Ethan Hawke and Patti Smith seemed like kind of a weird pairing for a Tribeca Talk, and yesterday’s tete a tete at the Tribeca Film Festival started a little awkwardly when they couldn’t decide who was supposed to be the moderator. “How about this?” Smith suggested. “Neither one of us be the moderator and we’ll both be ourselves.”
Last week saw the release of Ten Thousand Saints, which we’ve been looking forward to ever since the film reenacted the Tompkins Square Park riot last year. The adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s novel revolves around a hippie father, Les (Ethan Hawke), who brings his teenage son, Jude (Asa Butterfield), to the tumultuous East Village in 1988, the year of the riot.
While living with his way-too-chill, pot-smoking dad, Jude becomes absorbed in the straight-edge punk scene and fascinated by a rich, uptown girl (Hailee Steinfeld). Variety describes the film as a “love letter to a bygone era of New York City,” and, because we have our own love affair with that time and place, we played jealous lover and did some snooping. We spoke with directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, Girl Most Likely, The Nanny Diaries) about how the East Village of the 1980s intertwines with the lives of the characters, why Ethan Hawke is the ultimate New Yorker, those silly lap dogs on the Upper East Side, and Springer Berman’s accidental involvement in that epic clash of police and residents.
Get ready to spot some stars — the movie Maggie’s Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig, is slated to begin filming in the East Village next month.
We spotted this letter today on the door of an East 10th Street apartment building, between First Avenue and Avenue A. The filmmakers plan to shoot in the area on February 23, 24, and 25 and are seeking a first- or second-floor apartment for interiors and exteriors. So maybe some lucky local will get the surreal experience of seeing Julianne Moore sipping a glass of water in their kitchen?
Public Morals — a TV pilot about police in the ’60s from executive producer Steven Spielberg — is filming today in the East Village. Star Ed Burns wrote the script and is directing the episode.
According to Deadline, Burns plays Terry Muldoon, a cop and father of four who is in a moral bind: he wants to raise law-abiding sons, but much of his daily grind involves ne’er-do-wells. Parenthood actress Lyndon Smith has been cast as Mrs. Muldoon. Additional cast members include Wass Stevens (The Wrestler, House of Cards) and Elizabeth Masucci (Shame).