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Seymour Cassel Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actor In John Cassavetes & Wes Anderson Pics Was 84

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Seymour Cassel Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actor In John Cassavetes & Wes Anderson Pics Was 84
Seymour Cassel, an Oscar-nominated longtime actor whose 200-plus screen credits include several John Cassavetes movies and three for Wes Anderson, died Sunday of Alzheimer’s complications in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Cassel scored a Supporting Actor Oscar nom for Cassavetes’ 1968 film Faces, a role that also earned him a trophy from the National Society of Film Critics. He appeared in about a half-dozen of Cassavetes’ films and also acted opposite him in a few others. Anderson cast Cassel in his films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Rushmore (1998).

Cassel also was active in pre-merger SAG politics, running for national president in 2007 and 2009.

Born on January 22, 1935, in Detroit, Cassel’s film debut was an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ Shadows (1958). We would co-star alongside the filmmaker-actor in the early-’60s movies The Webster Boy, Too Late Blues — which Cassavetes also helmed — and The Killers, which was Ronald Reagan’s last movie.
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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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Pebbles That Clatter and Spark: Four Films by John Cassavetes

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Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.” — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.” — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get,
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The Happy Ending

Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage
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‘Too Late Blues’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

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Stars: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vince Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse | Written by John Cassavetes, Richard Carr | Directed by John Cassavetes

Ghost (Darin), is an idealistic musician who would rather play in the park to the birds and at other small time gigs than compromise himself by going big time. For his band mates however, a little bit of fame wouldn’t go a miss. But when Ghost falls for a girl called Jess who he meets at a party (Stevens), she comes between him and his band members. Splitting off from the group and abandoning the life he once knew, he sets off on a search for fame and leaves his dreams behind.

Too Late Blues is another entry in the Masters of Cinema Series, a film made in 1961, filmed in black and white and directed by John Cassavetes. From the title,
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Nashville, If...., Harold & Maude Head Masters Of Cinema Q2 Slate

Another raft of quality classics have just been announced as joining Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema series. Lindsay Anderson's brilliant If...., Robert Altman's Nashville, Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole and Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude will be released between April and June 2014, alongside Elia Kazan's Boomerang, John Cassavetes' Too Late Blues, Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday and Charlton Heston medieval epic War Lord.Here's the press release for all the details:The latest slate of films from Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series brings together some of the most heralded masterpieces of the 20th century. Releases include Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (the follow-up to the great director's Sunset Boulevard, and a follow-up to Masters of Cinema's extremely successful releases of Wilder's Double Indemnity and...

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rosemary’s Baby

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Mia Farrow fears for her future in Rosemary's Baby.

Roman Polanski’s (Carnage) masterful Rosemary’s Baby (1968) remains one of the filmmaker’s finest works and one of the greatest horror-thriller films of the past half-century.

Young Mia Farrow (The Last Unicorn) stars as young mother-to-be Rosemary Woodhouse, a newly married New Yorker (by way of Nebraska) who grows increasingly suspicious that her over-friendly elderly neighbors (High Society’s Sidney Blackmer and Harold and Maude’s Ruth Gordon) and self-involved actor-husband (John Cassavetes, Too Late Blues) are hatching a Satanic plot against her and her unborn baby.

Increasingly terrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby was faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller by writer/director Polanski. It regularly pops up on “Top Ten Horror Movie lists,” as it rightfully should, including a couple of ours — Big Bad Daddies
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Happy Birthday, Bobby Darin!

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Our favorite cartoonist Pete Emslie of The Cartoon Cave honors the immortal crooner Bobby Darin on his birthday. Darin, who died in 1973 at age 36, would have been 73 years old today. While everyone is aware of his status as a chart-topping singer, Darin also enjoyed a brief film career in movies such as Too Late Blues, Come September, Pressure Point, Hell is For Heroes and Captain Newman, M.D. for which he received a supporting actor Oscar nomination. Darin is Kevin Spacey's favorite singer, and the Oscar winner portrayed him in the biopic Beyond the Sea. Visit Pete Emslie's web site by clicking here for more great cartoon art.
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