Clint Eastwood Owns The Chair(s); John Travolta Eyes Vince Lombardi: Biz Break
Also in Friday morning's round-up of news briefs, Jesse Eisenberg has tapped Vanessa Redgrave for an Off-Broadway play. A judge has ruled on a request to close Innocence of Muslims video. And a look at the Specialty offerings coming out this weekend.
Clint Eastwood Owns The Chair Thing at Premiere
The 82 year-old Oscar winner has taken some heat for his empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention, but at his premier for Trouble With the Curve he chatted with a press contingent that - somehow - noticed there were 16 empty chairs nearby - "Oh my god yes," he said with a laugh. He added that he worked with people on the film that fall across the political spectrum, but his latest is not a political film. And he will continue to stomp for Romney, A.P. reports.
John Travolta Eyes Vince Lombardi Biopic
At the Zurich Film Festival, Travolta said he's considering a remake of the John Woo film, The Killer as well as starring in a biopic of legendary football star Vince Lombardi. The Killer remake will shoot in 3-D, Screen Daily reports.
Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave Set for Off-Broadway in The Revisionist
Redgrave will star along with Eisenberg in The Social Network's Off-Broadway play that will be directed by Kip Fagan. The plot centers around Eisenberg's character is a blocked sci-fi writer attempting to escape his problems in Poland. "A 75-year-old cousin played by Redgrave latches onto him as a means of connecting with her distant American family, gradually revealing details of their complex post-war past." THR reports.
Riots Continue as Judge Denies Actress' Move to Shut Down Innocence of Muslims
Western embassies closed in anticipation of Friday prayers as protesters fought police in Pakistan. The government there ran ads on television showing U.S. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemning the video made by a U.S. resident that prompted the furor. A judge in California did not agree with an Innocence of Muslims actress that the film should be taken down, Deadline reports.
Wallflower, Diana Vreeland, Head Games, How To Survive a Plague
A run down of this weekend's specialty openers, with a spotlight on some documentaries about a fashionista extraordinaire, sports risks and pioneers who faced down AIDS. Also check out a coming-of-age feature that has been all the rage on MTV (and it's even good). Deadline reports.