Helen Mirren is crowning herself Queen once again in an anticipated West End play that will have a one-night cinema run in theaters in the U.K. and worldwide. Also in today's round-up of news, a Nelson Mandela biopic heads to U.S. theaters; Full Frame becomes an Oscar qualifier and Colin Farrell receives Irish-American honors.
Kathryn Bigelow's controversial film has received multiple Oscar nominations and grossed over $102 million at the worldwide box office, but the film has been seen by virtually nobody in Parkistan.
Alexandre Moors's Blue Caprice and Penny Lane's Our Nixon will bookend the showcase of emerging filmmakers taking place March 20 - 31. New Director/New Films is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Host Seth MacFarlane and actress Kristin Chenoweth will perform a "must see" number after the Best Picture award presentation, plus Oscar-nominated War Witch actress is headed to the awards from Congo, Christian Bale is headed to "Everest," and the European Film Awards are headed to Riga, all in today's FilmLinc Digest.
Best known for his anti-war masterpiece Trial on the Road (1971), which was banned in the USSR for over 15 years, and Khrustyalov, My Car! (1987), which divided audiences at Cannes, the largely unsung master succumbed to illness just before the completion of his decades-in-the-making new film.
Filmmakers and industry are set to flock to Columbia, MO for the True/False Film Festival, which opens in at the end of the month. Favorites from Sundance and Toronto are among this year's offerings.
An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."
Wong Kar-Wai's latest and Karzan Kader's Bekas will bookend Switzerland's Fribourg Film Festival, Spain's Goya Awards are being criticized for being "overtly political," while Kevin Smith says Clerks III will come out as a book before heading to the big screen.