April 22, 2014

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Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineup for the 7th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced the lineup for the seventh annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Founded to broaden the audience for independent film through stories about sports and competition, this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will consist of nine films, including four titles from ESPN Films’ highly anticipated “Nine for IX” series which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Title IX with nine documentary films about women in sports directed by outstanding female filmmakers.
The 2013 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will run during the 12th edition of TFF, presented by American Express, April 17 – April 28 at locations around New York City.
The Festival revealed that the world premiere of Big Shot, directed by Kevin Connolly, will serve as the gala premiere of the program on Friday, April 19. Connolly is returning to Tribeca having debuted his feature film Gardener of Eden in 2007. In Big Shot, Connolly chronicles John Spano’s fraudulent purchase of the New York Islanders. In 1997, Spano bought the New York Islanders for a staggering $165 million. The scheme behind Spano’s acquisition of the team is revealed as Big Shot takes viewers behind the scenes of the biggest fraud in hockey history.
“The sports film offerings at this year’s Festival give sports fans and movie buffs tremendous opportunities to experience the many ways that sports intersect with our culture,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming. “We are excited that Big Shot, which chronicles one of the most infamous sagas in professional sports management history, will kick-off this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, and to share the range of these personal stories seem through the lens of sports.”
“I’ve always thought the expression ‘passion project’ was kind of a cliché until I started working on Big Shot for ESPN,” said Kevin Connolly. “Working side by side and spending time with guys that I literally grew up idolizing has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whole experience, including having the film premiere in New York at the festival, has been a dream come true.”
“There are many vibrant, independent voices out there telling incredible sports stories and we’re honored to be involved with the Tribeca Film Festival where together we can shine a light on these documentaries and filmmakers,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “We produce our films with the intention of capturing both the glory and the heartbreak of [...]

THE PLAYROOM, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and LA theaters

THE PLAYROOM, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and LA theaters on February 8th.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, with standout performances especially from up-and-comer Olivia Harris, who plays Maggie in the film. If you are interested in speaking with the talent or reviewing the film, please let me know and I would be happy to coordinate.
In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light.
With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer’s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family.
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Mark Ruffalo: New Yorkers Against Fracking

The Incredible Hulk and the leader of 10,000 Maniacs are getting together to protest fracking. Actor Mark Ruffalo and singer Natalie Merchant are leading a group to Albany this Wednesday to register their anti-fracking feelings with Governor Andrew Cuomo.They’re planning an all out campaign to appear at Cuomo’s State of the State Address. You can read about it at www.nyagainstfracking.org.
”Fracking” has become a hot button issue, especially in New York and Pennsylvania, along what’s known as the Marcellus Shale. Actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski have been drawn into the war because of their new movie, “Promised Land.” The documentary, “Gasland,” was the first to address the dangers of fracking in farm lands. My own thought, is you don’t fish in your own pond. It’s as simple as that. Both Ruffalo and Merchant live in the area, so it’s important to them.
Here’s what they say:
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
We’ve never needed your voices more than now. On November 29th, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health “review” that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours–three days–of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York’s own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment.
Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
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Donald Trump not getting fired by Macy’s

HollywoodNews.com: A petition has been going around online to request that Donald Trump be fired as a spokesperson for Macy’s, but it seems that petition wasn’t enough.
A rep for Macy’s recently commented that nothing will be changing as the spokespeople have no influence on the company’s business practices, states UsMagazine.com. “Macy’s marketing and merchandise offerings are not representative of any political position. Many of the individuals associated with products sold at Macy’s — or at any retailer, for that matter — express personal opinions that are not related to the merchandise we sell or to the philosophies of our company,” a rep commented.
Trump was targeted by the petition as he was accused of bullying others in various situations as he has focused on women and President Obama.
Do you think Macy’s should let him go?
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Petition signed for Macy’s to fire Donald Trump

HollywoodNews.com: After a lot of recent controversial statements, a petition is going around asking Macy’s to fire Donald Trump.
Almost half a million people have signed an online petition asking Macy’s to fire Trump as a spokesperson for their brand, states UsMagazine.com. The petition argues that Trump is bad for business as he “personally [attacks] women he disagrees with by calling them ‘unattractive,’ ugly, or fat.”
It also notes that his “especially unpleasant, nasty, and despicable behavior” is a problem. Trump has received recent criticism after going on a tirade when President Obama was re-elected.
Do you think he should be fired?
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Lindsay Lohan allegedly sitting down with Barbara Walters

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is apparently ready to talk about a few things as she is reportedly planning to sit down with Barbara Walters for an interview.
Walters reportedly asked for an interview after Lindsay got cast in ‘Liz & Dick,’ but she has apparently been hesitant about it until now, states TMZ. However, Lindsay reportedly trusts Walters to not go too far with her personal questions.
Now, the two will allegedly conduct the interview in the next few weeks so that it can be aired to coincide with the premiere of Lindsay’s performance as Elizabeth Taylor.
Will you tune in to the interview?
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‘American Idol’ downplaying Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey fight

HollywoodNews.com: ‘American Idol’ executives probably realize that the Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey feud will bring in big ratings, but they don’t want things to get out of control.
Executives with the show have released a statement about how smoothly things are going despite recent reports, states RadarOnline.
“This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next ‘American Idol.’ Despite all the accusations and media speculation — much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge,” the statement said.
The alleged fight involved Minaj going off on Carey as they reportedly disagreed on a contestant and other things going on.
Do you think they are getting along now?
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Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey calling truce for now

HollywoodNews.com: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are apparently trying to get along for now on the set of ‘American Idol’ after a recent outburst that was caught on tape.
It is rumored that the two have temporarily buried the hatchet while at auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, states TMZ. The whole situation allegedly bothered everyone so much that it shocked them into behaving.
However, it’s always unknown if this peaceful state will last as the judges head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for another round of try-outs.
Do you think they will get along throughout the season?
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Nicki Minaj goes off on Mariah Carey during ‘American Idol’ judging

HollywoodNews.com: There were rumors that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey weren’t getting along on the set of ‘American Idol,’ and it seems that those rumors might be true.
While the two recently denied any feuding, Minaj was recently caught on tape getting a bit fed up with Carey, states TMZ. “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there,” Minaj is heard saying.
“I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday,” Minaj continued.
It is rumored that the two were arguing over a contestant’s performance. While Minaj continued to complain, Carey allegedly responded but it wasn’t caught on tape.
Executives with the show reportedly stopped auditions for the day after the blow up in order to keep the two under control.
Do you think these two will ever get along?
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Mariah Carey denies feud with Nicki Minaj

HollywoodNews.com: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are starting their new jobs as judges on ‘American Idol,’ but one thing they are apparently not starting is a feud.
Carey recently spoke out to shoot down the rumors that the two women are currently hating each other, states UsMagazine.com. “It’s been two days. A feud takes a little longer than two days!” Carey joked.
And Minaj backed her up during a conference: “[We're] getting along wonderfully, darling.”
The two women are joined by Randy Jackson and Keith Urban at the judge’s table.
Do you think they will all get along?
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