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<p>Twin Peaks</p>

Twin Peaks

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Mark Frost on 'Twin Peaks' revival: 'We had to go somewhere new and different and even more startling'

No details, but lots of enthusiasm for the 2016 Showtime miniseries

Mark Frost has, unsurprisingly, been in high demand today, ever since it was announced that he and David Lynch would be writing a sequel miniseries to their  ABC masterpiece of weirdness "Twin Peaks," which Showtime will air in 2016, 25 years after the final episode ended with Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper trapped in the Black Lodge while his evil doppelganger replaced him in the real world. (If you had watched it at the time, the story would make both more and less sense than that sentence.) He's given many interviews, all of them brimming over with excitement and featuring virtually no specifics on anything besides the existence of the miniseries itself, which Frost and Lynch will write all nine episodes of, with Lynch directing all nine.

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Oscar Bait: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' spy thriller begins production

Untitled drama will be the director's 29th feature film

Why don't we talk about Steven Spielberg's "Munich" more? Flipping his sentimentalist reputation the bird, the docudramatized look inside Mossad's covert retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization is unmercifully tense and morally complicated to the point of inducing anxiety attacks. "Munich" is weaponized blockbuster filmmaking — and it sounds like Spielberg's antsy to return to the style.

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Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner discuss how joy gets a family through a 'Very Bad Day'
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Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner discuss how joy gets a family through a 'Very Bad Day'

A 'Very Bad Day' was a chance for daily joy for the stars and their onscreen kids

At this point, I've known both Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner for years, and I have very strange memories of watching each of them work. I was on set for "Anchorman" when Brick killed a man with a trident, one of the weirder afternoons I've witnessed on any movie. I stood on top of a building in downtown Los Angeles and tried to have a normal conversation with Garner while a wardrobe assistant polished her butt in her Elektra costume, which is more distracting than you'd guess.

Through it all, the two of them have always struck me as titans of poise. Carell is one of those guys who generally seems bemused by things, no matter what's going on, that smile of his always threatening to erupt, and Garner is both no-nonsense and incredibly sweet in conversation. Both of them seem like people who are always up for the discussion of what they're doing, but also like they're very good at carving off private lives away from the work.

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<p>&quot;The Blair Witch Project&quot;</p>

"The Blair Witch Project"

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Academy celebrates 'The Blair Witch Project' 15 years on

The 1999 found footage horror film is celebrated in 'Moments That Changed The Movies' series

No, "The Blair Witch Project" was not an Academy Award-winning film. But it absolutely qualifies for the Academy's "Moments That Changed The Movies" series. A new video from the Academy Originals banner looks back at the 1999 horror film, which took Sundance by storm and became one of the most profitable cinematic endeavors of all time, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.

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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'
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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'

'The Blacklist' raises indie rockers' profile

Ages And Ages' album "Divisionary" came out all the way back in March, but in the past two weeks, that set's come back into the spotlight.

The indie rock group's "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" worked its way into the season premiere of "The Blacklist" on NBC during the last week of September. So while new fans are turned on, check out  "Light Goes Out," a HitFix exclusive music video premiere, below.

Keep your cat close, you may learn something about yourself:

From bandleader Tim Perry on the video's creation:

For "Light Goes Out," we wanted a video that encompassed the various components of this band, the song, and it's message. LGO takes a pretty firm stance on living a life of meaning over distraction but it also explores some of the tension within that belief. We wanted to portray this tension, the separate elements that make up a cohesive outlook. At the same time, we wanted to portray the separate elements that make up a cohesive song. The voices, the instruments, the noise makers. We chose to combine all of these images (both literal and symbolic) and have them occur simultaneously, growing into a swirling collage that's almost hard to keep up with.

Want some more pop-rock goodness? Check out Ages And Ages "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)" below the tour dates.

"Divisionary" is the band's sophomore album, out now via Partisan.

Here are Ages And Ages' tour dates:

10/05/14     Medford, OR     Imperial Event Center
10/06/14     Santa Cruz, CA     The Catalyst Club
10/07/14     San Francisco, CA     The Fillmore
10/08/14     Grass Valley, CA     The Center For The Arts *
10/09/14     Salt Lake City, UT     Kilby Court *
10/10/14     Denver, CO     The Savoy *
10/12/14     St. Louis, MO     Off Broadway *
10/13/14     Evanston, IL     Space *
10/16/14     Indianapolis, IN     HI-FI *
10/17/14     Louisville, KY     Zanzabar *
10/18/14     Cincinnati, OH     MOTR Pub *
10/19/14     Ithaca, NY     The Haunt *
10/20/14     Portland, ME     Empire *
10/21/14     Boston, MA     Middle East Upstairs
10/22/14     New York, NY     Niagara
10/24/14     New York, NY     The Living Room
10/25/14     Philadelphia, PA     MilkBoy *
10/27/14     Charlottesville, VA     The Southern *
10/28/14     Chapel Hill, NC     Local 506 *
10/29/14     Athens, GA     Green Room *
10/30/14     Little Rock, AR     Juanitas Cantina
11/03/14     Boise, ID     Neurolox
11/21/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios
11/22/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios

* with Horse Thief

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'Twin Peaks' co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival
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'Twin Peaks' co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival

'Mulaney' debuts to a very disappointing 2.3 million

“Twin Peaks” co-creator offers some details on the Showtime revival
Will original cast members return? Co-creator Mark Frost says: "Those who want to see old faces, and those would like to see new faces, none of them will be disappointed. It’s far too early to talk specifics about people. We’re not at that stage in the process.” PLUS: Will they revisit the Laura Palmer mystery?

“Mulaney” debuts to a very disappointing 2.3 million
The John Mulaney sitcom lost half of its “Family Guy” lead-in's 18-49 demo viewers.

Nat Geo’s “Killing Jesus” will feature Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davis
Jesus Christ will be played by Haaz Sleiman.

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'Inherent Vice,' 'Nightcrawler' cinematographer Robert Elswit shoots an 'unusual Los Angeles'

Also: How he talked Godson Jake Gyllenhaal into a showcase role

Between Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," you're going to be seeing a lot of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit's work this year. Not only that, but you're going to be seeing a lot of Los Angeles location work in these films that showcases areas and eras of the city unique to the silver screen.

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<p>Kyle MacLachlan in &quot;Twin Peaks.&quot;</p>

Kyle MacLachlan in "Twin Peaks."

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'Twin Peaks' to return on Showtime in 2016

The strangest network drama of them all being revived by creators David Lynch & Mark Frost

That gum we like is going to come back in style, as Showtime has teamed with "Twin Peaks" creators David Lynch and Mark Frost to revive the strangest series in the history of network television, with new installments to arrive in 2016.

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<p>Patriots QB Tom Brady</p>

Patriots QB Tom Brady

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TV Ratings: Bengals-Patriots game leads Sunday, 'Mulaney' tanks, 'CSI' dwindles

ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' is steady while 'Revenge' and 'Resurrection' struggle

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 5, 2014.

NBC's Sunday Night Football matchup between the Bengals and Patriots dominated primetime in all measures, though it was down from last week's tilt between the Saints and Cowboys.

While down from last week, NBC wants you to know this was the best-ever Sunday Night Football telecast for a game featuring the Bengals.

Sunday's big debuts were a disastrous premiere for FOX's "Mulaney" and a "Bob's Burgers" premiere that wouldn't look good except that we can compare it to the launch for "Mulaney."

A number of shows dipped dramatically in their second weeks, with ABC's "Resurrection" failing to maintain the momentum for the new season of "Once Upon a Time" and CBS' "CSI" mothership looking very much like a drama on its last legs.

Note that CBS had some limited NFL delays in addition to its regularly scheduled half-hour delay on programming for the right side of the country.

On to the numbers...

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It’s official: 'Twin Peaks' will return as a Showtime limited series

It’s official: 'Twin Peaks' will return as a Showtime limited series

It’s official: “Twin Peaks” will return as a Showtime limited series
Creators David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, which Lynch directing episodes in 2015 for a 2016 premiere. According to Deadline, "the new Twin Peaks will be set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons. It is expected to continue the lore and story of the original series, with Lynch and Frost committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series." PLUS: Watch the special "Twin Peaks" announcement.

Showtime posts “The Affair” on YouTube
You can now watch a censored version of the series premiere ahead of its TV debut.

“Jerry Springer,” “Maury,” “Steve Wilkos” renewed through 2018
All three talk shows will stick around through September 2018.

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Camp X-Ray
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Kristen Stewart's killer year continues with 'Camp X-Ray' trailer, 'Still Alice' Oscar push

We'll have to wait until 2015 for her buzzy work in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Which 'Twilight' alum is having the best year? Though Robert Pattinson dished out schizophrenic violence in "Rover" and a slimier charm in "Maps to the Stars" (now arriving before the end of 2014), Kirsten Stewart may come out on top, with a twofer knockout of "Camp X-Ray" and "Still Alice" arriving this awards season. Often slammed for her introverted, fragile performances, Stewart dives into both diametric roles — a loner Guantanamo Bay guard and a loving-but-terrified daughter — and between them, audiences should finally get a sense of her range. Somewhere, Taylor Lautner waits for the green light on "Abduction 2."

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

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Season finale review: 'The Strain' - 'The Master'

A battle with the Master proves more complicated than our heroes expected

"The Strain" wrapped up its first season last night, and I have some thoughts on the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I give you a detailed history of Manhattan speakeasies...

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