51st New York Film Festival World Premiere Captain Phillips will open the Tokyo International Film Festival in October. The BFI London Film Festival recently announced it will also open with the film, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass.
As Oscar-winning doc filmmaker Errol Morris gets ready to take his latest feature The Unknown Known on the road to fall festivals, the director is also embarking on two fiction narratives.
The World Premiere of Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Stiller and Kristen Wiig, will screen as the Centerpiece Gala presentation at the 51st New York Film Festival.
Interest in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, the follow-up to his Oscar-winning Black Swan, has mounted even as the film is yet to be completed. The director gave a glimpse of the film to a church conference last week, targeting a crowd that it hopes to win over next year.
Online video of a distressed young pilot whale at a SeaWorld park has renewed interest in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's orca doc Blackfish, which is critical of keeping marine mammals in captivity.
Condemnation from officials worldwide and a documentary that played at Sundance and the recent Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film Society has failed to move the Russian government to release two jailed activists from feminist art collective/band Pussy Riot.