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Hollywood and Tribeca!

Posted on the 16 May 2011 by Travelingdivas

HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood A-listers flocked to the 10th annual Tribeca Film festival that kicked off on April 20 and ended on May 1. 

With each and every year, the festival has attracted more and more celebrities on the red carpet, VIPs and filmgoers to the glorious event. The annual festival brought an array of diversified films to New York City.

The event reminds me of the holidays where you have a smorgasbord of appetizing meals to indulge in and you know that you have to leave some room for the delicious desserts.

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The festival kicked off with the film “The Union,” a Cameron Crowe documentary about the iconic music legend Sir Elton John. It was followed by a free live performance by the legend himself. 

The Tribeca Film festival never disappoints; it has films for all tastes, from comedies, music, art and thrillers to political films that provoke the individual moviegoer to explore not only the film itself but the company of the people behind the film. In the spirit of diversity, the festival featured films from 32 countries, including Spain, Egypt, Iceland and India. 

Since the inception of the festival, I’ve been covering the event, and with each year, it gets bigger and better. Here are some of the buzz-worthy films from Stargazing Picks:

“Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” is a documentary by director Dori Berinstein. The film captures the legendary entertainer who continues to shine even at the age of 90.

“Bombay Beach,” by director Israeli Alma Har’el who won the award for best documentary feature, is a moving film of lost souls with music by Bob Dylan.

“The Good Life,” by director Eva Mulvad, is a poignant, touching documentary that shows character in the face of leading a life of luxury to living on a small pension in coastal Portugal.

“Jesus Henry Christ,” written and directed by Dennis Lee, is a charming comedy about a boy genius who embarks on a search for his biological father. The film stars Toni Collette and Michael Sheen. The film was produced by Julia Roberts.

“Everything Must Go,” by director Dan Rush, stars Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall and Michael Peña. The indie film, which is inspired by a Raymond Carver short story, follows a recovering alcoholic who finds himself without a job and a wife all in the same day. We met Will Ferrell at the premiere of the film while he was on the red carpet on April 27, where he stopped to chat with “Extra” and various media outlets, including Canyon News. Will Ferrell looked handsome in his black suit jacket, pink shirt and purple and pink tie.

The founders of the Tribeca Film festival, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, have succeeded in bringing people back to unite together behind the power of film. The festival was created in 2002 after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The mastermind behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden, was killed on May 1 by Navy Seals. This is the same date when Adolph Hitler was announced dead in 1945. 

It didn’t take long before Hollywood comedians such as David Letterman opened fire: “You folks enjoy the Osama bin Laden season finale?” Then Jay Leno added: “It looks like President Obama has a new campaign slogan: 'Yes, I Did.'” One thing is for sure, President Obama’s ratings went up 9 points since April 2, from 47 percent to 56 percent on May 2, according to the Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll.

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