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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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New York City suspends film permits due to winter storm Nemo

New York City’s Mayor’s office announced this afternoon that film permits for Saturday, Feb. 9 have been suspended due to severe weather –  specifically, winter storm Nemo, which is expected to leave the city blanketed in 10 to 14 inches of snow.

Other areas of the city’s entertainment industry have not been affected by the storm, at least as of yet. Though the Broadway League issued a weather alert at 2 p.m. ET, it also said that Broadway shows are still expected to play as scheduled tonight and Saturday. Dozens of people are currently lined up outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, waiting in makeshift tents and sleeping bags for a chance to get tickets for this weekend’s Justin Bieber-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, which will tape as scheduled tomorrow. And New York’s Fashion Week is also continuing as planned, though its organizers told the Associated Press that they’ll be bringing in extra crews to assist with snow removal and increasing the heat in their venues.

If Mayor Bloomberg had his way, though, New Yorkers would stay in rather than trying to brave Broadway or attend runway shows. “What’s a good idea? Cook a meal, stay home, read a good book, watch a movie, just take it easy,” he urged at a press conference this afternoon. “What would be great is if you left work early today, got home, parked your car in a legal parking place, and if you have to go around use mass transit.”

Read more:
AMC closes some Boston theaters because of winter storm Nemo
The Northeast finds Nemo — in the form of a giant winter storm
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'The Evil Dead' remake at New York Comic-Con: A gory new trailer, and the wisdom of Bruce Campbell

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The Project: The Evil Dead, the remake of the low-budget Saim Raimi gorefest which kickstarted one of the great cult-film horror franchises.

The Panel: Star Jane Levy, director Fede Alvarez, and Bruce Campbell, star of the original Evil Dead trilogy and de facto mascot of all things Comic-Con. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s resident playboy Dalton Ross.

Footage Screened: An extended and extremely gory trailer for the remake debuted in front of a crowd. The beats of the film are familiar: A group of young people go into a remote cabin. But the trailer quickly descends into extremely visceral violence. Some of it looks familiar, including the saw-assisted removal of a demonic hand and a frisky tree. Some of it is all new: The trailer ended with one of the female characters cutting into her own mouth with what appeared to be a box cutter. Aesthetic-wise, it looks like they’re going for something in the neighborhood of “an orgy of bloodshed.” READ FULL STORY

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