Where Are They Now? The Cast of Twin Peaks

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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You Can Cook (Food) With Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the Original Breaking Bad RV
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Ben Leuner, AMC

A new contest is giving Breaking Bad fans the chance to cook a meal with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. A new charity fundraising campaign is sending one lucky fan and a friend out to Los Angeles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad’s premiere with the stars themselves—Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and that beat-up RV.

“That’s right, the real Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will join you in The Krystal Ship to whip up some delicious food, take tons of pictures, and bond over the most addicting show ever made,” the contest’s page on the charity fundraising site Omaze trumpets.

All you have to do to throw your (porkpie) hat in the ring is break out your wallet and donate to a good cause. Every dollar you donate to the contest through Omaze is basically a raffle ticket. And the more you donate, the better your odds are of winning. Each dollar donated equals 10 entries, so if you donate $10, you have 100 chances, if you donate $25, 250 chances, etc. At higher donation levels, you’ll also get guaranteed swag, including T-shirts, signed set photos by Cranston and Paul, props and scripts from the show, and more.

Technically, you can enter without donating, but don’t be a jerk—it’s for the kids. The proceeds from the contest will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying charity.

The contest winner will be announced around September 12, and the big event will take place on September 15.

Donate to win here. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on August 30.

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60 Years Later, a Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Has Been Found
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A “lost” screenplay co-written by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after 60 years, Vulture reports.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret, which Vulture describes as a reverse Lolita (plot summary for those who forgot high school English class: a man enters a relationship with a woman because of his obsession with her 12-year-old daughter). In Burning Secret, a man befriends an adolescent boy in order to seduce his mother. Zweig’s other works have inspired films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (which the director claims he "stole" from Zweig's novels Beware of Pity and The Post-Office Girl).

Kubrick’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by novelist Calder Willingham and dated October 24, 1956. Although the screenplay bears a stamp from MGM’s screenwriting department, Nathan Abrams—the Bangor University professor who discovered the script—thinks it’s likely the studio found it too risqué for mass audiences.

“The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover, making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface,” Abrams told The Guardian. It's worth noting, however, that Kubrick directed an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1962, which MGM distributed, and it was also met with a fair share of controversy.

Abrams said the screenplay for Burning Secret is complete enough that it could be created by filmmakers today. He noted that the discovery is particularly exciting because it confirms speculations Kubrick scholars have had for decades.

“Kubrick aficionados knew he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed,” Abrams told The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Abrams found the screenplay while researching his book Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film. The screenplay is owned by the family of one of Kubrick’s colleagues.

[h/t Vulture]


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