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'The Boy Downstairs': Zosia Mamet, Director on Flashback-Heavy Rom-Com, Complex Characters

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A week after Girls' series finale, Zosia Mamet is on the big screen playing a very different single woman in the New York-set rom-com The Boy Downstairs, which has its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night (April 23).

The movie, written and directed by Sophie Brooks in her feature debut, follows Mamet's Diana, a young writer, returning to New York after spending a couple of years in London. She lands a great apartment only to discover that her downstairs neighbor is Ben (Matthew Shear), her ex-boyfriend whom she broke up with when she left the city.

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- Hilary Lewis

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'The Clapper': Ed Helms on Alan Thicke, Infomercials and the Value of Fame (Q&A)

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Ed Helms produces and stars in The Clapper as a professional audience member of infomercials and live studio tapings. His quiet life changes when he goes viral, but fame isn’t what he wants — a notion that might be unfamiliar to most.

“The movie plays with the idea that everybody wants to be a famous celebrity — my character Eddie Krumble doesn’t want that, and it’s confounding to everyone around him,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not everybody wants this, and the cultural assumption that everybody does says something about us. That’s a little f—ed up. … In a weird way, »


- Ashley Lee

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'Saturday Church': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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The transfixing mix of poetic intimacy, emotional depth and searing compassion in last year's Moonlight made it a towering landmark among screen depictions of the struggles of young gay men. But as a subgenre, the Lgbtq coming-out/coming-of-age drama tends more often to fall into familiar grooves. That makes Damon Cardasis' heartfelt mini-musical, Saturday Church, all the more endearing as it escapes into interior-monologue numbers and expressive dance breaks to mark out the exploration of sexuality and gender identity of a Bronx teenager, played with lovely subdued intensity by newcomer Luka Kain.

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- David Rooney

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Caitlyn Jenner Spoofed as 'It' Clown in Ads Near Fox Studio

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A conservative street artist has appropriated Stephen King’s story It, only in this version, Caitlyn Jenner is portrayed as the evil clown.

The artwork, in the form of posters and fake advertisements, showed up Sunday around the Los Angeles Fox News bureau and Fox studios, timed for Tucker Carlson’s interview of Jenner during his show Monday night — his debut in the time slot previously occupied by Bill O’Reilly.

In the faux ads appearing on bus benches for the upcoming movie, Jenner is seen peeking out of a sewer drain, where the clown from It dwells, trying to lure unsuspecting »


- Paul Bond

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Pablo Schreiber Is a Terrifying Drug Lord in 'Thumper' Clip (Exclusive Video)

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"I ain't going to jail for your mistakes," says Pablo Schreiber as a menacing leader in The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive clip of Thumper.

Written and directed by Jordan Ross, the crime drama sees Schreiber as Wyatt, the head of the local drug ring. Schreiber — best known for terrifying inmates on Orange Is the New Black — says he’s drawn to “characters who live on the extremes” and “people who have different live philosophies than I do,” but he’s never played an overtly racist character before.

“We shot this April 2016, long before the election,” he tells THR. “But now »


- Ashley Lee

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Andie MacDowell on 'Love After Love's' "Unusual" Opportunity "For a Mature Woman"

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Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love, which premiered Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a family after the death of its patriarch and how his widow, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell), and her adult sons (Chris O'Dowd and James Adomian) try to cope with their loss and move on, including with new relationships.

The film is somewhat unconventional in its lack of exposition and traditional dialogue, with viewers instead peering in on the family members' lives.

The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney says in his review, of Harbaugh's approach, "Many of Harbaugh's scenes are little more than fragments, often glimpsed »


- Hilary Lewis

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Nab: VFX Master Rob Legato Promises New 'The Lion King' Will Take Virtual Production Even Further

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Underscoring just how fast filmmaking technology is advancing, three-time Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Rob Legato dazzled Nab attendees on Sunday with a look at the virtual production process on The Jungle Book , while adding that “this is so outdated from what we are doing on the next movie.”

While he never mentioned the title, Legato — who won Oscars for Titanic, Hugo and Jungle Book — is reteaming with Jungle Book-director Jon Favreau on Disney’s live action retelling of The Lion King, which will incorporate virtual production techniques.

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- Carolyn Giardina

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'Shadowman': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Oren Jacoby’s documentary chronicles the life and career of Richard Hambleton, one of three figures who dominated the outsider art scene in 1980s New York. But unlike his contemporaries Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who, as one of the film’s commentators waggishly puts it, each made the “good career move” of dying young, Hambleton squandered his success with a crippling drug addiction. Shadowman, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.

The film begins with grainy footage, shot late at night on in »


- Frank Scheck

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'Broken Night' Vr Trailer Sees Emily Mortimer's Confused Memories (Exclusive Video)

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Emily Mortimer has a fuzzy memory in The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive trailer for the virtual reality film Broken Night.

Making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the eight-minute Vr title explores a woman's unreliable narrative of an intense trauma — returning home and encountering an intruder. The viewer gets to choose which memories to follow while recounting the events to a detective.

“There are always many different versions of any story,” Mortimer, who also served as an executive producer, tells THR. “With conventional filmmaking, the writer, the director and the performer all have to plump for »


- Ashley Lee

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Weekend Box Office: 'The Promise,' 'Unforgettable' Crash; 'Fate of the Furious' Hits $980M

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Universal's The Fate of the Furious left the competition in the dust at the North American box office, grossing $38.7 million in its second weekend for a 10-day domestic total of $163.6 million and $908.4 million globally.

The action movie fell 61 percent in North America, a fairly good hold for the front-loaded franchise. Fate of the Furious is also doing massive business overseas, where it earned another $163.4 million for a foreign total of $744.8 million — led by China with an astounding $318 million.

Back in the U.S., The Boss Baby placed No. 3 with $12.8 million for »


- Pamela McClintock

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Tribeca: Hillary Clinton Praises Science March, Kathryn Bigelow's Vr Doc

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Hillary Clinton celebrated Earth Day at the Tribeca Film Festival, as she made a surprise appearance at a panel for Kathryn Bigelow's virtual reality documentary. 

Entitled The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes, the short chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These rangers hunt down heavily militarized poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks.

“Thanks for seeing this remarkable film which brings to reality what we’re up against,” said Clinton at the doc’s world premiere on Saturday. "There's a lot that can be done to stop the »


- Ashley Lee

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'House of Z': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Comeuppance does the trick in Sandy Chronopoulos's House of Z, a rise-fall-rebirth portrait of dress-designing wonderboy Zac Posen. Fashionistas will obviously appreciate this undishy but intimate doc, which is especially strong in its account of the designer's flowering as a creative teen. But civilians they drag along with them will also find it visually stimulating and fleet enough to justify their time.

Raised in 1980s SoHo by New Yorkers who prized creativity (father Stephen was a painter, mother Susan a corporate lawyer), Zac started dressing things as a toddler. Discarded fabric from manufacturers could still be found on the street, »


- John DeFore

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'The Trip to Spain': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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The Trip to Italy, Michael Winterbottom's second improvised travelogue starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, was the Godfather II of food-porn comedies that revolve around impressions of Michael Caine: It offered all the pleasures of the original (2010's The Trip) while deepening its themes and giving viewers more to look at.

The good news for fans is that The Trip to Spain is no Godfather III. The moderately bad news is that this sometimes hilarious outing is the one in which the conceit comes to resemble a lushly produced, irregularly broadcast TV series, each episode built of recombinations of now-familiar »


- John DeFore

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