Kids push­ing Jolie back into act­ing

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An­gelina Jolie’s chil­dren want her to re­turn to the sil­ver screen as an ac­tion hero.

The 42-year-old ac­tress be­came one of Hol­ly­wood’s most pop­u­lar fe­male ac­tion stars with roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but in re­cent times has gen­er­ally shunned block­busters to fo­cus on her di­rec­to­rial ca­reer.

How­ever, Jolie says she’s un­der pres­sure from her six kids to get back in front of the cam­era, eight years af­ter she filmed her last ma­jor ac­tion movie, the spy thriller Salt.

“They do like the idea of mom do­ing some­thing with ac­tion,” Jolie tells Bri­tain’s Daily Mail news­pa­per. “They want Mom to get her­self to­gether, and do some kick-a--. It’s been a while. My last ac­tion film was eight years ago.”

The star’s six-strong brood in­cludes her adopted chil­dren Mad­dox, 16, Za­hara, 12, and Pax, 13, and her bi­o­log­i­cal kids with es­tranged hus­band Brad Pitt — Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivi­enne and Knox, nine.

Jolie says she al­lows her chil­dren to have a say in her ca­reer, and that they like the idea of film­ing a se­quel to Dis­ney’s Malef­i­cent in the U.K. next year.

“I want them to have a say — and they want to have a say,” she ex­plains. “They like the idea of go­ing to Lon­don, so we are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of maybe do­ing Malef­i­cent 2, per­haps in Jan­uary.”

She adds, “It’s up to them be­cause we all travel as a unit. I think they’re lean­ing to­wards Lon­don, but we’ll have to see.”

Her lat­est di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, First They Killed My Fa­ther: A Daugh­ter of Cam­bo­dia Re­mem­bers, which tells the story of her friend Loung Ung ’s child­hood in the wartorn na­tion, de­buts on Net­flix next week. WENN

TORONTO — Kyle MacLach­lan isn’t sur­prised to hear view­ers were con­founded by the fi­nale of Twin Peaks.

“You heard the col­lec­tive fork drop with the pie,” says MacLach­lan, who over a span of 28 years has en­joyed damn fine desserts and cof­fee as ec­cen­tric FBI agent Dale Cooper.

The 58-year-old Wash­ing­ton state na­tive was in Toronto re­cently to talk about — but not ex­actly de­ci­pher — the fi­nal episode of the se­ries. View­ers who missed Show­time’s con­tin­u­a­tion of Twin Peaks can catch up with all 18 new episodes, as well as the orig­i­nal ABC sea­sons, on stream­ing ser­vice CraveTV.

While CraveTV makes binge­watch­ing pos­si­ble, MacLach­lan cau­tions some view­ers might find screen­ing sev­eral episodes in a row as dis­ori­ent­ing as a trip to the se­ries’ night­mar­ish Black Lodge.

“Take a break be­tween shows,” he sug­gests. “It’s a lot to ab­sorb.”

SPOILER ALERT: The fi­nal scene finds Cooper — or an al­tered ver­sion of the stead­fast FBI agent — stand­ing on a dark­ened, res­i­den­tial street with a look-alike of the woman he has been track­ing all along: Laura Palmer (played by Sh­eryl Lee). Cooper’s orig­i­nal mis­sion was to in­ves­ti­gate Palmer’s mur­der. Their bizarre jour­ney seems to come full cir­cle 28 years later — or does it? Fac­ing the house, now oc­cu­pied by dif­fer­ent own­ers, a be­wil­dered Cooper stag­gers for­ward and asks, “What year is it?” Palmer lets rip with a loud, long, blood-cur­dling scream. Fade to black.

“We shot that very early in the pro­duc­tion, we were in Seat­tle,” MacLach­lan re­calls of the shoot, which wrapped in April 2016.

“I had never been to the Palmer house,” the ac­tor con­tin­ues. “There was a won­der­ful lit­tle crowd of in­ter­ested lo­cals and neigh­bours who were gath­ered around. It was a lit­tle chilly; I re­mem­ber be­cause it was Oc­to­ber by then. When Sh­eryl let out that scream, the neigh­bour­hood cleared. It was fright­en­ing.”

MacLach­lan, who saw the fi­nale a day af­ter it pre­miered, says he is still pro­cess­ing the mes­sage be­hind the mad­ness. He thinks David Lynch is ask­ing a sim­ple ques­tion: “Where are we now in this world? What year is it, where are we? It’s that sim­ple a ques­tion.”

He ad­mits the fi­nale brings up a whole host of other ques­tions, “which I’m not qual­i­fied to an­swer, I’m afraid.” There is an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion about the end­ing will likely please Lynch, MacLach­lan says.

“It’s go­ing to be like this itch that you will con­tinue to have to scratch, I think.”

The ac­tor hadn’t spo­ken with the di­rec­tor since see­ing the end­ing, or heard from Show­time about any pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion of the se­ries.

“I love work­ing as the char­ac­ter and I love David,” says MacLach­lan. “But be­yond that, I don’t know.”

The two be­gan their col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dune in 1984 and con­tin­ued with Blue Velvet, the orig­i­nal run of Twin Peaks and the fol­lowup fea­ture Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. MacLach­lan is also known for roles on Sex and the City, Des­per­ate Housewives and more re­cently he has been seen as the mayor on Port­landia.

The ac­tor, who lives with his fam­ily in New York, spent a few days in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., this sum­mer work­ing on an in­de­pen­dent movie.

He was just 30 when Twin Peaks first aired. The ac­tor could just as eas­ily be ask­ing, “What year is it?” as the char­ac­ter. A few cast mem­bers, in­clud­ing Miguel Ferrer, lived just long enough to reprise their scenes from the orig­i­nal. The nearly three-decade pro­duc­tion span “does make you think about your own mor­tal­ity,” MacLach­lan says. “That in it­self is pretty pro­found.”

He com­pares the process to the Up se­ries of doc­u­men­taries made by Michael Apted over the course of seven-year in­ter­vals. “To see peo­ple trans­form af­ter all these years was very in­ter­est­ing.”

Most of the cast re­united for Twin Peaks, but MacLach­lan was even bet­ter ac­quainted with one ac­tress who wasn’t in the orig­i­nal se­ries: Laura Dern. They dated for sev­eral years in the ’80s.

“I was on board with that,” he says of Dern join­ing the se­ries. “The hard­est part was keep­ing her cast­ing a se­cret.”

His last word on the fi­nale? Don’t look for answers from Lynch.

“David is quite happy let­ting the work be his voice.”


An­gelina Jolie says her six chil­dren want her to start act­ing in ac­tion films again, and they want her to do a se­quel to Malef­i­cent.

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