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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Bodkin Ras,' 'Plant,' 'Big Spoon' or 'Headhunt Revisited'?

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Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize: "Bodkin Ras" "Plant" "The Big Spoon" "Headhunt Revisited" Voting will end Tuesday, April 22 at 5Pm Eastern. Note:  One vote per person. First, make sure you have cookies enabled in your browser.  Votes are confirmed by email.  After voting, please look for an email from Poll Daddy and confirm your vote.  (If it doesn't show up in your inbox, check your spam folder.  The emails often end up there.)  Indiewire nor PollDaddy use your email address after the confirmation, but if you do want to sign up for our newsletter, why Don't you mosey on over here and do so! »

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Tribeca Review: If Woody Allen Directed a Vampire Comedy, It Might Resemble Onur Tukul’s Hilarious Urban Satire 'Summer of Blood'

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Nobody says the word "vampire" in Onur Tukul's hilarious satire "Summer of Blood," even though the movie obviously deals with just that in pretty explicit terms: disgruntled Brooklynite Erik Sparrow (Tukel, also the writer-director) whose life increases in excitement after he’s changed into a fanged bloodsucker only capable of going out at night. Over the centuries, vampires have provided a potent metaphor for various maladies, but the absence of the word in Tukul's freewheeling comedy makes its target especially clear because there’s no symbolic detective work necessary. Running his mouth for everyone around him—and sometimes just yelling at the world—Erik suffers from the disease of urban cynicism even before he’s cornered in an alley and transformed by supernatural powers. His vampiric abilities only make his recklessness more absurdly pronounced. Erik’s contemptible goofiness will essentially dominate the movie from its earliest scenes and never stops. »

- Eric Kohn

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Bryan Singer's Sex Abuse Accuser Is Teaming With Documentarian Amy Berg

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Things just got worse for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer. In the wake of the recent sex abuse allegations, The Daily Mail reports news that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is teaming up with Singer's accuser, Michael Egan, for a documentary about children molested by the Hollywood community. Berg confirmed to the Daily Mail that she has been working on the untitled documentary for two years. Berg's narrative debut, "Every Secret Thing" (written by Nicole Holofcener), will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday. She received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for her first film,"Deliver Us From Evil," a documentary about sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church. Berg's most recent doc was "West of Memphis," about the West Memphis Three, produced by Peter Jackson. Egan filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, weeks before Singer's new "X-Men" film is set to open wide. In the lawsuit, Egan claims »


- Nigel M Smith

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Watch: Trailer for Wgn's New Series 'Manhattan' Talks Secrets and Lies For Nuclear Bomb

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No, it's not a TV version of Woody Allen's masterpiece, but a look at one of the major moments of modern science and warfare. Wgn America's "Manhattan" covers the race in Los Alamos, New Mexico to make the first atomic bomb, and the personal problems it caused in the lives of the scientists and families who had to keep it a secret. The first trailer doesn't show too much -- it's seems to be more of a mood-setter than anything else -- but it does give a glimpse at the terrific cast, which includes Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Michael Chernus ("Orange Is the New Black") and John Benjamin Hickey ("The Good Wife"). "In war, secrets can save lives. At home, secrets destroy everything you love." Sounds like a perfect thesis for the subject.  The 13-episode series is set to premiere in July. The show was written and created by »


- Max O'Connell

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NBC Will Celebrate 'Saturday Night Live's' 40th Anniversary with 3-Hour Special

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NBC has announced that they are planning a three-hour special in honor of 'Saturday Night Live's' 40th anniversary on February 15th, 2015. As in past anniversary celebrations, major SNL figures will return for the special. Actor Chevy Chase, for example, returned for the 15th anniversary in 1989 and performed one of the skits that first made him famous when the program first premiered in 1975. Bill Murray also made an appearance for the show's 25th anniversary in 1999.  "This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year."  Although no one has been confirmed for the special, look out for some of the old players in the coming months. »


- Eric Eidelstein

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Amy Poehler Promises 'Big Things Happen' in Season Six Finale of 'Parks and Recreation'

18 April 2014 1:35 PM, PDT

While "Parks and Recreation" may not live and die on its twists and turns (thank God), the show has always employed cliffhangers in its season finales. From Leslie's impending impeachment last season to the government being shut down at the end of season two, there have been countless game-changing -- but realistic -- moments to cap off each season. The season six finale may hold something even bigger. "The last minute or so of our season finale, the last moments, are really important and big things happen that kind of show you where we’re going and where a lot of the characters are going," Amy Poehler said. "So I would encourage everybody to watch until the very end." The finale has been set up to showcase Pawnee's Unity Concert, an effort by Leslie Knope and the parks department to bring the citizens together after the rival towns of Pawnee and Eagleton merged mid-season. »


- Ben Travers

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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers & Film Fans Must Read: Tribeca Cinematographers' Cameras, New Hidden Camera Movies and More

18 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

1. Why Crowdfunding Now Sets the Trends: Kickstarter has popularized crowdfunding, and its 20 most significant projects told important lessons for fans and creators alike. On the film front, "'Veronica Mars' is the latest proof that cancelled TV shows with a fervent fanbase can find a new life – something that goes beyond crowdfunding, as Amazon's deal to revive discarded BBC crime drama Ripper Street showed. And the "Veronica Mars" movie is also part of a wider movement breaking down the barriers between cinematic and digital releases for films." Read more at The Guardian. 2. Indiewire Asks Tribeca Filmmakers What Cameras They Used: While we asked for some personal anecdotes from their shooting experiences, we also wanted to know what camera or cameras these directors used to make their films. It's clear that the Arri Alexa dominates the list with Red Epic and Canon C300 also proving to be popular. Quite a »


- Max O'Connell

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Appoints Cynthia Lopez as Commissioner of Media and Entertainment

18 April 2014 12:25 PM, PDT

Earlier today Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that Cynthia Lopez will be serving as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. Lopez has worked over two decades in the film and TV industry and currently serves as executive vice president and co-executive producer of American Documentary and the critically acclaimed documentary series, Pov.  "The film and television industries are central to New York City’s cultural vitality and to economic strength," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Cynthia has the experience and understands how the industry works in the city, and as commissioner, she will lead the administration’s efforts to continue keeping New York City a top filming destination – while opening up the industry to New Yorkers from all five boroughs." As commissioner, Lopez is responsible for overseeing the entertainment industry in New York City, particularly emphasizing the need for diversity and inclusivity in the field.  "Having spent my entire. »


- Eric Eidelstein

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The 2014 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival

18 April 2014 11:58 AM, PDT

Indiewire is on the scene at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, covering the acquisitions, interviewing the talent and reviewing the hot titles. Indiewire has compiled a list that breaks down all of our extensive coverage. Keep checking back to read the latest interviews, reviews, news and more. The festival wraps April 27. Reviews: Nas Fans Rejoice! 'Time Is Illmatic' Was Made For YouWhy the Moody Drama 'Gabriel' Is Rory Culkin's Best PerformanceYou've Never Seen a Gang Movie Like the Startlingly Realistic 'Five Star'If Woody Allen Directed a Vampire Comedy, It Might Resemble Onur Tukul’s Hilarious Urban Satire 'Summer of Blood'John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Give Their Best Performances In Years As Struggling Couple In Ira Sachs' Tender NYC Drama 'Love Is Strange'Dutch Documentary 'Don't Leave Me' Is the Best Buddy Comedy In YearsStellan Skarsgaard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy 'In Order Of Disappearance' Interviews:The Indiewire Springboard: Meet Twitter Sensation, »


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TV Review: How 'Bad Teacher' Shows the Generation Gap Between CBS and Stephen Colbert Fans

18 April 2014 11:38 AM, PDT

With the slew of recent film to TV adaptations, there was bound to be a dud (or more) in the bunch. "Fargo" proved itself worthy of its high profile predecessor on FX. "About a Boy" gets stronger and stronger each week on NBC, and El Rey Network's "From Dusk Till Dawn" is, well, exactly what fans were hoping to see. It should come as no surprise, though, that if any network was going to bungle the adaptation of a fine film to an equally enjoyable episodic sitcom it would be CBS. The Eye's vision of "Bad Teacher" is both nothing and exactly like its title: It's very bad, but completely unlike the ferocious film that birthed it.  While this may be the least shocking news of the day for any television enthusiast, the question then becomes why that's the case. Why did most if not all of us expect "Bad Teacher »


- Ben Travers

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Tribeca Review: You've Never Seen a Gang Movie Like the Startlingly Realistic 'Five Star'

18 April 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

Writer-director Keith Miller's feature-length debut "Welcome to Pine Hill" showed an ambitious willingness to merge documentary and fictional storytelling methods, but with "Five Star," the filmmaker truly manages to fuse them into a compelling whole. Once again relying on non-actors to imbue his narrative with naturalistic intensity, "Five Star" is set amid the perils of gang life in the Brooklyn housing projects and features performances by actual former gang members riffing on their own lives. As a sociological experiment, "Five Star" offers plenty of talking points, but its real triumph is that the cast delivers, yielding a story in which the heightened suspense emerges organically from a gritty foundation of realism. "Five Star" makes its unorthodox production style clear in its prolonged opening sequence, during which bearded, muscular Primo (James "Primo" Grant) sits behind the wheel of his car and recalls the trauma of being behind bars while his son was born. »


- Eric Kohn

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Watch: Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch and Matt Bomer Fight for Love in the First Full Trailer for HBO's 'The Normal Heart'

18 April 2014 10:03 AM, PDT

We've already seen a few preview clips for "The Normal Heart," the HBO film based on the Tony-Award winning play by Larry Kramer about the HIV/AIDS crisis that hits New York in the early 1980s, but a full length trailer has just arrived. Directed by Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "Glee"), "The Normal Heart" stars Mark Ruffalo as a gay-American man who tries to combat the lack of knowledge regarding the disease, which is seen as a "gay epidemic" by the public after it's first discovered. In the trailer below, we see Ruffalo desperately try to rally the masses, including his partner (Matt Bomer), brother (Alfred Molina), and friends. "The Normal Heart" looks to be a heartbreaking story about a period in our history that was shrouded in chaos and doubt. The cast, which includes Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts and Jonathan Groff, should help. Read More: With No 'Normal Heart, »


- Eric Eidelstein

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 18th (and a Few From Wednesday). What Will You See?

18 April 2014 9:23 AM, PDT

These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings.  Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. today, Friday, April 18th (including a pair that debuted this past Wednesday). Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. -- Antboy Director: Ask Hasselbalch Cast: Oscar Dietz, Nicolas Bro, Samuel Ting Graf, Amalie Kruse Jensen Synopsis: "Twelve-year-old Pelle leads a dreadfully dull life in his small Danish town, until a bite from a very special ant endows him with incredible powers. With the aid of his nerdy, comic book-obsessed classmate Wilhelm, he adopts the cape and cowl of a new, headline-grabbing superhero: Antboy! But, as Pelle soon discovers, with great power comes great. »


- Steve Greene

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Tribeca Review: Why the Moody Drama 'Gabriel' Is Rory Culkin's Best Performance

18 April 2014 8:52 AM, PDT

When we first see Rory Culkin in the opening minutes of "Gabriel," the feature-length debut of Lou Howe, there's an alarming uneasiness to his presence. The actor's jittery brown-green eyes suggest a paradoxical state at once fully alert and lost in another world. Culkin remains that way for the duration of the movie, which finds the title character struggling with mental health issues in the wake of his father's suicide and pining for the affections of a long-lost childhood love. He's angry with the reality of his conditions while seemingly in denial of the fantasy he uses to escape from them. No matter the melodramatic trappings of the material, Culkin's fierce performance elevates the experience. Every since 2004's "Mean Creek," Culkin has shown a penchant for dark, brooding roles, and "Gabriel" provides him with plenty of room to flesh out that potential. Appearing in every scene, the actor imbues Gabriel »


- Eric Kohn

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The Indiewire Springboard: Meet Twitter Sensation, Published Author, and Director of 'The One I Love, Charlie McDowell

18 April 2014 8:51 AM, PDT

Every Friday, Indiewire's new Springboard column will profile an up-and-comer in the indie world who deserves your attention. Select profiles will include photography by Daniel Bergeron, exclusive to Indiewire. Today we talk to Charlie McDowell, the director of "The One I Love," which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. At only 30, Charlie McDowell already has a published book and a feature film under his belt. And with over 92,000 followers, he's a sensation on Twitter. His debut book, "Dear Girls Above Me," is based on his wildly successful Twitter feed that ranked sixth on Time magazine's "Top 140 Twitter Accounts of 2012." His film, "The One I Love," is a separate beast entirely. Starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, "The One I Love" is impossible to describe without giving away the film's central conceit. What we can tell you: It centers on a married couple, »


- Nigel M Smith

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Watch: First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's Oscar-Hopeful 'Jersey Boys' Asks 'Who Loves You'

18 April 2014 8:40 AM, PDT

Clint Eastwood's output as of late has been pretty uneven: for every triumph ("Letters from Iwo Jima"), there's a major disappointment ("J. Edgar") or outright dud ("Hereafter"). When given great material, though, Eastwood can really make it shine, and there's some potential in his adaptation of the hit musical "Jersey Boys," which just released its first trailer. Eastwood's first musical as a director (following his aborted attempt to remake "A Star is Born" with Beyonce), "Jersey Boys" tells the story of the Four Seasons (later known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) as they went from rags to riches, and as their personal troubles became greater, including debts, mob involvement, strained friendships, and Valli's relationship with his troubled daughter. The pedigree here is huge: the jukebox musical won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for John Lloyd Young (who reprises his role as Valli here »


- Max O'Connell

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Why 'Silicon Valley' Could Be HBO's First Comedy With Mass Appeal In Years

18 April 2014 7:44 AM, PDT

For all of the cheering for the quality and creative ambition of HBO's programming -- rah-rahs that are all truly deserved -- it's too often glossed over that that the network hasn't had a lot of comedy success recently.  Before you lose yourself in a Ari Gold-style meltdown over that statement, allow some clarification.  Yes, there has been an abundance of critical and awards success when it comes to HBO's current slate of comedies, a testament to the network's admiral commitment to quality and adventurous content above all other programming factors. But while Julia Louis-Dreyfus is dutifully and rightfully winning acting awards for motherfucking epic comedic work on "Veep" (cursing just feels right when talking about that show) and Lena Dunham's "Girls" routinely lights the zeitgeist on fire as if the cast moonlight as cultural flamethrowers, the fact of the matter is that HBO hasn't had a mass-appeal hit in years. »


- Kevin Patrick

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Watch: Here Are the First Three Minutes of Joss Whedon's New Indie 'In Your Eyes,' Premiering at Tribeca

18 April 2014 7:37 AM, PDT

Joss Whedon fans waiting for "Avengers: Age of Ultron", here's something to tide you over. Back at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Indiewire spoke to Whedon about his independent production company, Bellwether, and its first completed feature, his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon mentioned that Bellwether started another feature before "Much Ado," and it's finally premiering at Tribeca Film Festival. "In Your Eyes," a science-fiction romance, stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two people who can feel what the other is feeling despite not knowing each other and living on opposite sides of the country. Written by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, it sounds like an ambitious, unusual love story, and Entertainment Weekly has released the first three minutes of the film online.  The film establishes its conceit quickly and succinctly, showing a connection between the characters that reaches all the way back to childhood. »


- Max O'Connell

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Cannes: Nicole Garcia Announced as Jury President for the Caméra d'Or Award

18 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

French actress-director Nicole Garcia has been chosen to the lead the jury for the Caméra d'Or award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The award is given out to the best debut film at Cannes.   Nicole Garcia first received acclaim in the 1980s French comedy "Practice Makes Perfect," which won her a Cesar Award. Her efforts as a director have also brought her much praise, especially her 1990 film "Every Other Weekend" and the 1994 "The Favorite Son." Her most recent picture, "Going Away" came out earlier this year. “Presiding over the Caméra d’or is an honour, a joy and a mission,” announced Garcia. “I hope to be worthy of the honour, bask in the joy and do my best to deliver on the mission.” Previous Jury Presidents for the Caméra d'Or award include Bong Joon-Ho, Gabriel Garcia Bernal, Carlos Diegues and Agnes Varda. Garcia will announce the Caméra d'Or winner at »


- Eric Eidelstein

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'Proxy' Director Zack Parker on Playing with Audience Expectations and Conscious (and Unconscious) Influences

18 April 2014 7:16 AM, PDT

At a point where most horror is content to go "booga booga" with a shock cut or otherwise offer non-stop carnage, a film like Zack Parker's "Proxy" is a breath of fresh air. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn wrote about the film's surprises (and it seems to have one up its sleeve every fifteen minutes), but also that "It isn’t about the shocking developments around each corner so much as the energy and invention that it brings to them." It's a film that features throwbacks to Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Lars von Trier without feeling like empty quoting, and it goes to far-out places without careening off the rails or leaving its characters behind. Indiewire sat down with Parker to talk about his penchant for slow-burning tension, his influences, and how he planned to subvert audience expectations. "Proxy" opens today in theaters and is available to watch On Demand. »


- Max O'Connell

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