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Jon Favreau's 'Chef' and jazz doc 'Keep On Keepin' On' win audience awards at Tribeca Film Fest

Film buffs at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival deemed Jon Favreau’s Chef and Alan Hicks’ documentary Keep On Keepin’ On the best of the fest, voting both films audience award winners.

Prizes for the honor include $25,000 each for the filmmakers and an additional festival screening on Sunday, the festival’s last day. An added feather in Hicks’ cap: Radius-TWC picked up worldwide distribution rights to his doc. He also won the juried prize for new documentary director earlier in the week.

Keep On Keepin’ On chronicles jazz legend Clark Terry’s mentorship of a young blind piano prodigy. READ FULL STORY

Israeli comedy, Paul Schneider win top Tribeca prizes

Zero Motivation, a dark comedy about the lives of Israeli female soldiers, was named the top film at the 13th Tribeca Film Festival. Writer/director Tayla Lavie accepted the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, as well as the Nora Ephron Prize, which goes to the female filmmaker who best embodies Ephron’s spirit and vision. “In her unique and ambitious first feature, [Lavie] deftly handled such difficult themes as the military, sexism, love, ambition, and friendship,” the jury noted. “This filmmaker also pulled off the awesome feat of managing multiple characters and storylines. In what was definitely the most hilarious film we saw at the festival … the winning film is a fresh, original, and heartfelt comedy about life behind the scenes in the Israeli army.”

Paul Schneider won Best Actor for his role in Junebug writer Angus MacLachlan’s dramedy Goodbye to All That, and Italian actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Munich) won Best Actress for playing a conflicted wife and mother in Human Capital.

For a complete listing of Tribeca’s awards, courtesy of the Festival, click below: READ FULL STORY

For Adam Levine and Keira Knightley in 'Begin Again,' love is a song -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Fans of Once, the 2007 musical romance that melted hearts and won an Oscar for Best Song, could be singing a new tune when Once director John Carney unveils Begin Again in July. Set in New York City instead of Dublin, the film features similar lonely souls who find each other through music. Mark Ruffalo plays a washed-up record exec, and Keira Knightley plays the heartbroken songwriter who sniffs at fame but might have the talent to redeem them both. READ FULL STORY

Kate McKinnon talks film debut and her favorite 'Saturday Night Live' creations -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Kate McKinnon knows her way around a hyper-intense lady.

On Saturday Night Live, the comedian has made a name for herself going all-in on characters that wouldn’t place at the self-awareness Olympics. (“Crazy eyes” is a nickname one could often use to describe her creations.) Now, she’s bringing that energy to Intramural, her first major role in a feature film.

Intramural, a send-up of feel-good sports stories, centers around a group of fifth-year college seniors, led by Caleb (The Office‘s Jake Lacy), who attempt to relive the glory days by reuniting the old intramural football team and doubling down on a rivalry that runs deep. McKinnon portrays Caleb’s eccentric, demanding girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Vicky. “The film is so goofy,” McKinnon tells EW about the movie that’s screening as part of the Tribeca Film Festival this week. “I did this film with really great guys [including SNLers Jay Pharoah and Beck Bennett] and it was so much fun being in Austin for the summer [for the shoot]. It was like summer camp. It’s a wild romp and so fun.”

Read on for McKinnon’s thoughts about why so many of her characters could kindly be called clueless, her Intramural co-stars, and Saturday Night Live — because clearly we had to ask her about the already-classic musical sketch “Twin Bed.” READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes' available on Vimeo for rental -- VIDEO

Joss Whedon fans got a nice surprise last night when Whedon revealed that April 20 wasn’t just the day his latest film, In Your Eyes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival: It’s also the day anyone with an internet connection could rent the film for $5.

Whedon wasn’t able to attend the New York screening, but he taped a video message to play after the movie that revealed April 20 was also In Your Eyes‘s worldwide release date. “This is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution, and we get $5,” Whedon explained. Can’t argue with that.

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Alice Cooper is 'Super Duper' in new Tribeca documentary -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Before Alice Cooper the shock-rocker of the 1970s, there was Alice Cooper the band. And before Alice Cooper the band, there was Vincent Furnier. The son and grandson of Christian ministers, Furnier was an aspiring artist who idolized Salvador Dalí. But once the Beatles showed him that rock and roll was an even greater canvas, he embarked on a long, strange trip of a career that would make him loved and loathed, but impossible to ignore. “We were all art majors, and the Beatles came along and gave us a vehicle, and the vehicle was rock and roll,” says Cooper, who officially adopted that stage name for himself in the mid 1970s. “All of a sudden, we went, ‘Wow, look at this. What if we did this live? What if the theatrics was actually a living thing, with rock and roll behind it?’”

Preceding Kiss and Motley Crue, and eons before Marilyn Manson, Cooper cultivated a hellion stage persona that would seduce young audiences, while shocking their conservative parents. Macabre face-paint, giant serpents, and live chickens that may or may not have been mutilated on stage became part of the operatic hard-rock legend that’s the backdrop of Super Duper Alice Cooper, a rock-doc that premiered April 17 at the Tribeca Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes': Watch the gripping first three minutes before Tribeca -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) puts a supernatural twist on the timeless boy-meets-girl storyline for In Your Eyes, which he wrote and executive produced. Now, you can watch the first three minutes of the film before it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Patrick Stewart has a secret past in Tribeca movie 'Match' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In Match, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, Patrick Stewart plays a renowned former dancer and Juilliard teacher, who welcomes the opportunity to tell old stories when a graduate student (Carla Gugino) and her husband (Matthew Lillard) arrange an interview for her dissertation on contemporary-dance history. But their conversation soon shifts and becomes more tense, as it becomes clear that the couple has ulterior motives for tracking him down.

Stephen Belber adapted his 2004 Broadway play — which starred Frank Langella in the lead role — and directed the film, which sticks to the strong three-character dynamic that was the basis of the play. “It’s been opened up a little for film,” says Stewart, who didn’t see the stage version. “The development within the film is all linked to what people say rather than to what they do. There are three people, talking to each other. One of the principle things in the screenplay that powerfully drew me to this project was that a situation arises where a man is forced to analyze and reconsider incidents in his past that have changed the lives of many people, and this is what gives Match ultimately its power and its drama.”

Click below for an exclusive clip from Match: READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Leighton Meester signed on to the BFF dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.

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Tribeca: Between Nas and 'Begin Again,' what are the festival's must-see movies

The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.

After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering a new phase in its maturation. Last month, the Madison Square Garden Company purchased 50 percent of Tribeca Enterprises, the entity that runs the festival. MSG’s world-class venues, like the Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall, give the festival a higher profile. The deal also represents some permanence: Tribeca isn’t going away anytime soon. READ FULL STORY

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