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Gena Rowlands movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Woman Under the Influence,’ ‘Gloria,’ ‘The Notebook’

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Gena Rowlands movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Woman Under the Influence,’ ‘Gloria,’ ‘The Notebook’
Gena Rowlands celebrates her 89th birthday on June 19, 2019. The Oscar-nominated thespian made a name for herself thanks to a series of manic, high-wire performances in several films, many of them directed by her late husband, indie maverick John Cassavetes. But how many of her titles remain classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of Rowlands’s greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After making a name for herself with bit parts onstage and onscreen, Rowlands flourished when she became the muse of Cassavetes, who she married in 1954. A fellow performer, Cassavetes would raise money from appearing in movies like “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) and “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), immediately funneling the funds into his own projects. His wife was usually front and center, as were their family members and friends.

SEEHonorary Oscars: Full gallery of acting recipients includes Charlie Chaplin, Angela Lansbury, Gena Rowlands

Rowlands’s
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Gena Rowlands movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Gena Rowlands movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Gena Rowlands celebrates her 89th birthday on June 19, 2019. The Oscar-nominated thespian made a name for herself thanks to a series of manic, high-wire performances in several films, many of them directed by her late husband, indie maverick John Cassavetes. But how many of her titles remain classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of Rowlands’s greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After making a name for herself with bit parts onstage and onscreen, Rowlands flourished when she became the muse of Cassavetes, who she married in 1954. A fellow performer, Cassavetes would raise money from appearing in movies like “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) and “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), immediately funneling the funds into his own projects. His wife was usually front and center, as were their family members and friends.

Rowlands’s operatic performances were a perfect match for her husband’s improvisational, energetic films, including
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Michelle Williams & Julianne Moore in Trailer for 'After the Wedding'

"You tell her or I will." Sony Classics has unveiled the official trailer for the film After the Wedding, an English-language remake of the Danish film of the same name (released in 2006) directed by Susanne Bier. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year as one of the Opening Night films, showcasing the talent of the two lead actresses - Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore. Williams plays the manager of an orphanage in Kolkata, who travels to New York City to meet a millionaire benefactor. What starts out as a simple drama, turns into an intense interpersonal thriller, with some big twists and turns which this trailer hints at. Co-starring Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn, Will Chase, Doris McCarthy, and Eisa Davis. This trailer alone shows how talented of an actress Michelle Williams is, and how great it is to see her in any film. Here's the official Us trailer
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‘Network’ Director Ivo Van Hove On Old Movies, New Dances, David Bowie And What ‘All About Eve’ & ‘West Side Story’ Say Today – Tony Watch Q&A

Network, All About Eve, West Side Story – a really good day’s Netflix queue as well as the latest entries on the resume of Belgian-born theater director Ivo van Hove. Tony-nominated for his direction of Broadway’s Network, the artistic director of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam has built a reputation for experimental revisions of Hollywood and Broadway classics that next season will grow to include a Broadway staging of West Side Story that has already made headlines for what it will not include: the seminal Jerome Robbins choreography.

And this weekend sees the final London performance of All About Eve, van Hove’s multi-media take on Hollywood’s greatest Broadway story, with Gillian Anderson in the role made famous by Bette Davis. The play at the Noel Coward Theatre
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Video: First Look at Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny amp Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny amp Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Benny amp Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 700pm.
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Review Roundup: Critics Weigh in On Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny amp Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny amp Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Benny amp Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 700pm.
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Cult Classics Like ‘Black Christmas,’ ‘Caged Heat,’ and ‘Chopping Mall’ Could Be Headed to a Theater Near You

The American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive and distributor in the world, has teamed up with Shout! Factory for a wide-ranging new theatrical partnership that will see a slew of cult classics heading back into theaters. Agfa will distribute 50 film classics from Shout! Factory’s movie library to theaters this year, following similar collaborations with home video labels like Arrow Films, Severin Films, and Vinegar Syndrome.

The Austin-based Afga has selected a number of shlock-tastic titles like “Black Christmas,” “Chopping Mall,” “Caged Heat,” and both “Slumber Party Massacre” and its sequel to release back into theaters. The deal also includes a number of bonafide classics as well, including John Ford’s “Stagecoach,” John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence,” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Foreign Correspondent.”

“We could not be more thrilled about this partnership,” said Agfa Head of Business Affairs Alicia Coombs in an official statement.
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Video: Watch Clips of Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny amp Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny amp Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Benny amp Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 700pm.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny amp Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny amp Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Benny amp Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 700pm.
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New York Indian Film Festival 2019 has very exciting line-up including Ritesh Batra’s Photograph

The prestigious New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff), which begins May 7th and runs through May 12th, has announced its exciting line up of showcase films for Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night.

North America’s longest-running Indian Film Festival, the esteemed New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff), screens premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain and educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City.

About this year’s line-up, Festival Director Aseem Chhabra stated, “We are proud to share a wonderful collection of new films from India. This selection of exceptional titles showcases the beauty,
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Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84

Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84
Actor Seymour Cassel has passed away. He was 84-years old. Cassel died Sunday, April 7th in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to his son, Matt.

The actor was best-known for appearing in several John Cassavetes projects over the years and worked with Wes Anderson on Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Cassel was also known for being a versatile talent that made him an admired character actor in the entertainment industry.

Seymour Cassel got his start in acting after studying with Stella Adler at Carnegie Hall. It was there he saw an ad for "Free Scholarships - John Cassavetes Workshop, Variety Arts Building," which changed his life forever. He went and met up with Cassavetes, spoke to him for an hour, and then went to the set to watch the iconic director work and ended up with a job as a cameraman.
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Seymour Cassel, ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Minnie and Moskowitz’ Actor, Dead at 84

Seymour Cassel, ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Minnie and Moskowitz’ Actor, Dead at 84
Seymour Cassel, a revered actor beloved by cinephiles for his frequent collaborations with John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died. The actor was 84. An Oscar nominee for his performance in “Faces,” his third of seven films with Cassavetes, Cassel worked with Anderson on “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

The thespian had more than 200 acting credits to his name throughout his nearly 60-year career, which began with a role in Cassavetes’ “Shadows.” He wasn’t confined to independent productions, however, with roles in films like “Dick Tracy,” “Indecent Proposal,” and “Tin Men” balancing his more arthouse-inclined fare. Even so, he made it clear in a 1997 discussion with IndieWire where his allegiance was: “Independent film is film that has thought in it. There’s no independent thought in studio films. It’s collective thought,” he said.

“With independent film, simply because they don’t have the
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Agnes Varda’s Long-Term Legacy: Why It Took Decades For American Audiences to Appreciate Her Work

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Agnes Varda’s Long-Term Legacy: Why It Took Decades For American Audiences to Appreciate Her Work
Agnes Varda is deservedly eulogized in newspapers and on social media all over America today, but critics, programmers and audiences in the U.S. took time in recognizing her accomplishments. It took several decades for her work gain appreciation in the U.S., and during that time, I witnessed Varda’s ability to continue evolving as an artist every step of the way.

While Varda’s debut feature, “La Pointe Courte” (1955) has yet to have a theatrical release in America, her early short, “L’Opera Mouffe” (1958), was distributed by Cinema 16, an important film club run by Amos and Marcia Vogel in the 50’s and early 60’s dedicated to the showing and release of experimental and avant-garde cinema. The film won some notoriety because of its casual nudity — then still rare on American screens — and it was booked in film societies around the country seeding the bed for later Varda appreciation.
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Ashton Sanders Leads the First Trailer for ‘Native Son’

After his breakthrough performance in Moonlight, Ashton Sanders finally received a major leading role at Sundance Film Festival this year with their Opening Night film Native Son. Although produced by A24, the studio sold it to HBO and ahead of a release this April, they’ve debuted the first teaser trailer. Directed by Rashid Johnson, the Richard Wright adaptation follows Sanders’ character living in Chicago who gets hired as a driver for an affluent family.

Jake Howell said in his Sundance review, “In Native Son—artist Rashid Johnson’s feature film debut and adaptation of the 1940 Richard Wright novel of the same name—Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders finds himself once again in a similarly complex, utterly electrifying coming-of-age triptych. Fortunately, in this 2019 Sundance highlight, Sanders is given a canvas all his own: one that’s spacious enough for him to fully let loose and create that rare sort of character
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Jessica Pratt Lets the World In

A few years ago, Jessica Pratt attended a screening of Opening Night, the 1977 cult classic film from director John Cassavetes. A gut-wrenching portrayal of the psychological nightmares that can go into sharing art with the world, the movie went on to become a source of inspiration as she wrote her upcoming third record, Quiet Signs (out February 8th via Mexican Summer/City Slang). “Sometimes when you see a film, especially an emotional, anguishing film like that, it can just simmer in your subconscious for a while,” Pratt says. “It definitely did that for me.
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Jude Has Star Support on His Broadway Hamlet Opening Night

Jude Law took the stage for Hamlet's official opening on Broadway last night. His show got great reviews during his run on London's West End earlier this year, and now he's ready to conquer New York audiences. He worked up a sweat and had some celebrity support for his big night including Natalie Portman who rushed through the red carpet and Ed Westwick who had his usual faces all ready for the cameras. Ed's famous expressions are just part of what landed him on Buzz's list of influential men on TV. Jude kept the celebration going right into the afterparty. His run goes until December 6 and then it's time to promote Sherlock Holmes, which may already have a sequel in the works. View 15 Photos › More photos including Ed Westwick, Natalie Portman and Jude Law so read more. View 15 Photos ›
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Bww TV: Broadway Beat Sneak Peek of Superior Donuts Opening Night

The Broadway transfer of Steppenwolf's new American play "Superior Donuts" at the Music Box Theatre celebrated its official opening night on Thursday, October 1, 2009. BroadwayWorld.com and Broadway Beat's cameras were there as the cast celebrated at the RedRye Grill Restaurant after the first night performance. Check out all the excitement with clips from the show and interviews from the cast and creative!
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2 or 3 Things I Learned at Nyff Opening Night

During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here’s what I learned at the 47th Nyff opening night: They still program well. The lineup looks as strong and varied as ever (crammed as usual with Cannes leftovers) under program director Richard Pena and his current film pickers—Jim …
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Light Camera and Action! Opening night at Tiff .09

This will be a quick update, but I just wanted to post some info about my night so far. Yes, the fun has begun and I.m just in-between my gigs for the first night of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.A little over an hour ago I left Roy Thomson Hall where they were holding the red carpet for the gala opening film, director Jon Amiel.s Creation, which examines the life of Charles Darwin. In addition to Amiel, stars Jennifer Connelly and her real-life husband Paul Bettany walked the red carpet, not to mention the great-great-grandson of Darwin, Randal Keynes.So, now I.m recharging on a coffee while I charge up my laptop for the two-hour wait ahead of me on the red carpet for Jennifer.s Body, where I.ll be getting photos of Megan Fox and Adam Brody.After that I.ll have one more update for the night,
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Urbanworld Film Festival Announces "Law Abiding Citizen" As Opening Night Selection

The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival has announced the opening night selection for the event. Overture Films' "Law Abiding Citizen" will be aired on the first night of the star-studded film event on September 23.

The dramatic thriller, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx and directed by F. Gary Gary ("The Italian Job"), is set to hit nationwide theaters on October 16. But before that, Urbanworld film fest goers will be able to watch it ahead of the release date.

The film will tell the story of a man who decides to exact revenge on his family's killers, as well as the criminal justice system. Michael Gambon, Viola Davis, and Leslie Bibb also star.

Urbanworld also announces the 2009 official selections for the narrative feature, documentary feature, short documentary, and short narrative categories. It will screen 68 films for this year's event.
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