NYC – Shock and Awe Screening + Q&A

Reel Pieces proudly presents a preview of Shock and Awe with renowned director and actor Rob Reiner on June 27 at 7:30 pm. Moderator Annette Insdorf will interview Reiner after a preview of the film. Their discussion will include movies that inspired Reiner’s political moviemaking, including All the President’s MenThe Best Man and The Candidate.

Rob Reiner is not only a beloved actor (notably as Meathead in the TV classic All in the Family) but also the director of such celebrated movies as This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men and The American President.

Reiner co-stars in the new film Shock and Awe as editor John Walcott. The riveting drama is based on the true story of the Knight-Ridder journalists who were skeptical about the reports of Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” that led to war. Woody Harrelson and James Marsden star as the intrepid reporters who questioned George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003. Also featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Shock and Awe is a timely reminder of journalistic accountability.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – Sharp Objects Screening + Q&A

Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, Eliza Scanlen, and Jean-Marc Vallée appear at the 92nd Street Y for a screening and conversation with Caryn James on Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

The summer’s most gripping psychological thriller is coming to cable this July, when the eight-episode limited series Sharp Objects premieres on HBO.

Based on the bestseller by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Get a sneak preview of a full episode and hear from Adams and fellow cast members Patricia Clarkson and Eliza Scanlen, who are joined by Flynn, showrunner Marti Noxon (Dietland) and director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) as they discuss the project with Caryn James (BBC Culture).

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – Roxane Gay & Tayari Jones Signing

Authors Roxane Gay and Tayari Jones speak and sign at the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Roxane Gay’s latest book is the memoir Hunger — “an amazing achievement in more ways than I can count,” wrote Ann Patchett. “When a wrenching past is confronted with wisdom and bravery, the outcome can be compassion and enlightenment — both for the reader who has lived through this kind of unimaginable pain and for the reader who knows nothing of it.”

Tayari Jones’s new novel, American Marriage, is “a stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams,” wrote Edwidge Danticat. “An exquisite, timely and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable.”

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1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – The Alienist Screening + Q&A

Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Jakob Verbruggen, and Michael Kaplan appear in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Patrick Gomez at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Set in Gilded Age New York, TNT’s gripping new thriller, The Alienist, follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Rush), a brilliant “alienist” — or criminal psychologist — who’s brought in by police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to track down a ritualistic serial killer. Based on the bestselling novel by Caleb Carr, the series also stars Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral). Join the cast and costume designer Michael Kaplan and executive producer Jakob Verbruggen for a look inside this mind-bending murder mystery, which paints a portrait of a dark, shadowy turn-of-the-century New York City that you’ve never seen before.

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1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – Reel Pieces w/ Rachel Weisz

Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz appears at the 92nd St Y on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM to present precede the April 27 release of her latest film Disobedience (which Weisz also produced).

Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf will interview her about a career that spans 25 years and dozens of terrific films. Among the clips to be shown, a few will be from Disobedience (which will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival).

Rachel Weisz has starred in both mainstream successes like The Bourne Legacy, Runaway Jury, and The Mummy and independent prize-winners such as Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You, Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener (for which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) and Adam Brooks’s Definitely, Maybe. Among her most impressive work is Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora — a historical drama of 2009 in which she plays a philosopher and teacher in 4th Century Alexandria — and The Whistleblower, Larysa Kondracki’s 2011 drama based on the real experiences of a Nebraska policeman who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and confronted the UN for covering up a sex scandal. In recent years, Weisz has played both real figures (such as Deborah Lipstadt in Denial) and imaginative creations (as in Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown). She has also worked onstage, notably in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, the Broadway revival directed by Mike Nichols (and co-starring her husband Daniel Craig) in 2013.

Disobedience is directed by Sebastian Lelio, whose Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman just won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. He co-wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Lenkiewicz (the co-writer of the acclaimed Polish drama Ida), adapted from Naomi Alderman’s novel. Set in London’s Orthodox Jewish community, the film has splendid performances by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – An Evening with Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson appears in conversation with Neil Gaiman at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8:00 PM!

Artist, composer, filmmaker, performer — Laurie Anderson is the definition of a Renaissance woman, and she’s busier than ever.

Her acclaimed recent film Heart of a Dog was a moving meditation on stories, life and death. And now she’s venturing into virtual reality, winning the first award for Best VR Experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Join this endlessly inventive polymath for a wide-ranging conversation on creativity and Anderson’s exciting future projects.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – An Evening with the Jedi Masters

Mark Hamill appears in conversation with Frank Oz at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Star Wars fans, rejoice: Luke Skywalker is here! Fresh off his return to the screen in the massive critical and box-office smash Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill lands at 92Y for a conversation with the man behind Yoda, legendary puppeteer and filmmaker Frank Oz. Hear from Hamill as he looks back on four decades of Star Wars and his iconic role as the Jedi Master — just in time for the latest film’s release on digital (March 13) and Blu-ray (March 27).

About Mark Hamill:
Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed all aspects of entertainment including stage, screen, television and new media. He is best known as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. He returned to the role in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Other films include: Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and most recently playing Kyle Mooney’s father in Brisby Bear. Hamill directed and starred in the cult mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie.

Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, Amadeus (also First National Tour), Michael Stewart’s Harrigan n’ Hart, The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and the Roundabout Theatre production of Room Service. A prolific voice-over artist, he has performed in countless television cartoons, feature films and video games. Hamill first played the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. He returned to the role in the Arkham Aslyum video game series for which he received a BAFTA award and in last year’s groundbreaking R-rated animated film, The Killing Joke. This trend continued when he returned as The Trickster on CW’s The Flash, a role he first played in the original CBS series. Hamill has re-teamed with Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts for Star Citizen: Squadron 42 with Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson and Ben Mendelsohn.

About Frank Oz:
Frank Oz worked with Jim Henson for 35 years. He and his fellow original Muppet performers have created hundreds of Muppet Characters performing them for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live and on dozens of other shows. Frank also performs Yoda in the Star Wars movies and he has directed a dozen feature films.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – Futureface Signing + Presentation

Author Alex Wagner appears in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM  about her new memoir FUTUREFACE.

The daughter of a Burmese mother and a white American father, journalist Alex Wagner (CBS News, The Atlantic) grew up thinking of herself as a “Futureface” — a proud part of our world’s mixed-race future.

But her post-racial ideals grew more complicated when a family mystery led her into an epic global journey to understand the truth of her ancestry. Join Wagner, author of the gripping new book Futureface, and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) for a profound conversation on the American experience of race, immigration, exile and identity. Who do we believe ourselves to be — and who are we really?

A book signing follows the event.

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1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NYC – First They Killed My Father Screening

Press Release:

Actor/Director/Producer/Writer Angelina Jolie, with Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung, will talk with Moderator Annette Insdorf about their film, First They Killed My Father, which will be screened after the onstage discussion on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Although Angelina Jolie is best known for her performances in such films as Girl, Interrupted (for which she won an Academy Award), Lara CroftA Mighty Heart (as Mariane Pearl), Salt and Maleficent, she has become a major creative force behind the camera. First They Killed My Father is her fourth film as a director, following In the Land of Blood and HoneyUnbroken and By the Sea.

She also co-wrote the screenplay with Loung Ung, whose bestselling memoir the film is based upon. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five — starting in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge came to power — to nine years old. Ung also serves as an Executive Producer on the film.

First They Killed My Father (2 hours, 16 minutes) is a Netflix film, produced by Jolie and Rithy Panh, the renowned Cambodian director of the Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture, and himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge. It is the official entry from Cambodia for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

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(212) 217-7999

NYC – The Grouchy Historian Signing

Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger appear in conversation at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM to discuss The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

TV legend Ed Asner (Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show) leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who want to use it as their justification for doing everything they want to do.

And now he’s written a book about it all, with Ed Weinberger, the multiple award-winning writer and producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, who joins him in conversation.

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1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

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