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Tribeca Film Festival: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield bond in dark comedy 'About Alex'

Aubrey Plaza was terror-stricken when she arrived at the abandoned Catskills ski lodge that served as the set of her indie film About Alex — so much so that she became closer to her castmates than originally expected.

“I forced Jane [co-star Jane Levy] to move in with me because I was terrified I would get murdered by some mountain person,” confesses Plaza, one of the lead characters in the film about a group of old college friends who reunite over a long weekend to bond after one of their pals attempts suicide. “I felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and it was totally creepy.” READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Paul Schneider can say 'Goodbye' to his marriage -- EXCLUSIVE

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In Goodbye to All That, a new movie from the writer of Junebug, Otto can pretty much pin-point the moment he realized his marriage was over. It was probably right around the time he and his wife went to see their marriage counselor, who proceeded to inform him, “Your marriage is over.” It’s not a moment a person — or viewers — would forget quickly.

“A lot of the film was inspired by incidents that have happened to very close friends of mine,” says Junebug scribe and first-time director Angus MacLachlan. “I think anybody who’s married has fear that sometimes they’re not keeping their eye on the ball until something out of the blue comes up.”

Paul Schneider (All the Real Girls) plays Otto, a somewhat oblivious graphic designer who finds himself back in the dating pool after his wife (Melanie Lynskey) stuns him with her intention to leave him. But technology presents a bevy of new romantic opportunities — and pitfalls. Otto discovers Facebook and OkCupid and has a series of online-instigated encounters with old girlfriends (Heather Graham), savvy online daters (Ashley Hinshaw), and surprising suburbanites (Anna Camp). READ FULL STORY

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.

Knicks hoops documentary headlines Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

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The New York Knicks are one of basketball’s most storied franchises but they haven’t won an NBA title since 1973. Celebrity fans like Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and screenwriter William Goldman worshipped the star-studded — but team-first — Knicks teams of that championship era, and a generation of aging sportswriters refuse to let those hardwood legends die. Actor Michael Rapaport was only three years old when the Knicks won their last title, but he’s turned his yearning for those glory years into a documentary, When the Garden was Eden.

Rapaport’s movie, which is also part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series, headlines this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, and will be the program’s gala premiere on April 17. “As a native New Yorker and lifelong Knicks fan, it was an honor to explore the championship New York Knick teams,” Rapaport said in a statement. “Those players have been a part of my vocabulary since I was a child…Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Willis Reed are icons of New York City and it’s been a privilege to be a part of re-telling the Knicks story.”

Also premiering is Champs, which examines how the brutal sport pulled all-time greats, like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, out of a life of crime and poverty.

Click below for the entire Tribeca/ESPN lineup, descriptions courtesy of the festival: READ FULL STORY

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”

Highlights in the Spotlight section include Jon Favreau’s Chef, which co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, and Scarlett Johansson; Courteney Cox’s directorial debut, the comedy Just Before I Go; and Katie Holmes playing a schoolteacher who’s not as dainty as she appears in Miss Meadows.

The Midnight section will open with the feature film Preservation, the frightening story of a hunting trip gone awry. But let’s all agree that this category starts and ends with Zombeavers. “Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the seven films in this year’s Midnight section never failed to genuinely surprise us with wildly original and unexpected reimaginings of classic genre stories,” said Cara Cusumano, a Tribeca programmer. “From ghost stories to creature features, and even an underdog sports comedy, we’re proud to present an eclectic and adventurous slate of films that we believe represent the year’s most interesting new voices in genre filmmaking.”

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about the making of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival this year on April 16. A performance by Nas himself will follow the world premiere.

Click below for the Tribeca movies, with credits and descriptions courtesy of TFF. READ FULL STORY

For 'Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie, the 'Honeymoon' is just beginning -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Rose Leslie, Ygritte from Game of Thrones, is accustomed to working in severe locales, like Iceland, so she’s only half joking when she says that one of the things that drew her to Honeymoon, the creepy romantic thriller that debuts on March 7 at SXSW, was the North Carolina weather. “I was very happy that I was allowed to wear t-shirts and shorts… and no more fur,” she says. “I was very happy that I wasn’t freezing.”

Honeymoon stars Leslie and Cockneys vs Zombies‘ Harry Treadaway as Bea and Paul, two newlyweds who are spending their first few blissful days as a married couple at a rustic retreat in the sticks. But something goes horribly wrong when Bea goes missing and Paul finds her naked in the woods, completely disoriented with no memory of what happened. “Something terrible and awful happens to Bea, and you see the deep gloominess that happens within her,” Leslie says. “She makes a decision, rightly or wrongly, she does it for love and she does it for what she feels is the best course of action for Paul. It’s ultimately absolutely tormenting.”

Might supernatural forces be at work? (After all, it is playing the Midnighters section of SXSW.) Perhaps. But what attracted Leslie to the project, which is directed by first-time filmmaker Leigh Janiak, was the film’s raw, intimate realism of a relationship. “It’s a very stripped down portrayal, a very honest approach of something that is very shocking and sad,” says Leslie. “The feelings that it evoked when I first read the script was how it explores such an intimate relationship, and one of my favorite movies of all time is Blue Valentine. I love how candidly frank the camera was on that particular film, and just how you were so engrossed with this couple. And loving that film, I kind of wanted to explore the aspects of being in an intimate two-hander feature such as this. It’s a transformation tale and it is that transformation and the love story and the emotional endurance that the characters go through that definitely drew me to it.”

Click below for an exclusive first-look at Honeymoon, which has its world premiere on Friday, March 7, at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. It will also play this April at the Tribeca Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca 2014: Festival lineup includes 55 world premieres

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The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”

On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition, Dior and I will open the World Documentary competition, and Summer of Blood will open the Viewpoints section. In Gabriel, Rory Culkin plays an unhappy teenager who convinces himself things will get better if he can only reunite with his first love. Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) goes behind the scenes with House of Dior’s artistic director Raf Simmons in Dior and I. In the dark vampire comedy Summer of Blood, a loveable Brooklyn loser is invigorated after he’s bitten by a vampire. Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about the making of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival this year on April 16. A performance by Nas himself will follow the world premiere.

In Electric Slide (above), Jim Sturgess, Chloë Sevigny, and Patricia Arquette tell a story based on the real-life exploits of Eddie Dodson, L.A.’s notorious “Gentleman Bank Robber,” who smooth-talked his way to more than 60 bank heists.

Today, the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the out-of-competition Viewpoints titles were revealed — 47 of the 89  feature-length films in the festival. The rest of the slate will be announced on March 6.

Click below for the Tribeca movies, with credits and descriptions, courtesy of TFF.

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Nas documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' to open Tribeca Film Festival

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about the making of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival this year. A performance by Nas himself will follow the world premiere of the film.

Illmatic was Nas’ debut album that led to nine solo albums and a reputation as a hip hop star. The film shows us Nas’ life before his success, including his upbringing in Queens, New York, and the influences of his musically inclined family members. “Throughout the journey, we see the metamorphosis of Nas as a young street poet, full of a rich musical legacy, transforming the pain and isolation of growing up in Queensbridge Houses into raw, honest lyrics, illuminating a spirit that inspired generations from the past, present, and the future,” director and multimedia artist One9 said in a statement.

Nas will release a 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic titled Illmatic XX April 15. The premiere of Time is Illmatic at the Tribeca Film Festival is the next day, April 16.

'The Rocket,' 'Bridegroom' win Audience Awards at Tribeca Film Festival

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

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

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