Hollywood: Elvis’ Granddaughter Hits Screens

by Tony Rizzo
I chatted with Gena Rowlands, enroute to the Toronto Film Festival to view “Yellow,” written and directed by her son, Nick Cassavetes. It stars Gena, Ray Liotta, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, David Morse and Riley Keough. Cassavetes hopes to land a distributor based on the reviews in Toronto.
Which brings us to Riley Keough. Her mother’s name is Lisa Marie, her grandmother’s name is Priscilla and her grandfather’s name is Elvis! Yes, Presley! Nick Cassavetes’ sister Xan cast Riley in her film “Kiss of the Damned,” with Milo Ventimiglia, which just screened at The Venice Film Festival. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tribute to old-school horror films. She’s currently filming the sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with Tom Hardy as Max and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. On Nov. 2, Riley hits screens in the controversial film “Jack & Diane,” about two teenage girls who meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Did I mention that Riley has one of the title roles … Jack!