It looks like the senator will be adding another Batman film to his resume. Leahy says he was invited to make a cameo appearance in The Dark Knight Rises in a scene with Christian Bale (Batman) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). The movie will be screened in the senator’s home state of Vermont on July 15 ahead of its July 20 U.S. premiere. Leahy says Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer will join him at the Vermont screening. This isn’t Leahy’s first big screen appearance. Leahy, a lifelong Batman fan, also appeared in The Dark Knight in 2008.
Nora Ephron, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, IATSE International president Matthew Loeb and HBO Documentary Films’ Sheila Nevins have been tapped for the 2011 DGA Honors, set for Oct. 13 at the DGA Theater in New York. The evening also well feature a posthumous tribute to pioneering early 20th century filmmaker Alice Guy Blache. The guild said the DGA Honors celebrate “individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television and recognizes the diversity of achievement — in business, government, labor and higher education — required to produce the best entertainment in the world.”
Ahead of a House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday that will look at how to combat online IP theft, members of both the House and Senate talked today about the continuing harm the practice causes the U.S. economy. The reaffirmation was welcome news to Hollywood’s unions and guilds, who have long urged Washington to make tougher laws.