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Stars from 'Una Noche' Escape Cuba – Director And Remaining Star Comment On Situation

4/24/2012 10:30am EDT
Dariel Arrechaga in 'Una Noche'
Last Friday, I recommended Una Noche as one of my must-see films for the opening weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, set in Havana, Cuba, follows the day in the life of three Cuban youngsters in their plight to escape Havana for the greener American pastures of Miami. In the film, the three principles take to the ocean in a homemade raft and spend a full day and night in the water as they row their way to an unknown fate. This past weekend, I had a chance to meet the film’s director and one of her stars only to find out the premise of the film had turned into a reality.

I asked...

Michelle Williams Headlines The Red Carpet At Tribeca 'Take This Waltz' Premiere

4/23/2012 11:03am EDT
Michelle Williams at Take This Waltz on Sunday
The 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival came out swinging on its opening weekend with red carpets that were nothing short of fully loaded. From the much-hyped premiere of Jason Segal’s Five-Year Engagement to Freaky Deaky, Tribeca has finally found its form in bringing A-listers out and creating serious buzz around these opening screenings and with moviegoers. There was a lot of talk after Will Arnet showed up mugging his Blue Steel on the carpet for the premiere of Mansome Saturday night, fully GQ’d and headlining a murderer’s row of well-dressed, metrosexually flavoured men.

But perhaps th...

Tribeca Film Fest: Friday Night Best Bets

4/20/2012 10:41am EDT
If you’re one of the early-bird New Yorkers keen on getting your Tribeca fix this weekend (that is, before word-of-mouth spreads like a virus and turns rush queues into never-ending links), here are some films you’ll be sure to thank me for that are happening tonight:

GOONIES (8PM, Tribeca Drive-In)

If you missed the outdoor screening of Jaws last night, have no fear! Friday night will see one of the epic adventures from the 80s, Goonies, on a giant screen World Trade Financial Center piers. As an added bonus, this is a free event making it perfect for a fun date or the entire family.

The Tribeca Film Festival Is Back And Center Stage

4/19/2012 2:11pm EDT
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Every year at the start of the Tribeca Film Festival I write some really nice piece about how Tribeca’s my favorite time of year, how it’s the best month out of all the months. I mean, come on, I get to sit around and watch movies all month and conduct interviews and take pictures of actors and rub elbows with filmmakers and producers; what’s not to love, right? Actually, there’s nothing at all to dislike, as it’s always an honor and a privilege to be doing what I’m doing. But I recognise now, at thirty-something, that when I was [cough] twenty-something, I had two things going for me: the ...

Notable Oscar Nomination Predictions: And the Winners Are*

2/26/2012 7:24pm EST
Oscars 2012
Last year, I wrote this whole piece about why The King’s Speech would beat out The Social Network for best picture. I found my own comments to be witty, on point. Genius. (I’m kidding… maybe). In fact, I love to go through the nomination list of the Academy Awards and Grammys every year and predict the winners, put up some jellybeans in a friend pool and brag about my winnings later.

The Grammys unfortunately are a joke, which is a huge shame given that music and the politics of it are my first love. The Oscars? Quite relevant, actually! My favorite writer (Grantland’s Bill Simmons) once s...

11 Essential Albums of 2011

12/22/2011 2:00pm EST
11 Essential Albums of 2011
It’s never been a hard and fast rule that the essential albums list that I comprise at the end of every year for Starpulse must contain an even 10 or 15 or 20 albums. As I covered in the introduction of last year’s installment, there are a few basic questions I’ll ask myself when I get started, stuff like: will this album be remembered in few years?

This question is most easily answered when an album contributes in a relevant way to the social culture of that given year (I’m looking at you, Britney 2000 Edition Spears). But sometimes, funny things happen and one finds that cultural relevan...

Concert Review: Actor/Musician Johnny Flynn Rocks NYC

6/6/2011 3:46pm EDT
Johnny Flynn
BOWERY BALLROOM, NYC: Johnny Flynn is an actor and a musician. At least, if you were to look up his IMDB or Wikipedia profile, this is about all you get. It’s pretty unassuming, especially when you consider all of the other ‘actors’ and ‘musicians’ out there who you’ve never heard of (and never will hear of). But when I reviewed an independent film called Lotus Eaters at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (a film you may never hear of, though it would do you some benefit if you did), there was one particular breakout moment I felt compelled to mention: a moment in the film when Charlie (play...

Tribeca 2011 Was About The Fun

5/3/2011 11:30am EDT
Seriously, what's not fun about this?
When I was nineteen I had the opportunity to go to this thing . . . well, it was basically a summer camp for new models. Forget the reason we were supposed to be there; what mattered was that for one week everybody partied. We had jobs to do, but this was sort of ancillary to the greater purpose (which was to party). Some people worked and partied, some people just worked, some people partied after they worked, and some people just partied. I would have set the percentage of people who just worked at something like 2%. Why am I telling you this? Because at some point during the last week of...

Tribeca: Seven Questions For Katie O'Grady Of 'Rid Of Me'

5/1/2011 12:44pm EDT
Katie O'Grady as Meris in 'Rid of ME'
Seven questions for Rid of Me's Katie O'Grady. O'Grady, who plays Meris in the film, has received critical acclaim as a socially anxious woman who's forced into a divorce shortly after moving with her husband back to his hometown.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but you’ve been receiving a lot of high praise for your performance as Meris is Ride of Me. What’s your reaction to all of this?

Katie O’Grady: I’ll have to be honest with you, because I’ve read all of them. I’m really excited that people have been relating to Meris’s character, and particularly, a couple of people have...

Tribeca: Seven Questions for Alexandra McGuinness

4/30/2011 10:21pm EDT
Alexandra McGuinness
Seven questions for Alexandra McGuinness, writer and director of Lotus Eaters

What was your original basis for wanting to do Lotus Eaters?

Alexandra McGuinness: I had always had the idea floating around. I went to London when I was seventeen and it was a bit of a culture shock; the idea mostly originated from that experience. I think it’s an idea that a lot of people can relate to—it’s about being at that stage in your life where you’re searching for something, or maybe you’ve taken the wrong direction by making the wrong choices and you’re trying to right yourself, or maybe you’re ...