The Dark Knight Rises Poised for Box Office Record Opening; Robin Williams is Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' The Butler
Also in Thursday morning's round-up of news briefs, the upcoming Locarno Film Festival will honor Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. Is Warner Bros. taking on Instagram in the photo-sharing race? Also, some analysis offered up on today's Emmy noms and Gwyneth Paltrow takes on a foodie indie.
Robin Williams Joins The Butler and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Williams will play President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniel's The Butler starring Forest Whitaker about a White House servant who served eight First Families over three decades. And he will star in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn opposite Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. The film is the story of a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient he has 90 minutes to live.
Gael García Bernal to Receive Locarno Honors
The Mexican actor will receive an "Excellence Award" at the 65th Locarno Film Festival August 8th following a screening of his latest film, Pablo Larraín's No. Charlotte Rampling will also receive an Excellence Award at the festival which takes place August 1 - 11. Past recipients include Oleg Menchikov, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Michel Piccoli, Carmen Maura, Toni Servillo, Chiara Mastroianni and las year, Isabelle Huppert.
Warner Bros Sets Up New Photo Sharing Service
Watch out Instagram? Warner Bros Technical Operations has launched outmywindow, which it touts as a "more personal way to share and save your photos" in which users can share images with specific friends and family through one-click permission-based albums.
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The Dark Knight Rises Takes $25M in Pre-Sales
The Dark Knight remains the biggest 2-D North American opener at $158M and TDKR will likely best that by as much as $195M-plus, but now the question is, can it beat The Avengers box office busting $207.4M from 2-D, Digital 3-D, RealD and IMAX 3-D, Deadline reports.
Emmys Shake Up Comedy But Nominees Contain Few Surprises
"I wouldn't say there were a lot of surprises on this morning's Emmy nominations list although the comedy series categories offered a lot of fresh meat for the awards show, mostly supplied by HBO which came roaring back in series competition," Pete Hammond offers awards analysis on Deadline.
Gwyneth Paltrow to Star in Foodie Memoir Blood, Bones & Butter
The actress and cookbook author is in talks to star in the indie film based on Gabrielle Hamilton's 2011 book, which chronicles her unconventional background and her unorthodox journey to becoming a chef and owner of New York's Prune restaurant in the East Village, THR reports.