Cannes has set its Opening Night film and selected its Jury President. Now speculation begins to mount on which films will and won't join the May festival's lineup. Also, dueling Muhammad pics from Iran and Qatar, Zurich fest set to fete Brazil, and Tribeca All Access names 11 projects for its 2013 program.
Also in today's Digest: Veronica Mars film adaptation breaks Kickstarter records; Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell's next feature will open later this year; Iran plans to sue Hollywood; and Egypt bans a Jewish documentary.
Bess Kargman's ballet documentary will open the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece this Friday. Also in today's news round-up, details about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei plans an album release; and Brazil's It's All True doc film fest unveils lineup.
Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone all had kind words for the former president of Venezuela, who died Tuesday; Israel Film Festival to honor first woman to head a major movie studio at Opening Night gala; plus news from the Brussels and First Time Film Fests.
Steven Spielberg, who collaborated with the late filmmaker on Artificial Intelligence in 2001, is working with Stanley Kubrick's family on a script he abandoned in the 70s. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: War Witch triumphs at Canadian Film Awards, Richard Burton finally gets his star, and China launches U.S. scriptwriting contest.
An investigation into the depiction of torture and sources of information for Kathryn Bigelow's film will not proceed, Seth MacFarlane and Tina Fey both say they will not host the Oscars next year, and rumors of a new David Lynch film on the way in our FilmLinc Digest.
Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will take on the iconic role in new film adaptation, Cotillard to star in Deux Jours, Une Nuit, Iran censors cover up Michelle Obama's skin at Oscar appearance, and the Coen brothers are teaming up with Angelina Jolie.
While accepting the visual effects Oscar for Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer was cut off by the theme from Jaws when he started to talk about the bankruptcy of VFX house Rhythm + Hues; Casey Affleck joins IFFBoston as Creative Director; and the winners of France's César Awards in our FilmLinc Digest.