David Lynch’s 1984 film noir classic Blue Velvet will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with a rerelease to select cinemas in the United States and United Kingdom. Starting March 25th through March 31st, the Kyle MacLachlan-led movie is scheduled to be shown at NYC’s Film Forum, with more screenings coming to theaters before its big September birthday. With a freshly designed poster, above, and an official reissue trailer, below, Blue Velvet is getting the accolades a Lynchian standard deserves.
Let’s be real: who doesn’t love Kyle Maclachlan? No one? Correct. The bizarre and dashing actor has been gracing both our television and film screens for over 30 years now, and like the fine wine he so enjoys, only gets better with age. As a fresh-faced young weirdo, we saw him emboy the leading roles in two of David Lynch’s most iconic films as Blue Velvet‘s amateur detective Jeffrey Beaumont and Twin Peaks’ Special Agent Dale Cooper—whom you could look at as simply an extension of young Jeffrey. We later saw Kyle in a series of female-driven television hits as an impotent and/or sociopathic husbands that you could not help but love in absrudity. And now he’s back on televison and oh no, we’re not complaining. So, as today is his 54th birthday, let’s take a look back on some his most wonderous and strange roles. Enjoy.
This is pretty self-explanatory. The title really sells it all. But to provide a bit of context, Official Comedy has released a bizarre and video of Dale Cooper himself looking quite content just doin the Harlem Shake. He begins with a white mask alone before being joined by several other Peaks-esque figures and what I imagine is some damn fine coffee. Enjoy.
For more Twin Peaks dancing, watch this absolutley perfect moment of television.
Start perfecting those handlebar mustaches and putting birds on your tote bags. IFC’s sketch comedy series Portlandia is returning for a third season this January with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein offering more snapshots into modern bougie-hipster-yuppie-fauxhemian-whatever-subculture-this-is-lampooning-exactly life and (hopefully) more amazing guest stars like last season’s rather incredible mixed bag, which included Tim Robbins, Greg Louganis and Heather Graham.
The new season premieres on IFC on January 4th, 2013, and promises the return of Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of Portland and first Special Guest Star Chloë Sevigny, who plays Fred and Carrie’s new roommate. If you can’t wait quite that long, you can watch a “Winter In Portlandia” holiday special on December 14th, in which some of the show’s more memorable characters show you how Portland does the colder months. Bryce and Lisa of “Put A Bird On It!” open an Outlet Hotel, Peter and Nance (“Is it Local?”) try to keep off those holiday pounds and, of course, the feminist bookstore is open.
If you really, really need Portlandia like, right now, though, the first clip of the new season is online for your viewing pleasure. Carrie and Fred cross paths at a meditation class, each with something very, very different on their minds. Watch.
In his now-famous exit letter, one of the more amusing things that ex-Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith revealed about the financial firm (among many not-so amusing things) was what they call their clients: muppets. That isn’t very fair to the actual Muppets, no? In this new video for Funny or Die, the felt-lined friends show up to a Goldman Sachs meeting to chew some beef. “We represent the Anti-Muppet Defamation League,” announces a suit-wearing Muppet, “and we’d like to lodge a formal complaint about Goldman Sachs’s use of the word ‘Muppet’ in an offensive and derogatory way.” They’re met with some resistance by actors Kyle MacLachlan and Neal McDonough, who make for very convincing executives. Watch it after the click, via Flavorwire (slightly NSFW for language and drug use).
"If Americans didn’t want us to get rich," MacLachlan sneers in his WASP-y way, "then why would they give us all their money?" Some surprisingly biting economic analysis follows, if you can believe it. As many will note, it’s the best class-related Muppets video since their response to Fox News’s allegations that their new movie was teaching kids to hate capitalism. To which I respond: Hey, did you know that Obamacare could actually get overturned by the Supreme Court? The world is unequivocally awful.