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9 items from 2016


Gena Rowlands on Working With John Cassavetes, Why Everyone Loves ‘The Notebook’

13 July 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands are still considered the king and queen of independent cinema.

Operating outside the studio system, the husband and wife team created indelible portraits of working-class strivers and small-timers in such films as “A Woman Under the Influence,” “Gloria” and “Faces.” Those works, as well as seven others, will screen as part of a retrospective at New York’s Metrograph theater from July 15-25. The career appreciation will include such Cassavetes and Rowlands pairings as “Love Streams” and “Opening Night,” along with films that Cassavetes directed without his wife and muse, such as “A Child is Waiting” and “Husbands.”

Cassavetes died in 1989, but Rowlands has remained active, appearing on the big and small screen in the likes of “The Notebook,” “Hysterical Blindness” and “Unhook the Stars.” She spoke with Variety about Cassavetes’ legacy, how roles improved for actresses and why she loves Bette Davis.

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- Brent Lang

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Class of 1986: Six Horror & Sci-Fi Movies Released in 1986 That Deserve More Love

10 July 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When it comes to horror and sci-fi movies from 1986, there are several milestone titles that always come to mind first: Aliens, The Fly, Blue Velvet, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Manhunter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, or even Psycho III, just to name a few. But like any great year of cinema, there are always a few underrated gems that get overshadowed along the way and should receive a little extra love. Here are six films from 1986 that I think deserve to be on every genre fan’s radar:

F/X: A movie about a special effects artist who gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, at a time when practical effects were in their heyday? Yes, please. F/X isn’t a film I hear a ton of folks talk about, but it has been on cable a lot lately, which means I’ve spent a few nights revisiting it, »

- Heather Wixson

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Gvn Releasing Pacts With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

30 June 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gvn Releasing and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have signed a multi-year worldwide home entertainment distribution agreement, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sphe will distribute and market Gvn Releasing’s films globally in both physical and digital formats.

Gvn is an independent distributor of inspirational and family-friendly content targeted toward women as well as faith-based and family audiences. Its upcoming titles include “A Girl Like Grace,” starring Meagan Good, Raven-Symone, Garcelle Beauvais and Romeo Miller; “The Fight Within,” starring John Majors; and “Freeway Ricky Ross,” directed by Reginald Hudlin from a script by the Clune brothers and Nick Cassavetes.

Gvn Releasing recently completed a joint venture with Rgm-New Breed to form Rgm-New Breed Film Group, which will produce and market five films theatrically over the next three years, with Sphe set to handle all home entertainment distribution. Rgm-New Breed focuses on faith and family-friendly films, Christian and gospel music, »

- Dave McNary

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’Star Trek Beyond’ Team Cancels Cannes Lions Event To Mourn Anton Yelchin

21 June 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actor Anton Yelchin tragically died on Sunday morning in a freak automobile accident at the age of 27. His next film was the third installment in the “Star Trek” reboot series “Star Trek Beyond,” scheduled to be released next month. The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” was set to appear at the 2016 Cannes Lion advertising exhibition for a Q&A on Wednesday. Now, Deadline reports that Paramount and the cast have cancelled the appearance entirely out of respect for the late actor.

Read More: What Was Your Favorite Anton Yelchin Performance? — CriticWire Survey

Their statement reads: “All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Anton Yelchin. Out of respect, we are withdrawing our participation in the previously announced ‘Star Trek Beyond’ event at Cannes Lions this week.”

Yelchin first broke through with starring roles in Nick Cassavetes’ crime drama “Alpha Dog” and the teen dramedy “Charlie Bartlett. »

- Vikram Murthi

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A Critic’s Appreciation of Anton Yelchin’s Career, From His Eerie ‘ER’ Debut to ‘Star Trek’

19 June 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a talent whose career was cut short by an accident at the age of 27, Anton Yelchin leaves behind an unusually long list of credits. Of course, it helps that he started young. Yelchin was only 10 when he made his TV debut on “ER.” It was a role that’s chilling to revisit in light of today’s tragedy, considering that Yelchin played a boy who survived a deadly crash. With scrapes on his face and his arm in a splint, Yelchin listens as Goran Visnjic delivers the news that his parents died in the operating room, and in a moment far more adult than his age, he asks to see their bodies.

In that first screen performance, we see the paradox the persisted for the rest of Yelchin’s career — that mix of uncanny maturity and childlike vulnerability, characterized by soulful, saucer-like eyes; the sort of face whose cheeks »

- Peter Debruge

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Film Review: ‘The Choice’

4 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Now pay attention, because I’m about to tell you the secret of life.” These would be hard opening lines for any film to live up to, but when spoken at the beginning of “The Choice” — the latest, and quite possibly worst, tissue-thin weepie to issue forth from the Nicholas Sparks page-to-screen assembly line— the gulf between what’s promised and what’s delivered is wide enough to be spotted from space. Beginning as a merely mediocre retread of standard Sparksian tropes, veering off into self-parody around the hour-mark, and finally concluding with one of the most brazenly cynical climaxes recently committed to film, “The Choice” presents audiences with a fairly easy decision at the multiplex.

In spite of his status as a critical punching bag, Sparks is usually a successful storyteller. At least, successful stories have been told with his assistance. Nick Cassavetes’ 2004 adaptation of “The Notebook,” to cite the most obvious example, »

- Andrew Barker

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The Critical Test Facing a Former Relativity Division

27 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From the ashes of the Relativity Media bankruptcy comes … Critical Content. That’s the new moniker for the Relativity Television division that was acquired in October by Relativity’s major creditors as part of the parent company’s bankruptcy brawl last fall.

Critical CEO Tom Forman and president Andrew Marcus have spent the past three months re-engineering operations after the detachment from Relativity. The process has been greased by a $75 million equity influx from the new owners, led by Anchorage Capital. Although Anchorage is a major investor in MGM, there are no plans to meld Critical with the Lion’s television operations.

“We have been plotting out plans for 2016 and 2017, and figuring out how we’re going to deploy a tremendous amount of capital,” Forman said.

Among the priorities for Critical is revving up its scripted series development. In the past few weeks, the company has set up a drama »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Relativity Television Relaunches After Post-Bankruptcy Split as Critical Content (Exclusive)

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From the ashes of the Relativity Media bankruptcy comes … Critical Content. That’s the new moniker for the Relativity Television division that was acquired in October by Relativity’s major creditors as part of the parent company’s bankruptcy brawl last fall.

Critical CEO Tom Forman and president Andrew Marcus have spent the past three months re-engineering operations after the detachment from Relativity. The process has been greased by a $75 million equity influx from the new owners, led by Anchorage Capital. Although Anchorage is a major investor in MGM, there are no plans to meld Critical with the Lion’s television operations.

“We have been plotting out plans for 2016 and 2017, and figuring out how we’re going to deploy a tremendous amount of capital,” Forman said.

Among the priorities for Critical is revving up its scripted series development. In the past few weeks, the company has set up a drama »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Unusual Career of First-Time Oscar Nom Rachel McAdams

21 January 2016 6:02 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Rachel McAdams earned the first Oscar nomination of her career last week for her role as a Boston Globe reporter in director Tom McCarthy’s journalism drama, Spotlight. The 37-year-old actress has had an interesting career, flirting with bonafide movie star status but never quite reaching the heights of box office draws such as Scarlett Johansson.

Still, her resume is littered with collaborations with big-name stars and respected directors. Often seen as a rom-com or love story drama star, looking back at McAdams roster of films shows that the actress has had a much more diverse career then the public perception would imply.

Now, dead-center in a best supporting actress race with no clear front runner, in which Kate Winslet has won the Golden Globe for Steve Jobs while Swedish breakout Alicia Vikander took home the Critics’ Choice Award for The Danish Girl, McAdams may »

- Patrick Shanley

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