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Actor George Dickerson Dies


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Blue Velvet star George Dickerson has died, aged 81.

The actor passed away on 10 January (15) following a long illness, according his son Dome Karukoski, who announced the sad news in a post on Facebook.com, writing, "It was not unexpected since he had been sick for a long time. I'm sad, but also somewhat relieved. He died peacefully with his loved ones around him. He had a wonderful life full of experiences, that one could just imagine to have."

DICkerson is most famous for playing Detective John Williams in David Lynch's 1986 crime drama Blue Velvet and his recurring role on 1980s Tv cop drama Hill Street Blues.

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Lynch Unearths Lost Blue Velvet Footage


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Moviemaker David Lynch has unearthed lost outtakes featuring the late Dennis Hopper for the upcoming Blu Ray release of cult film Blue Velvet.

The Twin Peaks director felt sure the footage of Hopper and Kyle MACLachlan had been destroyed, and was thrilled to find it during a clear-out.

Lynch tells Los Angeles radio station KCRW, "I find out that Dino (De Laurentiis), the producer, doesn't know where they are. They're gone. His company went bankrupt, it was taken over by another company, and then it was sold to other companies. No one knew where they were, they were gone. So depressing.

"Lately, those have been found. Somewhere up in Seattle. It's incredible. I'm seeing stuff I thought was gone forever. And hopefully some of those scenes... will end up on the new Blu Ray."

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Hopper Teaches Wilson How To Be Tough


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Dennis Hopper recreated his fearsome Blue Velvet villain for a skit at the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, when he initiated first-time host Rainn Wilson.
The tough-guy actor beat The Office star up, became his pimp and turned him into a drug mule before binding him to an office chair and forcing him to hop down a street.
Indie actress Ileanna Douglas also joined in the fun, beating up Wilson on the beach in Santa Monica, California - where the awards were held on Saturday (23Feb08) - as she chatted to Hopper about the event.
The hilarious film skit ended with a newly-toughened Wilson sporting a 'Hopper's Bitch' tattoo on his chest and the words 'Indy Host' etched on his knuckles.
In other skits taped for the ceremony, host Wilson pretended he'd auditioned for all five nominated Best Feature films and showed off the screen tests. He actually featured in one of the movies, Juno.
In one hilarious scene with I'm Not There director Todd Haynes, Wilson presented an awful impersonation of Bob Dylan, prompting the filmmaker to smash up the guitar he was playing.
He also lived up to his pre-show promise to bare his backside, re-enacting a "homo-erotic shower" scene from Paranoid Park, and he tried out as pregnant teen Juno with co-star Jason Bateman.

Hopper Teaches Wilson How To Be Tough


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Dennis Hopper recreated his fearsome Blue Velvet villain for a skit at the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, when he initiated first-time host Rainn Wilson.
The tough-guy actor beat The Office star up, became his pimp and turned him into a drug mule before binding him to an office chair and forcing him to hop down a street.
Indie actress Ileanna Douglas also joined in the fun, beating up Wilson on the beach in Santa Monica, California - where the awards were held on Saturday (23Feb08) - as she chatted to Hopper about the event.
The hilarious film skit ended with a newly-toughened Wilson sporting a `Hopper's Bitch' tattoo on his chest and the words `Indy Host' etched on his knuckles.
In other skits taped for the ceremony, host Wilson pretended he'd auditioned for all five nominated Best Feature films and showed off the screen tests. He actually featured in one of the movies, Juno.
In one hilarious scene with I'm Not There director Todd Haynes, Wilson presented an awful impersonation of Bob Dylan, prompting the filmmaker to smash up the guitar he was playing.
He also lived up to his pre-show promise to bare his backside, re-enacting a "homo-erotic shower" scene from Paranoid Park, and he tried out as pregnant teen Juno with co-star Jason Bateman.

Lynch Meets With Israeli President


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Cult filmmaker David Lynch met Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday (15Oct07) as part of a five-day visit to the Middle East, where the Blue Velvet director is promoting transcendental meditation.
Lynch, who has been meditating for more than 30 years, is in Israel to encourage the use of meditation to combat violence in school and for creating a peaceful environment in general.
Speaking at the Sam Spiegel Film And Television School in Jerusalem he said, "Real peace is not just the absence of war but the absence of all suffering, all negativity. Change comes from within. From the first meditation, boom, you're there."

Lynch Holds Ghoulish Exhibition


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Acclaimed film maker David Lynch will this weekend (3MAR07) open a macabre new art exhibition in Paris, France, which features erotic photographs and paintings of decomposing bodies.
Called Air Is On Fire, the display, featuring items which date back to the 61-year-old's school days, goes on show at the Cartier Foundation and focuses on the unsettling themes of his movies Blue Velvet and ERASERHEAD.
Exhibition curator HELENE KELMACHTER referred to the images as "disturbing", however Lynch told reporters he was "very happy" with the work and that "so much of this is ideas that have nothing to do with an intellectual thing. It's an intuitive journey."
The exhibition runs until 27 May (07).

Lynch Hates Cooking


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US film maker David Lynch has banned cooking in his house - as he can't bear the greasy vapours caused by culinary capers.
The Blue Velvet star insists kitchens are an unnecessary requirement in the home, and believes any cooking should be confined to a seperate space.
He says, "OK, now look at this. You have a lot of works on paper, say, in a house. Why in the world would you go into that house and spray grease onto those works of paper, unless it was an idea that came to you to deteriorate that work in some way?
"And this is what cooking can do. Also wherever you can smell that cooking, it must be landing on the walls and y'know what I mean.
"So it is unfortunate that kitchens are in a house. To my mind, they should be a side building, easily hosed out, cleaned, and the odours and all the stuff that go with it away from the workspace."

Rossellini Forgives Lancome


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Italian model/actress Isabella Rossellini has forgiven Lancome more than 10 years after she was dismissed for being too old - because her daughter has now signed up with the cosmetics giant.
Rossellini, 54, was left "bitter" and "incredulous" in 1995 when she was dropped as the face of Lancome after 14 years service.
But now her daughter ELETTRA ROSSELLINI will model for the company, the Blue Velvet star couldn't be happier.
She says, "When Electra told me she had signed with Lancome, I felt I had reunited with a dear friend."

Moonglows Singer Dies


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MOONGLOWS singer PRENTISS BARNES was killed in a car accident in Mississippi on Saturday (30SEP06). He was 81.
Barnes, who performed hits including Blue Velvet with the Moonglows in the 1950s and 1960s, died in the accident on Mississippi 48, east of Magnolia.
He was born in Magnolia in 1925, before later moving to Cleveland, Ohio where he joined the Moonglows.
After the band folded in the mid-1960s, Barnes was left handicapped in a 1969 car accident in San Antonio, Texas.
He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000.

MacLaine Movie Orgasm Beats Ryan Fake In Poll


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Shirley Maclaine's Being There orgasm scene has triumphed over younger actress Meg Ryan's When Harry Met Sally fake climax in a new poll of onscreen sexual peaks.

In BEING THERE, MacLaine's character masturbates while her movie husband Peter Sellers is oblivious. Meg Ryan's legendary scene sees her fake an orgasm in a diner.

The poll by website yesbutnobutyes.com named Madeline Kahn's hair-whitening "schwanstucker" peak in Young Frankenstein as the third most loved climax.

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