Monday, June 17, 2024

Julia Roberts, Movie Producer, Comes to Greenwich Village


Julia Roberts is back in New York, kids. Over the weekend the Roberts posse made itself known in Greenwich Village at Roberts’s new address. On Saturday, several big black SUVs and security guards appeared in the street where Julia is now residing. They made enough of a spectacle to bring attention to the fact that Julia had arrived. The drivers blocked traffic on the narrow street to load children’s car seats. A little party ensued at Julia’s penthouse apartment, where a new awning has sprung up as well as large, bushy plants on the terrace. On Sunday, more people were in and out of Roberts’ new pad, including Madonna manager Guy Oseary.

The party preceded a showing at the Tribeca Film Festival of a movie Roberts and her sister Lisa produced called “Jesus Henry Christ.” The film is directed by Dennis Lee, with cinematography by Julia’s husband, Danny Moder. Michael Sheen and Toni Collette star. Hopefully this Roberts-Moder collaboration will get a distributor. A prior outing, called “Fireflies in the Garden,” has never been released in the United States even though Roberts is in the film. It was also directed by Dennis Lee. Interestingly, “Jesus Henry Christ” was the title of a short film also directed by Dennis Lee, in 2003. It had a different plot, and similarly named characters, but was then based on a short story by indie filmmaker Joe Turner Lin.

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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