While noting the reason for the occasion — “I feel very honored and very female” — Bravo Media prexy Lauren Zalaznick used her speech at the 27th Muse Awards to put in a witty plug for reality TV.
“I just don’t believe we’re going to hell in a reality handbasket,” she said, referring to Bravo series like “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and the writers strike. “This is not a race to the bottom. It is something new.”
Zalaznick was honored with a Muse at the New York Hilton by New York Women in Film and Television on Dec. 13. Fellow honorees included director Julie Taymor, thesp Jennifer Jason Leigh, producer Gale Ann Hurd and music editor Suzana Peric.
Serious pix in Tribeca’s mix
A heady cocktail of Gotham elements — fashion, documentary film, the news biz and the Tribeca Film Festival — made for a tasty blend Tuesday at Chanterelle.
Gucci and the Tribeca Film Institute sponsored the evening marking their collaboration on a new fund to support socially conscious docs.
Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal hosted the event, which centered on a conversation between ABC News anchor Dan Harris and Alex Gibney, director of “Taxi to the Dark Side” and exec producer of “No End in Sight,” two docs on the Oscar shortlist.
Harris asked whether Gibney feared that “Taxi” risked joining the list of underperforming war-related pics. “I have learned certain methods of getting people to come see the movie,” joked Gibney.
Also on hand were filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and Barbara Kopple, Gucci prexy Daniella Vitale, “Savages” producer Ted Hope, and Christy Turlington and Ed Burns.
— Dade Hayes
‘Moonstruck’ strikes again
Twenty years after its release, “Moonstruck” hit the bigscreen again.
This time, it was for a one-night-only engagement at the Academy Theater in Gotham as part of the org’s Monday Nights With Oscar series.
Pic’s helmer Norman Jewison and actress Olympia Dukakis were on hand to discuss the romantic comedy.
“Cher didn’t want to do the movie,” Jewison recalled. “But I said to her, ‘You will always regret it if you don’t take this part.’ Two weeks later, she agreed to do it.”
Despite accepting the lead role, the thesp did not think the film, which was originally titled “The Bride and the Wolf,” would do well once it was released, Dukakis said.
“Someone on set asked her how she thought the film was going to turn out, and she just put two thumbs down,” Dukakis added.
Cher went on to win the 1987 Oscar for actress, with Dukakis garnering the supporting actress kudo.
“My life completely changed after that,” Dukakis said. “Since that time, I haven’t awakened frantic and scared about money.”
— Addie Morfoot