Friday, April 19, 2024

NY Times Photographer Exits Own Screening; James Franco Keeps It Interesting


Bill Cunningham is a slight, retiring soul who travels around Manhattan on a bike taking pictures for the New York Times. No one knows much about him. Maybe he’s 70. Last night at a screening of Richard Presse’s documentary, “Bill Cunningham New York,” Bill took pictures, stayed behind his camera, and then left. He didn’t remain for his own premiere at MoMA’s New Directors, New Films  series. Anna Wintour was there, as were designer Rachel Roy and two time Oscar nominee Sylvia Miles. But Bill bolted. Maybe pictures from the party will wind up in the Styles section this weekend. Maybe not….

…Just before the Tribeca Film Festival, many of our pals are headed south to the Sarasota Film Festival on April 14th. And I do mean many, including Patricia Clarkson, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci — many of whom will participate in a staged reading of William S. Burroughs‘ “Queer” from a new script by Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”). The festival opens with Kevin Kline and Paul Dano in “The Extra Man,” and closes with James Franco’s documentary about John Malkovich hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Franco continues to astound and amaze as the eclectic warrior of his generation…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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