Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom-Starrer Zulu to Close Out Cannes
The thriller by Jérôme Salle will close out the 66th Festival de Cannes next month. A festival description says that the “action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean by Gore Verbinski, Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland by Kevin McDonald, Ghost Dog, La Voie du Samouraï by Jim Jarmush) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study.” As previously announced, Cannes will open with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Steven Spielberg will be president of the Competition Jury. The full list of films for Selection will be announced next Thursday.
AFI Docs Gets a New Home and a Re-Brand
The former Silverdocs will head out of the Maryland suburbs and into the nation's capital. Filmmakers Spike Lee, Barbara Kopple, Davis Guggenheim and Ken Burns will serve as advisors for the revamped festival, which takes place Juen 19 – 23. “AFI Docs will bring film artists to the forefront of a dialogue with our nation's leaders,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “History has proven that great change in civil societies is often, if not always, catalyzed by art.”
RIP Jonathan Winters
The comedian, television and film actor who starred in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has passed away. He was 87. His other film credits include Viva Max, The Loved One, Oh Dad Poor Dad, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, The Flintstones, and The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle, Deadline reports.
Hollywood's Chinese Theater Gets a Facelift
It was Grauman's Chinese, and then Mann's Chinese, and then Grauman's Chinese. Now it's getting another manifestation. The historic cinema will re-open this fall and will sport the third largest Imax screen in North America. New stadium seating will give the theater a capacity of 986 seats. THR reports.
Gulf Film Festival Unveils 78 World Premieres
The 6th edition of the festival will open with Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda. The festival, taking place April 11 – 17, will screen 169 films from 43 countries, of which 78 will be world premieres. Rotterdam audience award winner Wadjda centers on a Saudi Arabian youth who wants a bicycle and questions the regimen society places on women. Screen Daily reports.