Yup, its the holiday season...lots going on in New York City. Catching up here before heading out of town...
On Monday it was the annual Picturehouse holiday bash, worth mentioning because it was held at Mario Batali's striking Del Posto, where guests were able to sample a variety of tasty treats. Among the hot topics... what will become of the late Robert Altman's next film, an adaptation of S.R. Bindler's doc, "Hands on a Hardbody". A script was written (and revised) by Stephen Harrigan and shooting was set to begin in February, with Paul Thomas Anderson on board as back-up director alongside Altman and Meryl Streep among those expected to star.
Tuesday drew a cross-section of indies and non-profit folks to the 20 Greene Gallery in Soho to celebrate Re:New Media, the non-profit formerly known as National Video Resources. Executive Director Brian Newman noted that the group recently launched a new organization blog, written and edited by Agnes Varnum. It covers "creativity, distribution, policy matters" and other news.
Finally, Wednesday it was up to Lincoln Center for Ben Affleck's appearance at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater following a screening of "Hollywoodland"." At a pre-Q & A cocktail party at Gabriel's, Affleck (pictured, courtesy Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Focus Features) mixed and mingled with a small room of guests, at one point comparing notes with a group of us about his early days at Sundance and the popularity of "Mall Rats" among U.S. soldiers, as he learned while on a U.S.O. tour entertaining troops. During the Q & A, Affleck seemed excited about his directorial debut, "Gone, Baby, Gone", which is based on the Dennis Lehane novel. He said that he hoped it went well enough that he'll be able to direct again.