March 22, 2009 |
There's no shame talking about: "Important Things With Demetri Martin" Martin is a Yale grad and former writer for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," so it's no surprise his Comedy Central show is nerd humor at its finest. Catch the season finale and join me in awaiting its renewal.
March 13, 2014 |
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.
April 16, 2013 |
In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Robert De Niro won plaudits for playing a complicated father. Now he'll spend some time exploring his own. In a new documentary from director Perri Peltz (”The Education of Dee Dee Ricks”), De Niro will examine the life of his father, Robert, a painter and bohemian figure who died in 1993 at the age of 71. Currently titled "Robert De Niro Sr.," the film is being produced by De Niro producing partner Jane Rosenthal and involves the work of Peltz collaborator Geeta Gandbhir.
May 2, 2013 |
"Flight," starring Denzel Washington, and "Half-Nelson" with Ryan Gosling are among the films featured in the Reel Recovery Film Festival-Skid Row Edition , which takes place Friday through Sunday at the Inner City Arts Theater in Los Angeles. The festival will feature three days of recovery-themed performances, film, discussions and fellowships. Three films will be screened each day. Every evening there will also be a performance of the play "The Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere," which is written and performed by members of a theater group who live and work on skid row. The South East European Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening at the WGA Theatre with the Romanian comedy "Of Snails and Men. " The festival continues through Monday and will feature films from 15 countries from the region, including the Croatian drama "Halima's Path" and the Bosnian documentary "The Living Monument.
March 1, 2012
A little bit of the European theater world is coming to the skid row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Inner-City Arts is teaming up with the British-German theater company Gob Squad and L.A.'s Center Theatre Group to launch a two-year stage project. The initiative will involve a handful of Inner-City Arts students participating in a theater production about the process of aging. The British Council, a nongovernment cultural organization, is investing $10,000 in the project.
April 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- "He's not a villain," Matt Berninger said of his brother Tom. "He's the nicest guy in the world. " The 42-year-old front man of the band the National was standing on stage between songs at the New York's Highline Ballroom, gesturing to his brother about 20 feet away. Tom raised his hands, let out a howl, then accepted a noogie of appreciation from a friend nearby. Those who had watched the Berningers on screen in the documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," the opening-night film of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, wouldn't have thought Tom was a villain.
April 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK--Nearly all sports documentaries follow a rise and fall pattern, sometimes changing up the sequence but rarely the elements. The good ones, though, manage to follow the formula with style and depth. It's easy to make the case that the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "McConkey," a new documentary from a group of directors working for Red Bull's media arm, falls in the latter category. The profile of the extreme-sports pioneer Shane McConkey is both remarkable to look at and, at a screening I attended, didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
April 26, 2008
WHILE I read Patrick Goldstein's column regarding the poor film choices of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro with great interest ["How the Mighty Have Fallen," by Patrick Goldstein, April 22], I can't help but point out the glaring omissions in his argument. First off, Goldstein begins the column by quoting Francis Ford Coppola, a filmmaker whose recent work has been lackluster at best. Then we are given examples of some of the mediocre films that Pacino and De Niro have recently starred in, failing to dig deeper into their extracurricular activities.
May 5, 2004 |
Lilibet Foster didn't want to create yet another documentary about Sept. 11. She wanted to make a film about how New York City firefighters have carried on their traditions and fraternity after losing so many friends and colleagues that day. The result is "Brotherhood," which made its premiere Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.
March 18, 2011 |
In "Monogamy," Israeli-born actress Meital Dohan receives top billing for a movie in which she doesn't speak and is only referred to as Subgirl, an e-mail handle. All that's seen of her is what's captured through the lens of Theo (Chris Messina), the photographer protagonist, who unwittingly finds himself chasing this sexually adventurous woman. She is a silent enigma, the one thing standing between an engaged man and monogamy. "The character is a fantasy," Dohan said, perched on a white sofa in her sunny Los Angeles home.