Entertainment Every Tribeca Festival Film You Should Know About, Including Anthony Bourdain Doco Roadrunner
The Untold Story of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Secret Pact With Nazi Propagandist Leni Riefenstahl
It’s an odd footnote in the lives of two notorious 20th century figures. In 1960, Leni Riefenstahl and L. Ron Hubbard briefly collaborated on a screenplay that was to be a remake of her popular 1932 film directing debut, Das blaue Licht (‘The Blue Light’). Since then there has been very little written about this unusual meeting of the minds. There’s a brief mention of it in Riefenstahl’s 1987 memoir, and somewhat less in the English-language translation of it. In 2007, The New Yorker devoted a single sentence to it as an example of how Americans, after memories of World War II had begun to recede, increasingly wanted to work with Riefenstahl.
The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival hits screens this week, with a lineup of feature and short films set to capture the attention of movie buffs worldwide.
The annual event is recognised for highlighting change-makers in the, and this year the festival is already turning heads because of one title in particular - Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
What is the Roadrunner documentary?
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, and the documentary seeks to showcase the persona and talent of the late Anthony Bourdain on the big screen.
Henry Golding had doubts about playing Snake Eyes
Henry Golding has confessed that he was in "two minds" about taking the lead role in 'Snake Eyes' as he was concerned that he would struggle to do the character justice.The 34-year-old actor stars as the ninja commando in the spin-off to the 'G.I. Joe' film series - which is based on the hugely popular military toy line of the same name - and was aware of the pressure that comes with playing the part.
This documentary takes home movies, on-screen work, never-aired clips and comments from Bourdain's nearest and dearest as a means of offering tribute to the broadly adored chef, author and documentarian.
According to Tribeca, the feature film "celebrates Bourdain’s adventurous life and the underlying spirit that drove it all".
Here's a sample from the:
The cultural-culinary-intellectual force that was Anthony Bourdain exploded onto the scene in 2000 with the publication of his searing restaurant memoir Kitchen Confidential. From there was an unstoppable rise to Parts Unknown, No Reservations, and a place in the American cultural canon. Bourdain’s outsize personality, insatiable curiosity, and passion for food, travel, and culture tapped into a deeper humanity that resonated with viewers who felt that they knew him. And to those who did know him, 'Tony' was an uncommonly sensitive and insightful soul whose friendship left a lasting impact.
Celebs who bought homes for their parents
Lots of celebrities make extravagant purchases right after hitting it big. From townships to fast-food chain franchises, some celebrity indulgences border on the ridiculous. Some stars, however, choose to spend their money on something more sensible and worthwhile, such as a home for the people who raised them. Check out this gallery to find out which celebrities bought homes for their parents.
Audiences will be able to check this out live in New York, and fans in the U.S will also have the option to watch along at home but unfortunately, this feature is not currently available in Australia. Unless you use a VPN, of course.
Other big updates from Tribeca 2021
The Tribeca film festival is back after cancelling its 2020 event and delaying the 2021 schedule. This event will be held with some in-person elements, as well as digital options for those who are tuning in from home. Being the 20th-anniversary edition of Tribeca, we're expecting some big things.
Here are some of the other major titles included in the festival.
In the Heights
The hugely hyped film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway production, In the Heights will open the Tribeca Festival. The film, which was directed by Jon M. Chu and that stars Anthony Ramos, is set to be premiered to audiences on June 9 (June 10 Australian time).
Annie Wallace: Trans actors should play trans characters if at all possible
'Hollyoaks' actress Annie Wallace believes trans actors should play trans characters "if at all possible", but she admitted it also "depends on the content" of the production.The 'Hollyoaks' actress - who became the first-ever transgender person to play a regular transgender character in a leading UK soap when she landed the role as Sally St. Claire in 2015 - has admitted casting directors used to have "quite a hard job" of finding trans people for roles, but she believes that has now changed.
Want to know what it's about? Here's the synopsis via:
It’s the hottest day of the summer in Washington Heights, NYC. Bodega owner Usnavi dreams of opening a bar in the Dominican Republic, while also pining for aspiring designer Vanessa. His best friend Benny hopes to reconnect with Nina, his ex home for the summer from Stanford. Above it all, Abuela Claudia keeps a watchful eye over the intersecting stories of the rapidly changing neighborhood’s many residents.
No Sudden Move
Steven Soderbergh's crime drama will be premiered at the Tribeca Centerpiece Gala on June 18 (June 19 Australian time). The film stars Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro and David Harbour.
From director Steven Soderbergh comes the HBO Max original movie No Sudden Move. Set in 1954 Detroit, No Sudden Move centres on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them—and for what ultimate purpose—weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.
John Legend attends Legend Of The Underground premiere at Tribeca Fest
Legend co-executive produced the feature with his Get Lifted Production Company co-founders Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius.And on Thursday night, the festival co-founded by Robert De Niro hosted the world premiere of the powerful documentary The Legend Of The Underground.
Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary
This film is set to close the festival,reports. The documentary has been produced and directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar and will be introduced to audiences on June 19 (June 20 Australian time).
Fuelled by the murder of George Floyd, shut-in by the closures of business and unable to perform around the country, the movie follows Chappelle as he provides the community he calls home with two things desperately needed in difficult times – economic and comic relief. What began as an experimental socially distanced live comedy show in a neighbour's cornfield, grew into an unforgettable summer with his neighbours, friends and fellow comedians. Ultimately, Chappelle’s cornfield concerts would serve as a model of courage not just for his community, but for the entire live entertainment industry.
Other titles including 12 Mighty Orphans, Monsters at Work, No Man of God, Mark, Mary & Some Other People and False Positive are also getting a lot of attention online at the moment, so keep a keen eye.
Keep up to date with the Tribeca Festival for 2021.
A Priest Is Fighting the Church for LGBT Acceptance. The Catholic Alt-Right Wants Him Silenced. .
Five years ago on June 12, 2016, 49 people were massacred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with an additional 53 patrons wounded. Pulse was a predominantly LGBT venue, an example of what’s always been true: For the marginalized LGBT community, the gay bar was a place of acceptance. A sanctuary. A church. When a gunman entered that gay club in Orlando, he infiltrated a safe space. It was where a group of people cultivated their comradeship and identity, gathered in solidarity to be themselves freely, empowered, made change, and, yes, had fun.