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Lineup For This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival Includes Christoph Waltz’s Directorial Debut

Yesterday, the Tribeca Film Festival announced its lineup for 2019. Each year, the fest offers up a number of interesting movie options, some of which have even gone on to crack my year end top ten lists. Last year, for example, All About Nina remained one of my top five films of 2018 from its debut at Tribeca through the conclusion of the season. Coming right before the summer movie season, it offers up a tonic before the blockbusters fully descend upon us. What will this year bring? Well, that’ll be determined in late April when the festival begins, but the lineup offers a few hints about the higher profile titles that will be playing. Tribeca will be home to Georgetown, for example, marking the directorial debut of Christoph Waltz. He’ll also star. Jared Leto will screen his documentary A Day in the Life of America for the first time.
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The Worst Films of 2018

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Every critic’s worst movie is another’s best, but Variety critics Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman had to draw the line somewhere. Whether it was the year’s top film at the box office, or a right-wing documentary that’s even worse than the filmmaker’s previous outrages, it was a good year to hate-watch.

Peter Debruge’s Five Worst Movies:

Avengers: Infinity War

Spoiler alert: The power-mad crazeballs behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe are out of control. First they blew up an entire planet (at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”) and laughed if off, and then came Thanos’ snap, which (I said “spoiler alert” already — get off my case!) killed off half of all life in the galaxy. When that happened, I wanted to scream, “You can’t do that!” and not because I care about these characters (most of whom are quasi-invincible imbeciles anyway — although I was
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Tiffany Haddish Comedy ‘Limited Partners’ Taps Director Miguel Arteta

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Tiffany Haddish Comedy ‘Limited Partners’ Taps Director Miguel Arteta
Paramount has tapped Miguel Arteta to direct the upcoming Tiffany Haddish comedy “Limited Partners.”

The studio announced in May that it had pulled “Transformers 7” from its June 28, 2019, release date, and slotted Haddish’s comedy “Limited Partners” in its place. Paramount set up the project last fall with writers Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. The story centers on two female friends who build a successful company, then find their relationship tested following a buyout offer.

Peter Principato, Itay Reiss, and Joel Zadak are producing through Artists First, the re-named Principato-Young. Haddish is an executive producer and helped develop the script.

Haddish broke out in last year’s “Girls Trip” and will star in two comedies this fall: Universal’s “Night School” with Kevin Hart on Sept. 28 and Paramount’s Tyler Perry comedy “Nobody’s Fool,” opening Nov. 2. She’s also joining Hart in the voice cast of Universal’s “Secret
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How 1 Small Tweak Gave Alia Shawkat the Lgbtq+ Film She Really Wanted to Make

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When it comes to actor Alia Shawkat's sexuality, the past few years have been a revelation. Perhaps not in private; when we spoke on the phone in early June, she told me she's been aware of her own queerness for a long time. "I had always found myself attracted to women, but didn't know how to really make a move, for lack of a better word," she told me with a laugh. But her identity as a bisexual woman has only recently become a part of her career and public persona.

Despite dozens upon dozens of acting credits that stretch nearly 20 years, the queer aspect of Shawkat's art is relatively new. She's best known for playing Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development, Lila on Transparent, and Dory Sief on TBS's critical darling Search Party. Her handful of sexually fluid roles on screen include Dalia
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How 1 Small Tweak Gave Alia Shawkat the Lgbtq+ Film She Really Wanted to Make

Image Source: Getty / Jamie McCarthy

When it comes to actor Alia Shawkat's sexuality, the past few years have been a revelation. Perhaps not in private; when we spoke on the phone in early June, she told me she's been aware of her own queerness for a long time. "I had always found myself attracted to women, but didn't know how to really make a move, for lack of a better word," she told me with a laugh. But her identity as a bisexual woman has only recently become a part of her career and public persona.

Despite dozens upon dozens of acting credits that stretch nearly 20 years, the queer aspect of Shawkat's art is relatively new. She's best known for playing Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development, Lila on Transparent, and Dory Sief on TBS's critical darling Search Party. Her handful of sexually fluid roles on screen include Dalia
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Jennifer Garner Gives Thumbs Up To Star & Produce ‘Yes Day’

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Jennifer Garner Gives Thumbs Up To Star & Produce ‘Yes Day’
Exclusive: Jennifer Garner is attached to star and produce Yes Day, a comedy based on the concept of parents devoting one day annually to saying “yes” to their kids’ requests. The project, which is in early development, has Beatriz at Dinner helmer Miguel Arteta attached to direct with Entertainment 360 and Grey Matter Productions producing.

Garner has made a tradition of celebrating “Yes Day!” with her three children, sharing some fun pictures on Instagram back in September. The concept is inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenhelp’s 2009 children’s book of the same name. On “Yes Day”, kids receive only positive answers from their parents to requests such as pizza for breakfast, late bedtimes, and food fights.

Garner is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern. Arteta is repped by Management 360, Wme and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.

Garner can be seen next in STXfilms
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Forbidden Romance ‘Disobedience’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

Forbidden Romance ‘Disobedience’ Soars at Specialty Box Office
Thanks to two stars named Rachel — Weisz and McAdams — “Disobedience” led a batch of new films from arthouse auteurs this weekend. This story of forbidden love in a London synagogue setting, like director Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman,” deals with gay characters fighting for their right to love despite societal taboos. It doubles the opening numbers of any film from Bleecker Street.

Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In” (IFC) also opened unexpectedly strong in New York. But “Mustang” director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s English-language debut “Kings,” and “Duck Butter,” Miguel Arteta’s follow-up to “Beatriz at Dinner,” saw much less impact.

Among holdovers, “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight) is wrapping up its national run as it heads to a decent $30 million total. “Disobedience” shows the need for fresh titles to feed the hungry specialized audience.

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Disobedience (Bleecker Street) Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Toronto 2017, Tribeca 2018

$241,276 in 5 theaters; PTA (per
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'Diane', 'Smuggling Hendrix' among Tribeca Film Festival 2018 winners (update)

'Diane', 'Smuggling Hendrix' among Tribeca Film Festival 2018 winners (update)
Audience Awards to be announced on April 28.

April 28 Update: Top brass at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the audience award winners on Saturday night (April 28) after unveiling the juried award winners last week, which include Kent Jones’ Diane, winner of the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and best screenplay prize.

Shawn Snyder’s To Dust won the audience award for best narrative film, while United Skates from Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown earned the documentary award. Both awards sponsored by At&T carry a $10,000 cash prize.

Alia Shawkat was named best actress in a Us narrative feature for Duck Butter,
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Film News: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Honors ‘Diane’ as Best U.S. Narrative Feature

New York City – The 17th Edition of the Tribeca Film Festival continues through April 29th, 2018, but the main jury awards were announced on April 26th at Awards Night ceremonies. “DIane,” directed by Kent Jones, was awarded Best U.S. Narrative Feature. “Smuggling Hendrix” took the honors for Best International Narrative Feature, and “Island of Hungry Ghosts” was Best Documentary Feature.

Awards were distributed in the following feature film competition categories – U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Prize, honoring a woman writer or director. Awards were also given in the short film categories – Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation. For the sixth year, Tribeca awarded innovation in storytelling through its Storyscapes Award for immersive (Vr) storytelling.

Jury Awards for the 17th Tribeca Film Festival Took Place on April 26th, 2018

Photo credit: Tribeca Film Festival

“It is rewarding to honor
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Film Review: ‘Duck Butter’

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Film Review: ‘Duck Butter’
In 1972, “Last Tango in Paris” told the story of two strangers who hung out in a Parisian apartment for several days, doing nothing but talk and have sex, and it was one of the most electrifying and revelatory movies ever made. Flash forward: “Duck Butter,” a low-budget improv vérité psychodrama, tells the story of two strangers who hang out in an apartment (and then a house) in L.A. over the course of 24 hours, doing nothing but talk and have sex, and it feels like we’re seeing the director’s cut of an Ikea commercial.

This may say something about the difference between two cinematic eras; filmmakers, even when they want to be loose and truthful, are no longer swinging quite so hard for the fences. But it also says something about how yesterday’s revolution became today’s middle-class normalcy.

In “Duck Butter,” Naima (Alia Shawkat), an aspiring indie-film actress,
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Alia Shawkat Made ‘Duck Butter’ Queer After Male Actors ‘Seemed Uncomfortable’ With Intimate Sex Scenes

Alia Shawkat Made ‘Duck Butter’ Queer After Male Actors ‘Seemed Uncomfortable’ With Intimate Sex Scenes
Duck Butter” may be about an experiment with sex and intimacy, but the movie itself became an experiment in putting sex and intimacy on film. Directed by Miguel Arteta (“Beatriz at Dinner”) and written by Arteta and Alia Shawkat, “Duck Butter” stars Shawkat and Laia Costa as two strangers who decide to have sex every hour for 24 hours in the hopes of accelerating their romantic entanglement. Naima (Shawkat) is the straight person (so to speak), an aspiring actor captivated by Sergio (Costa), a whimsical musician who comes up with the idea for the experiment.

“I wanna know you for real,” Sergio says, selling the plan to Naima. “I wanna come with you every hour. We can fucking skip time.” As the women fall further down the rabbit hole, they travel through the stages of a relationship as if in fast forward. They are tender and giggly, sharing stories of past relationships and artistic ambitions,
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Weekly Update for April 27: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Let the Sunshine In”Films About Women Opening This Week

Let the Sunshine In — Directed by Claire Denis; Written by Claire Denis and Christine Angot (U.S. Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. There’s a caddish banker (Xavier Beauvois) who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who’s working through his own hang-ups; and a sensitive fellow artist (Alex Descas) who’s skittish about commitment. (Press materials)

Disobedience — Co-Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Opens in NY and La)

“Disobedience”

A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Apr 27

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Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Juliette Binoche stars as a woman seeking new love at midlife. Directed by Claire Denis; written by Denis and Christine Angot.

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Mahour Jabbari stars as a schoolgirl in Tehran who rebels against her restrictive parents and culture. Written and directed by Sadaf Foroughi.

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Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story

Ashley Bell directs and cowrites this documentary portrait of elephant conservationist Lek Chailert and her mission to rescue an elderly elephant from captivity.

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Disobedience

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star in this romantic drama about the forbidden love between two women in an orthodox Jewish community in London. Cowritten by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. (male director)

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Duck Butter

Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa star as two women unsatisfied with modern romance who decide to get to know each other by having sex every hour for a full day.
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Diane is big winner at Tribeca by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2018-04-27 12:26:30

Three Tribeca Film Festival Awards for Diane, written and directed by Kent Jones Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Kent Jones's Diane, starring Mary Kay Place, is the big winner at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards, taking home Best Us Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography for Wyatt Garfield. Best International Narrative Feature went to Marios Piperides for Smuggling Hendrix and Best Documentary Feature to Gabrielle Brady for Island Of The Hungry Ghosts.

Tribeca Best New Narrative Director winner Shawn Snyder for To Dust Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Best New Narrative Director goes to Shawn Snyder for To Dust, starring Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig. Best Actress in a Narrative Feature went to Alia Shawkat for Miguel Arteta’s Duck Butter and Best Actor to Jeffrey Wright in Madeleine Sackler’s O.G.. Best International Narrative Actress to Joy Rieger in Keren Ben Rafael's Virgins and Best Actor to Rasmus Bruun in
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‘Duck Butter’ Review: Miguel Arteta’s Lesbian Romance Bodes Well For New Screenwriter Alia Shawkat — Tribeca

‘Duck Butter’ Review: Miguel Arteta’s Lesbian Romance Bodes Well For New Screenwriter Alia Shawkat — Tribeca
There many variations on the premise of “Duck Butter,” in which Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) commit to spending 24 romantic hours talking about life. Richard Linklater made a whole trilogy of them. Nevertheless, this amiable and ambling dramedy directed by Miguel Arteta and co-written by Shawkat in her screenwriting debut has its own unique sensibility, and while it falls short of coalescing into much of a bigger picture, manages to fulfill the expectations of its well-worn trope without screwing it up.

Initially, the movie threatens to become too meta for its own good. As “Duck Butter” begins, struggling actress Naima is driving to the L.A. set of a Duplass brothers movie, while listening to a podcast featuring the sibling filmmakers talking about their work. It’s a peculiar setup, not only because the very concept of a hardcore Duplass brothers fan (a Duplass-stan?) seems like the setup
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'Diane', 'Smuggling Hendrix' among Tribeca Film Festival 2018 winners

'Diane', 'Smuggling Hendrix' among Tribeca Film Festival 2018 winners
Audience Awards to be announced on April 28.

Kent Jones’ Diane won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and won best screenplay honours as top brass at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the juried awards on Thursday evening (April 26).

Alia Shawkat was named best actress in a Us narrative feature for Duck Butter, while best actor honours went to Jeffrey Wright for O.G. Best Cinematography in a Us narrative feature Film went to Wyatt Garfield for Diane.

The Nora Ephron Award awarded a $25,000 prize to writer-director Nia DaCosta for Little Woods. The award was created six years
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‘Diane’, ‘Island Of The Hungry Ghosts’, Alia Shawkat & Jeffrey Wright Among Tribeca Winners

‘Diane’, ‘Island Of The Hungry Ghosts’, Alia Shawkat & Jeffrey Wright Among Tribeca Winners
Top honors at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival have gone to Diane for the Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Smuggling Hendrix for Best International Narrative Feature, and Island of the Hungry Ghosts for Best Documentary Feature. On the acting side, Alia Shawkat won Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film for Miguel Arteta’s Duck Butter, and Jeffrey Wright took the Best Actor honor for O.G.

First-time narrative director and writer Kent Jones (who is also the executive director of the New York Film Festival) won two prizes at Tribeca for Diane, and the film starring Mary Kay Place won three. Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell and Jake Lacy co-star in the film, about a widowed, altruistic seventysomething woman whose life is dictated by the needs of others, and who finds herself forced to look at her own identity.

Screenings of
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Diane,’ ‘Smuggling Hendrix,’ and More Take Top Honors

2018 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Diane,’ ‘Smuggling Hendrix,’ and More Take Top Honors
The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival has announced this year’s award winners, with “Diane,” “Smuggling Hendrix,” and “Island of the Hungry Ghosts” among the honorees. 99 feature-length films screened alongside 55 shorts at this year’s edition of the festival, which is ongoing until this Sunday, April 29.

“It is rewarding to honor films that tell important stories and moved our juries in profound way,” commented Jane Rosenthal, CEO, Executive Chair, and Co-Founder of the festival. “Whether they excite, incite, inspire or simply entertain, it is a privilege to launch this worthy group with this special honor at Tribeca.” Full list of winners:

U.S. Narrative Competition

Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Diane written and directed by Kent Jones. Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by At&T, and the art award “The Lady of Shalott, Cool Evening” by Stephen Hannock. The award was given by on behalf of the jury by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Fiona Carter,
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Jeffrey Wright, Alia Shawkat, ‘Diane’ Win Awards at Tribeca Film Festival

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Jeffrey Wright, Alia Shawkat, ‘Diane’ Win Awards at Tribeca Film Festival
“Diane,” writer-director Kent Jones’ drama starring Mary Kay Place, and actors Jeffrey Wright and Alia Shawkat were among the winners of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival’s slate of juried awards.

“Diane,” the first narrative feature from New York Film Festival director Jones, centers on a 70-something woman (Place) and the relationships and memories she’d rather not confront, and won awards for narrative feature, cinematography and for screenplay (U.S. narrative). Wright (“Westworld”) scored a trophy for “O.G.,” in which he plays a maximum-security prison inmate, and Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) earned her award for her turn in “Duck Butter,” about a romantic experiment between two women.

Also on the list of Tribeca award recipients were international narrative feature winner “Smuggling Hendrix,” Marios’ Piperides movie about a washed-up musician trying to rescue his dog, and “Island of the Hungry Ghosts,” Gabrielle Brady’s winning documentary feature about a detention center on Christmas Island.
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Alia Shawkat Supports Jeffrey Tambor’s Alleged Victims: ‘What They Said Needs to Be Heard’ — Exclusive

Alia Shawkat Supports Jeffrey Tambor’s Alleged Victims: ‘What They Said Needs to Be Heard’ — Exclusive
Alia Shawkat supports the women who say Jeffrey Tambor sexually harassed them on the set of “Transparent.” “I was surprised, obviously. I’ve known him since I was very young,” Shawkat told IndieWire in New York on April 23 while promoting her new movie, “Duck Butter.” “I support the voices of the victims though, whatever they said.”

Shawkat has known Tambor since she was 14 years old, when she played Maeby Fünke on “Arrested Development” opposite Tambor’s George Bluth Sr. Last year, she appeared on “Transparent” Season 4. Tambor has been accused of sexual harassment by two women, and was subsequently fired from “Transparent” Season 5 by Amazon.

On November 8, Deadline reported that Amazon was conducting an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Tambor by his former assistant, Van Barnes. One week later, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette wrote on Twitter that Tambor had cornered her up against a wall on set and thrust his pelvis against her.
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