Lindsay Lohan Blames Exhaustion for Collapse, Disney Pays Big Bucks for a Pitch: Biz Break
Also in Monday afternoon's round up of news, AFI appoints a new head of communications, Susan Sarandon will receive honors at the upcoming Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Tribeca Film eyes Glee star's feature film for U.S. release and Ed Helms readies for two film roles ahead of The Office.
AFI Names Jennifer Hoelzer as Its VP Communications
The American Film Institute appointed capital hill veteran as its new Vice President, Communications effective July 16th. At AFI, Hoelzer will manage the Institute’s press and public relations activities while crafting messaging that underscores AFI’s mission “to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.”
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Lindsay Lohan Blames Exhaustion for Hotel Room Collapse
The actress took to Twitter to say she had been working too hard while filming a new made for TV movie in Los Angeles. She also denied having been taken to hospital, BBC reports.
Disney Pays Seven Figures for Scott Rosenberg Pitch
The entertainment giant closed the seven-figure pitch deal for an untitled action comedy by Scott Rosenberg. Several studios were bidding, Deadline reports.
Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Fete Susan Sarandon
Sarandon will receive the Czech festival's Lifetime Achievement honor, called the Crystal Globe, at the 47th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival next month. She will attend the festival which launches with the Duplass Brothers' Jeff, Who Lives at Home in which she stars along with Jason Segel and Ed Helms, THR reports.
Tribeca Vying for Lightning
Tribeca Film, the distribution label of Tribeca Enterprises, is in final negotiations to take U.S. rights to Brian Dannelly's Struck by Lightning starring Chris Colfer who wrote the script. Told in a flashback, Colfer's character blackmails fellow high schoolers into contributing to his literary magazine, Variety reports.
Ed Helms Sets 2 Film Roles Ahead of Return to The Office
Helms will star opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in They Came Together and will do a cameo in We're The Millers, a New Line comedy directed by Rawson Thurber, Deadline reports.