France presented the Hong Kong filmmaker with one of its highest arts honors; Fox and Cannes will fete the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra; Helen Mirren wails on some drummers; and TIFF is set to celebrate 100 years of Chinese cinema.
Filmmaker Rola Nashef's feature debut Detroit Unleaded centers on her experiences as a young Arab American living in Detroit. Nashef is more than satisfied to stay put in the town where she draws her inspiration.
Steven Spielberg will direct and Bradley Cooper will star in the screen adaptation of the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Also in film news: William Friedkin to be honored in Venice; Justin Timberlake to play 70s music personality Neil Bogart; and Grauman's Chinese Theater to close for renovations for several months.
Golden Lions; Gordon Green; Vimeo On Demand and Video On Demand; and the passing of two great film stars, all in today’s FilmLinc Digest.
The Los Angeles and Seattle film festivals unveiled details of their upcoming film festivals including competition and premieres. Also in news Wednesday, Hollywood star Deanna Durbin has died; Alex Gibney will direct a Frank Sinatra doc; and the world's "smallest" movie.
Anticipated doc Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's opens this weekend and Film Comment will host a pair of Benoît Jacquot films.
A collection of 3D shorts will close out a Cannes sidebar on May 23rd. Also in the news today, Harrison Ford will receive a San Francisco fest honor Colin Firth eyes Woody Allen's next film; and 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' heads to theaters.