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'Spinal Tap,' 'Reality Bites' reunions planned for Tribeca Film Festival

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Karen Butler
Harry Shearer (L), Michael McKean (C) and Christopher Guest perform on their Unwigged and Unplugged tour as Spinal Tap celebrates their 25th anniversary of the film, This is Spinal Tap, in Miami Beach on May 5, 2009. File Photo by Michael Bush/UPI
Harry Shearer (L), Michael McKean (C) and Christopher Guest perform on their "Unwigged and Unplugged" tour as Spinal Tap celebrates their 25th anniversary of the film, "This is Spinal Tap," in Miami Beach on May 5, 2009. File Photo by Michael Bush/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The casts of the classic comedies, This is Spinal Tap and Reality Bites, are to reunite at New York's Tribeca Film Festival this spring.

Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, the music mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, is turning 35 in 2019.

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"Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever," said Reiner in a statement.

The Generation X romantic comedy, Reality Bites, will have its 25th anniversary next year. Directed by Ben Stiller, the film stars Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn.

"Reality Bites was a formative experience in my life. To have a 25-year anniversary screening is very exciting. Looking forward to seeing the whole cast, and possibly changing the ending so Michael gets Lelaina," said Stiller.

The Tribeca Film Festival has become the scene of numerous anniversary screenings, cast reunions and panel discussions in recent years. Recent nostalgic events have spotlighted Schindler's List, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Scarface, Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.

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"From the heavy metal bands of the '80s to Generation X in the early '90s, This Is Spinal Tap and Reality Bites didn't just capture the spirit of their respective times -- they helped define them," said Paula Weinstein, executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises. "We're excited to bring these two films back to the big screen for existing fans and also to introduce them to new audiences."

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