Reality Bites, Say Anything and Spinal Tap Casts Coming to Tribeca Film Festival 2019

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will have plenty of projects both new and nostalgic for comedy film fans to appreciate at this year’s festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, will world premiere as the closing night selection of the Festival’s 18th edition. The rock-n-roll comedy, with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis, follows Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders), a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. The film stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran. “This isn’t a time travel movie but it feels like introducing the Beatles music to America for the first time-again,” Danny Boyle says. “Absolutely delighted that our film has been chosen to be the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. A great honor in a great city.”

The cast and creators of generational touchstone Reality Bites will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It was announced today that director Ben Stiller, writer Helen Childress, and actors Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn will all be on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film that connected 90’s kids everywhere. More surprise guests are also expected for the screening and conversation event. Say Anything is also having an anniversary. Director Cameron Crowe and executive producer James L. Brooks and the Say Anything lead cast will be on hand to discuss the film – and that iconic boombox scene – following a special screening marking its 30th anniversary. And comedy fans will be excited to know that a special 35th anniversary screening of This is Spinal Tap will be followed by a conversation with stars and creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner. They will pay tribute to the band with a special musical performance and a conversation to follow.

And in addition to the comedy reunions of Say Anything, Reality Bites and This is Spinal Tap, this year’s Gala Anniversaries will include a never-before-seen restored version of Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece, Apocalypse Now in celebration of the film’s 40th. Francis Ford Coppola will be on hand for the event to reflect on the film. There will be a world premiere of Between Me and My Mind about Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio, followed by a special musical performance by the Trey Anastasio Band at the Beacon Theatre, as well as Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival opener The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. Tribeca will give audiences a chance to see Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) on the big screen with a free family event on ‘Star Wars Day’ – May the 4th Be with You.

Tickets for events at the Beacon Theatre go on sale March 19 at 11:00AM ET; Single tickets for all other Festival events go on sale March 26 at 11:00AM ET. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24 – May 5, 2019.

EVENT: Say Anything Reunion
DATE: Tuesday, April 30
TIME: 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

EVENT: Reality Bites
DATE: Saturday, May 4
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Event: This is Spinal Tap
DATE: Saturday, April 27
TIME: 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Beacon Theatre

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