Head to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to Uncover New Cinematic Treasures

(PCM) It is clearly the time to enter the world of cinematic treasures by heading to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 16th year, and running through April 30. There is a great deal to shout about at this year’s festival, including several world premieres, riveting documentaries, nearly 100 feature films, special screenings, Gala events and closing night films. Among the world premieres are memorable movies starring Al Pacino, Debra Winger, Burt Reynolds, Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm. The documentaries focus on Whitney Houston, Gilbert Gottfried, and Frank Serpico, and are sure to give us food-for-thought.

Sixteen years ago, producer Jane Rosenthal, and actor/director Robert DeNiro, reached out to the New York film industry and beyond, and they conceived of the Tribeca Film Festival. Rosenthal, and marvels at how far it has come in 16 years. Rosenthal is the producer of such charming and memorable movies as “About A Boy,” and “Meet The Parents.”

“Yes, so much has changed since we started, but a good story is still a good story,” she recently explained. “Global storytelling allows us to see ourselves in one another, and over the past 16 years, we have had filmmakers from more than 80 countries join us – including Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Somalia, among others,” Rosenthal said.

“For any civil society to grow, create and think beyond the status quo, the arts are a necessity,” she said, “especially in an era of such unprecedented uncertainty.”

Among the many titles to consider are: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in “The Trip to Spain;” real-life couple Marion Cotillard and Canet play themselves in “Rock’n Roll;” Cate Blanchett art-theory tour-de-force “Manifesto” and “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.

Also, Burt Reynolds stars in Adam Rifkin’s “Dog Years,” about an 80-something former Hollywood star. This movie also stars Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter; Quinto, Slate and Hamm lead the cast of Brian Shoaf’s “Aardvark,” a competition title about a therapist who falls for her patient’s brother; and Pacino, Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi appear in “Dabka,” which is Bryan Buckely’s story of a journalist trying to embed himself with Somali pirates. Debra Winger also stars alongside Tracy Letts in Azazel Jacobs’ latest about a rekindled marriage, “The Lovers.”

Other films to take note of: “Love After Love,” a compelling drama about a family whose patriarch dies of a fatal disease and leaves the daughter, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) and her middle ages sons to navigate the choppy waters of their lives; “One Percent More Humid,” about two college-age friends played by Juno Temple and Julia Gardner, who reunite for a humid New England summer and help one another cope with the unimaginable. There are also the films, “The Boy Downstairs,” starring Zosie Mamet, an original romantic comedy and coming-of-age tale about a young writer looking to find her way back in New York after a two year stint in London.

Among the documentaries to take note of are: “No Man’s Land,” “The Reagan Show,” “The Departure,” “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” “The River Below,” “A Suitable Girl,” “Shadowman,” “When God Sleeps,” “True Conviction,” and “The Sensitives.”

The documentary “Frank Serpico,” tells the story of the man who was immortalized in Al Pacino’s riveting drama “Serpico.” Now, 45 years later, Frank talks about his Southern Italian roots, his time as an undercover officer and his post-NYPD life.  Adding their own recollections are Frank’s fellow officers, childhood friends, his west side neighbors, and his admirers such as writer Luc Sante and actor John Turturro. With unprecedented access to its subject and augmented by original music, this is a riveting film.

Rosenthal is thrilled that “Legendary Storytellers” are joining this year’s festival, including Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Jon Favreau, Kobe Bryant, Lena Denham, Jenni Konner, Barbara Streisand, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen.

The festival is celebrating the works of two filmmakers with unrivaled abilities to chronicle American life: Michael Moore and Ken Burns. Moore will be there to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Bowling for Columbine,” and Burns will show excerpts from his extraordinary PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.”

The rich history of Tribeca, which dates back to May 2002, continues, and has been enhanced over the years. The festival immediately took its place as a major place of cinematic delights, probing works of art and deep discussions that make entertainment and art so vital.  “Breaking boundaries,” Rosenthal said, “has always been encouraged at Tribeca, as long as long as the participating artists make things interesting for our audiences. If there’s a good story, no matter the screen or surface, we’ll seek it out for you.”

For festival tickets and information, please go to: https://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide. Or please call, 646-502-5296.

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Exclusive Interview With Lea Michele! ‘Intimate Evening’ Tour Kicks Off In Philly!

By: Debra Wallace

(PCM) Songstress Lea Michele has made an indelible mark on Broadway, on the hit television show “Glee” and she is now celebrating her new music and much-anticipated upcoming tour.

The remarkable 30-year-old singer and actress, best known for portrayal of Rachel Berry on the award-winning show “Glee,” kicks off her limited Intimate Evening with Lea Michele’s North American Tour on May 1 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.

Subsequent stops on the tour include: Boston, Ledyard, Connecticut, Toronto, Seattle, and San Francisco, which is something her fans around the globe are thrilled to partake in. There is something about her voice, her presence, and the way she conveys emotion in her music that speaks to her scores of admirers far and wide.

Her new single, “Love Is Alive,” was released on March 3, and her second album, “Places” will be released by Columbia Records on April 28. She first performed the new music during three intimate sold out shows in January, and this tour is a result of the demand from her many devoted fans, who have followed her rich career of music, television and Broadway.

No stranger to live audiences, Michele, who grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, made her Broadway debut at age 8, after tagging along with a friend to an open casting call. After she spontaneously decided to audition, she was offered the role, and two weeks later she was starring on Broadway.

In 1995, she made her Broadway debut as a replacement for the role of young Cosette in “Les Miserables.” This was followed by roles in “Ragtime,” and in 2004, she portrayed Shprintze, and understudied the role of Chava, in the Broadway revival of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

She was nominated for several awards for creating the role of Wendla Bergman in the original company of the musical of “Spring Awakening,” which debuted on Broadway in December 2006.

In late 2008, she received the role of Rachel Berry on “Glee’ and has received many awards for her performance, including the 2009 Satellite Award for best actress in a series, comedy or musical, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. She is also starring on the new Fox TV’s series, “Scream Queens.”

If all of this was not enough, Michele is the author of a charming book called “Brunette Ambition,” that explores her life and career, including fitness, fashion, the spotlight and more.

PCM: I am here in Philadelphia and everyone I know who loved you on “Glee” and on Broadway, is thrilled you are sharing your music with us on May 1.

LEA MICHELE: It’s so funny because I have so many friends in Philly and I’m literally as I’m talking to you, I’m getting texts like, ‘can you get my mom’s friend from Philly four tickets,’ and ‘can we get nine more tickets for your show?’ So I’m like negotiating all my Philly tickets as we speak.

PCM: That’s pretty funny. I am sure these tickets are in demand.

LM: I think it’s because it’s the closest concert to the New York City, and I have a lot of friends there, so it’s very exciting for me to share it with all of them.

PCM: What are you excited about accomplishing with this tour?

LM: I think it was really important for me with this second record to immediately start performing. I’ve already done a couple of performances of this show that I put together back in January, but my goal is to get out there and show everyone that I’m a performer. I grew up on the stage. I grew up performing. I’m a live singer and I think that’s what sort of makes me different from, a lot of other entertainers.

PCM: Please tell me more about this.

LM: Well, even before this album comes out, I wanted to get up on the stage and perform. We’ve put together what I think, is a really great concert with some songs from my first record, [“Louder” released in March 2014], songs from this new album, “Places,” and then some really fun songs also from “Glee,” which I love singing. During the show, I tell stories along the way about “Glee” and about recording my first album and about the meaning of these songs from my second record.

PCM: So what should your fans look forward to during your intimate concert?

LM: They should expect a fun little night and it’s just sort of the beginning of this little leg of all these tours for me. I’m sort of learning as I go. But I’ve really loved it so far, and I can’t wait to travel to different places. Every city has like a different energy, and every audience is unique. I tell different stories each night, and sometimes I get a little too personal when I start giving everyone all of my deepest and darkest secrets; but I’ve really loved it.

PCM: Since your early days on Broadway you have really shined under the spotlight.

LM: Thank you. For sure; I feel the most comfortable on stage.

PCM: Tell me about the new album and the feedback from the first songs you released?

LM: People are really loving the single. We’ve released “Love Is Alive” as well as “Anything’s Possible,” and I think that people really just wanted to hear this type of music from me for a really long time. My first album was a little pop heavy and this album is a little bit more classical and it’s just about my voice.

PCM: What do you mean?

LM: Obviously on “Glee” I did a lot of pop songs, but I also did these really big, belting sort of show stopping numbers and I wanted to branch off of that and create an album that was timeless and that really just reflects a lot of the singers that I grew up listening to, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, and for me I think this album is just a great representation of who I am as a singer. Not like you listen to it and you go, well that sounds like this person or it sounds like that person. You listen to it and it sounds like me, and I think that it’s something that people could also listen to in 10 years and it could still be relevant.

PCM: What does it feel like when fans say ‘I love Celine Dion, Adele and Barbra Streisand, and in my view you are up there with them?’

LM: Honestly, it feels weird. I think for me, I love singing, but it’s like, it’s difficult and it’s hard. I look at those singers who are still performing, and I feel like I am part of this new generation of singers. I think of what they do as being so effortless, but I imagine it’s the same thing for them as it is for me – a lot of hard work and unwavering dedication. I think they’re incredible, and to even just be in the same sentence as those amazing women is unbelievable.

PCM: Will you go back to Broadway?

LM: I would love to. But right now I really just want to focus on touring. I didn’t have that opportunity with my first record. So it is very important to me to do these shows now, to be on the stage and sing the songs from my album at my concerts. I also love singing the songs from “Glee,” which was such a big part of my life. So I’ve put together the concert and we have this lovely section about “Glee” and so I feel like I need to do this first before I can go back to Broadway, which takes a lot of time and effort. So this is where I need to be right now.

PCM: Is there any other advice that you would give a teenager or young woman who wants a career in TV, or music, or Broadway, or any of these things which are very big goals?

LM: I’ve gotten asked that question for such a long time, and I think for me I worked so hard. I never slacked off. I never was the girl that went to the party or anything like that, because I was working and I had to take care of myself. So being a performer, and being in the industry, it comes with a lot of sacrifices and you have to be willing to make those sacrifices so you have to work really hard. You have to take care of yourself. You have to go to school, and learn your craft. There’s a lot of different elements that sort of lead to success, and for me, I just never really stopped. I never gave up, and I worked really hard.

PCM: I look forward to your Philadelphia show on May 1. Good luck with the tour. It was been a pleasure talking to you today.

LM: Thank you!

For more information about Lea Michele, go to: www.leamichelemusic.com

For tickets to the Intimate Evening with Lea Michele Tour at the Merriam Theater, go to: www.KimmelCenter.org. Or call: 215-893-1999.

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Happy Days Actress Erin Moran Dead At Age 56

(PCM) Hollywood is mourning the loss of “Happy Days” and “Joanie Love Chachi” actress Erin Moran who was found dead in her Indiana home at the age of 56.

Moran is best known for her role as the lovable Joanie Cunningham on the long running TV sitcom “Happy Days”. She also appeared in “Murder She Wrote”, “Desperation Boulevard” and “Celebrity Fit Club”.

According to Indiana authorities, they received a call reporting an “unresponsive female”. When EMT’s arrive on the scene they discovered Moran’s body and she was already deceased. An autopsy to determine her exact cause of death is still pending.

Moran struggled with drinking and several incidents of bizarre behavior after her “Happy Days” fame. She ended up living in an Indiana trailer park with her husband Steve Fleishmann, but it is being reported that the two were allegedly on their way to being kicked out of the trailer park and were flat broke.

Many of Moran’s “Happy Days” co-stars have expressed their condolences online. Actor/director Ron Howard tweeted “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.”

The “Fonz” himself Henry Winkler tweeted, “OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon”

Our sincere condolences go out to Erin Moran’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Actor Shia LaBeouf Reveals Yet Another Bizarre Art Project

(PCM) Actor Shia LaBeouf has revealed his next art project titled #ALONETOGETHER and it is just as mind-boggling as his previous endeavors. We can give LaBeouf credit for making a statement, but in the last few years he has been going about these statements (for the sake of art) in the most bizarre ways possible. For this project, LaBeouf, along with two additional collaborators will be spending one entire month in complete isolation in a cabin in Finland.

The only communication they will have with the outside world for that month will be the ability to answer a series of text message sent via video screen from visitors to the Kiasma museum in Helsinki. Other than that, LaBeouf and his two collaborators will have no other communication access. This means no phones or internet and according to Dazed.com, LaBeouf says the goal of the project is to force people to rethink the “relationship we have with our phones and with one another.” The artists have said the project is a response to the global “digital revolution and its impact on our culture, economy, human identity, and behavior.”

It is basically to prove a point about just how much we are dependent upon our phones and daily social media updates throughout the day. Do you think any of you could get through an entire month without your phones? The artists feel that the internet and social media can be positive tools when used in the correct way, but without a doubt our human interaction with one another has changed drastically over the years.

It has not been revealed as to whether not the cabin will house any other forms of entertainment to help the days go by such as books or music, however we are assuming that they would have some time of electricity to run the video screens for the text. But what about food and water? We are sure LaBeouf has a plan and we are curious to see how this art project plays out!

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Hotel Guest Makes Odd Christopher Walken Room Request And Hotel Amazingly Delivers

(PCM) Daniel Buckley was planning a stay at The Pembroke in Kilkenny, Ireland when he took it upon himself to have a little fun with the hotel reservation system’s “Special Request” section. Like most amenities that you can book online the form you fill out usually has a space to fill in any special requests you might like to add to help with the comfort of your stay. We are nearly certain that most hotels have gotten some pretty outrageous requests from individuals just trying to get a good laugh. No one really expects the hotel to come through, right?

Buckley thought he would add the rather odd and quite specific request for a signed photo of actor Christopher Walken to be placed in his room upon arrival. But, not just any photo of Christopher Walken would suffice, he wrote “We would like a FRAMED photo of Christopher Walken (signed if possible) from Pulp Fiction, as my father was an assistant to Mr. Walken on this film and this was his greatest accomplishment. We like to be reminded of this.”

Buckley was obviously being snarky and he was absolutely astonished as to what he found waiting for him when he arrived in his at The Pembroke in Ireland. There waiting for him on the table was sure enough a photo of Christopher Walken on the set of Pulp Fiction and it was even autographed! We have no idea how the hotel even managed to pull this one off, but they definitely got Buckley good! Talk about stellar customer service, he better give this hotel an excellent Yelp review!

There is no way that someone who works at the hotel would have just had that picture lying around, so you know they had to go out and track it down. It must have cost them quite a bit and they certainly went above and beyond even for a joke. Wonder what kind of odd request they can fulfill next?

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Rapper In Trouble Over Extreme Dine And Dash Maneuver

(PCM) A wannabe Australian rapper Terry Peck who goes by the nickname “2Pec” went to extreme measures to avoid paying for his dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant on Australia’s Main Beach. Perhaps he just wanted to see where his meal came from because he ended up dining and dashing, literally running straight into the ocean. Could this have been more like a dine and splash?

It seems that “2Pec” did not feel like paying for the over $600 bill he had racked up at Omeros Bros Restaurant, so when the bill came to the table he took off running onto the beach. He was chased down by restaurant staff members, but ended up jumping straight into the ocean at Surfer’s Paradise in Main Beach and decided to make a swim for it!

The Courier Mail is reporting that 2Pec’s meal consisted of  two lobsters, a baby octopus and 21 vodka oyster shots and “a number of Coronas,” which came to over $600. So, it is completely understandable why the restaurant would be upset and want him apprehended.

2Pec tried to defend his actions by saying that he ran before paying because he friend was going in to labor and was going to be having a baby on the beach. We have to give him credit for trying such an elaborate excuse, but the story failed to pan out. He even went as far as to say that the restaurant actually owed him an apology because the lobster was overcooked and there was a shell in one of the oysters. Really???

He said he had planned to return and pay for the meal, but when he jumped into the ocean “searching” for his pregnant friend he conveniently lost his wallet. 2Pec refused to swim back to shore so authorities were sent out on jet skis to literally reel him back in. He was taken to jail, but was able to post bail and must remain at a property in Labrador until his set court appearance.

Something tells us he won’t be revisiting this restaurant anytime in the future, but he certainly did make a splash!

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