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Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

Lilly Hartley's Candescent Films Shines Its Light On Documentaries

Linda Hassler | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York
Linda Hassler

Hartley is an Executive Producer of the film Private Violence, a moving film about domestic violence directed by Cynthia Hill. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.

A Birder's Guide to Everything: Childhood Memories Take Flight

Camila Gibran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Camila Gibran

To be a kid was to give attention and intention to what was right in front of me: to love, to lose, to win, to hurt, to be frustrated without excuses or reservations, to have an infinite amount of possibilities and the passion, courage and heart to go get it.

Reaching for the Moon: Bishop, Barreto and the Art of Losing

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Camila Gibran

Barreto's film, Reaching for the Moon, takes us on a fifteen year journey within two countries, in two languages, in the lives of two women: the American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota De Macedo Soares, whose love relationship didn't bow to convention.

Fill the Void: Broadening the Feminist Gaze

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Rama Burshtein's glimpse into Tel Aviv's Hasidic community, Fill the Void is a stunning film taking the viewer into the marriage practices of a hermet...

Tribeca Film Festival Portrait Gallery 2013

Leslie Hassler | Posted 06.26.2013 | New York
Leslie Hassler

My absolute favorite moment of the festival was while shooting the hilarious Jason Schwartzman. He got up from the set and slowly looked around for a prop while saying, "I'll know it when I see it," and proceeded to go over to my paint supplies.

Brilliant Documentary Bitter Seeds Illuminates Plight of the Indian Farmer

Leslie Hassler | Posted 11.29.2012 | New York
Leslie Hassler

Bitter Seeds shows us how little we know about genetically modified seeds. But farmers have an advocate in quantum physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, India's leading opponent of genetic modification and the patenting of seeds.

Mishka Shubaly Is Not 'Bachelor Number One'

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Cynthia Ellis

Mishka Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life.

Fonda's Summer Hit Opens: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Linda Hassler | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment
Linda Hassler

If you're ready for a raucous ride on the innocent side of wild, see Academy Award winner Jane Fonda strut like the many fancy chickens she keeps in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, opening in limited release this Friday.

Interview: Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Picture Paris

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Talking to Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus about their delightful new short film, Picture Paris, the conversation ranged from the intricacies of Parisian culture to the hilarious masturbation episode of Seinfeld.

Interview: Willem Dafoe Is The Hunter

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

It was one of the most wonderful and unique starts to an interview ever: Within a minute, Willem was speaking in the incomprehensible babble of the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil. And then in Italian. Two of the world's finest languages!

Revenge of the Electric Car: Plug It In on DVD

Linda Hassler | Posted 03.26.2012 | Entertainment
Linda Hassler

After making his successful 2006 film, Who Killed The Electric Car, director Chris Paine was elated to learn the auto industry was finally committing to electric cars (EVs).

In HBO's Marathon Boy, An Indian Slum Boy Runs For His Life

Linda Hassler | Posted 01.04.2012 | Entertainment
Linda Hassler

Marathon Boy chronicles the treacherous true saga of a frail, dirt-poor four-year-old boy in India and his ambitious mentor-trainer who loves him and makes him famous for running long distance races.

Christina Hendricks Discusses the Three Best Things in Life: Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, and Pie

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Christina Hendricks has the old-world, but never old, sex appeal of our Marilyn, and is perhaps our first red-headed pin-up since Rita Hayworth. And she has major acting chops.

Senna: Director Asif Kapadia Explores The Man Vs. The Myth

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

You will laugh, you will cry, it is better than CATS. But most importantly, you will be moved. Senna is one of the most successful documentaries to come out of England to the States, ever.

HBO Foodie Film A Matter of Taste Gets Three Wows

Linda Hassler | Posted 08.13.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

After apprenticeships beginning at age 15 in London and Paris, chef Paul Liebrandt hit New York at 22 with dreams of culinary stardom. The film follows his up and down career in NYC's treacherous restaurant business.

Vera Farmiga Finds Higher Ground With Her New Film

Linda Hassler | Posted 08.01.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Hassler

"Christianity per se is not the film's subject, just the setting. Doubts and questions come to people within any faith or culture. And it's the questions that are essential no matter which religion or culture we come from."

Q&A With Jack Osbourne for God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.26.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

It was Jack Osbourne's idea to make a movie about his rock-legend father's life and career, but it was his father, Ozzy Osbourne who said, "You can't be nice."

French Film Romantics Anonymous Woos Us With Chocolates and Laughter

Linda Hassler | Posted 07.22.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Romantics Anonymous is a clever romantic comedy about two interested but reluctant, stymied sweethearts who can't manage hinting, flirting or even a date outside their work at a chocolate factory.

Trifecta Interview: Michael Cuesta Directs Ron Eldard and Jill Hennessy in The Roadie: Queens, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The adage, "You can't go home again," isn't completely true. You can go home again, but it's going to involve serious heartbreak, a coke binge, multiple altercations, confronting uncomfortable truths and your own mother slapping your just-punched face.

Tribeca 2011: Kids Get High on Acting in Shakespeare High

Linda Hassler | Posted 07.11.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Every year, 75-85 high schools in and around LA County participate in this program. Students learn to act out scenes from Shakespeare's famous plays. And come together for one day to perform for each other.

Tribeca Interview: Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola in Janie Jones: Rock God Meets Rock Child

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

For those who best remember Abigail Breslin with her tear-away pants, gyrating to "Brick House" while her grandfather cheers her on from the sidelines, well, a lot has happened since then.

Tribeca Film Exclusive Interview: Alex Gibney's Catching Hell -- Sports: The Dark Side

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Can catching a ball for your favorite baseball team, in front of millions of fans, literally ruin your life? This very scenario is the subject of Alex Gibney's brilliant new documentary, Catching Hell.

William H. Macy Goes for Broke (and Drunk) in Showtime's Shameless

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

William H. Macy has a voice that could sell needles to a porcupine. He can say the word "Golly" and have it be rife with unspoken meaning and depth.

Emmy Rossum Revels in Being Shameless

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Emmy Rossum is beautiful and sexy enough to rest on her laurels, but her talent and drive are having none of that.