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‘Disobedience’ Star Rachel Weisz On Film’s Depiction Of “Hidden, Secret Community” — Tribeca Studio

Coming off a Foreign Language Oscar win for A Fantastic Woman, writer/director Sebastián Lelio is already back on the festival circuit in support of his latest project, Disobedience. Starring Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola and premiering in TIFF before moving on to other festivals, including Tribeca, the adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel takes as its focus the Orthodox Jewish community of North London. Following Ronit, a woman (Weisz) who returns to… Read


‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Stars Talk Trip To Paris For Season 2 — Tribeca Studio

In the midst of production on Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—a series which garnered two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards and a PGA Award in its first run—stars Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen and Marin Hinkle stopped in at Deadline’s Tribeca Studio yesterday to tease a bit of what we can expect from the series’ second season. An Amazon original comedy series, Maisel follows a 1950s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who decides to channel her considerable energies… Read


Paris Hilton Gets Candid About Social Media Highs & Lows In ‘The American Meme’ — Tribeca Studio

A documentarian who is no stranger to the Tribeca Film Festival, director Bert Marcus is back at the fest this year with his latest outing, The American Meme, in which he takes on the bizarre current climate of social media, with a little help from Paris Hilton. The film charts the evolution of the social media landscape since the time Hilton—by her own account—invented the selfie, demonstrating a path to celebrity success and, in essence, creating a career template… Read


Studiocanal, Picture Co Land ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’; Next Pic For ‘Big Bad Wolves’ Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

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EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal and The Picture Company came out on the winning end of an auction for Gunpowder Milkshake, an action film that will be the next directorial outing for Big Bad Wolves directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. The duo wrote the script with Ehud Lavski. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their Studiocanal-based The Picture Company banner. The aim is to go in production by the fall. Pic is a high-concept action-thriller with a rich… Read


Pixar Animator Domee Shi Tackles Empty Nest Syndrome With ‘Incredibles 2’-Opening ‘Bao’ — Tribeca Studio

With the release of the long-anticipated Incredibles 2 on June 15 comes the arrival of another sumptuously original Pixar short. Titled Bao, this short from director Domee Shee and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb follows a Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome, getting a second chance at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive. “Bao is loosely inspired by my own life growing up as an only child to my two Chinese parents, that feeling of… Read


‘Zoe’s Ewan McGregor Set Free By Improv As Léa Seydoux Takes On First Major English-Language Part — Tribeca Studio

“More than ever, I genuinely feel like the things that are f*cked up and flawed about human beings are the most important things about a relationship, and finding peace in those things,” director Drake Doremus told Deadline in Tribeca today. “I think the idea that you can engineer something to be perfect for you is kind of ridiculous, in a lot of ways.” Appearing with actors Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux, the director behind such films as Like Crazy and Newness was in… Read


Haifaa Al-Mansour Celebrates “Legacy Of Womanhood” With ‘Mary Shelley’ — Tribeca Studio

The first female filmmaker out of Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour has always been an artist who has forged her own path. Telling the story of an enterprising, young Saudi girl with her first well-received feature, Wadjda, Al-Mansour has continued to pursue “stories of women who are breaking barriers” with her latest, Mary Shelley. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and moving along the festival circuit before landing in Tribeca, Al-Mansour’s… Read


Katherine Waterston & Michael Shannon Wade Through Grief And Alienation In ‘State Like Sleep’ — Tribeca Studio

A documentarian and multidisciplinary artist, writer/director Meredith Danluck contemplated and processed grief with her latest Tribeca-premiering narrative feature, State Like Sleep. Inspired by a very personal loss on the part of the film’s director, the feature centers on a photographer (Katherine Waterston) who grapples with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life after he abruptly commits suicide. Returning to Brussels to pack up the flat she once… Read


Christina Hendricks & Alysia Reiner Foster Dialogue On Motherhood With ‘Egg’

Receiving Risa Mickenberg’s script for Egg—premiering this week in Tribeca—director Marianna Palka had an instant, strong reaction to the material, recognizing something that had the potential to be really special. “David [Alan Basche] and Alysia [Reiner] sent me the script, and I was, I think, 19 pages into the script when I said I wanted to do it, because I realized it was going to change the world. Because it's so beautiful,” Palka told Deadline this morning in… Read


Alex Pettyfer Discusses His Transition To Directing With ‘Back Roads’ — Tribeca Studio

Long dreaming of stepping behind the camera, actor Alex Pettyfer (I Am LegendElvis & Nixon) made his directorial debut recently with the Tribeca-premiering Back Roads, in which he also stars. Based on a novel by Tawni O’Dell, Back Roads centers on Harley (Pettyfer), a young man living in backwoods Pennsylvania, who is forced to become the caretaker for his three sisters after his father is murdered and his mother (Juliette Lewis) is sent to prison. Reading the script… Read


Amazon Studios Lands Biopic on Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Deputy Marshal, From ‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will be the studio behind Chloé Zhao’s untitled Bass Reeves biopic, a historical Western about the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal. Zhao is writing and will direct the pic, which will follow Reeves’ journey as a young man born into slavery in 1838 who fled to the Indian Territory in search of freedom and went on to become one of the greatest lawmen of the American West. Zhao made her directorial debut with the film Songs My Brothers Taught Me… Read


Tracey Martin & Sybrina Fulton, Parents Of Trayvon Martin, Hope To Effect Change With ‘Rest In Power’ — Tribeca Studio

Seeing their teenage son Trayvon Martin gunned down in 2012 by George Zimmerman — a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense and later was acquitted of all charges related to Martin’s death — Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton did what anyone in such a tragic situation might do. They grieved, and they sought to process their experience. Writing their own book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the pair were able to retain a sense of… Read