‘Wax’ is fired up at Tribeca

Film Fest unspools high-profile pics

NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled more of the high-profile premieres set for the fest, following Monday’s announcement that Sydney Pollack’s “The Interpreter” will kick off the event, which runs April 19-May 1.

Preems include Warner Bros. horror pic “House of Wax,” starring Elisha Cuthbert and Paris Hilton, and Lions Gate’s “Fierce People,” with Diane Lane.

Also preeming are three films that have yet to find distributors: docus “Through the Fire,” about basketball player Sebastian Telfair; and “Show Business,” tracking four Broadway musicals, plus feature “The Great New Wonderful,” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Edie Falco.

Initial competition jury roster includes Jeff Bezos, Damon Dash, Griffin Dunne, Teri Hatcher, Alfred Molina, Mort Zuckerman and Tom Brokaw.

Some of this year’s public-friendly extras will be a conversation with helmer Pollack, a family-oriented street fair and the Tribeca Drive-In, a regular fest component that screens free outdoor movies on weekend nights. This year’s pics are the original 1953 version of “House of Wax” and “Mad Hot Ballroom.” They will unspool at a new location, Nelson Rockefeller Park, on April 23 and 24.

Event will also include new music showcase the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Music Lounge, with live performances at the Knitting Factory April 27-29.

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