Me” co-written with Adams' long-term writing partner Jim Vallance. The Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Bryan's classic hits including “Heaven”, “ Summer of '69” and “Run To You.”

A lavish deluxe version of Tracks of My Years will also be made available, with five additional cover songs packaged in a hardback book, containing sleeve notes from Adams alongside retro-style 7-inch single covers.

"Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" says Bryan. "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals. We did about 3 months of recording, spread out over the course of 2 years. Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams reflected, “You'd hear McCartney's ‘Admiral Halsey’ straight into ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then.”

Tracks of My Years is an eclectic mix of songs reflective of the time when rock was played alongside pop, country and R&B, and follows Adams' critically acclaimed acoustic album, 2010's Bare Bones, a release that resulted in sold out shows across Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.

Adams is one of the world's most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, his music has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries and sold in excess of 65 million records. He has toured six continents, is a Grammy and Juno award winner and has been nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Adams has been awarded The Order of Canada, he has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Canadian Walk of Fame and his handprints are in Wembley's Square of Fame.

CLOSING NOTES --- Last night’s two-hour premiere of the new re-booted Homeland was interesting on several levels: First, I watched the two episodes which closed out its last season(season 3) and marveled yet again at Damien Lewis. Damn, he was good and delivered on every level. With that character dispatched at the end of the season, I knew then and knew now that it'd be a hard road ahead. Well, the 2 episodes were pretty good, but you felt Lewis’ absence in spades. What they've basically done is re-set the entire playing field: Carrie (Claire Danes) is now abroad; Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is on his own, so it’s the remaining characters in essentially new roles. Danes and Patinkin are superb, but, they need an anchor. Last season I posited that I may not watch, I'm glad I did, but things are definitely different …

Brit-singer Lindsey De Paul passed last week. The star had a number of top 20 hits and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1977. De Paul died in a London hospital on Wednesday.

Her biggest hit "Sugar Me" got to number five in the singles chart in 1972 just a year after she launched her music career. She became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award after writing the top 20 hit "Won't Somebody Dance With Me." She was romantically linked with figures such as Hollywood stars James Coburn, Dudley Moore and, Ringo Starr.

In 2011 she had her own program on Sky-TV titled Lynsey's Love Songs …

Vincent Amelio's How Alfo Learned to Love Women ramps up again Thursday at the National Opera American Center in NYC. Helmed by Robert Funaro from The Sopranos ... it is superb ...

New album from Calvin Harris entitled Motion will be available November 4; with guests Ellie Goulding, Haim, Gwen Stefani and Big Sean ...

The Blue Magoos at NYC's Bowery Electric on Thursday, October 16 tub-thumping their new album Psychedelic Resurrection ...