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‘Hustle’, ‘Wolf’ lead MTV nods Relationship, real-life personalities to highlight Tribeca fest

 LOS ANGELES, March 7, (RTRS): Crime caper “American Hustle” and financial greed tale “The Wolf of Wall Street” each landed eight nominations for the MTV Movie Awards on Thursday, edging out dystopian saga “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and comedy “We’re the Millers.” “Hustle” and “Wolf,” which each went home from Sunday’s Oscars empty handed, will have a shot at redemption at the unbuttoned MTV event that hands out golden, popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like best kiss and best fight scene. The fan-voted awards will be hosted by comedian Conan O’Brien at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on April 13 and televised on MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc.

“American Hustle” stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who each picked up nominations in top acting categories while Adams and Christian Bale picked up a nod for best on-screen duo in the film. Oscar best picture winner “12 Years a Slave” earned four nominations, while outer space thriller “Gravity” scored a single nod for Sandra Bullock as best actress, after winning seven Academy Awards, the most this year. Nominees for best movie, the only category in which voting will continue during the broadcast, include “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” fantasy film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both won Oscars for their performances in AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” earned nominations together for best on-screen duo and separately for best on-screen transformation.

The annual awards, which honor hit movies that might have been overlooked by the Oscars and Golden Globes, serve as a lead-in to the summer movie season and will include preview clips from would-be summertime Hollywood blockbusters.This year’s odd-ball categories include best shirtless performance, best “#WTF moment,” and best cameo performance. The 15-actor fight scene in comedy “Anchorman 2” earned a nomination for best fight scene while Lawrence and Adams’ unscripted lip-lock in “American Hustle” picked up a nod in the best kiss category. Former boy band the Backstreet Boys also scored a nomination for best musical moment in apocalyptic satire “This Is the End,” and octogenarian comic Joan Rivers notched a nomination for best cameo for her part in superhero blockbuster “Iron Man 3.”
A scandalous affair, dysfunctional family dramas, missing babies, a blind piano player, Legos and James Franco make up an eclectic slate of spotlight films and documentaries at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The lineup of out-of-competition films announced on Thursday in the “Spotlight” section of the New York-based Tribeca festival, a section reserved for more prominent actors and directors, comprises 31 feature films, nine of which are documentaries. Highlights include Dito Montiel’s “Boulevard,” an existential family drama starring Robin Williams and Kathy Baker, crime thriller “Every Secret Thing” and “5 to 7,” an intense love story between an aspiring novelist and the wife of a French diplomat, starring Anton Yelchin and Berenice Marlohe.
“Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition,” Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming, said in a statement. Actor-filmmaker-writer Franco, a staple of the independent film community, will see the premiere of the film adaptation of his book of short stories, “Palo Alto” by director Gia Coppola, and also stars in Paul Haggis’ gritty love tale “Third Person.” In the documentaries, “Keep On Keepin’ On” explores the challenges of a talented 23-year-old blind piano player, while documentarian James Spione takes a look at the journey of two people charged under the US Espionage Act in “Silenced.”
An untitled documentary by filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson on the fans of Lego plastic toy building blocks will also have its world premiere at the film festival. Organizers also announced seven films in the “Midnight” section, which profiles “boundary-pushing genre films,” and five installations in the “Storyscapes” section, which showcases interactive, multimedia storytelling formats. Championing independent movies and projects from US and international filmmakers, the Tribeca Film Festival was co-founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center.
The festival is aimed at reviving the economy and culture of Lower Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood. Organizers say the festival has generated an estimated $850 million in economic activity since its first year in 2002. This year’s edition will run from April 16 to 27. In the competition categories announced earlier this week, 12 narrative films and 12 documentaries will vie for cash prizes amounting to $215,000 and artwork donated by contemporary artists. The festival’s opening day selections are “Gabriel” by newcomer filmmaker Lou Howe and starring actor Rory Culkin in a coming-of-age tale, and “Dior and I,” a documentary exploring the behind-the-scenes world of the Parisian designer brand Christian Dior.

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