Sunday, April 21, 2024

Trudie Styler Stopped by Volcanic Ash Cloud


Usually nothing can stop the intrepid Trudie Styler from her appointed rounds.

But a screening of Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi‘s “Wake Up”– a documentary Styler exec produced–had to go on without her last night at the Tribeca Film Center. The Iceland volcanic ash cloud had left her in London, unable to attend.

So Styler called in husband Sting to the rescue. He was an able host, reading Styler’s regrets to the crowd of friends and family. Sting liked the doc so much, by the way, that his song, “Fragile,” appears over the end credits.

The often wacky, very new Agey doc is Elrod’s story of how he awoke about four years ago to visions–of angels, demons, and ghosts. He proceeds to document his journey into the world of the supernatural and unknown. It’s as if a flash-sideways from the show “Lost’ became a reality. The audience loved it. I predict a cult hit.

The film will be out on DVD next month. You can read about it at

In the meantime: Sting appears with the Roots this Sunday in Washington, DC for an Earth Day celebration on the Mall. Styler was supposed to speak at the concert, but the Cloud may prevent her from traveling.

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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