Anniversary celebrations became something of a staple at last years Tribeca Film Festival after audiences were treated to (and blown away by) a special 45th anniversary cast-and-crew reunion of Francis Coppola’s mafia epic, The Godfather. This year, however, audiences will be treated to not one, but two cast reunions from two equally impressive cinematic icons, Brian De Palma’s Scarface and Steven Spielberg’s Holocaust drama Schindler’s List. De Palma and actors Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer are set to reunite for a special screening of Scarface at the Beacon Theater on April 19th. The same venue will also host a screening of Schindler’s List on April 26th, along with a discussion panel with director Steven Spielberg and actors Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Embeth Davidtz. The 17th annual Tribeca celebration will also host Tribeca Talks: The Directors Series and Tribeca Talks: Storytellers with directors and actors like Alexander Payne, Laura Poitras, Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, and Alec Baldwin, as well as a Tribeca Talks: The Journey panel highlighting Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets for the 2018 celebration are on sale now.
Nebraska not only made up for its $17 million production budget, it also secured six Oscar nominations at the Academy Awards last year, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), and Best Director (Alexander Payne). The movie was filmed entirely in black-and-white and featured actors Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach, working from a screenplay by Bob Nelson. Now Paramount will be airing a color-version of the film on their television network Epix this Sunday, August 10, 2014. Apparently Payne had had to make a color-version of the film that he never intended to release, but did so because of contract stipulations in certain countries that accepted only color pictures. Nebraska is the story of an estranged son (Will Forte) and his developing relationship with his alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) as they journey from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a $1 million sweepstakes prize. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to go out and rent a copy for yourself, and remember, if you’re not a fan of black-and-white, the color-version airs on Epix this Sunday…check your local listings!
Following the successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise from director J.J. Abrams with 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, many fans of the series were extremely concerned when Abrams took up the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode 7 with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, fearing that he would not be able to return for a third Star Trek movie. Well their worst fears have officially been confirmed, as Paramount recently announced that Roberto Orci would be taking over directing duties for Star Trek 3. Although Orci is no stranger to the Star Trek series (he co-wrote the first two movies with Alex Kurtzman), Star Trek 3 will be his first major picture as a director, so the fans, and especially Paramount, may be a bit anxious to see how the third installment turns out. Orci is currently working on the script with screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Here’s wishing him the best of luck in his new endeavor!
After the success of Django Unchained, which was released last Christmas, director Quentin Tarantino announced that he was interested in doing another western for his next film project. Now Tarantino has an early draft completed for the movie, which he is calling The Hateful Eight, and is currently looking for actors to fill his leading roles. Two names that have been reported include Christoph Waltz, who has played major roles in Tarantino’s last two films, and Bruce Dern, who recently received a Golden Globe nomination his role in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Tarantino may be aiming to start filming this summer but apparently there is no set schedule for that since the production is still in very early stages, but we’ll keep an eye out.