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One Time Co-Star of Ryan Gosling and Life Achievement Honoree Rowlands in No Hurry for Next Job

Aug 25, 2008

Gena Rowlands, whose illustrious movie work is being celebrated with her Lifetime Achievement honors at next month's Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival, tells us she's in no hurry to get back in front of the camera. Does that mean the end of her career? "I don't see a lot of pictures I want to do right now. It's just a different era and different interest in stuff like special effects and animation," notes the actress, whose long list of credits includes movies such as "A Woman Under the Influence" and "The Notebook" (with Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and James Garner).
Gena Rowlands in No Hurry for Next Job (Image: Wenn)

Gena Rowlands in No Hurry for Next Job (Image: Wenn)

"I think I've been particularly fortunate in my career because I've had a lot of really good parts. I've had a very happy career, and if something comes along, then I'll be there. I don't ever plan to retire."

When not working with her son Nick Cassavetes or daughter Zoe, who have taken after their late father John and become directors, Rowlands tells us she spends most of her time now on the road.

"My husband (she wed longtime beau Robert Forrest last year) and I travel a lot. One thing about being older is, you've met so many people and you have so many friends by the end of your life, but they're all over the world. We go out, and we let everyone else entertain us for a while."

She'll be on hand for her honors at the Temecula fest, which will include screening of over 100 films and showcase 10 music artists, and run from Sept. 17-21. "

I think it means I'm about 150 years old," says the septuagenarian Rowlands with a laugh. "No, I'm very happy. I like this whole group because they've been really supportive of independent films. The thing about independent pictures that was so hard is that you scrape all of your money together to make the picture, but then you can't afford to advertise it, so how do you get people to see it? As these festivals have come in, these wonderful independent movies have more of a chance to be seen."

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Susan Sarandon describes Michael Lander's forthcoming "Peacock" film as "a very strange little piece -- kind of ominous." It stars Cillian Murphy as a mild-mannered bank clerk whose secret alter ego, as a woman, is revealed when a train crashes into his back yard. Susan, Bill Pullman, Josh Lucas and Ellen Page of "Juno" renown round out the cast. Notes the Oscar-winning actress, "I love Cillian -- love his work and to work with him." And Ellen is "exactly like you'd expect: serious, thoughtful, funny, smart and beautiful." The film was shot earlier this year in Iowa. "I'd never really spent much time there before. It was one of those states I drove through. It was interesting," Sarandon notes, "and the people were really great for me."

NOTE-WORTHY: Former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been spotted many times getting his karaoke on in Los Angeles. He even won the reality show "Celebrity Duets." But the actor tells us the music business is not for him. Probably. Well, maybe. "Right now I don't have any plans to do anything with music," says Ribeiro, who started his career dancing. "I obviously love doing it, and I've loved it for a long time, but in terms of an album, I don't know if that's ever going to happen. But you never know."

With reports by Emily Feimster.


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