'Speed Racer' to close Tribeca fest

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NEW YORK -- The Wachowski Brothers' "Speed Racer" will pop up at the finish line of this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

But unlike other big studio films the fest has hosted as its tentpoles in recent years, "Racer" will roll into two lower Manhattan venues -- the BMCC TPAC and the Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts -- instead of traditional uptown premiere venues or multiplexes. And, as with the Universal Pictures opener "Baby Mama," the fest will sell closing nights tickets to the public for the first time.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's live-action, big-budget take on the cult animated TV series is producer Joel Silver's latest stab at a film franchise. Some of the cast members, including Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox, will appear at the May 3rd BMCC screening.

Last year, Sony's "Spider-Man 3" had many Manhattanites wishing a web could quickly swing them over to the film's Tribeca world premiere in Queens, and the 2006 premiere of "Mission: Impossible III" took over the Ziegfeld and several theaters around the city.

The film opens nationally on May 9. Previous reports indicated that TFF would be placing "Racer" in the closing slot.

"Mama" will open the fest at the Ziegfeld on April 23.
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