Celebs address security concerns at annual NY gala
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival was born out of the 9/11 terror attacks and celebs attending an annual Vanity Fair gala in New York City Tuesday to kick off this year's event were mindful of the shadow cast by Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Police and security guards were visible at the festival Tuesday night, where there was an outdoor metal detector for arriving guests.
Whoopi Goldberg said she understood if some people were apprehensive about going out in crowded, public areas.
Actor Robert DeNiro, left, and his wife Grace Hightower, attend the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
"I say that's alright. We're out for you," she said. "Stay until you feel better. But we're out here and we got your back."
The actress and TV personality is a juror at the festival this year and directed a documentary that is holding its world premiere called "I Got Somethin' to Tell You" about comedian Moms Mabley.
Aida Turturro, best known for her role on TV's "The Sopranos," said it's important to live your life and not be scared.
"You never know. I mean you can die by crossing the street or you can get hit by a car. ... I think the best thing is to continue life because if you don't they're winning," she said. "If they keep you from living your life than they've won. They've taken your life away from you right there."
Fashion model Karolina Kurkova attends the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Meantime, Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, said essentially the event must go on.