17 items from 2013
Late actor James Gandolfini will be presented with a tribute care of Steve Buscemi at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Gandolfini joins previously announced tributees Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater and Katherine Oliver for the ceremony to be held on Monday, December 2nd at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York City. “James Gandolfini was a friend, an inspiration, and an extraordinary talent whose presence is missed by all of us who knew and loved him. It is an honor to present this tribute at the Gotham Awards recognizing his impact,” said Steve Buscemi. “We are honored to pay tribute to a man whose life and work has inspired and moved so many who knew him personally, or through his vast body of work on the stage and screen, where he collaborated with so many independent artists to bring to life unforgettable, iconic characters,” added Joana Vicente, Executive Director of »
- Peter Knegt
The upcoming Gotham Awards will include the posthumous presentation of a tribute to James Gandolfini, whose The Sopranos costar Steve Buscemi will do the honors on December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street. It is an honor previously bestowed on Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater and Katherine Oliver. “We are honored to pay tribute to a man whose life and work has inspired and moved so many who knew him personally, or through his vast body of work on the stage and screen, where he collaborated with so many independent artists to bring to life unforgettable, iconic characters,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the Ifp and the Made in New York Media Center by Ifp. Gandolfini has been lighting up the screen opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the Nicole Holofcener-directed Enough Said, and next stars opposite Tom Hardy in Animal Rescue. He won three Best Actor Emmys for his iconic role as Tony Soprano. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
(Cbr) Life behind bars isn’t pleasant — but making a show about life behind bars? That’s a different story, based on the energy of the "Orange Is the New Black" panel at PaleyFest: Made in New York. The extensive conversation included series regulars Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman), Jason Biggs (Larry Bloom), Kate Mulgrew (Red), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) and Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), as well as creator Jenji Kohan, and the woman who inspired the series through her autobiography, author Piper Kerman. After a few false starts, critic and moderator Elvis Mitchell finally calmed the panelists’ »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
To kick off the PaleyFest: Made In New York series, fan-favorite Netflix drama "Orange Is The New Black" was honored with having a panel for the fest's opening night. Stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning and Kate Mulgrew joined showrunner Jenji Kohan and real-life Piper, Piper Kerman, at the event.
With the series finale of "Breaking Bad" so hot in everyone's minds, talk turned to comparing "Oitnb" to Walter White's saga. Schilling in particular compared Piper to Walt, saying, "It's exploding stereotypes ... for a woman to be that deeply ambiguous is rare, brave and risky." But Kohan doesn't think the comparison is apt.
"I don't set out to write heroes or anti-heroes. I write characters -- flawed characters. It's not about stereotypes and labels," Kohan explains. "Piper is a flawed character. ... One of the policies in the [writers] room is, if you can stick »
With the official launch of the Made in New York Media Center by Ifp this week, news of its imminent offerings was not far behind. One particular course that’s setting up shop at 30 John Street already boasts an impressive track record. The Edit Center, which is housed around the corner on Jay Street, will bring their hands-on framework to the nascent Media Center beginning this November. An intensive six-week course, The Edit Center offers students the unique opportunity of cutting their teeth (pun intended) on a real, live independent film currently in post-production. Guided by a professional instructor and […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Bella Heathcote plays a maid who gets her prince in The Killers’ new video for “Shot At The Night,” the first single from the band’s best-of collection, “Direct Hits," out Nov. 11. Faster than you can say “Blackjack,” she ditches her cleaning cart for an evening out with her dark and mysterious Romeo, played by Max Minghella, and his friends, who are all perfectly fine with the Cinderella-in-the-making crashing their evening. She returns to the hotel before she turns into a pumpkin, but keeps her magic slipper. Ever see the Jennifer Lopez/Ralph Fiennes movie, “Maid In Manhattan?” It’s kind of like »
Exclusive: Kevin Wade, executive producer/showrunner of Blue Bloods, has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the CBS drama. Under the pact, Wade will stay at the helm of the Tom Selleck-starring procedural, which is heading into its fourth season. Wade joined the series midway through its freshman season and has been showrunner for the past year and a half. While older skewing, Blue Bloods is a major audience draw. It is Friday’s most watched program, averaging 13.3 million viewers this past season, up 8% over the 2011-12 season. Despite airing on the lower-trafficked Friday night, Blue Bloods ranks No.4 among all primetime dramas in total viewers, behind only CBS’ NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Person Of Interest. Wade, repped by ICM Partners and attorneys Bob Getman and Alan Wertheimer, also created and exec produced the ABC dramedy Cashmere Mafia and previously wrote the features »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
From the outside, Telemundo Studios looks like a nondescript warehouse on a side street in Hialeah, Fla.
Oh, but what happens inside: Dreams come true, plucky girls from poor families marry millionaires, love triangles tear marriages apart, evil drug lords meet justice and plumbers court princesses, all on a daily basis.
The production facilities hum nearly ’round the clock, thanks to the mandate to turn out hundreds of hours of telenovelas a year for the Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal. It’s a sopa-to-nuez operation, with everything from writers rooms and casting offices to miles of wardrobe racks and post-production equipment housed within two-story buildings.
Perhaps the most telling resource on the Telemundo lot these days is tucked away in an alley that runs between the stages. It’s small but significant: a New York street set built for the production of the 2012 novela adapted from the 2002 Jennifer Lopez movie “Maid in Manhattan. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Jennifer Lopez turns 44 today! We can’t believe how gorgeous the star looks and she just keeps getting better with age! JLo got her start as a "Fly Girl" on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color." Over the years, we've watched the star transform from "Jenny from the Block" to a quadruple-threat! Jennifer has made her mark in music, movies, fashion and beauty. Who can forget her iconic roles in movies like "The Wedding Planner," "Maid in Manhattan," and "Monster-in-Law"? In 2008, People Magazine's former "Worlds Most Beautiful Woman" became mother to twins Emme and Max.This past June, JLo finally received her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Click the "Launch Gallery" link above for a flashback of Jennifer as a "Fly Girl" and see more "In Living Color" stars then and now! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Sorry ladies! Tyler Posey is officially off the market!The 21-year-old "Teen Wolf" hunk and longtime girlfriend Seana Gorlick are engaged. Tyler confirmed the news during an interview at Comic-Con in San Diego."I love being home. I have a fiancee now." Tyler told toofab's Brian Particelli. "We live together. We have dogs now and it's absolutely great -- I love it." "Teen Wolf" used to shoot in Atlanta but moved to Southern California for Season 3.Posey may be young, but he's known Seana's been the one for over a decade!"[I knew] since I was 11," he told Us Weekly back in June. "I couldn't really put it into words when I was that young but I always had this really strong connection to her and it's just been something I can't really explain other than I want to marry you and be with you forever. You just know. You definitely just know and I know. »
- tooFab Staff
If a new season of "Teen Wolf" isn't going to be enough Tyler Posey for you, then this is good news. Posey will guest-star on TVLand's "The Exes" as a young law student who falls for Holly (Kristen Johnston).
There isn't much more information on the casting, first reported by Et Online, but it seems likely that Posey's character will be showing up at the divorce law offices of Holly Franklin. Considering the age difference between Johnston (best known for her earlier role on "3rd Rock from the Sun") and Posey (who once played Jennifer Lopez's young son in "Maid in Manhattan"), we're looking at either heartbreak for the young man or a cougar situation.
Either way, difficulties in love are nothing new for Posey, who has played the lead role of Scott McCall in "Teen Wolf" for two seasons now. Going into Season 3 this summer, poor Scott must »
In Reader Spotlight we get to know The Film Experience community one by one. It's taking forever for which you know I'm grateful. Today we're talking to Grace in Toronto.
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- NATHANIEL R
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival took place between April 17th and April 28th all across New York City theaters. Created in response to the 9/11 Attacks by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002, the festival has gone on to garner worldwide fame as one of the most celebrated festivals in the world.
The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival had over 450,000 attendees to the numerous screenings, panels, events and more all throughout the almost 2 week period. With over 89 feature films and 60 short films from more than 35 countries providing entertainment, the festival housed more than 117,000 people in their panels and screenings.
What proved to be remarkable about this year’s events was the fact that more people took advantage of the festival’s online festival (also known as the Tribeca Online Festival, or Tof), which gave people free screening s of select films and filmmaker panels. There was even an online »
- Catherina Gioino
Actor/musicians who are massive in one field are often ridiculed when they dare to step across this all-important borderline. Some make it and become huge international stars but others don’t fare so well. When films like Jennifer Lopez’s Maid In Manhattan and Britney Spears’ Crossroads exist in the world, we can be forgiven for being sceptical of these cross-genre adventures. Miley Cyrus has also become too eponymous with this concept for my liking. Surely we can remember more actor/musicians who aren’t aimed purely at twelve year-old girls?
The actor/musician pattern used to be much more common, with stars like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby even starring in High Society together amongst their other innumerable projects, but there has since been plenty of critical ridiculing of actors trying to sing (and vice versa). The cliché is for such ventures to be immediately passed off as vanity projects and nothing more, »
- Charlotte Tobitt
Please to enjoy an anti-Valentine’s Day question: Who are the worst movie couples ever? Use whatever qualification you feel is appropriate. Does their relationship represent something really emotionally unhealthy? Do they lack even rudimentary screen chemistry? Are they 50 years apart in age? Do they make your skin crawl even more when they’re together than when they’re apart? Can you simply not see them as lovers at all? Gosh, there’s so many! But I’m gonna go with Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez in the unendurable Maid in Manhattan. They are both so desperately miscast individually that watching him trying to embody a “playboy” and her trying to embody a down-on-her-luck working-class gal is excruciating enough... but when they’re together in scenes that are intended to be romantic, they grate like sandpaper against each other. It’s hard to imagine a casting director achieving a more »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Norah Jones: Grammy winner to sing Ted song at 2013 Oscar ceremony Norah Jones, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane’s “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie Ted at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced yesterday. That will mark Norah Jones’ first time performing on an Oscar show. (Photo: Norah Jones.) Norah Jones’ music and movie career Norah Jones’ breakthrough hit was her 2002 album “Come Away with Me,” which sold more than 10 million copies and earned Jones no less than five Grammy Awards. Jones’ subsequent solo albums include “Feels Like Home” (2004), “Not Too Late” (2007), “The Fall” (2009), and “Little Broken Hearts,” which came out last year. She also took part in two albums with her country collective, The Little Willies, while in the 2010 compilation “…Featuring Norah Jones” she’s heard singing alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock, »
- Anna Robinson
"Page Six" reports that the Sundance Film Festival is in talks to expand to Brooklyn. This news comes after the city announced in October they're developing a Made in New York Media Center in Dumbo, which will serve as a media incubator and be managed by the Independent Filmmaker Project. A rep for the Ifp said they’re in “very early conversations” about working with Sundance on anything from a screening series to a large-scale festival. This "Sundance East" could potentially rival Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival. If Robert Redford wakes up tomorrow with a horse head in his bed, we won't be super-surprised. »
- Jesse David Fox
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