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    Cameron Diaz Screens Her 'Sex Tape' In New York

    Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel screened their new raunchy comedy "Sex Tape" on July 14 in Manhattan, at an event hosted by The Brickwood, where the party was also held. There, guests including Nicky Hilton, Judd Apatow and Estelle, were treated to canapes and Red Bull spiked champagne. Film opens wide July 18.
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    A 'Third Person' in Manhattan

    Michael Nozik, Michael Barker, Olivia Wilde, Paul Haggis, Loan Chabanol, Tom Bernard, Moran Atias at The Cinema Society and Revlon's premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' "Third Person." The party was at Jimmy at the James Hotel, where people drank Qui Tequila cocktails (named Roman Rendezvous, and The Haggis Elixir). Other attendees included: Topher Grace, Gina Gershon, Bennett Miller, Dana Delany, Dean Winters, David Chase, Lena Hall (Tony Winner, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Melonie Diaz, Terry George, Orange is the New Black co-stars Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz & Madeline Brewer; Beth Stern, Julie Taymor, Casey LaBow, Peter Scolari, Kenneth Cole, Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Nicole Miller, Ellen Von Unwerth, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Alex Lundqvist, Nicole Trunfio, Topaz Paige Green, Frederique Van Der Wal, Daniel Benedict, Debbie Bancroft, Lorraine Schwartz, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Jazmin Grimaldi and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir
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    Channing Tatum Brings '22 Jump Street' to New York

    Channing Tatum and two of New York's finest at a FIJI Water and Entertainment Weekly-hosted screening of "22 Jump Street" on June 4 in New York. Following the screening, guests headed over to Lavo where they snacked on bite sized chicken Parmesan and meatball sliders and sipped bottles of FIJI Water and Red Bull. Later in the night guests kicked off a dance party with DJ Jonny.
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    Benedict Cumberbatch Sees 'Double' In New York

    Benedict Cumberbatch and writer-director Richard Ayoade at a New York special screening of Magnolia Pictures’ "The Double" on April 30.
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    'Hateship Loveship' Lands in New York

    Kristen Wiig, Liza Johnson, Christine Lahti at the Cinema Society and Montblanc's screening of IFC Films' "Hateship Loveship" in New York on April 8. The party was at The Skylark, where people drank Qui tequila cocktails (two cocktails, one named Hateship and one named Loveship). Guests included: Michael Shannon, Jess Weixler (The Good Wife), Judd Hirsch, Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Ira Sachs, Jay Thomas, Heather Matarazzo, Caroline Rhea, Ben Shenkman, Louisa Krause, Jaime Cepero, Christian Campbell & America Olivo, Sebastian Silva, Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), Gilles Mendel, Candy Pratts Price, Sam Talbot, Elena Foley, Antoine Verglas, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Daniel Benedict, Sophie Sumner, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Jennifer Creel, Natalie Joos, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir
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    A 'Sabotage' in New York

    Joe Manganiello and Arnold Schwarzenegger bonded at The Cinema Society and Muscle & Fitness's screening of "Sabotage," March 25th in New York. The party was at The Skylark, where guests drank Qui Tequila cocktails, named Breacher and Grinder, after Arnold's and Joe's characters in the film. Guests included: Christina Schwarzenegger, Dana Delany, Evan Lysacek, Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), Ray Simpson (lead singer, Village People), Gilles Mendel, Marcus Schenkenberg, Louisa Krause, Rosanna Scotto (Good Day New York), Jill Martin (Today Show), Amy Sacco, Richard Philipps, Drew Nieporent, Paul Sculfor, Garrett Neff, Katherine Webb, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Debbie Bancroft, Johannes Huebl, Mackenzie Hamilton, Kelly Bensimon, Lily Lane, Elena Foley, Jazmin Grimaldi, David Pecker (Chairman, President, & CEO of AMI), David Zinczenko (Consulting Editorial Director, Muscle & Fitness and AMI), Shawn Perine (Editor-in-Chief, Muscle & Fitness), and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir.
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    'Dom Hemingway' Invades New York

    The Cinema Society with Links of London hosted the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Dom Hemingway" on March 27th in New York. The party was at new hotspot Il Principe at Hotel Hugo, where guests were served Moet & Chandon (who co-sponsored the party). Guests from the film included Jude Law, Demian Bichir, Madalina Ghenea, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kerry Condon, Richard Shepard (writer/director), Steve Gilula (Co-President, Fox Searchlight Pictures). Other attendees included Lena Dunham, Jonny Lee Miller, Allison Williams, Paul Haggis, Maura Tierney, Karen Elson, Salman Rushdie, Dree Hemingway, Elettra Wiedemann, Ebon Moss, Louisa Krause, Peter Scolari, Dylan Baker, Isiah Whitlock Jr (The Wire), Sam Underwood (The Following), Valorie Curry (The Following), Ben Shenkman, Sarah Sophie Flicker & Jesse Peretz, Jenna Lyons, Gilles Mendel, Jamie Chung, Duncan Sheik, Casey LaBow, Will Cotton, Stu Zicherman, Peter Cincotti, Pat Cleveland, Mark Seliger, Paul Sculfor, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Ann Dexter-Jones, Alex Lundqvist, Elena Foley, Genevieve Jones, Amy Sacco, Robert Dundon (President, Links of London North America), and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir.
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    'Pompeii' Explodes in New York

    Paul W.S Anderson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Kit Harington at a screening of TriStar Pictures' "Pompeii," hosted by The Cinema Society and Grey Goose. The party was in the penthouse of The Standard East Village (the screening was at the Crosby Street Hotel), where guests were the first to preview Grey Goose Le Melon. Among the lucky folk in attendance: Paul Haggis, Carrie Preston (True Blood), Peter Berg, Matt Harvey (NY Mets), Olivier Theyskens, Lindsay Ellingson, Karen Elson, Judd Hirsch, Candy Spelling, Isiah Whitlock Jr (The Wire), Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Julie Henderson, Sante D’Orazio, Louisa Krause, Tabitha Simmons, Jaime Cepero (Smash), Jessica Williams (The Daily Show), Roberto Bolle, Cory Bond, Alex Lundqvist, Nathan Bogle, Jordan Weller, Teresa Moore, Emily DiDonato, RJ King, Daniel Benedict, Fern Mallis, Pat Cleveland, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir
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    Chris Pratt and Liam Neeson Bring 'The Lego Movie' to New York

    Chris Pratt was joined by his "Lego Movie" co-star Liam Neeson at a New York screening of the film, held Feb. 5, and hosted by The Cinema Society. "Lego"'s female lead, Elizabeth Banks, was also in attendance. Additional guests included: Melania Trump, Jill Hennessy, Alessandro Nivola, Rachel Dratch, Matthew Settle, Caroline Rhea, Richard Kind, Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains), Jason Weinberg, Alex Lundqvist, Rachel Roy, Brendan Shanahan (NY Rangers), Patricia Herrera Lansing, Shoshanna Gruss, Gretta Monahan & Ricky Paull Goldin, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. The film wide opens Feb. 7.
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    'Olympus Has Fallen' On Manhattan

    Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett and director Antoine Fuqua descended upon Manhattan on March 11 for a screening of their action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," hosted by The Cinema Society with Roger Dubuis & Grey Goose. The screening, held at the Tribeca Grand, was followed by a party at The Darby where Grey Goose cocktails were served.
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    'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Lands in New York

    "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" stars Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom hit up last night's screening of New Line Cinema and MGM Pictures' blockbuster, hosted by The Cinema Society ad Moncler. The party was at The Lambs Club where Qui Tequila cocktails were served, named Bilibo Baggins and Smaug after two characters in the film. Additional guests included Stephen Fry, Patrick Wilson, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Piven and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
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    'Philomena' Charms New York Audiences

    Martin Sixsmith (writer), Philomena Lee, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark at The Weinstein Company hosted premiere of their drama "Philomena," in New York on Nov. 12. The party was at The Skylark, where guests drank Qui Tequila cocktails at the party (named Philomena, after the main character, and Roscrea, an important setting in the film.) Attendees included: Harvey Weinstein, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti, Mariska Hargitay, Emily Mortimer, Jane Curtin, Carla Gugino, David Byrne, Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Sandrine Holt (Hostages), Danny Strong, Frank Grillo (Disconnect), Nico Tortorella, Richard Kind, Sean Young, Olivier Theyskens, Candy Pratts Price, Hal Rubenstein, Alex Lundqvist, Luke Parker-Bowles, Tristine Skyler, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Debbie Bancroft, Laurie Durning, Jazmin Grimaldi, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
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    Natalie Portman Brings New 'Thor' To New York

    Natalie Portman was the guest of honor at last night's screening of "Thor: The Dark World," hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty. The party was held at the newly opened Marlton Hotel where Qui Tequila cocktails were served. Guests included Howard & Beth Stern, AnnaSophia Robb, Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Tony Danza, Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore from Downton Abbey), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Stephen Gaghan, Peter Berg, Sebastian Stan, Alysia Reiner & Jackie Cruz (Orange is the New Black), Megan Boone (The Blacklist), Nigel Barker, Nina Garcia, Peter Cincotti, Heather Matarazzo, Ian Colletti (Rake), Nicole Miller, Rachel Roy, Alex Lundqvist, Paul Sculfor, Garrett Neff, Amy Sacco, Johannes Huebl, Daniel Benedict, Jason Dundas (VH1), Carrie Keagan, Kelly Bensimon, Genevieve Jones, Karen Duffy, Marie Claire Editor in Chief Anne Fulenwider, Dior Beauty's Dianne Vavra, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
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    'Bad Grandpa' Invades the Big Apple

    Paramount Pictures and MTV Films screened their latest "Jackass" film "Bad Grandpa" in NYC on October 21st. Pictured above are the film's two stars, Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. They were joined by producer-writer Spike Jonze at the screening and after party at Sons of Essex, where Red Bull and Stella were served in addition to some yummy snacks. Film comes out Oct. 25.
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    A 'Pussy Riot' in Manhattan

    Last night HBO & The Cinema Society hosted the premiere of HBO Documentary Films' "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer." Pictured here are Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin, Sheila Nevins and. Sarah Bernstein. The after party was hosted at Pravda.
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    'Trance' Puts a Spell on Manhattan

    Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson and director Danny Boyle put a spell on Manhattan's finest at a special screening of their twisted thriller "Trance," hosted by The Cinema Society and Montblanc. The party following the film was at the triplex Penthouse at 497 Greenwich Street, owned by London gallerist Jonathon Caroll, where Grey Goose cocktails were served. The Fox Searchlight release opens April 5.
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    'The Host' Invades Manhattan

    Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, author Stephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons released "The Host" upon Manhattan's finest at a special screening of the Open Road film, hosted by The Cinema Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre. The night kicked off at the Tribeca Grand and was followed by a party at Jimmy (at the James Hotel) where Vikingfjord cocktails (named The Wanderer and The Seeker, in keeping with the film) were served.
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    Michelle Williams Channels "Marilyn" at NY Premiere

    Michelle Williams created a photo frenzy when she hit the red carpet at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's "My Week With Marilyn," hosted by Quintessentially and Forevermark at New York's Paris Theater. After posing and talking to the press, Williams booked it for a flight to continue shooting Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and the Powerful," in which she's playing good witch Glinda. Williams' co-stars Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper and Zoe Wanamaker were on hand, along with director Simon Curtis, to present the film and wind down at the glam afterparty, held at La Petite Maison nearby. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    'Electrick Children' Light Up NYC

    The Cinema Society & Make Up For Ever hosted a screening of Phase 4 Films' "Electrick Children" last night in Manhattan. Pictured from left to right are (director) Rebecca Thomas, Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Billy Zane, Cassidy Gard, (producer) Richard Neustadter, (producer) and Jessica Caldwell. The party was on the rooftop of the Hotel Americano where Belvedere cocktails (named Rock Star, Sin City and The Mixed Tape, in keeping with the film) were served.
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    A 'Safe Haven' in New York

    Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and director Lasse Hallström together at a special screening of their romance "Safe Haven," presented by Self Magazine. Following the screening guests made their way over to Beauty & Essex.
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    Two 'Beautiful Creatures' Land in NYC

    "Beautiful Creatures" stars Emmy Rossum and Viola Davis dropped down in Manhattan last night for a special screening of the supernatural teen romance, hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty. The after-party was at the new restaurant Cole's in Greenwich Village, where Vikingfjord cocktails (named The Ravenwood, and Dark Force, inspired by the film) were served to guests that included Ivanka Trump, Debra Winger, Paul Haggis, Kelly Rutherford, Russell Simmons, Victoria Justice, Zoe Lister-Jones ("Whitney"), Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"), Billy Magnussen, Jess Weixler, and Mare Winningham.
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    Tarantino Unchains 'Django' in New York

    Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino were on hand Dec. 11 to unleash their shocking and hilarious "Django Unchained" to some of New York's finest at the Ziegfeld Theater in midtown. The event, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Samsung Galaxy and The Cinema Society, attracted the likes of Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Wilde, Liv Tyler, Sam Rockwell, Patrick Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Josh Lucas, Amy Ryan, Zach Braff, Naomi Campbell, Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Sharon Osbourne, 50 Cent, Patti Smith, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Helena Christensen, Darren Aronofsky, Russell Simmons, Carla Gugino and Zac Efron. After party was held at The Standard Hotel's Biergarten, where folks sipped DeLeón cocktails.
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    Al Pacino and His 'Stand Up Guys' Rock NYC

    "Stand Up Guys" helmer Fisher Stevens (left) was joined by his stars in the film, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies and Al Pacino, at the premiere of the thriller, hosted by Lakeshore Entertainment, Lionsgate & Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with The Cinema Society, Chrysler & Bally. The event was at MoMA, and the party was held at the Plaza Hotel, where folks were treated to Appleton Estate cocktails.
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    Gerard Butler Plays for Keeps in New York

    Gerard Butler was all smiles on a cold December 5th in Manhattan at the premiere of his romantic comedy "Playing For Keeps," hosted by Chrysler and The Cinema Society. The handsome star was joined by his co-stars Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer and Noah Lomax, along with director Gabriele Muccino, producers Alan Siegel, Jonathan Mostow and Kevin Misher, screenwriter Robbie Fox, and FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel. After party was held at at PH D at the Dream Downtown where folks were treated to delicious Vikingfjord cocktails.
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    Alan Cumming Presents 'Any Day Now' To Manhattan

    Alan Cumming attended a special screening of Music Box Films' "Any Day Now" on Dec. 3, hosted by The Peggy Siegal Company. The Scottish actor was joined at the after party, held at Hotel Chantelle, by his director, Travis Fine, as well as Sia, Remy Auberjonois (Death of a Salesman), Christine Baranski, Will Bates (Fall on Your Sword), Todd & Megan DiCiurcio, Tovah Feldshuh (Covert Affairs), Anastasia Ganias (True Blood), Julie Halston, Randy Harrison, Boyd Holbrook (Very Good Girls), Louisa Krause, Natasha Lyonne, Hettienne Park, Cynthia Rowley, Anja Rubik, Aimee Ruby, Stella Schnabel, Phillip Spaeth, Chaske Spencer, Antony Todd, and Elvy Yost.
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    'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Takes a Bite Out of Manhattan

    "Twilight" stars Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz hit up the red carpet at a special screening of their sure-to-be blockbuster "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," hosted by The Cinema Society with The Hollywood Reporter and Samsung Galaxy. They were joined at the screening and at the glam after-party (held at FINALE where guests were treated to Grey Goose cocktails -- with aptly named flavors Cherry Moon and Red Twilight) by fellow "Twilight" cast members Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Lisa Howard, and Casey LaBow.
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    'Friends With Kids' Gather in Manhattan

    Jennifer Westfeldt brought her directorial debut, "Friends With Kids," home to Manhattan last night at a special screening of her romantic comedy, starring Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns, Maya Rudolph and longtime partner Jon Hamm. The night, hosted by The Cinema Society with People StyleWatch & Grey Goose Cherry Noir, attracted the likes of Seth Meyers, Ryan Phillippe, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Sarah Silverman, Christy Turlington, Trudie Styler, Russell Simmons, Courtney Love, Alan Cumming, Gina Gershon, and a slew of "SNL" talent.
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    'Ginger & Rosa' Team Charm Manhattan

    "Ginger & Rosa" writer-director Sally Potter was joined by two of the film's lead stars, Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola, at a special New York screening of the coming-of-age drama over the weekend, hosted by The Peggy Siegal Company. In the film Fanning gives a breakout turn that's been earning plenty of Oscar buzz as as a budding teen in 1962 London. Guests included Alistair Banks Griffin, Sofia Coppola, Wes Craven, Halley Feiffer and "Gimme the Loot" filmmaker Adam Leon.
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    Marion Cotillard Steps Out for 'Rust and Bone' in New York

    "Rust and Bone" star Marion Cotillard made an appearance in New York in support of the drama, opposite her co-star in the film Matthias Schoenaerts. Here she's flanked by Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, who are releasing the film in the US. The screening was hosted by The Cinema Society with Dior and Vanity Fair. Part was held at Indochine where Belvedere cocktails were served.
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    Freida Pinto Unveils 'Trisha' to a New York Audience

    The gorgeous Freida Pinto was all smiles last night, July 11, at a special screening of IFC Films' "Trisha,"hosted by The Cinema Society with Circa and Rachel Roy. Director Michael Winterbottom wasn't on hand for the night (he's taking a much needed break), so here's Pinto alongside IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring. The party following the film was held at Jimmy (at the James Hotel), where folks were treated to D'Usse Cognac cocktails. Among the night's guests: Meg Ryan, Dana Delany, Tom McCarthy, Terry George, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Nicole Trunfio, Ann Dexter-Jones, Vikram Chatwal, Carlos Leon, Drena DeNiro, Irina Pantaeva, Sante D’Orazio, Fern Mallis, Daniel Benedict, Genevieve Jones, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Bettina Zilkha, CIRCA Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Chris Del Gatto, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir
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    'The Raven' Drops Down in Manhattan

    John Cusack joined by his "The Raven" co-star Alice Eve at a special screening of the period thriller on April 16th in Manhattan. The Peggy Siegal Company hosted the night, sponsored by DeLeon Tequila. The party was held at The Vault at Pfaff. "The Raven" opens April 27th.
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    Whit Stillman's Damsels Glam It Up for NYC

    Whit Stillman's latest film "Damsels in Distress" made its NYC premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Monday, April 2. The Cinema Society with Town & Country and Brooks Brothers hosted the event. Pictured from left to right are director Whit Stillman, actors Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton, Billy Magnussen and Sony Picture Classics Co-President Tom Bernard. On why he chose to make the film, Stillman told Indiewire, "I wanted to come back to the States and make a funny American film, and this was the funniest idea I had." Cast members had nothing but praise for their director and his script. "You read the first page and it's so funny and intelligent and layered and there's so many ideas," said Brody. "I mean to be so funny and then have so many philosophical ideas in there is just a real feat." Gerwig said she channeled Stillman himself in the role. "He's said in a lot of interviews [that] this is the character he feels closest to," she said. "And I think in a lot of ways he's using this character as a mouthpiece for ideas that he actually holds himself. I felt like I kind of became what Whit would have been if he had a sister." Along with the cast and crew, other attendees including Chloe Sevigny, Dylan McDermott, Andie MacDowell, Noah Baumbach, Chace Crawford, Paul Haggis and Jack McBrayer sipped Woodbridge Sparkling Wine and enjoyed popcorn and other refreshments. [photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Melanie Laurent Makes Her Big Debut in NYC

    French actress Melanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds") screened her directorial debut "The Adopted" on Wednesday March 28 in Manhattan to some of the city's finest. The night, hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, kicked off at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, followed by an intimate gathering at the Soho Grand Hotel in their luxurious Club Room. Pictured above are Laurent (right) and her star Marie Denarnaud. Among the night's guests: Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Dylan McDermott, Michele Hicks, Michael Kelly (Criminal Minds), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Paul Haggis, Eva Amurri, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle, Russell Simmons, Tony Danza, Gaby Hoffman, and Cary Fukunaga.
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    'Being Flynn' Screens in NYC

    Paul Weitz, Nick Flynn, Olivia Thirlby and Paul Dano at a special NYC screening of the Focus Features release "Being Flynn" on March 1. The event was held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel Screening Room, followed by a party at Chinatown hotspot Pulqueria on Doyers Street.
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    Madonna Brings "W.E." to NY's MoMA

    The Material Girl unveiled her ambitious directorial effort, "W.E.," with its star Andrea Riseborough in tow, to a starry crowd at MoMA on Sunday, Dec. 4. Among those that showed up in support of the icon: Chloe Sevigny, Adrien Brody, Kim Cattrall, Parker Posey, Valentino, Donna Karan, Julian Schnabel, Patti Smith, Anderson Cooper and Alan Cumming. The glam night was hosted by The Cinema Society and Piaget. [Photo by Shaun Mader/Patric McMullan Co.]
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    Friends, Fans Toast NYC Icon Marsha P. Johnson Tribute Doc

    At last night's edition of Ira Sachs' and Adam Baran's monthly film series Queer/Art/Film, the IFC Center hosted the world premiere of the new doc "Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson," based around a fascinating interview conducted just days before the New York City drag performer and transgender activist met her mysterious death in 1992. The packed house was treated to a Q&A panel with (L-R) Marsha's tearful and talkative roommate, gay rights activist Randy Wicker, her theatrical collaborator Jimmy Camicia, performance artist Agosto Machado and nightlife writer Michael Musto.
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    "The Artist" Charms Audience at NY Premiere

    Michel Hazanavicius' crowd-pleasing nod back to the silent era of film, "The Artist," wowed the audience at the Paris Theater at the film's NY premiere Nov. 17, hosted by Hugo Boss. Harvey Weinstein introduced Hazanavicius (left) and the film's cast (from left to right: Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin and Penelope Ann Miller), promising the crowd that they were in for a treat. Hazanavicius didn't say much (it's a silent film for a reason, he joked), but made a special shout out to his producer Thomas Langmann for making it all happen. [Photo by: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Wes Anderson Checks Out Tilda Swinton in "Kevin"

    Wes Anderson caught up with Tilda Swinton at a special screening of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" on November 15th in Lower Manhattan. The actress was joined at the event by director Lynne Ramsay, co-star Ezra Miller and guests Andrew Garfield, Wes Craven, John Lithgow and Parker Posey. The glam night was hosted by Pomellato, an Italian fine jewelery brand of which Swinton is the face. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Lynne Ramsay and Oscilloscope's David Fenkel at "Kevin" Premiere

    "We Need to Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay with Oscilloscope Laboratories' David Fenkel at the New York premiere of "Kevin."
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    Ron Howard Premieres "When You Find Me" in NYC

    Ron Howard was on hand November 15 in Manhattan to debut "When You Find Me," a film inspired by Canon's multi-platform "Long Live Imagination" campaign. The project marks the first Hollywood film to be based solely on eight independently contributed photographs, selected from nearly 100,000 submissions in the "Project Imagina8ion" contest. Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, also attended the event, held at the American Museum of Natural History. [Photo courtesy of Getty]
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    Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin See "Another Happy Day"

    Friends Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin caught up at an event in honor of Barkin's brave turn in Sam Levinson's award-winning family dramedy "Another Happy Day." The night, hosted by Moore, kicked off with a screening of the film, followed by a party at the Standard rooftop where a slew of stars descended to dance the night away. Among the faces: Olivia Wilde, Alexander Wang, Parker Posey, Julian Schnabel, Joel Schumacher, Zoe Kravitz, Wes Craven, Andy Cohen and Barkin's co-star Ezra Miller. [Photo: Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Weinstein and Co. Check Out Monroe Exhibition

    Harvey Weinstein, "My Week With Marilyn" director Simon Curtis, Andrea Riseborough and Dominic Cooper at the opening of the exhibition "Picturing Marilyn" at MILK in NYC, tied to the upcoming release of the Monroe biopic starring Michelle Williams. The night was hosted by DIOR and The Weinstein Company who are releasing the film. [Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty]
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    Simon Curtis & Dominic Cooper at "Marilyn" Event

    "My Week With Marilyn" director Simon Curtis with Dominic Cooper, at the opening of the exhibition "Picturing Marilyn" at MILK in NYC, hosted by DIOR and Harvey Weinstein. [Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty]
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    Spike Lee & Dee Rees Screen "Pariah"

    "Pariah" executive producer Spike Lee and the film's writer/director Dee Rees at a New York special screening of their award-winning Focus Features movie at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on December 1st.
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    Werner Herzog's "Abyss" Kicks off 2nd DOC NYC

    Doc filmmaker Werner Herzog, and Doc NYC executive director Raphaela Neihausen and artistic director Thom Powers at the opening night film of Herzog's "Into the Abyss" Wednesday night at NYU. Herzog's latest follows conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. Doc NYC takes place November 2 - 10 in New York City. Check out the lineup here.
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    Jake Gyllenhaal Celebrates Michael Shannon's Turn in "Take Shelter"

    Jake Gyllenhaal showed up in support of Michael Shannon's acclaimed turn in Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter," last night at a special screening hosted by Kevin Bacon, David Koepp, Amy Ryan and Susan Sarandon. Pictured above are Shannon and Gyllenhaal at Rue 57 in Upper Manhattan for the after party. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Diane Sawyer & Mike Nichols Toast to "Rampart"

    Power couple Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols with writer/director Oren Moverman last night at a special sneak screening Moverman's "Rampart," starring Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster and Cynthia Nixon. The night, hosted by Milos Forman, Nichols and Ben Stiller kicked off with the film in lower Manhattan, followed by an after-party at the glam Garden Room in the Mondrian Soho hotel. In "Rampart," Harrelson stars as Officer Dave Brown, a Vietnam vet and cop, dedicated to asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong. Among the guests that caught the dark thriller: Billy Crudup, Grace Gummer, Carol Kane, Courtney Love, Michael Shannon, Julie Taymor, Stanley Tucci and Liv Tyler. It opens in limited release on Friday, November 23. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Rockin' Good Times at the "Janie Jones" Premiere in NYC

    Hanging out post-jam session at the New York premiere of "Janie Jones" in New York Thursday night. Director David M. Rosenthal (middle) with Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin and actor Alessandro Nivola at the Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Hotel in New York's Gramercy (GGG). Both Breslin and Nivola separately took to the stage and did performances for the crowd playing guitar and singing (check out a video we took of Abagail Breslin performing at the event - good job Abigail! In the film, she plays the daughter of a rocker (Nivola) who unexpectedly is left with her as he embarks on a comeback tour. Tribeca Film opens the film beginning October 28th. Tribeca's main sponsor, American Express, hosted the party - Natch!
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    Johnny Depp and Keith Richards Jam at "The Rum Diary" NYC Premiere

    Johnny Depp and Keith Richards took to the stage at the afterparty for "The Rum Diary" NYC premiere, joining The JD Band for a six-minute set. Among the lucky guests who caught this moment: Maxwell, Neil Burger, Kiera Chaplin, Sky Ferreira, Gina Gershon, Cuba Gooding Jr, Albert Hammond Jr, Jessica Hart, Dree Hemingway, Lindsay Ellingson, Ally Hilfiger, Jim Jarmusch, Betsey Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Leigh Lezark, Behati Prinsloo, Alexandra Richards, Keith Richards, Theodora Richards, Cynthia Rowley, Matthew Settle, Amanda Setton, John Patrick Shanley, Patti Smith, Lili Taylor, Olivier Theyskens and Katia Winter. The FilmDistrict release comes out this Friday. [Photo: Marion Curits/Starpix]
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    Kino Lorber and Redemption Films Celebrate Their New Partnership

    Kino Lorber and Redemption Films celebrated their new partnership at the Gershwin Hotel in New York last night with a screening of Jean Rollin's 1970 "The Shiver of the Vampires," one of several vintage horror titles from Redemption's library. The deal between the companies positions Kino Lorber as the exclusive distributor for Redemption Films in U.S. and Canada. Kino Lorber plans on releasing 35 films from the library on DVD, Blu-ray, and all digital and VOD platforms in 2012. The plan includes "Shiver" as well as the rest of Rollin's darkly surreal vampire films in new restorations. Nigel Wingrove, curator and founder of Redemption Films, told the audience before the screening, "We've had good distributors and bad distributors over the years, but with Kino, we really feel like we've found a home." Speaking of Rollin, who died in December, Wingrove added: "He was a very driven man, but this is the first time we've had the money and resources to bring out these films and make them look even better than when Rollin made them." Kino Lorber president and CEO Richard Lorber described "Shiver," which the company plans to release in January, as "the true "True Blood" -- Roger Corman meets Jean Cocteau." He also hinted at another upcoming deal with Jezebel Films, as well as plans to distribute the films of Mario Bava. Bret Wood, Kino Lorber VP and curator of the Rollin films, explained the marketing plan for the new releases. "The longtime strategy is that if you treat every film like a treasure, people will respond to them," he said. "That's what we want to do with Rollin's work." From left, Richard Lorber, Nigel Wingrove and Bret Wood. Photo by Eric Kohn.
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    "The Rum Diary" Premieres in NYC

    Amber Heard, Johnny Depp and writer/director Bruce Robinson at the New York premiere of "The Rum Diary" at MoMA last night, hosted by Playboy. The afterparty was held at Hiro at the Maritime Hotel where Depp reportedly spent the night hanging out with Keith Richards, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. The best part of the night? Depp and Richards joining The JD Band for a six-minute set with Depp on guitar and Richards on guitar and vocals. Among the lucky guests who caught this moment: Maxwell, Neil Burger, Kiera Chaplin, Sky Ferreira, Gina Gershon, Cuba Gooding Jr, Albert Hammond Jr, Jessica Hart, Dree Hemingway, Lindsay Ellingson, Ally Hilfiger, Jim Jarmusch, Betsey Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Leigh Lezark, Behati Prinsloo, Alexandra Richards, Keith Richards, Theodora Richards, Cynthia Rowley, Matthew Settle, Amanda Setton, John Patrick Shanley, Patti Smith, Lili Taylor, Olivier Theyskens and Katia Winter. The FilmDistrict release comes out this Friday. [Photo: Marion Curits/Starpix]
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    "Anonymous" Screens at MoMA

    "Anonymous" stars Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson at a screening of their revisionist period pic helmed by Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") last night in Manhattan. The event, hosted by Columbia Pictures with the Cinema Society, was held at MoMA, followed by a party at Circo where stars including Courtney Love, Lee Pace, Judd Hirsch, Natasha Bedingfield, Maxwell, Paul McCartney and Nancy Sevell dropped by to mingle with the film's cast and crew. Emmerich's Elizabethan England-set thriller speculates on who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare. It opens on October 28. [Photo: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Robert Longstreet Celebrates "Take Shelter" Gotham Nom With a Morning Shot

    "The Catechism Cataclysm" co-stars Steve Little and Robert Longstreet along with Maxim editor Patrick Carone celebrating the opening of "Catechism" and Longstreet's Gotham award nomination for "Take Shelter" (Best Ensemble Performance). Tequila shots at 11am! [Photo by Joe Levy / Maxim]
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    Frances McDormand and John Turturro Hype "Passione"

    Frances McDormand gives John Turturro a coffee table book about Naples at the awards season screening of Turturro's documentary "Passione" on Monday night at the Crosby St. Hotel in Manhattan, hosted by Pasta Garofalo and Irfe Paris. Turturro's acclaimed film looks at the musical roots and traditions of Naples, Italy, as well as its influence on the rest of the world. [Photo courtesy: Pasta Garofalo/Irfe Paris]
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    Sundance Smash "Like Crazy" Premieres in NYC

    Drake Doremus' acclaimed long distance love story "Like Crazy" (it won the Grand Jury Prize and Special Jury Prize Best Actress award for newcomer Felicity Jones at Sundance this year), had its New York premiere last night at a fun event hosted by Tommy Hilfiger. The film stars Jones ("The Tempest") as a British college student who falls for her American classmate (played by Anton Yelchin) while studying abroad in the States. The two embark on a passionate romance, but when Jones' character outstays her student Visa, the two are forced to navigate the challenges associated with a long distance relationship. Doremus (pictured left) humbly introduced the film and its two leading stars to a packed house at the Sunshine Landmark that included Penn Badgley, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Ryan, Olivia Thirlby and director Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre"). Following the screening, guests flocked to the nearby hot spot Sons of Essex to toast to the film. "Like Crazy" opens in limited release on October 28 through Paramount Vantage. [Photo by Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    Penn Badgley and Zachary Quinto Take a "Margin Call"

    "Margin Call" stars Penn Badgley and Zachary Quinto caught up at an event for the financial thriller, hosted by The Wall Street Journal and Forevermark. The after party atop the Standard hotel in New York's Meatpacking Disitrict featured DJ Cassie Coane and attracted other cast members including Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci and Paul Bettany, along with additional guests Zoe Kravitz, Liev Schreiber, Eve, Chace Crawford and Paul Haggis. "Margin Call" opens in theaters on October 21 through Roadside Attractions. [Photo by Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    "The Royal Tenenbaums" Turns 10 at Alice Tully Hall

    Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" world premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival, so for the film's 10th anniversary the Film Society's young patron group, New Wave, held a special event in honor of the classic. The night kicked off with a screening at Alice Tully Hall where Anderson was joined by Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray and Anjelica Houston, followed by an after party at Stone Rose. [Photo by Godlis]
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    Almodovar Screens His Latest To New York's Finest

    Wherever Pedro Almodovar goes, his legions of fans follow. So when the Spanish auteur dropped by the Tribeca Grand Hotel to screen his latest masterwork "The Skin I Live In," his fans came out in full force. Because this was a glam event hosted by The Cinema Society and DeLeón Tequila, these 'fans' included the likes of Madonna (!), Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Martha Stewart, Patricia Clarkson, Alan Cumming, Julian Schnabel, Debbie Harry, John Cameron Mitchell and Parker Posey. The film's leading man, Antonio Banderas, was also on hand and kicked off the screening by reminiscing about how he got the call to reunite with Almodovar just a few blocks away at The Flea Theater. Following the film, guests flocked to The Double Seven for the after-party. Pictured above: Almodovar, Elena Anaya, Banderas, Michael Barker. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Craig Brewer's "Footloose" Dances Into NYC

    Craig Brewer's ("Hustle & Flow", "Blake Snake Moan") re-imagining of "Footloose" screened in NYC last night at an event hosted by The Cinema Society. Brewer wasn't present but the film's two stars were: Kenny Wormald (left) and Julianne Hough (right). The two introduced the film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and sweated it up the dance floor at the packed after-party on the CATCH Roof in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Guests included: producer Brad Weston, Peter Facinelli, Stephen Baldwin, Russell Simmons, Melissa George, Petra Nemcova, Chaske Spencer ("Twilight"), Mo Rocca, Jake T. Austin, Maxwell, Billy Magnussen, Eve Plumb, David Alan Basche, Joe Zee, Nicole Miller, Kelly Bensimon, Denise Rich, CNN’s Alina Cho, Brad Goreski, Christian Siriano, Hal Rubenstein, Marcus Schenkenberg, Alex Lundqvist, Lorenzo Martone, Ines Rivero, Heide Lindgren, Julie Ordon, Celine Rattray, Eugene Remm, Mark Birnbaum, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Ellen Barkin and Sam Levinson Bring Us "Another Happy Day"

    Second-generation writer/director Sam Levinson held a screening for his debut feature, "Another Happy Day," at the posh midtown Core Club last week in New York. He and the film's producer and star Ellen Barkin spoke candidly about getting the ensemble drama made. "This movie has a lot of what I call 'the olds,'" said Barkin. "Sam had no idea that that the fact that I'm not Julia Roberts would be a problem for funding! He had no idea!" Levinson offered some advice he learned from working with the film's team of respected actors, including Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church and George Kennedy. "If you have good actors, you just have to take a step back and let them follow their intuitions. That's when the magic happens." [Caption by Austin Dale]
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    "My Week With Marilyn" World Premieres in New York

    Michelle Williams joined her "My Week With Marilyn" co-star Eddie Redmayne last night at the world premiere of Simon Curtis' biopic at the 49th New York Film Festival. Prior to the screening at Alice Tully Hall, the two attended a party at the Hudson Hotel hosted by Dior. Among the guests at the pre-bash: Curtis, Kiera Chaplin, Jamie Colby, Paul Dano, Gina Gershon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dayle Haddon, Zoe Kazan, Elizabeth McGovern, Zac Posen, Coco Rocha, Tara Subkoff and Nicole Trunfio. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Jonas Mekas Occupies Wall Street

    Influential filmmaker, archivist, writer and activist Jonas Mekas made his way downtown to the Occupy Wall Street protests this weekend. He told indieWIRE: "As a film-maker and a poet, I feel it's my duty to be an eye and an antenna to what's happening around me. I always felt a solidarity with those who are desperate and confused and misused and are seeking a way out of it. So I had to be there." [Photo provided by Sebastian Mekas. Caption by Austin Dale]
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    The Weinstein Co.'s "Dirty Girl" Lands in NYC

    Abe Sylvia's road trip coming of age comedy "Dirty Girl" had a glam unveiling last night at a special event hosted by The Cinema Society. The film's star Juno Temple (left) reunited with Sylvia (center) and her co-star Jeremy Dozier at the screening and later partied the night away at Jimmy at the James Hotel. Among those that caught The Weinstein Company release: producers Rachel Cohen, Jana Edelbaum, and Christine Vachon, plus Harvey Weinstein, Faith Hill, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Corbin Bernsen, Eriq La Salle ("E.R".), Patti Austin, Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie"), Sean Young, Pablo Schreiber, Billy Magnussen, Dallas Roberts, James Lafferty ("One Tree Hill"), Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), Michael Michele, David Alan Basche, Michael Angarano, Vincent Young ("90210"), Tiki Barber, Rachel Roy, John Varvatos, Kelly Klein, Irina Shayk, Julie Henderson, Kelly Bensimon, Keren Craig, Tyson Ballou, Carrie Keagan, Debbie Bancroft, Quiana Grant, Daniel Benedict, Ann Dexter-Jones, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Centipede II Slithers Over to IFC Center

    IFC Midnight hosted a special screening this week of their upcoming thriller/errr... disturbing, "Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)." Star Laurence R. Harvey (center) said that his agent first brought the project's attention to him after the filmmakers reached out to him. "He said he looked it up on the web and said, 'I think this is a porno film,'" noted Harvey. "I'm a little fat character actor, I'm not really a lead role person type, so I took the part." Director Tom Six (right) said that after "HC-1," he wanted the next film to have an even more "uncomfortable atmosphere," and said that after the first installment, he had many more actors coming to him wanting to be in the follow-up. Harvey and Six's latest film will not be seen in their native U.K., however, since the film has been banned there (who knew that sort of thing happened?) "My first reaction was this is great marketing," said Six about the ban, noting this is the 11th film in 90 years to be refused permission to screen in Britain. "But then I was furious because it's something out of the dinosaur era." Also pictured in front of IFC Center in New York is producer, Ilona Six (Tom Six's sister).
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    "Hell and Back Again" Premieres in NYC

    The harrowing Sundance award-winning war documentary "Hell and Back Again," premiered earlier this week in New York at the Paley Center for Media. Above from left to right: director Danfung Dennis, two of his subjects Ashley Harris and Sgt. Nathan Harris, along with guest Ted Hope. The film opens theatrically in New York at Film Forum on October 5. [Photo:Docurama Films / Michael Priest Photography]
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    Gawker & Out Co-Host a "Weekend" Party

    Sundance Selects co-hosted a premiere screening and after-party for Andrew Haigh's "Weekend," which begins its roll out theatrically beginning Friday September 23. Gawker's Nick Denton (left) hosted the party at his apartment in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Also pictured with Haigh (middle) is Out magazine's Aaron Hicklin, who also co-hosted the fun (and good looking) midweek party.
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    Geena Davis Talks at "Women, War & Peace" Launch

    Geena Davis took to the podium at a breakfast today in honor of "Women, War & Peace," an upcoming PBS television series that explores women's strategic role in conflict and peace building. Davis is featured as a narrator in the show, along with Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard. The morning event, held at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, attracted the likes of Maria Bello, Abigail Disney, Fran Drescher, Jane Rosenthal, Lynn Sherr and Pamela Hogan. The series airs on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning October 11. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Restored "You Are Not I" Hits New York Film Festival

    The first press conferences for the 49th Annual New York Film Festival kicked off yesterday. Among the talent was "You Are Not I" director Sara Driver. Here she is pictured with FSLC's Richard Pena and University of Delaware's Francis Poole. The restored film (it was shot in 1981), playing in the Masterworks section, is an adaptation of a 1948 short story by Paul Bowles about a woman who escapes from an asylum. [Photo by Godlis]
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    Katie Couric Screens CIA Doc "The Man Nobody Knew"

    Katie Couric (center) was on hand last night to host a special screening of the documentary "The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby." Here she is joined by producer David Johnson (left) and director Carl Colby (right). Guests, including Gregg Kelly, Comm Ray Kelly, Gabe Pressman and Vicky Ward, caught the film at MoMA and later dined at Osteria Del Circo nearby. First Run opens the film at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in NYC on September 23. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Chris Evans and Vinessa Shaw Check Out "Puncture"

    "Puncture" stars Chris Evans and Vinessa Shaw reunited last week at a special screening of the thriller hosted by Gucci. The night kicked off with the film at New York's Angelika Film Center and moved on to The Hotel at Rivington for the afterparty. Among the night's guests: Lenay Dunn, Chanel Farrell, Agnes Fischer, Douglas Friedman, Ashley Greene, Arielle Kebbel, Britne Oldford, John Patrick Shanley, Jeremy Strong, and Shaun White. "Puncture" opens in select cities on September 23. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Cinema Society Screen "Straw Dogs" Remake

    James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and director/writer Rod Lurie hit up the Tribeca Grand Hotel last week for a screening of their "Straw Dogs" remake, hosted by The Cinema Society. Guests included: Alexander Skarsgard, producer Marc Frydman, Carrie Preston ("True Blood"), Dominic Fumusa ("Nurse Jackie"), Jake T. Austin, Nicole Trunfio, Julie Henderson, Johan Lindeberg, Celine Rattray, Tinsley Mortimer, Alex Lundqvist, Marcus Schenkenberg, Daniel Benedict, Gregg Bello, Tyson Ballou, Johannes Huebl, Genevieve Morton, Ben Watts, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Gus Van Sant and Bryce Dallas Howard Get "Restless"

    Gus Vant Sant screened his latest drama "Restless" in New York on Wednesday night with producer Bryce Dallas Howard in tow. The night, hosted by The Cinema Society with Dior Homme and GQ, kicked off with the movie and followed with a party at Nur Khan's Electric Room at Dream Downtown. Among the guests: Usher, Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Debra Winger, Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Matthew Settle, Sophia Bush, Marsha Mason, Patti Smith, Russell Simmons, Melissa George, Ari Graynor, Alia Shawkat, Jake T. Austin, Anson Mount, Nelsan Ellis (“True Blood”), Nora Zehetner, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Bean, Jeremy Strong, Lynn Collins (“True Blood”), Elaine Irwin, Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes), Lotte Verbeek (“The Borgias”), Peter Vack, Ryan McGinley, Nicole Trunfio, La La Anthony, Stella Schnabel, Cynthia Rowley, Tyson Ballou, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Amy Sacco, GQ's Jim Moore, Dior's Karen Watkins, Sony Pictures Classics' Carmelo Pirrone, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Sneak Preview of "Drive" at BAM

    BAMcinématek was a full house last night, packed with eager Brooklynites who simple couldn't wait another 48 hours for the release of "Drive" to see what all the hype was about. The film definitely delivered, and so did director Nicolas Winding Refn in an informative and comical round of Q&A. He's pictured here with actor Oscar Isaac, who plays the menacing Standard Gabriel. For everyone who missed it, be sure to check out "Drive," in theaters (including BAMcinématek) tomorrow. [Photo and caption by Alena Chinault]
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    Michelle Monaghan and the Real "Machine Gun Preacher"

    Michelle Monaghan laughed it up with the real "Machine Gun Preacher," Sam Childers, on Tuesday night a NYC screening of the biopic, in which Gerard Butler plays Childers, a former drug dealer who turns his life around. The event, hosted by Diesel Black Gold, kicked off at MoMA followed by the Royalton, and attracted the likes of Butler, Relativity's CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Alan Cumming, Charles Ferguson and Maggie Betts. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Sarah Jessica Parker and Co. Premiere "I Don't Know How She Does It"

    The Weinstein Company and The Cinema Society, with QVC and Palladium, hosted the premiere of "I Don't Know How She Does It," last night in Manhattan. From the film, pictured above from left to right: Olivia Munn, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks. Following the comedy, guests, including Matthew Broderick, Valentino, Emma Roberts and Brett Ratner, partied at the Hudson Hotel. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Rudolph W. Giuliani Reflects on 9/11 at TIME/HBO Screening

    Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, sat down to chat with Richard Stengel, TIME Managing Editor, following a special screening of the TIME/HBO documentary "Beyond 9/11 - Portraits of Resilience," last night in New York. The night kicked off with cocktails and an exhibition of Marco Grob's TIME Portrait Series, followed by the screening and talk. Anchored by a special issue of TIME, "Beyond 9/11" features untold stories, captured in words and images, from 40 women and men who led America, moved the nation, and sacrificed for it, in the hours, days and months that followed Sept. 11, 2001. It premieres on the network and HBO GO at 8.46 a.m. EST on 9/11. Among the night's attendees: Sean Avery (NY Rangers), Stephen Daldry, Nelsan Ellis ("True Blood"), Cheyenne Jackson, Stephanie March, Sheila Nevins, Elizabeth Reaser, Denise Rich, George Soros, Julie Taymor, James Toback, David Westin, and Jeff Zucker. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Sundance Hit "Take Shelter" Premieres in NYC

    After wowing critics at Sundance and Cannes, Jeff Nichol's domestic thriller "Take Shelter" premiered last night in Manhattan. Nichols (left) was joined by the film's two leads Jessica Chastain (center) and Michael Shannon (right), who both deliver sterling performances. In the film, Oscar-nominee Shannon plays a father who begins having recurring nightmares about an approaching apocalyptic storm. Chastain plays his supportive wife who watches as he alienates all others close to him. The night kicked off with a screening with Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids"), director Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") and Sony Pictures Classics' Co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard in attendance. Everyone moved on to The Vault at Pfaff's for an intimate after party. "Take Shelter" opens in NYC and LA on September 30. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "Ken Park" Turns 10 at Hell's Kitchen Film Festival

    Larry Clark and Edward Lachman's 2002 skateboarding drama "Ken Park" screened with Clark in person, last week at the inaugural New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival. From left to right: festival co-founder Ernest Tollja, actress Tiffany Limos, director Larry Clark, film critic Elvis Mitchell, festival co-founder Alfred Tollja, and festival Executive Director, Programming Vincent Nebrida. [Photo: James Garrett/James Garrett Photography]
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    Huppert & Penn Do Dinner

    Isabelle Huppert and Arthur Penn at dinner. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Carole Bouquet in NYC

    Carole Bouquet. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Agnes Varda in Red

    Agnes Varda in red. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Jeanne Moreau in NYC

    Jeanne Moreau. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Deneuve Has a Laugh

    Catherine Deneuve in a car. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Arnaud in NYC

    Director Arnaud Desplechin and his producer Pascal Chaucheteux. Photo credit: @CATY VERRET VIMONT
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    Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain Screen "The Debt"

    Buzzed about newcomer Jessica Chastain ("The Tree of Life") joined her "The Debt" co-star Helen Mirren at a special screening of the Focus Features release last night at The Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, "The Debt" from director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") is time-hopping spy thriller that also stars Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington and Ciaran Hinds, who next appears in the another anticipated spy thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." "The Debt" opens nationwide in the U.S. on Aug. 31. [Photo by Dave Alloca/StarPix]
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    "Our Idiot Brother" Crew Hit Up an Outdoor Screening

    Paul Rudd was joined by his "Our Idiot Brother" director Jesse Peretz (center) and co-star Hugh Dancy (right) last night at an outdoor screening of the comedy, which hits theaters this Friday. The event, hosted by The Cinema Society and Altoids with Grey Goose, was held at 1 MiMA Tower in Manhattan. Attendees included: Steve Coogan, Alexia Rasmussen (cast), Matthew Mindler (cast), Evgenia Peretz (co-writer), Peter Saraf (producer), David Glasser (COO, The Weinstein Co.), Kirsten Dunst, Alicia Silverstone, Gabourey Sidibe, Courtney Love, Leslie Caron, Joyce DeWitt, Steve Guttenberg, Richard Belzer, Ben Shenkman, Jack Huston, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Damages), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), John Ventimiglia, Nicole Miller, Georgina Chapman, Irina Shayk, Linda Wells, Terry Richardson, Tiki Barber, Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers, Daryl Wein, Rachel Roy, Keren Craig, Olivia Palermo, Daniel Benedict, Amy Sacco, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alex Lundqvist, Luke Janklow, Shannan Click, Thom Filicia, Sam Shaffer, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "5 Days of War" in New York City

    Action director Renny Harlin ("Cliffhanger," "Deep Blue Sea") unveiled his take on 2008's five-day war between Russia and Georgia, "5 Days of War," last night in New York with some of the film's cast in tow. Pictured above from left to right: Harlin, and two of the film's stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and Andy Garcia. Harlin referred to the international thriller as a "passion project" and thanked his cast and crew for partaking on this relatively low-budget adventure. Guests swarmed the after-party at Beauty & Essex following the premiere. Attendees included: Johnathon Schaech, Mikko Nousiainen, screenwriter Mikko Alanne, producers Mirza Davitaia, Koba Nakopia & George Lascu and Anchor Bay president Bill Clark with additional guests Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend), Pepper Binkley, Eric Bogosian, Alejandra Cata, Will Chase, Kelly Choi, Peter Cincotti, Lenay Dunn, Voula Duval, Chanel Farrell, Elizabeth Grimaldi, Bekah Jenkins, Jeremy Kost, Asha Leo, Nanette Lepore, Kevin Manno, Jennifer Missoni, Britne Oldford, John Patrick Shanley, Bob Simon, George Wayne, Imogen Lloyd Weber, Michael Kenneth Williams. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Vera Farmiga Brings "Higher Ground" to NYC

    Vera Farmiga was all smiles last night at the premiere of her directorial debut "Higher Ground," last night in Manhattan. Farmiga (center) is pictured above with the Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Classics Tom Bernard (left) and Michael Barker (right), who picked up the film out of Sundance. Following the screening, the after party's host, Todd English, shuffled between schmoozing and cooking up some treats for his guests at his restaurant CrossBar. Guests included: Nina Arianda, Norbert Leo Butz, Michael Chernus, Dagmara Dominczyk & Donna Murphy, Christian Campbell & America Olivo, Alan Cumming, Veronica Dominczyk, Lenay Dunn, Voula Duval, Todd English, Chanel Farrell, Halley Feiffer, Scott Foley & Marika Dominczyk, Renn Hawkey, Barbara Kopple, Kevin Manno, Ezra Miller, Shala Munroque, Alexia Rasmussen, Gabourey Sidibe, Alice St. Clair, Mickey Sumner, Julie Taymor, Matthew Thomas, Patrick Wilson, Debra Winger. [Photo by Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    "Senna" Gears Up in Manhattan

    "Senna" writer Manish Pandey gearing up in a '67 Lotus Formula Ford race-car on Saturday, at a Formula 1 car 'parade,' put on in honor of the documentary "Senna," which hit theaters last Friday. Pandey was joined by ESPN's John Bisignano at the event in lower Manhattan. [Photo courtesy of Producers Distribution Agency]
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    "Sidewalls" Opens Latin Beat in New York

    Director Gustavo Taretto and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Marcela Goglio earlier this week following the screening of Taretto's "Sidewalls" (Medianeras), which opened the Latin Beat series. The drama is about two neighbors who cross paths but never meet. IFC Films will open the Argentine film Stateside in November.
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    Jim Sturgess & Anne Hathaway Reunite for "One Day"

    Actors Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway reunited in Manhattan this Monday for the swank premiere of their Focus Features romantic drama "One Day," directed by Lone Scherfig ("An Education"). The film centers on Dexter (Sturgess) and Em (Hathaway), who after spending the night together on graduation night, are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. Focus will open "One Day" on August 19th nationwide. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca]
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    "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Scares Up the Lincoln Center

    The paparazzi descended upon the Lincoln Center on Monday night. The reason? Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Cruise was on hand to support Holmes, who took part in a Q&A following a screening of her new film, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," along with producer and co-writer Guillermo Del Toro (left), Bailee Madison (second from right) and director Troy Nixley (right). While Holmes was answering questions, her famous hubby hung out in the back of the Walter Reade to sign a few autographs and pose for photos. The Film District horror thriller opens August 26. [Photo by Godlis]
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    Monday Night Splash for "One Day"

    Focus Features hosted a swank premiere Monday night for director Lone Scherfig's ("An Education") latest, "One Day" in New York. The film centers on Dexter and Em who after spending the night together on graduation night are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together and sometimes not. Joining in for the group shot (left to right): actor Jim Sturgess, Focus CEO James Schamus, Anne Hathaway, Lone Scherfig, Patricia Clarkson and Focus president Andrew Karpen. Focus will open the film "One Day" August 19th nationwide. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca]
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    FilmBuff Celebrates 3 Years & Senna

    Cinetic/Sloss Law's John Sloss with "Senna" director Asif Kapadia at FilmBuff's 3rd anniversary soiree Tuesday night at downtown Manhattan's Keeley Gallery. Kapadia's doc centers on maverick Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his demise at age 34. The film, which screened at Sundance earlier this year, will have a run at New York's Sunshine Theater and LA's Landmark next Friday (8/12) with more cities to follow and digitally at the end of the year.
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    "Hit So Hard" Team at Closing Night of NewFest

    "Hit So Hard" producer Todd Hughes (left) and director P. David Ebersole (right) hit up the NewFest closing night screening of "Gun Hill Road" with NewFest's director of programming (and indieWIRE contributor) Bryce J. Renninger last night at the Walter Reade Theater. Ebersole's documentary takes an in-depth look at the life of Patty Schemel, the drummer of the band Hole. The film screened at the festival. [Photo by Brian Brooks]
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    Rachel Weisz and Co. Screen "The Whistleblower" in NYC

    Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz dropped down in Manhattan last night in support of her powerful turn in the conspiracy thriller "The Whistleblower. " The event, hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty, kicked off at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and moved on to Jimmy at the James Hotel, where Weisz was joined by her new hubby, Daniel Craig. In the film, Weisz plays a policewoman who risks her life to uncover a human-trafficking scandal in Bosnia. It opens in limited release next Friday, August 5. Pictured above from left to right: Celine Rattray, Anna Anisimova, Weisz and Eilis Kirwan. Additional guests included: Larysa Kondracki (director), Anna Wintour, Gerard Butler, Dylan Walsh, Matthew Settle, Pablo Schreiber, Brian Geraghty, Stephen Baldwin, Nicole Miller, Patricia Field, Hamish Bowles, Olivier Theyskens, Sante D’Orazio, Carlos Leon, Lorenzo Martone, Daniel Benedict, Cheyenne Tozzi, Irina Pantaeva, Fern Mallis, Genevieve Jones, Kathy Bolkovac (the inspiration for Rachel Weisz’s character), Anna Anissimova, producers Amy Kaufman & Celine Rattray & Peter Schafer, writer Eilis Kirwan, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "One Night Stand" Premieres At Newfest

    Filmmakers Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton took the stage last weekend after the world premiere of their doc "One Night Stand" went down at the SVA Theater in Chelsea as part of NewFest. Joining them were a vast array of the film's cast (including Cheyenne Jackson and Richard Kind), which included Broadway stars, writers and directors who partook in the 24 Hour Musicals, an extraordinary New York City event documented in "One Night Stand." The event sees the entire process of creating a Broadway musical take place over the course a non-stop day, culminating in 4 20-minute performances back to back at the end of the 24 hours. Joyous and heartfelt, the doc clearly won over the packed NewFest audience. Photo by Leslie Klainberg/NewFest.
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    Alex Gibney and Julie Taymor Take a "Magic Trip" in NYC

    Director Alex Gibney was joined by Julie Taymor last night in Manhattan for the premiere of his documentary "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place" (co-directed by Alison Ellwood). In the documentary, Gibney and Ellwood gain unprecedented access to footage from Ken Kasey's (the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") drug fueled 1964 road trip. The night's other guests included: Hannah Bronfman, Alice Callahan, Voula Douval, Lenay Dunn, Chanel Farrell, Halley Feiffer, Charles Ferguson, Anastasia Jenkin, Genevieve Jones, Nanette Lepore, Kevin Manno, Mirabelle Marden, Nicole Miller, Jennifer Missoni, Meredith Ostrom, Irina Pantaeva, Nev Schulman, Danny Strong, Elliot Goldenthal, and Dustin Yellin. The film opens in limited release through Magnolia Pictures this Friday, July 29. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "The Devil's Double" Revs Up Manhattan

    Dominic Cooper (right) joined Lionsgate president Joe Drake (right) last night at a special New York screening of Lee Tamahori's brutal and exhilarating thriller "The Devil's Double." In the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, Cooper does double duty, playing both Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahi and Saddam Hussein's psychotic son Uday Hussein, whom Latif is ordered to impersonate. French actress Ludivine Sagnier also stars as Uday's seductive mistress who falls for Latif. The night kicked off with a packed screening at the SVA Theater and was followed by a suitably glam party at the Top of the Standard. Uday would no doubt approve. Among the guests that showed up in support of Cooper's great turn: Paz de la Huerta, Charles Ferguson, Patricia Field, Will Frears, Ice-T and Coco, Nikki James (Tony Winning Actress), Jeremy Kost, Barry Levinson, Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein, John Buffalo Mailer, Kevin Manno, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Missoni, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Rowley, Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy, James Toback, and. Vicky Ward. "The Devil's Double" comes out in limited release this Friday through Lionsgate. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "Life in a Day" Screens at MoMA

    National Geographic and YouTube hosted a special screening of Kevin Macdonald's YouTube experimental documentary "Life in a Day," last night at MoMA in New York City. Pictured above from left to right: Macdonald and National Geographic Film president Daniel Battsek. Produced by Ridley Scott, "Life in a Day" is a compilation of the most compelling videos shot on single day (July 24, 2010) by contributors all over the world. The film comes out in limited release this Friday, July 29. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Christine Vachon Honored with NewFest Visionary Award

    Legendary independent film producer Christine Vachon ("Poison," "Boys Don't Cry") took to the stage at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade theater to accept the inaugural NewFest Visionary Award on the kickoff night of this year's NewFest. "This festival has been such a constant in my career that I'm really grateful for," she said in accepting the award after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance. "I've had an extraordinary career and I'm so grateful for it. It's so satisfying and rewarding that these movies all mean something to all of you guys. Thank you so, so much." [Photo by Nigel M. Smith]
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    Filmmakers Descend Upon Film Society for NewFest Kickoff

    Last night saw this year's edition of NewFest, New York's premier LGBT film festival, kickoff for the first time at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, their new partner for the event's gala presentations. The launch began with a pre-party in the Walter Reade space where filmmakers and the like drank and munched before the opening night film, David Weissman's harrowing AIDS documentary "We Were Here" screened to a sold out house. During the evening indieWIRE caught up with "The Seminarian" director Joshua Lim (left), his lead actor Mark Cirillo (center) and Casper Andreas (right), director of "Going Down in La La Land." The festival runs though July 28. [Photo by Nigel M. Smith]
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    "Another Earth" Lands in Manhattan

    This year's sci-fi Sundance sensation "Another Earth" dropped down in Manhattan last night for its NYC premiere with director Mike Cahill (right) and star Brit Marling (left) in tow. One of the big successes of the festival, where it was picked up by Fox Searchlight. "Another Earth" stars Marling as a bright young woman who shatters any hope of a good future after getting into a tragic accident the day the world discovers a duplicate Earth in the sky. The night kicked off with the screening at Landmark's Sunshine Theater and concluded at the Boom Boom in the Standard. Check out our interview with Marling. "Another Earth" opens in limited release July 22. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    "The Myth of the American Sleepover" Touches Down in NYC

    "The Myth of American Sleepover" director-writer David Robert Mitchell has been busy in New York promoting his debut. On Sunday night he hit up the Ace Hotel for an informal screening of his film and Monday night saw Mitchell drop down at MoMA for a more glitzy event in honor of the Sundance Selects release. Pictured above: producer Adele Romanski and Mitchell at the Ace Hotel. "The Myth of the American Sleepover" comes out in limited release this Friday.
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    Wendi Murdoch and Barbara Walters Catch "Snow Flower" in the Hamptons

    The Pace Gallery, Bejing hosted an event over the weekend in the Hamptons in honor of Wayne Wang's latest drama "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," which opened in limited release last Friday through Fox Searchlight. Pictured above: co-producer Wendi Murdoch (wife to Rupert, who's in London today testifying before a British Parliamentary committee over the News of the World fiasco) and Barbara Walters. This marked the second event in a week for "Snow Flower." Go here for our in-depth report on the Manhattan premiere. [Photo by Adriel Reboh/PMC]
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    Spin the Bottle at "Myth of the American Sleepover" Screening

    Is this a film screening first? Last night Sundance Selects hosted a mega-intimate screening of David Robert Mitchell's charming debut "The Myth of the American Sleepover" in the basement of the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. The night started off with drink and food service, was followed by the film itself, a brief Q&A with Mitchell...and then the fun really began. Focus switched from Mitchell to the audience in attendance. Keeping in line with the vibe of the coming-of-age comedy, guests were invited up to partake in a game of Truth of Dare and (best of all), Spin the Bottle. You're probably wondering how did the night's moderator got people to take part. One word: prizes (including posters and DVDs). People love free stuff (that, and a kiss from a stranger...or two).
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    "Friends with Benefits" Heats Up Manhattan

    Screen Gems and Axe Shower hosted the premiere for Will Gluck's ("Easy A") latest comedy, "Friends with Benefits." Pictured above from the film: Emma Stone, Gluck, Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Jenna Elfman. The star-studded night kicked off at the Ziegfeld and was followed by a party at the Top of the Standard in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Guests included: Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, Kirsten Dunst, Liv Tyler, Anna Faris, Rose Byrne and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Miranda July and "The Future" Help iW Turn 15

    Performance artist-writer-actress-director and all around fascinating gal Miranda July dropped by 92YTribeca last night to talk "The Future," wish indieWIRE a happy 15th birthday and have fun with her adoring audience. In a conversation, moderated by indieWIRE's editor-in-chief Dana Harris, July discussed her wide-ranging career and her marriage to indie director Mike Mills ("Beginners"). She also treated her fans to three scenes from "The Future," her second feature following her smash debut, "Me You and Everyone We Know." The highlight of the night came when July treated the crowd to a video taped experiment she conducted with members of the audience before the chat. Once the event came to a wrap, July scurried off to the IFC Center to present some of her favorite Jane Campion shorts. [Photo courtesy of 92YTribeca]
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    Nicole Kidman and Co. Check Out "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan"

    The stars came out in full force last night to catch a special preview of Wayne Wang's latest, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan." The event, hosted by The Cinema Society and Ivanka Trump's jewelry line, packed in some big names at the intimate screening held at the Tribeca Grand and the glam after party (where Grey Goose flowed like water) at Diane von Furstenberg's studio in New York's Meatpacking District. Among some of the evening's attendees: Nicole Kidman, husband Keith Urban, Anna Wintour (!), Lucy Liu, Harvey Weinstein, Carla Gugino, Courtney Love and Roseanne Barr. Pictured above are Lisa See (author of the book that inspired the film), Wang, Kidman, actress Li Bingbing, Wendi Murdoch (producer), Deborra-Lee Jackman, Florence Sloan (producer). The film opens this Friday through Fox Searchlight. [Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Mayor Bloomberg Takes Night Off to Hit Up "Snow Flower" Event

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg checked out Wayne Wang's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" last night at a screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Ivanka Trump Jewelry. Above he is flanked by producers Florence Sloan (left) and Deborra-Lee Jackman (right). [Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Anna Wintour Pops Up at "Snow Flower" Party

    American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour graced Diane von Furstenberg’s studio in New York’s Meatpacking District with her regal appearance last night for a party in honor of Wayne Wang's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," hosted by The Cinema Society and Ivanka Trump's jewelry line. [Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Nicole Kidman Wows in Red Alongside Her Hubby at "Snow Flower" Preview

    Nicole Kidman turned heads in red at a special preview of Wayne Wang's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" (hosted by The Cinema Society and Ivanka Trump's jewelry line), alongside her country crooning husband Keith Urban. [Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Wayne Wang Appauds "Snow Flower" Star Li Bingbing at NY Screening

    Director Wayne Wang took to the stage to applaud his "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" leading lady, Li Bingbing, at a special screening of the film, hosted by The Cinema Society and Ivanka Trump Jewelry. Photo by Brian Brooks.
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    Harvey Weinstein Screens "Sarah's Key" in NYC

    Harvey Weinstein (left) presented the drama "Sarah's Key" (which his company is distributing) last night at an intimate event hosted by the comeback kid and Diane von Furstenberg. Weinstein took to the podium at MoMA's Titus II cinema and paid tribute to his mother, Miriam. "She's very happy to be here, not at screenings like "Miral" or "Priest" or something that could get me into trouble," he said to big laughs from the crowd. "This is a good film for Mom. I think this is personal to Diane and her family and personal to me and my family." Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s New York Times best seller, "Sarah's Key" is the story of an American journalist in Paris, Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose research for an article about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 in France ends up turning her own world upside down. Following the screening guests dined at Osteria Del Circo where Courtney Love made a late appearance. Pictured above from left to right: Weinstein, Rosnay, actress Charlotte Poutrel and director Gilles Paquet-Brenner. The film opens in limited release July 22nd. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    iW & "Walking and Talking" Turn 15

    Nicole Holofcener's ("Please Give," "Lovely and Amazing") first feature "Walking and Talking" came out in 1996, the same year indieWIRE first launched. So it was no brainer that indieWIRE (in collaboration with 92YTribeca) chose the comedy to kickoff a series of events and screenings toasting to the company's birthday Wednesday night. Holofcener's Manhattan-set debut stars Catherine Keener and Anne Heche as two best friends struggling to move smoothly into the next phase of adulthood. The film also stars a young Liev Schrieber and Kevin Corrigan ("Pineapple Express," "Superbad"). Corrigan (center), along with the film's editor Alisa Lepselter (Woody Allen's main gal since "Sweet and Lowdown") and an extra from the film (Corrigan's friend) took part in a Q&A at 92YTribeca moderated by indieWIRE's critic Eric Kohn. Lepselter, who hasn't worked with Holofcener since, said the reason they parted ways was due to Holofcener's move to Los Angeles from New York. She spoke fondly of their time together. Corrigan meanwhile reminisced about how this was the film to get him noticed by critics. He's since gone on to work with Holofcener again in her most recent comedy, "Please Give." Holofcener recently took part in a FIRST PERSON feature for indieWIRE where she looked back on making her debut.
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    New York Asian Film Fest Awards Takayuki Yamada

    Takayuki Yamada (center) on stage at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater July 1st, accepting the New York Asian Film Festival's Star Asia Rising Award. The star of the opening night film, "Milocrorze: A Love Story," is also known for his work in "13 Assassins" and "Gantz: Perfect Answer." [Photo by Justina Walford]
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    "Septien" Screens in New York City

    Michael Tully's "Septien" had its New York premiere last night at the Pennington Gallery, where Onur Tukel's artwork from the film was on full display. Pictured from left to right: Tully, Tukel and actor Jim Willingham. "Septien" opens at New York's IFC Center on July 6th and is available on demand. [Photo by Carol Tully]
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    IFC Films Toasts To Its 10th Year in the Game

    IFC Films celebrated its 10th anniversary last night at MoMA with a sneak preview of Errol Morris’ latest documentary “Tabloid,” and a fun summer outdoor party in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Pictured from left to right: Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films; Helen Dolan and her husband, Cablevision and HBO founder Charles Dolan; and Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    IFC Celebrates its 10th Anniversary at MoMA

    IFC Films celebrated its 10th anniversary last night at MoMA with a sneak preview of Errol Morris' latest documentary "Tabloid," and a fun summer outdoor party in MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Pictured from left to rightL Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks; Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films; Lisa Schwartz, EVP, Distribution and New Business, Sundance Selects/IFC Films; and Ryan Werner, SVP, Marketing and Publicity, Sundance Selects/IFC Films. From June 15 through June 24 MoMA hosted a program highlighting IFC's best of the decade. Films included "Touching the Void," "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," "Y Tu Mama Tambien," "In the Loop" and "Che." [Photo by Nigel M. Smith/indieWIRE]
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    Celebs Flock to Shen Yun at Lincoln Center

    Author Candace Bushnell (left) and actress Kelly Rutherford (TV's "Gossip Girl") were among those that caught the opening night performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center last night in NYC. Shen Yun, billed as the "world's premiere classical Chinese dance and music company," last performed at the Lincoln Center in January to an adoring mob. Their new show, featuring eye-popping selections from past years' world tours, left this audience similarly satisfied. Also among those in attendance at the show and the reception that followed were: Donna Karan, Anne Bass, Christian Cota, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Pepper Binkley, Jennifer Esposito and Chloe Flower. Performances run through to June 26th. [Photo by Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan]
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    John Turturro's "Passione" Premieres in NYC

    John Turturro's musical adventure "Passione" premiered last night in New York at Film Forum, where it began its run on Wednesday. Guests caught the film then headed to Da Mikele to dine on Neapolitan specialties. From left to right: Mike Maggiore, Programmer at Film Forum; Julia Pacetti, President, JMP Verdant, Richard Lorber, Chairman of Film Forum and President of Kino Lorber; John Turturro; Simonetta Magnani, Cultural Attache of the Italian Cultural Institute. [Photo by James Verdesoto]
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    "The Ledge" Crew Hits Manhattan

    The Cinema Society and Grey Goose hosted an event last night in honor of IFC Films' thriller, "The Ledge," which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in limited release July 8. Among the attendees were two of the film's stars Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson, director Matthew Chapman (right) and producer Michael Mailer (left). The night kicked off with a packed screening at the Landmark Sunshine and was followed by glam party overlooking the Manhattan night skyline at PH-D atop the Dream Downtown hotel. Other guests included: David Schwimmer, Paul Haggis, Kellan Lutz, Rupert Friend, Josh Henderson, Kathleen Turner, Rachel Hunter, Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Sebastian Stan, Billy Connolly, Bebe Buell, Stephen Baldwin, Zach Woods, Jeremy Strong, Tom Cullen ("Weekend"), Matt Walton, Will Chase ("Rescue Me"), Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Duncan Sheik, Olivia Palermo, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Daniel Benedict, Stella Schnabel, Olivier Sarkozy, Debbie Bancroft, Nicole Miller, Imogen Lloyd-Webber, Irina Pantaeva, Carrie Keagan, Genevieve Jones, Ann Dexter-Jones, producers Michael Mailer & Mark Damon, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "The Perfect Host" Creeps Out the Upper East Side

    Aussie director/writer Nick Tomnay (left) and actor David Hyde Pierce screened their creepy psychological thriller, "The Perfect Host," last night to a small crowd at the Core Club on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. In the twisty Magnolia release, Pierce plays Warwick Wilson, a consummate host preparing for a dinner party at his swank pad where he lives alone. When a criminal on the run arrives on his doorstep, posing as a friend of a friend, Wilson invites him in. The film loads twist upon twist from thereon in. All we'll say is that Wilson isn't what he initially appears to be. "The script was based on a true incident that my friend experienced," Tomnay told indieWIRE following the film. "He had a run in with an escaped criminal. I used that as a starting off point. And at the time I was living alone and I was feeling a bit lonely. So I channeled a bit of that into the story." Guests that night included: Walter Bobbie, Dick Cavett, Tovah Feldshuh, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Dana Ivey, Nikki James, Brian D’Arcy James, James Lipton, Carol Kane, Jefferson Mays, Christopher McDonald, S. Epatha Merkerson, WilliamSadler, Stacey Testro (producer) and Kathleen Turner. [Photo by Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    "Weekend" Goes Over Well at BAMcinemaFest

    BAMcinemaFest got off to a roaring (and racy) start Thursday night in Brooklyn with the New York debut of the gay romance "Weekend," a hit at SXSW earlier this year. Four cinemas were filled to the brim with people who came to check out the film, which Sundance Selects picked up out of the SXSW in March. Taking in the fun at the post-screening party at BAM were director Andrew Haigh (right) and actor Tom Cullen (left) who received raves from attendees. indieWIRE caught up with Haigh to chat about the film's reception at BAM. "It's amazing," Haigh said. "It's a small film and you just don't know how it will play. It's about two gay guys. You don't know how it's going to transcend or resonate with a wider audience. The way it has is really good. Hopeful it will play to more than the obvious niche in England as well." [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    "Yelling to the Sky" Hits Gen Art

    "Yelling to Sky" co-stars Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe joined Gen Art Co-Presidents Jeffrey Abramson (left) and Elizabeth Shaffer (right) at the screening of their drama on the second night of the 16th annual Gen Art Film Festival in Manhattan. After the screening, crowds braved the summer storm and migrated to The Griffin in NYC’s Meatpacking District to get the party started. [Photo courtesy of the Gen Art Film Festival]
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    Emma Roberts & Freddie Highmore Practice "The Art of Getting By"

    The cast and writer-director of "The Art of Getting By" celebrated the film's premiere at a screening at the Landmark Sunshine theater hosted by The Cinema Society and Alice+Olivia. The cast and crew then moved on to a party at the Thompson LES. The film, which debuted at this year's Sundance as "Homework," stars Highmore in what has been touted as his first "adult" role. In the film, Highmore's character, an eccentric but intelligent slacker, falls for a fellow student at a private NY school, played by Emma Roberts. Fox Searchlight will be releasing the film this Friday. Pictured here are (l-r) Elizabeth Reaser, Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, writer/director Gavin Wiesen, Michael Angarano. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Buck" Debuts in New York

    "Buck" made its NYC debut last week with a screening and party at Desmond's in Manhattan's UES. Director Cindy Meehl with her subject, Buck Brannaman following the screening of the film, which won the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Sundance and Full Frame festivals earlier this year. The doc profiles Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. Sundance Selects rolls out the film in New York and Los Angeles this Friday June 17, followed by other cities around the country.
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    Finns Gather to Celebrate DocPoint NYC's Lineup: Men in Saunas, Heroine-Substitute Addictions & More

    Some of Finland's finest documentary filmmakers celebrated the kickoff of the DocPoint NYC, a celebration of contemporary Finnish documentaries in New York. DocPoint, Helsinki's documentary film festival now in its tenth year, is in New York all this week with screenings at MoMA, Scandinavia House, 92Y Tribeca, and UnionDocs. A reception followed an intense screening of Joonas Neuvonen's searingly personal film "Reindeerspotting," which will screen at MoMA all week. The film, which chronicles the lives of the director's drug-using friends, was a huge hit in Finland after the film's rating became a point of debate with pundits arguing that the film is either an educational precautionary tale or an explicit tale of immoral behavior. Other films include Finland's entry for the 2011 Foreign Language Oscar, the men-in-saunas-sharing-intimate-stories doc, "Steam of Life." Pictured here at the residence of the Finnish consulate general are (l-r) "Steam of Life" director Joonas Berghäll, Janne Kuusi ("Bohemian Eyes"), DocPoint Founder Arto Halonen,"Play God" director Teemu Nikki, director Sonja Lindén, and MoMA's Sally Berger.
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    Gen Art Launches with "A Beginner's Guide to Endings"

    "A Beginner’s Guide to Endings" star Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Sobol, and Jason Jones in New York at the opening night of the Gen Art Film Festival Wednesday night. Directed by Sobol centers on three brothers who learn they have only a few days left to live and set off to reverse a lifetime of mistakes. The event, which announced it would close after last year's edition, was nevertheless resuscitated and back from another round of seven premieres followed by a party over the week. Check out Gen Art's 2011 lineup.. [Photo credit: Paul Zimmerman, WireImage, courtesy of Gen Art]
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    Robert F. Kennedy Jr: "If the American people could see this, there would be a revolution"

    "They're not just destroying the environment, they're permanently impoverishing these communities because there's nothing you can do with the moonscape they leave behind," environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. told an audience at the Apple store in New York's SoHo Friday. The son of the late Robert F. Kennedy is a subject in Bill Haney's doc, "The Last Mountain," which examines a little-known conflict raging in West Virginia between a coal mining corporation and a tiny community over one of the last great mountains in Appalachia. "If the American people could see this, there would be a revolution. But the press has been silenced and the public has been beleaguered and beaten," Kennedy said. The Sundance 2011 film opened in New York at the Sunshine Theater downtown and will continue to other cities around the country. [Photo by Brian Brooks]
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    Meet Elinor Bunin Munroe, Lincoln Center Namesake

    Elinor Bunin Munroe cut the ribbon June 1 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's new landmark space, named in her honor. Present for the ribbon cutting ceremony were special guests Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, David Rockwell, Dan Stern, Ann Tenenbaum, George Munroe and Rose Kuo. The Elinor Bunin Munroe Center opens to the public June 10 with a weekend of free programming. [Photo courtesy of GODLIS]
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    Martin Scorsese Presents a Shiny New "La Dolce Vita"

    Martin Scorsese (center) was joined by Emily Mortimer (left) and Vera Farmiga (right) last night at the New York premiere of the restored version of Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." Brought back to life by The Film Foundation, a non-profit established in 1990 by Martin Scorsese; the film looked and sounded spectacular in the small screening room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. "'La Dolce Vita' not only defined a moment in time, but a moment in cinema," Scorsese said to the audience in introducing the picture. "Fellini was a man who expanded the way we see; another way of seeing life. When it opened, it changed the way you saw films. It was an event." The night, hosted by the Cinema Society, Gucci and The Film Foundation, culminated in a fittingly lavish after party at the Top of the Standard. Among the guests that evening: Sir Ben Kingsley, Adrien Brody, Patricia Clarkson, Josh Hartnett, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, Helena Christensen, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Haggis, Gina Gershon, Leelee Sobieski, Jena Malone, Russell Simmons, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aleksa Palladino, Vincent Piazza, Kelly Rutherford, Scott Adsit, Zach Woods, Shenae Grimes, Jonathan Cake, Lotte Verbeek, Lynn Whitfield, Kevin Corrigan, Fisher Stevens, Neil Burger, Rosanna Scotto, Dan Abrams, Nora Zehetner, Samantha Mathis, Karen Elson, Chrissy Teigen, China Chow, Jessica Hart, Julie Henderson, Lily Kwong, Anouck Lepere, Tabitha Simmons, Stavros Niarchos, Celine Rattray, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Irina Pantaeva, Magge Betts, Jamie Tisch, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Beginners" Screens in NYC

    Indie lovebirds Miranda July (left) and Mike Mills (center) with French actress Melanie Laurent (right) at a special screening of Mills' Focus Features film, "Beginners," in New York last week. The film opens in limited release Friday, June 3rd. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Danny Aiello Toasts to Norman Jewison at Film Society

    Danny Aiello (right) showed up at the Film Society of Lincoln Center last night in New York to toast to his friend, director Norman Jewison, the subject of a career retrospective that runs until May 30th. Click here to check out the schedule. [Photo courtesy of GODLIS]
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    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Co. Attend NY Premiere of "The Last Mountain"

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (left), Giancarlo Esposito and Cheryl Hines dropped by the Rouge Tomate after catching the New York premiere of Bill Haney's doc "The Last Mountain," earlier this week. Kennedy Jr. plays a part in the film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc tracks the battle locals from West Virginia's Coal River Valley wage against a mining giant, after Coal River Mountain comes under threat. Kennedy Jr. joins the fight in an effort to save the mountain. The film hits theaters via DADA Films in June. [Photo credit: Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Sofia Coppola Lends Her Support to HBO Bobby Fischer Doc

    Sofia Coppola (left) showed up to support Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Liz Garbus (right), at the NY premiere screening of Garbus' HBO documentary, "Bobby Fischer Against the World," earlier this week. The event, hosted by HBO Documentary Films and the World Chess Hall of Fame, attracted a crop of guests including: photographer Harry Benson, producer Stanley Buchthal, Malcom Gladwell, Henry Kissinger, Sandra Bernhard, Pepper Binkley, Sasha Cohen, Clive Davis, Griffin Dunne, Cheryl Hines, Judd Hirsch, Lauren Hutton, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Josh Mostel, James Newman, Lotte Verbeek, and Rufus Wainwright. [Photo credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty]
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    Lake Bell Launches Gen Art Film Fest in Style

    Lake Bell hosted an intimate launch party for the 16th annual Gen Art Film Festival at the 7 For All Mankind store in SoHo last night. Bell (center) herself has a short film, "Worst Enemy," that will premiere at the festival. Gen Art co-presidents Jeffrey Abramson (left) and Elizabeth Shaffer (right) joined Bell, as did actress Yolanda Ross ("Yelling to the Sky"). The festival runs from June 8-14th and opens at the Ziegfeld Theater with Jonathan Sobol's "A Beginner's Guide to Endings." Photo credit: J. Kempin/WireImage.
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    "The Hangover Part II" Boys Party in NYC

    The Wolf Pack reunited for a special screening of "The Hangover Part II, hosted by The The Cinema Society and Bing, last night in Lower Manhattan. Returning director Todd Phillips (left), hit up the red carpet at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema with the film's stars Bradley Cooper (right), Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The packed to capacity screening included the likes of Patrick Wilson, Zach Braff, Olivia Wilde, Ivanka Trump, Gabourey Sidibe and Calvin Klein. Guests hit up The Boom Boom Room at the top of The Standard for the comedy's glam after party. Among the night's attendees: Bryan Greenberg, Zachary Quinto, Dermot Mulroney, Jill Hennessy, Russell Simmons, Jared Kushner, Colin Egglesfield ("Something Borrowed"), Dominic Fumusa ("Nurse Jackie"), Lynn Collins & Steven Strait, David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs"), Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), James Van Der Beek, Sanaa Lathan, Joe Pantoliano, Christopher McDonald, Eve Plumb, Caroline Rhea, Amanda Setton ("Gossip Girl"), Jason Mantzoukas ("Parks & Recreation"), Analeigh Tipton, Jonathan Groff, Rose Hemingway, Crispin Glover, Ben Shenkman, Samantha Mathis, James Lipton, Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, Ben Rappaport, Terry George, Stephanie March & Bobby Flay, Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes), Ciara, Chrissy Teigen, Hilary Rhoda, Sean Avery, Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers), Marcus Schenkenberg, Patricia Field, Jason Wu, Alexandra Richards, China Chow, Candace Bushnell, Nicole Miller, Carol Alt, Jessica Perez, Selita Ebanks, Johnny Weir, Rachel Roy, Sante D’Orazio, Karen Duffy, Kelly Bensimon, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Alex Lundqvist, Tyson Ballou, Daniel Benedict, Thom Filicia, Irina Pantaeva, Charlotte Ronson, Celine Rattray, Rosanna Scotto ("Good Day New York"), Dan Abrams, David Zinczenko, Jamie Tisch, Debbie Bancroft, Marina Rust Connor, Renee Rockefeller, Bettina Zilkha, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. Photo credit: Will Ragozzino/Patrick McMullan Co.
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    "Cost of a Soul" Opens in NYC

    Sean Kirkpatrick's gritty micro-budgeted indie "Cost of a Soul," winner of Relativity Media's Rogue and AMC Theaters' Big Break Movie Contest, opened last Friday in New York. To toast to the premiere, the cast and crew gathered for a party at Columbus Tavern. Pictured above is "Cost of Soul" star Judy Jerome (left) and actor Khalil Kain. Click here to read our interview with Kirkpatrick. Photo credit: Russ Rowland.
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    "Submarine" Arrives in Lower Manhattan

    The Cinema Society & Altoids, with the Weinstein Company, hosted an intimate screening of Richard Ayoade's wry coming of age romance "Submarine" last night in lower Manhattan. Executive producer Ben Stiller (left) showed up in support of Ayoade (right), introducing him to the audience as a "one of the great self promoters of all time." With that, Ayoade took to the stage to debunk any high hopes the audience had for his feature directorial debut. He was kidding. The critically acclaimed film has already garnered a massive amount of buzz following its buy by the Weinstein Company out of last year's Toronto International Film Festival. It select theaters June 3rd. Stiller and Ayoade later moved to The Vault at Pfaff to sip on Moet with the night's invited guests. Among last night's attendees: Noah Baumbach, Christine Taylor, Griffin Dunne, Jason Schwartzman, Christopher Meloni, Russell Simmons, Aleksa Palladino ("Boardwalk Empire"), Shenae Grimes ("90210"), Peter Bogdanovich, Charlie Cox, Nora Zehetner, Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes), Amanda Setton ("Gossip Girl"), Olivier Theyskens, Grace Coddington, Sally Singer, Anna Sui, Erin Heatherton, Jessica Perez, John Demsey, Celine Rattray, Sam Shaffer, Daniel Benedict, Genevieve Jones, Bettina Zilkha, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.
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    "Buck" Lands in New York

    Tom and Meredith Brokaw hosted an intimate event last night in Manhattan, in honor of their close friend Buck Brannaman, the subject of Cindy Meehl's documentary, "Buck." The Sundance Film Festival award winning film follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his successful life as a real-life "horse whisperer." The night kicked off with a screening of the film where Brannaman (left) sat down with Meehl (right) to answer the audience's questions. indieWIRE caught up with the all-American cowboy at the after party. Warm, direct and visibly humbled by all the attention, Brannaman admitted he felt out of place on the streets of New York but that he loves it here all the same. [Photo credit: Ryan McCune/Patrick McMullan]
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    Woody Allen Brings "Midnight in Paris" to New York

    A week following its world premiere as the opening night film of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen's star-studded ode to the city of lights, "Midnight in Paris," screened in New York with its director and cast in tow. Hosted by The Cinema Society & Thierry Mugler, the night kicked off with off a screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and wrapped with an intimate party at the Club Room of the Soho Grand Hotel. Pictured from left to right: Corey Stoll, Rachel McAdams, Woody Allen, Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen. Among those who caught Allen's latest: Patricia Clarkson, Gina Gershon, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti, Jimmy Kimmel, Sofia Coppola, Lou Reed, Noah Baumbach, Julian Schnabel, Zachary Levi, Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory"), Zachary Quinto, Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids"), Paul Feig (director, "Bridesmaids"), Monica Potter, Nora Ephron and Jason Reitman. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Freeloader" World Premieres on a Roof

    In the midst of Cannes, New York's summer-long 15th annual Rooftop Films series was busy hosting its own world premiere screening. Zachary Raines's "Freeloader," the story of a well, freeloader (Kyle Espeleta), who breaks up with his girlfriend (Vassi Spanos) and finds a helping hand in an odd barfly/aspiring standup comic (Jesse Wakeman). The film will next screen at Anthology Film Archive's New Filmmakers series. [pictured L-R, producer David Guinan, Wakeman, Raines, Spanos, John Siciliani, Espeleta; Photo Credit: Bryce J. Renninger/indieWIRE]
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    "There Be Dragons" in Manhattan!

    Charlie Cox (left), Olga Kurylenko, Wes Bentley and Rodrigo Santoro at The Cinema Society & Grey Goose's special screening of "There Be Dragons," last night in Manhattan. The event kicked off at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and was followed by a party in the Club Room of the Soho Grand Hotel. The historical epic from Academy Award nominated director Roland Joffe, opens today in limited release. Among the night's attendees: Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino & Chris Backus, Lee Daniels, Christopher McDonald, Judd Hirsch, Russell Simmons, Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Olivia Palermo, Meredith Ostrom, Celine Rattray, Gregg Bello, Tinsley Mortimer, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, producers Nacho Nunez & Ignacio Gomez-Sancha, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Jodie Foster Talks "The Beaver" at Film Society of Lincoln Center

    Jodie Foster dropped down last night at The Film Society of Lincoln Center to talk "The Beaver," her long-delayed directorial outing, starring her good friend and headline grabber (for all the wrong reasons) Mel Gibson. The event, dubbed 'An Evening with Jodie Foster Featuring The Beaver,' kicked off with Foster introducing her passion project, warning the sold out audience in attendance that contrary to belief, "The Beaver" isn't a comedy. She wasn't kidding. Sure there are laughs to be had in watching Gibson adopt a cockney accent while donning a puppet beaver on his left hand. But Foster doesn't play his dilemma for laughs, treating his depression and the effect it has on his family with complete sincerity. As soon as the screening wrapped, Foster took to the stage with moderator Richard Peña to discuss her reasons for making the film and the uphill battle she faced in releasing it. When asked by an audience member whether she's concerned the film will make any money following Gibson's public tirades, Foster said she's just happy she got to shoot it.
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    Sidney Poitier and FSLC Executive Director Rose Kuo Pose Backstage at Chaplin Gala

    Shortly after graciously accepting the 2011 Chaplin Award at a Gala in his honor, Sidney Poitier (left) posed with Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo. "Thanks is a small word - weighed down with the responsibility - to deliver deeply felt appreciation from one human hear to another, in amounts a thousand times larger than itself," Poitier said in his acceptance speech onstage at Alice Tully Hall. "Such are the thanks I send to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and of course to everyone present here, for such a warm welcome." [Photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images]
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    Morgan Freeman and Harry Belafonte Hit the Red Carpet for Sidney Poitier

    Morgan Freeman (left) and Harry Belafonte on the red carpet for the 2011 Chaplin Award Gala honoring their friend Sidney Poitier last night in Manhattan. The two joined the likes of James Earl Jones, Ruby Dee, Quincy Jones and many more at Alice Tully Hall, to pay tribute to the trailblazer. [Photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images]
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    Sidney Poitier Shares Moment with Daughter Sydney Poitier Backstage at Chaplin Award Gala

    Sydney Poitier made a heartfelt tribute to her father Sidney Poitier last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala which honored the screen veteran. Above the two are pictured backstage at Alice Tully Hall shortly following Poitier's moving acceptance speech. "People often wonder where my dad gets his tremendous tenacity, grace under pressure, dignity and patience," Sydney said onstage. "Was it forged from his humble beginnings on Cat Island and being a fifteen-year-old with less than a dollar in his pocket determined to survive the streets of 1940s Manhattan? Is it because he stood tall in a world festering with racism and refused to see himself as "other"? No... It's because he has six daughters. Six! A man with six daughters has to be forged in iron." [Photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images]
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    Stars Pay Tribute to Sidney Poitier at Chaplin Award Gala

    Last night Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier was honored at the 38th annual Chaplin Award Gala, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A group of the star's friends, peers and devotees took to the stage in front of a sold out crowd at Alice Tully Hall to pay their respects to the man. Pictured from left to right are some of the evening's presenters, watching Poitier deliver his acceptance speech: Ben Kingsley, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier, Mary Louise-Parker, James Earl Jones, Dan Aykroyd, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones. [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    Joan Collins and Chris Tucker Toast to Sidney Poitier

    Joan Collins mingled with Chris Tucker at an exclusive dinner prior to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala honoring Sidney Poitier. Tucker later took to the stage at Alice Tully Hall to pay tribute to the screen legend, along with an amazing array of talent that included Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones and many more. [Photo credit: Film Society of Lincoln Center]
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    A Chaplin Award Gala Backstage Glimpse of Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier, glimpsed from backstage at Alice Tully Hall last night where he accepted the Chaplin Award at the annual Gala hosted by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center. [Photo credit: Film Society of Lincoln Center]
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    Mary-Louise Parker Honors Sidney Poitier

    Mary-Louise Parker was the second celebrity speaker (following Bill Cosby) to pay their respects to Sidney Poitier last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award Gala, which honored the Hollywood legend. Parker, who had worked with Poitier in the 1999 TV movie "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn," fondly reflected on the time she spent with the icon on set. "Sidney’s presence can be overwhelming even for those who only have the peripheral awareness that they are expected to treat him as some form of royalty," Parker said. "My makeup girl wasn’t prepared for what would take place within her overall biology after exchanging a few words with him, and found herself turning this lovely color only found inside certain exotic fruits. She just giggled after he walked away. 'What just happened? What was that?'...She asked me. 'That was the guy,' I said. That was HIM. Sidney Poitier just happened." [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    Zach Braff Works Overtime During Tribeca

    Zach Braff was a busy man last week, hitting up multiple events to hype his starring role in Deborah Chow's Montreal-set indie love story, "The High Cost of Living." First up was an Apple and indieWIRE Meet the Tribeca Filmmaker chat at the Apple store in SoHo, where he dished on making the film North of the border. He was joined by co-star Isabelle Blais (left) and Chow (right). The next night saw the three reunite for a special screening of their drama in Chelsea, followed by an intimate after party at the Mondrian SoHo's Penthouse. [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    "L'Amour Fou" Director and Tom Hooper Party at Vera Wang's

    Vera Wang hosted a glam soiree last night at her home on the Upper East Side in honor of Pierre Thoretton's Yves Saint Laurent documentary, "L'Amour Fou." The night kicked off with a screening of the Sundance Selects release at MoMA, followed by a buffet dinner at Wang's. Thoretton (left) caught up with newly minted Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (right) at the dinner. Things took a turn for the surreal when news broke that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Guests, including the night's host, all flocked to a TV near the bar to watch President Obama address the nation. "L'Amour Fou" hits theaters on May 13 and VOD May 25. [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    "Thor" Rocks the Big Apple

    "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh and the man himself, Chris Hemsworth, at a special screening of the Marvel superhero blockbuster last night, hosted by The Cinema Society and Acura. The star studded screening near Union Square was followed by a party fit for a God on the 18th floor of The Standard. Guests included: Howard & Beth Stern, Debra Winger, Susan Sarandon, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Love, Amar’e Stoudemire, Karolina Kurkova, Paulina Porizkova, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Dianna Agron ("Glee"), Chris Colfer ("Glee"), Amber Riley ("Glee"), Chord Overstreet ("Glee"), Ashley Fink ("Glee"), Kevin McHale ("Glee"), Jenna Ushkowitz ("Glee"), Harry Shum Jr ("Glee"), Heather Morris ("Glee"), Charlie Cox, Stephen Baldwin, Geoffrey Fletcher, Russell Simmons, Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Miranda Kerr, Justin Theroux, Sebastian Stan, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Tika Sumpter (Gossip Girl), Nina Dobrev ("Vampire Diaries"), Alice St Clair ("William & Kate: A Royal Love Story"), Jeremy Allen White ("Shameless"), Noah Bean ("Damages"), Pablo Schreiber, Anson Mount, Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers), Wojtek Wolski (NY Rangers), Gabriel Basso ("The Big C"), Billy Magnussen, Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein, Olivier Theyskens, Richard Chai, Dan Abrams, David Zinczenko, Alex Lundqvist, Tyson Ballou, Johannes Huebl, Daniel Benedict, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Quiana Grant, Yfke Sturm, Olivia Chantecaille, Nanette Lepore, Sam Shaffer, Bettina Zilkha, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Medusa Takes Manhattan

    "Bellflower" filmmakers Vincent Grashaw, Joel Hodge and Evan Glodell show off their most imposing creation, Medusa, at last weekend's New York International Auto Show. The flame-throwing car is currently making its way through the east coast, accompanying the film and filmmakers in a multi-city tour before the film's theatrical release this summer. [Photo and caption by Daniel Loria]
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    "Delicious" Mark Ruffalo on his Directorial Debut

    Mark Ruffalo (center) was all smiles at an event sponsored by DeLeόn Tequila in honor of his directorial debut, "Sympathy for Delicious," earlier this week in Manhattan. The night kicked off with a screening of the drama at the Sunshine Landmark where he took to the stage and introduced his cast, including Laura Linney (left) and Orlando Bloom (right). Following the film, guests flocked to the Mondrian Soho where indieWIRE caught up with Ruffalo to discuss his edgy first feature. "'Sympathy' is based on a long relationship with my friend Chris Thornton [writer and star] and his journey from a spinal chord injury to working with that injury in a wheelchair," he said. "But I also thought it was incredibly original, bold, gutsy, funny and satirical. It had a lot of the elements I love about filmmaking. I had a lot of personal connection to it -- from my experience working in downtown LA, feeding the homeless, meeting the homeless, working at a guitar store, at a rock-and-roll bar. I just thought it brought all these disparate elements together in a really interesting and beautiful way." When asked what it was like directing himself in his own film, Ruffalo donned a big smirk and admitted, "It was very difficult. After the first few days I traded my video playback in for 20 more extras and a smoke machine." [Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Del Toro and De La Huerta Pay Tribute to Kaneto Shindo at BAM

    Taking the trip to Brooklyn to honor, Kaneto Shindo, one of his favorite directors, Benecio del Toro (right) stands with Jerry Schatzberg ("The Panic in Needle Park") and Pax De La Huerta ("Enter the Void," "Boardwalk Empire"). The eleven film series, "The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo," which includes a new 35mm print of "The Naked Island," "Children of Hioroshima," and "Onibaba," runs through May 5 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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    Cinereach Hosts "Reach Out" for Four Filmmakers

    Film foundation and production company Cinereach hosted its 4th annual "Reach Out" event Wednesday, marking the culmination of its 2011 Reach Film Fellowship for emerging filmmakers making "vital, artful short films." Cinereach screened films by outgoing fellows Matt Bockelman ("You Have the Right to an Attorney"), Nick Paley ("Open House"), Kaz Phillips Safer ("Jolly Friends Forever More") and Nancy Schwartzman ("xoxosms") at the Sunshine Cinema on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and presented each Fellow with a Reach Out Award and a bonus grant of $1,000 to put towards his or her film’s festival campaign. Since 2006, Cinereach has disbursed over $4.5 million in grant funds to more than 90 projects at the "intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry and vital subject matter." [Photo credit: Nicole Cordier, courtesy of Cinereach.]
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    "Armadillo" Lands in SoHo

    Lorber Films and the Consulate General of Denmark hosted an intimate special screening of the Cannes-winning war documentary "Armadillo" last night at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, Manhattan. The event featured an in-depth discussion, moderated by critic David D'Arcy, that delved into the making of the film and the sacrifices director Janus Metz made to bring his passion project to the screen . Pictured before the screening from left to right: D'Arcy, Metz, IFC's Harris Dew and documentary programmer Thom Powers. "Armadillo" hits select theaters this Friday, April 15.
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    A Collective "Scream 4" NYC

    An intimate group of a who's who showed up at the Crosby Hotel on a very wet Tuesday night in New York City for a screening of The Weinstein Company's "Scream 4," directed by Wes Craven. TWC's Harvey Weinstein introduced the screening along with the evening's co-host Curtis Jackson, aka, 50 Cent, as well as one of the film's stars, David Arquette. Following the screening, the crowd moved down to the Mondrian SoHo at Mister H for the post-screening party. The Peggy Siegel Company organized the evening, with guests that included: David Arquette, 50 Cent, Harvey Weinstein, Estelle, Eve, May Anderson, Serena Altschul, Chiara Clemente, Vanessa Ferlito, Sky Ferriera, Danny Flaherty, Elizabeth Gillies, Renee Graziano, Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, Dree Hemingway, Ally Hilfiger, Oliver Jackson, Zoe Kazan, Courtney Love, Floyd Mayweather, James Newman, Britne Oldford, Todd Oldham, Jay Pharoah, Parker Posey, Darrelle Revis, Terry Richardson, Mickey Rourke, Lola Schnabel, Nev Schulman, Matthew Settle, Gabourey Sidibe, Russell Simmons, Kim Stolz and Tika Sumpter.
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    "The Conspirator" Crew Assemble at MoMA

    "The Conspirator"'s entire principal cast reunited with their director, Robert Redford, for the New York premiere of their historical courtroom drama at MoMA on Monday night. Pictured left to right: James Badge Dale. Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Robin Wright, Redford, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Stephen Root. The event, hosted by Piaget and The Wall Street Journal, included a glamorous after party at Royalton. "The Conspirator" opens this Friday, April 15. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    "The Book of Mormon" Catch a Movie

    The hot cast from Broadway's latest sensation,"The Book of Mormon," took a breather from their musical to catch the New York premiere of Robert Redford's "The Conspirator," last night in Manhattan. "Mormon" stars Nikki M. James (left) and Rory O'Malley caught up with indieWIRE at the after party, hosted by Piaget and The Wall Street Journal, at the swank Royalton.
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    R.I.P. Sidney Lumet

    Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience - "12 Angry Men," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Verdict," "Network" - became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. Robert Berkvist reports in the New York Times. [Photo by Eric Kohn]
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    "Hanna" Gets a Birthday Surprise

    Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan reunited with director Joe Wright at Wednesday night's New York special screening of "Hanna held at Regal Cinemas' Union Square Stadium 14. Once the film wrapped, guests all flocked to Casa La Femme, where Ronan was surprised with massive chocolate cake in honor of her impending birthday. Ronan turns 17 on April 12. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    Schamus and Wright Fête "Hanna"

    Focus Features CEO James Schamus (left), and director Joe Wright caught up at last night's New York premiere of Wright's latest Focus film, "Hanna." Prior to the after party at Casa La Femme, Wright spoke to a packed house at the Regal Union Square Stadium where the film screened. “I’d like to thank Focus Features," he said. "This is the third time I’ve worked with Focus. They’re becoming my American cinematic family. They’re amazing to have let me do this. James kept saying, ‘We have faith in you.’ They’re fucking lunatics!” "Hanna" opens nationwide Friday, April 8. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    "How to Grow a Band" Holds a Sneak Peek

    Earlier this week in Manhattan, executive producer Michael Bohlmann unveiled footage from the Punch Brothers documentary, "How to Grow a Band," at a Tribeca screening room. The film has its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on Friday, April 15. To learn more about the film click here. [Photo credit: PVaz Photography]
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    Uma Towers Over Angarano at "Ceremony" Event

    Uma Thurman towered over co-star Michael Angarano at a New York special screening of Max Winkler's "Ceremony," hosted by The Peggy Siegel Company. The romantic comedy opens April 8 in limited release through Magnolia Pictures. [Photo courtesy: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    The Fonz and His Son Hit Up a "Ceremony"

    Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) was one proud poppa last night at a New York special screening of his son's (Max Winkler) feature directorial debut, "Ceremony." Pictured above are the two hamming it up for the camera in Don Hill's at the film's after party hosted by The Peggy Siegal Company. The hip event marked another downtown one for the company, who have recently hosted similar fun affairs for "Jane Eyre," "Win Win" and "Limitless." Additional guests included the likes of Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano. executive producer Jason Reitman, Yigal Azrouel, Stacey Bendet, Peter Berg, Eddie Borgo, Ed Burns, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Chiara Clemente, Christian Cota, Ewa Da Cruz, Paz de la Huerta, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lena Dunham, Hally Feiffer, Lisa Maria Fernandez, Sky Ferreira, Bekah Jenkins, Betsey Johnson, Genevieve Jones, Courtney Love, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Mira Nair, Elise Overland, Jake Paltrow, Alison Pill, Lauren Remington Platt, Brian Reyes, Sam Rockwell, Charlotte Ronson, Akiva Schaffer, Stella Schnabel, Matthew Settle, Duncan Sheik, Kim Stolz, Tara Subkoff, Justin Theroux, Antony Todd, Chris Thomson, Manon von Gerkan, Kathrin Werderitsch, Henry Winkler, and Arden Wohl. [Photo courtesy: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "Henry's Crime" Team Conspire in Manhattan

    James Caan (left), Vera Farmiga and Keanu Reeves hit up the red carpet in Manhattan last night for a special screening of their romantic caper "Henry's Crime" last night at an event hosted by The Cinema Society and Moving Pictures Film & Television, with DeLeón Tequila. The good looking trio were accompanied by their director Malcolm Venville and cast members Danny Hoch and Julie Ordon. Following the screening, the evening's attendees all gathered at Trilby in the Cooper Square Hotel to party the night away. Additional guests included: Candice Bergen, AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer”), Courtney Love, Lee Daniels, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Eve Plumb, Kevin Zegers, Stephen Baldwin, Rob Morrow, Lee Pace, Jena Malone, Tika Sumpter (“Gossip Girl”), Samantha Mathis, Joe Pantoliano, Judd Hirsch, Federico Castelluccio, Natalie Zea (“Justified”), Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), China Chow, Elisa Sednaoui, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Mary Alice Stephenson, CNN’s Alina Cho, Louise Roe, Rosanna Scotto (“Good Day New York”), Drew Nieporent, Nanette Lepore, Marcus Schenkenberg, Tyson Ballou, Daniel Benedict, Ann Dexter-Jones, Linda Fargo, Lady Victoria Hervey, Bettina Zilkha, Maryna Linchuk, Genevieve Morton, Imogen Lloyd-Webber, Irina Pantaeva, Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir, producers Lemore Syvan, Jordan Schur & David Mimran, and Moving Pictures Film and Television President Margaret Tritch. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Source Code" Team Rev Up NYC

    Duncan Jones' thrilling follow-up to "Moon," "Source Code," had a glam Manhattan bow last night at an event hosted by The Cinema Society & Coach. Jones (left) joined the film's stars Michelle Monaghan and Jake Gyllenhaal at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo for the intimate screening and party where guests sipped on drinks courtesy of Purity Vodka. A slew of celebs showed up to lend their support, including Gyllenhaal's co-star Jeffrey Wright, Lindsay Lohan, Gina Gershon, Courtney Love, Seth Meyers, Howard Stern, Dana Delany, Rufus Wainright and James Marsden. It was quite the night! The film hits theaters today. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Kim and Liza "Meet Monica Velour"

    Kim Cattrall got cozy with Liza Minnelli at a special screening of "Meet Monica Velour," in which Cattrall stars as an 80s porn star long past her prime. The event, hosted by Pamella Roland, kicked off at New York's Landmark Sunshine Cinema and was followed by an intimate after party atop Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side. Cattrall and Minnelli were joined by the film's newbie director Keith Bearden and lead Dustin Ingram. Additional guests included Nigel Barker, Peter Berg, Maggie Betts, Phillip Bloch, Kiera Chaplin, Jim Dale, Lee Daniels, Jennifer Missoni, Irina Pantaeva, Pamella Roland, Candida Royala, Kim Stolz, Daniella Van Graas, and Veronica Vera. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    "Meek's Cutoff" Finds Its Way To NYC

    Michelle Williams (left) and Zoe Kazan hit up Manhattan for Kelly Reichardt's critically acclaimed "Meek's Cutoff" last night at an event sponsored by The Cinema Society and Nancy Gonzalez. First up was a packed screening of the drama that attracted the likes of Sofia Coppola, Holly Hunter and Sheryl Crow. That was swiftly followed by a super intimate gathering atop the James Hotel at the bar Jimmy, where guests sipped on Appleton Estate cocktails and yummy little treats. Among those in attendance: Paul Dano, Will Patton, Tommy Nelson, Neal Huff, Reichardt, Oscilloscope Laboratories' Adam Yauch, Courtney Love, Maxwell Caulfield & Juliet Mills, Alan Cumming, Colin Quinn, Fred Armisen (SNL), Dana Delany, Stephen Baldwin, Eve Plumb ("Jan Brady"!), Dominic Fumusa ("Nurse Jackie"), Margarita Levieva, Rob McElhenny & Charlie Day ("Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Pablo Schreiber, Jeremy Strong, Santogold, Olivier Theyskens, Anna Sui, Rachel Roy, Shalom Harlow, Fabien Baron, Ann Dexter-Jones, Daniel Benedict, Santiago Gonzalez (of Nancy Gonzalez), Irina Pantaeva, producers Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, David Urrutia & Elizabeth Cuthrell, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Courtney Love Keeps the Party Going

    Shortly after reuniting with her band Hole for the first time in 13 years at MoMA, Courtney Love hit up the "Meek's Cutoff" party at Jimmy, hosted by The Cinema Society and Nancy Gonzalez. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Alan Cumming Takes to the Roof!

    Alan Cumming took to the roof of The James Hotel at the intimate bar Jimmy, for a party thrown by the Cinema Society and Nancy Gonzalez in honor of "Meek's Cutoff" which hits select theaters April 8. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "WIn Win" Cast Reunites in Manhattan

    "Win Win"'s terrific ensemble cast (from left: Melanie Lynskey, Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and newcomer Alex Shaffer) reunited for a special screening of their film this week in Manhattan. The event, hosted by NIXON and GQ, kicked off at the SVA theater and was followed by an intimate after party at The Chelsea Room down the block. Additional guests included: director/writer Tom McCarthy, Burt Young, Margo Martindale, Clare Foley, Patricia Clarkson, Tony Gilroy, Lake Bell, Darren Aronofsky, Neil Burger, Tate Donovan, Bryan Greenberg, Zoe Kazan, Kyra Sedgwick and Parker Posey. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Parker Posey Goes for a "Win Win"

    Parker Posey hit up Manhattan's The Chelsea Room in hot pink to toast Tom McCarthy's "Win Win," at special event for the film, hosted by Nixon and GQ. Additional guests that night included: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Patricia Clarkson, Tony Gilroy, Lake Bell, Gabourey Sidibe and Kyra Sedgwick. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Eva Green & Jordan Scott Crack Manhattan

    Eva Green (left) and director Jordan Scott glammed it up last night in Manhattan for a special screening of their boarding school drama "Cracks" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. The event, hosted by The Cinema Society and Montblanc, featured an after party at the Club Room in the Soho Grand Hotel, where guests including Rose Byrne, Gabourey Sidibe and Christine Vachon mingled and sipped on cocktails provided by Purity Vodka. Full list of guests: Bella Heathcote, James Badge Dale (“Rubicon”, “Shame”), Brian D’Arcy James, Christopher McDonald, Will Estes (“Blue Bloods”), Noah Bean, Zuleikha Robinson, Geoffrey Fletcher, Nicole Miller, Amy Sacco, Elettra Wiedemann & James Marshall, Elisa Sednaoui, Julie Ordon, Quiana Grant, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Rachel Roy, Lorenzo Martone, Amanda Brooks, Daniel Benedict, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Sam & Kathryn Shaffer, Irina Pantaeva, Duncan Sheik, Alex Lundqvist, Debbie Bancroft, Bettina Zilkha, Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir, and producers Michael Costigan, and Rosalie Swerdlin. [Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt/PatrickMcMullan.com]
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    "Jane Eyre" Good Looking Trio Land in Tribeca

    "Jane Eyre" stars Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska with director Cary Joji Fukunaga at the W Magazine and SAAB New York Special Screening of their Focus Features film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Wednesday March 9th. The Gothic romance hits cinemas today, March 11th. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca/Starpix]
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    Cooper, Cornish and De Niro Get "Limitless"

    Bradley Cooper (left), Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro hit up Relavity Media's world premiere of "Limitless" last night in New York. The paranoid thriller, directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist"), screened at Regal Union Square cinemas to a packed house, followed by an after party at hot spot Buddakan, where guests including Justin Long, Patricia Clarkson, Matthew Ames, Calvin Klein, Alyssa Milano and Lynn Collins sipped on bubbly and DeLeon Tequila (the event's sponsor) cocktails. [Photo credit: Larry Busaca/Getty]
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    Arachne Takes a Night Off From "Spider-Man"

    Director Neil Burger ("The Illusionist") joined actress T.V. Carpio at the world premiere of his latest film "Limitless," in which Carpio co-stars alongside Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro. Carpio, currently playing the lead female role of Arachne in Julie Taymor's musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," took a rare night off from the Broadway show to lend her support to the paranoid action thriller. [Photo credit: Larry Busaca/Getty]
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    "The Boys" Land in Tribeca

    Crayton's Robey's behind-the-scenes documentary on the groundbreaking gay play, "The Boys in the Band," titled "Making the Boys" made its New York premiere last night at the Tribeca Screening Room, followed by a reception at the Mai House in Greenwich Village. Pictured above: the night's host Carson Kressley, Robey and Griffin Dunne. [Photo credit: Bill Davila/startraksphoto]
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    Walken & Co. "Kill the Irishman" in NYC

    Christopher Walken (center) joined his "Kill the Irishman" co-stars Ray Stevenson (left) and Vincent D'Onofrio (right) last night in New York at a special screening of the film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. The film opens in selected cinemas this Friday, March 11. [Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto]
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    Deneuve and Ozon Hit Brooklyn

    Catherine Deneuve, François Ozon and BAMcinématek's Florence Almozini at the Q&A following the Brooklyn premiere of Ozon's Potiche on Friday, March 4—the opening night of BAM’s month-long 25 film retrospective on the French actress. The Gallic superstar also introduced a standing-room-only screening Polanki’s Repulsion which was attended by her daughter Chiara Mastroianni. [Photo credit: BAMcinématek/GODLIS]
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    A Standing Ovation for La Deneuve

    French screen legend Catherine Deneuve was met with a standing ovation at the Paris Theatre in New York last week when she took to the stage to say a few words before her latest (Francois Ozon's feminist comedy "Potiche") kicked off The Film Society of Lincoln Center & Unifrance's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series. "I'm very happy that 'Potiche' is going to do the opening," she said to the crowd, looking humbled by their affection. "I hope that you have a nice time." Following the sold-out screening, Deneuve, in town for the event and for a career retrospective at BAMcinématek, hit up an after party at Le Rouge Tomate along with Ozon and Gaspard Ulliel (in Manhattan promoting "The Princess of Montpensier"). [Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]
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    "The Princess of Montpensier" Makes a Rendez-Vous

    Director Bertrand Tavernier and actor/heartthrob Gaspard Ulliel hit up the red carpet at the Paris Theatre in New York last week to kickoff the 16th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series, put on by The Film Society of the Lincoln Center and Unifrance. Francois Ozon's rollicking "Potiche" served as the opening night film. Tavernier's period romance "The Princess of Montpensier," starring Ulliel as Henri de Guise, is included in the lineup. [Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]
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    "happythankyou" Hot, Young Crew Hit Up The Standard

    The young, hot and talented cast behind Josh Radnor's Sundance award-winning romantic comedy, "happythankyoumoreplease," feted the film's New York premiere last night at a packed screening and party hosted by The Cinema Society and Tommy Hilfiger. Pictured from left to right: Pablo Schreiber, Malin Akerman, Michael Algieri, Zoe Kazan and Radnor. The party, held on the 18th floor of The Standard overlooking the Manhattan skyline in the Meatpacking District, was a swanky affair that attracted a crop of good looking talent including Kazan's close friend Carey Mulligan, John Mayer, Adrian Grenier, Gabourey Sidibe, Ed Westwick and Broadway star Lily Rabe. Additional guests at the soiree included: Tom Cavanagh, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Russell Simmons, Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Steve Guttenberg, Amar’e Stoudemire, Irina Shayk, Judith Godreche, Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman, Will Estes (“Blue Bloods”), Chris Messina, Alexsa Palladino & Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Lynn Collins (“True Blood”) & Steven Strait, Jared Followill (Kings of Leon), Demian Bichir (“Weeds”), Chris Coffey, Jeremy Strong, Julie Henderson, Chrissy Teigen, Dree Hemingway, Daniel Benedict, Katie Lee, Richard Meier, Karen Duffy, Frederique Van Der Wal, Drew Nieporent, Thom Filicia, Kelly Bensimon, Alex Lundqvist, Fern Mallis, Jennifer Creel, CNN’s Alina Cho, Bettina Zilkha, Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir, and producers Jesse Hara, Jimmy Balodimas, Bingo Gubelmann, Rupert Hope, Benji Kohn, Chris Papavasiliou, Austin Stark, Peter Sterling, & Glenn Williamson. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Breslin & Keys Do "Rango" in NYC

    Abigail Breslin (left) bonded with Alicia Keys (right) over the weekend at a New York screening of Gore Verbinski's "Rango," hosted by The Cinema Society. Among the attendees at the day event were: Edie Falco, Mariska Hargitay, Swizz Beatz, George Stephanopoulos & Ali Wentworth, John McEnroe, Cynthia Rowley, Mary Alice Stephenson, Nigel Barker, Bonnie Fuller, Daniel Flaherty (MTV’s “Skins”), Jill Kargman, Coco Kopelman, Muffie Potter Aston, Kate Betts, Gregg Bello, Lucy Sykes, Andrew & Nancy Jarecki. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Cedar Rapids" Takes to New York

    Following its premiere in Park City, Miguel Arteta's ("The Good Girl") ensemble comedy "Cedar Rapids" made its NYC premiere with the film's starry cast (Ed Helms, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaever, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Alia Shawkat) in tow. Pictured above are Helms (left) and Heche getting cozy. Following the screening hosted by The Cinema Society & Altoids, guests flocked to Millesime at the Carlton Hotel, where they sipped on Grey Goose cocktails and dined on a swank buffet dinner. The night's guests included: Miguel Arteta, Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Jill Hennessy, Spike Jonze, Taraji P. Henson, Steve Guttenberg, John Cameron Mitchell, Mark Indelicato, John Hamburg, Tom McCarthy, Fabrizio Moretti & Binki Shapiro, Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones, Matt Walton, Rachel Roy, Maggie Rizer, Katie Lee, Kelly Bensimon, Amy Sacco, Daniel Benedict, Debbie Bancroft, Marisa Berenson, Alex Lundqvist, Irina Pantaeva, Olivia Chantecaille, Fern Mallis, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Vidal Sassoon" Cuts Into Manhattan

    A good looking and well coiffed crowd caught an advance screening of Craig Teper's documentary "Vidal Sassoon The Movie," earlier this week in at MoMA in Manhattan. The posh event featured an after party at Michael's where guests, including Vidal himself, sipped on Remy Martin and Cointreau. Pictured above is producer and founder of Bumble and Bumble, Michael Gordon (left), and Vidal. Grace Coddington, who makes an appearance in the film, turned heads at the party, looking as glam and poised as ever. Also in attendance that night: Jackie Gilbert Bauer (producer), Craig Teper (director), Berry Meyerowitz (Phase 4 Films), Lisa Airan, Matthew Ames, Marisa Berenson, Phillip Bloch, Eddie Borgo, YaYa DaCosta, Frederic Fekkai, Jill Flint, Zani Gugelmann, Alexandra Knight, Alexandra Kotur, Lauren Remington Platt, Rachel Roy, Marina Rust, Kelly Rutherford, Allison Sarofim, John Stossel, Antony Todd, Domenico Vacca and Vidal Sassoon models Katrina Ogden and Irina Khokhlova. [Photo courtesy of: Bill Davilla/Starpix]
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    Geoffrey Rush Gets the Royal Treatment in NYC

    Geoffrey Rush was honored for his Oscar-nominated turn in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" and for his BAM debut in "The Diary of a Madman" last night at a lavish dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, thrown by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Emily Mortimer and Richard Stengel, the editor of TIME Magazine. Pictured above are Luhrmann (left), Hooper and Rush. Also in attendance for the soiree: Jane Alexander, Neil Armfield, Martin Bashir, Eve Best, Lorraine Bracco, Dick Cavett, Patricia Clarkson, Cristina Cuomo, Arlene Dahl, Geoffrey Fletcher, Joel Grey, Celeste Holm, Mark Logue, Vicki Mabrey, Alessandro Nivola, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chuck Scarborough and L'Wren Scott. [Photo credit: Jason Kempin/Getty]
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    A "Vanishing" in NYC

    Brad Anderson's spooky existential horror pic, "Vanishing on 7th Street," screened in NYC last night at the IFC Center, followed by a swanky party at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side. Anderson (left) was joined by the film's star Hayden Christensen, newcomer Jacob Latimore and producer Norton Herrick for the event, hosted by The Cinema Society. The night's guests, including Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Russel Simmons, Natasha Bedingfield and Eve, were seen sipping the night away on Appleton Estate Cocktails - on a Monday no less! [Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    HBO's "The Sunset Limited" Premieres in NYC

    Samuel L. Jackson (left), HBO Films president Len Amato and Tommy Lee Jones all came dressed in their best attire for the premiere of HBO Film's "The Sunset Limited," in New York last night. The Jones directed picture, which stars both Jones and Jackson, screened at the Time Warner Screening Room and was followed up by a swank party at Port House restaurant. Attendees included: writer Cormac McCarthy, HBO Co-President Richard Plepler, producer Barbara A. Hall, 50 Cent, Josh Lucas, Josh Duhamel, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Haggis, Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman, Epatha Merkerson, Will Estes (“Blue Bloods”), James Badge Dale (“The Pacific”), Stephen Baldwin, Tamara Tunie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Judd Hirsch, Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Irina Shayk, Marcus Wainwright, Richard Meier, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Jamie Tisch, Irina Pantaeva, Debbie Bancroft, Fern Mallis, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.
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    A "No Strings" Premiere

    Ashton Kutcher and Greta Gerwig posed earlier this week at the Tribeca Grand Hotel for a special screening of "No Strings Attached" hosted by The Cinema Society with DKNY Jeans, DeLeon Tequila and amNewYork. Also in attendance from the film was Abby Elliott. Other guests included: Demi Moore, Howard & Beth Stern, Donna Karan, Gabourey Sidibe, Paul Haggis, Fred Armisen, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Tamara Mellon, Kelsey Grammer, Max Irons, Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Bai Ling, Chris Elliott, Carol Alt, Wendi Murdoch, Dasha Zhukova, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Roy, Nicole Miller, Olivia Palermo (MTV’s “The City”), Hilary Rhoda, Kelly Bensimon, Amy Sacco, Karen Duffy, Debbie Bancroft, Michelle Paterson, Rosanna Scotto (“Good Day New York”), Daniel Benedict, Alex Lundqvist, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Lorenzo Martone, Frederique Van der Wal, Drew Nieporent, Tyson Ballou, Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, Olivia Chantecaille, Bettina Zilkha, Charlotte Ronson, Jamie Tisch, Dan Abrams, David Zinczenko, Dylan Lauren, amNewYork Publisher Paul Turcotte, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.
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    Blake Lively and Chris Cooper Convene for a "Town" Lunch

    Fresh from accepting the Best Ensemble Cast award at the National Board of Review Gala the night before, the team behind Ben Affleck's second directorial outing "The Town" lunched at the "21" Club in Manhattan to keep the positive buzz going. Pictured are Affleck's co-stars in the film, Blake Lively (left) and Chris Cooper. Also in attendance at the day event: Affleck, Jon Hamm, Julian Schnabel and Rula Jebreal, Chuck Scarborough and wife Ellen Ward, Dan Abrams, Lesley Chilcott (producer of "Waiting for Superman"), Sandy Kenyon, Andy Serwer and Alfred Uhry. Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix
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    A Lunch Fit for a King

    The stars and director of the British royal hit "The King's Speech" mingled with New York's elite earlier this week at a luncheon in honor of The Weinstein Company awards magnet. Kim Cattrall (left), Colin Firth (center) and Jennifer Ehle (right) posed at a wine reception that preceded the lunch, which attracted a roster of starry guests including Piers Morgan, Harvey Weinstein and Trudie Styler. Following the bevvies, attendees dined while Firth and "Speech" director Tom Hooper discussed the making of the film with best-selling author Amanda Foreman. Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty.
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    Rosie Perez Talks "Fearless" at Lincoln Center

    On the last day of the The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Peter Weir retrospective, Rosie Perez stopped by the Walter Reade Theater to chat about her Oscar-nominated turn in Weir's "Fearless" (1993) following a screening of the drama. In a Q&A moderated by Josh Strauss (FSLC Programming Associate), a candid Perez discussed the research that went into the role, Weir's unusual audition technique and how the part was originally not written for a Latina actress. Photo credit: GODLIS/Film Society of Lincoln Center
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    Art vs Bureaucracy...

    "Filmmaking is barely an art. 99% of my job is bureaucracy," director Darren Aronofsky told the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Scott Foundas this week during a program on his career. He was asked if there was a metaphor for moviemaking to be found in the “Black Swan’s” story of a young woman trying to be perfect. "Perfection I think is very specific to ballet..." Read more about the event here. [Photo credit: GODLIS]
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    Coppola & Dorff Lookin' Haaawwt!

    Going Somewhere good lookin'? Director Sofia Coppola and star Stephen Dorff turnin' it out at an event in New York City for their upcoming film, "Somewhere," which Focus Features will open beginning December 22nd. In the film, Dorff plays a hard living actor holed up in LA's Chateau Marmont, but re-examines his life after the arrival of his daughter (played by a very lovely Elle Fanning). The film was the winner of this year's Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. indieWIRE will publish an interview with Ms. Coppola next week. [Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "Casino Jack" Hits Up Manhattan

    Inspired by true events, George Hickenlooper's final film "Casino Jack" stars Kevin Spacey as former American lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff. The production's team were on hand for the film's New York premiere hosted by The Cinema Society & The Creative Coalition. Guests - including the film's trio of stars, Jon Lovitz (left), Spacey and Barry Pepper - sipped on Grey Goose cocktails at the afterparty, held at the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel & Residences. Additional attendees included: Stephen Baldwin, Dallas Roberts (“Rubicon”, “The L Word”), Patrick Heusinger (“Gossip Girl”), Tiki Barber, Vincent Pastore, Jason Reitman, Andrew Jenks, Keira Chaplin, Jason & Haley Binn, Gregg Bello, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Adam Dell, co-host Lani Hay (CEO of Lanmark Tech), Robin Bronk (CEO, The Creative Coalition), and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    A "Blue" Duo in Manhattan

    No doubt celebrating their victory in securing an R rating, the team behind "Blue Valentine," including Derek Cianfrance (left), Michelle Williams (right) and Harvey Weinstein, gathered at a screening of their drama at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York, and followed it up with an after party at the Soho Grand Hotel's Club Room. The event, hosted by The Cinema Society & Piaget (along with co-sponsor DeLeon Tequila), attracted a crop of A-list talent that included the likes of Patricia Clarkson, Gabourey Sidibe, Paul Haggis, Joan Rivers and Greta Gerwig. Additional guests included: Bridget Moynahan, Jill Hennessy, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jennifer Esposito, Will Estes (“Blue Bloods”), Pablo Schreiber, Paz de la Huerta, John Ventimiglia, Bill Dawes, Andrew Jenks, Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Alessandra Ambrosio, Jeremy Strong, CNN’s Alina Cho, Keren Craig, Fabiola Beracasa, Olivia Palermo (MTV’s “The City”) & Johannes Huebl, Keira Chaplin, Yigal Azrouel, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, Bettina Zilkha, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Fighter" Takes a Swing in Manhattan

    David O. Russell's rousing sports drama "The Fighter" got off to a fighting start in New York last week at a special screening hosted by The Cinema Society with Men's Health & JP Morgan Chase Foundation to benefit The Cinema School, the nation's first Film High School, located in the South Bronx. The film's starry principal cast (Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo) were on on hand for the screening and swanky after party held at the top of the Standard Hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Pictured above: producer Ryan Kavanaugh, Wahlberg and O. Russell. Other attendees that night included: Patricia Clarkson, Gerard Butler, Val Kilmer, Owen Wilson, Michael Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Calvin Klein, Russell Simmons, Bruce Weber, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony Mackie, Carla Gugino, Darren Star, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon & Nick Rhodes, Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Patrick Heusinger (“Gossip Girl”), Kelsey Grammer, Pablo Schreiber, Ralph Macchio, Florence Henderson, Tiki Barber, Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Anne V., Zuleikha Robinson (“Lost”), Margarita Levieva, Ben Shenkman, Vincent Pastore, Kelsey Chow, Will Estes (“Blue Bloods”), Matt Walton, Neil Burger, Gloria Steinem, Grace Coddington, Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Dan Abrams, Rachel Roy, Bee Shaffer, Stavros Niarchos, Sally Singer, Reed Krakoff, Katie Lee, Mary Alice Stephenson, Amy Sacco, Duncan Sheik, Cynthia Rowley, Bettina Zilkha, Alex Lundqvist, Tyson Ballou, Noah Mills, Esther Canadas, Irina Pantaeva, Debbie Bancroft, Tinsley Mortimer, Natalie Gal, Imogen Lloyd-Webber, Daniel Benedict, Johannes Huebl, Drew Nieporent, Marina Rust Connor, Shoshanna Gruss, Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michelle Promaulayko, Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health David Zinczenko and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    New York Toasts Kirsten Dunst

    A radiant Kirsten Dunst (center) was the belle of the ball at a lunch today in honor of her performance in Andrew Jarecki's narrative feature film debut, "All Good Things." Jarecki (left) and co-star Lily Rabe (right) were on hand to pay tribute to Dunst at the midday event that took place at Michael's in Midtown Manhattan. Dunst, who's been gaining considerable acclaim for her turn in the film, spoke excitedly to indieWIRE about her work in Walter Salles latest, "On the Road." The film, in which she stars opposite an impressive cast that includes Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen, is currently in production. [Photo by Nigel M. Smith/indieWIRE]
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    A "Blue Valentine" in the Big Apple

    Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," which has courted its fair share of controversy over the MPAA's decision to slap the film with a NC-17 rating, had its New York premiere last night with a screening at MoMA, followed by a lavish after-party held at the top of The Standard Hotel, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Hosted by Quintessentially and Stoli, the event attracted the team behind the romantic drama, including stars Michelle Williams (left) and Ryan Gosling (right). Additional guests included: writer/director Derek Cianfrance, producers Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, castmember Faith Wladyka, Jonathan Ames, Lance Bass, Gregg Bello, Thora Birch, Cassie Coane, Chace Crawford, Paz de la Huerta, Peter Facinelli, Vanessa Ferlito, Shiloh Fernandez, Erin Fetherston, Ryan Fleck, Natalie Gal, Kelsey Grammer, Spencer Grammer, Paul Haggis, Gaby Hoffman, Logan Huffman, Karolina Kurkova, Blake Lively, Evan Lysacek, Tinsley Mortimer, Sky Nellor, Parker Posey, Lily Rabe, Rachel Roy, Jason Reitman, Brian Reyes, Maggie Rizer, Jeffrey Ross, Joel Schumacher, Sarah Shahi, Irina Shayk, Ben Shenkman, Ksenia Solo, Kim Stolz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michelle Trachtenberg, Harley Viera Newton, Vera Wang, Harvey Weinstein, Kathrin Werderitsch, and Dean Winters. [Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty]
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    NYC Welcomes "Rabbit Hole"

    John Cameron Mitchell's latest "Rabbit Hole" - which is gaining steam in the awards race with four 2011 Spirit Awards nominations - had its New York premiere last night at the Paris Theater, followed by a chic after party held at Manhattan's iconic The Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. Most of the "Rabbit Hole" team were on hand, including Mitchell (left), Tammy Blanchard (center), Miles Teller (right), Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Sandra Oh. Additional guests included: Parkey Posey, Chace Crawford, Giancarlo Esposito, and Lionsgate COO Joe Drake. "Rabbit Hole" opens in limited release December 17, via Lionsgate. [Photo by Marion Curtis]
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    "All Good" in New York

    Ryan Gosling gives a characteristically committed and intense performance in Andrew Jarecki's "All Good Things." Although he couldn't make the New York premiere for the Magnolia Pictures release, Wednesday night's event featured a slew of stars that more than made up for his absence. A trio of the film's leading ladies - Kristen Wiig (left), Kirsten Dunst, and Lily Rabe - made an appearance at the after party held at Buddakan, as did Candice Bergen, Parkey Posey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs siren Karen O, Broadway star Benjamin Walker, and indie couple du jour Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones. Guests munched on a tasty buffet and sipped on champagne cocktails infused with some Red Bull to give that extra kick. Not that the party need it. Full list of guests at the soiree: Frank Langella, Diane Venora, director Andrew Jarecki and producer Michael London with additional celebrity guests Matthew Ames, Mini Anden, Bob Balaban, Chris Benz, Pepper Binkley, Kylie Bisutti, Hamish Bowles, Jessica Caban, Alice Callahan, Griffin Dunne, Julia Dunstall, Donald Fagen, Brian Geraghty, Tim Hamilton, Julie Henderson, Ally Hilfiger, Henry Joost, Liz Lange, Michele Lee, Amy Lemons, Humberto Leon, Tom McCarthy, Ashley McDermott, Jennifer Missoni, Tarajia Morell, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, Todd Oldham, Max Osterweis, Nick Pileggi & Nora Ephron, David Rabe, Jeffrey Ross, Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Ksenia Solo, Daniella Van Graas, Dreama Walker, and Ben Younger. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    A "Biutiful" NYC Screening

    It was a beautiful night for the team behind Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful" in New York last night. The Cinema Society together with Miuccia Prada, Sandra Brant & Ingrid Sischy hosted a screening of the searing drama at the Lighthouse Theater that attracted a starry crop of talent including the film's star Javier Bardem, his real life squeeze Penelope Cruz, Claire Danes, Al Pacino, Martha Stewart, Alicia Keys and Vincent Cassel. Pictured above: "Biutiful" producer Jon Kilik, Roadside Attractions Co-President Eric D'Arbeloff, Bardem, Inarritu, and David Linde. In attendance that night were: Miuccia Prada, Sandra Brant, Ingrid Sischy, Elizabeth Banks, Patricia Clarkson, Chace Crawford, Gabourey Sidibe, Lee Radziwill, Holly Hunter, Paul Haggis, Mia Wasikowska, Greta Gerwig, Lee Pace, Thora Birch, Dean Winters, Bryan Lourd, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Susie Essman, Michael Cunningham, Moby, Kate Pierson (B-52’s), Pat Metheny, Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Marina Abramovic, Cecily Brown, Michelle Alves, Elsa Benitez, Daniel Benedict, Rachel Roy, CNN’s Alina Cho, Anouck Lepere, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Will Ragozzino/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    The Beautiful "Black Swan" Swoops in for NYC Premiere

    Wow! "Black Swan!" Last night was the NYC premiere for director Darren Aronofsky's latest, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder. The audience, including some of us at iW, gasped during some of the scenes. It's an intoxicating experience. iPOP says go for it! Anyway, following the screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown, invitees headed over for the official party at the nearby St. Regis Hotel, which was quite swank. A life-sized ballerina figure twirling to Swan Lake greeted guests. Aronofsky joked to iW, "They spent $70,000 on that..." All in all, a great evening and despite the stormy weather outside, the party was packed with the famous and beautiful (and those who look the part). Pictured here, Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky and Fox Searchlight co-president, Nancy Utley. Searchlight will open "Black Swan" beginning in limited release on Friday, December 3rd. Check it out!
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    "The King's Speech" Girls Night Out

    It was a girls night out last Sunday in New York to celebrate Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech." The Weinstein Company held a private screening at The Tribeca Grand Hotel, followed by a private dinner. Pictured left to right are the night's hosts along with the film's star, Colin Firth (center): Julianne Moore, Christine Baranski, Ellen Burstyn and Patricia Clarkson. [Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty]
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    "Phillip Morris" Hits New York

    The team behind "I Love You Phillip Morris" feted the film's American release last night with a screening at the SVA theater, followed by a jam packed party at Avenue, hosted by The Cinema Society and DeLeon Tequila, in New York's swanky Meatpacking District. At Avenue guests sipped on tequila and danced the night away as if Monday was the new Thursday. Pictured left to right are "Phillip" co-director John Requa, Phillip Morris himself, co-director Glenn Ficarra and Jim Carrey. Other attendees that evening included: Rodrigo Santoro, Annie Golden, Brennan Brown, Gabourey Sidibe, John Mayer, Stefanie Powers, Caroline Rhea, Tiki Barber, Evan Handler (“Sex & the City”), Kevin Zegers, Billy Magnussen, Cody Horn, Ari Graynor, Analeigh Tipton, James Lipton, Patrick Heusinger (“Gossip Girl”), Thora Birch, John Ventimiglia, Kelsey Chow, Vincent Pastore, Bill Dawes, Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Olivia Palermo (MTV’s “The City”) & Johannes Huebl, Jeisa Chiminazzo, B-52’s Fred Schneider, Elisa Sednaoui, Alex & Keytt Lundqvist, Michelle Alves, Lauren & Ashley Bush, Daniel Benedict, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, John Demsey, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Jennifer Creel, Bettina Zilkha, producers Andrew Lazar, Far Shariat & Miri Yoon, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Halle Berry's Passion Project Hits New York

    Halle Berry was all smiles in a Pamella Roland dress at a New York special screening of her new film "Frankie & Alice," directed by Geoffrey Sax, this Wednesday. Set in the 1970's, the film recounts the true story of Frankie Murdoch (Berry), a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder. At the after party held at Rouge Tomate, Berry revealed to indieWIRE that she became aware of Murdoch's story after learning that a man had bought rights to her tale. "There was no script," she said. "I contacted the guy, we became friendly, and we got it started." Berry, who acts a producer on the film, said that she then sought out the money to fund the project and approached Sax to direct. Murdoch herself is happy with the finished product, Berry revealed. "I just had lunch with her a few days ago," she said. "She's thrilled with it. I think it's hard to watch your life, so I think it was a bit overwhelming." When asked about juggling work in independent film with higher profile roles like in the Bond franchise, Berry offered, "I just know as a woman it's often hard to find roles that really give me something to do something with. I act as a job, it's not a hobby, it's how I make a living. So sometimes I take on roles that are less than what I dream of, but I try to find a way to make something out of what my opportunities are at the time. As an actor I want to work. I don't want just sit around and wait for the next great thing. I want to work through even the dry times, find things to do that keep me inspired." Also in attendance at the event were: Anika Noni Rose, Crissy Barker, Geoffrey Sax (director), Maxwell, Irina Pantaeva, Roshumba Williams, Ruby Dee and Stone Phillips. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Hathaway and Gyllenhaal Share the "Love" in New York

    Anne Hathaway (left) and Jake Gyllenhaal posed for photographers outside of the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York last night, where their latest film, Edward Zwick's "Love & Other Drugs" screened. The event, which included an after party at Rouge Tomate, was hosted by Quintessentially and Valentino. In attendance that evening were: Oliver Platt, Kate Jennings Grant, Nathalie Gold, Executive Producer: Margaret Riley, Producers Scott Stuber, Marshall Herskovitz and Charles Randolph, director Ed Zwick, Valentino, Pippa Black, Sarah Burns, Christian Campbell, Jennifer Carpenter, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Alexa Chung, Peter Cincotti, Jessica Collins, Ewa Da Cruz, Poppy Delevinge, Peter Facinelli, Tovah Feldshuh, Zani Gugelmann, Jessica Hart, Judd Hirsch, Constance Jablonski, Genevieve Jones, Mallory June, Humberto Leon, Lorenzo Martone, Jennifer Missoni, Mira Nair, Sky Nellor, Max Osterweis, Zac Posen, Brian Reyes, Jeffrey Ross, Drew Roy, Nev Schulman, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Christian Siriano, Molly Sims, Leelee Sobieski, Peter Som, Hana Soukupova, Kim Stolz, Daria Strokous, Aimee Teegarden, Nicole Trunfio, and Jessica White. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    "Made in Dagenham" by Way of NYC

    The Cinema Society hosted a screening of Nigel Cole's "Made in Dagenham" over the weekend at the TriBeCa Grand Hotel in New York, followed by a party at the Club Room at the SoHo Grand. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film Stateside this coming Friday November 19th. Among those taking in the fun were (left to right) SPC co-president Tom Bernard, "Dagenham" stars Sally Hawkins & Miranda Richardson and SPC co-president Michael Barker. Also at the party were: Vera Sime & Gwen Davis (the real life women of Dagenham), Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous"), Cherry Jones, Tony Shalhoub, Russell Simmons, Tiki Barber, Edward Hibbert ("Frasier"), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”), Patrick Demarchelier, Elettra Wiedemann & James Marshall, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, Heidi Albertsen, Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Fern Mallis, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Bettina Zilkha, Mark Fraser (NJ Devils) and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. Photo credit: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co.
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    Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie Catch the "Night"

    Kerry Washington (left) and Anthony Mackie pose at the "Night Catches Us" afterparty in New York, following an advance screening of the film, in which they both star. "Night Catches Us," directed by Tanya Hamilton, opens in limited release on Friday, December 3. [Photo by Lawrence Akiya / Belugamedia]
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    A Special Night for the Cast of "Today's Special"

    The stars of David Kaplan's comedy "Today's Special," Aasif Mandvi (left), Jess Weixler and Kevin Corrigan, posed at the New York premiere yesterday at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Based on Aasif Mandvi's play "Sakina's Restaurant," "Today's Special" follows a Sous Chef who who dreams of becoming a Head Chef, only to find himself back in his parent's home in Jackson Heights, Queens - the "Little India" of NYC. The film opens in theaters November 19. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca]
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    "Tiny Furniture"'s Big Dance Party!

    Following the New York premiere of Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" at MoMA on Tuesday, invitees gathered for an After (Dance) Party at Santos Party House to celebrate the movie, which won SXSW Film Festival's Best Narrative Feature Award earlier this year. SXSW Film Film Festival and Film Conference Producer Janet Pierson (left) was on hand to offer her support to Dunham (right). "Tiny Furniture," an IFC Films release, opens at the IFC Film Center in New York this Friday, November 12. [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    Lena & Janet

    Janet Pierson and Lena Dunham.
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    A "Funny" Night in Honor of Stanley Donen

    Last week, after a special screening of "Funny Face," in honor of Stanley Donen - the subject of a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center - director Mike Nichols (center) moderated a Q&A with Donen (right), the director of "Singin' in the Rain." The Film Society's Scott Foundas (left) was also in attendance. Donen's retrospective continues through November 10 at the Lincoln Center in New York. [Photo courtesy of the Film Society of the Lincoln Center]
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    Paul Giamatti Screens "Barney's Version" in New York

    Last night in New York a select group got a chance to catch Richard J. Lewis' "Barney's Version," a Sony Pictures Classics Release, that recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival. Star Paul Giamatti was on hand for the screening, and the cocktail reception that followed at the Sony Screening Room on Madison Avenue, hosted by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Pictured from left to right: Marion Wiesel, Giamatti, Elie Wiesel, and "Barney's Version"'s producer Robert Lantos. [Photo by Amanda Shwab]
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    "Dagenham" Dines in New York

    RéVive and Laura Mercier hosted a lunch at the Rouge Tomate on New York's Upper East Side earlier this week, in honor of Nigel Cole's "Made in Dagenham," which opens in limited release on November 19, through Sony Pictures Classics. The company's Co-Presidents Tom Bernard (left) and Michael Barker (right) joined "Dagenham" stars Sally Hawkins (second from left) and Miranda Richardson, along with Cole and producer Liz Karlsen (second from right) to fete the film. [Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    "127 Hours" Trio Lands in New York

    James Franco (center) couldn't leave class in Yale to make the New York premiere of "127 Hours" at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, but was on hand to support Danny Boyle's (right) film at the after party hosted by Gucci in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District. The subject of Boyle's true story account of a mountain climber who found himself trapped in an isolated slot canyon in Utah, Aron Ralston (left), was also on hand for the film's New York bow. Additional guests included: Elizabeth Banks, Joshua Bell, Stacey Bendet, Mario Cantone, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Choi, Jessica Collins, Rory Culkin, Ewa Da Cruz, Charlbi Dean, Agyness Deyn, Ange Donhauser, Vanessa Ferlito, Douglas Friedman, Adi Gil, Tony Gilroy, Brad Goreski, Cody Horn, Swaim Hutson, Bekah Jenkins, David Krumholtz, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Lemons, Humberto Leon, Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein, Chrissie Miller, Jennifer Missoni, Heidi Mont, Caroline Murphy, Edward Norton, Max Osterweis, Dominique Piek, Terry Richardson, Camilla Romestrand, Susan Sarandon, Lola Schnabel, Matthew Settle, Duncan Sheik, Casey Spooner, Jessica Stam, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nicole Trunfio, and Johnny Weir. [Photo by Nigel M. Smith/indieWIRE]
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    Danny Glover and Co. Have a Good "Time" at MoMA

    Danny Glover (left), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Louverture Films poses at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for the kick-off to MoMA's Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to New, Part 1 series. Elia Suleiman's "The Time That Remains" served as the opening night screening. Suleiman was also on hand for the night's event (second from right), as was series curator Jytte Jensen (second from left), and Louverture Films Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Joslyn Barnes (right). Louverture Films produced "The Time That Remains," which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film opens in theaters via IFC on January 7, 2011. [Photo credit: Scott Rudd Photography]
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    "Waste Land" Trio Hit New York

    Director Lucy Walker (center) dons a garbage bag last night at the premiere of her film "Waste Land," held at The Paley Center for Media in New York. Her documentary's subject, artist Vik Muniz (left), made an appearance, as did Moby (right), the film's composer. "Waste Land" opens theatrically in New York at The Angelika on October 29. [Photo credit: Chloe Seldman/Michael Priest Photography]
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    NYC Welcomes "The Rileys"

    "Welcome to the Rileys'" James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and director Jake Scott do the red carpet at a screening of their film earlier this week at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, co-hosted by The Cinema Society and Everlon Diamond Knot Collection. Following the screening, attendees headed over to the new Club Room at the SoHo Grand Hotel where they indulged in that night's cocktail of choice, DeLeon Tequila. The film opens in limited release beginning October 29. For more information on the "Rileys," click here. The night's guests included: Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, director Jake Scott, Gerard Butler, James Woods, Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") & Geoffrey Arend, Danny DeVito, S. Epatha Merkerson, Bryan Batt ("Mad Men"), Russell Simmons, Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Tony Shalhoub, Petra Nemcova, Kevin Zegers, Alicia Witt, Tony Sirico, Matt Walton, Linda V., Tori Praver, Olivia Palermo (MTV’s "The City") & Johannes Huebl, Harley Viera-Newton, Nur Khan, Daniel Benedict, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, producers Giovanni Agnelli, Scott Bloom, & Michael Costigan, composer Marc Streitenfeld, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Image courtesy of The Cinema Society]
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    "LennonNYC" Marks John Lennon's 70th Birthday In Central Park

    Saturday night in Central Park, on the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday, a couple hundred folks had the pleasure of an outdoor screening of Michael Epstein’s doc “LennonNYC” - which looks at the period of time Lennon spent living in New York City during the 1970s - and the added bonus of one Lou Reed taking the stage to help introduce it. “LennonNYC” premieres on PBS November 22nd as part of American Masters.
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    A "Fair Game" at Armani

    The Cinema Society & Giorgio Armani hosted a screening of Doug Liman's "Fair Game" at NYC's MoMA Wednesday night with a party at Armani Ristorante afterward. Pictured are: Roberta Armani, Naomi Watts, Doug Liman, Valerie Plame Wilson, Joe Wilson. Joining in for the festivities were: Liev Schreiber, Michelle Monaghan, Julian Schnabel, Katie Couric, Christie Brinkley, Griffin Dunne & Anna Bingemann, Paul Haggis, Pablo Schreiber, Piper Perabo, Anthony Mackie (“Hurt Locker"), David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs”), Margaret Colin (“Gossip Girl”), Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones, Steven Klein, Tamara Mellon, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Sandy Gallin, Katie Lee, Drew Nieporent, Daniel Benedict, Dan Abrams, Lauren Dupont, Keri Hilson, Frederique Van Der Wal, Fernanda Motta, Zani Gugelmann, Keira Chaplin, Genevieve Jones, Stavros Niarchos, Jamie Tisch & Todd Meister, Lauren Remington Platt, Genevieve Jones, Countess Nathalie von Bismarck, Kristin Gore, Fern Mallis, Bettina Zilkha, castmembers Noah Emmerich, Louis Ozawa Changchien, David Andrews & Ashley Gerasimovich, producers Bill Pohlad, Janet & Jerry Zucker, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. There was plenty of Grey Goose and tasty dishes for all...
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    A "Stone"y Evening in NYC

    Producers David Mimran and Jordan Schur with actor Edward Norton at the after-party for director John Curran's "Stone," which screened Tuesday night at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The film centers on parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man's decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both. The party took place at Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel - Apartment 2E. Along with screenwriter Angus McLachlan, guests included: Jonathan Ames, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell, Peter Cincotti, Yaya DaCosta, Drena De Niro, Dani Dwyer, Giancarlo Esposito, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Grace Hightower, Judd Hirsch, Star Jones, Mallory June, Tiiu Kuik, Nanette Lepore, Zoe Lister- Jones & Daryl Wein, Madeleine Martin, Jack McBrayer, Matthew Modine, Sky Nellor, Irina Pantaeva, Lou Reed, Norman Reedus, Dallas Roberts, Rachel Roy, Chuck Scarborough, Reshma Shetty, Kim Stolz, Gigi Stone, Michael Stuhlbarg, James Toback, Daniella Van Graas, Steven Van Zandt, Veronica Varekova and Celia Weston. Fun times! [Photo credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    "Tamara Drewe" Hits NYC with Cinema Society Screening

    Monday night, The Cinema Society & Altoids hosted a screening of Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe" at Manhattan's Crosby Hotel in SoHo. Frears (middle) posed ahead of the festivities with Sony Pictures Classics' co-presidents Tom Bernard (left) and Michael Barker. Among the guests were castmembers Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Bill Camp & Susan Wooldridge. Also in on the fun were: Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick, Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous"), Sally Hawkins, Tony Danza, Michael Stipe, Jonathan Cake, Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Silverman & Jennifer Finnigan, Anne Son (“My Generation”), Daryl Wein, Zoe-Lister Jones, Jenny Lumet, Richard Kind, Daniel Merriweather, Thom Filicia, Adam Dell, Dree Hemingway, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, Fern Mallis, Bettina Zilkha and The Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir. And the drink of the night was Appleton Estate cocktails. The film centers on a young newspaper writer, Tamara Drewe, who returns home to a small English town, where the home she grew up in is being prepared to go up on the market. The film is based on a popular UK newspaper comic strip. [Photo credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Franco Hits the IFP Stage

    Actor James Franco and "Howl" co-director Jeffrey Friedman at the screening of the film, co-sponsored by Rooftop Films, kicking off IFP's Independent Film Week Monday night. Independent Film Week continues through September 23rd in New York. [Image courtesy of Irwin Seow/Rooftop Films]
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    "The Romantics" Hit New York

    The Cinema Society with People StyleWatch & J. Crew hosted a screening of "The Romantics" Tuesday night in NYC. Pictured in the lineup left to right are: Adam Brody, Rebecca Lawrence, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, director Galt Niederhoffer, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Josh Duhamel and producer Ron Stein. The new Gansevoort Park Avenue was the scene for the after-party and Svedka was the drink of choice for the guests who partied until 1am. Attendees included: Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Lawrence, Galt Niederhoffer (writer/director), Gabourey Sidibe, Leighton Meester, Karolina Kurkova, Kelly Rutherford, Russell Simmons, Alison Pill, Zoe Kazan, Tiffani Thiessen, Marisa Berenson, Hoda Kotb, Kelsey Grammer, Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”), Judah Friedlander, Daniel Merriweather, Margarita Levieva, Caroline Rhea, Katie Lee, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Carson Kressley, Carol Alt, Allison Scagliotti (SyFy’s “Warehouse 13”), Gloria Votsis (“White Collar”), Ben Shenkman, Lily Rabe, Anouck Lepere, Elisa Sednaoui, Margherita Missoni, Keren Craig, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Tori Praver, Fernanda Motta, Jessica White, Nicole Trunfio, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Debbie Bancroft, Bettina Zilkha, Irina Pantaeva, Fern Mallis, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, producers Ron Stein, Michael Benaroya, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker & Jennifer Todd, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Chase, Moet, "Twelve" & the Standard Roof

    It was apparently quite the crowd Wednesday night at the New York Standard Hotel's roof venue, Le Bain. The Cinema Society & 2(x)ist hosted a premiere and party for "Twelve," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Chase Crawford. The glammed crowd headed to the Westside venue after a screening at the Landmark Sunshine. The drama/thriller centers on a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, in which is best friend is the accused. Guests attending included: Chace Crawford, Curtis ("50 Cent") Jackson, Rory Culkin, Zoe Kravitz, Billy Magnussen (cast), Esti Ginzburg (cast), Nico Tortorella (cast), Emily Meade (cast), Cody Horne (cast), Chanel Farrell (cast), Gregg Bello (cast), Phil Ettinger (cast), Thomas McDonell (cast), Liam McMullan (cast), director Joel Schumacher, Mickey Rourke, Ewan McGregor, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Donna Karan, Russell Simmons, Matthew Settle, Jessica Szohr, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mark Sanchez, Mamie Gummer, Michelle Rodriguez, Wilmer Valderama, Tony Goldwyn, Alison Pill, Amanda Setton (“Gossip Girl”), Richard Kind, Fisher Stevens, Marisa Berenson, Lucy Punch, Heather Matarazzo, Rosanna Scotto (“Good Day New York”), Amy Astley, Hoda Kotb, Dallas Roberts, Ben Walker, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Terry George, Carlos Leon, Hana Soukupova, Andre Balazs, Alec Wek, Jessica Stam, Nicole Miller, Alex Lundqvist, Tyson Ballou, Irina Shayk, Lorenzo Martone, Alexander Wang, Chris Cuomo, Rachel Roy, Daniel Benedict, Thom Filicia, Debbie Bancroft, Fern Mallis, Adam Dell, Amanda Hearst, Amy Fine Collins, Charlie Corwin (producer), Michael Bederman (co-producer), Andrew Greenblatt (executive producer), Jordan Melamed (screenwriter/producer), Bob Salerno (producer), and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. The good times included Moet Ice Imperial, the label's newest champagne... Cheers!
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    Nadda, Clarkson and Siddig Hit NYC with "Cairo Time"

    IFC Films hosted a special screening of director Ruba Nadda's (left) Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals feature, "Cairo Time," starring Oscar-nominee Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig (pictured) Tuesday night in New York. Following the screening, guests dined at the Plaza Athenee and chatted with the stars who were among the last to head out. The romantic drama centers on Juliette (Clarkson), a beautiful American abroad in Egypt, who finds herself enamored by more than the sunswept vistas of Cairo. Producers Charles Pugliese and Daniel Iron joined the evening, along with guests that included: Ken Burns, Laurie Dhue, Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Greenberg, Jeff Greenfield, Richard Haass, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker & Deborah Roberts, Amy Ryan, Josh Sapan, Jonathan Sehring, Darren Star, Mort Zuckerman. IFC Films will open "Cairo Time" at select locations beginning August. 6th.
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    "The People I've Slept With" in NY

    Director Quentin Lee and star Karin Anna Cheung party hard at the party for their film "The People I've Slept With," which closed the New York Asian-American International Film Festival last week. The film follows Cheung's nymphomaniac character, Angela, as she tries to figure out who is the father of her unborn child. The film will be self-distributed by Lee beginning in New York next month, with a small multi-city cities to follow. [Photo credit: Bryce J. Renninger/indieWIRE]
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    "Get Low" Has a NYC High

    On Wednesday night, the Cinema Society & Sony Alpha Nex 5 hosted a New York screening of Aaron Schneider's "Get Low," which Sony Pictures Classics will open beginning Friday, July 30th. Pictured left to right are producer Joey Rappa, Sony Classics' co-president Michael Barker, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Schneider. The screening of "Get Low," which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, was at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the party was at the Soho Grand Hotel (in the Yard). The well-heeled crowd kept cool sipping Appleton Estate cocktails and there were even some delicious sliders and fries on hand. Guests included: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider, Doug Liman, Calvin Klein, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tom Cavanagh, Rachel Dratch, Cheyenne Jackson, Lucy Punch, Paz de la Huerta, Carlos Leon, James Lipton, Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Ruben Blades, Daniel Merriweather, Amanda Setton (“Gossip Girl”), Dick Cavett, Danny Aiello, John Cameron Mitchell, Judd Hirsch, Ben Shenkman, Paul Iacono, Hilary Rhoda, Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan, Nicole Miller, Kelly Klein, Nigel Barker, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Daniel Benedict, Rachel Roy, Amy Sacco, Kelly Bensimon, Fernanda Motta, Julie Ordon, Lorenzo Martone, Fern Mallis, Alex & Keytt Lundqvist, Mick Rock, Alexander Dexter-Jones, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-President Michael Barker, producer Dean Zanuck, executive producer Joey Rappa, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. Photo Credit: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co., courtesy of the Cinema Society.
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    Michael Moore and Winnebago Man at the Landmark

    "Humor is a risky thing sometimes," said director Michael Moore (right) last Friday at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York for a screening of the raucous documentary "Winnebago Man," directed by Ben Steinbauer. "When I saw I was so thrilled to be in the midst of kindred spirits." The film came to New York following a win for Best Comedy Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival, which Moore himself co-founded. Moore was on hand to introduce the film to the sold out audience. The person the crowd really wanted to see however was the Winnebago Man himself, Jack Rebney (left), who made a rare appearance. Following the screening he sent the audience into a laugh riot during an obscenity laden Q&A alongside Steinbauer. [Photo by Roberto Machado]
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    IFP/Envision Focus 2010: Universal Primary Education in NYC

    This past Saturday at the TheTimesCenter, IFP and the UN's Envision program, which seeks to work on important global social issues through film celebrated its second year. This year's focus is on achieving universal primary education across the globe. Jennifer Arnold's "A Small Act" and Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting for Superman" were screened as part of the event. Here, Envision board member Kiyo Akasaka, the Undersecretary-General for Communication and Public Information, UN, IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente, and Harry Belefonte, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador arrive at the event. [Photo Credit: Yvesmarie Vilain/Envision]
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    Ally Sheedy at "Wartime"

    Ally Sheedy plays a great fragile self-centered actress in "Life During Wartime," which is worth it in itself. The actress popped by for the beginning of the premiere, but then had to head out, but we caught a photo of her in the summer heat outside IFC Center before she headed out.
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    Todd, John & the Producers at the After-party

    Director Todd Solondz is not normally a fan of taking pictures, but he did do a pose for this one with Cinetic chief John Sloss (right) and two of the producers of "Life During Wartime," Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Walker.
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    Snyder and Pecci at the Premiere

    "Life During Wartime" stars Dylan Riley Snyder and Rich Pecci at the after-party following the screening at IFC Center. Snyder plays a significant role in the film - and we may add - a terrific job! He definitely has a lot more freckles in the film.
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    Winnebago Friends in NYC

    With the premiere of their film coming up fast, two of the producers from "Winnebago Man" joined in on the fun at the premiere of "Life During Wartime" Wednesday night in New York. Producers Malcolm Pullinger (left) and Joel Heller (middle with plaid shirt) hung out with friends Margaret Brown ("The Order of the Myths") and Sundance programming associate and "The Canal Street Madam" co-producer, Basil Tsiokos. And poking in his head in back, Film Buff's Matt Dentler. "Winnebago Man will open Friday, July 9.
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    Wein, Jones & More at "Wartime" premiere

    Filmmaker Daryl Wein (right, "Breaking Upwards") along with actress Zoe Lister Jones ("Breaking Upwards"), Alicia Van Couvering (producer of "Tiny Furniture") and filmmaker/designer Alexander Olch ("The Windmill Movie") at the after-party following the screening of Solondz's "Life During Wartime" premiere.
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    Campos & the Ott

    "Afterschool" director Antonio Campos with IFC Films' Courtney Ott at the post-screening party at Scuderia. The party was reminiscent of some of the film parties of the early 2000s when the distributor would rent out a venue and have food and drinks and a cross-section of people would attend, not just people directly with the film and press. It was quite refreshing (if a little warm because of the summer heat).
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    "Wartime"'s Williams and Pecci

    "Life During Wartime" actors Michael Kenneth Williams and Rich Pecci stop for a quick photo at the after-party.
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    Solondz Intros at IFC Center

    IFC Films' Arianna Bocco and Ryan Werner introducing Todd Solondz to the stage at IFC Center for the premiere of his latest, "Life During Wartime."
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    "Void" & "Gates" at "Wartime" Event

    Actor Nathan Brown ("Enter the Void") and Alistair Banks Griffin, director of "Two Gates of Sleep," which was at the recent Cannes Film Festival hanging at the "Wartime" party Wednesday in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.
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    Congratulations Catherine Verret Vimont!

    Director Agnes Varda presented Catherine Verret Vimont (center), former Deputy Director of Unifrance Film and Executive Director of the French Film Office/Unifrance USA in New York, with the medal of the Legion of Honor on June 30, 201O at a ceremony at the Centre National du Cinema et de l'Image Animee in Paris. Veronique Cayla, President of the CNC, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by many distinguished personalities from the film world who came to honor their friend and colleague. indieWIRE would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Ms. Verret Vimont who for many years served as a vital and tireless link between French cinema and the filmmaking community here in the United States. Attendees included: Antoine de Clermont Tonnerre - President of Unifrance, Isabelle Huppert, Jean Jacques Annaud, Barbet Schroeder, Pierre Henri Deleau, Arlette Gordon, Christine Goslan, Piers Handling, director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Benoit Jacquot, Isild Le Besco, Florence Malraux, Bernard Miyet, President of the SACEM, Bulle Ogier, Julie Marie Parmentier, Sylvie Pialat, Marie France Pisier, Michele Ray Gavras, Marie Laure Reyre, Yves Rousset Rouard, former President of Unifrance, Fabienne Servan Schreiber, Gilles Taurand, Alain Terzian, Astrid Therond, Marina de Van, Rosalie Varda. as well as Henri Behar, Raphael Berdugo, Frederic de Goldschmidt, Eric Heumann, Jacques Strauss, Alain et Nicolas Vannier. [Photo credit: Farida Guerdjou Brechemier]
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    Schamus & Cholodenko at the "Kids" Premiere

    James Schamus and director Lisa Cholodenko.
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    Ismailos & Urman and the "Great Directors"

    Director Angela Ismailos and Paladin President Mark Urman earlier this week at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for a screening of "Great Directors," a doc featuring ten of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers. The feature spotlights the directors from around the world with in depth conversations, including Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. , Ismailos explores each director’s artistic evolution; the role of politics and history on their work and their feelings about the other great directors who inspired them. The doc will hit theaters in July. For more information, visit the film's website. Guests at the event included: Dan Abrams, Matthew Ames, Laurie Anderson, Bob Balaban, Marisa Berenson, Kiera Chaplin, Peter Cincotti, Chiara Clemente, Chuck Close, Ewa Da Cruz, Geoffrey Fletcher, Tim Hamilton, Mallory June, Pat Kiernan, Padma Lakshmi, Fran Lebowitz, Nanette Lepore, Doug Liman, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Missoni, Moby, Olivia Munn,Mira Nair, Irina Pantaeva, Oliver Platt, Zuleikha Robinson, Clifford Ross, Susan Sarandon, Kate Schelter, Stella Schnabel, Ben Shenkman, Michelle Ray Smith, Elie Tahari, Lili Taylor, Tatiana von Furstenberg and Daryl Wein.
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    Assayas Talks "Zodiac" at BAM

    BAMcinématek Program Director Florence Almozini with Olivier Assayas at BAMcinemaFEST Monday for a screening of David Fincher’s "Zodiac: The Director’s Cut," one of Assayas's favorites. The "Carlos" director participated in a discussion with critic Kent Jones. Assayas also presented a screening of Maurice Pialat’s "We Won’t Grow Old Together" at BAMcinemaFEST the following evening. [Image courtesy of BAMcinemaFEST/GODLIS]
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    Fox's "Gasland" Lights Up HBO

    Josh Fox's "Gasland," about the ugly side effects of the natural gas movement in the United States, was feted by HBO last night. The film will have its broadcast premiere on the network next Monday, June 21. Fox and producer Trish Adlesic's visit to HBO was timely; today, the NY legislature are voting on two bills which would place a moratorium on natural gas drilling. [Image by Bryce J. Renninger]
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    Tiny Furniture at BAM

    The cast and crew of "Tiny Furniture" come home for the film's New York premiere at BAMcinemaFEST. Laurie Simmons and Grace Dunham (the director's mother and sister who star in the film), director Lena Dunham, producer Kyle Martin and actress Jemima Kirke. [Image courtesy of BAMcinemaFEST/GODLIS]
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    21st Human Rights Watch Film Festival

    The Human Rights Watch Film Festival got underway Thursday night at NYC's Lincoln Center with East Timor doc, "The Balibo Conspiracy." The seriousness of the evening gave way to more levity upstairs with a party in the Penthouse above the Walter Reade Theater where guests sampled tasty treats including an array of cheeses (the truffle honey was pretty damn good too!). Joining in were Tim Hetherington, co-director of "Restrepo," John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Carol Dysinger, director of "Camp Victory, Afghanistan." [Photo credit: Julia Roberts | JRStudios.cc]
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    Joan, Ricki, Michael at NewFest

    Joan Rivers received a rapturous standing ovation at NewFest, NYC's LGBT film festival following Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's doc, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which screened as the fest's Centerpiece. Joan said gay men always "get her" during her surprisingly rather straightforward Q&A hosted by Michael Musto. Stern also joined in on the conversation about the film. Rivers said that she was willing to open up in the documentary, which she said she didn't like at first, but has now grown to like. The film has received steller reviews including from indieWIRE. The Sundance doc, being released beginning today (Friday) by IFC Films should be a favorite among filmgoers - we'll see... [Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]
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    "Hook" at DVF Studio

    Publicists Jessica Uzzan and Mary Ann Hult lookin' good in their newest gig. The two, seen here at a party in NYC for IFC Films' "Change of Plans" worked the after party at the Diane Von Furstenberg studio as part of their new company, Hook Publicity. [Photo by Brian Brooks]
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    The Newlyweds at DVF Studio

    Newlyweds about town! Hamptons International Film Festival Director of Programming David Nugent and Violet Gaynor join in on the fun at the Diane Von Furstenberg studio this week following a screening of IFC Films' "Change of Plans" by Danièle Thompson. Guests dined on two pasta options and wine. Along with gawking at DVF's beautiful studio near Manhattan's Meat Packing District, guests were commenting on the extremely hot staff working the party. They were hot models serving up wine. What could be better than that? [Photo by Brian Brooks]
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    Daryl & Zoe at IFC Center

    Filmmaker/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones settle in at IFC Center this week for a screening of French director Danièle Thompson's "Change of Plans," hosted by IFC Films and fashion maven Diane Von Furstenberg. Afterward, everyone headed over to DVF's studio for a buffet, booze and schmooze. [Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
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    Daryl & Zoe at IFC Center

    Filmmaker/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones settle in at IFC Center this week for a screening of French director Danièle Thompson's "Change of Plans," hosted by IFC Films and fashion maven Diane Von Furstenberg. Afterward, everyone headed over to DVF's studio for a buffet, booze and schmooze. [Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE]
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    "Cyrus" in Brooklyn

    The Duplass Bros had a whirlwind of events in NYC for "Cyrus," with a screening here at BAMcinemaFEST, currently underway in Brooklyn. Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly and directors Jay and Mark Duplass kicked off BAMcinemaFEST, with the New York premiere of the Sundance film, also starring Jonah Hill and Catherine Keener. After the screening, guests Susan Sarandon, Whit Stillman, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jeffrey Fletcher (Precious), the star and director of Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham and fashion model Alicia Rountree took in the opening night festivities. Fox Searchlight will release the film on June 18th. L to R: Jay Duplass, Marisa Tomei, Mark Duplass and BAMcinématek Program Director Florence Almozini. [Photo Credit: BAMcinemaFEST/GODLIS]
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    Reilly & Tomei Do "Cyrus"

    Actor John C. Reilly tips his hat with Marissa Tomei flashing a pearly smile at a screening of writer/director Jay Duplass' "Cyrus" in New York Thursday night, hosted by the Cinema Society (and Verizon BlackBerry Bold). The film, about a divorcée who meets the woman of his dreams, screened at the Crosby Hotel in SoHo. The relatively new hotel has become quite a magnet for film events of late (and conveniently close to the iW office). The hotel has a lovely screening room and event space adjacent (OK, we sound like an ad - but we're just sayin.') Afterward, the crowd swirled down Appleton Estate Rum and hung out. What a lovely Summer evening! Guests included: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, writer/director Jay Duplass, Courtney Love, Darren Aronofsky, Miranda Richardson, Ed Burns, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Thirlby, Billy Connolly, Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”), Janel Moloney, Samantha Mathis, Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Matt Walton, Nasim Pedrad (“SNL”), Michael Weber ("500 Days of Summer"), Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein, Ben Shenkman, Kelly Klein, Olivia Palermo (MTV’s “The City”) & Johannes Huebl, Olivia Chantecaille, Fern Mallis, Irina Pantaeva, Daniel Benedict, Laura Brown, Alex Lundqvist, Olympic medalist Jason Rogers, Charlotte Ronson, Shoshanna Gruss, Bettina Zilkha and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Change of Plans" Hosted by IFC Films, Diane Von Furstenberg & Barry Diller

    Fashion icon Dian Von Furstenberg, director Danièle Thompson and Submarine Entertainment's Josh Braun at Von Furstenburg's studio in New York's West Village following a special screening of Thompson's "Change of Plans" Tuesday night. The film centers around a summer dinner party where ten acquaintances, each attempting to mask their own personal troubles, come together for an evening of food, wine and friendship. It's not long before the couples begin revealing their dissatisfaction with their partners and it becomes obvious that they are planning or having affairs. Appearing in the film are: Dany Boon (“Micmacs”), Emanuelle Seigner ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), Karin Viard ("Paris"), and Marina Hands ("Lady Chatterley"). IFC Films will open the film in NYC August 27th. After the screening at IFC Center, guests headed to Von Furstenberg's very lovely studio (complete with a small mote and bridge inside) for a buffet dinner and drinks. Attendees included: Danièle Thompson, Writer/Star Christopher Thompson, Diane von Furstenberg as well as Gilles Bensimon, Oscar de la Renta, Simon de Pury, Ann Dexter-Jones, Jennifer Esposito, Josh Hamilton, Genevieve Jones, Mallory June, Fran Lebowitz, Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein, Sidney Lumet, Jennifer Missoni, Matthew Modine, Duncan Sheik, Stephen Sondheim, Twyla Tharp, Camille Trumer and Rachel Zoe.
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    Halston Re-Takes Manhattan

    Before the big event in Cannes starts Wednesday night, here's a throwback to Tribeca with last week's premiere of "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston." The film spotlights the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston, whose creations helped define the '70s. Director Whitney Sudler-Smith joined Sarah Jessica Parker at the premiere, while the post-screening bash, co-hosted by Cinema Society and also Ambrosi Abrianna & Vanity Fair, took place at the swank new Trump SoHo. The crowd, including personalities from the film, Bob Colacello, Amy Fine Collins, Naeem Khan, Andre Leon Talley, Stephen Burrows, Pat Cleveland, Boaz Mazor, Patricia Altschul as well as Sudler-Smith sipped on Patron based cocktails named "The Halston" and the "Ultrasuede." Other guests included Marc Jacobs, Georgina Chapman, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), John Leguizamo, Marg Helgenberger, Kate Walsh, Melissa George, Laura Harring, Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Carol Alt, Nicole Miller, Russell Simmons and more. [Photo credit: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    "Babies" Hits New York!

    Director Thomas Balmès (at photo center) met television hosts Hoda Kotb (photo left) and Gayle King (photo right) after the NYC special screening of his new Focus Features movie "Babies," opening across the country May 7th. Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Star Traks.
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    Gonzo the Tribeca

    The director and stars for "Beware the Gonzo," which is having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, came out to the Apple store in SoHo to participate in this year's round of indieWIRE & Apple's chat series during the fest. The film is about Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman, a rebel journalist who is ousted from his prep school's newspaper by its über-popular editor. Eddie then fronts an underground movement to give a voice to all the misfits, outcasts, and nerds. Joining in on the posed shot are the film's stars Jesse McCartney (yes, the pop star), James Urbaniak, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz and director Bryan Goluboff.
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    A "Heartbreaker" Tribeca

    French director Pascal Chaumeil with actress Julie Ferrier at a Tribeca Film Festival party near the start of the festival. Their comedy, "Heartbreaker," about a brother/sister team who own a business designed to break up relationships, is having its New York debut at the festival.
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    Skarsgård Makes an Appearance

    "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgård is attending the Tribeca Film Festival with director Tarik Saleh's "Metropia," in which he lends his voice. Set in the future in Europe, the film imagines life without oil and the continent is connected by a series of underground tunnels. With Skarsgård is the film's director (right) and Monica Reyes. Girls and boys at the party, naturally, swooned when they caught a glimpse of Skarsgård.
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    "Ticked Off "T'Nies" at Tribeca

    "Ticked Off Trannies with Knives" director Israel Luna together with two of his actors at the start of the Tribeca Film Festival last week. The film's title has caused some controversy, receiving a rebuke from GLAAD and some scorn from the trans community. In response, Luna agreed to obscure the word "trannies" in its marketing material.
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    An Apple Store Kiss

    "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" co-director Ricki Stern (fellow co-director is Anne Sundberg) at the Apple store in SoHo for a Tribeca Film Festival party Thursday night. Stern got a friendly smooch from her old college pal, Valerie Frankel, who happens to be Joan Rivers' co-author on Men Are Stupid And Like Big Boobs. "A Piece of Work," which debuted at Sundance in January, is having its New York premiere at Tribeca.
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    A Tribeca Debut for "Open House"

    Stars Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica"), Brian Geraghty ("The Hurt Locker") and Rachel Blanchard ("Adoration") in the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas following the world premiere of their thriller, "Open House" by Andrew Paquin. The film is about a divorcing couple who are attempting to sell their home, but a pair (Helfer & Geraghty) of potential buyers unexpectedly move in and begin a murderous rampage.
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    Nancy & Julie at Apple

    Julie La'Bassiere from Tribeca Enterprises with Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer last Thursday night at the Tribeca welcome party at the Apple store in SoHo. Despite everyone having drinks and snacking on food, none of the iPads, iPhones, computers and what are on full display.
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    Cameron Diaz & Shrek

    Actress Cameron Diaz gave her voice for the latest in the Shrek installments, "Shrek Forever After," which opened the 9th Tribeca Film Festival last Wednesday night. Diaz and fellow stars, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Mike Meyers showed up for the premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The celebration continued down the street in the lobby at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which was flooded with green lighting and other "green effects" to carry the Shrek theme. [Photo by Eugene Hernandez]
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    The Tribeca Programmers

    Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming David Kwok with Senior Programmer Genna Terranova on the green carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown Manhattan just prior to the premiere of "Shrek Forever After," which opened the 9th Tribeca fest. The green continued with the after party at MoMA which was all decked out in green lighting. [Photo by Eugene Hernandez]
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    It's "Cairo Time" at the Apple Store SoHo

    The U.S. premiere of Canadian director Ruba Nadda's romantic drama "Cairo Time" will screen Sunday evening at the Tribeca Film Festival, but Nadda and the stars of the film, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig stopped off at the Apple store in SoHo to chat about their film, which won Best Canadian Feature at last year's Toronto International Film Festival where it premiered. Nadda said that a family trip to the Egyptian capital had left a strong impression on her, and she set her beautiful film against its backdrop. indieWIRE is co-hosting with Apple daily chats at the Apple store in SoHo throughout the Tribeca Film Festival. [Photo by Eugene Hernandez]
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    "Multiple Sarcasms" Take to the Screen

    The Cinema Society with Glassybaby & Appleton Estate Rum hosted a screening of Brooks Branch's "Multiple Sarcasms" Monday night in Manhattan with a party at a new restaurant in town, The Lion. The film centers on a successful architect who seemingly "has it all," but realizes he's not happy. He then divorces, quits his job and begins to write about the sorry state of his life and finds a pushy literary agent friend to represent him... Pictured left to right are cast members: Laila Robins, India Ennenga, Mira Sorvino, director Brooks Branch and Dana Delany. Among the attendees were: John Leguizamo, Donna Karan, Joel Schumacher, Alan Cumming, Carol Alt, Billy Connolly, Russell Simmons, Zuleikha Robinson (“Lost”), Amy Sacco, Nicole Miller, Frederique Van Der Wal, Rachel Roy, Salman Rushdie, Jake Paltrow, B-52’s Fred Schneider, Federico Castellucio, Waris Ahluwalia, Gucci Westman, Elise Crombez, Dan Abrams, Dave Zinczenko, CNN’s Alina Cho, Irina Pantaeva, Ross Bleckner, Ann Dexter-Jones, Fern Mallis, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Eric Villency, Debbie Bancroft, Caroline Hirsch, Jennifer Creel, Bettina Zilkha, Olympic medalists Jason Rogers & Tim Morehouse, producers Patrice Auld, Chris Bongirne & Martha Moseley and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo courtesy of the Cinema Society]
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    Jack Kevorkian & Anderson Cooper On Death & Politics

    CNN's Anderson Cooper hosted an intimate on stage interview at the Time Warner building in Manhattan with Dr. Jack Kevorkian (known as Doctor Death to his detractors) who served prison time between 1999 and 2007 for helping terminally ill patients to die. Despite his 82 years, prison time and time in the critical spotlight, Kevorkian was energetic, emphatic and determined during the hour long interview with Cooper and question and answer period with the 150 or so invited guests. "The only way I could face prison time was because I knew I wasn't a criminal. I had done nothing wrong," said Kevorkian who added that the majority of his fellow inmates, prison guards and even nurses quietly told him that they agreed. "It is fear that keeps people from doing what they know is right. Fear of losing your license [to practice medicine], fear of losing your livelihood, fear of prosecution..." Kevorkian will be the subject of the upcoming HBO special, "You Don't Know Jack," which will be broadcast April 24th. [Image courtesy of HBO/CNN]
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    Rooney the Emerging Talent!

    "Tanner Hall" star Rooney Mara won the "Stargazer Award" Tuesday night, which honors emerging talent. Rooney, pictured here at the closing night of Gen Art, was chosen but an illustrious crew including actors Paul Schneider, Shea Whigham (pictured) and Billy Burke. She will be seen in the upcoming classic remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
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    Gen Art Crew Ready for Awards

    After a week of screenings and parties, three of the Gen Art crew including Associate Director of Film Aaron Levine, Gen Art asst Chelsey Pinke and Senior Vice President of Film Jeff Abramson are backstage at Blvd in Manhattan ahead of the short but sweet awards ceremony Tuesday night.
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    Here Come the Von Furstenbergs!

    "Tanner Hall" co-director Tatiana Von Furstenberg (co-directed with Francesca Gregorini) with her mother, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg the night the film screened at Gen Art. The film is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England town, the knot of adolescent complexity is unravelled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls. "Tanner" won the jury prize for best feature and an emerging actress prize for star, Rooney Mara. Photo credit: Rob Loud at the Gen Art Film Festival presented by Acura]
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    The Gen Art crowd

    The crowd gathers around the makeshift stage Tuesday night at Blvd. on the Bowery in downtown Manhattan for the winners of the 15th Gen Art Film Festival. Attendees had a chance to win a free trip to the Chicago Gen Art Film Festival by guessing how many DVDs it took to fill the back of a new model Acura (and got free pizza) while they drank Don Julio and Stella Artois - and it got pretty crowded too.
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    "Waiting Forever" at Gen Art

    The 15th Gen Art Film Festival celebrated day 2 Thursday night with a screening of James Keach's "Waiting Forever." Stars Blythe Danner, Rachel Bilson and Tom Sturridge joined in for their NY debut. In the film, Emma (Bilson) and Will (Sturridge) play long lost best friends - or so Emma thinks. When her mediocre TV show is canceled and news of her father's illness spreads, Emma's forced back to her hometown, where she meets a new set of unexpected struggles that challenge her to redefine the meaning of family, love etc. Friday night's Gen Art premieres include "Elektra Luxx" starring Carla Gugino, Malin Ackerman, Timothy Olyphant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and tomorrow is Sundance doc, "Teenage Paparazzo" by Adrian Grenier. [Photo credit: Rob Loud for the Gen Art Film Festival presented by Acura]
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    Gen Art Opens "happythankyoumoreplease" in NYC

    The Gen Art Film Festival opened its annual week-long event Wednesday night in Manhattan with the New York premiere of Sundance competition film, "happythankyoumoreplease," about a group of hip 20-something New Yorkers making traversing their way through life and love. Joining the red carpet were director/actor Josh Radnor and actress Kate Mara. The festival continues for the next six days with its signature NY premiere each night followed by a party at a NYC hotspot. [Photo credit: Rob Loud at the Gen Art Film Festival presented by Acura]
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    The "Paper Man" in SoHo

    Writer/directors Kieran & Michele Mulroney's "Paper Man" had a special screening earlier this week in Manhattan, hosted by The Cinema Society along with UGG and the Suffolk County Film Commission. The film, which was shot entirely in Montauk at the tip of eastern Long Island, NY, centers on a washed-up writer who forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager. The screening and party were held at SoHo's new Crosby Hotel and stars Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin along with the Mulroneys joined in. Pictured are Daniels with the writer/directors. Also hanging out - sipping Grey Goose cocktails - were: Mike Myers, Hope Davis, Griffin Dunne, Alan Cumming, Johnny Weir, Mark Indelicato, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), John Cameron Mitchell, Rory Culkin, Judd Hirsch, Rachel Roy, Olivia Palermo (MTV’s “The City”) & Johannes Huebl, Karen Duffy, Dree Hemingway, Carolyn Murphy, Kelly Bensimon, Beth Stern, Irina Pantaeva, Daniel Benedict, Olympic medalist Jason Rogers, Marina Rust Connor, Lorenzo Martone, producers Ara Katz & Richard Gladstein, Suffolk County commissioners Yves Michel & Michelle Stark, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir. [Photo provided by the Cinema Society]
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    Oz's "The Square" in NYC

    Director Nash Edgerton and producer Louise Smith hang outside the theater following a screening of their film, "The Square" Wednesday night at The Sunshine in New York. Their film, basically about an affair that's gone really really - we mean REALLY - gone wrong (we're talking death, arson, corruption, even a freaky shark attack). The film received multiple Australian Film Institute nominations and is opening here in the U.S. beginning April 9th via Apparition. And for you Northern Hemispherers who've never traveled to the land of Summer for Xmas - that in itself is worth checking out.
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    "Happy Tears" in NYC with Barkin, Posey & Moore

    About a year after its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival, writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein's ("Teeth") "Happy Tears" had a New York screening last week, courtesy of the Cinema Society and Donna Karan at MoMA. After the obligatory photos, with stars Ellen Barkin, Parker Posey, writer/director Lichtenstein and Demi Moore, there was fun to be had at the famous Mr. Chow, and as indicated from the Step and Repeat, the fun was augmented with some delicious Skyy Vodka. Joining in on the fun were: Ashton Kutcher, Donna Karan, Adam Lambert, Michael Stipe, Mira Sorvino & Chris Backus, Julia Stiles, Ang Lee, Melissa George (in Donna Karan), Amy Sacco, Patrick Demarchelier, Russell Simmons, Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Carson Kressley, John Cameron Mitchell, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Rizer, Catt Sadler, Angela Lindvall, Michelle Alves, Laura Brown, Terrence Koh, Amanda de Cadenet, Tinsley Mortimer, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, Dan Abrams, Tim Morehouse & Jason Rogers, Fern Mallis, Marina Rust Connor, Alex Lundqvist, Jennifer Creel, Joyce Pierpoline (producer) and Andrew Saffir from The Cinema Society. [Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Rosie Shows Off Her "Family" at HBO

    Last night, HBO's kids and family division unveiled the new musical documentary, Amy Schatz's "A Family is a Family is a Family," executive produced by Rosie O'Donnell (pictured) and Sheila Nevins. A celebration of families with "Aww" inspiring interviews with kids and musical performances by Ziggy Marley, Rosie O'Donnell, and some adorable kids who wrote their own unbearably cute songs, the film premieres Jan 31 at 7PM on HBO. Talking to reporters before the screening, Rosie said that adoption rights and encouraging adoptions should come before the gay rights agenda. Asked about following Ellen Degeneres to "American Idol," O'Donnell said, "Ellen's gonna do a great job. I would consider 'X Factor'." [Image courtesy of Bryce J Renninger]
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    A Grand Lunch for "A Serious Man"'s Michael Stuhlbarg

    At lunch in Manhattan Thursday: actors Tim Blake Nelson, Billy Crudup, Michael Stuhlbarg and Philip Seymour Hoffman. "It's a great thing doing this for Michael - he's such a mensch," said Focus Features James Schamus Thursday afternoon during a lunch for "A Serious Man" star Michael Stuhlbarg (and 2010 Golden Globe nominee) at Monkey Bar in Midtown Manhattan. (For all you non-Jews, "mensch" is the Yiddish word meaning, a person of integrity and honor according to Wikipedia). "When we got the script for [the Coens] "A Serious Man," [the cast] that I wanted was what we got. It was one of the best casts ever assembled. It really worked out," added Schamus who added that the film was needed. "I'm Jewish - and we never make movies about ourselves..." "I've been enjoying every minute of it," Stuhlbarg told indieWIRE as lunch was winding down and Hoffman and others came by to give him good bye hugs. "I originally auditioned [for another part] then five months later, they called me in. It was down to [characters] 'Larry' or 'Uncle Arthur' (eventually played by Richard Kind). Then Joel [Coen] called and said, "We'll put you out of your misery now, you're Larry..." [Photo by Amanda Schwab @ StarPix]
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    Fergie at the NY "Nine" Premiere

    Taking "the stage," pop star Fergie introduced the world premiere of the music video that coincides with the release of The Weinstein Company's latest big release, Rob Marshall's "Nine." The film has been on the premiere road lately, screening in London, L.A. and even opening the Dubai Film Festival - sans its stars - but the whole glamour crew, including Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis along with Fergie were in town for the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld in Midtown Tuesday night (Sophia Loren did not make it). Each music performance was interrupted with a round of applause inside the screening, and Fergie's rendition for "Be Italian" was one of the biggest on the "applauseometer." Fergie introduced the video, which is released Wednesday (TWC head Harvey Weinstein is in the lower left corner looking on) and "Nine" hits theaters beginning Friday.
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    New York Bows to "The Young Victoria" Thursday Night

    Striking a pose outside a special screening for Jean-Marc Vallee's "The Young Victoria" Thursday night in Manhattan. Apparition chief Bob Berney, the film's producers Graham King & Martin Scorsese, Emily Blunt who plays the young Queen Victoria and Tim Headington (producer). The screening and after party at social club Norwood in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood was hosted by the Cinema Society (founded by Andrew Saffir), the New Yorker and Grand Marnier. Guests included a cross section of NYC's (and else where's) who's who including Martha Stewart, Lionel Richie, Michael Stipe, Chris Noth, Rachel Hunter, Billy Connolly, Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Natalie Morales (“White Collar”), Ben Shenkman, Rachel Roy, Bonnie Fuller, NYS First Lady Michelle Paterson, Elise Overland, Hope Atherton, Debbie Bancroft, Daniel Benedict, Theodora Richards, Eugenia Silva, Kelly Bensimon, Grace Hightower, Alexandra Kerry, Irina Pantaeva, Jessica White, Lorenzo Martone, Olivia Palermo (“The City”) and Johannes Huebl, Ghislaine Maxwell, Zani Gugelmann, Jessica Joffe, Bettina Zilkha, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse.
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    New York Bows to "The Young Victoria" Thursday Night

    Striking a pose outside a special screening for Jean-Marc Vallee's "The Young Victoria" Thursday night in Manhattan. Apparition chief Bob Berney, the film's producers Graham King & Martin Scorsese, Emily Blunt who plays the young Queen Victoria and Tim Headington (producer). The screening and after party at social club Norwood in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood was hosted by the Cinema Society (founded by Andrew Saffir), the New Yorker and Grand Marnier. Guests included a cross section of NYC's (and else where's) who's who including Martha Stewart, Lionel Richie, Michael Stipe, Chris Noth, Rachel Hunter, Billy Connolly, Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Natalie Morales (“White Collar”), Ben Shenkman, Rachel Roy, Bonnie Fuller, NYS First Lady Michelle Paterson, Elise Overland, Hope Atherton, Debbie Bancroft, Daniel Benedict, Theodora Richards, Eugenia Silva, Kelly Bensimon, Grace Hightower, Alexandra Kerry, Irina Pantaeva, Jessica White, Lorenzo Martone, Olivia Palermo (“The City”) and Johannes Huebl, Ghislaine Maxwell, Zani Gugelmann, Jessica Joffe, Bettina Zilkha, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse. [Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    24th Israel Film Fest Kicks off in NYC

    Don Krim (President of Kino International), Gabriella Shalev (Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations), Paul Schrader, Elliott Gould, and Israel Film Festival founder/director Meir Fenigstein. The 24th Israel Film Festival Opened at the SVA Theatre in NYC on Saturday night. The opening night presentation, "A Matter Of Size," described as "a touching, light-hearted new comedy," - nominated for 14 Ophir Awards - was directed by Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon. The 24th Israel Film Festival continues with panels, parties and 28 Israeli features, documentaries, and award-winning student shorts, ranging from cinéma vérité and comedies through Sunday, December 13. For more information, visit the festival's website.
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    "A Single Man" NYC Date

    Actors Nicholas Hoult, Julianne Moore, director Tom Ford and Colin Firth in New York Sunday night for a screening of their film, "A Single Man," hosted by the Cinema Society and Bing. Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, "A Single Man" is the story of George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor [Colin Firth] who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner... The screening took place at MoMA and the cast - along with an impressive list of guests - attended the party at Monkey Bar where guests were treated to Grey Goose. Among those attending were Madonna, Ellen Barkin, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Nick Rhodes, Gina Gershon, Kevin Bacon, Anna Wintour, Bart Freundlich and more... [Photo credit: Dave Prutting/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Isabelle Huppert in Focus

    In New York recently, actress Isabelle Huppert (right) had a quite a bit going on in the city. Not only was she starring in "Home," directed by Ursula Meier (left), which debuted at Cannes '08, she was also appearing in "Quartett" at BAM in Brooklyn. The theatrical adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons," directed by Robert Wilson, was staged a few years ago in Paris. "Home," Switzerland's submission for Oscar foreign language consideration, is opening this weekend from Lorber Films. More on the movie in indieWIRE's Film Calendar.
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    Penelope's NYC "Embrace"

    "Broken Embraces" star Penelope Cruz was the center of attention at a special screening of the film, directed by Pedro Almodovar in New York, hosted by the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein. And true to other Cinema Society events, the names turned out including Mira Sorvino, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Ashley Olsen, Rose Byrne, Michael Pitt, Agyness Deyn, Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”), Katharine McPhee, Donna Karan, Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Hunter, Lee Pace, Michael Imperioli, Kim Gordon and many more. Sony Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker also joined the crowd following the screening at the Crosby Street Hotel (a new hotel in SoHo) for the party at the also newish Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. SPC will open the film this weekend.
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    Joseph, Marc, Those Warhols & "500 Days of Summer"

    Fox Searchlight hosted a screening and dinner for Marc Webb's "500 Days of Summer" over the weekend. Webb, along with star Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Casa Lever on Park Ave., are pictured under the gaze of Jerry Hall. Her Andy Warhol portrait, along with many others adorns the restaurant's walls. Also starring Zooey Deschanel, who also attended the event, the film is a modern and unique twist on the romance genre, and was a favorite out of Sundance. Gordon-Levitt was also in town with his other film, "Uncertainty," which opened on Friday.
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    Cinema Society Hosts "Pippa Lee" at the Ace Sunday Night

    Quite a crowd turned out Sunday night in Manhattan for a special screening of Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," hosted by the Cinema Society and A Diamond is Forever at the new Ace Hotel in The Breslin restaurant, which should make for a favorite event venue - at least we think so. Despite it being a Sunday night the champagne and Grey Goose flowed, and of course, some big names turned up for the party, including Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore, Blake Lively, Robin Wright, Miller and Zoe Kazan (pictured), not to mention Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chace Crawford and others. In the film, Wright plays a wife of a publisher thirty years her senior who decides they should move from New York for a retirement home, and he has an affair with a woman younger then she is... [Photo by Dave Allocca/StarPix]
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    "Dare" Does the Village East

    Sandra Bernhard and screenwriter David Brind attend a special NYC screening of their film "Dare" this weekend. Asked about the film's racy high school subject matter, Bernhard said with a wink to her own high school days, "There's always someone ahead of the curve." "Dare," released by Image Entertainment, is currently playing in NY and LA. [Image courtesy of Bryce J Renninger]
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    A SoHo Moment for "Pirate Radio"

    Actor Tom Sturridge with Bee Shaffer (daughter of Vogue editor Anna Wintour who also attended) in New York's SoHo ahead of a special screening of director Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio." The film recalls an illegal radio station aboard a boat in the North Sea that broadcast rock music to the U.K. after the BBC had banned it. "Usually films about music show rock stars shooting up heroin in their big toes," joked Curtis introducing the screening... Focus will release the film in the U.S. Friday.
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    "Hideous Men" Take a Bow in NYC

    Ben Shenkman, actor Julianne Nicholson, director/actor John Krasinski, Corey Stoll and producer Kevin Connors in New York for the opening night celebration of "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" over the weekend. Based on the book by David Foster Wallace, the film is described as a " darkly funny and disturbing exploration of men and their complex relationships with women." [Photo courtesy of Wire Image]
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    Woodstock Takes NYC

    Ben Foster, Alessandro Camon, Meira Blaustein, Oren Moverman and Ted Hope attend the Woodstock Film Festival's Launch Party in New York City. Celebrating its first full decade, the festival will host nearly 100 films, panels, and events, all set to place September 30-October 4 in the arts colony of Woodstock, New York, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale. Check out the festival's full lineup here.
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    "Binoche" and Klapisch Bring "Paris" to NYC

    Director Cédric Klapisch and actress Juliette Binoche arrived at New York's IFC Center Thursday evening for a screening Klapisch's feature "Paris." During the introduction of the film, Ms. Binoche said she was looking forward to seeing the film again and watching the audience react to it. Mr. Klapisch, who arrived in New York on Wednesday morning, said: "Tonight you will be going to 'Paris.' I hope you are as jet-lagged as I am right now by the end of the film." Ms. Binoche is in NYC for "Jubilations," the BAMcinématek retrospective of her films, and her dance performance "In-I," also at BAM. IFC Films will open "Paris" in New York and Los Angeles on September 18, with a national release to follow. [Caption and photo by Carla Saad]
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    Cinema Society and NYC Heat Welcome "Inglorious Basterds"

    Monday night may very well have been the warmest of the Summer so far in New York City, but it didn't seem to scare away too many from the NYC debut screening of Quentin Tarantino's Cannes competition film, "Inglorious Basterds," hosted by the Cinema Society and Hugo Boss. Tarantino and cast members Christoph Waltz - who does an amazing job - as well as Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Melanie Laurent and producer Lawrence Bender were joined by an equally impressive cast of people ranging from Sir Ben Kingsley, Gina Gershon, Sam Rockwell, Julia Stiles, Lindsay Lohan, John Stamos and Moby to author Salman Rushdie and cast members from "Ugly Betty," "Gossip Girl," "Entourage," "Weeds," and "Mad Men" as well as Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir braved the swealtering heat at the newish Standard Hotel for the film's after-party at a great mostly outdoor venue under the city's new High Line park. The Grey Goose and plentiful champagne helped keep the heat away (along with the well placed fans around the crowded party). Saffir gushed about the film introducing it earlier before teh screening in Chelsea, saying it was "spectacular." Harvey Weinstein introduced Quentin Tarantino and the cast. And then Tarantino decided to forgo all the formalities and said, "thanks for waiting... Are you guys ready to see some 'Basterds' fuck up some Nazis...? I said, 'ARE YOU READY TO SEE SOME BASTERDS FUCK UP SOME NAZIS!!!!'" And with that, the screening began. Great movie in our opinion. Weinstein Company opens the film in the U.S. Friday, August 21 and Universal has the film in other territories. Joining in on the photo (left to right): Lawrence Bender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz (Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Pastrick McMullan Co.)
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    "Five Minutes of Heaven" Heats NYC

    It was sizzilin' in the city Tuesday, but "Five Minutes of Heaven" director Oliver Hirschbiegel and star Liam Neeson were still looking good for the premiere of their film. [Photo credit: Dave Alloca, Starpix.]
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    Streep is "Taking Woodstock"

    Meryl Streep joined in on the fun at the "Taking Woodstock" party Wednesday night in Manhattan following the NYC debut screening of the film by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Perhaps Streep braved the rain and humidity as a sort of not-so-dry-run for the NYC premiere of her latest, "Julie & Julia" Thursday night... Despite the threat of showers, the party was quite fun, and many turned on the '60s clothes, while others tuned into the '60s tracks (followed later by '70s and '80s alterna), and a few others dropped out onto the deck of the Bowery Hotel for ciggies (we think regular ones) and some chit chat. Check out more from the party and director/cast comments at indieWIRE.com. [Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com]
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    Hugh and Rose Steal the Show at "Adam" Premiere

    Don't they look cute together! "Adam" stars Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy share a smile in front of the step and repeat before the NYC screening of their film Tuesday night hosted by the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers. The Fox Searchlight release opens Wednesday, July 29 in NYC and LA, followed by a larger roll out. Director Max Mayer seemed delighted at the film's success so far, saying it was just a small movie that couldn't have had it better at Sundance this year, where it debuted and was picked up by Searchlight. Check out iW's coverage of the premiere. [Photo credit: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com]
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    Stiller and Kennedy Promote "The Cove"

    Ben Stiller and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. did not have a hand in making Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove," which Roadside Attractions will release July 31, but the pair were just some of the celebs who came out at last week's NYC premiere. Stiller attended the screening on Manhattan's Upper East Side, which plays like a doc version of an action-adventure film about one man's quest to expose a Japanese coastal town's flagrant slaughter of dolphins. "It made me want to go to Japan right after I saw it," said Stiller who first saw the film at the Nantucket Film Festival and said he wanted to help promote the film, then jokingly added, "but we had this summer rental until the end of the month..." Stiller traveled to NYC to intro the film and attended a dinner (mostly vegetarian) at a nearby restaurant.
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    "Answer Man" Premieres In NYC

    "The Answer Man" producer Kevin Messick (left), writer/director John Hindman (writer/director), stars Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels, and producer Jana Edelbaum at the film's premiere in New York City Thursday night. The film - which debuted at Sundance as "Arlen Faber" - opens next Friday in limited release. It stars Daniels as a reclusive author who falls in love with a single mom played by Graham. Photo courtesy of the film.
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    "The Cove" Premieres in NYC

    Louie Psihoyos' 2009 Sundance award-winner plays partly like an action-thriller, with even some humor thrown in, over an all too-real environmental travesty. Renown dolphin trainer, Ric O'Barry (right), who produced the popular '60s television show "Flipper," exposes a shocking slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a tiny cove along a remote stretch of Japan's picturesque Pacific coast. In order to expose the death, he recruits a crew of champion divers, Hollywood special effects artists and adrenaline junkies to penetrate the heavily fortified area to expose the dirty secret that even most Japanese are unaware of... Last night's premiere in New York brought out a heavy crowd of star wattage, including Ben Stiller, who introduced the screening. Stiller was so moved the film when he saw it at the recent Nantucket Film Festival that he asked how he could help promote it. Also at the event were Adrian Grenier and Matthew Modine and a slew of other dolphin safe celebs. Pictured with O'Barry is Howard Cohen from Roadside Attractions, which will release "The Cove" beginning July 31st. It's great, go see it.
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    New York's "In the Loop" Monday Night

    Greenwich Village's new restaurant Scuderia served as the venue du jour for the premiere of IFC Films' "In the Loop," hosted by the Cinema Society and The New Yorker Monday night. Among the attendees were Steve Coogam, David Rasche, director Armando Iannucci and James Gandolfini, who stars in the film, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Guests mingled with the crowd, including a cadre of Gandolfini's fellow "Soprano" stars and other celeb guests. The party was enjoyable and light hearted, with one celeb guest spotted doing some "spontaneous art" involving a digital camera and a few friends' evening gowns. Good fun... IFC Films opens "In the Loop" July 24th. [Photo credit: Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan Co.]
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    Sony Pictures Classics Gives NY "Soul Power"

    After editing Leon Gast's Academy Award winning documentary, "When We Were Kings," Jeff Levy-Hinte (pictured, left, with Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker) became a successful independent film producer of such films as "High Art," "Mysterious Skin," "Laurel Canyon," "Thirteen," and "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," among others. But, in the back of his mind he always intended to re-visit footage for "When We Were Kings" that had essentially been left on the cutting room floor. A few years ago, he decided to finally make a movie, "Soul Power," from the more than 125 hours of footage of the Zaire '74 concert that was staged to coincide with the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. The show, a so-called "Black Woodstock," featured performance by an array of American and African musicians, and a few others. It was headlined by James Brown, but also included B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, The Spinners, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, and more. But, other than a few performance clips in "When We Were Kings," concert has gone unseen until now. "I didn't really ask anybody for permission," Levy-Hinte admitted, when asked last night how he went about making the movie. Instead, he had to motivate himself to make the movie. "I had to build up the confidence and the nerve," he said at a Q & A last night in New York City. "It's completely irrational, you make films because it's what you have to do."
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    Spike and Rosie "Do The Right Thing"

    Spike Lee and Rosie Perez at the DGA theater in New York City on Monday night, celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Do The Right Thing." "Not only was it an incredibly made film, but politically, it really made you confront a lot of shit," said filmmaker Jim McKay, discussing Lee's film with indieWIRE in an article looking at the significance of the movie. "I don’t think I ever left a film with more - more questions, more thoughts, more energy." [Image courtesy of Dave Allocca / Star Pix]
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    Oh "Cheri!"

    Cinema Society & Noilly Prat celebrated the New York premiere of Miramax's "Cheri," directed by Stephen Frears Tuesday night. Joining the line up for the official photo were the distributor's head Daniel Battsek, Frears, and actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend and Christopher Hampton. After all the official photos etc., the Hudson Hotel's private park took center stage for the big party. [Image courtesy of Cinema Society]
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    Watching Human Rights

    Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Director John Biaggi (second from right) congratulates "The Reckoning" filmmakers before their sold-out opening night screening, (l-r) producer Paco de Onsi, director Pam Yates, and editor Peter Kinoy. The festival, held at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, officially began June 12 with the NY premiere of "The Reckoning" and will continue for two weeks ending with the NY premiere of "The Yes Men Fix the World" on June 25.
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    Ehrenreich at the "Tetro" Debut

    So ok, he did squint in the picture, but he's damn hot nevertheless. The latest installment from Francis Ford Coppola stars Alden Ehrenreich opposite Vincent Gallo in "Tetro," a family drama set in Buenos Aires. Ehrenreich was all suited up with tie and hung out with friends at Nobu following a screening of the film Sunday night in New York.
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    Coppola Does "Tetro" in NYC

    Francis Ford Coppola's latest "Tetro" had its New York premiere at the DGA Sunday night, followed by a party at Nobu on 57th Street. Coppola, who received a standing ovation - after all, he was there - was quite chatty at Nobu, talking to well wishers, including Kodak's Anne Hubbell who sat next to the legendary director and struck up a conversation. Also at the Coppola table were director Xan Cassavetes, MoMA film department head Rajendra Roy and director James Toback (right).
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    "Herb and Dorothy" Bring on the Art

    Taking a little star wattage with actress Andie MacDowell in New York, Herb and Dorothy Vogel join in on the celebrations for the film about them, simply titled "Herb and Dorothy," directed by Megumi Sasaki. The couple are an unlikely pair to amass one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world. He was a postal clerk and she was a librarian, but with their modest incomes they managed to do just that, redefining what it means to be art collectors. The film had its debut Monday night at Cinema Village in New York. [Photo credit, Arthouse]
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    Maya, Mendes & Krasinski "Go" To NYC

    Director Sam Mendes with his stars Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski in New York City at the June 1st premiere of their Focus Features movie "Away We Go." Photo credit: Dave Allocca/StarPix.
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    "Pontypool" in the House

    "Pontypool" director Bruce McDonald (right) with stars Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle at their premiere in New York at IFC Center. The film The film opens Friday at New York's Cinema Village and is available nationwide on-demand. [Photo by Adam Kersh]
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    Partying with "Wendy & Lucy"

    IFP President Michelle Byrd (Executive Director of IFP), Wendy & Lucy Producer Anish Savjani, Oscilloscope Laboratories Founder Adam Yauch (from the Beastie Boys) pose at a reception for the DVD release of the film in New York Monday. [Image from Oscilloscope.]
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    MoMA Kicks Off Nichols Retrospective With "Knowledge"

    "It feels wonderful," Mike Nichols told indieWIRE as he entered the MoMA screening of his 1971 film "Carnal Knowledge." "Especially here at MoMA where I used to come see movies as a kid. All on my own, I'd come see old movies. Now I'm here with old movies of my own." The night kicked off a two-week retrospective of 17 films that surveys the wide range of Mike Nichols’ directing career that spans from 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War." "I've been a little sad all day," Nichols said when he took the stage to introduce the first screening, "because I realize I will never be able to feel underappreciated again. Those of you who know me know that will be very difficult."
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    Apple & indieWIRE Unveil Tribeca '09 Filmmaker Talks

    Amy Poehler and Fred Armison chat at one of Apple & indieWIRE's 2008 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Talks. The list of speakers at this years event, which runs at the Apple Store, Soho from April 22 to May 3, is available here. The events give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest projects from leading filmmakers and actors. All events are free and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
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    Caine, Milner Celebrate "Anybody"

    "Is Anybody There?" stars Michael Caine and Bill Milner at the film's premiere in New York City earlier this week. "Anybody," a story of a unusual ten year old boy growing up in 1980s seaside England, opens next Friday, April 17th in NY and LA through Story Island Entertainment. Image courtesy of Story Island Entertainment.
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    "My Suicide" at Gen Art

    Gen Art VP of Film Jeffrey Abramson (center) with the stars of Gen Art Grand Jury Award winner "My Suicide," Brooke Nevin and Gabriel Sunday. Photo by Rob Loud.
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    "Suicide," "Public" at Apple Store

    Two films examining sociological aspects of technological advancements - Ondi Timoner's doc "We Live in Public" and David Lee Miller's "My Suicide" - screened in New York over the weekend ("Public" as the closing night film of New Directors/New Films; "Suicide" as part of the GenArt Film Festival), and the films' directors sat down together at the Apple Store in SoHo for an indieWIRE-presented event. Miller (right) and Timoner (next to him) were joined by "Public" subject Josh Harris (left) and "Suicide" actor/co-writer Gabriel Sunday.
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    Albert Maysles

    Doc legend Albert Maysles (let) at the Cinema Eye Awards cocktail party. "In a fiction film, the director is god, in a non-fiction film, God is the director," Al Maysles said, on stage on Sunday night in New York City, quoting Alfred Hitcock. Continuing, before announcing the best director award for Ari Folman ("Waltz With Bashir"), he added, "It's nice to know that you have someday that important on your side!"
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    Powers, Spurlock, Schnack at Cinema Eyes

    Cinema Eye Awards co-founders Thom Powers (left) and AJ Schnack (right) with Morgan Spurlock at the pre-show cocktail party.
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    Lou Reed at Cinema Eye

    "Man on Wire" subject Phillipe Petit, performance artist Laurie Anderson and musician Lou Reed spent a few quick moments chatting for the cameras at the Cinema Eye Awards. Anderson presented the music prize at the second annual ceremony.
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    "Buck Howard" Glams the Night in SoHo

    Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt, Colin Hanks and John Malkovich do a meet and greet during the official line up following a screening of Sean McGinly's comedy "The Great Buck Howard" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York Tuesday night, hosted by the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers. A cross-section of who's who attended the film's premiere, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures, including the cast and director, Jane Fonda, Regis and Joy Philbin, Michael Stipe, Debra Winger, Jason Schwartzman, Rose McGowan and others in addition to Magnolia's president Eamonn Bowles, Tom Quinn, Jason Janego, Neal Block and the many others. Following the screening, the party continued in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel. (Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Co.)
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    A Saturday Pow Wow

    Enjoying a Saturday evening at a reception for the Rendez Vous with French Cinema over the weekend in New York, our pals from IFC, the French Film Office and Studio Canal enjoy some champagne and a chat. L to R: Anna Marsh from Studio Canal, Aurelie Godet from Unifrance, and those crazy cats Ryan Werner, Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman from IFC Films.
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    Josh, Anne and Raj do a Rendez Vous

    Director Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace"), Kodak film rep Anne Hubbell (and producer "Lipstick & Dynamite") and MoMA chief curator of the film department Raj Roy were among the contingent of Americans at a party in honor of the Rendez Vous with French Cinema series at the home of Koch Lorber chief, Richard Lorber last weekend.
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    Varda and Lorber Saturday Night

    Koch Lorber Films head, Richard Lorber hosted a cocktail reception at his amaza-crazy Upper West Side apartment Saturday night in honor of the Rendez Vous with French Cinema series currently underway in New York, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Among the big French personalities attending was filmmaker Agnes Varda, who sported her unique violet and white hair. She wasn't terribly in the mood for photos, so we were lucky to get this one. Her latest, "Les Plages d'Agnes" (The Beaches of Agnes) is screening in the series.
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    Brining On the Rendez Vous with "Paris 36"

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center opened its annual Rendez Vous with French Cinema series in a sparkling new and fabulous Alice Tully Hall Thursday night with a screening of Christophe Barratier's "Paris 36," opening the event's 14th edition. Eighteen films are premiering in the series, which continues through March 15 in New York. Following the screening, guests joined an amazing spread of desserts and champagne. Guests commented on the great array with everything from creme brulee to Kit Kats. And joining the fun were "Paris 36"'s director Christophe Barratier with actress Nora Arnezeder and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's executive director, Mara Manus.
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    Gondry and Carax do "Tokyo"

    "My film is more about the exclamation point than Tokyo," quipped French filmmaker Leos Carax (right), at a brief, and enjoyably awkward Q & A session following the New York premiere of "Tokyo!" at the Japan Society on Monday night in New York City. A snowstorm earlier in the day didn't deter a large crowd from filling the East Side theater, but fellow "Tokyo!" filmmaker Michel Gondry (left) was delayed getting in from LA so he and Carax stood on stage after the screening to take a few questions. As Carax whimsically noted, the three films -- by he, Gonrdy, and Bong Joon-Ho -- didn't have a lot to do with the city itself, but were all set in the Japanese capital. As for Carax, in an indieWIRE interview 9 years ago, he proudly proclaimed, "I don't think I'm a cineaste. I don't think I'm a filmmaker. I happen to make films sometimes, not many, and not often. I don't think I have anything much to say about it." While in a new iW interview published today, he noted, "I feel that cinema is my country. But it's not my business. I haven't worked enough, and I don't get along with people enough to make it my business. Sometimes I feel like there should be an obligation to produce people like me. There shouldn’t be a choice." The film opens this Friday.
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    Phoenix, Paltrow and Shaw at Sunshine

    "Two Lovers" stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix (fresh from his landmark David Letterman appearance) and Vinessa Shaw stop for a pose and chat Wednesday night at the premiere of their film, directed by James Gray (check out indieWIRE's interview with the director published today. Joining the clan at downtown Manhattan's Landmark Sunshine Theater were the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Hilary Duff, Helena Christensen and John Leguizamo and more - nice party we're sure! Magnolia opens the film in limited release Friday, February 13 (so check out Phoenix's acting before he hangs up his hat!) Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Co., courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
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    Jane at "FTA" Screening

    Jane Fonda stepped in for an in-person chat during a rare screening of Vietnam War-era doc "FTA," in a discussion moderated by David Zeiger, director of the recent doc, "Sir! No Sir!" A portion of the proceeds from the screening Monday night benefited Iraq Veterans against the War, a nonprofit organization that advocates for ending the war and for providing support to returning service members. Fonda also brought along her pooch.
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    "Medicine for Melancholy" Opens in New York

    Director Barry Jenkins (left) at the IFC Center in Manhattan's Greenwich Village Friday night with actor Wyatt Cenac (middle) and producer Justin Barber. The crowds lined up for the film, which premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and it looked like a good box office night for IFC Films. Jenkins gave indieWIRE a preview with an exclusive clip and commentary prior to its roll out. After the Friday screenings, a mob headed over to the Lower East Side for a party celebrating the film's opening.
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    Philippe and Alex on Wire

    Oscar campaign season is in full swing with docs in focus on a very chilly evening in downtown Manhattan. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund hosted a screening of James Marsh's "Man on Wire," already tipped as an Oscar favorite. The film's subject, Philippe Petit, who daringly walked between the Twin Towers in NYC as the two buildings were completed back in the early '70s atop a high wire, joined in on the discussion post-screening. Alex Gibney, director of last year's Oscar-winning doc, "Taxi to the Dark Side" hosted the Q&A with Petit, who revealed he will soon do another daring walk in NYC "either legally or illegally." He also paid tribute to the city that immortalized him and has become his new home. "[New York] is half ugly and half magnificent...but it's inhabited by the world. I love that it's inhabited by the whole world and its heart always pulates."
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    Introducing: Dev Patel & Freida Pinto

    With no acting experience, former model Freida Pinto (left) spent six months auditioning for a co-starring role role in Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire." Thrilled that Boyle was willing to take a risk on her, she said Monday night that she looks back now and realizes that the audition process was very educational. Meanwhile, "Slumdog" lead Dev Patel (right) is mostly a new face for American audiences, best known for his lead role on the sexy British TV teen dramedy, "Skins." Asked about the show during at a party after the Tribeca Cinemas Series screening last night, Patel shied a bit, understandably more interested in chatting about his breakthrough role in the new Boyle movie. The film opens in theaters this week.
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    "Pray"-ing for Peace

    The inspiring story of women seizing control of a situation where they felt powerless is at the heart of Gini Reticker's "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." At MoMA on Sunday night for a special screening, Liberian peace activist and subject of the new doc Leymah Gbowee (left) was extremely grateful to those who came to watch the film and learn more about her successful actions to advocate for peace in Liberia, along with many other inspired women. "Thank you for being here on a weekend when you could be celebrating in another way," she quipped. Later, alongside Reticker (center) and producer Abigail Disney (right) -- at a Peggy Siegal dinner hosted by Gloria Steinem -- Gbowee spoke of women being empowered and encouraged that sometimes "constructive interference is required" to achieve goals.
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    Saluting Dunne: Brown, de Garis, Jolley

    Writer Dominick Dunne missed an event in his honor last week in Manhattan. With Dunne in the hospital, unable to attend, former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown (left) read a letter from Dunne in New York City last week, alongside Kirsty de Garis (center) and Timothy Jolley (right), directors of the new doc, "Dominick Dunne: After The Party." Fresh from its North American premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival last month, the film is being pre-sold via the film's website. The Peggy Siegal event welcomed guests to the new Oak Room at Manhattan's famed Plaza Hotel after the screeening, where attendees were chatting about the film, but mostly still buzzing about Election Night.
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    "Choke" Director Gregg At NYC Premiere

    Director Clark Gregg (pictured) attended the New York Premiere of his "Choke," which Fox Searchlight is releasing this Friday nationwide. The film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, is based the book by Chuck Palahniuk, and stars Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston and Kelly Macdonald. "Its a magnificent feeling of accomplishment," Gregg told indieWIRE at a post-screening party in the Lower East Side. The project took Gregg eight years to get off the ground and then complete, leaving him with an opening in his schedule. "Now I don't know what to do. I gotta get a hold of another Chuck Palahniuk book."
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    Talking "Fixer"

    "Release" director Ian Olds (center) talks with film subject Christian Parenti (left) and discussion moderator (and filmmaker) Rory Kennedy (right) at Wednesday's Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund reception at the Cherry Lane Theater in Manhattan. The story of Parenti and an Afghan translator who is kidnapped offered a distinct look at journalism and the situation in Afghanistan. Initially setting out to make a film about war journalists, Olds was drawn into the tragic story of the Afghan 'fixer' who was working with Parenti. He has completed a cut of the film and is currently wrapping up the movie. Thanking Tribeca and Gucci for the grant, Olds added that the support "allows filmmakers to take the kinds of risks that all good work requires."
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    Berends Back in NYC

    "I am so grateful to be here, I am little bit numb," filmmaker Andrew Berends told documentary film insiders on Wednesday night in New York City one week after returning to the United States. Bernends was detained in Nigeria while making "Delta Boys," a new film about the Niger Delta. Accepting his grant from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, he recalled being embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq four years ago. The troops would frequently say, "This is bullshit, we shouldnt even be here," Berends recalled. "Tonight," Berends told the Manhattan crowd, "I want to say, this is awesome. I shouldn't even be here." Continuing he quipped, "Along with Gucci and Tribeca I want to thank the government of Nigeria for deporting me because if they didn't I would have missed this party." Berends noted that he had already sent his footage back to the U.S., adamantly adding, "They can't stop us from doing what we do. We are going to finish 'Delta Boys' and its gonna be great." The New York Times recently spoke with Berends and editor/co-producer Aaron Soffin about Berends experience and release from Nigeria. Pictured: Andrew Berends (right) with filmmaker Heidi Ewing (left) and HBO's Sara Bernstein.
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    Hynes, Norget, Olsky

    At a backyard party last night in SoHo, Susan Norget (center) marked a changing of the guard at her eponymous PR firm, bidding a fond farewell to colleague Eric Hynes (left) and welcoming Charlie Olsky (right). Hynes a contributor to indieWIRE (via Reverse Shot) prior to joining Susan Norget Film Promotion is heading off to grad school at NYU this fall, while Olsky will be leaving his role as a local New York journalist (and frequent iW contributor) later this month when he joins Norget at her company.
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    Toasting "Barcelona" in NYC

    Introducing Wednesday's New York premiere of Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," The Weinstein Company chief Harvey Weinstein (second from left) called out to film co-star Javier Bardem (left), joking that the actor and co-star Penelope Cruz (far right)first met while working together on a Spanish version of "Heidi." "I think Javier was sixty at the time," Weinstein teased. Of course, the two famously shared the screen in Bigas Luna's "Jamon, Jamon" in the early 90s. Concluding a round of remarks Weinstein noted that the "Vicky Cristina" marks the sixth time he's worked with Woody Allen. "Each one of them is an adventure," Weinstein added, "Each one is a pleasure." Pictured (left to right) are: Bardem, Weinstein, Patricia Clarkson, and Cruz.
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    NEWFEST '08 | Go See this Damnit! "Were the World Mine"

    The crowd from "Were the World Mine" by Tom Gustafson hung out at NewFest's closing night after-party for the film , wrapping the festival's 20th annual edition. And good for them Damnit! "Were the World Mine" received a rapturous response from the audience and it deserved it! iW couldn't help but wonder where the hell this film had been since we just first saw it here (its world premiere was at the Florida Film Festival) and we were surprised it hadn't made its way around to some of the other star-studded festivals that we all know and love -- what the hell is up with that..? Well, anyway, and honestly... one of the best American movies with a gay theme we've run across in ages. Left to right: actress Zelda Williams, dir Tom Gustafson, writer Cory Krueckeberg, and actor Nathaniel David Becker. So, go insist that you see it
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    NEWFEST '08 | Closing this shit out

    Meeting up at the end of it all... NewFest's 20th closed itself out with a big to-do in a Chelsea venue in the NYC. A bit loud, but we guess that's what makes a party. Joining in for all the fun is NewFest artistic director Basil Tsiokos and his Sundance colleague Shari Frilot, senior programmer. And although the party was a destination for sure, the crowd eventually migrated to a bar elsewhere...
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    NEWFEST '08 | "Tru Loved" in New York

    The folks from "Tru Loved" opened the 20th NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival last weekend. Striking a pose in front of their poster during the pre-screening party in Manhattan were producer/actor Antonio Brown, lead actress Najarra Townsend and director/writer Stewart Wade. NewFest continues through the weekend and closes Sunday with "Were the World Mine" by Thomas Gustafson.
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    NEWFEST '08 | Filmmakers Make the 2nd Decade

    A slew of filmmakers and more joined the festivities as NewFest launched its 20th edition this week in New York, brushing off the muggy weather for some good times. Left to right: Richard Berkowitz, subject of doc "Sex Positive," Spencer Schilly, director of "The Houseboy," NewFest administrative director Kerry Weldon, Yair Hochner writer-director of "Antarctica," Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, co-directors and subjects of "Suddenly Last Summer."
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    Schamus in the Spotlight

    Focus Features CEO James Schamus (center), pictured with filmmaker Ang Lee and Focus president Andrew Karpen, was honored during a black tie event hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday night in New York City. Also honored was Showtime Networks CEO Matt Blank. While serving in the executive ranks at a leading studio specialty division, Schamus is also an acclaimed producer and screenwriter. His longtime collaboration with Ang Lee has yielded such films as "Brokeback Mountain," "Lust, Caution," and "Sense and Sensibility," among many others. A co-founder of Good Machine, which was later acquired by Universal Studios to create Focus Features, Schamus is a professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
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    TRIBECA '08 | Moore and Kalin do "Savage Grace"

    Director Tom Kalin (left) and star Julianne Moore joined about 150 for a dinner hosted by IFC in Manhattan's Meatpacking District for their film, "Savage Grace," which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend. The film is a dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on November 17, 1972. Joining Moore and Kalin before sitting down to eat were IFC Entertainment's Lisa Schwartz, Comcast's Diana Kerekus and IFC Entertainment president, Jonathan Sehring.
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    TRIBECA '08 | Mitchell and Hilton

    Director John Cameron Mitchell ("Shortbus") arrived about 1am at the "Squeezebox" party after giving a chat at Yale. He performed a song with friend/collaborator Stephen Trask from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which had its beginnings at the '90s nightclub of the same name. Hanging out with Mitchell at the party was super blogger Perez Hilton.
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    TRIBECA '08 | Karen Black Takes it Off

    The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black made their grand entrance all painted up and ready to cast spells over the weekend at the "Squeezebox" premiere. The group performed a nice little set at the party along with other denizens of the night.
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    TRIBECA '08 | Padilha's Weinstein Dinner

    The Weinstein Company hosted an intimate dinner in TriBeCa for Brazilian director Jose Padilha's ("Bus 174") action drama "The Elite Squad," (Tropa de Elite) which is screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film centers on two childhood friends who decide to enlist in Rio de Janeiro's Military Police Department. After juggling their police jobs and college, both make up their minds to try out for a Special Operations Squad whose mission is to take down the drug-lords that plague the city. Both men struggle to survive, facing the daily challenges of dealing with pressure at home and fighting an unnamed war on the streets. The film has its critics and even Padilha was joking during the dinner that a Variety critic had labeled his film "fascist." "What bothers "Elite Squad"'s critics is the perceived glorification of Nascimento's kill-first, ask-later approach to crime fighting," writes Michael Gibbons for iW in a recent dispatch from Brazil for indieWIRE.
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    TRIBECA '08 | Apple Chat with Morris

    "Standard Operating Procedure" director Errol Morris kicked off indieWIRE's filmmaker chats at the Apple store in SoHo during the Tribeca Film Festival. About the film, which investigates the story behind the notorious Abu Ghraib scandal, Morris says, "The movie was not meant to attack anybody. It was meant to explore a story that, I felt, no one had bothered to tell: the story of the pictures and the people who took them," in a recent interview with Howard Feinstein for iW.
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    Premieres: Spurlock and Sloss Greet the Crowd

    New York's Lincoln Square was the site of the world premiere of Oscar nominated doc filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's latest "Where in the World is Osama bin Landen?" Harvey Weinstein introduced Spurlock as "a very sweet guy" (and we can most definitely vouch that he is indeed), and Spurlock joked that he first told sales company Wild Bunch that he wanted to make a film about finding OBL, they laughed and gave him the go-ahead... But anyhow, Morgan (left) is pictured here having a toast with the film's executive producer John Sloss (of Sloss/Cinetic fame) at the premiere party at West Chelsea's Pink Elephant nightclub Wednesday night following the screening (where there were great mini falafel and babaganoush hors d'oeurvres). But back to the introduction of the premiere screening, Weinstein joked that the film had yet to cause any sort of a media firestorm, despite being a film about Osama bin Laden (since, you know... he's fucking Osama bin Laden for god's sake!) But then again, when FOX and CNN are preoccupied with some polygamist sect somewhere, or focused on which presidential candidate is less elitist, and who really cares while we all lose our homes, then maybe we get what we deserve.
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    TFF '08 | Van Peebles, La'Bassiere, and Byrd

    With just two weeks to go, the Tribeca Film Festival kicked things off with a reception downtown with IFP, saluting a number of films that have gone through IFP programs over the years. Snapped at the Greene Steet Films office during the party last night are filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, Tribeca industry relations director Julie La'Bassiere, and IFP head Michelle Byrd.
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    TFF '08 | "Squeezebox" Folks

    More than six years in the making, "SqueezeBox!" directed by Zach Shaffer (center) and Steve Saporito (left), was produced Lyle Derek (right), a one-time dancer at the popular weekly downtown nightspot. Chatting with indieWIRE back in 2002 at the birth of the documentary, Derek said, "For me, coming from a small town in Texas, finding Squeezebox was like finding the ultimate freedom. There were no judgments, you could be whatever you wanted and do what every you wanted -- it was just pure and fun and free." The film later went to the IFP Market and will now have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, chatting with iW at TFF/IFP party on Tuesday night in Manhattan, the guys quipped that the club lasted as long as it took to make their film about it.
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    TFF '08 | Tirola and Bedusa

    From 4th Row Films, president Doug Tirola and director of developement Susan Bedusa, hanging out at the TFF/IFP party at Greene Street Films on Tuesday night in New York, previewing some of the movies set for this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Tirola co-directed "An Omar Broadway Film" with Omar Broadway. The doc competition title is described by the festival: "Using a contraband video camera inside the notorious gang unit at Newark's Northern State Prison, incarcerated Bloods member Omar Broadway puts his life on the line to document guards' corruption and excessive force. His groundbreaking footage exposes the violent and unseen world behind bars."
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    TFF '08 | H-O, Donahue and Boehm

    At Tuesday's pre-Tribeca Film Festival bash (hosted with IFP) are (left to right) filmmakers Paul Hasegawa-Overacker and Tom Donahue with IFP's Susan Boehm. Paul H-O and Donahue are in the TFF doc competition with "Guest of Cindy Sherman," described by the festival: Analyzing his relationship with reclusive artist Cindy Sherman leads videographer Paul H-O to confront his own ego and identity in this personal and often humorous documentary, which features unprecedented access to Sherman and a unique view of the New York art world.
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    Errol and Barker

    At MoMA on Monday night for the premiere of his new film "Standard Operating Procedure," filmmaker Errol Morris poses alongside Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. A few days ago, on his New York Times blog, Morris offered a lengthy look at the use of re-enactments in his own work, noting, "My re-enactments focus our attention on some specific detail or object that helps us look beyond the surface of images to something hidden, something deeper -- something that better captures what really happened...Some re-enactments serve the truth, others subvert it." indieWIRE will soon host Errol Morris for three conversations about his work at Apple Stores in Santa Monica (April 11), New York City (April 23) and San Francisco (April 30).
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    Mick and the Boys in Midtown

    Variety hosted a party for Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones for the New York premiere of rock doc "Shine a Light" as well as the ten year anniversary of Variety Gotham Sunday night at Michael's restaurant in Manhattan. As one can imagine, having the Stones there was quite an operation... They arrived via police escort and dozens of their fans waited behind barricades for their arrival. Inside, their presence resulted in a crush toward the front of the room, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards mixed among the crowd. Jagger chatted around the crowd while Richards hung out at the bar and Ron Wood and Charlie Watts sat by the coat check. In all, it was quite a thrill even if the group and Scorsese didn't stay too long. That was a whole different level of celebrity...
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    Bunnells and Hammond After the Stones

    After the Rolling Stones crush at Michael's restaurant in Midtown Manhattan celebrating Martin Scorsese's rock doc "Shine a Light," there was a more chill photo shoot with Lisa Bunnell, VP of film at Landmark Theaters (left), Steve Bunnell, head of distribution at the Weinstein Company as well as Variety's Madelyn Hammond.
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    Cinema Eye Honors | Gibney's New Eye

    "Taxi to the Dark Side" director Alex Gibney not only won an Academy Award for his film, he also took the best director prize at the first annual Cinema Eye Honors, which recognizes achievement in documentary filmmaking. And it's easier to wear a big eye with long lashes then an Oscar...
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    Cinema Eye Honors | Schnack and Alexander

    "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" director AJ Schnack (right) co-organized the first Cinema Eye Honors to recognize achievement in documentary filmmaking and even sang out a few great tunes during the ceremony at the IFC Center on Tuesday. He's pictured here with Indie Pix's Bob Alexander which sponsored the event.
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    Cinema Eye Honors | Venditti and Powers

    "Billy the Kid" director Jennifer Venditti hanging out with Cinema Eye Honors co-organizer Thom Powers at the IFC Center in New York Tuesday night. Venditti was given the inaugural awards' Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature prize.
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    iW EVENT | "Snow Angels" Director David Gordon Green and Actress Olivia Thirlby

    "Snow Angels" director David Gordon Green and actress Olivia Thirlby just prior to their chat with iW's editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez at the Apple Store in New York's SoHo Wednesday evening. Green noted that from "an insane age, he wanted to be a filmmaker," and recounted how his father took him out of school one day in Texas where he grew up to be an extra on the set of "Born on the 4th of July," starring Tom Cruise. "I watched [director] Oliver Stone on set, and I was like, 'I want that job...'" Warner Independent opens "Snow Angels" this Friday.
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    Rendez Vous '08 | Honore and Garrel in New York

    Following their rousing appearance at BAM for a screening of their film "Love Songs" as part of a tribute to IFC Films, director Chistophe Honore and actor Louis Garrel joined their fellow French compatriots for a lunch in New York's Upper West Side for this year's Rendez Vous with French Cinema delegation. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance are hosting the event through March 9 with screenings at the Walter Reade Theatre and IFC Center in Greenwich Village. "Love Songs" opens in the U.S. via IFC Films beginning March 21.
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    LOOKING BACK | Heath and Michelle Brave the Cold Red Carpet

    Pictured in December of 2005 is the late Heath Ledger, who was found dead today at an apartment in New York City. Additional details at indieWIRE.com. "Brokeback Mountain" stars Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams worked the red carpet Tuesday night (December 6, 2005) at the Loews Lincoln Square for the New York premiere of the film, directed by Ang Lee. The screening started an hour late and guests had to wait in the freezing weather to get their tickets, but all was worth it... the film is terrific, and many were chatting up its Oscar potential, especially for Heath. Following the screening, guests were shuttled downtown to nightspot The Park for the party. The invite said "no cameras allowed" but we did notice quite a few going off.
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    iW EVENT | Gondy's Apple Store Tour: 2 Down, 1 To Go (NYC on Friday)

    Before heading to the Sundance Film Festival next week to debut his new film "Be Kind Rewind," filmmaker Michel Gondry has been on an indieWIRE Presents mini-tour of Apple stores, to talk about the film and screen a few clips, including a special surprise "trailer" that has had people buzzing. Some 350 people packed the Apple Store - North Michigan Avenue for a conversation moderated by Time Out Chicago's Ben Kenigsberg (top photo). Meanwhile, at the Apple Store - San Francisco, a line stretched around the block and Susan Gerhard from SF360 moderated the event (bottom photo), which included a surprise appearance by the film's co-star, Mos Def. Gerhard reported after the program, "Someone from the audience asked Michel Gondry & Mos Def why they hadn't collaborated on a music video together, which led to some cheerful back & forth, and Gondry came up with an idea: He told Mos if he came to Sundance to promote the film, he (Gondry) would make a music video for him for free..." Gondry will be at the Apple Store - Soho (103 Prince St. at Greene St.) for the indieWIRE Presents event at 7 p.m. on Friday (January 11th). Attendees are invited to arrive early as seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
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    "Atonement" Event: Joe Wright and James McAvoy

    "It was good fun," said "Atonement" actor James McAvoy to iW at a big splash in downtown Manhattan for the film earlier this week, adding, "It's the best script I've ever read." Director Joe Wright (enjoying a little ciggy time in this pic) said the idea of "happy endings" attracted him to the film, which has won praise on the festival circuit (and among the well-healed guests in New York Monday night). The film opens soon in the U.S. via Focus Features. There is a little issue with the "C-word" that Wright mentioned before the screening earlier in the evening. Some suggested he keep away from the word which is a bit nastier in the U.S. then in the U.K. where the film was made... But it stayed.
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    "Atonement" Event: Keira Knightley

    Actress Keira Knightley flashes a quick pose on her way into SoHo's Balthasar restaurant following the "Special Screening" of "Atonement," directed by Joe Wright (the U.S. premiere takes place next week in L.A. at the Academy theater.) Knightley along with co-star James McAvoy won praise among attendees for their performances in the film. Attendees also praised the swank after-party complete with champagne, and a huge spread of food and good times. The party went on for several hours and included actors Jason Lewis, Andrew McCarthy, Masi Oka, Eva Amurri and Griffen Dunne as well as director Mira Nair and more. When introducing the film, Wright looked out and said, "what a classy crowd."
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    "Atonement" Event: Michael Stipe

    The rock stars came out for the "Atonement" NYC special screening Monday night (well at least a few of them). Michael Stipe (also a producer) from REM was among the guests at the party and the screening earlier at IFC Center in downtown Manhattan.
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    "Atonement" Event: Josh Groban

    Singer Josh Groban entering the "Atonement" special screening after party Monday night at New York's Balthazar. Many agreed it was one of the best NYC film parties of the year (and despite the champagne, the memory isn't fuzzy.)
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    Solomon & Finder, After Dark

    In New York last week for a Halloween night party at the always popular holiday club, Motherfucker are Courtney Solomon and Sara Finder from After Dark Films, celebrating the upcoming nine-day HorrorFest, a unique film festival that takes place in more than 300 theaters over nine days. Last year's even cracked the top ten at the weekend box office. Chatting with the LA Times in a recent profile of the eight-film, nine-day fest, Solomon boasted, "t's a destination event."
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    The Ladies of HorrorFest

    Vying for the title of Miss Horrorfest last week in New York were (left to right) Countess Bathory and Nixon Suicide, with organizer Sara Finder of After Dark Films, as well as contestants Sweet Dead Sarah and Mistress Malice. Horrorfest kicks off tonight (Friday) night on more than 300 screens, offering "8 Films To Die For" during its nine day run.
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    NYFF '07 | Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Celebrate "Persepolis"

    "Persepolis" filmmakers Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud enjoy a little down time at Nick & Toni's Cafe on the Upper West Side for a casual lunch with journalists and friends alike after their screening and press conference at the New York Film Festival. The animated film, based on the graphic novel by Satrapi, is about her childhood growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and escape from the veil and oppressive fundamentalist government. During the press conference, the filmmakers noted that they used stark black and white animation instead of real life actors and settings because the abstract nature of the drawings provided something people could easily relate to, something that was key in helping correct some of the misconceptions about Iranians. "This is a very humanistic movie, it's a pro-Iranian movie. You have some sympathy," said Satrapi. "It's anti-fanaticism, anti-dictatorship. This is about a human being, about me."
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    Ang Lee, James Schamus and "Lust, Caution"

    While Ang Lee's latest, "Lust, Caution" isn't playing at the New York Film Festival, Friday night on the Upper West Side of Manhattan it opened to huge crowds just across the street from Lincoln Center where the NYFF was kicking off (as reported in this week's indieWIRE BOT column). The night before, Focus Features toasted Lee's "Lust" after the director returned from a trip to Asia where the film has also been breaking records in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Introducing Lee at Thursday's Sunshine Cinema private screening, the film's screening (and Focus CEO) James Schamus praised the movie as a "translucent work of art" and quippped that the movie is, "our very first two-and-a-half hour Chinese porn movie." The film, set in Shanghai in 1942, is the story of a young woman (played by Tang Wei) who seeks to seduce a Japanese collaborator (Tony Leung), resulting in a torrid affair that becomes intense and emotional as the story unfolds. Welcoming the audience and calling the project ""really really special," Ang Lee added that making the movie and exploring such a profound period of history was like "getting something off my chest." The film expands to additional cities next week, October 5th.
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    Introducing: Tang Wei

    Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" (Se, Jie) introduces the striking performance of 27 year old newcomer Tang Wei, an aspiring writer/director herself who had a small TV role before securing the part in Lee's sexy political thriller. At Thursday's Bowery Hotel party celebrating the film's New York City opening, the actress held court as a line of journalists waited to chat with her for a few moments. Chatting briefly with indieWIRE through a translator, she talked about the intense emotion of a performance that left her drained by the end of production. She seems particularly enthused by the reactions the film is stirring among its viewers, specifically women who have seen the movie. Explaining, she noted that while it can take men a bit of time to respond to her character's experiences, women seem to connect immediately. "Women can endure pain," she noted, adding that she is referring to not only the emotional aspects of the film, but also "the pain of history."
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    NYFF '07 | Angelica Huston

    Good old fashioned New York Film Festival glamour... namely Angelica Huston, who plays the mother of the three brothers at the center of Wes Anderson's latest, "The Darjeeling Limited." The film opened the event on Friday night on Manhattan's Upper West Side and debuted in theaters on Saturday in two theaters, earning an estimated $66,000 per screen in just two days. indieWIRE contributor Howard Feinstein surveyed the films screenings the first few days of the NYFF in a recent article.
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    NYFF '07 | Pierson, Sloss and Walker

    Someone on Friday quipped that more than one thousand people attend the annual opening night party at New York City's Tavern on the Green. Outside in the crowded garden of the famed restaurant, industry types mix, mingle and trade buzz. Pictured are three of the taller folks on the scene, namely John Pierson, who flew in for the opening weekend of the fest with Janet Pierson, alongside new Cinetic Media partners John Sloss and Bart Walker.
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    NYFF '07 | Bill and Tilda

    Inside a crowded room set with tables for the guests of honor on opening night, Bill Murray (who maintains a cameo role in "The Darjeeling Limited") poses briefly with Tilda Swinton. Nearby, a rather camera shy Wes Anderson worked the room, generally dodging a handful of photogs who tried to pin him down for a picture. Anderson was introduced earlier in the evening by none other than Film Society of Lincoln Center chair Ann Tenenbaum, whose family name gained even greater fame from Anderson's film, "The Royal Tenenbaums."
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    NYFF '07 | Fun with Friends

    The film industry affectionately calls it "prom night," referring to the glitzy opening night of the annual New York Film Festival that annually kicks off with a traditional "black tie" party at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. While many of the industry's old guard tend to don tuxes, the younger set be seen in dresses for the women and four in hand neckties for the guys. Pictured left to right are (front row) Shani Ankori, who will be joining IFC Films soon with IFC's Courtney Ott, Kim Jose from the production company Elephant Eye and Tribeca Film Festival programmer David Kwok with (back row) Steve Troha from St. Martins Press and HD Net's Laird Adamson.
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    NYFF '07 | On Stage at Lincoln Center for "Darjeeling"

    Actors from Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" -- Jason Schwartzman, Waris Ahluwalia, and Adrien Brody -- pose for photos after Thursday's New York Film Festival press & industry screening and press conference. The film opens the festival on Friday night and here at indieWIRE, Howard Feinstein offered his take on the first week of films screening at the festival.
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    NYFF '07 | Henny Garfunkel and John Waters at the Show

    Vet photographer Henny Garfunkel showed off some of her finest at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center with a sampling of her Polaroids taken of some of the "who's who" of the indie (and then some) film scene. The show, "One Last Shot: Signed Polaroids" shows dozens of photos she's taken of celebs through the years and some of them even adding quite funny captions and/or autographs. (We particularly loved the caption from Jonny Knoxville that read, "See you in the showers!"-- uhhh... sure!!!) Anyway, Ms. Garfunkel is pictured going "AaaaaHHHhh!" with her friend, director John Waters at the opening of the show this week in New York.
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    The Cast and Crew of "Quiet City"

    At the Maritime Hotel on Wednesday night in Manhattan, cast and crew from "Quiet City" celebrate the film's opening night after a sold out screening at IFC Center. Posing for their iPOP shot are (left to right): cinematographer Andy Reed, producer Brendan McFadden, actor and co-writer Erin Fisher, director, co-writer and editor Aaron Katz, actor and co-writer Cris Lankenau, and producer Ben Stambler.
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    Blitz and Thompson in NYC: Looking Beyond "Rocket Science"

    At Picturehouse's "Rocket Science" party in New York City on Tuesday night are the film's director Jeff Blitz (left) with lead actor Reece Daniel Thompson. The young star, from Canada, will return to the TV series "Zixx: Level Three" and is also acting in another upcoming movie. He told indieWIRE that he was just able to squeeze in Tuesday's premiere in between an acting gig that ended at 7am on Tuesday morning and his start on Gilles Bourdos' "Afterwards" where he was expected on at 6 a.m. today. Jeff Blitz has also been busy. He told indieWIRE that he is about 2/3 of the way through a documentary about lottery players and winners. Blitz, who directed the Oscar-nominated "Spellbound," also put in a plug for Greg Whiteley's recent LA Film Fest winning doc, "Resolved," a sort of non-fiction companion to "Rocket Science" that he said he liked a lot. Back at Sundance in January, Blitz chatted with indieWIRE about "Rocket Science," saying about the film (which follows a boy with a stutter who joins the debate team to win the attention of a school girl), "To find your voice is really to find your place in the world and how difficult it is to find your place in a world that seems like it's so completely arbitrary."
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    Celebrating "Rocket Science," Effie Brown Touts New Projects

    "Rocket Science" producer Effie Brown of Duly Noted, Inc. is pictured at the film's premiere at Fig & Olive in New York City's Meatpacking District on Tuesday night. With the HBO/Picturehouse project behind her, Brown is prepping to shoot Caran Hartsfield's "Bury Me Standing" this month. The 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award receipient which was developed at the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation residency program in France, will star Alfre Woodard and Mos Def. It is described as "a comedic drama in which a random act of violence triggers a change within a bizarre family dynamic, as each member re-examines the ignored, the hidden, and the things left unsaid." Gina Kwon is Brown's producing partner in the new movie. Mos Def is also set to star in the title role in director duo The Flying Canter Brothers (aka. Markus and Mason Canter)'s "Bobby Zero," which Brown will also produce. It is described as the story of "a down-on-his-luck social satirist who gives up his artistic aspirations to work at an advertising agency." Mos Def will execuive produce and the film is expected to shoot in November. Other Duly Noted projects include Silas Howard's "Exactly Like You" and Marco Orsini's "The Reluctant Traveler" and Brown is raising money for a $25 million film fund to back company projects.
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    Quinn and Reichert

    As reported earlier today in indieWIRE, Magnolia Pictures' Tom Quinn (right) and Jeff Reichert (left) have been promoted to SVP's at the growing company, overseeing all releases. For iPOP, we just couldn't overlook the photo that came with today's announcement. Quinn and Reichert are pictured (in a photo shot by co-worker Neal Block) at the Maine wedding of good friend Heath Shapiro from IDP.
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    Spirited Hyphenate: Julie Delpy

    Talking with Julie Delpy an hour before an indieWIRE Q & A at Chicago's Michigan Avenue Apple Store ot the end of July, she fidgets in the hotel suite, saying her dress and heels are emblems that she's "behaving." At the Apple Store, though, she's in jeans, a simple blouse and flats, fielding my questions and the almost full crowd's with the scattered aplomb of her character in "Two Days In Paris," her nouveau neurotic feat of writing, directing, acting, scoring, and editing. She says she enjoys "torturing" her characters, and Delpy is an equal-opportunity offender in her vividly verbal comedy, from the flirty obliviousness of her Marion to Adam Goldberg's Jack, the American, all-New York hypochondriac and chronically jealous beau, to Marion's randy parents (played with brio by Delpy's own mom and dad). It's a different country: when I ask her to address the preponderance of teasing over Jack's fixation on penis size, a mother and two young daughters stand and prepare to bolt. "Jack's convinced his penis is larger than Italian and French -- oh my --" the mother gives a little shove and a shy wave, urging the girls along, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize that Jack's penis..." is only the start of a giddy apology composed mostly of "penis" and a couple of "blowjobs." Spirited, a little "crude," to use Delpy's word, and a lot of fun. I tell her I'm afraid her cranky, political comedy is going to be dubbed 'Annie Hall' if it were directed from Annie Hall's own perspective, with its distinctively female fondness for neurotic banter and bicker. "No! I like that!" she says with a bright smile. From a self-confessed "control" person, that's sweet relief. indieWIRE Presents: July Delpy at the Apple Store, Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica) on Thursday, August 2nd at 7 p.m.
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    Marc Anthony as "El Cantante," Saluting Hector Lavoe

    Leading Latin singer Marc Anthony belts out a tune at Thursday's jumping after-party for "El Cantante" in New York City. Backed by a full salsa band, Anthony took the stage for a short, but powerful set of songs at Picturehouse's Cipriani 42nd St. bash celebrating the movie. The story of famed Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, "El Cantante" (recut from the version that debuted last year at the Torontof fest) hits U.S. theaters on August 3rd with Anthony in the title role and his wife Jennifer Lopez starring as Lavoe's second wife, Puchi. An interview with Puchi frames the film which delves into the rapid rise and tragic fall of the influential music figure. The passion project was shepherded by Lopez for six years and directed by Leon Ichaso. "Hector was a voice of the people, a jibaro, a boy from the sticks," she says in notes on the production. "People identified with him." Picturehouse planners pulled off Thursday night's fiesta despite fears up to the very last minute that the event might have to move due to Manhattan's recent, nearby steam pipe explosion. Instead, a large crowd -- many decked out in bright, festive outfits -- filled the historic Cipriani space on 42nd St. (in the massive Bowery Savings Bank building) as planned. The bash featured an assortment of Puerto Rican rums and a lavish spread of food and turned hot and sweaty once Anthony hit the stage and everyone started dancing. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    On Stage in NYC: JLo and Marc Anthony

    JLo, her husband Marc Anthony, and other ultra-VIPs spent most of the night within the curtained private area of Cipriani 42nd St. at last night's "El Cantante" party, fresh from from a recent trip to Puerto Rico for a premiere earlier this week. But once it was time for Anthony to hit the stage on Thursday night for a set of salsa songs, Jennifer Lopez was right up front along with the sweaty, dancing crowd that pushed up close for the performance. As the exhuberant set came to a close, Anthony pulled his wife on stage for a wave and she quickly grabbed one of the many digital cameras from the crowd and began snapping photos. The two, who are rumored to be planning a music tour together, made their way back to the VIP area but outlasted most party guests, even after the section was opened up near 1 a.m. Earlier in the evening, New Yorkers Lopez and Anthony created a gridlock situation on the streets outside the AMC Empire theater and inside the long snake-like red carpet arrivals area, causing more than an hour delay at the screening. At the end of the night, outside Cipriani's, crowds waited patiently for a glimpse alongside the duo's luxurious Maybach which was parked right in front of the venue. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    Talking Darfur: Sundberg, Steidle and Stern in NYC

    Called "brutal, urgent, devastating" by Manohla Dargis in Wednesday's New York Times review, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's "The Devil Came on Horseback" opened Wednesday night in Manhattan where (left to right) Sundberg, doc subject Brian Steidle, and Stern celebrated their debut with a benefit screening downtown. In the same review, despite a few critiques, Dargis said that the film "demands to be seen as soon as possible and by as many viewers as possible." Chatting with indieWIRE at the after-party, Steidle (who will be participating in post-screening Q & A's this weekend at the IFC Center) called the movie, "a very effective tool for change," explaining that while awarness and action against the situation in Darfur is hot happening fast enough, but its heading in the right direction. For more information, visit the film's website. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    Vanco and Lidell in NYC

    At the spacious West Village penthouse home of Ted Greenberg, IFC Center General Manager John Vanco and Wendy Lidell of International Film Circuit, Inc. marked the opening of Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's "The Devil Came on Horseback." Early in the evening, an IFC Center benefit screening was held to promote awareness of the crisis in Darfur and support its survivors and later guests mingled at the downtown party. Lidell told indieWIRE that strong reviews have created more interest in booking the film theatrically. After opening in NYC this week, digital bookings in Boston (August 17), San Francisco (August 24), Seattle (Sept. 21) are also on tap with more cities to be announced. Additional information is available on the International Film Circuit website. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    Hathaway Becomes "Jane" for New Miramax Film

    The latest feature film to tackle author Jane Austen is Julian Jarrold's "Becoming Jane" starring Anne Hathaway in the role of the writer during her early years. It follows Austen in her on-again-off-again romance with Tom Lefroy, played by James McAvoy, considering how the relationship might later affect her writing. Introducing the New York premiere at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side on Tuesday night, Miramax president Daniel Battsek praised the stunningly-outfitted Hathaway for her English accent, adding that he should know, being someone with "highly attuned British ears." Later, the actress good-naturedly shot some pool and hung out with friends and well-wishers during the low-key Bowery Hotel after-party. Sipping their Moet champagne at the bash, observers enviously commented on her recent good fortune acting alongside such hot leading men: Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain," Adrien Grenier in "The Devil Wears Prada" and now James McAvoy in "Becoming Jane." The film opens next week from Miramax. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    Matarazzo Strikes a Pose

    Well-known for her role alongside Anne Hathaway (and Mandy Moore) in "The Princess Diaries," Heather Matarazzo ("Welcome to the Dollhouse") dropped in at The Bowery Hotel in Manhattan last night to toast Hathaway on her role in the upcoming Miramax film, "Becoming Jane." Notably, one guest casually observed that the premiere after-party "felt more like a NewFest party," given the pronounced presence of numerous gay men in attendance at the bash. How fitting considering that Matarazzo has just joined the board of NewFest: New York's queer film festival, as it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary. After the party, many of the aforementioned gay men made their way across the street for New York's crowded weekly queer bash, Beige at Bowery Bar. (Others, however simply decided to call it a night and head home...) [Eugene Hernandez]
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    God Bless Tammy Faye Messner

    [From the iPOP Archive.] ...it's EDT Saturday night, and we just heard Tammy Faye Messner has died... To break it down, she found--perhaps--a whole new crowd at Sundance when she was the 'belle of the ball' at an 'ice cream social' in support of her doc The Eyes of Tammy Faye by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Fast forward a few years later, and we will always remember when Ms. Messner and her family spent an afternoon with the gays and friends at the DGA in L.A. for an Outfest event... it was so full of fun laughs........ And she and her family were all about hanging out afterward giving hugs and kisses for all... it was kind of unbelievable... So, God bless you Tammy Faye...! God's coolest fan is there now... We love you... more from CNN/.
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    Donahue, Herwitz and Eigeman Salute "Maid"

    Reknowned talk show host Phil Donahue, co-director (with Ellen Spiro) of the new Iraq war doc "Body of War," poses for iPOP during a reception for "Live-In Maid" at the Manhattan home of The Film Sales Company's Andrew Herwitz (center) and actor Chris Eigemen. Donahue's doc, tipped to debut in Toronto in September, has been a hot topic among buyers after a host of recent acquisitions screenings held at Donahue's New York City residence (see related blog coverage, including a trailer link). The film is the story of paralyzed Iraq veteran turned anti-war activist Tomas Young and includes original music by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Expect to hear more about this one in the coming months. Eigeman wrote, directed and stars in "Turn The River," which Herwitz is also repping.
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    Gaggero in New York City Spotlight

    At the AMC Orpheum on 3rd Ave. in Manhattan on Tuesday night, director Jorge Gaggero greets well-wishers, including journalist David d'Arcy (right) and Cinema Tropical co-founder and co-creator Carlos A. Gutierrez (left) after a screening of "Live-In Maid." The film, an award-winner at Sundance, opens today for a two-week run at Film Forum in Manhattan and is being released by The Film Sales Company. As company principle Andrew Herwitz told indieWIRE on Tuesday during a festive pre-screening reception at his Upper East Side home, he will release distribute film in some 25 cities. Faced with offers that just didn't make financial sense, Herwitz decided to take on the theatrical release of the well-reviewed film himself.
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    MoMA Launches Annual Brazilan Series

    At New York's Churrascaria Plataforma in Hell's Kitchen on Friday, MoMA and the Festival do Rio celebrated the annual Premiere Brazil, New York series, running now through July 23rd at the Museum of Modern Art. Filmmakers dined at the popular Brazlian style eatery and then posed for a large group shot (pictured here). FRONT ROW: Chico Teixeira (director, "Alice's House"), Lirio Ferreira (co-director, "Cartola - The Samba Legend"), series backer (and famed Brazilian model) Marjorie Andrade SECOND ROW: Vilma Lustosa (director, Rio De Janeira Int'l Film Festival), Hilton Lacerda (co-director, "Cartola - The Samba Legend"), Ricardo Elias (director, "The Twelve Labours"), Renato Ciasca (co-director, "Stray Dog"), Decio Matos Jr. (director, "Fabricating Tom Ze") THIRD ROW: Filmmaker Tania Cypriano, Matias Mariani (producer, "Fabricating Tom Ze"), Ilda Santiago (director, Rio De Janeira Int'l Film Festival), Jytte Jensen (MoMA), Tata Amaral (director, "Antonia"), Ricardo Villaca, Gilberto Topczewski (co-director, "Pixote in Memoriam"), Jorge Duran (director, "Forbidden to Forbid")
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    Zoe and Eamonn at "Broken English" Debut

    Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles and director Zoe Cassavetes flash smiles at the fab after-party for the premiere of "Broken English, which she also wrote." Quite honestly, some NY premieres have been "on the downlow" lately, but this one was pretty top-notch for a non-studio--which we rarely get invited to, so who cares... The new space at The Bowery Hotel really worked. We hope there will be more soirees there! The Patron tequila margaritas were fantastic too! We mean, really effective...
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    Posey and Schreiber do The Bowery

    "Broken English" star Parker Posey did some hanging out with friend and fellow actor Liev Schreiber at The Bowery Hotel for the premiere of her film, directed by Zoe Cassavetes. The romantic comedy, which debuted at Sundance in January, centers on Nora (Posey) who freaks out because she's in her thirties and relationship-less, while all her friends are coupled. After some disasters on the dating scene (ah-hem, at least she has dates) she meets a quirky Frenchman who "opens her eyes." Magnolia Pictures opens the film in limited release Friday.
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    Coppola at "Broken English" party

    Director Sofia Coppola stopped by the premiere of friend Zoe Cassavetes' "Broken English" Monday night in downtown Manhattan. Coppola met "Broken" producer Andrew Fieberg and also scored one of those deelish Patron margaritas. Apparently this bartender at the second bar made them the best, but by the time we (as in the iW people not Sofia) discovered that, it really didn't matter.
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    Johnson, Jarecki and Rebowe at "Broken English"

    Directors Jamie Johnson ("Born Rich") and Nicholas Jarecki ("The Outsider") kicking it by the bar at the "Broken English" premiere Monday along with actress Nell Rebowe Monday night. Johnson's latest film "The One Percent" will air on HBO in the autumn.
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    ON THE SCENE | Entourage Celebrates "Entourage"

    Photo booths, basketball hoops, air hockey, HD golf, and pool tables greeted guests at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday night after a packed Zeigfeld Theater screening of the first two episodes from the new season of "Entourage." HBO celebrated the fourth season of the show with the cast, their extended families and friends, and industry-types. Debuting this Sunday, the season opens with the guys struggling to finish their $30 million indie feature, "Medellin." Fans in Cannes last month spotted Vince, Eric, Drama, Turtle and Ari at the Festival, a sign that their new film will somehow make it to France. But last night, we had to wonder... in the Festival or in the Market? At the party, lead actor Adrian Grenier posed for photos near his table, while at the nearby virtual golf, executive producer Mark Wahlberg got in some swings at courses in Pebble Beach and Banff, in between posing for digital pictures with fans and fellow golfers. Kevin Dillon was joined by his brother Matt on Thursday night and the rest of the cast made the rounds as well. Also quite popular at the party, "Sopranos" co-star Robert Iler who greeted numerous guests and received many pats on the back just days after the HBO series came to a close. Pictured via cameraphone: Mark Walberg points to "the green" during a game of virtual golf...others took some time to play pool on an "Entourage" branded table. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    ON THE SCENE | Phoenix Foundation Celebrates "Eagle Vs. Shark"

    Samuel Flynn Scott (left) and Luke Buda of "The Phoenix Foundation" perform with the band at Monday's "Eagle Vs. Shark" party at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The group composed the original score for Taika Waititi's first feature, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year and opens in theaters on Friday. Miramax's bash for the film filled the large downtown venue with many guests (including director Michel Gondry) making their way to the tropical rooftop patio to sample the food and desserts, that is until the rains came and pushed many people downstairs...just in time to grab a spot for the band's set at the site's basement stage. During the set, the ten year old The Phoenix Foundation, from Wellington, New Zealand, touted the recent U.S. release of "Horsepower," their successful full-length album first released back home in 2003. [Eugene Hernandez]
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    ON THE SCENE | NYC Mayor Honors Entertainment Biz

    Six New Yorkers contributing to the city's busy entertainment industry were saluted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday evening in Manhattan. HDNet Films' Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente, "30 Rock"'s Tina Fey, Black Filmmaker Foundation president Warrington Hudlin, commercial director Kevin Breslin, and The New Victory Theater were all singled out at the second annual "Made in NY" Awards, affectionately dubbed "The MiNY's" by the Mayor during a swift ceremony in Vanderbuilt Hall at Grand Central Station. "Business is booming and that is a great time for us to promote a diversity initiative," boasted New York City's film, theater and TV commissioner Katherine Oliver, prior to introducing Bloomberg. Guests were gathered within a large interactive exhibit featuring photos from films shot in the City over the years. And challenging the tradition of longwinded awards programs with lenthly acceptance speeches, the "MiNY's" featured the Mayor announcing the recipients, handing each their trophy and quickly posing for a photo, before inviting guests to return to their drinking and networking. "It's a great day for New York and a really says how wonderful this city is doing," Mayor Bloomberg concluded after the brief presentation. "Keep up the great work!" Pictured (left to right): NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot, Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Kevin Breslin, Tina Fey, and Warrington Hudlin [Eugene Hernandez]
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    The Coen Brothers Do Apple

    More from Tribeca '07: Joel and Ethan Coen (more famously known as 'the Coen Brothers') opened the directors chat at the Apple Store in New York's SoHo, which was co-hosted by indieWIRE. Despite the 4pm weekday event, the store's theater was a crammed standing room only affair. Their latest film, "No Country for Old Men" will screen in competition at the upcoming Festival de Cannes.
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    Delpy in SoHo

    More from Tribeca '07: "Two Days in Paris" director Julie Delpy and Samuel Goldwyn Films' Peter Goldwyn in the "Green Room" (actually a back office) at the SoHo Apple Store in New York where Delpy participated in a conversation about her new comedy which Samuel Goldwyn will release in the U.S. in August. Delpy's film is a hilarious story of a French-born woman (Delpy) who returns to Paris with her neurotic liberal American boyfriend and stays with her eccentric parents. Great dialog!
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    Friends Hanging at "My Best Friend" Party

    More from Tribeca '07: Miramax Films' Nicolette Aizenberg, Aaron Rabinowitz from Arnie Sawyer Studios and IFC Films' James Lilly at a soiree hosted by IFC Films and RoC for Patrice Leconte's TFF feature, "My Best Friend." The heavy spring rain last week didn't stop a crowd from staying until the employees started flashing the lights.
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    Alexis and the Boys!

    Alexis Arquette gets a little help from her shirtless friends as she enters the party for her doc, directed by Matthew Barbato, in which she is the subject--of course. The film captures her final year as a biological male ahead of her sex reassignment surgery. It's also a window into her whirlwind LA lifestyle
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    "The Gates" at Tribeca

    Tribeca Film Festival director Peter Scarlet joined artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude (guess which ones) along with director Albert Maysles and director Antonio Ferrera (next to him) along with editor Matthew Prinzing following a press screening of "The Gates," which will close the Tribeca fest. The film follows the very long saga by the artists to bathe New York's Central Park in "gates," which finally came to fruition in 2005. Though the artists said they didn't care what people thought of their project (or child) they did seem happy by the gleeful responses seen in the film (and yes, the film also highlights dissenters).
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    Ed Burns at Apple

    Director Ed Burns with mic in hand at the Apple Store in SoHo for a directors series co-hosted with indieWIRE during the Tribeca Film Festival. Burns' latest, "Purple Violets" is screening in the festival's Spotlight section as a world premiere. Burns spoke about his beginnings with "The Brothers McMullen" and how his career evolved from its professional beginnings in 1995. He also made sure to speak with everyone who wanted to chat one-on-one following the formal Q&A--what a nice guy!
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    Leconte Gives Peace

    French director Patrice Leconte (dispensing peace) and IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring exiting Arcqua restaurant in downtown Manhattan ahead of a screening for Leconte's "My Best Friend" (Mon Meilleur Ami), which is a Spotlight film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is described by the fest as a "witty yet thoughtful look at the meaning of friendship..." The French contingent at the table, in between talking about film of course, were also chatting about France's upcoming second round Presidential election happening next weekend.
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    "Super Size" the "Kill" Party

    "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock, IFC's Arianna Bocco and indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez share some special moments at IFC's party for John Dahl's "You Kill Me," which is a Spotlight film in the Tribeca Film Festival. The party, at a club in New York's crowded Meatpacking district, was quite a good one with great music (until it was time to switch over to the regular cheesy club music following the party) and a fun guest list including Dahl, and stars Tea Leoni and Ben Kingsley.
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    Postcards from Tora Bora at Tribeca

    "Postcards from Tora Bora"'s Stephen Jablonsky (editor/visual effects, producer), Wazhmah Osman (co-director and subject), Elissa Federoff (associate producer) and Kelly Dolak (co-director) at one of the filmmaker parties early on in the festival. Their Discovery section film is the story of Osman's return to Afghanistan in search of her father. Her family fled the country following the Soviet take over in 1979, and Osman comes to terms with her father's decision to stay in the country where he fought for its independence and set up clinics and orphanages.
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    Amexicano in Tribeca

    Director Matthew Bonifacio and writer/producer actor Carmine Famiglietti downtown Manhattan with their film, "Amexicano," playing in Tribeca's Discovery section. Set in Queens, the film centers on a working class Italian American who becomes acquainted with Mexican immigrants "working the corners" at the borough's Northern Boulevard. Despite initial indignation, he soon warms up to the crowd despite language and cultural barriers.
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    Third Wave at Tribeca

    Director Alison Thompson, Donny Patterson (subject), Sunil Elvitigala, Oscar Gubernati (subject) at the Tribeca Cinemas at a filmmaker party. Their film, "The Third Wave," playing in the Tribeca Film Festival's Discovery program follows the story of four volunteers who travel to a town ravaged by the tsunami in 2004 and witness the town's heartache and re-birth.
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    Tribeca '07 Opening Press Conference

    Tribeca brought out some of the big guns for the press ahead of its opening films on climate crisis, "SOS Films." The former U.S. Veep Al Gore along with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Live Earth (yes the upcoming concerts) producer Kevin Wall (far left), Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and director/actor Rob Reiner ushered in the annual fest Wednesday morning before a crowd in Lower Manhattan. Gore used the example of the U.K. where he said global warming was not a policy issue between the ruling Labour Party and the opposition Tories--and hoped that would become the reality on this side of the Atlantic.
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    Rudd, Chaisson, Bowles at "Diggers"

    A calm before the Tribeca storm... Actor Paul Rudd, producer Anne Chaisson of Dirty Rice Films and Magnolia Pictures prez Eamonn Bowles chatting it up at the "Diggers" theatrical premiere in New York in the middle of the week. The film, directed by Katherine Dieckmann (and distributed by Magnolia of course) opened Friday in limited release.
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    Raj, Josh and "Diggers" and Our Happy Hour Rant

    Hamptons/Berlin Film Festivals' Rajendra Roy and "Diggers" star Josh Hamilton at Lure in SoHo for the New York theatrical premiere of well... "Diggers." The film, by Katherine Dieckmann, is the story of a group of clam diggers in Long Island around the time of the U.S. bicentennial. And, Lure, a tasty fish joint below the Prada store, gives the illusion you're on a boat--though you're in SoHo. Plus, it has good oysters and a great happy hour (no, they're not paying us for this) in a city where happy hour can be pretty lackin' (yes, there are plenty of places with "happy hour" but they're pretty cheap. But please prove us wrong).
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    "Hot Fuzz" in New York

    "Hot Fuzz" director Edgar Wright (right) joins Focus Features head James Schamus (middle) and actor Simon Pegg at the Walter Reade Theater in New York Tuesday night for a special screening of their film.
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    Keaton Tribute at Lincoln Center

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center feted actress Diane Keaton, on stage here at the Avery Fisher Hall Monday night in New York. Jessica Lange, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Caine, and Susan Sarandon are among the recent tributes hosted by the Film Society.
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    Allen Fetes Keaton at Lincoln Center

    Woody Allen joined the legions of well-wishers at the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center Monday night for a tribute to actress Diane Keaton.
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    Benoit and Isild Take Manhattan

    French actress Isild Le Besco and director Benoit Jacquot joined the festivities for IFC First Take's screening of Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" Wednesday night. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance are hosting the annual Rendez Vous with French Cinema series this week in New York.
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    "Barley" in Manhattan

    In Midtown Manhattan following a screening of their film, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" at MoMA Wednesday night, which IFC First Take will open March 16. Left to right: Actor Mairtin de Cogain, director Ken Loach, and actors Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney.
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    The French and the "Barley"

    IFC First Take hosted a party for their film, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," by Ken Loach, which screened Wednesday night at MoMA. Joining in on the fun were the French who came out in full force. New York's annual Rendez Vous with French Cinema series is underway, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Left to right: Valentina Merli, Int'l sales rep for Pyramide, Catherine Corsini, director of "Ambitious" and publicist Martin Marquet in town from LA for the festivities.
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    Penelope, Annie and the NBR Evening

    "Volver" star Penelope Cruz was greeted by National Board of Review president Annie Schulhof at the beginning of the organization's awards gala Tuesday night at New York's Cipriani (a former bank now party venue). Cruz attended in order to introduce director Pedro Almodovar who received the award for best foreign film (for "Volver"). While introducing him, Cruz said she had first seen Almodovar's "Tie Me UP, Tie Me Down" after sneaking in to see it (she was underage) and decided then that she wanted to act. iW: Video link: Check out Penelope Cruz's presentaton and Pedro Almodovar's acceptance speech in an indieWIRE video clip posted on YouTube.
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    Picturehouse/Fox Searchlight Summit at NBR Dinner

    Fox Searchlight/Fox Atomic chief Peter Rice shares a chat with Picturehouse prez Bob Berney (right) just as the staff was trying to get everyone seated for the dinner portion of the National Board of Review awards gala Tuesday night. Picturehouse's "Pan's Labyrinth" was named one of five best foreign films (along with "Curse of the Golden Flower," "Days of Glory," "Water" and victor, "Volver"), while Searchlight's "The Last King of Scotland" star, Forest Whitaker received the organization's Best Actor award. (By the way, dinner wasn't all that bad considering it was a mass meal for around 1000 people).
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    Leaving NBR

    "51 Birch Street" director Doug Block and producer Lori Cheatle heading toward the door following the awards ceremony hosted by the NBR Tuesday night. "Birch" was named one of five "best documentaries" by the organization, including "Iraq in Fragments," "Shut Up & Sing," "Wordplay" and "An Inconvenient Truth," which was named best doc.
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    Almodovar Takes "Volver" Honors at National Board of Review Gala

    Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was among the list of honorees at New York event venue Cipriani near Grand Central Station for the 2006 National Board of Review Awards dinner Tuesday night. Almodovar came in from Spain to pick up the Best Foreign Film prize for his latest, "Volver." In accepting his award, he praised his long-time U.S. distributor Sony Pictures Classics... And conveniently for iPOP, Almodovar was snapped with SPC's co-presidents Michael Barker (right) and Tom Bernard (left). iW: Video link: Check out Almodovar's acceptance speech in an indieWIRE video clip posted on YouTube.
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    The "Nelson" Crew at NBR

    "Half Nelson" star Ryan Gosling, sporting a 'stache, came out for the National Board of Review's awards gala to pick up his nod for Breakthrough Performance Actor before a restaurant-full of celebs, including a hilarious Parker Posey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker and many more... His co-star, Shareeka Epps (not pictured) praised her co-star while introducing him, and he returned the favor saying she was the best actor he's worked with, and returned to the table handing her his award. Gosling is pictured here with "Nelson" director Ryan Fleck (right), co-writer Anna Boden and producer Jamie Patricof.
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    Demme and Kikuchi Lookin' Stylish

    Among the glamorous making appearances at the National Board of Review awards gala Tuesday night at New York's Cipriani was "Babel" star Rinko Kikuchi, who picked up a Breakthrough Performance Actress award (also given to "Dreamgirls"' Jennifer Hudson). All smiles following the lengthy ceremony and dinner with Rinko is Jonathan Demme, who was honored with the organization's Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing. After the show, invitees headed out grabbing their Bvlgari gift bags (perfume and a book).
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    Shareeka and Terrence at NBR Awards

    "Hustle & Flow" star Terrence Howard stopped by the "Half Nelson" table at Tuesday night's National Board of Review awards gala in New York to give his 'hellos' to Shareeka Epps. Epps co-starred in "Nelson," directed by Ryan Fleck, and presented the prize for "Breakthrough Performance Actor" to her co-star, Ryan Gosling. Howard received the same prize last year from NBR.
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    Mantel and Nader in NY for "An Unreasonable Man"

    The IFC Center in New York hosted a premiere screening of Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's doc "An Unreasonable Man," profiling American activist and former U.S. Presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Mantel and Nader took to the stage Friday night for Q&A before Nader, who showed up sans entrougage or security, had to catch a train back to Washington, D.C. Nader lamented the "corporatization" of America and U.S. politics, but also instilled the power of the individual to affect grand change. He also said he'd decide next year if he'd run for President again. He also seemed to dismiss that he kept Albert Gore from winning the Presidency in 2000, saying he believed Gore did in fact win in Florida and that the election had been stolen. Nader is pictured here with Mantel. IFC First Take opens the film in limited release next month.
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    And the Winners... "Four Eyed Monsters"

    The New York Times and Emerging Pictures, the New York-based digital cinema network, announced last Thursday night at the Walter Reade Theater in New York that Susan Buice and Arin Crumley's "Four Eyed Monsters" as the winner of the 2006 Sundance Channel Audience Award for the eight-month-long "indieWIRE: Undiscovered Gems" Film Series. The co-directors (with camera) were joined by Emerging chief Ira Deutchman for a photo after the announcement. The award includes a theatrical release through Emerging Pictures, a television premiere on Sundance Channel. "Four Eyed Monsters" was recently nominated for best cinematography and the John Cassavetes Award for best feature under $500,000 at the Film Independent Spririt Awards. [See the full Gems announcement at indieWIRE.com The event was hosted by indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems partners Emerging Cinemas, Sundance Channel, and The New York Times, with beverages from Trago Tequila for the evening bash.]
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    Stillman at Undiscovered Gems Announcement

    Writer/director Whit Stillman ("The Last Days of Disco") hung out at the Walter Reade Theater Thursday night for the announcement of the 2006 Sundance Channel Audience Award for indieWIRE's "Undiscovered Gems" Film Series, which Susan Buice and Arin Crumley received for their film, "Four Eyed Monsters." Stillman chatted in the theaters gallery with IFC Films' Jeff Deutchman, writer Beth Pinsker and director/cameraman, Steven Gladstone (left). [See the full Gems announcement at indieWIRE.com The event was hosted by indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems partners Emerging Cinemas, Sundance Channel, and The New York Times, with beverages from Trago Tequila for the evening bash.]
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    John Cameron Mitchell and the NewFest Trailblazer Award

    "Shortbus" director John Cameron Mitchell (middle) received the NewFest Trailblazer Award early last week during the NewFest Winter Benefit party at New York's Sol in Chelsea. Joining for the pose are NewFest's executive director Basil Tsiokos and program coordinator, Cameron Yates (right). NewFest, the NY Lesbian and Gay Film Festival takes place annually in June.
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    Hollywoodland

    Key folks behind Focus Features' "Hollywoodland" gathered for an intimate cocktail party at Gabriel's on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Wednesday, celebrating co-star Ben Affleck's appearance after a showing of the movie at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. Pictured at the cocktail party are the film's producer Glenn Williamson, Affleck and director Allen Coulter. Chatting after the screening, Affleck said that he hoped the role would re-define him a bit, admitting that he is focusing on difference aspects of his own career, raising a family, directing a new movie and also being especially selective about his new acting roles.
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    Unleasing the Good Times

    More from the iW 10th anniversary party: Post Gothams, what better to do than join arms and have a little comraderie? Ryan Werner, HD Net's Laird Adamson, Killer Films' Charles Pugliese, Magnolia Pictures' Tom Quinn, and NewFest's Basil Tsiokos show us all what a good time really looks like.
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    Three at iW Party

    More from iW 10th anniversary party: indieWIRE's friends at GMD Studios (actually, we're a part of them, but whatever) and Kodak hosted a bash for our 10th anniversary party last week (OK, pics have already been posted, but we have more). Taking in the scene with three shiny smiles and their stylish dress are Kodak's Anne Hubbell, Pat Kaufman from the NY Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, and the grand poo-bah himself, Eugene Hernandez, iW's editor-in-chief.
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    Spurlock and Cantor at iW Party

    Post-Gothams, iW's friends at Kodak and our partner GMD Studios threw indieWIRE a party for our 10th anniversary (we were only 14 when it all began) Wednesday night (yay us!) at Tribeca Cinemas in, well, TriBeCa... Our good friend Morgan Spurlock ("30 Days," "Super Size Me") came by as well as "loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies" director, Steven Cantor. Like most things fun, it went by really fast, but oh... it sure lingered the next day!
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    Gotham Winners at iW

    It was a big night for "Half Nelson" Wednesday night, winning best feature as well as best director and the breakthrough actor prize for Shareeka Epps. (Left to right) Writer Anna Boden, director Ryan Fleck, and producers Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, and Alex Orlovsky came by for the indieWIRE party after receiving their accolades uptown at the Gothams.
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    "Short Bus" at the iW Party

    The crew from "Short Bus" stopped by the indieWIRE 10th anniversary party hosted by iW, Kodak and GMD Studios Wednesday night (unfortunately sans director John Cameron Mitchell). As usual, they looked fabulous. Left to right: indieWIRE scribe Jonny Leahan, Paul Dawson, Bart Mueller, Sook-Yin Lee, Jay Brannan, PJ DeBoy, and Raphael Barker
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    Michelle and Howard at iW Party

    Independent Feature Project (IFP) executive director Michelle Byrd and producer Howard Gertler ("Short Bus") share a chat at the indieWIRE 10th anniversary party at Tribeca Cinemas following the Gotham Awards at Chelsea Piers in New York.
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    Gael and Rinko

    In New York last night, "Babel" co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Rinko Kikuchi at a special SAG screening of the film. The two of them discussed their new movie...with highlights of their comments available here at indieWIRE.
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    "Angel" in New York

    At a party for Jim McKay's new film for HBO, "Angel Rodriguez" are producer Paul Mezey, HBO Films' Maud Nadler, film co-stars Wallace Little and Jon Norman Schneider, and lead Jonan Everett, who stars in the title role. McKay (director of "Everyday People," "Our Song," and "Girls Town") was unable to attend, because he was in LA shooting an episode of "Big Love". The film will debut on HBO Monday night, October 30th at 9 p.m.
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    Bonnie, Patrick and Derek

    In "Catch a Fire," Phillip Noyce's latest film (opening later this month from Focus Features), Derek Luke (right) stars as Patrick Thibedi (aka Patrick Chamusso, center), whose wife is played by Bonnie Henna (aka Bonnie Mbuli, left). The three posed for an iPOP shot Wednesday in New York City at a reception toasting the new film. I've already blogged a bit about Derek Luke, who shines in this film in a performance bound to stir awards season attention. Meanwhile, the man he portrays, Patrick Thibedi (a former ANC political prisoner), seemed thrilled to take a moment to pose for the shot. After a press tour, he will return to Two Sisters, a charity for AIDS orphans that he runs in northeast South Africa with his wife, where they care for some 76 children. For more information, visit the Two Sisters website, they are currently raising funds to build a chicken farm on the site in order to provide food and develop a sustainable business.
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    Slovo and Noyce

    "If you are the editor, why are you taking the pictures," teased Phillip Noyce when I asked him to pose for an iPOP shot after we'd been chatting for a bit the other day. "Shouldn't you have a photograher?" Smiling behind the camera, I explained that at indieWIRE everyone does everything (we are low-budget, just like many of the films we tend to write about). "We aren't a big budget Hollywood trade paper," I reminded him...An indieWIRE reader himself, Noyce shared some insights on other internet film sites and chatted about a few of his new film projects, while we spoke near the end of a pleasant afternoon reception in New York City. The occasion for the intimate Focus Features gathering, at Sarabeth's Kitchen on Central Park South, is Noyce's upcoming "Catch a Fire." The director is pictured here with the equally engaging (and relaxed) writer of the film Shawn Slovo, who enjoyed a few lighthearted moments and talked about the many years leading up to the making of the new film. The daughter of white South African anti-apartheid activists Joe Slovo and Ruth First, Shawn Slovo's own life story is at the heart of the film, "A World Apart," which she also wrote.
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    JCM Takes "Shortbus" Home

    And the man of the hour... "Shortbus" director John Cameron Mitchell took a break to meander amongst the crowd following a performance onstage at Manhattan's Angel Orensanz during the party for his film, which had its theatrical premiere Tuesday night. JCM admitted to a bit of voice loss, but he put on a damn good show, singing some tunes from the film as well as "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which he directed (the cinema version) in 2001. "Shortbus" is a beautiful look at the romantic/sexual lives of a group of New Yorkers, and is opening Wednesday in limited release. It may be graphic for some, but it's simply the way that it is... And, if you never appreciated Jackson Pollock before, you'll get a whole new view of it here.
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    Posey and Thomas Doing "Shortbus"

    Actors Parker Posey and Todd Thomas were among the guests at the "Shortbus" party Tuesday night. Posey, looking glammed out with a new do and cool dress, was recently at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of "Fay Grim" by Hal Hartley -- and an unscientific poll on the street by those who saw it at the fest was that it's pretty damn good.
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    Urman and Gertler at "Shortbus" Premiere

    ThinkFilm's U.S. head Mark Urman (left) and "Shortbus" producer Howard Gertler give a pose at the party for their film, which had its New York premiere Tuesday night. The film has been a favorite of the indieWIRE crew since we first saw its world premiere at the Festival de Cannes in May -- and it made us, for the first time in awhile, proud to be American (go see the film and find out why). ThinkFilm begins its theatrical roll out Wednesday in the U.S.
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    Raj and the Salon Madame

    Actor/performer Justin Bond (right) who plays the salon Madame in John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," came up to Hampton International Film Festival artistic director Rajendra Roy for a hug and chat at the premiere after-party in New York. We were also there to greet them with a little iPOP love. Bond is known for his role as Kiki DuRane in the famous on-stage act Kiki and Herb.
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    Bob and "Friends" at "Shortbus"

    The world famous Bob showed up for a performance at the "Shortbus" premiere at party space (and former synagogue) Angel Orensanz in Manhattan's Lower East Side Tuesday night. Among those in the audience enjoying Bob's non-drag drag show (she's for real afterall) were R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and singer Rufus Wainwright. In the past, Bob had a titillating performance in which she sort of did a Cuisinart action with her assets to a dozen of McDonald's cheeseburgers, but Tuesday's piece was a bit more on the classical burlesque side.
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    "Shortbus" and "Sister Christian"

    On stage at the "Shortbus" party in New York Tuesday night, two "Catholic school girls" (at this point, sans their uniforms) perform a bit of an "adolescent sexual awakening" complete with a "Eucharist" and a little crucifix action to the tune of Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" in downtown Manhattan. The performance piece drew some gasps and big applause (and we're sure a few other things) among the very attentive audience.
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    Fisher and Hare at "Shortbus" Premiere

    "Shortbus" executive producer Alexis Fish (left) and friend Monica Hare were decked out at the New York premiere for the film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell Tuesday night. The dress at the party ranged from to the very minimal to the very flashy to very minimally flashy.
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    One Million Big Ones!

    Not a bad day, a nice free lunch, and a Million Bucks for good measure. Pictured left to right: The Independent Feature Project (IFP) executive director Michelle Byrd, Hunting Lane's Alex Orlovsky, winner Derek Cianfrance, Hunting Lane's Jamie Patricof, and from Silverwood Films, Lynette Howell and Doug Dey. Cianfrance won the cash for his upcoming project "Blue Valentine."
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    IFP Winners

    More from IFP Market '06: Presenter Giancarlo Esposito (center) with Scott Teems, writer of "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down" and Sean Patrick McCarthy, writer of "Pansy," winners of the IFP Market Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award at the IFP awards lunch at dowtown Manhattan eatery Chinatown.
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    Tatum, Ford, Byrd at IFP Opening Night

    Making their Gran Entree at the opening night party for the IFP Market and Independent Film Week Monday night in New York, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" star Channing Tatum, First Look International president Stuart Ford, and Independent Feature Project (IFP) executive director Michelle Byrd at a very lively and crowded Eugene nightclub in Manhattan.
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    "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" IFP Party

    Entering a very crowded VIP area at nightclub Eugene in Manhattan for the IFP Independent Film Week opening night bash, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" director Dito Montiel (the film opened the event), William Morris' Craig Kestel (right) and Montiel's main squeeze (OK, we're not sure exactly what the status is), Christina.
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    The T/F NYC Group

    Sarah Price co-director of "The Yes Men" and "Summercamp!", Mark Isaacs director of "Someday My Prince Will Come", Paul Sturtzco-director of True/False, Lars Bergstrom director of "The Last Supper and David Wilson, co-director of the True/False Film Festival. The T/F guys traveled to New York (from their home in Columbia, MO) for a program Monday and Tuesday nights at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village, showcasing films that screened at their festival earlier this year. Isaacs and Bergstrom's docs screened Tuesday night, while Price moderated a Q&A afterward. Afterward, everyone headed over to a party in SoHo post-event.
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    Doug, Liz and Josh

    At the party for the True/False Film Festival, Liz Ogilvie from Docurama (center), with filmmakers Doug Block "(51 Birch St.)" and Josh Gilbert ("AKA Tommy Chong"). The party was held in a large space (actually someone's cool apartment) in SoHo.
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    Rachman in NYC

    Director Paul Rachman at the party for the True/False Film Festival following their screening program at IFC Center Tuesday night. His punk doc "American Hardcore" will be screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
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    Matt and Bent

    At the "Factotum" party in New York City, celebrating the film's opening this week, are star Matt Dillon with the film's director Bent Hamer.
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    The "Factotum" Party

    Enjoying the "Factotum" party are IFC Films' Ryan Werner (left) with producer Jim Stark (right) and a friend.
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    Sarah and Devi

    Hanging out at the New York City premiere for "Factotum" at BLVD downtown are "Summercamp!" co-director Sarah Price with Devorah DeVries, production manager on "Factotum" and producer of "Summercamp!"
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    Newlyweds!

    Hanging out at this week's IFC Films party for "Factotum" are the newly married John Vanco from IFC Center and Mary Ann Hult from Picturehouse.
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    The "Half Nelson" Group

    Last week's ThinkFilm bash celebrating the upcoming debut of "Half Nelson" was a fun night at Tribeca Cinemas, with tasty treats and music that had cast members and their family & friends dancing...posing for a shot near the end of the party are some of the key team members behind the new indie feature. From left to right: actor Anthony Mackie, director and co-writer Ryan Fleck, actor Shareeka Epps, actor Ryan Gosling, co-writer, producer and editor Anna Boden, and producer Jamie Patricof. The film opens Friday (August 11th).
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    Trio Hanging Out

    Enjoying a chat at the "Half Nelson" party are "Maria Full of Grace" filmmaker Josh Marston (left) with writer Amanda McBain and filmmaker Jesse Moss ("Speedo"). Marston and "Half Nelson" executive producer Paul Mezey recently returned from the Middle East where they were scouting locations for a new film.
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    Shareeka and the family

    "Half Nelson" co-star Shareeka Epps, who also co-starred in the short upon which the film is based, "Gowanus, Brooklyn," poses for a picture at the "Half Nelson" premiere in New York City last week. She is pictured with her mother, Pamela Epps and her brother Brandon Black.
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    Walker, Saylor and Williams

    Posing for a shot at the "Half Nelson" party are co-producer Jeremy Kipp Walker, Stephanie Saylor and Diana Williams.
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    The "Half Nelson" Team

    At ThinkFilm's New York City premiere for "Half Nelson" at New York City's Tribeca Cinemas are director Ryan Fleck, star Ryan Gosling, co-writer, producer and editor Anna Boden and producer Jamie Patricof.
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    Anna and Craig

    "Half Nelson" co-creator Anna Boden with the William Morris Agency's Craig Kestel at the New York City premiere of the film.
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    Laugh Out Loud Toni!!

    Actress Toni Collette shares a full on LOL with "The Night Listener" director Patrick Stettner and Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek (middle) at the New York post-premiere party for the film Tuesday night in a very steamy Midtown Manhattan. Collette stars in the drama/mystery/thriller along with Robin Williams, Joe Morton, Bobby Cannavale, Rory Culkin and Sandra Oh, which Miramax opens Friday.
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    Maupin and Stettner at "Night Listener" Party

    "The Night Listener" director/co-writer Patrick Stettner with author Armistead Maupin ("Tales of the City") who wrote the book of the same name (and co-penned the film with Stettner and Terry Anderson). Miramax Films opens the mystery/thriller, starring Robin Williams (didn't make it to the event), Toni Collette (who did) and Rory Culkin (who also did with some friends) Friday. The film is loosely based on bewildering events that once happened to Maupin. Check it out!
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    Sehring and Insdorf at "Night Listener" Preem

    Film professor and writer Annette Insdorf and IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, an executive producer of "The Night Listener" at the film's post-premiere party Tuesday night in Manhattan. Sehring smartly donned the linen as the temperature soared into record highs (though thank God for air conditioning).
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    Collette and Culkin at Michael's

    "The Night Listener" stars Toni Collette and Rory Culkin share a photo moment at the party for their film, directed by Patrick Stettner, at popular eatery Michael's in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday night following the premiere at the Museum of Modern Art. MoMA's Josh Siegel praised Collette's acting range when introducing the film before the packed theater. She is currently also starring in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine."
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    Fulton, Pepe and "The Brothers of the Head"

    "Brothers of the Head" co-directors Louis Pepe (left) and Keith Fulton enjoy a bit of down time at the party for their film in downtown Manhattan Tuesday night. IFC Films opens the about two Siamese twins pulled from obscurity and morph into a popular punk rock duo. Check out Fulton's recent interview in indieWIRE.
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    The Treadways' New York Adventure

    My Lawd they're cute! Anyway, "Brothers of the Head" leads Harry Treadway (front) and Luke Treadway seemed to have a good ole' time at Don Hills at a party for their film, which IFC Films opens beginning Friday. According to The Reeler who chatted with Harry at the event, they also showed some amazing travel stamina. Harry was busy filming the previous night in England until 8pm on Anton Corbijn's Joy Division pic, "Control," in which he plays the band's drummer, Stephen Morris. Wow, film in England, then jet over to New York for a premiere party the next day. How kick-ass is that!
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    Andy, Jonathan, Cameron and the "Brothers" Party Tuesday Night

    "Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette brought along Andy Warhol as his date to the "Brothers of the Head" theatrical debut party at Don Hills in downtown Manhattan Tuesday night. Joining in with the pair was NewFest's Cameron Yates (another iW fav). Caouette told indieWIRE that he's currently working on two new films, one called "Everything Somewhere Else." IFC Films opens "Brothers" by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe Friday.
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    In the Center of it All at "Brothers"

    NewFest executive director Basil Tsiokos (left) and "Adam and Steve" director/co-star Craig Chester amidst it all at the "Brothers of the Head" theatrical premiere party at Don Hills in Manhattan (the film screened last Spring at the Tribeca Film Festival). The music rocked and the Bass and Jameson flowed (anything different though cost $$).
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    The Separated Brothers and co-Directors Have Some Fun

    The cameras are flashing, it's boiling hot outside, but who cares! We've got beer, ciggies and air conditioning. Plus we look damn HOT! "Brothers of the Head" stars Harry Treadway (far left) and Luke Treadway (far right) get dishy for the cameras along with the film's co-directors Louis Pepe (who's telling Harry a secret) and Keith Fulton. Joining in on the fun is "Shortbus" director John Cameron Mitchell at the party for the film at Don Hills in New York's SoHo. IFC Films opens the "Brothers" Friday.
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    Katya Kisses Andrea at "Brothers" Party

    Former indieWIRE managing editor Andrea Meyer receives a kissey from her sister Katya (who is executive producer at new NYC/Mexico production company Catatonia Giraldi) at the "Brothers of the Head" party Tuesday night in downtown Manhattan. Andrea had just learned that her book, Room for Love will be published by St. Martins in 2007. Go Andrea! We're also sad to lose her to the Left Coast as she and hubby/cinematographer Harlan Bosmajian are LA bound soon.
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    Chillin' at a Cocktail Party

    Ariel Veneziano from GreeneStreet Films with filmmaker Phillip Van, whose short film was winner of the Best Talent Movie prize at the 2006 Berlinale Talent Campus at the cocktail party for Berlinale head Dieter Kosslick in SoHo.
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    Happy Birthday Olympia!

    "The Great New Wonderful" co-star Olympia Dukakis was surprised with a stunning and tasty $5,000 Margaret Braun cake at this week's screening and party celebrating the release of the new film. Co-stars Edie Falco, Dick Latessa, Tom McCarthy, Judy Greer, Anita Gillette and director Danny Leiner were among those who saluted the actress on her special day in Manhattan. Braun's handiwork is featured prominently in one of the five storylines that comprise Leiner's dramatic look at New York City in the year after 9/11. The film debuted last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and is opening in theaters this weekend from First Independent Pictures.
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    Celebrating "Great New Wonderful"

    At the New York City premiere for Danny Leiner's very New York story, "The Great New Wonderful", Leiner (left) with film cast members (left to right) Jim Parsons, Jim Gaffigan, Edie Falco and Olympia Dukakis. The film, from First Independent Pictures, was toasted with an Angelika Film Center screening, followed by a party at Libation on the Lower East Side.
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    "Strangers with Candy" Do Apple

    NewFest and indieWIRE hosted a conversation with "Strangers with Candy" director Paul Dinello and star Amy Sedaris at the Apple Store in New York's SoHo. The room was packed with loyal "Strangers" fans and Amy and Paul had them all rolling. NewFest executive director Basil Tsiokos (left) lead the Q&A with Sedaris and Dinello during the 90 minute program spotlighting the film which opened this year's NewFest. indieWIRE hosts monthly conversations with filmmakers and others at the Apple Store in downtown Manhattan.
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    "Gymnast" at Closing Night

    Ned Farr, director of "The Gymnast," producer/star, Dreya Weber with producer Michael Carp last week at the closing night party for NewFest, New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film Festival. "The Gymnast" won NewFest's best U.S. narrative feature prize.
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    "Available Men" at the Empire State

    Hanging at a NewFest party at the Empire State Building last week, Cameron Yates (NewFest shorts programmer) and actor Brian Gattas, who starred in NewFest film, "Available Men," which won the audience award for short.
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    NewFest Closing

    "Trembling Before G-d" director Sandi Simcha Dubowski, "Transamerica" producer Sebastian Dungan and Parvez Sharma at the closing night party for NewFest last week. Sharma is currently filming doc "In the Name of Allah" (working title), which takes a look at gay, lesbians and transgendered Muslims both in the West and in predominately Muslim countries. Dubowski is producing.
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    Devlin, Moore and Paine

    "Who Killed the Electric Car?" producer Dean Devlin ("Independence Day"), filmmaker Michael Moore and and the doc's director Chris Paine at the New York Sony building prior to a special screening of the film, which looks into the short rise and fall of the electric car in the '90s. Moore, who introduced the film before a packed room of notable NY journalists and other invited guests, recalled "Roger & Me" before the screening. The cars, considered a highly environmentally friendly alternative to the conventional car, disappeared in California after GM produced a model and quickly forced their destruction despite a loyal following. Sony Classics will open the film, which screened at Sundance and Tribeca in late June.
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    Barker & Bernard with Moore

    Sony Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard with filmmaker Michael Moore at the Sony building in New York Monday night for a screening of Chris Paine's doc "Who Killed the Electric Car?" which SPC will open in limited runs starting at the end of the June. Moore mentioned to indieWIRE during the cocktail party that his next film, "Sicko," is half-way finished and will be completed by the end of the year. He expects the film, about the American health care system, to be out next year.
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    Tribeca All Access Winners

    More from Tribeca '06: Tribeca All Access participant Lacey Schwartz at the awards ceremony at Bridge Chinese restaurant Saturday. She won the program's Documentary section prize for her work-in-progress, "Outside the Box." Joining her on stage for the post-ceremony mini-crush of photos is Milton Liu who won the screenplay section prize for "John Hughes Ruined My Life."
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    Tribeca All Access Winners

    More from Tribeca '06: Tribeca All Access participant Lacey Schwartz at the awards ceremony at Bridge Chinese restaurant Saturday. She won the program's Documentary section prize for her work-in-progress, "Outside the Box." Joining her on stage for the post-ceremony mini-crush of photos is Milton Liu who won the screenplay section prize for "John Hughes Ruined My Life."
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    In the Glow of a Win

    More from the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival: Taking to the stage along with their fellow Tribeca Film Festival winners Saturday night in Lower Manhattan, "The Treatment" director Oren Rudavsky (right) and producer Jonathan Shoemaker bask under the stage lighting. Their film won the fest's "Best Made in New York Narrative Feature" prize.
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    Maysles and Dellal at the Awards Show

    "When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan" director Jasmine Dellal and doc filmmaker Al Maysles at the Tribeca Film Festival awards ceremony. Maysles shot the film with Alain de Halleux, which is about a "celebration of Romani ife and music.
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    Best Actor Recipient at Awards Ceremony

    German actor Juergen Vogel of Tribeca film "The Free Will" (Der Freie Wille) won the fest's prize for best actor Saturday evening at the awards show capping the 5th Tribeca Film Festival. The awards event was held at the cavernous Bridge Chinese restaurant.
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    "The Architect" dinner

    HDNet Films' "The Architect" (by writer/director Matt Tauber) hosted a party at TriBeCa eatery Sosa Borella earlier this week. Among the attendees were the film's stars Anthony LaPaglia, actress Hayden Panettiere and actress Viola Davis. There was also some hot actor there, but we had difficulty maneuvering that photo. Oh well, next time...
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    Crosswords and Pizza

    The after-screening party for "Wordplay," which is playing in this year's Tribeca line up wasn't lavish, but refreshingly chill. Famous Ray's pizza (one of a zillion in NYC) was the venue for the event, which featured a ton of pizza and garlic knots. Yum! "Wordplay," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, had a terrific evening screening in Manhattan's Upper West Side, packing a large theater at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. The film is a charming portrait of avid crossword puzzle addicts, especially the famous New York Times Crossword, which is spearheaded by Will Shortz (center). The film, which includes commentary from President Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, Jon Stewart and the Indigo Girls, will be released by IFC Films beginning June 16th. Also posing at Ray's are the film's director, Patrick Creadon (left) and famous crossworder, Merle Reagle.
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    Off to the Prom

    A load of tuxedo and gown-clad New Yorkers turned up at Manhattan nightspot Guest House for the prom in honor of Tribeca Film Festival short doc, "Prom Date" by Poull Brien (the one sporting that hot blue tux). Joining Poull was "Prom Date" actor Dylan Lane (FuseTV -- AKA Much Music -- host) at the party, which was decorated in the very prom best.
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    "One Percent": The American Rich Get Richer, and the Poor...

    Johnson & Johnson heir Jamie Johnson ("Born Rich") chatted with a large group of well-wishers at a Lower Manhattan apartment party last weekend for his doc "The One Percent," which premiered in Tribeca's NY, NY Documentary Competition. Johnson's film, which even caught the eye of none other than Oprah Winfrey, landed him a spot as one of Oprah's guests on her recent show spotlighting the rising income disparity in the United States. The film features a fascinating array of interviewees, including Steve Forbes, Ralph Nader, former U.S. Labor Secretery Robert Reich, arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, economist Milton Friedman as well as cab drivers, Katrina victims, members of Johnson's own family and more on the increasing gap between America's rich and poor.
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    "War Tapes" Intros

    "The War Tapes" director Deborah Scranton and producer Robert May introducing their film at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center Saturday afternoon before a huge crowd. The film is a fascinating look at the war through the lenses of three soldiers who were sent to Iraq with cameras.
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    Silverman and the Apple

    Comedienne Sarah Silverman hung out at the Apple Store in SoHo last weekend for a filmmaker party hosted by the popular techy retailer. Silverman appears in Jeff Garlin's Tribeca '06 romantic/comedy, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with," which is screening in the fest's spotlight section.
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    Rosie Perez's Doc

    The Armani Casa store (Armani's furniture line) in SoHo provided the venue for actress/director Rosie Perez's doc "Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!" on New York's annual Peurto Rican Day parade. Perez is pictured here with actor/rapper Mos Def ("The Woodsman") and the film's producers, doc filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus as well as IFC exec Evan Shapiro (left). The party was VERY well-attended and many of the spendy tables in the store were obstacles for the crowd working their way through the rooms. The film is an insightful look at Puerto Rican history and pride.
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    "TV Set" at SoHo Grand

    "The TV Set" star Ioan Gruffudd taking in the scene at the SoHo Grand Hotel for the party for the film after its premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night. A good number of people seemed to like this film, about a TV pilot as it goes through the process of casting and production. The film, which also stars David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver, is directed by Jake Kasdan ("Zero Effect").
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    "Jesus Camp" in Tribeca

    "Jesus Camp" co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("The Boys of Baraka") following the world premiere of their documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is either a disturbing (or celebrated) look at a camp for fundamentalist Christian children and its determined organizer. The pair then headed off to the film's party at Bubble Lounge in Tribeca.
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    "Twenty Dollar Drinks" with Sandra Bernhard

    Actress Sandra Bernhard, David Brind (director) and Cady Huffman(co-star) following the screening of "Twenty Dollar Drinks" at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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    "The Treatment Party" at Tribeca

    Cast members, crew, guests and friends gathered to celebrate the Tribeca screening of Oren Rudavsky's "The Treatment." Director Rudavsky (center) is flanked by cast members, from left to right: Stephanie March (TV's "Law & Order," "Conviction"), Harris Yulin (TV's "24," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Chris Eigeman ("Metropolitan," TV's "Gilmore Girls") and Famke Janssen (all three "X-Men" movies). Also attending the party were March's husband chef and restauranteur Bobby Flay as well as "Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham. No word on whether or not Flay liked the fantastic pigs in a blanket served by party host The Hidaway.
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    Enjoying a little "Boy Culture"

    If that poster doesn't bring out the gays, then what will? "Boy Culture" star Jonathon Trent and director Q. Allan Brocka (right) do a little posey action at their pre-screening party in a rather nice apartment in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen (great catering by the way). In the tradition of "Brokeback Mountain," two of the film's lead actors are straight (including Trent), but apparently the third isn't... The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday night in Manhattan's East Village (we like to call the E.Vill).
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    Caouette Does Tribeca

    Actor/director Jonathan Caouette ("Tarnation") and actor Joe Flaten hanging out in a theater lobby prior to the screening of Q. Allan Brocka's "Boy Culture." Caouette and Flaten are starring in Tribeca Discovery film, "Fat Girls" by Ash Christian. The two later joined the late-night after-party for "Boy" at popular East Village bar Starlight. Incidentally, we loved Caouette's "Trash" T-shirt! Oh Joe!!! And, Oh Holly (she hitchhiked her way across the USA; plucked her eyebrows along the way; shaved her legs, and then he became a she...) OK, we digress...
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    Zehetner, Thomas and Bell Pose for "Fifty Pills"

    Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "Fifty Pills" had its screening last night, followed with a bash at NYC nightspot Stereo NYC in Manhattan's west Chelsea neighborhood (an area that has undoubtedly never seen anyone drop E). Despite not being a hop skip and a jump away from TriBeCa, the party drew quite a crowd. TV's "Everwood" actress Nora Zehetner (left), "American Pie" (1, 2 and "Wedding")'s Eddie Kaye Thomas and TV's "Veronica Mars" actress Kristen Bell joined the fun in support of "Pills," directed by Theo Avgerinos which they also star in.
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    A Party with "Fifty Pills"

    Inside their world premiere after party at Stereo NYC following the screening of their film, "Fifty Pills," actor Lou Taylor Pucci ("Thumbsucker"), director Theo Avgerinos (middle) and "Nip/Tuck" actor John Hensley (right). The party was a packed one...
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    Ben Barenholtz with Stephanie Sharis and Jessica Faller

    Producer Ben Barenholtz with Stephanie Sharis(left) from AOL andJessica Faller at the NY, NY party at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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    Morgan J. Freeman and Jamin O'Brien at Tribeca

    Director Morgan J. Freeman and producer Jamin O'Brien "Just Like the Son" at the Tribeca Film Festival's NY, NY section kick off party.
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    Director Kristi Jacobson with Newport's David Nugent at Tribeca

    "Toots" director Kristi Jacobson (right) with Newport International Film Festival programming director David Nugent at the Tribeca Film Festival's NY, NY section kick off party.
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    De Niro at Tribeca Film Festival Press Conference

    Actor Robert De Niro takes his turn at the podium for the press conference Monday afternoon in Lower Manhattan for the 5th Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro said he thought it would be "strange" if the festival didn't open with Paul Greengrass' "United 93" -- which will have its world premiere Tuesday night opening the festival -- when asked if New York was ready for a 9/11 movie. Fellow festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal also introduced this year's list of notable jurors. The narrative jury includes actor Ed Burns, writer/director Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda"), actor Josh Lucas, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Antonio Skarmeta ("Il Postino"), producer/actress Trudie Styler, and writer/actor Melvin Van Peebles.
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    Sid & Nancy

    In New York on Wednesday night before jetting out to L.A. for their Hollywood premiere are husband-and-wife producing team Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis. The two are pictured at Osteria del Circo after a special screening of "Akeelah and the Bee," the movie that they've spent years bringing to the big screen. Sid Ganis, president of AMPAS, explained that he first heard about the script in 2000 when writer/director Doug Atchison won the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship for the film. He quickly pursued the project and years later finally raised the money from Lionsgate and 2929 Entertainment. The film will screen next week at the Tribeca Film Festival before opening soon in theaters.
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    Jane Fonda and the Vets at IFC Center for "Sir! No Sir! Benefit

    The IFC Center in New York was a buzz of activity Monday night with a benefit screening of director David Zeiger's doc "Sir! No Sir!." The Hamptons fest winner chronicles the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. Two-time Oscarwinner Jane Fonda, who also appears in the film, showed up for the screenings and posed with veterans from Vietnam and Iraq, including Joe Urgo, Dave Cline, Susan Schnall, Greg Payton, Oliver Hirsch, Jerry Lempcke, Joe Bangart, Elder Halim Gullahbemi and Don May prior to the evening's first screening. Zeiger, Fonda and the veterans received standing ovations at the screenings.
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    Lange & Sheperd

    Jessica Lange last night in New York City last night for the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute in her honor. She is pictured with her husband, Sam Sheperd. "I love the organization and I love what they stand for," the actress told S.T. VanAirsdale, prior to the event last night. "It's great to be a New Yorker and to be singled out for this particular honor." In The Reeler today, he offers a dispatch from the event.
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    The Miramax Trio

    At the NYC premiere of Julian Jarrold's "Kinky Boots" earlier this week in Manhattan, new Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek (left) alongside his new president of production Keri Putnam and company EVP of marketing Jason Cassidy. Battsek hosted the MoMA screening with Maria Cuomo Cole & Kenneth Cole and encouraged attendees to bring along a pair of shoes to benefit HELP USA, a group that shares gently worn shoes with the homeless. After the showing, guests made their way to FIZZ to celebrate...
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    Gretchen Mol at "Notorious Bettie Page" Premiere

    Actress Gretchen Mol held court at New York hot spot Bed for the New York theatrical premiere of "The Notorious Bettie Page" Monday night. The bio-drama is about 1950s pin up girl Bettie Page who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her bondage photos (you go girl!). The film, directed by Mary Harron and released by Picturehouse, opens Friday.
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    Harron and Tusk in Bed

    "The Notorious Bettie Page" director Mary Harron hanging out with HDNet Films development exec Mark Tusk at New York nightspot Bed following the New York theatrical premiere of her film Monday night. Bed, located in the Chelsea neighborhood, has beds (go figure) throughout the space for club goers to lounge and booze it up on. For the party, Picturehouse, which is distributing the film, bought some sheets with a Bettie Page-esque pin up girl pattern.
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    Gen Art Launch Party

    The Gen Art Film Festival (April 5 - 11) hosted a launch bash at the Salvatore Ferragamo store on Fifth Avenue in New York last week. Among the crowd downstairs were Gen Art's VP of Film, Jeffrey Abramson (the guiding light behind the fest) and "Behind the Mask" director Scott Glosserman (right), whose film will screen at the fest. Gen Art is known for screening seven features and shorts (one feature and one short per night) followed by a big blow out at some hip and happenin' New York space.
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    "Shut Up and Sing" 1

    "Shut Up and Sing" actor Camilla Thorsson and the film's director, Bruce Leddy were all dressed up and having a good time at the Gen Art Film Festival launch party at the Salvatore Ferragamo store last week in New York. The festival, which presents seven features and seven shorts over seven days followed by a party at a New York hotspot, will take place April 5 - 11 in New York. The fest opens with Jason Matzner's "Dreamland," while the other five features include "Wristcutters: A Love Story" by Goran Dukic; Steve Anderson's "F*ck"; "Behind the Mask" by Scott Glosserman; Joshua Michael Stern's "Neverwas" and "Live Free or Die" by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin. For more information about Gen Art including film descriptions, visit their website.
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    "Shut Up and Sing" 2

    Cast members from "Shut Up and Sing" (directed by Bruce Leddy) take a break upstairs at the Salvatore Ferragamo store on Fifth Ave. last week for the Gen Art launch party (left to right: Liz Stauber, Elizabeth Reaser and Samrat Chakrabarti). The event was definitely a good one once you successfully got through the strict check in (we had to talk our way in). Gen Art always seems to bring out a good looking crowd, and while the party was crowded, it wasn't stifling, which can often be the case at splashy parties. We also enjoyed checking out the stylish clothes and shoes we couldn't afford.
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    Hawk and Jacob at Gen Art

    "The Roost" actor Karl Jacob and film consultant and producer Bob Hawk joined the festivities last week for the Gen Art Film Festival's launch party at the Ferragamo store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The 11th annual fest with its signature seven films and seven parties will take place April 5 - 11 in New York.
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    Matthew Barney and Bjork are "Restraint"

    Suffice it to say, pop star Bjork and artist Matthew Barney are not big fans of posing for photos. Last night (Tuesday) the couple attended the premiere of Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and a small cadre of photographers (including us) stood for an hour prior to their appearance. But, the pair only did a 20 second drive-by and bolted into the theater. Oh well, we got a pic of them, although it's not the best in the world, but... It's Bjork damnit! Both showed up later at the Japan Society (co-hosted by Tokion Magazine) near the U.N. for the after party and posed with people for personal photos with admirers which neither seemed to mind doing. We didn't ask though... "Drawing Restraint 9" opens at the IFC Center in New York today (Wednesday)... and it received a rave review in the New York Times. "Drawing Restraint 9" is an IFC Films release.
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    Barkin & Dellal

    Pictured in New York after a full day of meeting the press, first time feature director Gaby Dellal poses for a photo for actress Ellen Barkin at Soho House in Manhattan. Dellal was in New York Thursday in preparation for the release of her film "On A Clear Day" by Focus Features. Check out the trailer for the film, starring Brenda Blethyn and Peter Mullan, on Apple's movie trailer website.
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    Schamus and The Scholar

    Over at the ultra exclusive, members only Soho House last Thursday night, Focus Features hosted a special VIP screening of their upcoming release "On A Clear Day." Pictured at the event with is company president James Schamus with a friend who dropped by for the event, film studies professor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, David Bordwell.
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    Liv and Plum

    At the IFC Films premiere party for Lonesome Jim are the film's co-star Liv Tyler, with producers Galt Niederhoffer (left) and Celine Rattray. The two women are principals -- with Daniela Taplin Lundberg -- in Plum Pictures. Their first film, "The Baxter", was released by IFC last year. Up next for the company, according to their website, is a film called "Pack, Strap, Swallow" for the Sundance Channel. It is described as a movie that" follows the lives of American and European girls, who were drug mules, and are now imprisoned in Ecuador."
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    Mary Kay

    At Monday's IFC Films premiere party for "Lonesome Jim," co-star Mary Kay Place (center), with director Steve Buscemi's girlfriend Jo (right) and a friend hang out in the VIP area. Buscemi was nearby, chatting with friends and well-wishers at the crowded party at Home in West Chelsea.
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    Unknown White Male Party

    New York-based distributor Wellspring, a beacon of light for many an arthouse and foreign-language film fan in the United States, held its last premiere party Tuesday night for the U.S. theatrical release of controversial doc "Unknown White Male." The film, which made the Academy's short list for Oscar consideration in the documentary category, has garnered a lot of media attention of late due to the film's subject, Doug Bruce, who has lived with total amnesia since July, 2003. Let's just say, see the movie and decide for yourself... Pictured here is the film's executive producer, Jess Search, director Rupert Murray (middle), and the film's international sales agent, Michael Thornton. Wellspring hosted a terrific party for the film, although the bash was also, in effect, its own good bye bash since it was revealed that the company's theatrical division will be shuttered by its parent company Genius, which is controlled by The Weinstein Company. They will be sorely missed.
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    Sandi and Ira at Wellspring

    "Trembling Before G-d" director Sandi Simcha Dubowski and "Forty Shades of Blue" director/producer Ira Sachs were among some of the New York industryites who showed up for Wellspring's party Tuesday night on Manhattan's Lower East Side for the theatrical debut of "Unknown White Male." The party continued until about 1:30am.
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    Wellspring Takes a Bow

    Some of the folks from Wellspring (and their friends) celebrated the end of their party Tuesday night for "Unknown White Male," which was also, in effect, a celebration of the distributor's life which is now coming to a close in its present form. Playing up for the "fun shot" here are Courtney Ott, Marisa Keselica, Anne Takahashi (formerly of Kino International), Charles and Sophie Bouchart, Sean McDonnell and Rob Williams. Three Cheers for Wellspring!
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    Howard, Merkerson & Wolfe

    At a crowded Tavern on the Green cocktail party, celebrating the award for "Lackawanna Blues" and a special breakthrough award for Terrence Howard are (from left to right), Howard, co-star S. Epatha Merkerson, and the film's director George C. Wolfe. Howard was presented his National Board of Review award later Tuesday night, after dinner by Queen Latifah, who said she first met him on the set of the TV show, "Living Single" and couldn't believe it took so long for everyone else to realize his talent and present him a breakthrough prize. Indeed, the actor has had quite a year, with standout roles in "Lackawanna," "Hustle & Flow" and "Crash."
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    Eamonn at 50

    Just how many fllm industry execs can boast a MySpace.com page for their rock band? We can think of only one, namely Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles (pictured), frontman for the band "The Martinets." On the eve of his 50th birthday today, Bowles and the band performed a set last night at the Lakeside Lounge in the East Village of New York, with family, friends, and co-workers on hand to raise a glass and toast the foursome and sing "Happy Birthday" to Bowles.
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    Meet The Bloggers

    At the Apple Store on Friday, indieWIRE hosted "Meet the Bloggers," a discussion with bloggers Michael Koresky (Reverse Blog), Alison Willmore (IFC News blog), Andrew Grant (Like Anna Karina's Sweater), Aaron Dobbs (Out of Focus), S.T. Van Airsdale (The Reeler), Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine Blog), Karina Longworth (Cinematical).
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    "Brokeback" in Texas

    Today's "Brokeback Mountain" news: In Austin, TX on Tuesday night, "Brokeback" screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana attend a special benefit screening of their film. The screening, at the Arbor Great Hills Theater, was co-hosted by the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and the Austin Film Society.
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    AIVF's Holiday Party: Independent Women

    At the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers Holiday Party, The Independent's staff poses for a nice group shot (l to r): Editorial Associate Erica Berenstein, Senior Editor Katie Dykstra, and the newly appointed Editor in Chief, Shana Liebman.
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    AIVF's Holiday Party: Sonia, Sean and Aaron

    At the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers holiday party, Producer (and former AIVF staffer) Sonia Malfa with AIVF Program Director Sean Shodahl (middle) and film blogger (Out of Focus) Aaron Dobbs mix and mingle at the Pioneer Bar in downtown Manhattan.
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    Al and Tipper Gore Join Tommy Lee Jones for NY Premiere of "Three Burials"

    "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" director/star Tommy Lee Jones (second from left) brought out his former college roommate, Al Gore (Jones said they lived together forty years ago this summer) for the New York premiere of his latest film, which is also his directorial debut. The New York screening was co-hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image at the Paris Theater. Following the screening, we followed the former Veep (wish we could say Prez) and wife Tipper Gore (right) to a dinner organized by famed New York publicist Peggy Siegal (not pictured). Jones and Gore posed for a pic at Brasserie 8 1/2 along with Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics and Jones' wife, Dawn Jones. The dinner included steak and fries (or polente for the veggies) as well as corn tortillas and salsa and some damn good margaritas.
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    Museum of the Moving Image Co-Hosts "3 Burials" NY Premiere Screening

    New York's Museum of the Moving Image co-hosted Monday night's New York premiere screening of Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" at the Paris Theater in Manhattan with a lively Q & A following the film, moderated by David Schwartz, curator at the museum. Pictured with Schwartz is the organization's assistant curator, Livia Bloom at Brasserie 8 1/2 where the evening continued with a dinner for invited guests.
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    Tribeca Holiday Bash

    At the Tribeca Film Festival/Tribeca Film Center holiday celebration, held at Tribeca Cinemas, are festival co-managing director and programmer Nancy Schaefer with The Gersh Agency's Arianna Bocco.
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    New Fest Holiday Bash

    In New York City Monday, NewFest hosted its Winter benefit. Pictured, at the Secret Lounge in West Chelsea, are current NewFest executive director Basil Tsiokos with his predecessor, Wellington Love, of 15 Minutes PR.
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    Director Ang Lee at "Brokeback Mountain" Premiere

    Director Ang Lee posed on the red carpet Tuesday night in a very chilly New York for the premiere of his film "Brokeback Mountain." The cast and many many invited guests came out for the event, although one notable absentee was Jake Gyllenhaal who plays cowboy Jack Twist in the film opposite Heath Ledger.
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    Like Father, Like Son: JT Van Zandt Evokes Townes

    JT Van Zandt (son of the late Townes Van Zandt) performs some of his father's achingly beautiful songs at the post premiere party for Margaret Brown's documentary, "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt."
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    Be Here To Love Me Party: JT, Margaret and Chloe

    At the premiere party after the sold out screening of "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" last Friday, JT Van Zandt (son of the late Townes), director Margaret Brown and actress Chloe Sevigny at Parkside Lounge in the Lower East Side.
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    Oksana & Ben

    Hanging out at the bar at Tribeca Cinemas during the post-Gothams party are Oksana Lada (best know for her role in The Soprano's), with producer Ben Barenholtz.
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    Trio

    At the Kodak/Paste party after the Gotham Awards last week are (left to right): filmmakers Bo Mehrad, Luci Westphal-Solary and Scott Westphal-Solary.
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    Snuggling for a Photo

    Picturehouse president Bob Berney and wife Jeanne Berney (left), who recently started in her new position at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, hung out with "Keane" producer, Andrew Fierberg as well as Pat Kauffman, executive director of the New York State Governor's office of Motion Picture and Television Development and her hubby, Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Dance. And the pretty grin in the background belongs to Anne Hubbell from Kodak, who co-sponsored the post-Gotham Awards bash in Lower Manhattan Wednesday night.
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    Tusk and Jarecki at Post Gothams

    Newly appointed head of development at HD Net Films, Mark Tusk (left) takes in a social call with filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki (yes, of the Jarecki clan) at the Kodak/Paste post-Gothams bash. We recently hung out with in Amsterdam with his doc "The Outsider" at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
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    Rubin and Adams Strike an Award-winning Pose

    "Murderball" co-director Henry-Alex Rubin (left) and "Junebug" star Amy Adams (right) put on a cute show for our camera at the Kodak/Paste: Gotham Awards VIP After Party at Tribeca Cinemas in downtown Manhattan following the annual Gotham Awards ceremony, presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP). Rubin's film won the prize for Best Documentary, while Adams was honored with the Breakthrough Actor award. Seen in the background is "Junebug" director Phil Morrison.
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    Bennett and the Chicken Nugget

    "Capote" director Bennett Miller joined the festivities at the post-Gothams party Wednesday night after his big win at the ceremony hosted by IFP at Chelsea Piers. Miller ("The Cruise") won both the best feature prize for his latest film and the Breakthrough Director award. Miller celebrated with a little nugget, one of the many tasty morsels being passed around, in addition to some amazing chocolate.
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    Jesse and His Girl at "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" Party

    Actor Jesse Eisenberg ("The Squid and The Whale") with his girlfriend, Anna (who cutely asked to be referred to as 'Jesse's Girl') cozy up at the premiere party for "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" earlier this week.
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    "Tiger King" Opens NYC Edition of "Undiscovered Gems"

    Emerging Pictures' Barry Rebo (left), with David Flamholc (center), the director of "House of the Tiger King" and IFC Center's John Vanco (right) at the opening night of indieWIRE's "Undiscovered Gems Film Festival." Attendees gathered afterwards in the Waverly bar/restaurant for a glass of Dewar's to warm up on a rainy Wednesday night. "Undiscovered Gems" will be taking 7 films to 9 cities throughout November.
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    Nerve.com Gets Down at "Jesus is Magic" Party

    Pictured (left) is Rufus Griscom, the CEO and Publisher of Nerve.com with Alisa Volkman (center), Nerve's VP of Film Development and Sales and Marketing, and Shani Ankori (right), VP of Marketing for IDP at the party for "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic." Whenever Nerve is involved with these film events there always seems to be a lot of hip, attractive people in attendance. After an industry friend realized the party was sponsored by the popular site for online dating, she exclaimed (jokingly), "I just want to go and fuck every guy in the room." Perhaps Sarah Silverman's sassy brassiness is contagious?
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    Sarah Shines at "Jesus Is Magic" Party

    The screening and party for Liam Lynch's "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" took place this past Monday night. While a lot of industry folks were on the West Coast for AFI, the rest of us crowded into the Chelsea screening to see Sarah joke about all things un-PC: ethnic slurs, 9/11, the Holocaust, and a bunch of other things you'd never want your Nana to hear. Afterwards, we trekked down to Rock Candy for cocktails and to get this pic of Sarah hanging out.
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    "New York Doll" At Apple Store

    At the Apple Store Soho Friday night in New York City, "New York Doll" director Greg Whiteley (center) talks about the film. The story of a member of the New York Dolls and his drive to reunite the band premiered at Sundance this year and opened in theaters this weekend. Pictured with Whiteley is producer and editor Seth Gordon (right) and indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez.
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    Sloan Summit

    At the recent Sloan Film Summit at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan, producer Eva Kolodner (center, front) and Arianna Bocco (center, back) from the Gersh Agency talk with filmmakers over lunch.
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    Corbijn Reception

    In New York Sunday, photographer Anton Corbijn (right) talks with guests at the opening reception for his new show (and book), U2&i. Bono and The Edge from U2 dropped in for the opening, as did Michael Stipe, Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode, Gina Gershon, and Orlando Bloom. The photographer and music video director will direct a feature film about the life of the late New Order singer Ian Curtis and a DVD collection of Corbijn's work was recently released by Palm's Directors Label.
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    Daniels and Winterbottom

    Among the notables toasting Killer Films at their Paper Magazine party in Manhattan last week were producer, and now director, Lee Daniels(left) and filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. The British director (right), in town with the New York Film Festival debut of his latest feature, "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story," told indieWIRE that he will soon head back to the Middle East to continue making "The Road to Guantanamo", a BBC TV project about three British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo for two years and later released without a formal charge. Winterbottom said that while the new movie will air on TV in Britain, he and producer Andrew Eaton will pursue theatrical distribution in the United States.
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    "40 Shades..."

    At the New York premiere party for Ira Sachs' Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize award winner "40 Shades Of Blue", at Tribeca Cinemas, are (left to right) producer Jawal Nga, director and co-writer Ira Sachs, producer Margot Bridger, and star Rip Torn. The film will open on Sept. 28th at Film Forum in New York, Sept. 30th in Memphis, TN and on Oct. 7th at the Nuart in Los Angeles, followed by other dates nationwide.
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    Yolanda Ross & Rosie Perez

    At the IFP Market yesterday, Yolonda Ross (left) and Rosie Perez (right) talk with Paul Bales from SAGIndie at the acting panel discussion.
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    "Good Night": Clarkson, Heslov, Clooney, Strathairn

    At the New York Film Festival press conference yesterday for George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck", cast and crew gather to talk about the new movie, which will kick off the festival tomorrow night in Manhattan. Pictured left to right are Patricia Clarkson, writer Grant Heslov, Richard Pena from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, director & co-star George Clooney, and David Strathairn who stars as Edward R. Murrow.
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    Neil Gaiman @ Apple Shows A Scene from "MirrorMask"

    Screenwriter Neil Gaiman (right) shows a scene from his new film, "MirrorMask" which is directed by illustrator Dave McKean. Photo by Frank Bonomo/Apple Store Soho.
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    Neil Gaiman @ Apple Discussing "MirrorMask"

    At the Apple Store - Soho in September, comic book writer and novelist Neil Gaiman (right) discusses his role as co-creator and screenwriter of the new fantasy film "MirrorMask" with indieWIRE's James Israel (left). Photo by Frank Bonomo/Apple Store Soho.
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    "Forest Grove" At Apple Store, Group Shot

    At the Apple Store event in August, Maya Churi (left) and a group talk about her new online project, "Forest Grove." Pictured (left to right) with Maya are Michelle Perreault, Jason Snell, and indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez & James Israel. Photo by John Pieza/Apple Store Soho
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    Forest Grove @ Apple

    At the Apple Store Soho on Friday, (from left to right) Forest Grove creator Maya Churi, designer Michelle Perreault, and animator/composer Jason Snell, in a discussion moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez.
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    Sloss, Pierson, Ray and Bowles

    We thought the official photos were done, but then we raced over to snap this photo when we saw the flashes going off. Most of them were already featured in this iPOP, but it's not often we get to them all together, so what the hell! Left to right: John Sloss (Sloss Law/Cinetic Media), John Pierson, former UA chief Bingham Ray, and Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles (a lot of The Bowles in this iPOP). Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Amy Werner and others at the Reel Paradise party

    Of course, some of the cool people headed outdoors for a ciggy during the party. Pictured right to left: Dan Goldberg from Wellspring, Christine Richardson and Jessica Grant from Jeremy Walker + Assoc. (which handled publicity for the film), Sophie Bouchard (Wellspring) and Ryan Werner's sister, Amy Werner (no smart-asses, Ryan didn't get a photo this time around). Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Liz Mermin and David Wilson at the Reel Paradise party

    "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" director Liz Mermin (whose film is one of the indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems) with True/False Film Festival co-founder David Wilson at the Tribeca Cinemas. Wilson himself hosted an informal small outdoor party in the East Village the other Night for his fest, which takes place in Columbia, MO. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Eamonn Bowles, Janet Pierson and Arnie Sawyer at the Reel Paradise party

    Horsing around at the party, Magnolia's Eamonn Bowles, Janet Pierson, and iPOP newcomer Arnie Sawyer of Arnie Sawyer Studios, which does entertainment advertising design (posters, ads, logos, you name it, they do it). Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Devorah DeVries and Wyatt Pierson at the Reel Paradise party

    "Hell House" producer Devorah DeVries with Wyatt Pierson at the party. DeVries apparently used to baby-sit Wyatt back in the day when the family lived in New York (they are now living in Austin, TX). When asked if any of his friends had seen the movie yet, Wyatt replied, "None of them know anything about it." When asked how that was possible considering its coverage in the New York Times, the Austin Chronicle (not to mention indieWIRE) etc., Wyatt replied, "I live in Austin, and they don't know how to read in Texas, so it's fine..." Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Dana O'Keefe, Jason Janego and Liesl Copland at the Reel Paradise party

    Cinetic's Dana O'Keefe's (left) severe countenance contrasted with the smiley faces of Magnolia's Jason Janego and fellow Cinetic colleague Liesl Copland. We're happy to report that O'Keefe was quite a happy camper at the party, however. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Levi Elder and Doug Crapo at the Reel Paradise party

    Los Angeles Film Festival '05 publicist Levi Elder (left) may not have specifically flown in for the "Reel Paradise" event, but it was sure great to see him in hot, humid New York all the same. IDP's Doug Crapo also took part in the evening, cooling off with a beer. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Stephen Kijak, Jess Search and Vanessa Arteaga at the Reel Paradise party

    Hanging at the party, director Stephen Kijak ("Cinemania"), who is currently working on doc "30 Century Man: The Music of Scott Walker," Jess Search of Shooting People (shootingpeople.org -- they're cool, check them out filmmakers, screenwriters etc.) and Wellspring's Vanessa Arteaga. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Alison Chernick and Elma Cremin at the Reel Paradise party

    Quite often, people hide their cocktails when we ask for a photo -- which is fine, their choice (but, like, don't most people have some booze at an NY film party?) -- but Elma Cremin (right) and director Alison Chernick gave us a toast! Right ON, drink up! Chernick is currently working on a documentary about artist/director Matthew Barney, while Cremin is working at Steve Chase's new network, Healthy Living with a Twist, which she described as focusing on "alternative lifestyles, philosophy, organic life, environment, ecology, health and fitness." Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Anne Hubbell and others at the Reel Paradise party

    Kodak's Anne Hubbell was just telling Picturehouse's Mary Ann Hult (middle) and Wellspring head of acquisitions Marie Therese Guirgis they should have a girls night out sometime, then the big bad iPOP camera came a runnin' (good timing). Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Eammon Bowles and others at the Reel Paradise party

    The "Reel Paradise" party was quite a fun blow out, and a perfect end to the "season" in NYC before things start picking up again in September. There are no real film parties in the city for the rest of the month (but we do know the Hamptons Int'l. Film Festival is throwing some bashes out on Long Island) at least that we're aware of... Anyway, several vets of the NY film world including Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles (left), Keith Weckstein from Tribeca Cinemas, Wellspring acquisitions exec Rob Williams, and publicist Susan Norget, shared a drink and chat before the party got into full swing. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Kevin Smith and John Sloss at the Reel Paradise party

    indieWIRE arrived early at the party at the Tribeca Cinemas, hoping for one or two shots like this before the crowd came and everyone's guard was up... Director Kevin Smith and uber entertainment lawyer and producer John Sloss (Sloss Law/Cinetic) chill out in a booth inside as the film screened next door. Smith apparently flew in to New York from lala for the day to attend the event. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Georgia and Janet Pierson at the Reel Paradise party

    Georgia Pierson sported a very cool t-shirt promoting the film "Stranger than Paradise," which her father wrote extensively about in his book "Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes," apparently a remnant from John's collection of film shirts. Georgia's hair is also a radical change from how she appears in the film, seen here smiling with her mother Janet Pierson, who is an executive producer of the film, and was a part of the "Split Screen" television series on IFC in the '90s. The Pierson family now lives in Austin, TX and are, not surprisingly, established fixtures on the local film scene. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    John Pierson and Family at the Reel Paradise party

    John Pierson (right) with the whole fam-damily, Including Janet (next to him) and their children Georgia and Wyatt posing for photogs in front of posters for the film, which documents the final month of their lives in Fiji. We won't get into the whole "reality" vs. "non-reality" discussion here in iPOP, the happiest place on earth, but the film is a very intriguing look at an upstate New York family that picks up and moves to a remote island in Fiji (and we don't mean their swinging capital of Suva either) to live with a rather homogeneous population that's fairly untouched by the outside world -- or at least by 21st century standards. And, to top it all off, they re-open a local movie house, and show free films, with everything from "Jackass" to "Rabbit-Proof Fence." Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.
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    Steve James, Kevin Smith and John Pierson at the Reel Paradise party

    Wellspring threw a party for its release of Sundance '05/SXSW '05 fav "Reel Paradise" at the Tribeca Cinemas in Lower Manhattan Monday night, attracting a pretty nice cross-section of New York film world stalwarts. The party was pretty packed, not bad for a Monday night in August. Joining in on the festivities were indie film guru Extraordinaire John Pierson (right), whose family is the subject of the film, director Kevin Smith (middle) who executive produced the film (along with John and wife Janet Pierson) and director Steve James. The trio were getting flashed here by several photographers, and this was our result. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.

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