Movie News After Dark
The day’s big headlines in bite-size portions.
I don’t know about you, but the 2017 media event I’m looking forward to more so than any other – film or television – is the release of the third season of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks. As of yet we haven’t even seen a real trailer, just a bunch of typically-cryptic teasers, and there still isn’t an official release date, though most speculation points to around April or May.
For all the mystery surrounding the project, whatever it will be starts in a sense today, when Showtime – who will be airing the third season – starts streaming the original 30 episodes on its digital platforms. If you’ve never seen Twin Peaks, you’re going to want to get caught up, because guaranteed once the third season starts airing it’s going to be all the culture is talking about. Nearly every living original star is returning – including Kyle MacLachlan (Agent Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs) – and a cast of literal hundreds have been added, Amanda Seyfried, Balthazar Getty, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Ernie Hudson, Ashley Judd, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Sharon Van Etten, Tim Roth, and Tom Sizemore among them. If you are a first time viewer and need a little guidance through the myriad plotlines, fret not, we’ve got an episode guide right here at FSR. Everything you need to navigate the dark of the woods can be found right here.
Easily the biggest news since last we talked – that doesn’t involve Carrie Fisher, get well soon! – is the trailer that dropped at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Day for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. In case you somehow missed it, check it out, along with some thoughts from our Chief Film Critic Rob Hunter, right here.
Forbes has released the list of the 10 most-tweeted-about movies of 2016, and while the top spots don’t hold a lot of surprise, the arrangement of some of the others on the list do. For instance, I would have thought Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters would have come in a lot higher than the 10-spot, seeing as all the controversy around that film was born and bred on social media, and this year’s Best Picture Winner, The Revenant, only came in 8th, but that’s to be expected in an industry currently dominated by the tweet-heavy superhero genre, which claimed four out of the six top slots.
As for the number one spot, you might have guessed it went to a Star Wars movie, but I bet you didn’t guess it went to both the most recent chapters, The Force Awakens and Rogue One. That’s because buzz on the former film dominated the first month of the year on Twitter, and when its fever died, Rogue One’s was ignited. Expect to see similar results at the end of 2017, when Rogue One and Episode VIII are expected to take the prize.
Here’s the entire list, in order:
8. The Revenant
7. Finding Dory
6. Captain America: Civil War
5. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2. Suicide Squad
- The Force Awakens/Rogue One
That’s it for now. See you tomorrow night for more Movie News After Dark.