Check out new images and synopses for the following films from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival:
- Adult World – Scott Coffey’s comedy starring Emma Roberts (Celeste and Jesse Forever) and John Cusack (The Raven) that centers on a recent college graduate with dreams of becoming a famous poet who ends up working at an adult book store instead.
- Almost Christmas – Phil Morrison’s comedy features Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as two French Canadian Christmas tree salesmen who travel to New York to sell trees.
- Bottled Up – Previously titled Something in the Water, the Enid Zentelis’ film starring Josh Hamilton (Dark Skies) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) centers on struggles with addiction.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses.
We’ve got a collection of new images and synopses from films screening in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Special Screening selection. The films include:
- Michaelangelo Frammartino’s Alberi
- Barbara Kopple’s Running from Crazy
- Charles Lane’s Sidewalk Stories
- Eric Rochant’s Möbius
- Michael Stevens’ Herblock – The Black & the White
- Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Hit the jump for the images and synopses from each film. The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17th to the 28th.
WarGames left theaters nearly three decades ago, but a special screening and panel at The Tribeca Film Festival showed little erosion on its emotional impact or the immediacy of its ethical questions. The production wasn’t easy on Its director, John Badham, who came in mid-shoot to right the production. Having not screened it for 15 years, the filmmaker had enough perspective to be able to truly enjoy his work. Hit the jump for our interview with Badham, including some pretty incredible backstory from the set, how he handled the controversial production, his thoughts on Seth Gordon’s upcoming WarGames remake and why another of his classics, Saturday Night Fever, is still relevant.
In 1983, Ally Sheedy catapulted to stardom as Jennifer, the beautiful girl next door, in WarGames, about a computer hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) whose innocent prying turns into a game gone very wrong, with potentially global consequences. Instant stardom and a successful film career followed. 29 years later, the award-winning actress revisited her role, as part of a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the film and the ethical questions it continues to raise.
Hit the jump for our interview with Sheedy and her thoughts on seeing the film for the first time since its release, its relevance, Seth Gordon’s upcoming remake (including casting options) and more.
Robert De Niro says one of his buzzed about sequels is progressing, while he wasn’t aware of another that has long been rumored. At a Tribeca Film Festival panel with the Oscar-winning actor & award winning writer/director/producer Judd Apatow to mark the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures, De Niro talked about follow-ups to the studio’s 1988 hit comedy Midnight Run and the film which won him a Best Actor Oscar, Raging Bull.
Hit the jump to see which is likely and which is, well, more complicated.
Attendees of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will be some of the first to catch Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. It was announced today that the “mother of all superhero movies” will play as the closing film of the festival on April 28th. We previously reported that the film will have its World Premiere on April 11th, nearly a month before it opens wide. The early premiere date is likely due to the massive schedule syncing needed to get all the stars of the movie together in the same place at the same time. The Avengers will certainly be a standout at Tribeca amongst more indie/less explosion-y fare, so it should be fun to get audience reaction from the screening. Local heroes have been invited to share in the experience, as “everyday heroes from police agencies, fire departments, first responders and various branches of the U.S. military” will have the opportunity to attend the screening.
The superhero pic makes a nice bookend, as Nicholas Stoller’s commercial (but no less awesome-looking) romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt will open the fest. Hit the jump to read the full press release. The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18 – 29.
The rest of the selections for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival have been announced. We previously shared the selections for the festival’s world narrative and documentary competition categories as well as out-of-competition viewpoint titles. Today the fest unveiled selections for the Spotlight and Cinemania sections. Some of the films set to screen include Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary Mansome, and Struck By Lightning written by and starring Glee star Chris Colfer.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of selected films. The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18th – 29th.
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival is set to begin in a little over a month, and today the fest announced selections for its world narrative and documentary competition sections as well as its out-of-competition viewpoint titles. Director Nicholas Stoller’s romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is slated to open the festival, and today’s announced line-up adds James Franco’s documentary Francophrenia (which is made up of footage from Franco’s stint on General Hospital), the Kate Bosworth starrer While We Were Here, the horror love story Jack and Diane starring Juno Temple, and much, much more.
Hit the jump to check out this initial round of selections, and be sure to check back Thursday when the rest of the festival’s line-up is announced. The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18th – 29th.
After setting heads nodding and knees bouncing in unison at Sundance, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest got a Tribeca Film Festival crowd moving to the beat and, occasionally, to tears, for its homecoming screening. Shown in the city that gave rise to the documentary’s titular characters, the New York premiere had a distinctly family vibe.
Hit the jump for audio and highlights from one of the festival’s liveliest q&a sessions all week. Director Michael Rapaport and ATCQ members Malik Taylor (a.k.a. Phife Dawg) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (seeing the film on a big screen for the 1st time) took the stage after the packed screening at the festival’s biggest venue: the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Today the Tribeca Film Festival announced that they will be hosting the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union, which chronicles the collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell. The premiere will be followed by a live performance from John himself. Ever the music aficionado, Crowe intimately documented John’s composing process, capturing the entire writing and recording process of John and Russell’s collaboration album “The Union”. Speaking about Tribeca’s selection of the film, Crowe had this to say:
“As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration. We can’t wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival.”
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 20th-May 1st. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Dr. Julian Bashir logged some serious travel as the chief medical officer of space station Deep Space Nine and the USS Defiant. The man who played the good doctor for seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Alexander Siddig, has collected a huge stash of frequent flier miles on his own, lately.
Collider caught up with Siddig during his worldwide tour to promote Cairo Time which opened this past weekend in limited release to the highest per theater average ($62,250 at five frequently sold-out locations for a $12,450 per screen) of any film in release over the frame. Hit the jump for the audio and transcript of the interview and for all things Deep Space Nine, his controversial new film Miral with Freida Pinto and director Julian Schnabel and whether he’s been approached about taking part in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.
Andy Serkis is in flux. Again. In an industry thick with top-flight thespians known for a complete immersion with each new role, the 46 year-old stands apart because of his whole-hearted embrace of new technology. From his complex portrayals of Gollum in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and the title role in King Kong to his work as Captain Haddock in Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and his return to Middle Earth on The Hobbit films, no other actor has consistently morphed from project to project, over the past decade, with the same combination of acting ability and performance capture innovation.
However, the biggest innovation in Andy Serkis’ latest project, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, is Serkis himself. He reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds, worked out the right side of his body while letting his left side go weak and wore a leg caliper for months to mold himself into the polio-afflicted British punk icon Ian Dury. His role off-camera also changed, as he conceived and shaped the film with the screenwriter Paul Viragh. Add those responsibilities to his recently formed production company, a new performance capture studio/academy and you have a man in transition.
Collider caught up with Serkis for a revealing conversation about his changing career and his own background. Hit the jump for the audio and transcription, along with plenty of stories on The Hobbit, Tintin, Burke & Hare, Steven Spielberg. Guillermo del Toro, John Landis and, of course, Peter Jackson.
Gollum’s long climb back to the big screen will begin a bit later than we first thought. The Hobbit‘s co-star Andy Serkis tells Collider, “That’s probably not looking like it’s gonna happen till the end of the year-ish. “ He continues, “That’s the latest I’ve heard, but I mean, you know, there’s no…You know, it’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment, really.”
Serkis said he is “very excited” about reprising his role of Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. However, when asked if cameras would start rolling in December, he said, “I think it’s sort of towards the back-end of this year. I really, people keep asking me. I’m really ashamed to say, I’m probably no better off than you are, because dates keep changing and all the rest of it. Sorry I can’t give you any hot tips there. (Laughs).”
Hit the jump for the rest of the story.
James Franco (Spider-Man and Pineapple Express) showcased Saturday Night, his all-access documentary about SNL for a New York premiere& panel at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday at the Directors Guild of America. The film (which debuted at SXSW in March) is a fly-on-the wall look at the show’s production week for the December 6, 2008 episode with host John Malkovich.
Hit the jump to hear audio from a very lively panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger with Franco (who’s hosted SNL twice) and cast members: Will Forte (MacGruber), Kenan Thompson (Fat Albert) & Jenny Slate (who joined the cast nine months after the documentary was filmed). They give away several secrets, including how Franco got unprecedented access; a big dispute over MacGruber & why Kenan Thompson didn’t think Ludacris was the most supportive host.
Fresh off his success at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, the director of the award-winning documentary The Woodmans (not to be confused with the 2004 Kevin Bacon film The Woodsman) shared his experience with Collider to help aspiring filmmakers. C. Scott Willis took home the festival’s Best New York Documentary along with a fair share of critical and audience buzz. He’s an Emmy-Award winning producer with an extensive news background (CNN, ABC News’ Nightline & PBS’ Frontline), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The Woodmans tracks the life of Francesca Woodman, whose inventive photography became celebrated, only after her tragic death in 1981. She came from a family of artists (parents Betty & George Woodman & brother Charlie) & they tell most of her story in the film.
Hit the jump for the full audio and transcription. He has advice on every phase of filmmaking that ranges from ethical questions to the festival submission process.