Global Show Briefs: Venice Fills Out Its Lineup; ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ To Close London Fest; More

Venice Film Festival Rounds Out Lineup, Adds Carrie Fisher To Jury
The 70th Venice Film Festival’s lineup is complete with the addition of five titles including Une Promesse, writer-director Patrice Leconte drama starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden, which will screen Out of Competition. The fest also announced that the collective film Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded — composed of 70 short films lasting 60 to 90 seconds made by 70 directors from all over the world to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival — will be the second opening film at the inaugural ceremony. Also, Carrie Fisher and Mexican director Amat Escalante have been added to the International Jury. The fest runs August 20 to September 7.

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Set For Closing Night At BFI London Film Festival
The 57th BFI London Film Festival will close with the European premiere of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in John Lee Hancock’s drama about the effort to bring Mary Poppins to the screen. The fest, which runs October 9-20, will open with the continental bow of another Hanks film, the Somali pirate drama Captain Phillips from director Paul Greengrass. Read More »

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‘Undercovers’ Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Set As Female Lead In Fox’s Pilot ‘Touch’

By | Friday June 10, 2011 @ 1:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: They kicked butt on their previous shows, now they’re going toe-to-toe. British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the breakout star of J.J. Abrams’ short-lived NBC spy dramedy Undercovers, has landed the female lead opposite 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox … Read More »

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Danny Glover To Co-Star In Fox’s ‘Touch’

By | Thursday June 9, 2011 @ 7:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Danny Glover is set to co-star in Fox’s drama pilot Touch, about a father (Kiefer Sutherland) who discovers that his genius son (David Mazouz) is communicating with him through a complex series of numbers and may … Read More »

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Berlin: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975′

By | Monday February 14, 2011 @ 12:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects acquired North American rights to Goran Hugo Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, the documentary that premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film also screened at the Berlin Festival this week. Film chonicles footage taken by Swedish … Read More »

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