Wednesday, April 17, 2024

FIlm Society of Lincoln Center Cancels Chaplin Awards Honoring Spike Lee, and New Directors/New Films Festival


Poor Spike Lee. Just as I predicted, Lincoln Center’s Film Society has postponed the Chaplin Awards til the fall. Really, September will be the busiest month in history.

The Film Society has also cancelled their New Directors/New Films program. This might be a good time anyway for a cleaning and refurbishing of the Walter Reade Theater. It’s like a Petri dish in there.

My guess now is they’ll make the Chaplin Awards part of the New York Film Festival at the end of September. It makes more sense anyway.

Now Spike can only wait and see if the Cannes Film Festival is cancelled. He’s the head of the jury this year. Oy vey.

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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