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Briefs: Bear Grylls Gets Wild With Zac and Channing, “Dear White People,” And Lifetime To Air “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story”

19 June 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Macklemore (above), who is 31, Kathleen Turner is 60, Zoe Saldana is 36, Paula Abdul is 52, and Gena Rowlands is 84.

Today is the “March For Marriage,” and I recommend heading to Good As You for a round-up of the insanity on display.

Oh Lady Gaga. So it turns out this was a real thing, and not just an urban legend.

Here’s the first teaser trailer for Dear White People, which will be out in October. But I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about it before then.

Running Wild With Bear Grylls debuts on NBC in July, in which “Grylls takes celebrities into the remote locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey.” Celebs lined up include Zac Efron and Channing Tatum.


Here’s the newest teaser for Gotham, which focuses on the villains.

Lifetime To Air The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story. »

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Kirsten Dunst Goes Topless for Madame Figaro -- See the Sexy Pic!

5 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Kirsten Dunst isn't afraid to show a lot of skin!The "Melancholia" star graces the cover of the June issue of Madame Figaro, where she poses completely topless in a pair of jeans.The actress, who has been a household name since "Interview With a Vampire," admits that she envies the effortless glamour of some of Hollywood's leading ladies, including Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston, Julianne Moore and Charlotte Rampling. "[They are] women who have confidence in themselves, who do not seek to prove anything. It is a quality that is lost among young actresses," she tells the mag. Although she has appeared in big-budget productions like "Spider-Man," Dunst feels more appreciated by her fans in France, than in the United States.  "I feel more appreciated, more special, in France," she explains. "In the United States, if you are not in the latest superhero movie, people will forget. In France, it is different »

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'Parts Per Billion' Clip with Rosario Dawson and Josh Hartnett | Exclusive

4 June 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Parts Per Billion tells the story of three couples forced to make life-altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war that threatens to destroy the human race. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len, Mia, Andy, Esther, Anna and Erik are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billions who are facing this human-made biological disaster. An end of the world drama starring Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella, Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, and Alexis Bledel, Millennium Entertainment released Parts Per Billion on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Check out our exclusive clip which finds Rosario Dawson and Josh Hartnett discussing the possiblity of having children sometime in the near future.

Parts Per Billion was released June 3rd, 2014 and stars Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, Frank Langella, Conor Leslie. The film is directed by Brian Horiuchi. »

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Kirsten Dunst Disses United States; Feels More Appreciated in France

2 June 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kirsten Dunst shows why she’s one of the most under-rated actresses in Hollywood in a stunning photo spread for the June issue of Madame Le Figaro. She poses topless and her sex kitten look is hailed as très French. She believes glamor should be effortless and natural. She thinks actresses like Charlotte Rampling, Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston and Julianne Moore share that quality. ...Read More »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Love Streams

27 May 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands star in Cassavetes's Love Streams.

The electric filmmaker John Cassavetes (Shadows, Faces) and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence) give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart in the 1984 drama Love Streams.

Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is one of Cassavetes’s most truly personal works. It’s a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling as it examines the nature of love in all its forms.

Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo editions of Love Streams contain the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

• New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura

New video essay on actor »

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Criterion Announces August Titles, Almodóvar and Cuarón Films Included

16 May 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Criterion Collection has just got its hands on some awesome titles that will be released come August. Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón's sexy coming of age road trip drama, "Y tu mamá también" and Pedro Almodovar's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" are among the mix. Check out the full list with some of the perks being offered below (Descriptions provided by Criterion Collection). "Love Streams" (1984) Director: John Cassavetes The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes ("Shadows") and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands ("A Woman Under the Influence") give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, "Love Streams" is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes’s last truly personal work. »

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Cassavetes, Almodovar and Cuaron Top Criterion's Heavenly Late-Summer Lineup

16 May 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mark your calendars, cinephiles. From a rarely seen John Cassavetes masterpiece to an iconic 1970s musical, The Criterion Collection's Summer lineup couldn't be sweeter. (Watch clips below.) First up on August 12 is Cassavetes' penultimate film "Love Streams." Once in a blue moon, this delirious psychodrama from 1984 pops up at repertory theaters, but over the years it has been something of an elusive treasure for film-lovers. It stars Cassavetes himself, and the always-operatic Gena Rowlands, as debauched siblings who reconvene over the course of a few days while Sarah (Rowlands) tries to broker custody of her daughter, and Robert (Cassavetes), a writer, drinks and smokes himself to near-death. Wrought with soul-crushingly good performances, it's one of Cassavetes' most dreamlike and, as it were, most personal films. On August 19, two films from Spanish-speaking masters hit shelves: Alfonso Cuaron's menage-a-trois travelogue "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2002), and Pedro Almodovar's splashy »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Y Tu Mama Tambien' and 'All That Jazz' Among Criterion's August 2014 Releases

15 May 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Criterion has announced their upcoming August 2014 titles, which will begin on August 12 with John Cassavetes' Love Streams in which Cassavetes stars alongside Gena Rowlands as middle-aged brother and sister who find themselves caring for one another after the other loves in their lives abandon them. The film has been fully restored, comes with a new audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura, a video essay, interviews and more. Next is Alfonso Cuaron's Y tu mama tambien, the Mexico-set road story starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal that put Cuaron on the map. Set for release on August 19, the 2K digital restoration was supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by Cuar?n and comes with two new making of features, an interview with philosopher Slavoj ?i?ek, deleted scenes, Carlos Cuaron's 2002 short film You Owe Me One and more. Also on August 19 comes Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up! »

- Brad Brevet

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Gena Rowlands At "A Woman Under The Influence" Screening, L.A. May 28

12 May 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

A Woman Under The Influence 40th Anniversary Screening In Los Angeles

By Todd Garbarini

Probably the best known film of the late film director John Cassavetes’ career, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a screening at the Landmark Theatre at 10850 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90064 on Wednesday, May28th at 7:00 pm. The film’s star, actress Gena Rowlands, is scheduled to appear in person.

From the press release:

In Person!

An Evening with

Star Gena Rowlands!

Director John Cassavetes'

A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

40th Anniversary!

Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00pm

at The Landmark

A Woman Under the Influence received two Oscar© nominations in 1974—best actress Gena Rowlands and best director John Cassavetes. The film tells the story of a wife and mother whose unstable behavior leads her husband (Peter Falk) to commit her to a mental institution. At the time of its release, »

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'Penny Dreadful' star Josh Hartnett buys into TV

8 May 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — A big reason film actors are drawn to TV is that it offers the sort of character-driven projects found less and less in a movie world tilted toward blockbusters. That's partly why Josh Hartnett jumped into "Penny Dreadful," an eight-part series debuting Sunday on Showtime (10 p.m. Edt) as part of a free preview weekend. He plays a troubled American, a gun for hire, ensnared by Victorian London's dark side in the horror drama-cum-psychological study. Hartnett also appreciated the guarantee that the project would be marketed and presented to an audience, something he's become painfully aware isn't always the case with independent films. "I've had worthy films not get a correct release, and have people come up to me later and say how much they enjoyed the film," seen after the fact online or on DVD, he said. "It's gratifying to know that people go back and see stuff, »

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Love May Not Survive in Parts Per Billion Home Entertainment Release

7 May 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Love is put to the test in the home entertainment release of the star-studded film, ‘Parts Per Billion,’ which will be distributed on June 3 by Millennium Entertainment on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray. The sci-fi drama will also be available for an early digital download beginning on May 20. ‘Parts Per Billion’ was written and helmed by first time feature film director, Brian Horiuchi. The end-of-days film features an ensemble cast, including Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley and Alexis Bledel. The following synopsis for ‘Parts Per Billion’ has been released by Millennium Entertainment: ‘Parts Per Billion’ tells the story of three couples which  [ Read More ]

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Paradigm Signs Frank Langella

6 May 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paradigm has just classed up the place by signing Frank Langella, the three-time Tony winner. This just before the Cannes Film Festival opening-night film Grace Of Monaco, which Langella stars in with Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. He’s coming off Draft Day and the Tribeca film 5 To 7, and soon stars opposite Gena Rowlands in the Millennium thriller Parts Per Billion. He also lent his voice to Noah and soon will be heard in the Salma Hayek-produced animated film The Prophet. Langella   recently completed an acclaimed run in King Lear on the UK stage and brought it to Brooklyn Academy of Music. He’ll be repped for film and TV by Paradigm’s Andrew Ruf and remains lawyered by Sendroff & Baruch. »


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TheBacklot Interview: Cheyenne Jackson

24 April 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Whether he’s on stage, television or film, Cheyenne Jackson is hard to ignore. Maybe it’s his tall, classically handsome looks or the fact that he’s just so damn comfortable in his own skin. Regardless, there’s an irresistible appeal to the man that has served him (and us) very well.

While his work in 30 Rock and Glee and films like Behind The Candelabra and United 93 brought him attention for his acting skills, his heart is and always will be with music. This weekend he brings his “Music Of The Mad Men Era” show with the La Philharmonic to downtown La’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’ll be joined by Jane Lynch, Rebecca Romijn and musical director Ben Toth for the one-night-only performance.

Earlier this week, TheBacklot sat down with Jackson at The Abbey in West Hollywood to talk about his career, being out, tattoos, how »

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Tatiana Maslany Talks Orphan Black, Getting Through Season 2 on Adrenaline, Developing the Different Clones and Their Backstory, and More

15 April 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Season 2 of the BBC America dramatic conspiracy thriller Orphan Black sees Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter.  The wild pursuit brings her head-to-head with ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), and Sarah, along with her clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany), struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken lives while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted. During this interview to promote the return of the show, the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany, who expertly pulls off playing every clone, talked about running on adrenaline to get through the season, developing the different clones, doing a backstory for each clone, how she gets into each character, the process for shooting more than one clone in the same scene, how this project has changed her, what it’s like to be in the public eye, mastering all of the different accents, »

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Woody Allen Wednesdays - Another Woman & Hannah and Her Sisters

2 April 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Another Woman & Hannah and Her Sisters...

Simon Columb on Another Woman...

Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) didn’t realise she was hated. An upper middle-class intellectual (like many of Woody Allen’s characters), she’s a professor of Philosophy who overhears a neighbour (Mia Farrow) revealing her private life to a psychiatrist. Self-disciplined and successful, Marion should be considered an inspiration – but alas, she lacks passion. Her husband (Ian Holm) mocks the idea of sex on the floorboards and the potential lover (Gene Hackman) that got away was rebuffed despite a mutual attraction. Bearing similarities to his latest film, »

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Oscar Loves a Woman on the Edge: Eight Iconic Best Actress Snubs (Clips)

25 February 2014 10:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Why does cinema favor the mad woman? It's easy to see why Oscar does: roles like Jasmine French give an actress space to not only chew but swallow and spit up scene after scene. Cate Blanchett will almost certainly win Best Actress this year for her frittered, diabolical performance in "Blue Jasmine" as cinema's archetypical woman-on-the-verge: that pill-popping, martini-swilling mad Medea who men fear and women sometimes dream of (being? playing? escaping into?).Thus, here are eight classic Oscar snubs in the Best Actress category. Bow down to Gena Rowlands in "A Woman Under the Influence." Watch clips after the jump. Also, check out our Toh! feature on eight scene-stealing female performances from 2013.1940 Who Won: Ginger Rogers ("Kitty Foyle") Who Should've Won: Joan Fontaine ("Rebecca") Who Was Nominated: Bette Davis ("The Letter"), Katharine Hepburn ("The Philadelphia Story"), Martha Scott ("Our Town") Hitchock's delirious and deliciously twisted English gothic »

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Xyz Films racks up Berlin sales

19 February 2014 4:39 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Fast-rising global genre specialist Xyz Films has reported a strong response to its recent Berlin sales slate led by Brian Horiuchi’s ensemble sci-fi drama Parts Per Billion.

Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Frank Langella and Gena Rowlands star in the film produced by Molly Hassell, Jennifer Levine and Michael Benaroya.

Deals have closed with Phase 4 Films for Canada, Village Roadshow for Australia/New Zealand, Nu Metro for South Africa, Karantania for the former Yugoslavia, Cinema Prestige for Russia, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Calinos for Turkey, Pictureworks for India, Fine Films for Japan and Ram Entertainment for Malaysia.

A Us acquisition is understood to be pending. The film wrapped production in Detroit last year and tells of three couples dealing with the same reality-shaking event.

Horror-comedy musical Stage Fright, the imminent SXSW world premiere directed by Jerome Sable and starring Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf »

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

15 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cate Blanchett shines as a woman on the verge in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, while elsewhere Alec Baldwin disappoints

With apologies to Dylan Farrow, who would attach sterner moral implications to this question than those I intend: what's your favourite Woody Allen movie of the 21st century? It's been a slightly painful question for a while now, usually drawing less-than-ringing endorsements along the lines of: "Midnight in Paris was harmless enough", or: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona, if you mute the voiceover bits." At last, however, there's an easy answer: Blue Jasmine (Warner, 12), imperfect as it is in fractious and interesting ways, is something genuinely remarkable.

Much of that comes down to Cate Blanchett's daring, last-nerve performance as the title character, a spoilt society wife experiencing the mother of all Xanax comedowns after her husband is jailed for tax fraud – a tragicomic turn of Gena Rowlands proportions that is all »

- Guy Lodge

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Berlin Film Review: ‘If You Don’t, I Will’

14 February 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Breaking up is hard to do, yet entirely pleasurable to watch, in “If You Don’t, I Will,” an effortless fifth feature from writer-helmer Sophie Fillieres that goes down with the mildly spiked smoothness of a chilled chenin blanc — or, to reference its single funniest gag, deep-frozen champagne. Distinguished by exquisite performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric as a bourgeois couple unsure when to call time on their marriage, the pic initially follows the dry, droll template set by so many tasteful French relationship dramedies, before venturing into less comforting emotional territory for its final act. Moderate international arthouse exposure beckons for this Berlinale Panorama premiere, which opens March 5 in France.

In one of her more harried moods, Devos’ solitude-seeking protagonist introduces herself as “Gena Rowlands” to a bemused stranger, which is least a partial indication of what Fillieres is aiming for tonally with this study of splintered hearts. »

- Guy Lodge

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'True Detective's' Michelle Monaghan: Robert Downey Jr. was her improv guru

10 February 2014 | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

For someone having an accidental career, Michelle Monaghan -- Maggie on HBO's "True Detective" -- is doing pretty well.

The 37-year-old actress grew up in a town of 700, Winthrop, Iowa, and daydreamed of becoming a journalist.

"I grew up loving current events," Monaghan tells Zap2it. "You grow up looking out when there are not a lot of other things going on in your hometown."

Monaghan lived in town, but her family had a farm and grew corn and beans. Her summer vacations were spent detasseling corn.

"I would go through rows and snap it off for $5 an hour," she says. Monaghan left Winthrop for Chicago, where she put herself through college by modeling for catalogs.

"This acting thing landed in my lap," she says. "They were looking for an actress on 'Young Americans' on The WB. Ian Somerhalder and Kate Bosworth came out of there."

At that point, »


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