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Robert De Niro joined by Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin for Tribeca Festival opening day lunch

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Robert De Niro joined by Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin for Tribeca Festival opening day lunch as NYC gets back to business post pandemic

In another sign that New York City is getting back to a post-pandemic normal, Robert De Niro headlined a kick-off luncheon for his annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

The veteran star, who’s sporting a leg brace after suffering a bad injury on the set of Martin Scorsese’s movie Killers of the Flower Moon, was joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a host of the Big Apple’s leading actors.

The lunch held at Pier 76 marks the start of one of the world’s first major festivals to return to in-person events since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Kick-off event: Robert De Niro headlined an opening day lunch for the 2021 Tribeca Festival in New York City on Wednesday in a sign that normalcy is returning to the Big Apple

Kick-off event: Robert De Niro headlined an opening day lunch for the 2021 Tribeca Festival in New York City on Wednesday in a sign that normalcy is returning to the Big Apple

Among the famous faces who came out to support the start of the festival, which runs until June 20, were Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, John Turturro, Matthew Modine and Steve Buscemi.

British stars Jason Isaacs and Kit Harington were also on hand.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival which was begun by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Famous faces: Whoopi Goldberg was among the famous faces who came out to support the event held at Pier 76 as was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Famous faces: Whoopi Goldberg was among the famous faces who came out to support the event held at Pier 76 as was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Showed support: Alec Baldwin was on hand for the occasion that brought together a bunch of New York acting talent

Showed support: Alec Baldwin was on hand for the occasion that brought together a bunch of New York acting talent

Actor pals: Brooklyn natives John Turturro and Steve Buscemi posed together for photographs

Actor pals: Brooklyn natives John Turturro and Steve Buscemi posed together for photographs

Guests included Jason Isaacs and Omar Metwally

Debbie Harry was on the guest list, too

VIPs: Guests included Jason Isaacs and Omar Metwally, left, and Debbie Harry, right

Invited: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was also part of the festivities

Invited: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was also part of the festivities

And as with most things, the pandemic has caused changes to its program with streaming and TV shows the focus of screenings.  

Highlights include world premieres of series from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic as well as speaking appearances by Tina Fey, Christian Slater, Joshua Jackson and Helen Hunt.

Rockers KISS will also perform live following a screening of A&E Biography: KISStory. 

Changes: The festival this year focuses on streaming and TV shows and highlights include world premieres from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic

Changes: The festival this year focuses on streaming and TV shows and highlights include world premieres from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic

Symbolic: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival which was begun by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center

Symbolic: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival which was begun by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center

Fun time: Whoopi got her picture taken with Michael Rapaport and Matthew Modine

Fun time: Whoopi got her picture taken with Michael Rapaport and Matthew Modine

Whoopi Goldberg wore a white cotton shirt and matching pants with a patterned duster

Debbie Harry opted for a floral-patterned pantsuit and platform shoes

Their own styles: Whoopi Goldberg wore a white cotton shirt and matching pants with a patterned duster while Debbie Harry opted for a floral-patterned pantsuit and platform shoes

Couple: Alec Baldwin was accompanied by wife Hiilaria who stepped out in seemingly impossible high heels

Couple: Alec Baldwin was accompanied by wife Hiilaria who stepped out in seemingly impossible high heels

 

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