Barbra Streisand: Sexism Cost Me Multiple Oscar Nominations
Barbra Streisand argued that sexism cost her Oscar nominations for “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides” during a spirited public interview at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. But it wasn’t just men who balked at the idea of a woman calling the shots on a major motion picture.
“There were a lot of older people,” Streisand told her interlocutor Robert Rodriguez. “They don’t want to see a woman director.”
“I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director,” she added. »
- Brent Lang
2017 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners
The jury prize winners from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival were already announced earlier in the week, but now the final two audience awards have finally been given out as well.
For the narrative competition, the award went to the women’s rights period piece “The Divine Order” (“Die göttliche Ordnung”), written and directed by Petra Volpe out of Switzerland. Volpe also won this year’s Nora Ephron prize, while lead actress Marie Leuenberger won best actress in a narrative feature film.
As for the documentary competition, Greg Campbell’s “Hondros” was selected as the fan favorite. Campbell and Jenny Golden wrote the doc, which recounts the story of award-winning photographer Chris Hondros who was killed in Libya back in 2011.
“The Divine Order” and “Hondros” were announced during the 45th anniversary celebration of “The Godfather” at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, marking the official end of the festivities. »
- JD Knapp
Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Dominates Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’
Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is cruising to it third straight box office crown with $18.5 million at 4,077 North American sites this weekend, doubling the opening of Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle.”
Saturday estimates showed Pantelion’s romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” over-performing in its debut with $12 million at only 1,118 venues. Great India Films’ launch of Bollywood action sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — a sequel to 2015’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” — is also showing impressive results with $9.1 million at just 450 locations.
“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in Universal’s sturdy “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks. The ensemble actioner, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron, should wind up the weekend with nearly $192 million in its first 17 days.
“The Circle,” jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, is heading for about $9.3 million at 3,163 locations. »
- Dave McNary
WWE Studios Hopes to Jump Out Of The Ring With Thriller ‘Sleight’
For much of its 15-year existence, WWE Studios has been mostly known as an outlet for low-budget action and comedy films starring Vince McMahon’s stable of pro wrestlers. But in recent years, the studio has been reaching outside of the ring to produce and distribute films that aren’t related to WWE talent, and this weekend it’s taking its biggest leap yet with “Sleight.” The thriller is WWE Studios’ first Sundance purchase; it is co-distributing with Bh Tilt, distribution wing of Blumhouse Pictures. Directed by newcomer J.D. Dillard from a script he penned with writing partner Alex Theurer, »
- Jeremy Fuster
2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List
The 2017 Nashville Film Festival has officially come to an end after selecting its winners and honorees Saturday. The rapidly growing competition received over 5,500 submissions this year, and 303 of those films and shorts were selected.
“Some Freaks,” a love story about an overweight girl and a boy with one eye, from director Ian MacAllister McDonald walked away from Tennessee as the grand jury prize winner. Lead actress Lily Mae Harrington was also named best actress, while composer Walter Sickert and music supervisor Dan Wilcox were awarded best music.
German heist mockumentary “The Migrumpies” from Arman T. Riahi was the audience award winner. “Play The Devil” by Maria Govan was given an honorable mention in the same category, and also won best screenplay. Pytor Skvortsov from “The Student” was named best actor. »
- JD Knapp
Liev Schreiber on ‘Chuck,’ Fame, and How He Almost Appeared in ‘Logan’
Chuck Wepner tried to do a lot with his fifteen minutes of fame.
The journeyman boxer stunned everyone by going fifteen rounds in a 1975 title fight against Muhammad Ali, even knocking him down at one point. His million-to-one shot helped inspire “Rocky,” which sanded off some of Wepner’s rougher edges as it punched its way to the top. Wepner struggled with his fictionalized alter-ego, embracing its Oscar success and befriending Sylvester Stallone before engaging in long-running litigation against the actor and writer.
In “Chuck,” an upcoming indie biopic, Wepner is casting off his Rocky Balboa alter-ego. The boxer is brought vividly to life by Liev Schreiber, who capturers the Jersey bruiser’s tender side and his dangerous attraction to the limelight. Schreiber got involved in the project because he felt that Wepner represented an important cautionary tale about celebrity, and that his life story was a way for him »
- Brent Lang
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion about writing, performing, directing, and even mourning. “The strongest union of our two names is from the motion picture ‘Philadelphia,'” said Hanks, who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film about being afflicted with AIDS. “God bless [director] Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.” (Demme died earlier in the week at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.)
Springsteen also took home an Oscar for the 1993 movie, for Best Original Song. Demme, he shared, first came to asking him to write “more of a rock song.” Said Springsteen: “I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics, and eventually, »
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
Suntan review – lonely doctor seeks holiday cure in squirmy Greek drama
A middle-aged man’s agonising encounter with a young woman and her friends on a Greek island is full of dour humour
Middle-aged doctor Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou from Chevalier) hauls a lifetime of disappointment along with his suitcase when he arrives on the tiny Greek resort island of Antiparos. It’s the drab depths of the low season, and no amount of optimistic Christmas tinsel can garland the fact that this is a dead end, for career and life. This pre-title sequence has something of the dour humour of Aki Kaurismäki and provides a stark contrast to the main body of the film, set eight months later in August.
After Kostis tends to injured tourist Anna (Elli Tringou), he is granted temporary membership of her gilded circle of beautiful friends. She treats him like a cross between a pet and a beer dispenser; he doggedly manufactures a reality in which they will end up together. »
- Wendy Ide
Handsome Devil review – boarding-school outsiders find each other
Unlikely room-mates are flung together in a charming Lgbt story
Here’s a treat. This Irish Lgbt coming-of-age story unfolds against the backdrop of a rugby-mad boarding school where scrawny Ned (Fionn O’Shea) is routinely victimised for his dyed hair, artistic interests and indifference to team sports. His new roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) seems to be his polar opposite – an athletic rugby hero. But Conor, it turns out, is as much an outsider as Ned. It’s completely disarming – a warm, reassuring hug of a film that should be shown to every confused kid trying to piece together their identity. It also demonstrates that there is no actor currently working who can match Andrew Scott (here playing the boy’s English teacher) for bitterly ironic smiles underpinned by excoriating self-loathing.
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- Wendy Ide
The Promise review – sugaring the savage story of the Armenian genocide
Sickly cinematography and romance add unnecessary schmaltz to this Oscar Isaac-led historical drama
The victim of an alleged IMDb vote-rigging scheme, this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the first world war Armenian genocide was controversial even before its release. Director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) suggested that the numerous one-star votes that followed the film’s premiere last year were politically motivated, rather than appraisals of the film-making – likely, given that hardly anyone had seen the film at the time. That said, with its sugary soft-focus, treacle-toned cinematography, over-masticated fake Turkish accents and cloying love triangle device, this is film that delivers more empty calories than historical sustenance.
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- Wendy Ide
A Moving Image review – wrestling with gentrification
A distinctive and energetic, but often incoherent tale of an artist struggling to return to her Brixton roots
Shola Amoo’s forthright feature debut tackles the gentrification of Brixton in south London through the eyes of Nina (Tanya Fear), an artist who is forced to confront the fact that she is part of the problem. Energy, ambition and ideas jostle for screen space, sometimes at the expense of coherence. Still, although the film’s approach to issues is a little on the nose at times, in Amoo, we are introduced to a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema.
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- Wendy Ide
No Omerta As Coppola, Pacino And Cast Recall ‘Godfather’ Shoot – Tribeca
Al Pacino had to jump through hoops – including at least six screen tests – before securing the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Marlon Brando was so into playing Vito Corleone that during an early reading for director Francis Ford Coppola, he answered a phone call in character. A pivotal baptism scene, set against an orgy of assassinations as Michael consolidated his power, didn’t work until a second edit and the addition of an organ track to weave it together… »
An offer they couldn't refuse: The Godfather cast reunite, 45 years on
Stars get together in New York to swap stories about casting, drinking and even mooning during the making of the films
Debilitating studio battles. One miraculously still cat. Mooning contests between James Caan and Marlon Brando. These were the memories shared, 45 years later, on the making of The Godfather in a rare reunion of the film’s cast and director Francis Ford Coppola in New York.
With the stage decorated to resemble the library of Brando’s Don Corleone, and a portrait of the actor hanging above, Coppola and cast members Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire, gathered together once again on Saturday. The night at at Radio City Music Hall was organised by De Niro as the closing evening of his Tribeca Film Festival, which preceded the affair with a grand double feature of The Godfather, parts one and two.
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- Associated Press
‘It Comes at Night’ Makes A Surprise Appearance at New Horror Festival
Filmmaker Trey Shults was an overnight sensation after his debut film, the tense family addiction drama “Krisha,” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. His followup, the horror-thriller “It Comes at Night,” has also unexpectedly surfaced at a film festival — this time, by premiering in a secret screening slot as the closing night entry at The Overlook Film Festival, a new horror film festival in the Timerline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon.
The A24-produced film marks a step up in production for Shults, who shot “Krisha” in his Texas home with members of his family. With a cast that includes Riley Keough, Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, “It Comes at Night” revolves around the experiences a man holed up in a remote home with his family after a mysterious »
- Eric Kohn
White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2017: Hasan Minhaj Eviscerates Donald Trump and Those Covering Him — Watch
No president, no problem.
Hasan Minhaj took the stage Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and delivered a model set for the annual event, even though the event itself was anything but ordinary. The “Daily Show” special correspondent delivered an eviscerating 25-minute speech, going after the usual targets, from the reporters in the room to the president and his staff, despite Donald Trump’s absence.
“I would say it’s an honor to be here, but that is an alternative fact,” Minhaj said. “No one one wanted to do this, so, of course, it landed in the hands of an immigrant — like it always does.”
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Minhaj opened by welcoming the crowd to “the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and noted how it’s the ninth year in a row »
- Ben Travers
‘Doctor Who’ Review: Racism and Privilege Are No Match for the Doctor in Chilling Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 3, “Thin Ice,” contains spoilers.]
While the Doctor and Bill had some excitement in Regency England with some monsters during a Frost Fair (a celebration the day before a thaw is expected), that was just the framework for the richer character content that the episode delivered. Despite traveling through time and space with the Doctor, Bill only now really saw into the heart, er, hearts, of the alien Time Lord who looks human.
Again, “Doctor Who” created a one-off, disposable monster that we highly doubt will resurface on the show. Tiny, aka the Loch-less Monster, aka the Creature lurking in the frozen Thames, in the end wasn’t really all that scary. The symbiotic relationship she had with fish that were very similar to anglerfish — those with the scary mouths and bioluminescent lures »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca
The Tribeca Film Festival just closed with a bang. Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro headlined a discussion following back-to-back screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” marking the 45th anniversary of the first film. It wasn’t just that formidable trio onstage: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire were all in attendance as well.
So, too, was Don Corleone himself. A photo of Marlon Brando in character overlooked the proceedings, reminding everyone at Radio City Music Hall (and the 10,500 people watching on Facebook Live) that he’ll always be the head of the family.
Taylor Hackford, who moderated the discussion, began by mentioning the film’s humble beginnings: “The Godfather” was never intended as a high-profile prestige picture. Paramount envisioned it as a “quickie” meant to capitalize on Mario Puzo’s novel’s best-seller status. Coppola elaborated, recalling that he first »
- Michael Nordine
Barbra Streisand Talks Filmmaking, Music & ‘A Star Is Born’ Clashes – Tribeca
In a wide-ranging conversation Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Barbra Streisand touched on topics such as filmmaking, music, her less-than-happy childhood and the initially fruitless pursuit of acting which lead her to take up singing. The session was moderated by her friend, director Robert Rodriguez. Streisand, winner of two Academy Awards, 10 Grammys, five Emmys, a Tony and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, said her work on The Way We Were, the 1973 film… »
‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Francis Ford Coppola, Cast on the Complicated Journey to Make Film History
The Corleone family and then some got back together Saturday night to recount the making of “The Godfather” during the Tribeca Film Festival’s closing night.
Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire took the stage to discuss the film’s complicated origin story during the panel hosted by Taylor Hackford.
Paramount bought “The Godfather,” Hackford intro-ed the talk, but they didn’t believe that mafia movies could work.
Barbra Streisand: Sexism Cost Me Multiple Oscar Nominations
“I was attracted to it because I thought it was a foreign author, and an intellectual book about power,” Coppola recalled seeing the book before he had signed onto the film adaptation. But upon cracking the cover, he had some hesitations. “I was disappointed in the book when I first read it because it’s very long,” he said. “Much of »
- Seth Kelley
Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ Live Stream — Watch
Tonight, Samantha Bee cements her place as the reigning queen of political satire as “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and you won’t want to miss it. Airing on TBS tonight at 10 pm Et/Pt, the network says there is “no need to steal your parents’ login info” for those of you watching at home. The network will be live streaming the full show on Twitter, with an uncensored encore airing directly afterwards.
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The hour-long special was taped live in Washington, D.C. at the Dar Constitution Hall (insert Ivanka Trump jokes here). Presented as an alternative fact to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which President Trump will not be attending, Bee’s broadcast will be considerably funnier, not to mention better attended. Boasting special guests Peaches and Will Ferrell, »
- Jude Dry
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