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Tribeca 2018 Slideshow: Opening Night Red Carpet for 'Love Gilda'

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New York City – The 17th Tribeca Film Festival opened on April 18, 2018, opened with New York City centered film, the documentary “Love, Gilda.” Directed by Lisa Dapolito, the film tells the story of Gilda Radner, an original cast member in 1975 on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). The doc featured past and present members of SNL, relating their stories on the meteoric rise and later battles of Gilda, who almost by accident became famous.

Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet opening, and took some Exclusive Photos. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. Photos © Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

TRIBECA1: The Premiere of Love Gilda at the Beacon Theatre. TRIBECA2: The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Opens on April 18, 2017. TRIBECA3: The Call Sheet for
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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary

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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary
The Tribeca Film Festival traditionally opens with a documentary, but “Love, Gilda” may be the most poignant one yet. Nearly half of the films in this year’s program were directed by women, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to represent that commitment than with Lisa D’Apolito’s tender and lovely portrait of a beloved icon.

It’s no easy task to find a fresh way to approach a familiar face, but D’Apolito does a wonderful job ushering us through the highs and lows of Gilda Radner’s life.

D’Apolito worked directly with Radner’s estate, and was lucky to have access to a trove of personal information. Despite the fact that this is her first feature film, she uses her archival sources with uncommon dexterity.

Also Read: Gilda Radner Documentary 'Love, Gilda' to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Home movies introduce us to a little girl who’s always mugging for the camera, a trait that continues into and after high school and college. We travel with Radner while she moves to Toronto, makes her debut in “Godspell,” and dates an equally mischievous Martin Short. Then we head for New York, after John Belushi calls in 1974 and invites her to be “the girl in the show,” the latter being the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

You may know what comes next, but the footage of her “Saturday Night Live” sketches feels as inventive as ever. She was the very first performer cast for the show, and it’s purely joyful to watch her throw her whole self into characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner.

Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman and Chevy Chase show up to reminisce briefly, as do former staff writers Rosie Shuster and Anne Beatts. But the film could have used stronger representation from the early days of “SNL”; it’s hard not to miss Radner’s absent castmates Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd and, especially, Bill Murray (whom she dated during the show’s run).

Also Read: Read Gene Wilder's Heartbreaking Essay About Wife Gilda Radner's Death

A broader sense of background might have been helpful, too. Radner was a trailblazer who remains immensely relevant in the Time’s Up era, and it would have been appropriate to further contextualize her status as one of the few women working in comedy in the 1970s. “SNL” was a notoriously difficult environment, and she faced systemic sexism. As Newman once said, “Jane and I and Gilda shared a dressing room until the third year. The boys always had their own … And Gilda used to make this joke about how when we were tired we would have to split a couch three ways.” But we don’t hear much of this, nor do we learn enough about how she dealt with the challenges of being a rare pioneer.

One area in which her femininity is given particular charge is in the history of her eating disorders. She was teased for being overweight as a child, and her mother and doctor had her on diet pills before she hit her teens. As she notes in her diary, “Because I’m not a perfect example of my gender, I decided to become funny.”

Her insecurities are given more import after she moves on from “SNL,” checks into a hospital to deal with anorexia and bulimia, and experiences some professional setbacks.

Also Read: Kate McKinnon Becomes First 'SNL' Cast Member to Win Comedy Supporting Emmy

And then the anvil falls. As an emotional Tina Fey observed when introducing the film to the festival audience, we’re already aware of how this story will end. But the impact comes harder still because D’Apolito so deftly weaves Radner’s presence into every aspect of the movie.

In addition to archival interviews and performances, she uses the memories of those who were there — including Short, Paul Shaffer and executive producer Alan Zweibel — to flesh out the past. She also intersperses Radner’s voice through audio diaries and touching footage shot by her late husband, Gene Wilder.

And instead of asking younger stars to offer typical talking-head praise, she uses their presence to further illuminate Radner’s own words. Each section of the film is multilayered in different ways. But it’s especially moving to see comedians she’s inspired — like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, and Bill Hader — read her journals and letters with an awe that’s made easy to understand.

Despite the breadth of material, the film is beautifully edited and paced, with little of the filler so often seen in biographical documentaries. The soundtrack (which includes several songs performed by Radner) is well-chosen, and minor visual flourishes add a sweet personal touch.

Most crucially, D’Apolito allows her subject to guide the story from start to finish. Radner’s gentle spirit and wise observations connect each chapter, bringing us into her life with an unusual intimacy. Hers is a complex and bittersweet story, but what you’ll remember most is the impossible radiance of her smile.



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‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca

‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca
God bless Gilda Radner for having the foresight to know that people wanted to know her. In Lisa D’Apolito’s intimate new documentary, it’s the late, beloved comedian and original “Saturday Night Live” breakout star who gets to tell her own story. Aided by a trove of diary-style audio tapes that serve as voiceover narration and reams of handwritten pages, the woman behind Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella opens up about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

By no means a vanity project — Radner’s diaries are as clear-eyed as anything when it comes to her struggles involving fame, relationships, and her health — “Love, Gilda” offers the kind of keen personal insight that few documentaries can pull off.

D’Apolito directed the film with the full support of Radner’s estate — when she introduced the film at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, where it kicked off
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Opens With Love, Gilda

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Famous fans of the late comedian Gilda Radner including Billy Crystal, Keegan Michael Key, Chevy Chase and Tina Fey were on the red carpet in New York last night for the world premiere of documentary Love, Gilda marking the opening of the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Gilda Radner at a party. Courtesy of the Estate of Gilda Radner.

The documentary celebrates the Emmy and Grammy winning comedian Gilda Radner who shot to fame with American television audiences with her appearance on Saturday Night Live’s first episode. Directed by Lisa D’Apolito the film uses audio recordings, rare home videos, diary entries and interviews with her friends and comedians whom she inspired.

Tina Fey introduced Love, Gilda at Tribeca 2018

Tina Fey introduced the film at New York’s beautiful Beacon Theatre speaking about Gilda’s influence on female comedians.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs until 29th April in New York.
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Film News: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Opens with ‘Love, Gilda’

New York City – The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will open with a truly New York-centric celebration. Live from the Beacon Theatre on April 18th, 2018, will be “Love, Gilda.” This documentary on the life of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) superstar Gilda Radner kicks off the two week festival, April 18th through April 29th.

“Love, Gilda” is directed and produced by Lisa D’Apolito. The film is an autobiography of a pioneering comedian, told in her own voice and through her own words. It weaves together audiotapes, rare home movies, diary entries, and interviews… both with those who were inspired by her – like Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong – along with SNL originators Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer, and producer/creator Lorne Michaels.

Opening Night Film for the 17th Tribeca Film Festival

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“‘Love Gilda’ in the right film at the right
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

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Next week sees the arrival of New York’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, running 18th-29th April, boasting a vast array of film and TV screenings, starry anniversary reunion events, concerts, on stage interviews and discussions, as well as a focus on games and Vr experiences. Below are just some of this year’s highlights, for the full lineup and to purchase tickets for films and events visit the official Tribeca website: https://www.tribecafilm.com/

Stars and filmmakers set to attend this year’s festival include Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Rockwell, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Thandie Newton, Saoirse Ronan and Tribeca Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

Opening Night

2018 Tribeca Opening Night ‘Love Gilda’

The 2018 edition opens with the World Premiere of documentary Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, saluting the career
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Stand Up Comedy Matriarch Mitzi Shore Has Died

Stand Up Comedy Matriarch Mitzi Shore Has Died
Mitzi Shore, who founded the Los Angeles stand-up comedy club The Comedy Store in 1972, has died at age 87. She became a matriarch for a generation of comedians who began their careers on her stage and went on to become superstars. Comedians who graced her stage include Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chevy Chase, Sam Kinison, Byron Allen, Andrew Dice Clay and Jim Carrey. The latter co-created the Showtime series…
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Stand Up Comedy Matriarch Mitzi Shore Has Died

Mitzi Shore, who founded the Los Angeles stand-up comedy club The Comedy Store in 1972, has died at age 87. She became a matriarch for a generation of comedians who began their careers on her stage and went on to become superstars. Comedians who graced her stage include Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chevy Chase, Sam Kinison, Byron Allen, Andrew Dice Clay and Jim Carrey. The latter co-created the Showtime series…
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How to Save a Show: From ‘Community’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ to ’Timeless’ and Beyond

How to Save a Show: From ‘Community’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ to ’Timeless’ and Beyond
One Day at a Time” producers, fans, TV critics, and other groups set social media abuzz last month to beg Netflix to save the critically acclaimed comedy from cancellation. Even The National Hispanic Media Coalition sent a letter to the streaming service to argue for the show’s continuation for its positive take on diversity, equity, and inclusivity. In the face of such an onslaught, Netflix renewed the series, starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, for a 13-episode third season, and fans celebrated — while also rightfully patting themselves on the back.

This narrative of saving a show – the mobilization, the Hail Mary communiqués and stunts, and the validating network renewal – has been a familiar exercise going back decades (when even “Cagney & Lacey” was renewed after a fierce letter writing campaign). But “Save Our Shows” campaigns rarely worked. Now, in the era of social media, these campaigns are much more frequent — and visible.
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Scream Factory Announces New John Carpenter Blu-rays, Including In The Mouth Of Madness and Someone’S Watching Me!

Scream Factory has a history of releasing treasured home media releases of John Carpenter movies, and that tradition will continue in 2018, as Scream Factory is thrilling fans of the Master of Horror with their announcement of new Blu-ray releases for Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness, Someone's Watching Me!, and Memoirs of an Invisible Man:

All three Blu-rays are scheduled to come out on July 24th, and while we'll have to wait and see what the special features are for each release, the In the Mouth of Madness Blu-ray will be a Collector's Edition, so you can expect plenty of goodies on that release, as well as a new film transfer!

Read on for the complete announcement from Scream Factory, and check out the cover art for each release below:

From Scream Factory: "A wave of more John Carpenter films comes crashing into Scream Factory on July 24th! Two make
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'The Last Movie Star' Review: Burt Reynolds Shines in His Swan Song

'The Last Movie Star' Review: Burt Reynolds Shines in His Swan Song
What we have here isn't much of a movie. In fact, it would be generous to dismiss it as threadbare. But The Last Movie Star stars Burt Reynolds in the title role. It's perfect casting. Reynolds rode the box-office pinnacle in the 1970s and 1980s in vehicles as diverse as Smokey and Bandit and Deliverance, still his best screen performance tied with his comeback turn in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 landmark, Boogie Nights, for which the actor received his first and only Oscar nomination. Reynolds never much liked his porn master role in Boogie Nights,
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'God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness': Film Review

Considering that the whole point of religion is faith, Christian audiences seem to need a whole lot of reassuring. The third entry in the successful God's Not Dead series yet again makes the argument that God is, you know, not dead. It's beginning to feel as repetitive as Chevy Chase's declarations during the first season of Saturday Night Live that "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." But while God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness proves less fiery in its preaching than its predecessors, it's also a significantly duller offering. How could it not be, considering that its main plot...
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National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Heads to Broadway

National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Heads to Broadway
The Griswolds are headed to the Great White Way.

Producers Ken Davenport (Once on This Island) and Kurt Deutsch announced on Monday that they have optioned the rights to develop a musical based on the iconic Vacation film franchise with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

According to Davenport, the production, titled Broadway Vacation, will follow Clark Griswold (whose character was originated by Chevy Chase) and his family as they touch down for the first time in the heart of New York City’s theater district.

“Both Kurt and I came of age on the Vacation films series and can’t wait to bring the Griswolds to Broadway,”...
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’

Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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Joel McHale on His New Netflix Show, Why E! Can’t Sue Him, and How #MeToo Shouldn’t Elicit Jokes — Turn It On Podcast

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Joel McHale on His New Netflix Show, Why E! Can’t Sue Him, and How #MeToo Shouldn’t Elicit Jokes — Turn It On Podcast
Joel McHale is unleashed. The comedian’s new Netflix series “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” looks a bit like his long-running E! series “The Soup,” thanks to the green screen, the guest stars, and The Staffer Formerly Known As Mankini. But the new show comes armed with a secret weapon in executive producer Paul Feig, and a mandate to expand the scope beyond entertainment.

“We wanted to broaden the show,” McHale recently told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “E! always wanted me to keep it to entertainment news or entertainment and no sports or anything like that, and don’t get too weird. This allows us to go all over the place.”

McHale spent 11 years as host of “The Soup,” and kept it going even as his career exploded and he ended up starring in the late great comedy “Community.” But as management changed at E!, McHale
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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Burt Reynolds in The Last Movie Star Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital on March 27th

Hollywood legends Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase star in The Last Movie Star, the uproarious story about getting older, arriving on Blu-ray and Digital on March 27 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), The Last Movie Star centers around a former movie star facing the reality that his glory days are behind him when he accepts an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from a film festival. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and also stars Ariel Winter. The Last Movie Star Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now in his eighties, he’s convinced by an old friend (Chevy Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville.
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Game Night Movie Review | Let’s Play

Well, I have to tell you that unless you are some kind of a die-hard snob, you will probably find Game Night (2018) far more entertaining than the average board game. Moreover, it is the perfect alternative if you want to persuade your friends to do something different on Saturday night. And if you happen to be a game buff, then this smart crime-thriller-comedy-mystery mash-up is right for you.

In a recent Q&A session on Reddit, the directors of Game Night (who by the way are huge fans of the board games) admitted that they make movies based on their own taste. In other words, they create films that they would love to watch themselves. They like to make the most fun out of this whole filmmaking thing. This is just one of the reasons Game Night turned out to be a huge success in the box-office.

John Francis Daley
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‘Community’ 3 Years Later: Lessons Learned From Yahoo’s Streaming Debacle

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It’s a rallying cry familiar to fans of “Community”: “six seasons and a movie,” a promise that was only met halfway by the fates that guide the entertainment industry. But one reason for that lack of movie is that those who once starred on the NBC cult comedy have gone on to exciting and new projects showcasing their talents, from “Atlanta” (Donald Glover) to “Love” (Gillian Jacobs) to “Glow” (Alison Brie).

Even Joel McHale has moved on to something new — albeit relatively familiar — with “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale,” the new Netflix series that owes a clear debt to E!’s long-running pop culture commentary series “The Soup” (which McHale hosted from 2004-2015). During the most recent episode, guest star Billy Eichner showed up to yell about some stuff (on brand), including a reminder that McHale, one-time star of the canceled series “The Great Indoors,” had
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‘Community’ Creator Says Chevy Chase Made Racist Remarks To Donald Glover Because He Was Jealous

It’s no secret that Chevy Chase was not exactly universally beloved by his cast mates on NBC sitcom “Community”, but a new profile of Donald Glover in the latest issue of The New Yorker features a shocking anecdote alleging the former “SNL” star made some blatantly racist comments to Glover on the set. “Community” proved to
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