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Tribeca 2018: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines in ‘Blue Night’

New York City – Although many people will never think of Sarah Jessica Parker in any other role than Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” the actor makes a major breakout with her new film, “Blue Night,” which premiered (naturally for her) at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 19th, 2018.

Sarah Jessica Parker of ‘Blue Night’ on the Red Carpet at 2019 Tribeca

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Blue Night” is set in New York City, and can be reasonable described as “Carrie Bradshaw through the looking glass.” Parker portrays Vivienne, a jazz singer whose career has always taken precedent over her life. She receives some devastating news, and because she is estranged from her mother, daughter and ex-husband, she has few resources to turn towards. The film follows her character through 24 hours as she processes her news, which includes a guest vocal at an NYC jazz club.
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Blue Night and Tully movie reviews: Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown

Blue Night and Tully — two of the highest profile films at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival — share the same formula: stories revolving around vulnerable, middle-aged female characters written by women and starring high-profile actresses…but directed by men. Blue Night, written by Laura Eason and directed by Fabien Constant, stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a mid-career jazz singer who, on the verge of her next concert tour, learns of a fatal medical condition. Virtually in every frame, we spend the next 24 hours with the character as she navigates a series of vignettes between her lovers, offspring, mother, a […]

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Sarah Jessica Parker Accused of Breaching Jewelry Endorsement Deal in New Lawsuit

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Sarah Jessica Parker Accused of Breaching Jewelry Endorsement Deal in New Lawsuit
Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker has been sued Wednesday by a jewelry maker who says that the actress stiffed the company on an endorsement agreement for a line bearing Parker’s name.

According to the suit, filed in federal court in New York by Kat Florence Design Limited, Kat Florence and Parker entered into an agreement for a “special line of high-end jewelry made of D color flawless diamonds and other gem types.”

The company also agreed to start at least three stand-alone shops in cities such as London and Rome, the suit says, and Parker agreed to do “photo shoots, personal appearances, and personal interviews in support of the line.”

“The Defendant Parker agreed to be part of the process in exchange for a payment over time of $7.5 million,” the suit reads. “Notwithstanding such agreement, she refused to properly participate and comply with her contractual obligations, making the success of this enterprise impossible.”
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Sarah Jessica Parker Sued for Allegedly Flaking on Jewelry Deal

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1:29 Pm Pt -- Sources close to Sjp tell us the actress was hit with several additional requests from the company after she'd already signed an original deal. We're told none of the new demands were in the first contract. Our sources say the new requests included -- 50 Instagram posts a year, bring Kat Florence to 4 events per year, wear the jewelry to 24 events per year Plus at all award shows, wear one piece to
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Robert Downey Jr. Says He Lived Through '30 Years of Depravity and Despair' Before Comeback

Robert Downey Jr. Says He Lived Through '30 Years of Depravity and Despair' Before Comeback
Robert Downey Jr. got personal in front of thousands at Monday’s Avengers: Infinity War world premiere.

Addressing the audience at the screening at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles (the same venue that hosts the Academy Awards), the Iron Man star, 53, referenced his battle with addiction in a sprawling and emotional speech.

“I want to talk about the past, present, and future,” Downey said onstage, alongside his Avengers costars, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Chadwick Boseman. “The past for me was 30 years of dependency, depravity, and despair… otherwise known as ‘An Actor Prepares!'”

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“The present
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Is There Still a Chance For Another New Satc Movie? Sarah Jessica Parker Isn’t Ruling It Out

Is There Still a Chance For Another New Satc Movie? Sarah Jessica Parker Isn’t Ruling It Out
Sarah Jessica Parker is weighing in on the possibilities of a forthcoming third Sex and the City movie — despite costar Kim Cattrall openly refusing to have any part of it.

“I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions. If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it,” Parker said in a new interview with Vulture, when asked about the prospect of a Satc reunion with Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones on the popular series and film franchise.
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Sarah Jessica Parker on Kim Cattrall: "There Is No Catfight"

Sarah Jessica Parker on Kim Cattrall:
Sarah Jessica Parker isn't—and never was—in a "catfight" with Kim Cattrall. Or so she says. After Cattrall made it clear she has zero interest in reprising her role as Samantha Jones in a third Sex and the City movie, multiple reports surfaced detailing decades of alleged hostility between the two actresses. Parker, who was careful not to badmouth her former co-star while promoting Season 2 of HBO's Divorce earlier this year, now says the tabloid stories were blown out of proportion. "I'd just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight," she tells Vulture. "I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it." (In...
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for HBO. While the premium network does not have three-time comedy champ “Veep” eligible for this cycle, they do have drama winner “Game of Thrones” back, returning drama nominee “Westworld”, returning comedy nominee “Silicon Valley” (Thomas Middleditch), the relaunch of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Larry David) and TV movies “Paterno” (Al Pacino) and “The Tale” (Laura Dern) among their 2018 contenders.

SEE2018 Emmys: Which drama will have the most nominations? ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things’ … [Poll]

Below, the list of HBO lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series, TV movies plus other genres. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

“Ballers”

Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Dwayne Johnson

Comedy Supporting Actress – Emayatzy Corinealdi,
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‘That show was as white as it gets!’ Sex and the City’s problematic legacy

Inspiring political memes and sartorial Instagrams, the show is having a second wind thanks to social media. But how does its stand up in 2018?

The Halloween before last, Dan Clay went out in an outfit that changed his life. He paired a baby-pink tank top with a white tutu and accessorised with heels, a tumble of blond curls and a splash of NYC puddle water: Carrie Dragshaw was born. “It started as a really innocent Halloween costume with no aspirations of internet celebrity,” says the Manhattan-based strategy consultant, whose 108,000 Instagram followers now include one Sarah Jessica Parker.

Clay’s earliest memories of Sex and the City involve publicly scorning the show as a still-closeted frat boy, but those days are long gone. “The first time I got into it, it was like a complete Carrie love-fest,” he says. “I was like ‘She is me! I am her! I’ve never seen myself so mirrored!
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‘Blue Night’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” a sensitive but shallow homage to 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” is that it convincingly validates the idea of updating the Agnès Varda classic. The worst thing that can be said about it is that it peaks with a Sarah Jessica Parker cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” during the closing credits, but we’ll get to that later.

The story of a beautiful young woman’s brush with mortality, Varda’s film used the timelessness of its premise as an opportunity to contextualize the topical despairs of the day, which ranged from the ongoing Algerian War to Édith Piaf’s recent stomach ulcer surgeries. Seen through the eyes of a potentially dying chanteuse — the film’s title refers to the anxious hours that its heroine spends waiting for the results of a biopsy — everything became equally small,
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Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker Talks "Terrifying" Singing in 'Blue Night'

Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker Talks
Sarah Jessica Parker stars in her first film in three years in Blue Night, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.

The film, directed by Fabien Constant and written by Laura Eason, tells the story of a jazz-pop singer named Vivienne (Parker), who has her world shattered after receiving some bad medical news.

Renee Zellweger, Taylor Kinney, Jacqueline Bisset, Simon Baker and Common also star in the film.

Although Parker has a background in musical theater, she found singing in the movie to be "theoretically terrifying." But, she explained, “It’s a song that has a...
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blue Night’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blue Night’
In the early 1990s, Madonna met with French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda about the idea of directing her in a remake “Cléo from 5 to 7.” That film, which was told virtually in real time, followed a free-spirited chanteuse confronted with her own mortality as she wanders the streets of Paris. Though the project never came to pass, its ghost lives on in French director Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” which considers itself more of an homage than a remake, pilfering from not just “Cléo,” but Antonioni’s “La Notte” and a handful of other European art films as well.

A mopey indie drama that delivers an unusually introspective role for “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker (who clearly relishes the opportunity to go deep), “Blue Night” wraps with Parker whisper-singing “I Think We’re Alone Now” over the end credits. That’s fitting for what basically amounts to a stylish,
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Sharon Horgan’s “Motherland” Comedy Series Coming to the U.S.

Motherland

Motherland” is already two seasons into its run on BBC in the UK, but it won’t be long before Sharon Horgan’s BAFTA-nominated series is available for U.S. viewers. Deadline reports that the sitcom has been acquired by Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service, and is scheduled to make its exclusive U.S. debut on May 10.

Created and written by “Catastrophe” co-creator and star Horgan along with Holly Walsh (“Dead Boss”) and Helen and Graham Linehan (“The It Crowd”), the comedy centers on Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), “who always wanted her kids to be brought up like she was — by her mother. But instead her mom has abandoned her, so now she is thrown head first into the Motherland, where it’s sink or swim. While she struggles with work and life she meets a full array of hands-on parents,” including Alpha Moms and stay-at-home dads.
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‘Blue Night’ Film Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Loses the Pitch in Lackluster Drama

‘Blue Night’ Film Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Loses the Pitch in Lackluster Drama
Your response to “Blue Night,” a first narrative film from director Fabien Constant (“Mademoiselle C”), will very much depend on your response to Sarah Jessica Parker as a performer, for this is very much a vehicle for Parker, and it plays into some of her strengths and many of her weaknesses.

Blue Night” gets off to a very rocky start in a first sequence set in a hospital where Vivienne Carala (Parker) waits to see a doctor. The first shot is of her agonized eyes in extreme close-up, and the hand-held camera keeps very close to Vivienne. Constant (directing a script by Laura Eason, “House of Cards”) seems to want us to be inside of Vivienne’s head here, but the editing is so jerky that what results is spatially incoherent rather than emotionally involving.

Vivienne is told that she has a brain tumor and only around fourteen months to live if she seeks treatment, and after this diagnosis she wanders the streets of Manhattan in a daze. Vivienne is a singer, like the heroine of Agnès Varda’s French New Wave classic “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1962), but Cléo is a pop singer and Vivienne is supposed to be a respected but struggling jazz vocalist.

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Cléo spends most of Varda’s film waiting to hear a medical diagnosis that might be fatal, and so there is built-in suspense in this set-up. Vivienne knows right from the start of “Blue Night” that her days are numbered, and so all we can do is watch her despair as she totters around on her high-heeled, ankle-strap shoes. This is a far less compelling prospect.

Parker’s Vivienne is playing a gig at Birdland, where she once sang to some acclaim 25 years ago. Her career is not what she had hoped it would be, and this comes across in maybe the best scene in “Blue Night,” when Vivienne has to deal with an interviewer who asks about a “broken engagement” and whether this break-up affected her new album.

The record is titled “Third and A,” an address in the East Village where Vivienne once lived. Now she’s in a nice but modest apartment on 49th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, which is where her domineering and very attractive mother Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset) is waiting for her.

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Parker and Bisset make for a convincing mother and daughter in “Blue Night,” for they both have similar searing blue eyes, and they are both uneasy presences on camera. Vivienne finally escapes her mother’s undermining comments after giving her a desperate embrace. As she wanders around outside some more, she encounters a friend named Tessa, played by Renée Zellweger. Tessa is just as uneasy as Vivienne and Jeanne, and she disappears from the film entirely after a brief conversation with Vivienne about raising her young children.

There are times when “Blue Night” resembles one of those meandering, exploratory Elizabeth Taylor movies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, films where she tried to hold on to her glamorous earlier image while attempting to delve into psychic disturbances. Constant has Vivienne walking around a lot in “Blue Night,” and noticing things about people she sees on the streets, but these scenes don’t ever add up to anything.

If they were going to cast Parker as a jazz singer, they should never have had her perform, as she does at a club in “Blue Night.” She sings a new Rufus Wainwright song called “Unfollow the Rules,” and Parker sings it fairly well, but in a musical style that doesn’t bear even a passing resemblance to jazz. If Parker was going to play an esteemed but somewhat unsuccessful singer, surely this role should have been written as a musical-comedy performer who does shows at 54 Below rather than Birdland. (We see one of Vivienne’s albums on the wall of her apartment, and it is called “Subtlety,” a title that might get an unintentional laugh.)

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Parker has image problems now that have to do with her extreme success on the TV show “Sex and the City.” She had been a likable child actress and then a charming ingénue, but her Carrie Bradshaw became increasingly unsympathetic while the show itself presented her as a lovable heroine. This disconnect was matched by Parker’s attempt to take on a very glamorous and grand-lady-like image while still holding on to her most girlish mannerisms from her child-star days: the perpetual tilt of her head in conversation with others, the way she is always nervously pushing her hair behind her ears.

Blue Night” is another miscalculation for Parker because it presents her as an entirely sympathetic heroine and a talented jazz singer, even though Parker is sending us behavioral signals that Vivienne is a flawed and calculating person. (And more likely to belt out “Tomorrow” at Marie’s Crisis rather than trade fours at Birdland.) What Parker really needs to do at this point is to play a spectacularly flawed or even villainous person outright. Only when she stops worrying about being sympathetic will her career get back on track.



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'Blue Night': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

Death comes for Carrie Bradshaw.

At the start of documentarian Fabien Constant’s first fiction feature, Blue Night, New York resident Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker) is told she has a likely malignant brain tumor. (Her doctor is played by former “Grams” Mary Beth Peil; it’s the Dawson’s Creek-Sex and the City crossover you never knew you needed!) Unlike Parker’s most famous character, however, Vivienne isn’t the kind of person who can go gab with doting gal pals or turn her tale of woe into a homiletic gossip column. She’s a moody lounge singer after all (Parker at one point gets to croon a Rufus Wainwright...
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‘Blue Night’ Producer on How to Get a More Gender-Balanced, Diverse Film Set (Guest Blog)

‘Blue Night’ Producer on How to Get a More Gender-Balanced, Diverse Film Set (Guest Blog)
They ask how we can make a difference, tip the scales, shrink the disparity. And it’s an important question, a necessary one, given how long this imbalance has been in place. For me, the answer seems crystal clear: Bring more women and people of color into productions, both in front of and behind the camera. Hire them. Period.

In making my new film “Blue Night” alongside my producing partner, Sarah Jessica Parker, and our all-female company Pretty Matches Productions, we made a conscious effort to hire as many female and diverse crew members as possible. I find that it’s best to start at the top: We had a female writer, line producer, production designer, 1st Ad, production manager, props master, and set decorator.

Our crew hailed from Spain, Peru, France, Australia, Croatia, Italy, Mexico, India, New Zealand…the list goes on, all the way across New York State and maybe even New Jersey! It’s also a below-the-line conversation. Who are the up-and-comers who can fill out the myriad departments that make up a film production? That first big job is incredibly difficult to secure, especially for people who don’t have the connections that come with privilege, and it’s vital to give access, so anyone who’s up for the challenge has an opportunity to prove themselves.

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I think that “first chances” are a major part of this conversation. If you’re in the position of making the hiring decisions, go out of your way to give someone a shot. They might not have the hours, the relationships, or the résumé — so be bold, take a chance. “Blue Night” was our writer Laura Eason’s first feature, but she has an extensive background in theater (“Sex With Strangers”) and television (“House of Cards”). We believed in her talent and were willing to take a bet and finance the script through our own discretionary fund. The results were spectacular, and the working relationship that blossomed was unlike any other. As much as we took a chance on her, she was taking one with us, and I’m confident that future collaborations will reflect the trust of that foundation.

I think it is our responsibility as producers to make ourselves available to others, to be willing to get to know talent outside of our immediate circles and be open to meeting fresh, emerging voices. We can’t rely on submissions alone, as those lists so often look the same — we need to be proactive. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, throw out the list, be curious and meet as many different people as possible.

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It’s up to us to mentor those who wouldn’t otherwise gain access to the work that they deserve. On our HBO series “Divorce,” each season we’ve had a shadow program for emerging directors. It also comes down to going above and beyond the mandates. This past season, female directors outnumbered the men 3:2. At the end of the day we just need to break the pattern. If we can lay the groundwork for those who are normally shut out, the benefits will be far-reaching for everyone.

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Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)

Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)
With a cast that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, and Common, “Blue Night” is one of the hottest projects at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Variety has an exclusive first look at the film’s moody poster, which features a forlorn-looking Parker in a sea of anonymous city dwellers.

The film follows Vivienne (Parker), a singer in New York City, whose world is shattered after she receives some bad news. It unfolds over the course of a day as she prepares for an upcoming world tour, navigates various personal and professional relationships, and reflects on her successes and failures, all while trying to find a private moment to share with others the news she has received from her doctor.

Blue Night” is Parker’s first film in three years. In addition to her work on HBO’s “Sex & the City” and “Divorce,” Parker has appeared in “Failure to Launch,
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort
Tribeca Film Festival may not rival the bidding wars of Sundance or studio tentpoles at SXSW. But it has cornered the market on cast reunions and Q&A sessions. This year is no exception, as the festival has lined up the makers of “Schindler’s List” (including Steven Spielberg), “Scarface” (Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer) and conversations from Bradley Cooper and John Legend. And then there are the movies playing throughout Manhattan, from April 18 through 29. Here are nine titles that could break out on the indie scene.

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‘Blue Night’ Clip: Sarah Jessica Parker Plays A Devastated Singer Wandering The Streets Of New York In Tribeca Drama

‘Blue Night’ Clip: Sarah Jessica Parker Plays A Devastated Singer Wandering The Streets Of New York In Tribeca Drama
Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker has become synonymous with New York City since her iconic role in Sex and the City. It shouldn’t be a surprise that her next project takes place in New York City — but it isn’t exactly a comedic Cosmo-fueled study on women and their relationships with men. In Blue Night, she plays a singer whose world is turned upside down when she gets a life-changing medical diagnosis. The clip above gives us a short — and ambiguous — taste of Parker in…
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Look Who’s Talking at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

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2018 Tribeca Film Festival – Look Who’s Talking Now!

Last year’s Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Talks series saw the unlikely on stage pairing of Robert Rodriguez and Barbra Streisand to discuss the latter’s career. Rodriguez revealed that in his household growing up Streisand was already revered as a singer and actress, but when she became a filmmaker it inspired a young Robert to take up a camera himself.

The 2018 line-up doesn’t have any pairings quite as surprising, but there are still some exciting names to see alongside each other such as Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee who’ll discuss their movie passions, while Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and all round legend Robert De Niro will interview Bradley Cooper about his career as actor, producer and director. Other names taking to the Tribeca Talks stage this year include Alexander Payne, Laura Poitras, Nancy Meyers, John Legend, Edward Burns, Jamie Foxx,
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