Elton John opens Tribeca with “Union,” free concert

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is off and running, having opened last night with the premiere of “The Union.”

Directed by Cameron Crowe, “Union” tells how Elton John and his musical idol, Leon Russell, reunited after not speaking for decades. Previously, the men had collaborated on award-worthy tracks that actually appear on the soundtrack from Crowe’s new film.

In honor of the film’s premiere, John took to the piano and played a free concert for New Yorkers in attandance, and even played a few of the John-Russell collaborations that made it into the film.

“He’s got the accolades that he deserves and I am so proud of him,” John told the crowd, according to Reuters.

John also described Crowe’s filmmaking techniques to Reuters, calling them “uninvasive.”

“You know, you don’t notice him there after awhile, he’s got a knack of kind of appearing behind plants and things like that,” John joked.

Tribeca continues through the coming days, screening 41 documentaries and 52 narrative fiction films. Celebrity attendees should include Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Jeremy Piven and Ryan Phillippe.

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