Katie Holmes attends the Women’s Filmmaker luncheon at Tribeca Film Festival – she’s in town promoting her first feature as a director, All We Had, in which she also stars as a mother struggling to make a better life for her daughter. The film co-stars Judy Greer, Luke Wilson, and Richard Kind.
Also attending the luncheon: Rachael Leigh Cook, Jennifer Morrison, Rose McGowan. The luncheon has been a part of the festival for 14 years. A third of the feature films at Tribeca are directed by women.
Jessica Biel and hubby Justin Timberlake were on hand to attend the premiere of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a movie starring Jason Sudeikis as a grieving architect who befriends a homeless teen and builds a raft to sail across the Atlantic. Co-stars Biel of course, and Maisie Williams, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser. Timberlike is credited with the score, and the supervision of the soundtrack, which really makes me wonder why they look so startled to have this photo taken. You got all gussied up, you must have known there would be a few cameras on hand, guys! Smile?
Scott Eastwood attended the For The Love of Cinema dinner while he was in town, a title that I’d be willing to eat free food at, had I been cordially invited. Also chowing down in the name of cinema: Kate Mara, Michael Strahan, Katie Holmes, Dev Patel. Joel McHale emceed the night, and a $50 000 prize was given out to newcomer director Matt Ruskin for his film about the wrongful conviction of a prisoner named Colin Warner.
Paul Rudd looks super duper dapper at the premiere of Nerdland. An animated movie (but a dirty one -not kid friendly!) about two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot and wannabe actor John, whose dreams are evaporating as they approach their 30th birthdays. Desperation is lurking, but there’s more than one way to be famous, right? Features the voices of Paul Rudd, Mike Judge, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress. “It’s not a preachy movie at all, but it is kind of
highlighting the depths that some people go to in order to get famous” says Rudd.
Jason Schwartzman looks much less dapper, and somewhat more homeless attending the premiere of Dreamland, a movie directed by his brother Robert and featuring both himself and his mother Talia Shire. It’s about a loser pianist who get himself into a tumultuous
Also adopting the disheveled look: Jon Stewart dropping by the premiere of After Spring, a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Also, you may remember that Chris Rock was hosting JJ Abrams for probably the talk of the century! Chris Rock kidded him for stealing the JJ nickname from a black man (Jimmy Walker), and for nepotism (Abrams’ father directed some TV movies). “So you had a big advantage,” Rock said directly. “So your dad is in film—what job did you get that you didn’t deserve? There’s got to be one!”
“I wanna say Star Wars,” Abrams deadpanned. Cue laughs – these boys sure know how to play to a crowd! And here’s a little nugget that might surprise you: Abrams’ favourite actor to work with? Tom Cruise. Actually, Cruise both as a producer for his “hands-on approach” and for his willingness to be directed as an actor. That’s sounds a hell of a lot more humble than I’ve been giving Cruise credit for. Chris Rock also some great questions passed along by his brother Brian, but the one that caught the audience’s attention was this one: “Can you direct the Fantastic Four? They keep fucking it up!” But Abrams just laughed it off. He doesn’t know how serious we are.