The second annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced its slate of special events, screenings and guests to mark the 25th anniversary of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, Variety reports.
Guests expected to attend the event include Harry Belafonte, Mos Def, and Chris Rock.
The festival will screen 10 of the most influential black films of the last 25 years, including She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Boyz N the Hood, Boomerang, House Party and Eve's Bayou. The president and one of the founders of BFF, Warrington Hudlin, compiled the films.
Eve's Bayou director Kasi Lemmons is scheduled to speak on a May 7 panel about the role and representation of black women in film, moderated by actresses Ruby Dee, Alfre Woodard and Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing).
Filmmaker Robert Townsend, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in the 1987 comedy about the labors of an aspiring minority actor, Hollywood Shuffle, will host a cocktail party with guests and speakers to include Belafonte, Rock, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael Eric Dyson, Reginald Hudlin, Mos Def and Ben Vereen.
"The Tribeca Film Festival founders' love of New York City and concern for the welfare of all New Yorkers gave birth to this festival and this is reflected in their ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity," Warrington Hudlin told Variety.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. Last year's inaugural festival was attended by more than 150,000 people, generated more than $10.4 million in revenues for local Tribeca merchants, and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers.
The festival runs May 3-11.
In an interview with London's Daily Mirror, Madonna said she wants to move beyond her Blonde Ambition and help make the world a better place. "There is only one thing that lasts and that's your soul, and if you don't pay attention to that, all the money in the world is not going to help you," she told the paper. "I'd like to be more involved in bringing about world peace." The 44-year-old pop superstar attributes this selfless attitude to her happy marriage to director Guy Ritchie. She added, "I can write the greatest songs and make the most fabulous films and be a fashion icon and conquer the world, but if there isn't a world to conquer, what's the point?"
MTV.com reports singer Whitney Houston is being sued by her father's company, John Houston Entertainment, for breach of contract. The suit alleges Houston has not paid for services rendered when the company acted on her behalf in a managerial capacity and is asking for $100 million in damages. It is not clear, however, if Houston's father is actually involved in filing the suit.
Documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, best known for his 1964 Oscar-winning films Nine from Little Rock about the integration of Arkansas schools and the 1994 A Time for Justice about the civil rights movement, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer in Washington, D.C. He was 78.
Warner Bros. Pictures will remake the Japanese anime classic Akira for mainstream America. Originally released in 1988, the Katsuhiro Otomo film told the story of a bike gang leader who has to rescue his younger brother from a secret government project known as Akira. The film will be directed by Stephen Norrington (Blade).
Regency Enterprises does Dallas. The 20th Century Fox-based production company is looking to develop the popular '80s primetime soap into a feature film. Yep, we'll get see all the oil-rich Ewings, including that rascal J.R., large and in charge on the big screen.
The second season premiere of MTV's runaway hit The Osbournes may be delayed from its late November airdate due to Sharon Osbourne's ongoing colon cancer treatment. According to the New York Post, even though Sharon is recovering well, her health problems may still pose a problem next month. MTV is set to air the premiere sometime in January, if that is the case. Filming for the show has been going on since July.
An NBC affiliate owned by the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, did not air The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday because of an interview Leno conducted with the stars of Puppetry of the Penis--two men who can contort their genitals into any number of shapes including hamburgers and the Eiffel Tower. Do you go to school for something like that or what? The station, KSL-TV, felt the content was not appropriate for the Salt Lake City community. Well, probably not.
In other NBC news, the network has announced plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death with a special called Elvis Lives. Musical artists such as Britney Spears, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, Bono and others will be on hand to help celebrate during the hourlong show, which is set to air sometime later this year.
American Idol's "Mr. Runner-Up" Justin Guarini has signed a recording deal with 19 Recordings Ltd. in England, which is in turn licensing the singer's solo career to RCA in the United States. "We look forward to working with Justin to nurture his talent and help him build a recording career at RCA," RCA Music Group chairman Bob Jamieson told Reuters.
A comedy special that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Second City, the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe. The program featuers an array of graduates who appear in brief comedy skits.