Film Bits: ‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Date Revealed; Director Rian Johnson Talks ‘Episode VIII’; ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Returns to Theaters

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Showtime Announces ‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Date


A quarter century after its demise, and following several years of hype and rumor, not only is that gum you like finally gonna come back in style, we also know the date. Showtime has revealed that May 21 will mark the premiere of Twin Peaks, which debuts with a two-hour opening. The David Lynch helmed revival is set for 18-hours, which finds Kyle McLachlan’s Agent Cooper drawn back to the surreal town of Twin Peaks, though so far little else is known about the plot. Showtime president David Nevins has described the new series as “pure heroin” which bodes well for the upcoming relaunch of the iconic 90s series.

(TV Line)

‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ Meant to be Fun, Will Address ‘The Force Awakens’ Questions


In an interview with USA Today, Star War Episode VIII director Rian Johnson revealed a few tidbits of information regarding the next entry into the main saga. In typical Star Wars fashion, the director held back on specifics, but did note that the next episode would “be a blast,” stating that he was looking for fun instead of dark. He went on to say that we would definitely be delving deeper into the stories of the three heroes introduced in The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). “I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.” He also stated, to no one’s real surprise, that the Rey and Luke Skywalker would forge a deep connection. Johnson also revealed that he’s known the title of Episode VIII for years now, and that we can expect a reveal very soon.

(USA Today)

Original ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Hitting Theaters for 2-Night Event


Ahead of the live action, Scarlett Johansson starring American remake, the original animated Ghost in the Shell is returning to theaters for a two-night run on February 7 and 8. Celebrating both the upcoming remake and the impending deluxe collector’s edition Blu-Ray, the theatrical event gives audiences their first opportunity in a generation to see the groundbreaking film on the big screen. To locate theaters near you and to buy tickets, click here.


Tom Hardy Eager for More ‘Mad Max’


Though fans have been eager to return to the world of Mad Max: Fury Road since the reboot debuted two years ago, so far nothing but rumors have come from the desire. Rest assured, however, that star Tom Hardy is every bit as excited as you are at the possibility. In a new interview with The Wrap, the once and future Max said, “I don’t know when that starts, but I believe that’s in the books. There’s a couple of those floating around. I’m waiting for the call to come.” That’s solid news for fans, who found the Mad Max series returning to form in the fourth entry, which came three decades after Mel Gibson last took the role. Things may move slowly in The Wasteland, but it’s better than no movement at all.

(The Wrap)

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