SPIDEY TO PREMIERE IN HOMETOWN
The Tribeca Film Festival, originally launched by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in response to the terrorist attack on lower Manhattan in 2001, has been selected as the launching site of Spider-Man 3. The festival announced Wednesday that the Sony/Columbia picture, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, will have its official premiere at a theater in downtown Astoria (the UA Kaufman Astoria 14), Spidey's hometown, on April 30th and will have free simultaneous screenings in the other New York boroughs on that day. In a statement, Rosenthal said, "Bringing exciting and new events to NYC and its community is one of the major goals of the festival. Hosting the U.S. premiere of Spider-Man 3 in Queens and celebrating the release throughout the festival will give us the opportunity to reach out to a new community as well as to the devoted fan-base of the Spider-Man series."
EASTER: FAMILY FILMS VS. HORROR FLICKS
It will be family films going head-to-head against horror flicks at the box office over the Easter weekend. Many analysts are predicting that the latter will slaughter the former, with the twofer movie Grindhouse coming out on top. The film (which opens with 10:00 p.m. showings in 13 cities tonight -- Thursday) wraps two stylized B movies, one by Quentin Tarantino, the other by Robert Rodriguez, into a literal double feature. Another heap of horror is being served by Warner Bros. with The Reaping, opening tonight, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. They will be facing Wednesday's openers Are We Done Yet?, a remake of 1948's Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, starring Ice Cube in the role originally played by Cary Grant; Firehouse Dog, a dog-lovers' tale from Fox, and last weekend's winners Blades of Glory and Meet the Robinsons. Overseas, the Easter holiday is likely to see another win for Rowan Atkinson's comedy, Mr. Bean's Holiday.
SCORSESE TO DEPART FOR CANNES
Martin Scorsese will have a full slate of activities laid out for him at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Scorsese, who finally won an Oscar this year (for The Departed) will present a lecture to film students on May 24; present the Camera d'Or prize for best film by a first-time director; announce the creation of the World Cinema Foundation for preserving and restoring classic films; and participate in the odd press conference and media interview to promote Shine a Light, his documentary on the Rolling Stones, which will be seeking a buyer at the Cannes Market.
STUNTMAN CLAIMS HE FILLED IN FOR CHAN
Fans of Jackie Chan were in an uproar Wednesday after a Hong Kong stuntman claimed on his website that he has doubled for Chan, as well as Chow Yun-fat, former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh Choo-kheng and veteran Hong Kong actor Andy Lau Tak-wah. Chan has long claimed that he has performed his own stunts in Hong Kong movies although he has acknowledged that insurers have forced him to use doubles in films he makes in Hollywood.
DISNEY PR GUYS WON'T LOOK TO RICHARDS TO PROMOTE NEW PIRATES
Reports on Wednesday that the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards had told a British music tabloid that he had snorted a mixture of cocaine and the ashes of his cremated father have flummoxed Disney publicists as they prepare to roll out Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, in which Richards appears in a cameo as Johnny Depp's father. Dennis Rice, Disney's senior vice president for publicity, told today's (Thursday) Los Angeles Times that when he saw the report, his first reaction was, "How are we going to spin this?" Late in the day, the singer said through a spokesman that he was only joking. But his explanation has apparently not been good enough for Disney. "Keith won't be doing a lot of publicity for this movie," Rice told the Times.
CHRISTMAS STORY DIRECTOR, SON KILLED IN AUTO CRASH
Bob Clark, the director best known for the 1981 holiday favorite A Christmas Story, was killed in an auto accident along with his 22-year-old son Ariel in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Police arrested the driver of the other car, Hector Velazquez-Nava, on DUI charges.