A pair of Audience Awards were handed out at tonight’s Tribeca Film Festival wrap party: one for a narrative film, the other for a documentary. Australian director Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket (pictured above) won the former – the Laos-set film also won the two awards from the Festival’s jury earlier this week, including Best Narrative Feature, the top prize. Meanwhile, the Documentary Audience Award went to Bridegroom, a documentary by Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason that focuses on the timely same-sex marriage debate by exploring the difficulties faced by a gay man after the untimely death of his partner. READ FULL STORY »
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Tribeca Film Festival: Paul Verhoeven discusses the crowd-sourced 'Tricked' and how Hollywood has changed
Paul Verhoeven is responsible for some of the most memorable, most bonkers Hollywood blockbuster moments in recent memory: The three-breasted alien in Total Recall, a revealing leg-uncrossing in Basic Instinct, pretty much everything in Showgirls. But the Dutch director hasn’t made a American project since 2000′s Hollow Man and hasn’t made any kind of film since 2006′s well-received Black Book.
With Tricked, which screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Verhoeven returns to the directing chair, but not without a little help from his fans. The film is a bit of an experiment: Using only a five-minute script from a professional screenwriter, Verhoeven then turned to the public to finish the film in additional five-minute increments. It’s essentially one big game of Exquisite Corpse that ended in a genial and twist-filled comedy of sexual manners. We caught up with the director at the festival to discuss his latest project, as well as why Hollywood is a completely different beast since his blockbuster heyday. READ FULL STORY »
Prince Avalanche looks like a movie for anyone who has ever wondered who paints the lines on country roads. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as road workers in a desolate area of Texas that leaves them increasingly getting on each other’s nerves. In the trailer, Rudd writes to the unseen Madison about how he doesn’t miss city life and how he is pretty sure there’s something wrong with her brother (Hirsch). Writer/director David Gordon Green directed bro-comedies like Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, but judging from this trailer, Avalanche is going to be quieter, subtler, and more indie, like Green’s All The Real Girls and Snow Angels.
Avalanche premiered at Sundance and was quickly scooped up by Magnolia Pictures. The film also screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released Aug. 9.
Enjoy the fishing, hammock-sitting, and contemplative voice over below:
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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Among the films juries selected for top prizes? Australian film The Rocket, Dutch-Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and American documentary The Kill Team.
The awards were announced as the festival heads into its second and last weekend. Films will screen through Sunday, and the winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday. READ FULL STORY »
Earlier today at the Women’s Filmmaker Brunch, the Tribeca Film Festival announced Meera Menon as the first recipient of The Nora Ephron Prize for her work on the film Farah Goes Bang. Selected out of eight filmmakers, Menon will receive $25,000 for “work and talent that embody the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer,” according to a press release. The award will be presented to her by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Vogue‘s creative digital director, Sally Singer. READ FULL STORY »
Tribeca Film Festival: Clark Gregg discusses his film 'Trust Me' and coming back as Agent Coulson in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
While many know Clark Gregg for his work as the most beloved tertiary character in a multi-billion-dollar mega-movie-franchise, not everyone may be aware that the actor who played Agent Coulson in the Marvel films also has a knack for writing and directing. Having made his debut behind the camera with 2008′s Choke, an adaptation of the sex-fueled Chuck Palahniuk novel, Gregg premiered his latest feature, Trust Me, at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. In it, he plays Howard, a lowly Hollywood agent who specializes in representing child stars. A number of recognizable names like Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell round out the cast. We spoke with Gregg about taking a seat behind the camera, as well as how he feels about returning to TV as Agent Coulson in Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. READ FULL STORY »
Jon Stewart talks timeless satire and fearful politicians in 'Herblock' documentary -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
This week, the documentary Herblock — The Black & the White, about the life and legacy of the revered political cartoonist Herbert Block — who earned three Pulitzers, total editorial control, and the warning “Don’t mess with Herb” around The Washington Post newsroom where he spent 55 years – premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. It should come as no surprise that it features insights from Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “From the nearly three years it took to assemble the 40-plus interviews that make up [the film], we heard from so many how Jon Stewart is an heir in many ways to Herb and his satirical style,” director Michael Stevens tells EW in an email. “When we interviewed Jon — he was our last — he called Herb a ‘touchstone’ for all of those comics, writers and satirists who feel it’s their job to take on the powerful and stick up for the little guy.”
Watch a sneak peek of Stewart below, cut exclusively for EW by Stevens, who’s won four consecutive Emmys for shepherding The Kennedy Center Honors with his producing-partner father, George Stevens, Jr. (a streak that, it’s worth noting, began with the 2009 telecast that included Stewart delivering a benchmark tribute to honoree Bruce Springsteen). READ FULL STORY »
James Franco is a pretty fashionable guy, so it makes sense that he’s involved with the anticipated Tribeca documentary The Director, about Italian fashion house Gucci, which is set to premiere at the annual NYC film fest on April 21.
The Director tells the story of iconic brand under the creative direction of Frida Giannini. The doc covers 18 months behind-the-scenes at Gucci with Giannini, exploring how her unique vision is brought to life in the brand’s models, designs, and shows.
Franco is also one of the documentary’s producers, and also appears in the film. He’s seen in the new trailer readying for one of the ad campaigns he’s shot for the brand.
Check out The Director trailer below.
Tribeca Film Festival: Justin Long sweet-talks Evan Rachel Wood in 'A Case of You' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Justin Long grew up watching and loving Woody Allen movies, so it’s no surprise that he absorbed the line from 1989′s Crimes and Misdemeanors, that “Comedy is tragedy, plus time.” When Long and Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers) were simultaneously recovering from painful romantic breakups several years ago, they channeled their pain into the romantic-comedy script that became A Case of You, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday.
Long stars as Sam, a shy New York writer who develops a crush on Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), the quirky barista at his local coffee stop. When his initial attempts to get her attention fail, he invents an Internet profile for a much cooler version of himself that he manipulates to her likes and preferences. To keep her attention, however, he might actually have to eventually do and be all the things his online alter ego promises.
In an exclusive meet-cute scene from the movie, Sam finally gets up the nerve to speak to Birdie at the coffee shop. “He’s been a regular customer there and sort of watched her from afar,” says Long. “You get the idea that he’s somehow infatuated with her but this is the first time that they’re really having a moment together where she’s aware of him participating.”
They giggle over some doodles and the bond is sealed when a third party interrupts, making them feel like co-conspirators in their own inside joke. “I think the most important thing about a romantic-comedy is that you believe they’d find similar things funny,” says Long. “I think that’s true in relationships too. I don’t think people give that enough credit, how common your sense of humors link up.”
Watch the sweet scene below, and then read a Q&A with Long, who discusses his screenwriting debut and his role in the Funny or Die biopic, iSteve. READ FULL STORY »
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