Good Morning Hollywood, March 25: A Festival Roundup

The Muppets take Tribeca, Bollywood comes to Hollywood, Dallas wants change and pundits ponder Cannes

Lots of film festival odds and ends coming out over the last day or two, so here's a roundup:

The Muppets Take ManhattanThe Muppets will retake Manhattan at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the TFF organizers announced on Thursday. The 1984 comedy will be one of the three "Tribeca Drive-In" features screening as part of the festival's free community events, the other two being Alan Parker's "Fame" and the Haitian documentary "When the Drum Stops Beating." Also announced: NYFEST, a day-long free celebration at Pier 40 that will include a celebrity soccer match; the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, with performances from Broadway shows, street performers, music and student films; the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, with representatives from New York's professional sports teams; and panels with documentarians, historians and new-media moguls, among others. The Tribeca Film Festival website has more details.

Disney meets Bollywood at the ninth Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, where the entries include a film inspired by a former president of India ("I Am Kalam"), a family adventure due to be released by Walt Disney Pictures ("Zokkomon"), India's 2010 Oscar entry ("Peepli Live") and a night of Bollywood musicals that ranges from drama ("Mumbai Diaries") to romantic comedy ("The Wedding Planner") to science fiction ("The Robot"). "I Am Kalam" opens the fest on April 12, "Zokkomon" closes it six days later, and the full lineup of 13 features, six documentaries and 13 shorts is available at the IFFLA website.

The Dallas International Film Festival wants you (if you're an aspiring filmmaker) to make movies as a means to promote social change. To that end, they're offering a series of panels at the 2011 festival in early April: "WHY?" is designed to answer the question "Why make a movie about your cause?", "WHAT?" explores "what kind of film are you going to make?", "HOW?" deals with funding, distribution, etc. If you already know the answer to one or two of those questions, you can presumably skip that panel and explore some of the other DIFF options, all of which can be found at the Dallas Film Society website.

The announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup is still a few weeks away, but everybody's nonetheless weighing in on what films they think will be included this year. The indieWIRE gang lists 40 films they're hoping to see; it's full of big names like Steven Soderbergh, David Cronenberg, the Dardenne Brothers, Lars Von Trier, Alexander Payne, Gus Van Sant, Giorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") and Wong Kar Wai. Screen Daily says that indieWIRE won’t get its wish when it comes to Wong Kar Wai, that Pedro Almodovar likely won't take "The Skin I Live In" to France but will wait until closer to his September release date, and that the Dardennes, Payne, Van Sant and Von Trier will be on the Croisette. And the Hollywood Reporter's roundup (which appeared last week) mentions all of those usual suspects, along with the likes of Walter Salles' "On the Road" and Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights."

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