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The Monday Movie – Blue Velvet


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Hollywood hellraiser Dennis Hopper died on Saturday, aged 74, after a battle with prostate cancer.

I remember the first time I saw Hopper in a film. It was 1986 or 87, I was a teenager and I rented Blue Velvet from the local video library. It was also the first David Lynch film I had ever seen and it blew me away, not least because of Hopper’s powerhouse performance in a deeply disturbing role.

He plays Frank Booth, a perverse, sadistic, drug-addicted sociopath who has kidnapped the husband and child of lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rosselini) to force her to become his slave and take part in his bizarre psycho-sexual fantasies.

Clean cut college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) stumbles into Frank’s dark world, which lurks beneath the seemingly respectable surface of his home town of Lumberton, when he finds a severed ear in a field.

The film marked both a slight shift towards the mainstream for Lynch – which continued a few years later with his TV masterpiece Twin Peaks, which further explored and developed many of the themes from Blue Velvet – and a career rebirth for Hopper, whose own struggles with drugs and violent temper had all-but ostracised him from the mainstream film industry at the time.

Hopper famously read the script for Blue Velvet and told Lynch he had to cast him as Frank Booth because “I AM Frank Booth”.

Here are a couple of his finest moments from Blue Velvet, starting off with the film’s signature scene, which features some memorable lip-synching from co-star Dean Stockwell:

And here is a memorable (for all the wrong reasons) screen kiss:

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TV Newsround: More Of The Same


The CW has ordered new seasons of no fewer than five of its highest-profile dramas.

Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season, Supernatural for a fifth and One Tree Hill for a seventh. Newcomer 90210 gets a second season (plus a pilot order for an updated version of original Beverley Hills 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place – more details here) and Gossip Girl a third.

Not so good news for fans of new CW show Privileged, which was ignored in The CW’s announcement.

With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.

The show, about the day-to-day lives of and problems facing military families, stars former NYPD Blues actress Kim Delaney. It is Lifetime’s most successful show in the channel’s 25-year history.

Elsewhere, ensemble drama Crash, based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season by the Starz network.

Like the film, the series follows a number of characters whose lives are randomly intertwined. However, the TV show features new characters unrelated to those in the film, though there are close similarities in some cases.

The first season received generally poor reviews and a new team of showrunners has been brought in to guide season two, led by The 4400’s Ira Steven Behr. Former showrunner, The Shield’s Glen Mazzara will remain as a consultant producer. The show’s biggest-name actor, Dennis Hopper, is expected to return for the new season.

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