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Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises, the umbrella organization that includes the annual Tribeca Film Festival and the film distribution company Tribeca Film, has remained closed and without power. The organization’s nonprofit arm, the Tribeca Film Institute, on Wednesday canceled its annual benefit which was to be a special screening Thursday for the James Bond film “Skyfall.” It has been postponed until Monday, and cast members are no longer able to attend.
Film and TV production in New York has ceased outside of sound stages, as the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting said it would not grant permits to shoot in exterior locations throughout the five boroughs until at least Saturday. Production on shows from “30 Rock” to “Gossip Girl” has been affected.
“The city has not issued any location permits this week, so probably the earliest we’ll be able to shoot is this weekend,” said Warren Leight, executive producer of “Law & Order: SVU.” `’We are able to do some location scouting tomorrow and we have our production meetings by phone, with people on their cells and calling from their cars. The main issue is going to be getting power restored.”
Some celebrities sought to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Edward Norton on Wednesday kicked off a crowd-funded relief effort via the website CrowdRise.com, with money donated from various companies to help spark giving.
“We wanted to make it easy for people to quickly support relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy through reliable organizations and, even better, to have the impact of their dollars doubled,” said Norton. “So CrowdRise has rallied a bunch of great companies committed to matching the funds raised through our page.”
Rihanna, who was honored at a Halloween carnival in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, expressed the special concern felt by many celebrities on the West Coast who spend a lot of time on the other coast. “I am really devastated at what’s happening,” she told The Associated Press. “There is nothing we can do to control it. That is what makes it so difficult. We just have to be there for each other no matter what.”
The storm made a mess of Henry Winkler’s birthday plans. The one-time TV “Fonzie,” rode out the storm safely in upper Manhattan but his thoughts were with those suffering in New Jersey, Long Island and lower Manhattan. He turned 67 on Tuesday.
“It made my birthday insignificant,” said Winkler, who stars as a veteran porn star in the new Broadway comedy “The Performers.” `’Just to be able to take a walk was pretty terrific. You think you know how to plan for a storm after all these years and then it makes history. All those millions of people affected, it breaks my heart.”
AP writers Lynn Elber and Natalie Rotman in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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