Don't be fooled by the tranquil atmosphere of this picture of a spider looking wistfully out my bedroom window. He was jumping about quite vigorously and he spent one night with me before I finally managed to catch him and release him outside, where he clearly longed to be.
I also finally managed to get pictures of the parrots that roam the neighbourhood. I've often heard them but up 'til now I'd somehow never seen them. A couple days ago I saw two on the power lines outside my kitchen.
I suppose I ought to talk about last night's premiere of Game of Thrones but, to be honest, I'm much more exciting about the official cast list that's been released to-day for the upcoming revival of Twin Peaks. A cast list of 217 names, a great number of which are interesting for their celebrity or their ties to Twin Peaks and David Lynch's other films.
Jay Aaseng, Alon Aboutboul, Jane Adams, Joe Adler, Kate Alden, Stephanie Allynne, Madchen Amick, Eric Ray Anderson, Finn Andrews, Elizabeth Anwies, Dana Ashbrook, Joe Auger, Phoebe Augustine, Melissa Bailey, Tammie Baird, Matt Battaglia, Chrysta Bell, Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Leslie Berger, Richard Beymer, John Billingsley, Michael Bisping, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Kelsey Bohlen, Sean Bolger, Rachael Bower, Brent Briscoe, Robert Broski, Wes Brown, Richard Bucher, Page Burkum
Scott Cameron, Juan Carlos Cantu, Gia Carides, Vincent Castellanos, Michael Cera, Richard Chamberlain, Bailey Chase, Johnny Chavez, Candy Clark, Larry Clarke, Scott Coffey, Frank Collison, Lisa Coronado, Catherine E. Coulson, Grace Victoria Cox, Jonny Coyne, James Croak, Julee Cruise, Heather D'Angelo, Jan D'Arcy, David Dastmalchian, Jeremy Davies, Owain Rhys Davies, Ana de la Reguera, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Dern, Neil Dickson, Hugh Dillon, Cullen Douglas, Edward 'Ted' Dowlin, Judith Drake, David Duchovny, Christopher Durbin, Francesca Eastwood, Eric Edelstein, John Ennis
Josh Fadem, Tikaeni Faircrest, Eamon Farren, Sherilyn Fenn, Jay R. Ferguson, Sky Ferreira, Miguel Ferrer, Rebecca Field, Robin Finck, Brian Finney, Patrick Fischler, Erika Forster, Robert Forster, Meg Foster, Travis Frost, Warren Frost, Pierce Gagnon, Allen Galli, Hailey Gates, Brett Gelman, Ivy George, Balthazar Getty, James Giordano, Harry Goaz, Grant Goodeve, George Griffith, Tad Griffith, James Grixoni, Cornelia Guest, Travis Hammer, Hank Harris, Annie Hart, Andrea Hays, Stephen Heath, Heath Hensley, Gary Hershberger, Michael Horse, Ernie Hudson
Jay Jee, Jesse Johnson, Caleb Landry Jones, Ashley Judd, Luke Judy, Stephen Kearin, David Patrick Kelly, Laura Kenny, Dep Kirkland, Robert Knepper, David Koechner, Virginia Kull, Nicole LaLiberte, Jay Larson, Sheryl Lee, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jane Levy, Matthew Lillard, Jeremy Lindholm, Peggy Lipton, Bellina Martin Logan, Sarah Jean Long, David Lynch, Riley Lynch, Shane Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Mark Mahoney, Karl Makinen, Malone, Xolo Maridueña, Berenice Marlohe, Rob Mars, James Marshall, Elisabeth Maurus, Josh McDermitt, Everett McGill, Zoe McLane, Derek Mears, Clark Middleton, Greg Mills, James Morrison, Christopher Murray, Don Murray
Joy Nash, Priya Diane Niehaus, Bill O'Dell, Casey O'Neill, Johnny Ochsner, Walter Olkewicz, Charity Parenzini, Elias Nelson Parenzini, John Paulsen, Sara Paxton, Max Perlich, Linas Phillips, Tracy Phillips, John Pirruccello, Linda Porter, Jelani Quinn, Ruth Radelet, Mary Reber, Adele Rene, Mariqueen Reznor, Trent Reznor, Carolyn P. Riggs, Kimmy Robertson, Wendy Robie, Erik L. Rondell, Marv Rosand, Ben Rosenfield, Tim Roth, Rod Rowland, Carlton Lee Russell
Elena Satine, John Savage, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Shiels, Sawyer Shipman, Tom Sizemore, Sara Sohn, Malachy Sreenan, Harry Dean Stanton, J.R. Starr, Bob Stephenson, Charlotte Stewart, Emily Stofle, Al Strobel, Carel Struycken, Ethan Suplee, Sabrina S. Sutherland, Jessica Szohr, Russ Tamblyn, Bill Tangradi, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, Jodee Thelen, Jack Torrey, Sharon Van Etten, Eddie Vedder, Greg Vrotsos, Jake Wardle, Naomi Watts, Nafessa Williams, Ray Wise, Alicia Witt, Karolina Wydra, Charlyne Yi, Nae Yuuki, Grace Zabriskie, Christophe Zajac-Denek, Madeline Zima, Blake Zingale
The inclusion of Balthazar Getty makes me wonder if he's playing Pete from Lost Highway since Lynch has commented that Lost Highway is set in the same universe as Twin Peaks. I wonder how much the impressive number of musicians will be contributing to the soundtrack. It's great to see Julee Cruise on the list and I would be very surprised if we don't see her singing but there are several others who have contributed to Lynch soundtracks before--Trent Reznor from Lost Highway, Crysta Bell, and Rebeka Del Rio from Mulholland Drive. Considering the large number of episodes, maybe we'll be seeing all of these people on stage eventually within the context of the story.
It's nice to see Lynch evidently managed to track down Everett McGill who had retired not only from acting but apparently from civilisation. It's also nice to see Russ Tamblyn's health issues didn't prevent him from appearing on the show. It's great to see David Duchovny confirmed and hopefully the writing for his transgender FBI agent Denise will now equal the sensitivity and intelligence he was already bringing to the role.
It's nice to see both Ben and Jerry Horne confirmed.
I worry a little that this massive cast with so many celebrities is going to end up a show that feels scattered and unfocused. But mostly I'm just excited and I want it to be 2017 now.
Oh, yeah, Game of Thrones. Well, like most seasons the first episode seems to mostly be about getting the audience reoriented. I saw a lot of people in comments sections for online articles about the episode were shocked by the ending which I didn't think was particularly exciting one way or another. I was only surprised the episode ended on this particular revelation which didn't feel any more extraordinary than when we learned Julian Glover's character is in better shape than he lets on. I was sorry Glover wasn't in this episode and I also missed Bronn.
I still don't see how Sansa and Theon weren't killed or seriously injured in that fall.