Stars align for Tribeca panels


NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled high-wattage Tribeca Talks panels featuring Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Eva Mendes, Julia Stiles, Julie Delpy, Rosario Dawson and entertainment industry veterans.

The fest also unveiled plans for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival's Sports Saturday, a Tribeca Drive-in 20th anniversary screening of "Dirty Dancing," a luau and screening for Sony Pictures' animated film "Surf's Up" and a James Brown memorial dance event for the docu "Planet B-Boy."

Among the notable panels, Bringing Home the Bacon will feature Mary Stuart Masterson, Dawson, Mendes, Stiles and Delpy discussing their transition from acting to filmmaking.

Bridges will discuss his career in music and film, and the New York Giants' Tiki Barber will discuss his transition from football to the entertainment industry in separate panels.

"The Good Shepherd" CIA consultant Milt Bearden, "Syriana" consultant Robert Baer and "The Bourne Identity" director Doug Liman will participate in Spies Like Them, a panel about onscreen espionage.

Cinema 2.0: Me Myself and iPod will feature author Jonathan Lethem and UTA Online president Brent Weinstein discussing technology on a panel moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's New York bureau chief Georg Szalai.

"Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George and "God Grew Tired of Us" helmer Christopher Quinn will discuss the impact of socially relevant films in Real Horror Stories.

At the free Sports Saturday event May 5, visitors can view a BMX bike stunt show from ESPN's X Games Consumer Products' Super Freestyle Tour and a New York Red Bulls street soccer team stunt. They also will be able to test their football skills in events hosted by the New York Giants and New York Jets.