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Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what Nas has done in his career. It’s about bridging cultures and bridging communities — that’s what his work is about.”

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'Jem and the Holograms' movie to crowdsource its casting process

A lot of young girls from the 1980s pretended to be Jem, the Hasbro doll and cartoon character who lived a double life as a glam rocker. Now, a new generation of girls has the opportunity to play her in a live-action movie. Producers Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu are planning a Jem and the Holograms film, and they’re relying on fans of the cartoon to help with the movie — and perhaps even star in it. “We want to invite you into our process and help us make our next movie, from writing music to designing costumes to even casting,” said Chu, in a YouTube video. “Whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative time. Sort of like Kickstarter — but rather than asking for money, we’re asking for your creativity.”

“We are looking for the most talented girls and boys in the world to be in our movie,” said Braun, who represents Justin Bieber. “We want you to be our movie star.”

The announcement/recruitment video concludes with the trio inviting aspiring Jems and aspiring Holograms to upload pictures, messages of what fans love about Jem, and a two-minute audition video. “This is the real way we’re making our movie,” said Chu, who also directed two Bieber documentaries. “This is not a contest. This is actually how we’re putting things together.”

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Keira Knightley musical to close Tribeca Film Festival

Once director John Carney’s upcoming musical with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine will close the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 26. “Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights,” said Carney in a statement. “That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its U.S. premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival.”

Previously titled Can a Song Save Your Life? when it premiered at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, Begin Again tells the Once-like romance between a washed-up music exec (Ruffalo) and a heartbroken songwriter (Knightley) whose ex (Levine) has just become a spoiled superstar. “The idea of an A&R man discovering an act and what discoveries are left and what does fame sort of mean anymore were some of the themes I wanted to talk about in this movie,” Carney told EW in Toronto. “What I liked about the conflict between Keira and Ruffalo in the film, which I hope people are seeing, is what does an old-school A&R man do with a young talent who genuinely doesn’t want the limelight?”

The film co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and CeeLo Green.

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27.

'As the Palaces Burn': Randy Blythe and director Don Argott discuss the documentary

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When director Don Argott first teamed with Lamb of God for a documentary, the idea was to profile fans of the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band in different countries during a 2012 tour. But when the band arrived in the Czech Republic late that June, frontman Randy Blythe was arrested:. He was accused of pushing a young fan who’d rushed the stage back into the audience at a show in Prague two years earlier — causing a head injury that later took the fan’s life. Keeping the cameras rolling required trust. “Don was there and filmed my wife coming to visit me, but he wound up not using that and not really filming that much, because he felt it was more important to be there to support her as a friend, as a human being,” Blythe says.

As the Palaces Burn captures Blythe’s emotionally-charged return to the stage that August at Iowa’s Knotfest following his release. “They didn’t show this in the film, but our friends in the band Machine Head, who played before us on that stage, had blown the power. We were about an hour late going on, so there was 10,000 people in front of that stage chanting for like an hour,” Blythe says. (The reaction to the delay played a little too light, Argott explains. “Whether the power had gone out or not, it was a tense moment for you,” he says to Blythe. “It was tense for an hour,” Blythe responds, with a laugh.)

The documentary also follows Blythe’s return to the Czech Republic to stand trial in 2013, a decision he explains in the video below.  READ FULL STORY

Elijah Wood talks about his new thriller 'Grand Piano'

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In the new thriller Grand Piano, a stage-fright-stricken classical pianist (Elijah Wood) is informed he must perform his comeback recital perfectly or get shot to death. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and costarring John Cusack and Alex Winter, the film opens theatrically in New York and Austin, Tx., today. To mark the film’s release, we spoke to Wood about tickling the ivories — and why it pays to hang out in Austin bars.

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Steven Spielberg to develop 'West Side Story' for Fox? Who knows? Could be...

Fox is dusting off West Side Story, the 1961 musical that won 10 Academy Awards, based on hints that Steven Spielberg is interested in developing the property for a big-screen remake. Deadline initially reported the news, which focuses equally on the role DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snyder might play if she jumps studios, and sources familiar with the project confirm to EW that wheels are in motion to make West Side Story available for the legendary director as a possible “passion project.”

Spielberg has never made a musical, and West Side Story is one of the most acclaimed movie musicals of all time. It would be fascinating to see what the director of Saving Private Ryan and E.T. would do with the tale of a Romeo & Juliet-style forbidden love affair between a boy and a girl from rival, ethnically divided New York City street gangs. The 1961 movie, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers, won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Music, and five other categories. READ FULL STORY

'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana perform 'Love is an Open Door' -- VIDEO

Frozen won two Oscars on Sunday night, including the big one for Best Animated Film. The hit song “Let It Go” also picked up the statue for Best Original Song after Idina Menzel sang it beautifully for the Dolby Theatre’s audience. Her vocal co-star Kristen Bell co-presented the Academy’s sci-tech awards with Michael B. Jordan — but if you wanted to hear and see her sing, there’s still an opportunity.

On Feb. 9, most of the film’s cast gathered for a “live cabaret” through Frozen‘s hit soundtrack. Some of the event’s best bits still haven’t been seen publicly — but thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere, the Mouse’s new cloud-based digital movie service, there’s now video of Bell and Santino Fontana, who played the devious Hans, bantering back and forth as they perform “Love is an Open Door.”

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Oscars 2014: How Steven Price created a 3-D score for 'Gravity'

Steven Price was only supposed to work on Gravity for three weeks.

The team brought him in for a quick fix. There was a screening approaching quickly and the film still didn’t have a score, so they asked Price — best known for his work as a music editor at that point — to come in. “I thought I was going to go in just to kind of help them throw things together,” he told EW. “And then I met Alfonso.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars ceremony to have a splash of Pink

Pink will make a “special appearance” at the Oscars on March 2. “We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

“Special appearance”? “Highly anticipated moment”? She’s going to sing, right? The Academy isn’t saying for sure, though you typically don’t invite a Grammy-winning artist to introduce Best Live Action Short.

Pink went by her given name, Alecia Moore, in Thank You for Sharing, the 2013 sex-addiction drama that starred Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Gad.

Bette Midler to perform at Oscars

Bette Midler will sing at this year’s Oscars, the Academy announced this morning. It will be the first time that the two-time nominee will perform at the Academy Awards. “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

The Academy did not specify what song the Divine Miss M will be singing, nor how her performance will fit into the ceremony. One intriguing possibility would be Midler singing during the In Memoriam montage — perhaps “The Wind Beneath My Wings” — much like Barbra Streisand sang “The Way We Were” last year to honor Marvin Hamlisch.

Midler was nominated for Best Actress for The Rose (1979) and For the Boys (1991).

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