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March 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Two New York entertainment-world fixtures are teaming, as Madison Square Garden has announced that it has taken a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises, the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival. The move gives Tribeca a financial foundation as well as presumed access to a number of high-profile venues. For MSG, the deal offers a toehold in the film-festival world as it looks to expand its live-event business beyond sports and music. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, though Tribeca said the deal "values Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million.
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April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival audience has spoken. And at wrap party Saturday for the Heineken Audience Awards in New York City,  festival entries in the feature film and documentary categories were celebrated with top honors (as well as a pair of $25,000 cash prizes). “ Chef ,” an indie drama starring, written and directed by Jon Favreau -- best known for mega-budget studio fare such as “Iron Man 2” and “Cowboys & Aliens” -- landed TFF's Narrative Award for best feature.
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February 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Tribeca Film Festival is getting “Illmatic,” opening its annual springtime confab with “Time Is Illmatic,” a look at the influence of the classic Nas album 20 years after its release. Directed by artist One9 and written by Erik Parker, the film “traces Nas's influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop's second golden era,” Tribeca organizers said in a statement. Nas said that he and other filmmakers “wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The rapper will perform the entire album after the world-premiere screening on April 16. Tribeca organizers said.
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April 24, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale outfit with a peplum top and box-pleated skirt by Alexander McQueen on Wednesday when she and Prince William visited Elizabeth, a suburb of Adelaide, Australia. Among other things, the pair tried out a DJ deck at a youth center. [People] And the duchess wore a white frock with a lace peplum by American designer Lela Rose to a cocktail party Thursday marking the end of the couple's tour of Australia and New Zealand. [People] First Lady Michelle Obama is to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metroplitan Musuem of Art's Costume Institute on May 5. [WWD]
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April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival audience has spoken. And at wrap party Saturday for the Heineken Audience Awards in New York City,  festival entries in the feature film and documentary categories were celebrated with top honors (as well as a pair of $25,000 cash prizes). “ Chef ,” an indie drama starring, written and directed by Jon Favreau -- best known for mega-budget studio fare such as “Iron Man 2” and “Cowboys & Aliens” -- landed TFF's Narrative Award for best feature.
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April 20, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
— The Cannes Film Festival features movies by international auteurs. The Sundance Film Festival has gained a reputation for scrappy dramas and documentaries. The Tribeca Film Festival, at least this year, is training a spotlight on music. The musician's life — and, more often, the perils thereof — is a particular theme at this year's New York film gathering, which opens Wednesday night. While music has cropped up in past editions of Tribeca, with movies about the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, this year's installment has a particularly tuneful focus and kicks off with an outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe's "The Union," a documentary about Elton John.
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April 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - In 11 previous editions, the Tribeca Film Festival has showcased dozens of glitzy studio productions and stars - Tobey Maguire and his "Spider-Man 3" crew rode into town in 2007, Tom Cruise opened "Mission: Impossible III" here in 2006 and last year Joss Whedon world-premiered "The Avengers" on closing night. But when Tribeca's 12th edition opens Wednesday, most of the famous names won't arrive via big-budget Hollywood movies - they'll come as documentary subjects. This cinematic rite of spring has eschewed the splashy studio premiere this year, opening instead with a documentary about the niche rock band the National ("Mistaken for Strangers")
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April 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--The Tribeca Film Festival that ended Sunday occupies an odd niche in the movie-confab calendar, which among its oddities includes a large number of posts about the odd niche it occupies in the movie-confab calendar. But amid all the hand-wringing about what the festival is (or was, or should be) is the fact that, these days, there are some pretty solid titles making their premieres here. In some cases these are world premieres. In others, they are North American premieres -- which, given how many Americans don't make it to the Berlin Film Festival, where many of these movies first appeared a couple months ago, is basically a distinction without a difference.
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April 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Since it was founded 12 years ago, the Tribeca Film Festival has sometimes swerved between identities like a barfly at happy hour, exuberant but hardly always clear. The festival looks to change that this time around. Tribeca has entered an era in which it hopes the sale last month of a 50% stake to James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Corp. gives it economic stability. It also believes it has finally found a mix of eclectic documentaries, international favorites, well-chosen independent features and even digital experiments to supplant earlier missions, which relied on a kitchen-sink approach to U.S. features or, for a number of years, star-heavy studio premieres.
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May 2, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey, Special to The Times
It's hard not to love the Tribeca Film Festival. It's democratic, it's egalitarian, it's for the public. Robert De Niro always makes an appearance. And there are more bouncers and hip young black-T-shirted volunteers running around than snooty art-house cinephiles. And in May 2002, its first year, the festival brought people in droves back to a lower Manhattan devastated by 9/11.
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April 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- “The Lego Movie” this winter reawakened many people to the colorful plastic bricks they hadn't thought about since childhood. But a raft of people inside and outside the Danish company have been clued in to its pleasures for years, as a new movie gleefully and sometimes astonishingly documents. The film, "Beyond the Brick," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival several days ago, is a playful if decidedly soft-lensed look at all things Lego. Directed by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson and narrated by Jason Bateman, “Brick” looks at the subculture of Lego - or perhaps, given how dominant it appears to have become, the culture of Lego.
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April 23, 2014 | By Susan King
Albert Dupontel is a popular French comedy actor and film director whose heroes are Charlie Chaplin and "Monty Python's Flying Circus. " Katell Quillévéré, one of the France's up-and-coming filmmakers, lists among her influences Douglas Sirk and John Cassavetes. Dupontel and Quillévéré are making their first appearance at the City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which will showcase the diversity of contemporary French cinema at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles through Monday.
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April 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- With “Sharknado” blossoming into a franchise and “Piranha 3D” now practically a long-canonized classic, it was only a matter of time before other "Thing"-like homages entered the room. And so it's come to this, “Zombeavers,” the latest portmanteau-themed genre mash-up in which animals go wild in B-movie glory. Directed by Jordan Rubin, who has more of a comedy than horror background (Judd Apatow gets a post-credit thank you), the movie,  which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, involves the usual mix of pretty young people  attempting a weekend getaway before finding that nominally simple task complicated by a bunch of undead woodland creatures.
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April 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Phil Jackson's emergence from retirement to take over basketball operations for the New York Knicks last month completes a basketball circle that began, of course, when the young North Dakotan was drafted by the team and helped lead it to two world championships, in 1970 and 1973. Those triumphant, colorful days are recalled with enthusiasm, if a bit of reflexive adulation, in "When the Garden Was Eden," actor-director Michael Rapaport 's latest film, which premiered Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its ESPN-centric sidebar.
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April 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Since it was founded 12 years ago, the Tribeca Film Festival has sometimes swerved between identities like a barfly at happy hour, exuberant but hardly always clear. The festival looks to change that this time around. Tribeca has entered an era in which it hopes the sale last month of a 50% stake to James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Corp. gives it economic stability. It also believes it has finally found a mix of eclectic documentaries, international favorites, well-chosen independent features and even digital experiments to supplant earlier missions, which relied on a kitchen-sink approach to U.S. features or, for a number of years, star-heavy studio premieres.
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March 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Two New York entertainment-world fixtures are teaming, as Madison Square Garden has announced that it has taken a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises, the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival. The move gives Tribeca a financial foundation as well as presumed access to a number of high-profile venues. For MSG, the deal offers a toehold in the film-festival world as it looks to expand its live-event business beyond sports and music. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, though Tribeca said the deal "values Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million.
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March 4, 2009 | John Horn
The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will open with Woody Allen's latest comedy, "Whatever Works," the filmmaker's first movie shot in New York City since 2004's "Melinda and Melinda." The film, which stars "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Larry David and "The Wrestler's" Evan Rachel Wood, will open the Manhattan festival on April 22. "Whatever Works" is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Classics on June 19. The Tribeca Film Festival, launched to stimulate the arts and local spending in New York after the Sept.
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December 7, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City will feature a new component next April: the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, with ESPN dedicating television, radio, print and online resources to promoting it. "We hope to inspire filmmakers to make sports-themed films with this new platform in mind and thereby raise the level of the genre," said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president.
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March 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
As NBA fans wait to see if Phil Jackson can return the New York Knicks to glory, a new film looks to beat him to the punch. The actor-filmmaker Michael Rapaport is set to debut his documentary movie “When the Garden Was Eden” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month as part of its ESPN Sports Film Festival section. Fest organizers announced the news Thursday, saying the world premiere will kick off the sports confab on April 17. Rapaport's movie looks at the Knicks teams that won a pair of titles in the early 1970s and includes interviews with Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and - of course - Jackson himself.
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March 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Tribeca Film Festival will feature a number of celebrities in front of and behind the camera when it kicks off its 13th edition next month. Chris Messina directs “Alex of Venice,” a marital drama that stars the filmmaker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, with a resurgent Don Johnson co-starring. Courtney Cox, meanwhile, will unveil “Just Before I Go,” about a hard-luck man (Sean William Scott) who returns to his hometown to try to settle some scores. Also premiering at the festival, organizers said Thursday, will be Victor Levin's “5 to 7,” a transatlantic romance starring Anton Yelchin, who mined similar territory in Sundance sensation “Like Crazy” a few years back; Susanna Fogel's “Life Partners,” the Millennial friendship dramedy that stars real-life partners Leighton Meester and Adam Brody as well as Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing,” a mystery involving disappearing children; the Joss Whedon-penned “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance starring Zoe Kazan; and Jesse Zwick's “About Alex,” a dramatic comedy starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield and Maggie Grace that's described as a “Big Chill for our current social media moment.” BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Among the newly announced nonfiction films are the Ann Richards' doc “All About Ann” from Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper, as well as “Bachelor”...
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