Quotables: A Conversation With Alan Alda

Alan Alda at the 17th Annual Hamptons International FIlm Festival. Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash News

Alan Alda is all smiles at the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.
Photo: Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons/Splash News

Alan Alda was one of the illustrious guests to grace the Hamptons International Film Festival this year and participate in their popular interview series, "A Conversation With..." Here are a few of the highlights of that conversation as Mr. Alda reflected on his life and career.

Alan Alda on his first experience in front of a live audience...at the age of 9 : “I remember that feeling of power of being able to turn the laughs off and on, to sort of manipulate the audience. Maybe it was inevitable that I would be in show business, but it was also what I really wanted to do. I loved it.”

Alan Alda on working with Woody Allen : "I've made three movies with him, and you and I have said more today than he did."

Alan Alda on his greatest accomplishment : “Being married to my wife for 52 years.”

And our personal favorite...Alan Alda on kissing : Reflecting back on all of his leading ladies, including Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mia Farrow, interviewer Judy Licht asked which of them was the better kisser. Mr. Alda took little pause before he quipped: "I was."


Call For Entries: Suffolk Landmarks and Icons

Suffolk County Historical Society Call For EntriesThe Suffolk County Historical Society has announced a call for entries for a juried photography competition that will take place in connection with a new photography exhibition. The juried photography exhibition, entitled “Suffolk County’s Landmarks & Icons,” will open with a special reception on November 13, 2009, from 6-8pm, and will be on display at the Society (300 West Main St., Riverhead) through December 12, 2009. Jeff Schamberry, director of photography at Newsday, will serve as the competition’s juror, the winners of which will be announced at the opening reception.

The exhibition will consist of current photographic work, by contemporary photographers, that depicts Suffolk County’s landmarks and icons – both natural and man made – juxtaposed with a sampling of historical photographs from the Society’s collection.

The competition is open to all artists. All work must be framed, wired and ready to hang. Framed photos are not to exceed 16” x 24”. Entries without wire will not be accepted. Limit three works per artist; there is a $5 non-refundable fee for each work submitted. All work must be received at the Suffolk County Historical Society between November 3 - 6; 12:30 - 4:30 pm (labeled with artist name, address, phone, and title).

Suffolk County abounds with enduring sights and symbols that evoke individual responses and reflections. Whether famous and recognizable or humble and personal, Suffolk County’s special places can be transformed by events and memories. The Suffolk County Historical Society invites amateur and professional photographers to participate in this exhibit and competition by sharing their favorite images.

For more information, contact Kathryn Curran at 631-727-2881 or curranschs@optonline.net


Hamptons Film Fest Highlight: “Up In The Air”

Anna Kendrick Attends the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival“Up In The Air”
Directed by: Jason Reitman

2009 | 108 min | Feature Narrative

Cast & Credits
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford
Screenwriter: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick


Anna Kendrick was on hand at the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival for the screening of her new film, “Up In The Air.” From Jason Reitman, the Oscar nominated director of “Juno,” comes this dramatic comedy starring Oscar winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

A thoroughly relevant, well-paced, and immensely entertaining film, "Up in the Air" is one of BlogHamptons top picks from this year's festival. Between Clooney's brilliant delivery and a rich story that allows Vera Farmiga to shine, this is one film we expect to receive a lot of Oscar buzz!



Pumpkin Pie Latte's Mark Autumn in the Hamptons

Hampton Coffee Company Brings Back Fall FavoritesFall flavors are back in season now through Thanksgiving at Hampton Coffee Company! The espresso bars & cafés are featuring two Autumn favorites that perfectly complement this time of the year. Enjoy their Pumpkin Pie Latte, a tasty treat made with Pumpkin Spice syrup, their signature hand-roasted espresso, and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon or special Autumn Sprinkles. Or, for something a little sweeter, try their Pumpkin White Mocha, a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte combined with sweet and creamy White Chocolate Sauce and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon or special Sprinkles.

If you're looking for something more traditional, Hampton Coffee Company is once again featuring its warm-from-the-oven Pumpkin Muffins, hot local Apple Cider from The Milk Pail with a cinnamon stick, and their hand-roasted Pumpkin Pie Coffee either brewed by the cup at the cafés or as beans to bring home. Enjoy free samples of the Pumpkin Pie Coffee weekdays from opening until lunchtime.

And for those chilly Autumn Days, nothing warms one up better than a bowl of hot, homemade soup. Hampton Coffee Company offers at least three heart-warming selections each day from before lunchtime until closing. Many selections are low-fat and/or vegetarian.

Hampton Coffee Company is located at 194 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach, on the Six Corners Roundabout, across from the Village Hall, and at 869 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, next to The Green Thumb Farmstand. Both cafés are open year-round from 6AM to 6PM daily. Visit hamptoncoffeecompany.com for more details.


Annika Peterson Rides Onto The Red Carpet

Annika Peterson and Joel Goldberg share some red carpet fun.

On Sunday night, 12 year-old Joel Goldberg and his 13 year-old friend Ryan decided to check out some of the celebrity action happening at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The two boys strapped on their helmets and rode their bikes over to Guild Hall in East Hampton where there was a bright red carpet and a gaggle of press waiting for some of this year's hottest talent.

Joel and Ryan positioned themselves on the sidewalk and watched as independent film makers and celebrated breakthrough performers made their way down the red carpet. I'm sure it was fun to watch to the flashes firing and the young starlets posing in their backless dresses, but let's face it; these kids weren't hoping to catch a glimpse of an up and coming Scandinavian actor or the producer of a narrative documentary. They wanted star action! Where were the Pierce Brosnan's, Sharon Stone's and Alec Baldwin's?


TwitPicked: Adam Duritz Suits Up For Film Fest

TwitPicked: Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows Tweets From The Hamptons International Film Festival
Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows tweets from the UA East Hampton during the 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival. Adam was in town with girlfriend Emmy Rossum who stars in the movie Dare, which was being screened at the festival. Rossum was honored at this year's film fest as a Breakthrough Performer.


HIFF Award Winner: “Big River Man”

“Big River Man”
2009 Wouter Barendrecht Award for Pioneering Vision
Directed by: John Maringouin

2009 | 100 min | Feature Documentary

Cast & Credits
Producer: Molly Lynch, Maria Florio, Kevin Ragsdale
Cinematographer: John Maringouin
Music: Rich Ragsdale
Cast: Martin Strel, Borut Strel, Matthew Mohlke

“Big River Man” is the adventure of a lifetime. Overweight 53 year-old Martin Strel appears to be far from the incarnation of good health, yet in his current state he has achieved records for the world's longest consecutive swims, including the entirety of the Yangtze and Danube rivers. Documentarian John Maringouin intrepidly followed Strel as he embarked on a journey to complete the world's longest ever swim: the Amazon River. Strel and his team of trainers and guides never could have anticipated the life-altering experiences that were ahead of them along the wild and ancient stretch of water. This film captures their unbelievable story.

Director John Maringouin has made a career out of documenting the bizarre and the extreme. His first film was the uncomfortably intimate documentary Running Stumbled, in which he tracked down his father, Johnny Roe, Jr., whom prior to the shoot he hadn't seen for three decades.

Big River Man - Trailer from KNR Productions on Vimeo.



HIFF Award Winner: “Waking Sleeping Beauty”

“Waking Sleeping Beauty”
2009 Hamptons Film Fest Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary
Directed by: Don Hahn
2009 | 86 min | Feature Documentary

Cast & Credits
Writer: Patrick Pacheco
Producers: Peter Schneider, Don Hahn
Editor: Ellen Keneshea
Music: Chris Bacon
Cast: Roy Disney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Glen Keane, Howard Ashman

By the mid-1980s, the once mighty Disney Animation Studios was in a slump. Despite a flock of eager and talented young animators, innovation at the studio was held at bay by an old guard of conservative original-era executives. By the end of 1990s, however, Disney had produced a string of bona fide hits from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to The Lion King. What can account for this turnaround? Director Don Hahn's juicy behind-the-scenes tell-all of this transitional period is an encyclopedia of first-hand footage, drawings, and interviews detailing all the in-fights and ego-trips, unequivocal failures and soaring successes, tragic lows and elating highs of the Disney renaissance.



Congratulations to 2009 Festival Award Winners!

Felix van Groeningen accepts his third award at Guild Hall for his film, The Misfortunates.

Felix van Groeningen accepts his third award at Guild Hall for his film, “The Misfortunates.”

The films and the talent presented at this year's festival were nothing short of inspiring so, we'd like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Hamptons Film Festival Executive Director Karen Arikian, Director of Programming David Nugent, and Chairman Stuart Suna, as well as Lina Plath and Clare Anne Darragh of Frank PR, for making this year's festival such a resounding success.

It truly takes a village to pull off a five-day event like the Hamptons International Film Festival and we'd be remiss if we didn't recognize and thank the countless organizers, sponsors, board members, local businesses and volunteers who made this year's festival possible. From the local residents who welcomed visitors from around the globe, to the friendly officers who helped herds of movies goers cross the street, it was a community effort that was spotlighted on an international stage. Everyone involved should be proud of the way the Hamptons were presented.

As we prepare our huge HIFF Photo Gallery and write-ups, we hope you'll take note of all of this year's award winners and participants. We'd also like to give a special congratulations to Felix van Groeningen (pictured above) whose film “The Misfortunates” won not one but three awards, including the Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative Feature.

All of this year's film makers and actors deserve a standing ovation!

Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative Feature:
“The Misfortunates,” directed by Felix van Groeningen

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Actor:
“Paprika Steen,” in Applause

Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary:
“Long Distance Love,” directed by Magnus Gertten and Elin Jonsson

Special Jury Award
“Mugabe and the White African,” Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson

Golden Starfish Award for Best Short:
“Dust Kid,” directed by Jung Yumi

Best Film of Conflict & Resolution:
“Rabbit a la Berlin,” directed by Bartek Konopka

Audience Award for Best Narrative Film:
“The Young Victoria,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

Audience Award for Best Documentary:
“Waking Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Don Hahn

Audience Award for Best Short:
“This is Her,” directed by Katie Wolfe

Zicherman Foundation Award for Best Screenplay:
Felix van Groeningen for “The Misfortunates”

Kodak Award for Best Cinematography:
Ruben Impens for “The Misfortunates”

Kanbar Indie Award:
Antonio Campos for “My Adventures in Ladies’ Undergarments”

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize:
“Agora,” directed by Alejandro Amenabar

Roc Skincare Gold Standard in Filmmaking Award for a Feature Female Director:
Cheryl Hines for “Serious Moonlight”

Wouter Barendrecht Award for Pioneering Vision
“Big River Man,” John Maringouin


Christie Brinkley & Peter Cook Settle Out Of Court

Christie Brinkley & Peter Cook Leaving the Courthouse in Riverhead. Photos: Lisa Wagner/Splash News

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook have finally called a truce in the last of their long running courthouse battles. This morning the feuding exes appeared in State Supreme Court in Riverhead where they presented Justice Mark Cohen with a mutually beneficial settlement agreement. Last minute negotiations between Brinkley, Cook and their legal teams ran well into the early hours of Tuesday morning with both sides hammering out conditions of the settlement agreement before they were due in court. The settlement addressed custody and visitation issues concerning the couple's two children, Jack, 14, and Sailor Lee, 11. The specifics of the agreement, which were accepted by the judge, were not made public.

Despite a few final digs outside of the courthouse, Brinkley reminding the press that a court psychiatrist had labeled Peter a "narcissist" and Cook slamming Christie for "parental interference," both sides seemed to be pleased with the agreement.

It had been reported that both Brinkley and Cook were looking to have each other thrown in jail for violating the terms of their original custody and confidentiality agreements, but Brinkley assured one reporter as she left the courthouse in a blue trench coat and Ray Bans, "I never said that."  Brinkley in fact did not exercise her right to hold Cook in contemp of their original agreement.

As for Cook, he told BlogHamptons he's looking forward to spending time with his kids and "leaving this media circus behind."



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