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8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall
7:30 p.m. April 16
6:30 p.m. April 17
Opening Night – Documentary Competition
Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Gala
Tribeca Interactive & Interlude
A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom
3 p.m. April 18
- Variety Staff
J.A.R.V.I.S. is getting a reboot in the next Avengers film, being upgraded from computer servant to android superhero. Paul Bettany talked to Jimmy Kimmel about his new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Vision.
Paul Bettany is a talented actor, having been in Oscar-nominated films like A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World. He’s never been an A-Lister, but his role in the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron could help raise his profile. In previous Marvel films, he’s provided the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s helpful computer AI. In the sequel, he’ll be playing the Vision, an android super hero who has been a member of the Avengers in the comics since 1968. The character was a revised version of earlier hero created by the legendary Jack Kirby in 1940, also called the Vision. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Back in June last year, we mentioned the theoretical likelihood of awards attention for "Theory of Everything," James Marsh-directed biopic starring Eddie Redmayne as motor neuron disease-affllicted physicist Stephen Hawking. Now, with the news that Focus Features will be releasing the British production, and has selected a November 7 release date, that looks even likelier. Focus, of course, had a major Oscar hit last year with "Dallas Buyers Club," the scrappy, heartfelt indie that quietly chugged its way to six Oscar nominations and three wins, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. It was widely thought that the film represented a kind of last hurrah for the studio's prestige era, following the displacement of James Schamus as CEO and the announcement of a more mainstream-driven ethos. Clearly, however, the success of "Dallas" kept them gold-hungry, since "Theory of Everything" is very much the sort of high-end project Focus might have steered under Schamus's command. »
- Guy Lodge
It’s produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Jay-z and stars him alongside side the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Santigold, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Odd Future, The Hives, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Gary Clark Jr, it was filmed in 2012 during a two-day set in Philadelphia featuring a host of music’s heavyweights.
The event is put together by Budweiser for their ‘Made in America Festival‘, which is an annual event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and Edm.
The great Ron Howard made his directorial debut »
- Dan Bullock
Set in a not-too-distant future, Transcendence explores the very real possibility that humans—in our attempts to create a better, more efficient, more self-sustaining world through technology—can go too far. For emotions are not always positive: doesn’t a machine that has the capacity for kindness also have the capacity for menace?
Wally Pfister, a renowned cinematographer making his feature directorial debut on the film, states, “I was struck by the power and the weight of the ideas in this story, which I think are very much on people’s minds right now.”
“Transcendence” proposes that we can achieve what’s been called singularity. Pfister comments, “As we define it for the film, singularity is basically the uploading of the human brain into a super computer: the duplication of every synapse, every neuron…every bit of activity in the brain goes into a machine, which then becomes sentient.”
- Michelle McCue
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet these past few days, you’ll have heard something about Noah, the new film from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. The film has opened in America to generally positive reviews, and generated a fair amount of controversy surrounding its relationship to the original Biblical narrative of the Flood. Suffice to say, opinions vary throughout the Christian church, and the dialogue thus created has done nothing but improve the film’s chances of commercial success.
As a Christian, I do take an interest in the way that films and other media portray Biblical stories and characters – but I’m not going to talk about that today. Because in amongst that potential fire-storm of abuse, we have Jennifer Connelly reuniting with the two men who were there at the peak of her career – Aronofsky, who directed her in Requiem for a Dream, »
- Daniel Mumby
Longtime Imagine Entertainment spearheads Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are partnering with Maryland-based nonfiction media company Discovery Communications to launch a new digital studio called New Form. Howard and Grazer have long been engaged with new media and tech--they founded website Pop.com before the world was ready for it. The studio will focus on content outside the traditional media models of film and television, Variety reports in an interview with producer Grazer, writer/director/producer Howard and Discovery CEO David Zaslav. This is yet another example of Hollywood A-listers facing dwindling returns in their old movie space--and these guys are at the top of the Hollywood pyramid. They made "Rush" as an indie-funded European film for Working Title. Zaslav told Variety that Howard, who cut his teeth in television, and Grazer, who produced Howard's Oscar winner "A Beautiful Mind," are "two of the best scripted storytellers of our generation. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Discovery has partnered with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer to launch New Form, a digital studio that will produce short-form videos for the web. New Form is an independent venture backed by financing from Discovery, Howard, Grazer, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt, CAA attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson and Michael Rosenberg. Rosenberg is co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, the production company Grazer and Howard founded 28 years ago. Imagine has produced award-winning films and television shows such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” 24” and “Arrested Development.” Also read: Imagine's Michael Rosenberg Promoted to Co-Chairman With. »
- Lucas Shaw
On tap right now are more behind-the-scenes images from Ron Howard's latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Dig on your first look at star Chris Hemsworth and more!
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.
- Steve Barton
Russell Crowe has been hard to miss since breaking out as the tough-yet-likable Bud White in 1997's "L.A. Confidential."
In the years following, the international star has racked up countless achievements, most notably his Oscar-winning performance in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" (2000), and has cemented his status as one of Hollywood's top leading men. The actor steps back into antiquity again this Friday, as he teams up with Darren Aronofsky to portray Biblical patriarch Noah in, well, "Noah," a film already shrouded in controversy.
From his days as "Russ le Roq," to his jaw-dropping smoking habits, here are 19 things you probably don't know about Russell Crowe.
1. Contrary to popular belief, the actor was born in New Zealand, not Australia. Crowe did move to Australia as a young boy, however.
2. Both of his parents were movie-set caterers, and his father also managed a hotel. Crowe's maternal grandfather was a cinematographer, who »
- Jonny Black
It's all aboard on At the Movies this week as Peter Travers highlights Darren Aronofsky's controversial new film Noah, which offers a unique interpretation of the classic biblical tale of the flood and Noah's ark.
As Travers notes, the director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream is not doing an exact recreation of the story from the Book of Genesis, which tells us essentially that God wanted to destroy the Earth to punish the wicked and that he instructed to Noah to build an ark and take »
There's a lot at stake with the release this Friday of "Noah," and not just for the filmmakers or the studio that sunk a reported $160 million into the film.
In a year when Hollywood is releasing several Bible-inspired movies, "Noah" has become the test case for a number of issues -- whether Hollywood can earn the trust of fundamentalist Christians (and whether it's worth risking money and controversy even to try), whether it's possible to make big-budget spectacles that please both religious viewers and secular action-film fans, and whether directors can make Bible-themed movies that adhere to doctrine without compromising artistically or making dull propaganda.
It would be easy to see this saga as a story of just two players. On the one side is Hollywood, represented here by "Noah" studio Paramount, which would like to attract Christian viewers, and which has practically bent over backward to do so, testing »
- Gary Susman
Based on the life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown.
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.
Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Imagine’s »
Check out the first trailer along with photos from the film.
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
- Michelle McCue
68-year-old Lloyd Kaufman shows no signs of slowing down, and he's currently making some of the best movies of his career. Next week, the first part of his epic opus Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1 will finally be released on Blu-ray. And after touring it around the world, he is going to jump right into making the long-awaited sequel Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V. But that might make you wonder, 'What ever happened to The Toxic Avenger remake that was supposed to star Arnold Schwarzenegger?'
Well, its still on its way, though action icon Arnie dropped out last year after reportedly seeing the original upon which it was based. It was never revealed whom he was playing. But we did catch up with the always energetic Lloyd Kaufman, who gave us an update on the reboot.
Known as the king of independent cinema, one might think »
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.
- Kellvin Chavez
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Written by: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel Main Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Marton Csokas, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis, and Frank Langella Past Oscar relations: Crowe won Best Actor for Gladiator and has two other acting nominations, Hopkins won Best Actor for The Silence of the Lambs and has three other acting nominations, Connolly won Best Supporting Actress for A Beautiful Mind, Nolte has three acting nominations, Langella has one acting nominations, Aronofsky has a nomination for Best Director, and Dp Matthew Libatique has a nomination for Best Cinematography Here we go now with our first true article in this new series on 2014 contenders. First up is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which again brings him together with the likes of Jennifer Connelly, composer Clint Mansell, co-writer Ari Handel, and cinematographer Matthew Libatique, along with newcomers like Russell Crowe, »
- Joey Magidson
From the inspirational story of courage, sacrifice, hope and redemption, Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain”) brings to the screen Noah. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portrays the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Never before has the full story been brought to life on screen in a vivid epic – inviting the audience to experience these spectacular events through the eyes and emotions of Noah and his family, as they journey through fear and faith, destruction and triumph, hardship and hope.
The production took the film’s world-class cast and crew on their own unexpected journey as they set out to intensively research Noah’s world, honor the text and board an authentic Ark, hand-built to biblically-detailed specifications. In every aspect of the film’s performances, action and innovative special-effects, the creative team’s aim was »
- Michelle McCue
One story for the weekend is obviously Warner's seven-years-later-sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire topping fellow family friendly newcomer Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but I'm also wondering if a film has ever had a week like 12 Years a Slave. Not only did it take home Oscar's Best Picture on Sunday night, but it was then released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday and yet still managed to find its way into the top ten this weekend. Now that is an Oscar bump. First for the top of the box office where 300 brought in an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters, $6.8m of that from IMAX screens. With only a "B" CinemaScore I don't expect it to hang around too long, but it should manage to make up for that $100 million budget soon enough as I expect overseas returns to also be quite nice. However, putting things into perspective, the 2007 release managed $70.9 million its »
- Brad Brevet
Russell Crowe and director Ron Howard repeat the one-two combination that made a winner of A Beautiful Mind with the story of 1930s American boxing hero James J Braddock. A mythical folk figure to millions suffering in the Depression, the journeyman boxer inspired a generation with his never-say-die approach. Craig Bierko packs a villainous punch as heavyweight nemesis Max Baer, though trainer Paul Giamatti and wife Renee Zellweger ensure there's plenty of support in Jimmy's corner. »
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