Friday Highlights For Hamptons Film Fest

Friday Highlights: Hamptons International Film Festival

11:00AM UA East Hampton Theater 6

Abbie Cancelled
Short Films
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

Dare
Spotlight
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

Sparks
Short Films
Short Narrative, 2008, 24 min
Directed by: Jospeh Gordon-Levitt
Plays In: Golden Starfish Awards Short Films in Competition
Interests: Mystery-Suspense-Thriller

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
World Cinema
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

Serious Moonlight
World Cinema
Feature Narrative, 2009, 84 min
Interests: Comedy

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.


Stars Shine at 17th Annual Hamptons Film Fest

Pierce Brosnan attends the screening of The Greatest at Guild Hall in East HamptonEast Hampton was the place to be Thursday night for the screening of Pierce Brosnan's new film, "The Greatest." 007 himself had ticket holders swooning when he arrived with producer Beau St. Clair and officially kicked-off opening day of the Hamptons Film Festival at historic Guild Hall. Longtime festival supporter and Hamptons local Alec Baldwin was also on hand and all smiles, as was our favorite piano man Billy Joel, Bob Balaban, Amanda Pennington and the film's director, Shana Feste.

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.

[Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash News]


Thursday Highlights For Hamptons Film Fest

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12:00PM UA East Hampton Theater 4

Smiles: A Story of Roy Scheider
Short Films
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

Serious Moonlight
World Cinema
Feature Narrative, 2009, 84 min
Interests: Comedy

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
Invitation Only
Elie Tahari East Hampton
1 Main St.




5:15PM UA East Hampton Theater 3

Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags
World Cinema
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

The Greatest
Opening Night Film
Feature Narrative, 2008, 101 min
Directed by: Shana Feste
Interests: Drama

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.


John Varvatos H.I.F.F. Cocktail Reception

Following the Hamptons International Film Festival’s screening of “Applesauce” on Saturday, October 10th, John Varvatos will be hosting a cocktail reception at John Varvatos East Hampton on Newton Lane.

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.

John Varvatos Hosts Cocktail Reception at Newton Lane Store


Tanger Outlets Tickled Pink With 25% Off!

Tanger Outlets 25% Off Promo

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!


The Borrowed Blog: Babes, Books and Bargains

The ladies of Southampton Historical Museum launch sexy fund raising calendar. Photo: Nick MansfieldLet's hear it for the girls! The Calendar Girls that is. The bevy of beauties who “doffed their clothes” to raise money for Southampton Historical Museum's Halsey House restoration project. “Historical Figures of Southampton” now has a whole new meaning.  [Hamptons.com]

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]


Christie Brinkley to Guest Star on Ugly Betty

Christie Brinkley Set to Guest Star on ABC's Ugly Betty. Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsLook out Wilhelmina Slater, there's a new Diva on the block. And this one may just give you a run for your Manolo's!

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.
[Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash News]


TwitPicked: Jason Binn Spies America Ferrera

TwitPicked: Jason Binn Spies America Ferrera - via TwitPic.com


MYC Explains 'Cirque Sublime' Cancellation

Montauk Yacht Club Explains Cirque Sublime CancelationWe weren't alone last Saturday night when we pulled into the parking lot of The Montauk Yacht Club only to find an empty field where a "Fellini-esque" Big Top should have been. As we stood there staring at an empty great lawn, like completely confused puppies, we noticed a few equally confused guests who, like us, never received the memo that the Cirque Sublime event had been cancelled.

So we had to ask...what happened to the contortionists, fire-eaters, mentalists and erotic aerialists? No one on-site at MYC had much info for us on Saturday night, so we turned to General Manager Lloyd Van Horn and asked for the inside scoop on the cancellation -- and why we weren't notified.

According to Mr. Van Horn, there was a cancellation notice sent out to the media from Alchimia Public Relations. "Unfortunately," said Mr. Van Horn, BlogHamptons.com was inadvertently omitted from that notification list. He apologized for the oversight and added that cancellation of Cirque Sublime "was a huge loss for us as we were really looking forward to the event."

Better late than never, we have since received that cancellation notice:
Producers of the planned “Cirque Sublime” extravaganza slated for September 26 at the Montauk Yacht Club announced the cancellation of the upcoming performance, citing a misunderstanding with the town regarding the permits necessary for the erection of the tent on the property of the Montauk Yacht Club. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to rectify the situation by the end of this week.

Lloyd Van Horn, General Manger of the Montauk Yacht Club, hopes that the producers will be able to reschedule for a date in early spring of 2010 once they have obtained the proper permits. Ticket purchasers can contact Smarttix for refund.

~ Alchimia Public Relations
We'll try again next Spring...but we'll certainly be calling ahead first! ;)


Oktoberfest Gets Rowdy

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Celebrates Oktoberfest

Rowdy Hall certainly had reason to celebrate this summer. It seemed that every entertainment weekly tried to keep tabs on the celebrity clientele that chowed down at the East Hampton eatery nestled in the Parrish Mews. Of the local notables that landed on the gossip pages, Rudy Giuliani, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Dick Cavett, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, House star Peter Jacobson, Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee, Amy Irving, and rapper Busta Rhymes were just a few of the high profile diners that enjoyed a season of classic pub fare out on Rowdy's patio.

Now that their sizzling summer has been replaced with crisp fall air, A-Listers are keeping warm by the fireplace that's roaring in the Arts & Crafts inspired dining room and the famed eatery is continuing the celebration -- only now with a decidedly German twist. It's Oktoberfest! And it's turning Rowdy Hall on its Wienerschnitzel!


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