Nick Cassavetes

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In March, Evan Kindley asked a compelling question about musicians and their like-minded descendants: “Why is it that the kids of cult folk musicians (e.g. Kristy MacColl, Rufus Wainwright), often go on to respected solo careers while the offspring of major rock stars (e.g., Jakob Dylan, Julian Lennon) are more often one-hit wonders flashes in the pan?” As Kindley and his responders note, there is no scientific basis in this observation, just a sense that the rules of cultural value apply differently when it comes to the offspring of marginal artistic figures – and, seemingly more often than not, those offspring find success in arenas more conventional than their parents. The world of filmmaking is similarly full of dynasties that produce children who seem to inherit opportunities (if not success) not immediately available outsiders. When the American Zoetrope logo introduces Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, for example, it’s easy to speculate the ways that the Coppola filmmaking legacy, and all its resources, afforded Roman an opportunity he may not have had otherwise. But while one’s status as the son or daughter of an independent, experimental, underground, or avant-garde filmmaker may similarly bear the weight and burden of a famous name, it cannot possibly work the same way in terms of economics and industry-based reputation. Being the offspring of a Filmmakers’ Co-Op co-founder might carry some cultural capital in certain circles, but rarely does that guarantee access to the actual capital needed to make a movie. It’s something […]

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In the midst of some well-publicized dramas, Kristen Stewart still managed to possibly secure her dream role in Scott Cooper’s Lie Down in Darkness, yet the combination of both her personal life and such a demanding new role seemed to be the culprit when it was reported that Stewart had dropped out of Nick Cassavetes‘ snuff film thriller Cali. Earlier this month, it was widely reported that Stewart had left the production (at least in a performance capacity, as she was also set to produce the film), and that Amber Heard was being looked at to potentially take on her role. At the time, outlets even reported a vague bit about the film’s production company releasing a more formal statement, but weeks have passed without a peep – and that could possibly because Stewart has like, totally, like, not even, like left the production. Of course, that’s if we believe an exclusive report from Hollywood Life. An insider on the production tells the gossip site that the film will not re-cast Stewart’s role and is not being cancelled, saying “Cali is being put on hold until Kristen feels ready…No other actress will replace her as previously reported!” Well, okay!

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Yesterday it was revealed that actress Kristen Stewart had flown the coop on director Nick Cassavetes. She was supposed to star in his upcoming thriller, Cali, but instead she’s decided that her time will be better spent doing a film called Lie Down in Darkness for Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). That’s great for her, but what about Cassavetes and the guy she was supposed to be starring opposite, Alex Pettyfer? Don’t cry for them just yet, because it looks like they’ve wasted no time in replacing the Twilight vet. JoBlo has heard that a slightly older, slightly blonder actress, Amber Heard, has stepped in to take her place. Though you may not recognize Heard’s name right away, chances are you’ve seen her in several things and just never connected the name to the face. Recently she’s appeared in things like Zombieland, the Nic Cage masterpiece Drive Angry, and the Johnny Depp-as-Hunter-S.-Thompson disappointment The Rum Diary. Most pertinent to this story though, Heard already has experience working with Cassavetes, as she appeared in his 2006 drug drama Alpha Dog.

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A report out of GossipCop (I know, I’m sorry) reveals that Kristen Stewart is apparently dropping out of her starring role in Nick Cassavetes’ Cali. Stewart’s role would have been as Mya, one half of a Southern California couple (with Alex Pettyer set to play her boyfriend) who sell a fake snuff film in order to make some quick cash and ditch out of town, only to be pulled back in by some baddies a year later. The outlet also reveals that Amber Heard has been asked to come on for the role, but there is no word on whether or not she will accept. While the “cops” over at the outlet couldn’t get an official comment from anyone involved (including Stewart’s reps, Heard’s rep, and production company Voltage Productions), they did reveal that Voltage told them that “an announcement would be made soon.” Stewart is also an executive producer on the project, so this doesn’t seem like a case of her cutting bait on a project she didn’t like anymore. Variety has also confirmed the news that Stewart is out. [GossipCop, via Gawker]

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Gold stars to Alex Pettyfer‘s team, as the actor’s possible involvement with the Kristen Stewart-starring Cali has hit the web just as the Twilight star cops to a (totally bizarre) affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director. You capitalize on that Google traffic, A-Petts! Variety reports (via ComingSoon) that the Magic Mike star is in final negotiations to star in the Nick Cassavetes film, described as a “gritty action” film based on Michael Diliberti‘s script. Cali centers on a “pair of San Fernando Valley lovebirds” (Stewart and the role that Pettyfer is in talks for) who decide to make some big cash by making and selling a fake snuff film that “kills off” Stewart’s character, Mya. That great plan is derailed years later when Stewart’s character is forced to return to her hometown in order to save her younger sister and is, in the process, compelled to reveal she’s not dead and the tape was a fake. This, of course, leads to all sorts of complications with a supposedly wacky cast of characters who, I’m just guessing here, are not too stoked to learn that the snuff film wasn’t actually a snuff film.

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A press conference was held today that seems to have been a big love fest between the Gotti family and Hollywood. The concrete news on the table is that Joe Pesci is going to be joining John Travolta in the upcoming Nick Cassavetes mobography Gotti: Three Generations playing the role of Angelo Ruggiero. The not yet concrete news is that they are in negotiations with Lindsay Lohan to play John Gotti Sr.’s daughter, Victoria Gotti. Things seem to be pretty far along on that front though, as Lohan attended the press conference. The film is being described as an “open door insider’s look” into the Gotti family history that was written by Leo Rossi after numerous interviews with members of the Gotti family and John Gotti Sr.’s attorneys. John Travolta, who is playing the Gambino crime family boss himelf in the film, calls this “the most interesting untold story in this country.” He goes on to talk about the “beautiful love” that he has gotten from the Gotti family and the fact that he is a fan of Growing up Gotti as to why he was interested in taking this role. A large part of the film seems to concern itself with fathers and sons, and how Gotti Sr. took the family into a life of crime, but how Gotti Jr. has steered it away from nasty enterprises like drug dealing and murders and toward more classy ventures like reality television. Cassavetes says of Gotti Sr., “He didn’t know any […]

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Say what you will, but John Travolta likes to mix things up. His last few roles have seen him doing his best Nic Cage with a bazooka in Paris, being goofy on a motorcycle, stealing a train and mocking Denzel Washington, and wearing a fat suit in drag. That list earns some respect, if only for range. Now, according to Variety, Travolta is officially signed on for Gotti: Three Generations to play the Teflon Don, John Gotti himself. That’s John Gotti, Sr (who is actually Jr, but goes by Sr). The film is being directed by Nick Cassavetes who worked as an actor alongside Travolta in Face/Off. There’s some speculation as to whether Cassavetes will take a role in this film, but in projects where he directs, he seldom if ever acts. This project sounds great, and it’s about time we saw another modern-day gangster flick roll out. Plus, I can’t wait for the first trailer that brags, “From the director of The Notebook…”

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and My Sister’s Keeper.

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Back in June, Marvel Studios announced that after Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, their next big project would be an adaptation of Captain America. They have also talked at great length about a Thor adaptation, and have even brought on Matthew Vaughn to direct. So what about Captain America? When’s it gonna be his time to get a director?

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