Gore warms Tribeca fest

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NEW YORK -- Al Gore will be the opening act at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, hosting of the global warming-themed SOS Short Films Program. Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana will hit Tribeca midfest for the Gala world premiere of Curtis Hanson's romantic drama "Lucky You," and the Tribeca curtain will fall with the premiere of Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles' art-project docu "The Gates."

The April 25 opening-night SOS program will feature seven shorts and music performances by acts set to appear at Live Earth, an international 24-hour concert benefiting Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. The July 7 Live Earth event will be produced by Gore and SOS founder Kevin Wall.

Sixty SOS shorts are now being filmed by an array of acclaimed indie directors, including Jonathan Glazer ("Sexy Beast"), Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland') and Amy Berg ("Deliver Us From Evil"). The seven opening-night films will be announced April 22 at the TFF opening news conference.

Warner Bros. Pictures will present the Las Vegas-set drama "Lucky" in association with Village Roadshow Pictures on May 1. "Warner Bros. has had a film premiere at the festival each year since its start, and we are pleased that they have brought us this film by Curtis Hanson, with so many of today's favorite stars joining us," TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. The film is scheduled for release May 4.

The fest will close May 5 with the premiere of HBO Documentary Films' "The Gates," chronicling the Christo and Jeanne-Claude art project that blanketed Central Park with 7,500 orange drapes in February 2005. The film will be shown on HBO in February to commemorate the anniversary of the project, which was 26 years in the making.
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