Charlotte Rampling To Take Locarno Honors, Princess Diana Doc Shelved: Biz Break
Also in Thursday's round-up of news briefs, the Toronto International Film Festival unveils plans for an Asian film summit with some high-profile guests. Senator Patrick Leahy boards Batman pic; Netflix touts record viewership and British comedian Eric Sykes passes at 89.
Locarno to Fete Charlotte Rampling
The Locarno Film Festival will present English actress Charlotte Rampling with its Excellence Award. The event will take place August 1st. To mark the occasion, the festival, which takes place August 1 - 11, will screen her latest film, I, Anna (2012) as well as two other film, The Night Porter (1974) and Under the Sand (2000).
Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Asian Film Summit
Organizers behind the annual Toronto International Film Festival said it will host the "Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit," which will coincide with the annual film festival at the city's new Shangri-La Hotel. The event is being styled as a meeting place for Asian and Western film industries, bringing in film production, finance, distribution and exhibition. Jackie Chan and MPAA chief Senator Chris Dodd will attend the event. More details will be revealed later.
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Senator Patrick Leahy to Get Dark Knight Cameo
The Vermont Senator will appear in The Dark Knight Rises in a scene with Christian Bale (Batman) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). He also appeared in The Dark Knight in 2008, Deadline reports.
Princess Diana Documentary Shelved
Unlawful Killing, funded by Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed who died in the car crash along with the Princess of Wales in 1997 is being shelved after insurers refused to indemnify the makers against potential libel lawsuits. The film questioned the circumstances of their deaths, The Guardian reports.
Netflix Viewing Tops 1 Billion Hours in June
The company's CEO also said that when House of Cards and Arrested Development debut the will "blow away these record," THR reports.
Eric Sykes Dead at 89
British comedian/actor Eric Sykes passed away following a short illness. He worked in television in the U.K. and had supporting roles in films including Heaven Above (1963), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) and more recently in The Others (2001) with Nicole Kidman and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005), Deadline reports.