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Ioncinephile of the Month: Dominga Sotomayor’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker (this month: Dominga Sotomayor) to identify their all time top ten favorite films. Dominga’s Too Late to Die Young opens May 31 at Film at Lincoln Center in New York, followed by a June 7th release at Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles followed by more cities. In no particular order, here are Dominga Sotomayor’s top ten films as of May 2019.

A Swedish Love StoryRoy Andersson (1970)

“For simultaneously being the best first love portrait I had seen, and for the political acidness that only a Roy Andersson could have made.”

A Woman Under the Influence – John Cassavetes (1974)

“For Cassavettes’ control and … to a certain extent, lack of control (same as its protagonist) and perhaps the best portrait of a woman made
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Lost Transmissions’

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Lost Transmissions’
In movies, the ’60s and ’70s were the heyday of adorable kooks, mentally impaired cuddle bears like the hero of “Charly,” and saintly schizophrenic victims like Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence.” Mental illness, in general, was viewed through a softer lens than the one we employ today, partly because of the whole who’s really sane in a crazy world? ideology of the time.

All of which makes “Lost Transmissions,” written and directed by Katharine O’Brien, a minor indie oddball. The movie stars Juno Temple, her face a cozy mask of pain, as some sort of depressive Los Angeles art-pop songwriter and Simon Pegg as a mouthy expat-Brit record producer who knows how to take command — until it’s revealed, early on, that he has a tendency to collapse into fits of schizophrenic delusion. This has been happening ever since he dropped acid and had a
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TCM celebrates 10 years of film festivals: Our first-person account includes ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Nashville’

TCM took over the famed Chinese Theater in Hollywood for four days earlier this month for its 10th annual classic film festival. Network honchos hailed the festival as their biggest ever with 129 separate events. The film screenings had movie fans scrambling all over town for viewings, discussions and info sessions, sometimes successfully and sometimes with disappointing results. Below, take a look at my first-hand account covering the 2019 TCM Film Festival for Gold Derby.

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan reunited for the opening night screening of “When Harry Met Sally,” which celebrated the film’s 30th anniversary. Along with director Rob Reiner, the two provided many memories of the film and yes, of course, reminisced about the film’s famous delicatessen scene. Crystal was also honored the next day by having his footprints placed in the forecourt of the famed Hollywood landmark theater.

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Alex Ross Perry Is Pissed At the Film Industry and Not Afraid to Explain Himself

Alex Ross Perry Is Pissed At the Film Industry and Not Afraid to Explain Himself
When Robert Greene first looked at the raw footage his longtime friend and collaborator Alex Ross Perry had brought him from the set of “Her Smell,” a familiar feeling began to bubble up in the editing room: They were about to make the greatest goddamn movie of all time. Greene, Perry’s regular editor, laughed at the way they characterized it at the time: “‘People are gonna compare this to “Boogie Nights,” but when we’re done, people are gonna forget how to even say the words ‘Boogie’ and ‘Nights.’ We’re gonna erase that shit from history because of what we’re doing!’”

Speaking over the phone from his house in Missouri, the editor remembered being preemptively stoked for post-production: “We had this incredible Elisabeth Moss performance, we had these amazing shots from [cinematographer] Sean Price Williams, the art direction was fucking spectacular, the lighting was gorgeous, the whole team had come together and delivered.
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Seymour Cassel obituary

American actor closely associated with the directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson

Seymour Cassel, who has died aged 84, belonged to the stock company of compelling actors cast by John Cassavetes in his bracingly realistic studies of sour marriages and faltering friendships. He was in seven features directed by Cassavetes over 25 years, appearing opposite the film-maker’s other regulars, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands. Cassel’s best known character, the cocksure Chet, in Faces (1968), allowed him to show off his mischievous streak and earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

A later generation of directors, including Steve Buscemi and Wes Anderson, gave Cassel mostly comedic supporting roles throughout his 60s and 70s, by which time his sandy hair had turned a striking silver. Frequently seen chewing a cigar, Cassel never lost his easy grin, always giving the impression that he was sharing a joke with himself.

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Seymour Cassel, Actor in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84

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Seymour Cassel, Actor in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84
Prolific actor Seymour Cassel, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Faces” and appeared in Wes Anderson films including “Rushmore,” died Sunday in Los Angeles of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Cassel was a veteran of dozens of independent films, appearing in multiple roles in films directed by John Cassavetes and Anderson. In addition to playing Bert Fischer in “Rushmore,” he appeared in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

Cassel was born in Detroit on Jan. 22, 1935. His early career was tied to Cassavetes and he made his movie debut in an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ first film, “Shadows,” in 1958 and became an associate producer on the project. He co-starred with Cassavetes in “Too Late Blues” and “The Webster Boy” and appeared on “The Lloyd Bridges Show” in the episode “A Pair of Boots” directed by Cassavetes. His early TV credits included “Twelve O’Clock High,” “Combat!,
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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn To Star In ‘I Know This Much Is True’ HBO Limited Series

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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn To Star In ‘I Know This Much Is True’ HBO Limited Series
Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Rosie O’Donnell (Smilf), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) are set to star alongside Juliette Lewis (Camping) and Kathyrn Hahn (Mrs. Fletcher) opposite Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True, a six-episode limited drama series based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling book. The project, which has received a production commitment from HBO, hails from Mark Ruffalo, who stars in a dual role and executive produces; Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines); and FilmNation Entertainment.

Written, directed and executive produced by Cianfrance, the family saga follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, both played by Ruffalo, in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

Leo will play Ma (Concettina Ipolita Tempesta Birdsey), mother of Dominick and Thomas.

O’Donnell portrays Lisa Sheffer, a social worker
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Millennium Actress: Zhao Tao

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Jia Zhangke’s new feature Ash Is Purest White, opening in the Us this Friday, March 15, marks the Chinese director’s ninth collaboration with actress Zhao Tao. It’s now been twenty years since the pair first began working together, on Jia’s landmark feature Platform (2000); in the interim they’ve forged what is arguably the most fruitful artistic partnership in contemporary cinema. When I wrote the following article for Fireflies #3 in early 2016, Jia’s most recent feature Mountains May Depart (2015) seemed like a culmination of his and Zhao’s work up to that point—and it was. But now we have Ash Is Purest White, which takes the years-spanning premise of its predecessor even further, and, because of the film’s meta-textual relationship to Jia’s own corpus, feels like a truly summative work. Ash Is Purest White is indeed a grand tour through the pair’s filmography, following Zhao’s resilient heroine Qiao,
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The Notebook Has a Different Ending on Netflix UK and Fans Are Upset

Fans of The Notebook in the UK are in for a big surprise when they stream their favorite movie on Netflix.

In the UK, the streaming giant shows an alternate version of the ending for the Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams-starring 2004 romance.

Instead of the heartbreaking and beautiful ending that shows Noah and Ellie (played by James Garner and Gena Rowlands as elders) dying in the hospice bed together as she finally remembers him one last time, the movie ends more ambiguously with a shot of birds flying over a lake.

Netflix UK has since responded, tweeting: “We did
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Netflix UK Streams ‘The Notebook’ With Edited Ending, Author Nicholas Sparks Reacts

Netflix UK is under fire from fans of “The Notebook” for a reported edit to the film’s final scene that alters the conclusion of the story. In Nick Cassavetes’ adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name, the characters Noah and Allie die side by side while holding hands. The film is bookended by scenes of the elderly Allie and Noah (Gena Rowlands and James Garner). The former has dementia, and the film is framed around Noah reading to Allie the romantic story of their life. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams famously star in the film as the younger Noah and Allie.

Sparks was asked about the controversial Netflix edit while being interview on “Today.” According to reports, the Netflix UK edit of “The Notebook” ends before the characters’ death and instead cuts to a scene of flying birds. Sparks told “Today” he liked the original film
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Netflix Is Streaming a Version of The Notebook With a Totally Different Ending - Um, What?!

Is The Notebook a perfect movie? No - there are large swaths of people out there who believe James Marsden's character, Lon, deserved better, and I personally am not fond of the way Noah all but forces Allie into a date by threatening to kill himself on the Ferris wheel. But hey, it's The Notebook; we all know what we're signing up for when we watch it!

However, it seems Netflix has decided to either tweak the film's iconic, devastating ending, or air a rarely seen alternate ending now that the Nicholas Sparks adaptation is streaming on the platform in the UK. Naturally, fans are upset.

Warning: spoilers for the film's ending to follow. But also it's been 15 years, guys! Come on.

In the film, we bounce back and forth in time between two couples: Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams), and a much older pair in a
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10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Our Favorite Rom-Coms

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10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Our Favorite Rom-Coms
Everyone could use a little inspiration when it comes to gift-giving, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 10 novel gift ideas inspired by some of the most popular romantic comedies of all time.

Think the era of romantic comedies are over? Think again. As the massive success of 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians” proved, love stories with happy endings will always resonate, both with movie audiences and, hopefully, gift recipients alike. Here’s how to stream some of our favorite romantic films, along with ways to pick up the unique gifts that these fairytale flicks inspired.

1. The Notebook

The Notebook” follows the love story of Noah and Allie (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in flashbacks; James Garner and Gena Rowlands in present day), as the elder Noah reads from his journals to try and jog Allie’s memories of their past. Leave your love notes for
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‘The Notebook’ to Become a Broadway Musical

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So it’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be really hard. And we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. On Broadway.

Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel-turned-hit film “The Notebook” is headed to Broadway as a musical with producers Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch in association with Sparks, it was announced on Thursday.

The Notebook” was Sparks’ first published novel and opened on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of publication in 1996. Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands starred in the successful 2004 movie adaptation, directed by Nick Cassavetes. The story opened with Garner’s character reading from his notebook to Rowlands’ character, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, about the 1940 romance between a poor quarry worker and a 17-year-old heiress, played by Gosling and McAdams.
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‘The Notebook’ Musical Is Heading To Broadway; ‘This Is Us’ Producer & ‘The Way I Am’ Songwriter Will Write

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‘The Notebook’ Musical Is Heading To Broadway; ‘This Is Us’ Producer & ‘The Way I Am’ Songwriter Will Write
Nicholas SparksThe Notebook is headed to Broadway as a musical, with playwright and This Is Us supervising producer Bekah Brunstetter writing the book and “Girls Chase Boys” hit-maker Ingrid Michaelson handling music and lyrics.

“I am thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid in order to make The Notebook a reality on Broadway,” said author Sparks, whose 1996 book was turned into a 2004 film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. “They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart.”

The announcement was made today by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch, who will produce in association with Sparks. McCollum’s producing credits include, among many others, In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent and the current The Play That Goes Wrong and Mike Birbiglia’s The New One.

Deutsch is the founder of Sh-k-Boom & Ghostlight Records, a leading Broadway cast album imprint. Sh-k-Boom/Ghostlight has won
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Stephen Woolley & Elizabeth Karlsen To Receive BAFTA For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema

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Carol and Colette producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, co-founders of Number 9 Films, are to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 72nd BAFTAs on Sunday 10 February in London. Previous recipients of the prestigious BAFTA award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title, John Hurt and BBC Films.

Producing duo Woolley and Karlsen are among the most prolific indie film producers working in the UK today. Woolley began his career in the mid-70s before owning and running iconic repertory cinema, the Scala. Alongside Nik Powell, he founded Palace Pictures, distributing more than 250 films from the likes of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach as well as international hits like Paris, Texas, When Harry Met Sally and The Evil Dead. On the production side, 1983 marked the beginning of his collaboration with Neil Jordan. The Company of Wolves was their first film together, which was nominated for four BAFTAs.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal On ‘The Sexiness, Opera & Punk’ In Netflix’s ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

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After playing prostitute-turned-blockbuster porn director Candy Merrell on HBO’s gritty ’70s/’80s NYC crime drama The Deuce, portraying a Kindergarten teacher who yearns to become a poet in Netflix’s The Kindergarten Teacher “was the next step” says actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

And by “next step”, the Crazy Heart supporting actress Oscar nominee means a project that “is an articulation of me”.

While Candy maneuvers and rises to a position of control on The Deuce amid the chaos around her, Gyllenhaal’s Lisa Spinelli in Kindergarten Teacher is “a regular woman” falling apart. She lives a humdrum life with a blase husband, two teenage kids who disrespect her, but finds a creative muse in her five-year old student Jimmy (Parker Sevak). Ya see, Jimmy can write poetry off the top of his head. He becomes a fountainhead for Lisa who is struggling in a night school poetry course. She starts
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How many Greek directing gods have caught Oscar’s eye — and will ‘The Favourite’s’ helmer be next?

How many Greek directing gods have caught Oscar’s eye — and will ‘The Favourite’s’ helmer be next?
Among my predictions so far, two of the surest Oscar bets are that “The Favourite” and its director, Yorgos Lanthimos, will both make the ballot cut. Besides wooing the critics and earning an enviable 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, the bawdy art-house costume drama went from four venues to 34 this past weekend and has already grossed $1 million. Not bad on a budget of $15 million.

It doesn’t hurt that “The Favourite” ruled over the the British Independent Film Awards, winning a record 10 categories, including Best British Independent Film and Best Director.

Not since Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock has a filmmaker exhibited such a rich vein of nasty black humor. Apparently, moviegoers are eager to witness the likes of Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as 18th-century English cousins who viciously vie for the affections of Olivia Colman’s sickly Queen Anne. There is something quite satisfying about observing these ladies as they engage in naughty name-calling,
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‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet On Natalie Portman: ‘I Found My Gena Rowlands’ — IndieWire Honors

‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet On Natalie Portman: ‘I Found My Gena Rowlands’ — IndieWire Honors
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony will celebrate seven filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews and tributes from their peers all week.

Paying tribute to the people you admire most is a daunting task because of how it can unwittingly turn into a piling-on of generalities and platitudes – instead of describing the honoree, those platitudes often result in descriptions that could be about anybody, and for me, Natalie really isn’t just anybody. Before extolling the talents of my colleague and collaborator though, I’ll preface this all by saying that my sentiments come from the heart, and I do hope that it does her and her increasingly impressive body of work a little bit of justice.

I first took serious notice of Natalie in Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain.” I had met Anthony around the time of that
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Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival

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Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Jason Reitman wins the John Cassavetes award, the documentary “Race Against Time” gets a release and the Ray Harryhausen Foundation is planning “Force of the Trojans.”

Film Festivals

The Denver Film Festival has selected Jason Reitman as the recipient of its 2018 John Cassavetes Award for his work as a director, producer and writer.

The award was established in collaboration with Cassavetes’ spouse Gena Rowlands in 1989 and is presented to a film artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Cassavetes.

Reitman will screen his latest film, “The Front Runner,” on Nov. 8 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, followed by the presentation of the award. Reitman will be joined by his co-writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson for an onstage conversation about the film.

Reitman received Academy Award nominations for producing, directing
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Anthony Barnao, Veteran Casting Director, Dies at 65

Anthony Barnao, Veteran Casting Director, Dies at 65
Anthony Barnao, a casting director, theatrical producer and acting teacher, died Sept. 11 in Smithtown, New York, publicist Ken Werther announced. He was 65.

The cause of death was brain cancer.

As director of casting for movies and miniseries at CBS, Barnao worked on pilots, series and telefilms including Face of a Stranger (1991) starring Gena Rowlands and Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997).

His Barnao Co. cast four seasons of NBC's Profiler (1996-2000) and the cult classic Re-Animator (1985), and, with Reuben Canon, the inaugural season of the La Jolla Playhouse for Des McAnuff that included Tony winner Big River.

He also ...
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