'Baby' due date: Tribeca opening night


NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped "Baby Mama," the ensemble comedy about fertility and family from a cadre of "Saturday Night Live" vets, as its opening-night film.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Greg Kinnear star in the Universal film, which is directed by fellow SNL alum Michael McCullers, who also wrote several movies in the "Austin Powers" franchise. The movie centers on an upper-middle-class woman (Fey) who enlists a working-class woman (Poehler) as a surrogate mother when she realizes she can't have a baby.

Tribeca tends to like New York-themed films for its opening night -- "United 93," for instance, was the debut pic two years ago -- and "Mama" has a strong Gotham component through its SNL connection and New York location. Show's Lorne Michaels also serves as a producer. Fest chief Jane Rosenthal also has a production deal with Universal; she is not involved specifically on "Mama."

Tribeca, which kicks off April 23, has yet to announce the rest of its slate, including its tentpole-driven centerpiece selection.