Rolling Stones, Elton John, George Michael Among Olympics Closers; Shia LeBeouf Eyes Lars Von Trier Film: Biz Break

Also in Thursday's round-up of news briefs, Tim Robbins is set to take on the director role after long absence. Montreal's genre event the Fantasia Film Festival hands out its awards. And Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal honored at European film event.

The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Take That, George Michael Tipped As Olympics Closing Acts
Sunday's Closing Ceremony at the London Olympics will feature over 4,100 performers including a massive showing of Britain's musical headliners. Among the performers who will apparently play are The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, George Michael, Paul Weller, the Spice Girls, Adele, Ray Davies, Liam Gallagher, Annie Lennox, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, Take That, Muse, One Direction and members of Queen, Deadline reports.

Shia LaBeouf Eyes Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac
Nymphomaniac revolves around the erotic pursuits of a woman, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, from her youth to 50 as recounted by her husband, played by Stellan Skarsgard. Details about his possible role are still to be determined, THR reports.

Tim Robbins to Direct City of Lies
After directing three films in the '90s including Dead Man Walking (1995), Tim Robbins has signed on to direct Endgame Entertainment's City of Lies about two spies who fall in love while on separate spying mission in Prague, THR reports.

Doomsday Book and Toad Road Take Top Fantasia Film Festival Prizes
Montreal's genre event, the Fantasia International Film Festival awarded Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung's Doomsday Book its Cheval Noir Award for Best Film, while Jason Banker's Toad Road took nods for Best Director and Best Actor for James Davidson. Yeon Sang Ho's The King of Pigs won the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation and a special mention from the First Feature Jury, Indiewire reports.

Gael Garcia Bernal Honored at Locarno Film Festival
"I think I still have a lot of room to grow," Garcia Bernal told the crowd of more than 8,000 in the Piazza Grande. "Perhaps not in terms of height, but in terms of experience." Garcia Bernal is one of the youngest honorees to receive the festival's Excellence Award at 33, BBC reports.



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