Category Archives: Actors

Gena Rowlands: A Life in Film

For Roger Ebert, I discuss Gena Rowlands’ extraordinary 6-decade career in all its facets, not just the productive Cassavetes years. She did a lot of television, and, as she got older, smaller parts in movies with large ensembles, but these … Continue reading

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Gena and Spike

Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee with their Honorary Oscars. Look at their hands. As my friend Felicia commented: “Game recognize game.”

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Gena Rowlands’ Oscar Speech Last Night

Listen to that ovation. Feel the emotion in that room! The explosion when she mentions “my late husband …” She is one of a kind and every single person – even big stars and A-list actresses – know it. The … Continue reading

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Governors Awards Last Night: Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds

The Motion Picture Academy’s Governors Awards happened last night, honoring Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands with Honorary Oscars, and Debbie Reynolds (who was too ill to attend) with the Humanitarian Award. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy, started off … Continue reading

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Coming on Nov. 23 in the UK: The Quiet Man released on Blu-Ray (for the first time)

John Ford’s The Quiet Man (1952), starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (with Ford regulars Victor McLaglen and Ward Bond in supporting roles), is being released on Blu-Ray in the UK for the very first time. Released by Masters of … Continue reading

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Mia Farrow on Gena Rowlands

Mia Farrow on Gena Rowlands in Lonely are the Brave in 1962: “I had seen her when I was a teenager in Lonely Are the Brave with Kirk Douglas. I’d never seen anyone that beautiful with a certain gravitas. It … Continue reading

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Associated Press: “What is the movie experience you’d most like to forget or do differently?” Gena Rowlands: “If I have something I like to forget, then I forget it.”

Gena Rowlands celebrates 6 decades in film with honorary Oscar: The Associated Press interview with Gena Rowlands. That exchange in the title is my favorite bit, but there is tons more great stuff there, involving a funny anecdote about Bette … Continue reading

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Gena Rowlands: “What Movies Mean to Me”

The Lifetime Achievement Oscar ceremony is happening this Saturday, November 14th. The honorees for Honorary Awards are Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, and Gena Rowlands. If you’ve been following along, then you know my involvement in this whole thing, an experience … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen, aka “Leatherface”

Gannar Hansen, the original villain in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has died at the age of 68. In his 2013 book Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, Hansen wrote: The reason I want … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh in “The Mask of Virtue,” the West End production that made her a sensation in 1935 Review of “The Mask of Virtue,” calling out Leigh’s performance Vivien Leigh, again, in “The Mask of Virtue” 4 years before Gone … Continue reading

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