Archives: October 2009
Alan Alda is all smiles at the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.
Photo: Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons/Splash News
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."
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
11:00AM UA East Hampton Theater 6
Short Narrative, 2009, 16 min
Directed by: Jessica Burstein and Robbie Norris
Plays In: New York Women in Film and Television Short Film Program
When their mutual friend cancels at the last minute, two very different couples are forced to endure a cringingly awkward dinner party involving broken chairs, media job-hunting and recreational huffing.
6:00PM Guild Hall
The Sloan Science In Film Tribute: Celebrating Ten Years Of Innovative Films at The Hamptons International Film Festival
Program, 75 min
To celebrate its ten-year partnership with Sloan and the tenth edition of this award, on Friday, October 9th, the Festival will hold the Sloan Science In Film Tribute, taking place at Guild Hall and hosted by Bob Balaban. This special evening will be a celebration of the feature films that have received Sloan recognition at the Hamptons Film Festival over the past 10 years. Our onstage event will include a number of special speaking guests, including Alan Alda, Amy Redford, and past Sloan Prize Winners Marc Abraham (FLASH OF GENIUS), Su Rynard (KARDIA) and Maggie Greenwald (SONGCATCHER), among others
6:15PM UA East Hampton Theater 5
Feature Narrative, 2009, 90 min
Directed by: Adam Salky
Interests: Coming of Age, Gay Interest
In this Sundance hit, uptight A-student Alexa (Emmy Rossum) and her best friend Ben (Ashley Springer) befriend popular jock Johnny (Zach Gilford), after which their relationships take on surprising new dimensions. Featuring terrific support from Ana Gasteyer, Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming and Rooney Mara, DARE is that rare "teen movie" with a provocative twist.
8:15PM UA East Hampton Theater 6
Short Narrative, 2008, 24 min
Directed by: Jospeh Gordon-Levitt
Plays In: Golden Starfish Awards Short Films in Competition
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is based on a short story by novelist Elmore Leonard. With large sums of money on the line, a vixen-ish declining rock star is being investigated for arson. Read More
9:15PM UA East Hampton Theater 5
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector
Feature Documentary, 2008, 102 min
Directed by: Vikram Jayanti
Interests: Art & Artists, Biography, Documentary, Experimental, Music Films
Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Director Vikram Jayanti overlays unprecedented personal interviews with harrowing court footage and original music recordings to create a dizzying portrait of genius and insanity, and a profound insight into a notorious subject.
9:30PM UA Southampton
Feature Narrative, 2009, 84 min
After she arrives at her country home for a romantic weekend getaway, things don't go exactly as planned for high-powered Manhattan lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan). First, her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), tells her that he's leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Then, one thing leads to another, and pretty soon Ian finds himself held captive by an oddly cool Louise who explains that she won't release him until he professes his love for her and commits to working on their marriage. And that's when things REALLY start to go wrong.
Earlier in the day Cheryl Hines was the guest of honor at the Women In Film Reception at The Hedges Inn. Cheryl and guests were welcomed by Hamptons Film Festival Executive Director Karen Arikian, Director of Programming David Nugent, and H.I.F.F. Chairman Stuart Suna. Cheryl was honored with the 2nd annual RoC Gold Standard in Filmmaking Award for a Feature Female Director. Her directorial debut, Serious Moonlight, staring Meg Ryan & Timothy Hutton, was screened prior to the reception at the UA East Hampton and met with rave reviews.
The day's festivities ran well into the night as the celebration continued at Gurney's Inn in Montauk. Following the screening of "The Greatest" at Guild Hall, Jitney's full of movie goers and V.I.P.'s descended upon Gurney's for their annual Opening Night Party. And, as always, the party did not disappoint.
We'll be back with more photos, movie reviews and party re-caps throughout the weekend and all next week, so be sure to check back. Until then, if you're looking to attend any screenings, be sure to get your tickets early! This year is proving to be a sellout and tickets are going fast. You can visit hamptonsfilmfest.org for a full schedule of films and show times.
12:00PM UA East Hampton Theater 4
Smiles: A Story of Roy Scheider
Short Documentary, 2009, 7 min
Directed by: Brenda Siemer Scheider
Precedes: In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome
Interests: Biography, Documentary, View From Long Island
SMILES riffs on morality (and movie immortality) by way of tribute to the legendary, Academy Award®-nominated Roy Scheider (JAWS, ALL THAT JAZZ), his terminal struggle with multiple melanoma and his screen acting debut.
1:30PM UA East Hampton Theater 2
Feature Narrative, 2009, 84 min
After she arrives at her country home for a romantic weekend getaway, things don't go exactly as planned for high-powered Manhattan lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan). First, her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), tells her that he's leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Then, one thing leads to another, and pretty soon Ian finds himself held captive by an oddly cool Louise who explains that she won't release him until he professes his love for her and commits to working on their marriage.
3:00 PM Elie Tahari East Hampton
Babelgum Cocktail Reception to Celebrate the film Dirty Oil
Elie Tahari East Hampton
1 Main St.
5:15PM UA East Hampton Theater 3
Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags
Feature Documentary, 2009, 75 min
Directed by: Marc Levin
Interests: Documentary, History
Produced by HBO Films, filmmaker Mark Levin chronicles the century-long story of the American garment industry, from its Lower East Side sweatshop beginnings to its booming post-WWII rise as an emblematic American/New York City institution and its devastating fall at the hands of a post-Reagan global economy.
7:00PM Guild Hall
Opening Night Film
Feature Narrative, 2008, 101 min
Directed by: Shana Feste
When Bennett Brewer is killed in a car accident, his mother Grace (Susan Sarandon) becomes fixated with discovering what his last words were. Meanwhile, her husband Allen (Pierce Brosnan), is immobilized by his inability to express his grief, and their surviving son is sliding into drug abuse. This disintegrating family is thrown for bigger loop when Rose, the girl who was with Bennett when he died, shows up pregnant with his child.
In addition to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and just in case you needed a reason to shop 'til you drop, John Varvatos will also be donating 20% of the evening proceeds to the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Tanger Outlets are recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a shoppers dream! For the purchase of a $1.00 Tanger Pink Card, you will receive 25% Off any single item at a participating outlet store. And here's the best part -- you can purchase a Tanger Pink Card for every store you plan to shop at! Have ten stores on your hit list? Buy ten $1.00 cards and shop away!
We hate to admit it, but the holidays are just a few weeks away. So why not take this opportunity to not only get a jump on the shopping season, but get 25% off your purchases and support breast cancer foundations in your area!
The Tanger Outlet Pink Card is available at all Tanger Outlets in the U.S. and the breast cancer beneficiaries vary from each location. At Tanger Outlet Riverhead, the local beneficiary is the North Fork Breast Cancer Coalition and at the Tanger Outlet Deer Park, the local beneficiary is the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.
Please visit Tanger Outlets online for your nearest outlet location and for a full list of participating stores. Tanger Outlet Pink Cards are available for purchase online and are also available on-site at your local center. Tanger Outlet Pink Cards must be purchased and redeemed by October 20, 2009.
Now if you'll excuse us, we have some serious shopping to do!
Looking for a genuine bargain in the Hamptons? Look no further than the Curbed Hamptons Listage Department for their Top Ten Real Estate PriceChoppers for the month of September. (And if anyone wants to know what I'd like for Christmas, I'll take #9!) [Curbed Hamptons]
HarperCollins has confirmed that Sag Harbor resident Billy Joel is currently penning his memoir with veteran entertainment journalist Fred Schruers. Cue the media's obligatory “My Life” puns. [Newsday]
And in grizzly news worthy of a CSI: Hamptons episode, investigators are combing the sands in Sagaponack after a body washed up on the beach just east of Peters Pond Road. [SH Press]
UPDATE: Police have determined that the body found on the beach in Sagaponack is that of a 60-year-old Sag Harbor man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. [LI Press]
The Hamptons own Christie Brinkley will joining the cast of Ugly Betty this season as Penelope Graybridge, a fabulously fierce fashion editor at a competing magazine.
The inexplicably ageless supermodel became internationally recognizable thanks to her iconic Sports Illustrated covers and her reign as the flawless face of Cover Girl Cosmetics. Over the years, Christie has evolved into a business mogul, launching her own jewelry and fabric lines, as well as an activist, environmentalist and philanthropic powerhouse. But this mother of three is also no slouch in the acting department.
Brinkley first dove into acting in 1983 as the scene stealing "Girl in the red Ferrari" in National Lampoon's Vacation. Staring opposite Chevy Chase, Brinkley's role required little dialogue but became such an instant classic that it continues to be referenced, spoofed and parodied more than 25 years later. On the small screen, Brinkley's guest appearance on NBC's Mad About You helped the sitcom, and the network, land one of their highest rated half-hour episodes. She's also hosted “Celebrity Weddings InStyle” for Lifetime, bringing equally unprecedented ratings to the cable channel, and has even tried her hand at her own lifestyle talk shown on CNN. Simply put, there's nothing this woman can't do.
As Penelope Graybridge on Ugly Betty, Christie Brinkley will join an illustrious list of guest star alumni of the Emmy Award winning sitcom. Martha Stewart, Isaac Mizrahi, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Beckham, Vera Wang, Betty White, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Ripa are just a few of the heavy hitters and fashion icons who have graced the halls of Mode.
While U.B. producers are yet to release all of the details on Brinkley's new character, including how many episodes she'll star in, we do know that she'll be filming her scenes here in New York -- unlike Columbian pop sensation Shakira. Shakira, who will also be guest staring on the show this season, will be making her Ugly Betty debut when the cast and crew film on location in the Bahamas.
The new season of Ugly Betty will premiere on Friday, October 9th at 9 P.M. EST on ABC. For a behind the scenes look at what's in store for Season 4, check after the jump for an ABC Sneak Peek Video.