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By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.
On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences »
- Eric Lavallee
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”
On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has announced an initial slate of 47 features spread across three sections, with world premieres including fashion doc “Dior and I,” Rory Culkin starrer “Gabriel” and vampire comedy “Summer of Blood.”
Those three titles are each the opening night screenings of the respective sections in which they appear, with all three bowing April 17, the day after the festival opens with “Time Is Illmatic,” the new music doc about Nas and his landmark hiphop album “Illmatic.”
“Gabriel,” Lou Howe’s story about a confused teenager, launches the world narrative feature competition, a 12-film lineup that includes “Goodbye to All That,” by Angus MacLachlan (screenwriter of “Junebug”) starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham and Anna Camp.
Also part of that section’s slate are “Loitering With Intent,” Adam Rapp’s story of aspiring screenwriters and the sister who interrupts them, starring Brian Geraghty, Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell; Ryan Piers Williams’ “X/Y, »
- Gordon Cox
Tribeca Film Festival top brass have announced (4) the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and Viewpoints titles, comprising 47 of the 89 features that will screen at the festival over April 16-27.
The World Narrative Feature Competition will open with the world premiere of Lou Howe’s Gabriel starring Rory Culkin, while the corresponding documentary category kicks off with the world premiere of Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior And I (pictured).
Viewpoints opens with the world premiere of Onur Tukel’s Summer Of Blood and the section includes the North American premiere of Diao Yinan’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice as well as the Us premiere of David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
All three sections will commence on April 17. As previously announced, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will open with documentary Time Is Illmatic a day earlier.
Overall the festival will screen features from 32 countries including 55 world premieres, six international premieres, 12 North American »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In what’s sure to be the ensemble of the season, with enough entertainment awards between its cast members to fill Radio City Music Hall, the quartet tackle a new relationship comedy about two pairs of neighbors who have more in common than initially thought, in the long-awaited Main Stem debut for much-admired playwright Will Eno.
EW has an exclusive look at the press event for the cast and creators, all of whom are excited »
- Jason Clark
It started so well; two of Hollywood’s hottest properties making self-deprecating jokes about how they were the perfect age to snare a younger demographic of viewer for a ceremony which had been shedding ratings faster than it added minutes to its running time. For Anne Hathaway and James Franco, that would be as good as it got, the remainder of their hosting duties for the 83rd Academy Awards was made up of unintelligible ramblings and a Western’s worth of tumbleweeds.
They weren’t really to blame, well Hathaway anyway, because this had been one of the few times that the Academy had opted for a non-comedian occupying the Kodak Theatre stage. There was 2009’s soft-focus Hugh Jackman sing-along, and in 1995 David Letterman gave us the cringe-worthy “Oprah. Uma. Uma. Oprah” moment of infamy. Both examples underline that the appeal of the host, and by proxy their laugh quota, »
- Matt Rodgers
Celebrating the convergence of the film and fashion industries, specialized French fest A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival (Asvoff) will be bowing in New York in March, with works by Bruce Weber, Mike Figgis, and Stuart Blumberg unspooling. Special tribute will also be paid to Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 cult pic “Puzzle of a Downfall Child,” which starred Faye Dunaway as a former fashion model on a downward spiral.
Founded and headed by Paris-based fashion journalist Diane Pernet, the event, now at its sixth edition, is held annually at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and has several satellite editions, including Rome, London, and Bilbao. The first American Asvoff spin-off will be held on March 14 and 15, thanks to a partnership between Gallic luxury-to-lifestyle conglomerate Kering and French Institute Alliance Francaise. Screenings will take place at New York’s Tinker Auditorium and Florence Gould Hall.
Pernet will hold an onstage conversation with »
- Nick Vivarelli
The winner of the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role can be one of the most surprising of the entire ceremony. Think of some of the most unexpected recipieints of this Oscar: Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Juliette Binoche, Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay-Harden and Beatrice Straight were not only shockers for their own category but they're among the most shocking wins in Academy history. So, we can't be certain that this year's race is really already in the bag for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as New Jersey housewife Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle. The young star, who won the Oscar for Best Actress last year, has already taken this year's equivalent Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and honors from the National Society of Film...
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I have a special surprise for you NYC-area readers whose actressexuality extends beyond the silver screen to the stage. I have one pair of tickets for the March 12th dress rehearsal of the new Broadway play The Realistic Joneses to give away. It stars Toni Collette, Michael C Hall, and Marisa Tomei. I've seen all of them perform live and they're every bit as good on stage as they are onscreen (not something that can be said of all film actors!).
"How well do you know your neighbors?" The Realistic Joneses asks.
...a new play about love and life, friends and neighbors.
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home, Seminar), it's an outrageous, inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Hailed by The New York Times as "a tender, »
- NATHANIEL R
This year, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala honored Bryan Lourd, Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency and Trustee of Lincoln Center, for his philanthropic work. Among the many performers and guests in attendance were Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Cumming, Marisa Tomei, Kelly Ripa, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Craig, Tony Danza, Jimmy Fallon, Allison Williams, Tommy Hilfiger, Darren Aronofsky, Liam Neeson and Anna Wintour. The Gala, which raised $2.75 million, celebrated Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, now in its 16th concerts both in The Allen Room and in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse. The American Songbook series celebrates the best in American singing and songwriting. The series defines American Songbook as »
- Pietro Filipponi
Director: Ira Sachs
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Ira Sachs’ second in a trilogy of NYC-set films took Sundance by storm playing like gangbusters and not surprisingly, much in line with the acting weight found in Forty Shades of Blue and Keep the Lights On, it appears that the pair of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina might be en route to some award nom recognition.
Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, after 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George »
- Eric Lavallee
Ira Sach’s previous feature Keep the Lights was an intimate study of a young man desperately seeking true love, as we proceed to document the devastation that inevitably ensues, in what was a poignant and somewhat unsympathetic drama. However he now returns with something a little warmer and tender, in the quite brilliant Love is Strange.
Having been together for 39 years, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally decide to tie the knot, though their celebrates are halted, when a mere matter of weeks into their marriage, and George is fired from his job at the local church because of making his homosexual relationship ‘official’. Struggling to make ends meet, the pair sell their house, and while searching for a new apartment, Ben moves in with his nephew (Darren E. Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei) and their teenage son, Joey (Charlie Tahan), while George sleeps on the sofa at their former neighbours. »
- Stefan Pape
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death: Appreciating an Everyman Actor and Extraordinary Talent Hoffman died on Sunday of a suspected heroin overdose, but a New York medical examiner has yet to determine an official cause of death. The Oscar-winning actor’s funeral in New York City on Friday drew famous friends including Marisa Tomei, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K. and Amy Adams. Facebook Turns 10: How It Became an ‘Integral’ Part of Hollywood Facebook is just a decade old, but it is already vital to every movie studio’s plans Amazon Says Its Pilot System Is Working, but What About Binge Viewing? »
- Greg Gilman
New York (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman’s private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best of his generation.
The coffin holding Hoffman’s body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers and put it a hearse, and family and guests began to stream out Friday afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.
The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer’s husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, »
- Associated Press
Hollywood stars, friends and family gathered in Manhattan Friday morning for the funeral of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor’s co-stars Marisa Tomei, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams, as well as Spike Lee, who directed Hoffman in “25th Hour,” were among the mourners seen entering the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Others glimpsed in the crowd included Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. Hoffman’s estranged partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children attended the services, as they did the wake the night before. St Ignatius, »
- Brent Lang and James Crugnale
Friends and family of Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered for a private funeral for the late actor Friday in New York.
Among those seen arriving for the service at Manhattan's Church of St. Ignatius Loyola were Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Marisa Tomei, John Slattery, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Rock, Vanessa Redgrave, Josh Hamilton, Laura Linney and Diane Sawyer.
Related: Stars React To Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death
A private wake was held Thursday night at a New York City funeral home that was attended by numerous celebrities.
A larger memorial service is being planned for later this month in New York for Hoffman, 46, who was found dead last Sunday inside his Manhattan apartment of a suspected heroin overdose.
Pics: Stars We Lost in 2013: Cory Monteith »
The Berlin festival may not unspool on a sunny beach, but the European Film Market, which runs alongside the fest, is becoming much more like Cannes and the American Film Market — at least when it comes to serving as a launching pad for major movies.
“Berlin has really solidified itself as the third international sales market,” says FilmNation topper Glen Basner.
“Race,” is a biopic starring John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) with Stephen Hopkins directing a story about runner Jesse Owens and his four gold medal wins at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Producers have set a media event for the Olympic Stadium where Owens performed the feat of humiliating Adolf Hitler, single-handedly crushing his theories of racial superiority. It’s a German/Canadian co-production between Solofilms and Trinity Race »
- Dave McNary
“You’re aberrated. You’ve wandered from the proper path, haven’t you? These problems you have … you seem so familiar to me.”
These words were spoken by Philip Seymour Hoffman in what would turn out to be one of his last screen performances, as the charismatic and conflicted cult leader Lancaster Dodd in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” They are the words of a self-styled leader and father figure, trying to reassure a man in whom he sees a lost, youthful trace of his own self, and that sympathy-for-the-devil quality is partly what makes the character so layered and seductive. It’s a magnificent performance, perhaps the actor’s greatest — one in which Hoffman, with his stout frame and arch, declamatory speech patterns, suddenly seemed possessed in body and spirit by Orson Welles.
Rather than giving us a one-note L. Ron Hubbard caricature, Hoffman invested Dodd with authority, »
- Justin Chang
The critically-acclaimed film has also gone to Wild Bunch for Benelux, Rialto Distribution for Australia/New Zealand, Faliro House for Greece, Alpha Filmes for Brazil and Cinesky for international airlines.
It was previously announced during Sundance that Fortissimo had sold the film to Pretty Pictures for France.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Many critically acclaimed films and surprise hits over the years have received their start at the Sundance Film Festival, elevating the prominence of the 10-day event. This has led to the acquisition of films at the festival a prestige on its own, as many studios and filmmakers use the positive word of mouth garnered to get the films to distributors and in theatres. Here are the features that were bought at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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