Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert, Nicholas Hoult to participate in Montclair Film Festival

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Mindy Kaling in “Late Night”

Mindy Kaling wrote and co-stars in “Late Night,” a movie (due out June 7) about a late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson) who hires a female comedy writer (Kaling) for her previously all-male writing staff. Kaling will attend the May 4 screening of the movie at the Montclair Film Festival; the event will take place at the Wellmont Theater. Kaling also will participate in a post-screening Q&A session moderated by a guy who knows a little bit about hosting late night talk shows, Stephen Colbert.

The festival takes place May 3-12 at various Montclair venues. The complete schedule will not be announced until April 5 (April 8 Update: One of those events is “In Conversation With Ben Stiller,” moderated by Colbert, May 5 at Montclair Kimberley Academy Upper School, with tickets going on sale April 12). But other special events, all at the Wellmont, will include:

May 3: A screening of “Wild Rose,” about a young ex-con (played by Jessie Buckley) trying to get her career as a country singer going and also take care of her family. Buckley will participate in a Q&A session.

May 7: A screening of “Tolkien,” about “Lord of the Rings” writer J.R.R. Tolkien, with an extended Q&A session with actors Nicholas Hoult (who plays the young Tolkien), Lily Collins (who plays his future wife Edith Bratt) and director Dome Karukoski. Colbert will moderate the discussion, which will be broadcast live to theaters across the country via Fathom Events.

May 11: A screening of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.” Greenfield-Sanders will participate in a Q&A session.

May 10: A screening of the documentary, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” with a pre-screening performance by students in the Montclair-based Jazz House Kids program, and a post-screening Q&A session with director Stanley Nelson.

For more information, visit montclairfilm.org.

Here are trailers for four of the movies:


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