Once upon a time, the only film festivals that got any mileage in terms of media coverage — and star wattage — were Cannes and Sundance. But New York's Tribeca Film Festival, originally founded to help revive Lower Manhattan post-Sept. 11 and now in its eighth year, has become the latest see-movies-and-be-seen event. Check out the bandwagon of celebs making the cinematic rounds this year.
Actor and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro makes his beloved "You talkin' to me?" face for the cameras while arriving at the opening premiere of "Whatever Works" at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
Mary-Kate Olsen dressed up in her "Annie Hall" best in hopes of impressing Woody Allen at the Tribeca Film Festival opening premiere of his new film "Whatever Works." The petite twin also happens to be a festival juror. Who did she pay to get that gig?
Kanye West attended the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair dinner party and was reportedly in a "humble and calm" mood. He even ate the salmon fish cakes, a sure sign that he's over the whole "South Park" fish sticks scandal.
U2 front man Bono helps get the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party. We heard he slipped the DJ a ten to play "Angel of Harlem."
We hear that the Tribeca Film Festival award statuettes look a helluva lot like Ivanka Trump, shown here at the Vanity Fair opening night party.
Even an old curmudgeon like Larry David wouldn't dream of missing the opening premiere of his own film, "Whatever Works" at the Ziegfeld Theatre. In fact, working with Woody Allen was pretty much his neurotic dream come true.
Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" co-star Cheryl Hines attended her own premiere at Tribeca. "Serious Moonlight" is the actress's film directorial debut. It was written by the late Adrienne Shelly, and stars Kristen Bell, Justin Long, Timothy Hutton and Meg Ryan.
Speaking of Meg Ryan, she was also on hand for the "Serious Moonlight" premiere. We hear she plays a crazed wife who duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet, which may or may not be the same role she played in "The Women."
After a brief pit stop in Barcelona, Woody Allen (here with wife Soon-Yi Previn) is back in a New York state of mind at Tribeca Film Festival's opening night premiere of "Whatever Works."
Not only did Woody Allen typecast Larry David as a neurotic New Yorker, he also recruited Evan Rachel Wood to play the Lolita girlfriend role in "Whatever Works." She arrived to the film's premiere fashionably late in this darkly charming vampire child bride ball gown.
Oscar winner Adrien Brody attended the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner hosted by CHANEL. Rumor has it De Niro warned the kiss-happy actor to keep his smoocher far away from the female guests — or else a "Raging Bull" might pulverize his face.
Hilary Duff attended a screening of her new film "Stay Cool" at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. She plays a hottie high schooler named Shasta O'Neil, but before you write this one off, consider her co-stars: Chevy Chase, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Josh Holloway. Weird, but interesting.
Speak of the devil: Chevy Chase also attended the "Stay Cool" screening. In the film, he plays a meddlesome high school principal. Is there any other kind?
Another "Saturday Night Live" alum, Molly Shannon, was also on hand at the festival. She attended the Artists Dinner hosted by CHANEL, but disappointed guests when she failed to accidentally flash her underwear or nervously smell her armpits.
Actor Bradley Cooper attended the opening premiere of "Whatever Works" at the Tribeca Film Festival. Is it just us or does he look a little wind-blown? Get it together Bradley, this isn't Sundance.
Actor Josh Lucas, whose new film "Tell-Tale" premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, attended the opening night festivities at the Vanity Fair party. Has anyone else noticed his resemblance to Bradley Cooper (including the mussy hair)? Someone ought to cast them as brothers STAT.
Actress Diane Kruger also attended the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner hosted by CHANEL. However, she committed a festival faux pas by wearing M.C. Hammer pants on the red carpet.
Semi Precious Weapons singer Justin Tranter strikes a pose on the red carpet at the premiere of "Serious Moonlight," but unlike Ms. Kruger, he decided to leave his pantaloons at home altogether.
Oscar nominee Melissa Leo attended the festival premiere of "Whatever Works" in an all-white ensemble, save for her bronze shoes, which she wisely chose to match her hair.
Former Woody Allen muse ("Hollywood Ending") and current Tribeca juror Debra Messing attended the director's opening premiere of "Whatever Works." She wore this red dress because she was hoping to capture his attention, but he really doesn't like to associate with his 1996 – 2004 movie casts.
Alexis Bledel attended the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner hosted by CHANEL, and thankfully her traveling pants happened to be in the wash.
Everybody loves Patricia Clarkson, particularly Woody Allen, who cast her in both "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and his latest project "Whatever Works." She walked the red carpet at the latter movie's Tribeca premiere wearing a long, blue, flapper-style gown, seemingly inspired by the director's classic film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." So that's how she woos Woody…
Regis Philbin and his wife, Joy Philbin, attended the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party together. After chatting away with Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa all these years, we often forget he even has a wife.
Actress Olivia Wilde arrives at the premiere of "American Casino" during the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is about the recent Wall Street meltdown. Olivia doesn't star in it or anything, but the producers invited her to attend because Wall Street types usually like hot actresses.
Edie Falco attended the premiere of "Serious Moonlight" at the Tribeca Film Festival, prompting director Cheryl Hines to immediately regret not thinking to cast her instead of Meg Ryan in the film.
We heard that director Spike Lee was rapper Kanye West's wingman at the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party. In fact, it was West who suggested he wear the purple sweater and crucifix combo.
TV newscaster Gayle King attended the Vanity Fair party, too. She always gets Oprah's best hand-me-down invites — and "skinny" party dresses.
Moby attended the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner hosted by CHANEL because he really didn't have anything else to do. Reporters failed to ask why he has a cane or why he's wearing sandals, but his Twitter page reveals that he recently broke his ankle — in case you were concerned.
Actress Kerry Washington also attended the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner. We think CHANEL would approve of her silver dress and purple heels combo. Tres chic.
Sean Astin attended the "Stay Cool" movie screening at Tribeca. We must say, we're truly looking forward to seeing Sam Gamgee playing a gay hairdresser named Big Girl.
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg attended the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party because she was invited. Obviously.
"Bones" actress Emily Deschanel attended the premiere of "Serious Moonlight" at the Tribeca Film Festival because her little sister Zooey was busy.
Our favorite brat packer, Andrew McCarthy (and Dolores Rice), arrive at the premiere of "The Good Guy" during the Tribeca Film Festival. In the movie he plays a Wall Street guy named Cash — nice and '80s, just the way we like him.
Little "My Girl" actress Anna Chlumsky is all grown-up! She also attended the premiere of her new film "The Good Guy" at the Tribeca Film Festival. Sadly she did not bring Macaulay Culkin as her date; that would just be weird 'cuz he's dating Mila Kunis now.
"The Tudors" actor Henry Cavill attended CHANEL's Tribeca Artists Dinner and has a film, "Whatever Works" in the festival. Only 25 and already starring in a Woody Allen flick? Jonathan Rhys Meyers better watch his royal heinie.