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Where Are They Now? The Cast of Twin Peaks

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It was announced on Monday that Twin Peaks will return for a nine-episode run on Showtime. Considering David Lynch is known for working with the same people over and over again, it’s worth asking: Which original cast members might return? Let’s take a look at where they are now.

1. Kyle MacLachlan - Special Agent Dale Cooper

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MacLachlan has been working steadily since Twin Peaks ended in 1991. In addition to a handful of movies, he had recurring roles on Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and Portlandia. Lynch’s frequent collaborator is rumored to return for the new series as well: The two were seen eating lunch together in September, and MacLachlan tweeted Monday, “Better fire up that percolator and find my black suit :-) #Twinpeaks.”

2. Sheryl Lee - Laura Palmer and Maddy Ferguson

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Lee is still in show business and has three films coming out this year (Jackie & Ryan, White Bird in a Blizzard, and The Makings of You). It wouldn’t be a surprise if Lee is asked to return to Twin Peaks; Lynch liked her enough to create the character of Laura’s cousin so she could have an actual speaking role on the show. Plus, he wrote the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me with Laura Palmer as the main character.

3. Lara Flynn Boyle - Donna Hayward

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Lara Flynn Boyle landed some good post-Peaks roles and spent a few years on ABC’s The Practice. Her more recent credits are slightly less impressive, like the 2013 comedy-horror film Hansel & Gretel Get Baked and the 2014 family flick Lucky Dog. As for whether she’ll reprise her role in the upcoming series, it’s unlikely considering she declined to appear in Fire Walk with Me. She has since claimed it was because she "was extremely disappointed in the way the second season got off track."

4. Sherilyn Fenn - Audrey Horne

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Fenn wouldn’t have to travel far if Lynch wanted her back on the show—she’s currently doing an arc on the Showtime series Ray Donovan. She can also be seen on the horror web series Project: Phoenix. Like Boyle, Fenn didn’t star in Fire Walk with Me, but it was due to a scheduling conflict, not an objection. She seems to be interested in the fate of her Twin Peaks character; in a recent interview, she predicted “Audrey would’ve taken over her father’s business and would’ve been married to Agent Cooper with many children.”

5. Michael Ontkean - Sheriff Harry S. Truman

Ontkean hasn’t done any film or television since his small part as George Clooney’s cousin in 2011’s The Descendants. You shouldn’t count him out for a role reprisal, though. In a 2011 interview, he said, “I was born to play Harry S. Truman.”

6. Mädchen Amick - Shelly Johnson

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Since Twin Peaks, Amick has had roles on E.R., Californication, and Damages. She currently stars alongside Jenna Dewan Tatum on Lifetime’s Witches of East End. A Twin Peaks cameo isn’t out of the question, though. She has mentioned that she was spoiled by the freedom the show allowed.

7. James Marshall - James Hurley

Marshall hasn’t had a film out since the horror flick The Cursed, which was released on the SyFy Channel in 2010. He’s currently filming Welcome to Kain, slated for 2015. Marshall attended the release party for Twin Peaks on Blu-Ray this year, and later said, “I really want to stay in contact with [those] people more."

8. Dana Ashbrook - Bobby Briggs

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Ashbrook has recently had roles on White Collar, Hostages, and Psych. He also will be in three films released within the next year: Opposite Sex, Kensho at the Bedfellow, and Masque. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him pop up in the revival—one of the episodes of Psych he starred in was a Twin Peaks homage episode with other former cast members including Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn.

9. Joan Chen - Jocelyn Packard

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Since Twin Peaks, Chen has spent some time behind the camera. She wrote and directed the 1998 film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and the 2012 short Shanghai Strangers. Chen balances her acting career between American films and Chinese films. She has a part in the upcoming Mandarin film Yang Guifei, and will also star in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull alongside David Duchovny and Helen Hunt, which will be released in 2015.

10. Everett McGill - Big Ed Hurley

McGill hasn’t acted since a 1999 episode of Jag, so it may seem unlikely that he'll pop up in the Showtime series. But there’s still hope: On August 13, Lynch tweeted, “Dear Twitter Friends, do any of you know where Everett McGill is? I’d really like to talk to him. Thank you.”

11. Ray Wise - Leland Palmer

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Wise has managed multiple film and guest-starring television roles since Twin Peaks ended. Recently, he played Ed Baxter in Mad Men and Robin Scherbatsky’s dad in How I Met Your Mother. (Spoilers ahead!) Fans of the show probably won’t expect Wise to return, but don’t jump to conclusions. In 2013, Lynch told Wise, “Well, Ray, you know, the town is still there. And I suppose it's possible that we could revisit it. Of course, you're already dead...but we could maybe work around that."

12. Catherine E. Coulson - The Log Lady

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Coulson has only had a handful of roles since the show ended, but she still works in the business. She had a part in the 2013 drama Redwood Highway. And there’s no doubt that she’d be willing to pick up her log again: In May, she filmed an introduction in character for a music video by the rock band Pretty Little Demons.
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25 of Oscar Wilde's Wittiest Quotes
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On October 16, 1854, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. He would go on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, dabbling in everything from plays and poetry to essays and fiction. Whatever the medium, his wit shone through.

1. ON GOD

"I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability."

2. ON THE WORLD AS A STAGE

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

3. ON FORGIVENESS

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

4. ON GOOD VERSUS BAD

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."

5. ON GETTING ADVICE

"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."

6. ON HAPPINESS

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

7. ON CYNICISM

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

8. ON SINCERITY

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

9. ON MONEY

"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."

10. ON LIFE'S GREATEST TRAGEDIES

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

11. ON HARD WORK

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."

12. ON LIVING WITHIN ONE'S MEANS

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

13. ON TRUE FRIENDS

"True friends stab you in the front."

14. ON MOTHERS

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

15. ON FASHION

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

16. ON BEING TALKED ABOUT

"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

17. ON GENIUS

"Genius is born—not paid."

18. ON MORALITY

"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."

19. ON RELATIONSHIPS

"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?"

20. ON THE DEFINITION OF A "GENTLEMAN"

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally."

21. ON BOREDOM

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s."

22. ON AGING

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."

23. ON MEN AND WOMEN

"I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

24. ON POETRY

"There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope."

25. ON WIT

"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

And one bonus quote about Oscar Wilde! Dorothy Parker said it best in a 1927 issue of Life:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

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10 Memorable Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is America's preeminent badass astrophysicist. He's a passionate advocate for science, NASA, and education. He's also well-known for a little incident involving Pluto. And the man holds nearly 20 honorary doctorates (in addition to his real one). In honor of his 59th birthday, here are 10 of our favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes.

1. ON SCIENCE

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
—From Real Time with Bill Maher.

2. ON NASA FUNDING

"As a fraction of your tax dollar today, what is the total cost of all spaceborne telescopes, planetary probes, the rovers on Mars, the International Space Station, the space shuttle, telescopes yet to orbit, and missions yet to fly?' Answer: one-half of one percent of each tax dollar. Half a penny. I’d prefer it were more: perhaps two cents on the dollar. Even during the storied Apollo era, peak NASA spending amounted to little more than four cents on the tax dollar." 
—From Space Chronicles

3. ON GOD AND HURRICANES

"Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes ... The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms."
—From Death by Black Hole

4. ON THE BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY INVENTED FOR USE IN SPACE

"Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope." (Editor's note: technology used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope's optical problems led to improved technology for breast cancer detection.)
—From Space Chronicles

5. ON THE DEMOTION OF PLUTO FROM PLANET STATUS 

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"I knew Pluto was popular among elementary schoolkids, but I had no idea they would mobilize into a 'Save Pluto' campaign. I now have a drawer full of hate letters from hundreds of elementary schoolchildren (with supportive cover letters from their science teachers) pleading with me to reverse my stance on Pluto. The file includes a photograph of the entire third grade of a school posing on their front steps and holding up a banner proclaiming, 'Dr. Tyson—Pluto is a Planet!'"
—From The Sky Is Not the Limit

6. ON JAMES CAMERON'S TITANIC

"In [Titanic], the stars above the ship bear no correspondence to any constellations in a real sky. Worse yet, while the heroine bobs ... we are treated to her view of this Hollywood sky—one where the stars on the right half of the scene trace the mirror image of the stars in the left half. How lazy can you get?"
—From Death by Black Hole

7. ON DEATH BY ASTEROID

"On Friday the 13th, April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup will fly so close to Earth that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites. We did not name this asteroid Bambi. Instead, we named it Apophis, after the Egyptian god of darkness and death."
—From Space Chronicles

8. ON THE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND AMERICA'S MOONSHOT

"[L]et us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do."
—From The Sky Is Not the Limit

9. ON INTELLIGENT LIFE (OR THE LACK THEREOF)

Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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"Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life."

10. PRACTICAL ADVICE IN THE EVENT OF ALIEN CONTACT 

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"[I]f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader."
—From Death by Black Hole

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