News Nuggets: Why is David Lynch departing the ‘Twin Peaks’ revival on Showtime?

Veteran director David Lynch announces Sunday that he will not be helming a “Twin Peaks” revival after all. He says on Twitter: “After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.” Months ago, he had been set to direct all nine episodes for Showtime based on new scripts that he and co-creator Mark Frost have already written. After Lynch’s surprise statement, the premium network released its own Sunday statement: “We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm. Deadline

The high-octane action film “Furious 7” earns a stunning $143.6 million in the U.S. this weekend. That sum for the sequel starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker makes it the ninth biggest opening weekend ever. Animated movie “Home” brings in another $27.4 million for second place. The Will FerrellKevin Hart comedy “Get Hard” is third with $12.9 million. Huffington Post

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Monday night’s season finale of “Better Call Saul” is a showcase for star Bob Odenkirk. The actor says that he has his lengthiest monologue yet and that he was striving to perform it “exactly as written.” SPOILERS AHEAD. His character Jimmy “will be reeling from the news that his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) has been sabotaging his career for years.” Hollywood Reporter

Robert Simonson previews the leading contenders for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Past winner Suzan-Lori Parks has the ambitious “Father Comes Home from the Wars,” which opened in the fall off-Broadway. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has two possibilities: “Appropriate” and “An Octoroon.” Two others mentioned by pundits are “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis and “Straight White Men” by Young Jean Lee. Playbill

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HBO releases a new trailer to their Bessie Smith biopic “Bessie.” Star Queen Latifah “captivates” in the “gorgeous” looking film set in the golden age of jazz. The Emmy frontrunner also stars Oscar winner Mo’Nique, Michael Kenneth Williams, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt, and Mike Epps. It debuts May 16 on the premium channel. Vulture

Orphan Black” producers and cast members discuss their upcoming third season at WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend. Golden Globe and SAG nominee Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning and her clones as they try to protect each other. Co-creator Graeme Manson says a new set of rival male clones “were raised self-aware as a wolf pack.” The season debuts April 18 on BBC America. L.A. Times

Former soap star Cameron Mathison is now the full-time “Entertainment Tonight” weekend co-anchor. The “All My Children” fan favorite will also serve as a correspondent on the weekday edition. He begins his gig this month alongside regular anchors Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier. Variety

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