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Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance at Kathryn Bigelow’s Vr Event to Speak Out Against Elephant Poaching – Tribeca 2017

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On Earth Day, the environment was front and center at the Tribeca Film Festival as Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s talk about the need to protect elephants against poachers.

“Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science,” Clinton said to the Tribeca crowd. “And part of science is understanding the intricate relationships that we share with all those on this planet and in particular large mammals, like elephants.”

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Clinton says she first became really engaged on this issue as Secretary of State because it was becoming clear this was not only a horrific slaughter of elephants that endangered their survival, but also a national security issue as the funds from the lucrative trafficking of ivory was funding “a lot of bad folks,” including terrorist activity.

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- Chris O'Falt

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‘Sweet Virginia’ Review: Christopher Abbott Is a Millennial Anton Chigurh in Nerve-Shredding Neo-Noir — Tribeca 2017

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Christopher Abbott essentially has two modes: Intense, and way more intense. The former “Girls” star, whose blooming career is still often seen as a response to his brief time on (and tumultuous exit from) that epochal HBO show, has spent the last few years playing one brooding knuckle-dragger after another, like he’s trying to rid himself of whatever cooties Lena Dunham may have left behind.

From “James White” to “Katie Says Goodbye,” the Greenwich, Ct native seems exclusively drawn to characters who could punch a wall at any moment — you can’t take your eyes off the guy, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that he picks his roles by imagining what might happen if Marlon Brando’s Stanley Kowalski walked off the screen and started wandering through the modern indie landscape.

But that’s all about to change, as Jamie M. Dagg’s “Sweet Virginia” brings »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way

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Immediate Reaction:

Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.

But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Doctor Who’ Review: Bill Continues to Make Us ‘Smile’ Despite Creepy-Cute Emojibots

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[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 2, “Smile,” contains spoilers.]

The Rundown

The Doctor and Bill’s chemistry continued to be perfect even though this was only their first official adventure together. Taking place millennia into the future and on a far-off planet that appeared ideal except for its lack of inhabitants, the episode sneaked in an examination of human nature and cultural fluency within its murder-mystery trappings. This jaunt wasn’t so much about whodunit but why, and despite the “robots taking over” plot, it was the human colonists’ reaction the gave us chills.

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Here Be Monsters

What’s worse than a man telling a woman to smile? A robot demanding you smile or else it will kill you and use your bones for calcified fertilizer. Regardless, forcing a smile under duress is just psychologically disturbing even if you don’t factor murder into it. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Tracy Letts and Debra Winger Are Brilliant As a Couple Who Rediscover Passion In Azazel Jacobs’ ‘The Lovers’ — Tribeca Review

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The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs, promising their paramours that a divorce is on the horizon. In the midst of planning breakups, however, Michael and Marry suddenly rediscover the passion of their marriage, delay their secret plans to split, and the cheating dynamic twists around. The very notion of faithfulness is turned on its ear.

It’s enough to fuel a lightly satisfying studio romcom, and it already has — Nancy Meyers’ “It’s Complicated” — but “The Lovers” writer-director Azazel Jacobs has a more delicate approach. The movie deals less with awkwardness of this comedic scenario than the emotions it creates for its central duo, and the psychological struggle when words can only go so far.

If it was made 70 years ago, “The Lovers” would »


- Eric Kohn

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is a Riveting, Relevant, and Political Drama, So Why Won’t the Creators Say So?

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Last night, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. A frightening and incredibly gripping piece of visual storytelling from cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano, it stands as a remarkable piece of art that speaks to atrocities committed against women around the world and throughout history.

While writer and executive producer Bruce Miller began developing the 33-year-old novel before the rise of Donald Trump, the story of women who have been stripped of all agency to exist solely as breeding vessels for the patriarchy seems all too prescient in a 2017 when immigrants are being separated from their children, facts are “alternative,” and women are losing access to healthcare at the hands of a president who’s admitted sexual assault on audiotape.

As IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller noted in her grade-a review:

“Could ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really happen?” isn’t the question anymore. »


- Chris O'Falt

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Tells Marina Abramovic Why He Loves Virtual Reality — Tribeca 2017

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Alejandro González Iñárritu is no longer interested in making realistic movies. The Mexican filmmaker — who is one of only three directors to win consecutive Oscars — Iñárritu told performance artist Marina Abramovic during a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday that ever since 2009, he’s increasingly disliked exploring realism in movies.

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“It was not adding anything, enhancing anything or revealing another reality to me,” Iñárritu said. “Our internal reality is more important, or is the only one that exists to ourselves. I love to play that cinematically and perceive characters through that state of consciousness.”

While his 2009 film “Birdman” is one the strongest examples of Iñárritu letting the inner thoughts of a character take over the narrative, he said he will never make a film like “Birdman” again, in part because the elaborate »


- Graham Winfrey

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Laurie Simmons Has a Charming and Cinematic Mid-Life Crisis in Feature Directorial Debut ‘My Art’ — Tribeca Review

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There’s no question that photographer and artist Laurie Simmons has an eye for images, and while her feature directorial debut “My Art” relies heavily on a series of homages to some of cinema’s most beloved features, the newbie narrative filmmaker really impresses in an unexpected arena. Simmons pulls triple duty on the film, writing, directing and starring in the feature, and although she knows how to compose lovely shots and her insight into the art world is keen, it’s her performance as artist Ellie that stands out in an otherwise predictable feature about growing up, no matter your age.

Mashing up mid-life crisis narratives (the film is heavy on the Nancy Meyers influence, down to the shades of “Baby Boom” and an attention to great interior design) with various recreations of classic films that run the gamut from “Some Like It Hot” to “Jules and Jim” and plenty of pictures in between, »


- Kate Erbland

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Jon Favreau’s 7 Rules for Making a Good Movie, from ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘The Lion King’

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On Friday night, Scarlett Johansson morphed from one of our biggest female action stars to interlocutor for the first of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series. Having made “Iron Man 2,”  “Chef,” and “The Jungle Book” together, Favreau and Johansson enjoyed easy comradery, and the Queens-born filmmaker was eager to entertain the room.

Johansson, checking hand-written notes on her old-school legal pad — Favreau admired her penmanship — coaxed out some excellent rules for making good movies, both indie and studio.

1. Directing is like being a good parent.

When Favreau’s son described what his father does, he said: “He sits in a chair and watches television.” That’s true on set, said Favreau, who looks intently at each take on a video monitor, and helps his actors, who shoot out of continuity, keep track of where they are in the script. He compared being a director to being a parent. “I love my kids, »


- Anne Thompson

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Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club Documentary Finally Gets a Title and Release Date

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Months after being pulled from Sundance, Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club documentary has both a title and a release date: “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” is now due in theaters on May 26 courtesy of Broad Green Pictures. Uncertainty and controversy have surrounded the film since its Park City premiere was unexpectedly canceled, but it appears that the ship has righted itself.

Read More: Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,” the company wrote in a statement at the time. “The film’s post production process has taken longer than expected and thus the decision was made to wait to introduce the film to audiences until it can be presented in its best possible iteration.”

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Camp John Waters Invites You to Sing Karaoke and Play Bloody Mary Bingo With the ‘Pink Flamingos’ Director

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Never change, John Waters. The singular writer/director — whose 71st birthday it happens to be today — has announced the weekend-long Camp John Waters, an “adult summer camp” being held in Kent, Connecticut from September 22-24. Tickets aren’t cheap (they range from $499-$599), but they do prove a unique opportunity to spend three days with the man responsible for “Pink Flamingos” and other divine oddities.

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In addition to traditional summer-camp activities, the one-of-a-kind event will also entail watching not only Waters’ movies but also his one-man show, performing karaoke to “Hairspray,” playing Bloody Mary Bingo and enjoying scotch and cigars — which is to say, exactly the kind of wholesome pastimes you’d expect of the “Cry-Baby” and “Multiple Maniacs” director.

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Waters, »


- Michael Nordine

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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro Could Team Up for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

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One would have a difficult time disputing the notion that Martin Scorsese’s two most notable onscreen collaborators are Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The three of them have made any number of classics together — “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Departed,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” — but, to date, the two leading men have never worked with ol’ Marty on the same picture together. Deadline reports that that could soon change with an adaptation of David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”

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Imperative Entertainment purchased the rights to the book for $5 million last year and is now trying to assemble a high-profile team; they’ve got their hearts set on Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro, whom Deadline is told are “seriously considering it. »


- Michael Nordine

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Did the Tribeca Film Festival Just Reunite ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’?

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It was not the normal enthusiastic Tribeca Film Festival crowd at the Bmcc Theater on Friday for the premiere of Espn’s “Mike and the Mad Dog,” a new documentary about New York Sports Talk Show hosts Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, whose Wfan sports talk radio show reigned supreme for 19 years.

When producer and Tribeca executive vice president Paula Weinstein mispronounced Francesa’s name during her introduction, the crowd erupted like she had just fumbled an easy ground ball. When Weinstein jokingly responded that she was “a story-film person,” not a sports person, the crowd got even louder, and it became clear she was alone – everyone present was a sports fan there to see the legendary duo together again after having split up in 2008.

The documentary, which will premiere on Espn in July, was an all-access look at how the daily five-and-a-half hour talk show radically changed »


- Chris O'Falt

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Patton Oswalt Pens Emotional Tribute to His Wife on One-Year Anniversary of Her Death

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Patton Oswalt marked the one-year anniversary of his wife Michelle McNamara with an emotional tribute yesterday. The actor and comedian wrote a lengthy Facebook post about what life has been like for himself and the couple’s eight-year-old daughter Alice, writing that “it’s awful, but it’s not fatal” and describing how he took off his wedding ring for the first time because “it felt obscene” to continue wearing it.

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“I’m one year into this new life — one I never even imagined, and I can imagine some pretty pessimistic and dark contingencies, some stomach-freezing ‘what ifs.’ But not this one. This one had such a flat, un-poetic immediacy. The world gazes at you like a hungry but indifferent reptile when you’re widowed,” writes Oswalt. McNamara, a respected true-crime writer, died in her sleep on April »


- Michael Nordine

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Sigourney Weaver Joins Stephen Colbert for an ‘Alien’ Spoof on ‘The Late Show’ — Watch

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If you’re excited at the prospect of even more “Alien” movies after next month’s “Alien: Covenant,” then you have something in common with Stephen Colbert. The “Late Show” host made mention of the enduring sci-fi/horror franchise last night, praising it for giving us hope that, “in the distant future, women might be allowed to be in charge of something.”

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And while he could neither confirm nor disconfirm the possibility that Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) would appear in any future installments, Colbert did have a clip of what such a scene might look like. It opens with him reading a copy of “Facehugger Fancy” while on duty at the Weyland-Yutani health clinic. In comes Ripley, who breathlessly explains that the dreaded xenomorphs have breached their containment facility — an obvious emergency to which Colbert »


- Michael Nordine

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Hans Zimmer Shreds During ‘The Dark Knight’ in new Coachella 2017 Video — Watch

22 April 2017 7:13 AM, PDT

Hans Zimmer is not only one of the film industry’s most iconic composers, but after a buzzy Coachella set, he’s already a live music legend. Zimmer performed on April 16 with a massive orchestra and crazy light show, playing multiple instruments and blowing minds along the way. The festival has released a new video from the concert, which shows the maestro leading a stirring 13-minute rendition of the “The Dark Knight.”

Read More: Hans Zimmer Breaks Out the ‘Inception’ Horns For Epic Coachella 2017 Performance — Watch

Zimmer is also scheduled to perform during the second weekend of Coachella on Sunday, April 23. These two festival dates are part of his career-spanning “Hans Zimmer Revealed” tour.

“Performing a concert series like this is something that I have always wanted to do, and I am thrilled to kick off these west coast dates, visit Australia and return to Europe where we had so »


- William Earl

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Chris Pratt Says Blue-Collar Americans Aren’t Represented in Hollywood

22 April 2017 6:32 AM, PDT

Around the same time Chris Pratt received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday night, the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star was facing a mini-backlash for having recently put his foot in his mouth by saying that he doesn’t think average Americans are necessarily represented in movies.

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“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” Pratt told Men’s Fitness. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”

To his credit, Pratt addressed the mini-controversy on Twitter before the night was over.

That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. »


- Graham Winfrey

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L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

22 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

There’s no question that Rodney King was brutally beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers – video taken of the savage act proves it. Yet the four men seen clubbing King were acquitted by a Simi Valley jury in 1992, lighting a match for one of the deadliest and costliest civil unrests in U.S. history.

Read More: How Spike Lee, John Singleton and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

It’s 25 years later, and Los Angeles – and the Lapd – have changed. But has the rest of the country? Regular reports of police brutality, now well-documented in an age of phone cameras, makes it clear that we haven’t come all that far. Several new documentaries explore the L.A. riots, including the underlying reasons, the actual events, what happened next, and how it relates to today. Among the filmmakers putting their own »


- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller, Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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Bill Nye on Trying to Save Science From the Politicians and the Haters

22 April 2017 5:30 AM, PDT

Bill Nye is a man who elicits a lot of strong emotions from the world around him — good and bad. An entire generation of science nerds grew up loving him, including the correspondents who contribute to “Bill Nye Saves the World,” Netflix’s new effort to make science education fun for the masses — while also returning television’s most famous bow tie to our screens.

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“It was a freaking mindblowing dream come true,” Emily Calandrelli said to IndieWire at the Los Angeles premiere, about getting asked to join the show led by Nye.

Joanna Hausmann agreed. “I grew up with him my entire life. I’m from Venezuela, and even there we would watch Bill’s old stuff.”

However, there are people out there who don’t share in this love for Nye, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Anne Hathaway Says ‘Internalized Misogyny’ May Have Impacted Her View of Female Filmmakers

22 April 2017 5:19 AM, PDT

Looking at Anne Hathaway’s resume, the 2011 film “One Day” doesn’t stand out against titles like “Rachel Getting Married,” “The Devil Wears Prada” or “The Dark Knight Rises,” but for Hathaway, the indie drama is memorable for a very important reason. In a recent interview on “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Hathaway said she regrets not trusting “One Day” director Lone Scherfig more easily, and is scared that she might not have because Scherfig is a woman.

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“I hope people understand that it’s hard to admit,” Hathaway said. “I’m so scared that I treated her with internalized misogyny and I’m scared that I didn’t give her everything that she needed or that I should have because I was resisting her on some level.”

Hathaway also said that the culture of Hollywood that has made »


- Graham Winfrey

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