Uma Thurman Joins Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac; Bernardo Bertolucci Heads To AFI Fest: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs: IDFA, the world's biggest documentary film festival picks its opening feature. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are set for London Film Festival honors. Wes Anderson adds to his next project. And Ryan Reynolds eyes a psychological thriller.

AFI Fest Taps Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director
The Oscar-winning Italian director and screenwriter has selected four features for his special sidebar program at the festival including 42nd Street (DIR Lloyd Bacon), La Regle du Jeu (DIR Jean Renoir), Sunrise (DIR F.W. Murnau) and Vivre Ca Vie (DIR Jean-Luc Godard). In addition, the festival will present Electric Chair, a behind-the-scenes film about the making of Bertolucci’s new movie, Me and You. Bertolucci has written and directed over 25 films, including The Last Emperor and Last Tango in Paris. The 2012 AFI Fest takes place November 1 - 8 in Los Angeles.

Wrong Time Wrong Place to Open 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
The film is described by the world's biggest documentary festival as "an essay on the insignificance of life and the role played by chance." The non-fiction feature directed by John Appel revolves around the events of July 22nd, 2011 in Norway, when 77 people were killed in the bomb attacks in Oslo and the shootings on the island of Utoya. IDFA will take place November 14 - 25 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter to Receive London Film Festival Honors
Burton and Bonham Carter will receive the British Film Institute's highest honor, the BFI Fellowship at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which opens October 20th, which will open with Burton's Frankenweenie.

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Uma Thurman Joins Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac
Thurman has joined the cast in the controversial Danish director's erotic drama in a role that is unclear. Nymphomaniac stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen and Christian Slater. The film will be released in both soft and hard core versions in 2013, THR reports.

Ralph Fiennes to Star in Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel
The film is Wes Anderson's follow-up to his successful Moonrise Kingdom. The project also stars Bill Murray, Jude Law and Owen Wilson, Deadline reports.

Ryan Reynolds Eyes The Voices
Reynolds is in early talks with Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment to star in the psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity's Michael R. Perry. His possible role revolves around a strange bathtub factory worker who longs for the attention of a co-worker. Their relationship takes a sudden murderous twist, but his evil speaking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him to salvation, Deadline reports.