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When Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen were on a panel for their IFC series “Documentary Now!,” it felt like a mini-“Saturday Night Live” reunion as the three easily slipped into bits and had the audience — as well as each other — in stitches. Their discussion was held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday.
On the red carpet before the panel, Meyers told Variety about “Sandy Passage,” an episode he wrote based on “Grey Gardens.” He revealed that it was one of the last ideas they came up with in season one.
“We just knew it would be such a good look and a good entry to the idea of what ‘Documentary Now!’ was,” Meyers said. “Here’s this iconic documentary, here it is with these guys and maybe a move you didn’t see coming. We felt like that was the poster people would look at and say, »
- Diane Gordon
Somewhere between Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Food, Inc., at the intersection of culinary adventure and social justice, Nordic Food Lab’s head chef Ben Reade and lead researcher Josh Evans are on a mission to bring sustainable, delicious and culturally appropriate foods to the planet’s underserved. Examining ratios like the efficiency of protein production the duo’s journey takes them to all over the world from Kenya to Australia with a stop in Japan as they hunt for the most delicious and nutritious bugs and the best ways to prepare them.
Andreas Johnsen’s hugely entertaining Bugs documents this open-ended quest as the pair work in collaboration with the locals to prepare culturally appropriate meals including tacos, maggot cheese gelato, cricket and grasshopper ravioli as well as insect-based coatings and flowers. The team spends its time making its case to the lab’s advisory board that these foods »
- John Fink
The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 13 to April 24 in New York City and will screen two films that are works in progress, and five special screenings and four special events that include live performances by artists including Steve Aoki and Billie Joe Armstrong and special appearances including Sir Richard Branson and Pelè.
Dan Aykroyd (The Heart of the
Ghostbusters) in his Sony Ghost Corps office with pictures of his grandfather and father in the background along and other parapsychologist. Photo credit: Derrick Kunzer (co-producer and cinematographer of
Writer/director Brendan Mertens’ work in progress documentary Ghostheads is a special sneak preview into the many faces of the Ghostbusters fandom and its 30-year celebration as one of cinema’s most iconic franchises. The Wip features interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver and Paul Feig.
- Sacha Hall
The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere screening of “The First Monday in May,” Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s attention-grabbing Costume Institute exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
Magnolia Pictures’ “First Monday,” which will be the opening-night film of the Tribeca festival’s 15th edition, comes from the director of an earlier documentary about another New York institution, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” “First Monday” centers on Met curator Andrew Bolton and the creation of the 2015 exhibit about Chinese-inspired Western fashion, as well as on the 2015 Met Gala, co-chaired by Anna Wintour.
“The First Monday in May” will kick off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival April 13. Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Studios, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, the movie will be released by Magnolia »
- Gordon Cox
Netflix has another original series on the way sure to make subscribers’ mouths water. The streaming video provider will release the four-part documentary series Cooked on February 19, 2016,
Cooked takes a look at how the four physical elements used in the history of cooking -- earth, fire, water, and air -- have helped humans fulfill their base desire to cook. For example, the food-centric series will show how Aboriginal natives in Western Australia fire-roast monitor lizards, as well as a Benedictine nun and microbiologist from Connecticut who makes traditional French cheese. Cooked’s main message is to encourage viewers to take control of their own health by rediscovering the joys of cooking at home.
The upcoming Netflix docu-series hails from The Botany of Desire and In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief filmmaker Alex Gibney (both pictured above). Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions produced Cooked alongside Netflix. »
- Bree Brouwer
5 items from 2016
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