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October 27
Adrienne Shelly November 1, 2006
Adrienne Shelly killed

Adrienne Shelly, one of independent film’s true stars of the 1990s and, with her features Sudden Manhattan, I’ll Take You There, and Waitress, a skilled director, died tragically November 1, 2006. Shelly burst onto the scene as Audry in Hal Hartley’s 1989 debut, The Unbelievable Truth. Her portrayal as an Armageddon-obsessed teenager made her something of a generational icon, and she went on to appear in Hartley’s follow-up, Trust, as well as films like Sleep with Me, Grind and Factotum. But with I’ll Take You There, Shelly purposefully moved behind the camera, bringing a deft comic tough and understanding of contemporary female characters to her films. In the fall of 2006 she submitted Waitress to Sundance and was working in a rented apartment she was using as a writer’s studio. When she went downstairs to complain about the noise a workman was causing, he killed her and attempted to stage the death as a suicide. Shelly left behind a young daughter and a husband, Andy Ostroy, who established The Adrienne Shelly Foundation to support young women in their directing careers.

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Rebel Without A Cause October 27, 1955
Rebel Without A Cause opens

There is teen angst, and then there is Rebel without a Cause, the film that to this day personifies the pains of the young at heart and body.

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October 27, 2006
Controversy over Shut Up and Sing

On October 27, 2006, Variety ran a story that recounted claims by the Weinstein Company that NBC and the CW refused to run ads for the Dixie Chicks' movie, Shut Up and Sing, a documentary by Barbara Kopple that recounted the country group's tour following their public criticism of the Bush administration.

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October 27, 2000
A Very Presidential Beginning

David Gordon Green stuns critics with his Malick-esque debut.

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