Chanel hosted its sixth annual TriBeCa Film Festival dinner in New York. Guests included Chloe Sevigny, Rose Byrne and Zoe Kravitz. Almost everyone was wearing Chanel at the dinner, held at the Manhattan brasserie Odeon. Guests included Naomi Watts, Robert De Niro, Zach Braff, Taylor Badgley, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Harley Viera Newton, Julian Schnabel, Patti Smith, Jeff Koons, Chiara Clemente, Jimmy Buffett, Lauren Hutton and Mirabelle, Melia and Brice Marden.
Artists honored hotographer Taryn Simon, the painter Clifford Ross and Robert De Niro, who each contributed a work to be awarded, in lieu of a little gold statue, to the film festival winners.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs through Sunday, May 1; the artworks will be on display through Wednesday, May 4 at the New York Academy of Art.
Michael J. Fox will be honored with the Golden Camera International Lifetime Achievement Award. The ‘Back to the Future” star, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1991, will receive the award at a ceremony in Germany on Saturday.
The German listings magazine Horzu in Berlin, which hosts the yearly event, will honor Fox for his acting career and for his work in the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, an organization he founded in 2000.
“Michael J. Fox was always able to make a special contribution to his movie roles using his youthful appearance, boyish charm and humor, a representative for the magazine said in a statement. “With this award, however, we want to do more than pay tribute to this actor’s artistic achievements that have entertained us for decades. We want to express our great admiration for the way he continues to fight Parkinson’s disease both personally and through the work of his foundation.”
But the 49-year-old father of four with wife and actress Tracy Pollan, is showing no signs of slowing down.
Fox, who won the hearts of many for his roles as “Alex P. Keaton” on the show, “Family Ties” and Mike Flaherty in the award-winning comedy show “Spin City,” returned to television recently as a guest star on the CBS drama, “The Good Wife.”
Previous “Lifetime Achievement Award” winners include Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson.
John Travolta will also be at hand Saturday to receive the Golden Camera prize which is presented to the best international actor in recognition of his “many-sided talents”.
Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd Host “SNL” In December. This December, the hosting duties on “Saturday Night Live” are all taken by actors making their return to the real 30 Rock. Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd, and Jeff Bridges are all set to host. Robert De Niro will host the December 4th episode, hosting for the third time. The “Little Fockers” star will be joined by musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money. The following week, two Pauls will takeover the show. Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming “How Do You Know,” will host while Paul McCartney will hold the reigns as musical guest for the third time. “Wonderful Christmastime” indeed! On December 18th, “Tron: Legacy” star Jeff Bridges will return to host for the second time with Eminem also returning as musical guest for the fifth time. He’s reportedly being joined by Lil Wayne this time, performing their single “No Love.” Next up as host is Anne Hathaway on November 20th, who’ll be joined by Florence + the Machine, days before her “Love and Other Disasters” hits theaters. De Niro, Eminem McCartney and company join an impressive list of hosts and musical guests this year during the show’s 36th season, which have included Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Kanye West, Scarlett Johannson and Rihanna.
Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury In Film About Queen. “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play one of his most challenging roles yet. The British comedian has been cast as the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a new film. The as yet untitled film doesn’t have a director yet. Peter Morgan will be writing the script that will focus on the band’s formative years, leading up to their legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985, our source reports. The rights to their iconic songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “You’re My Best Friend,” have already been secured for the film. It is still not known if Baron Cohen will sing or will the producers use Mercury’s vocals. GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington will finance the film. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films will co-produce with GK. King told the trade, “Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself. Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.” The production will kick off in 2011.
20th Century Fox has revealed the new trailer for Machete, opening in theaters on September 3. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, the action film stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Steven Seagal. “Machete” is based on the “fake” trailer in Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 “Grindhouse,” featuring Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey reprising their original roles. The feature version of the trailer finds Machete (Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Cheech Marin) his “holy” brother, and April (Lindsay Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Jessica Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger. website
Celeb Art Dealer Sentenced In $120 Million Fraud Scheme. An art dealer to the rich and famous, Lawrence Salander, was sentenced Tuesday to 6 to 18 years in state prison for his role in a $120 million art fraud scheme.
In March, 61-year-old Salander pled guilty to 30 felony counts, including 16 counts of grand larceny in the first degree. He must also pay nearly $120 million in restitution to the 30 victims. “This significant prison term reflects the financial and emotional damage inflicted upon the families and owners victimized by the defendant,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “Lawrence Salander’s widespread fraud and calculated betrayal created ripples that spread from individual victims to the broader art world.” Prosecutors say Salander, who once cornered the market in Old Masters artwork, now has left many of the artworks he stole still unaccounted for. Court documents show he secretly unloaded consigned works at discounted prices and pocketed the cash. In an attempt at leniency, Salander told the judge that his wife has separated from him and filed for divorce. Under the law, Salander’s legal fees, divorce awards and bankruptcy creditors must be paid first before victims can see any money. Some of Salander’s famous victims include John McEnroe, who is godfather to one of Salander’s seven children, and Robert De Niro. Earl Davis, son of late artist Stuart Davis, said Salander stole more than 90 of the important American impressionist’s works. The list of victims also included some of the East Coast art world’s biggest investors and owners.
More Than 410,000 Attend New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival. More than 410,000 people attended screenings and events at the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York City. The festival, co-founded by Big Apple icon Robert De Niro, screened 85 films and 47 shorts from 38 different countries. ”We are tremendously grateful to the community – both in New York and in the industry – for their ongoing support of Tribeca,” TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. “Great films remain at the heart of Tribeca, and I am especially proud of the stories we shared this year – they elicited laughter, tears, joy and passionate conversation.” According to organizers, over 300,000 people attended an annual street fair, co-sponsored by ESPN. Theater attendance hit an average of 95 percent capacity for the 396 screenings and panels. “Seeing our audiences embrace the work of our filmmakers, who this year included some of the biggest names in the industry as well as a crop of fresh, new voices, has been such a rewarding experience,” added TFF Executive Director Nancy Schafer.
Hollywood Stars Put Fashions Up For Bid To Benefit Artists For Peace And Justice. Some big name stars are putting up some high fashion in the name of charity. The auction benefitting the Artists for Peace and Justice will feature fashion and other items for fans to bid on. Hollywood’s biggest stars attended the 2010 Golden Globes and now fans can score some of the fashion worn by those stars, including Gerard Butler’s Dolce & Gabbana Tux, the shoes and purse worn by Kristen Bell, Jenna Fischer’s dress and Josh Brolin’s tuxedo. Other items include a Gucci Gown worn by Olivia Wilde, a signed Gibson guitar and two tickets to the Hollywood Domino Pre-Oscar Gala. Fans can also bid on a limited-edition photo from Haiti signed by stars such as Gerard Butler, Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Wilde, Robert De Niro, Daniel Craig and more. Artists for Peace and Justice was founded in 2009 by Paul Haggis and friends to encourage peace and social justice and to address issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. The immediate goal for Artists for Peace and Justice is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to at least 3,500 children. For more information or to bid on the items, head to http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/artistsforpeaceandjustice.
Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Grace Bumbry and Dave Brubeck are extolled at gala. The Boss, a GoodFella and the king of irreverent comedy were among five performing artists to receive lifetime achievement awards Sunday in a glittery event that’s as close as Washington comes to the Oscars. This year’s recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual black-tie gala that recognizes performers who transformed the arts in Continue reading →
“Everybody’s Fine“, a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene,” follows a widower (Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro) who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect. At the heart of “Everybody’s Fine” is the theme of family and physical and emotional distances Continue reading →
Coroner says Jackson died from lethal dose of propofol. Pop star Michael Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, leading authorities to suspect his doctor of manslaughter, court documents showed on Monday. The “Thriller” singer suffered cardiac arrest and died on June 25 at age 50. Since then, an investigation by state and federal agencies have focused on Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal doctor who was at his bedside the day he died. Crypt above Continue reading →