Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks is to be honoured with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The Blazing Saddles director will receive the 41st honour from fellow legendary Hollywood moviemaker Martin Scorsese at a ceremony next month (Jun13).
The prestigious award will be handed out as a tribute to Brooks' 60-year entertainment career.
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman for the AFI Board of Trustees, says, "For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift - laughter. At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor - and who better to bestow this honour than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese."
Brooks will receive the honour at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 6 June (13). Previous recipients of the award include Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Sidney Poitier and Gene Kelly.
You know the old saying: you've got to keep the zombies way down in the hole.
If you're haunted by images of a flesh-hungry corpse whistling "The Cheese Stands Alone" as he strolls through the dark alleys of Georgia, it's probably an omen for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, which is bringing on yet another member of the HBO modern classic The Wire to join the cast. Season 4 of AMC's zombie series will enlist the likes of Larry Gillard, Jr., known to Baltimore residents as D'Anglo Barksdale, a central player on David Simon's critically revered program.
Gillard will take the role of Bob Stookey, a military medic and Woodbury resident plagued by alcohol abuse and armed with a self-deprecating sense of humor. Gillard joins fellow Wire vet Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead's Tyreese), who played reformed criminal Cutty Wise back in his Maryland days.
There's little chance that the troupe will be moving up the Atlantic Coast toward the crab cake capital, but at least some of that Monument City charm might diffuse into the prison come Season 4. Who knows, this could be the onset of a pattern. How would Stringer Bell handle himself in a zombie apocalypse?
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The director and star of The Producers will accept the trophy at a gala dinner held in his honour next June (13).
Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees, says, "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy - and as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king. He's a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI's honour to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting Mel Brooks (with) the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award."
Brooks is one of only 14 stars who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.
News of the accolade comes after Brooks accepted an honorary degree from the AFI in recognition of his "contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image" in June (12).
The actor, best known for playing The Wire's Stringer Bell, is working behind the scenes on upcoming U.K. programme Walk Like A Panther, about British wrestlers in the 1970s and '80s.
But Elba admits he has no plans to appear in the six-part series, which stars This Is England's Stephen Graham and Kasabian rocker Tom Meighan.
He says, "I've come on board as an executive producer to take the Panthers to the next level. These boys are like family to me, so it's an honour."
The Big Love star lives in Manhattan's East Village and has opened up about her love for the region in an online video for Bust Magazine.
And she's so keen to protect the area, she wants to get involved with Community Board 3, which covers the East Village, Lower East Side, and parts of Chinatown.
She says, "I was actually thinking about joining a community board to help preserve some of the older buildings. Try and save as many of them as possible and try to stop them from building as high."
But although Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is keen for Sevigny to be part of the board, he insists she will have to apply for a position, despite her celebrity status.
He tells the New York Daily News, "We have a merit-based process. There's no special treatment here. It actually is exciting that someone of her stature and notoriety would even consider serving her community as a board member."
As the fall festival season swings into full gear with the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Venice humming along and Telluride wrapping, another festival is heading into the home stretch on the Normandy shores here in Deauville, France.
Although it gets less media attention outside Europe than those other get-togethers, the Deauville Festival of American Film is an important step on the fall calendar for the US majors and for indie fare that otherwise might not get seen on the continent.
Used as a launching pad into Europe, Deauville showcases high-profile pictures -- The Time Traveler's Wife, Julie & Julia, District 9, The Informant! and Gamer have all already screened -- and US indies, which run in a separate competition.
Although the recession can be felt with a lack of glitzy parties, this has frankly been the case for the past couple of years. Still, the stars turn out to help promote their wares. Last weekend Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Meryl Streep, Nora Ephron, and others (Howard Stringer included) delighted fest-goers -- La Streep parle francais! -- by putting in an appearance.
Yesterday, Steven Soderbergh gave a press conference for The Informant!, Robin Wright Penn is here today to promote The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Harrison Ford (a regular attendee) will be in town this weekend as the festival's guest of honor.
Still, it's a bit quiet as compared to a few years ago when George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon all came to town. Damon for his part, Soderbergh's producer Gregory Jacobs told journalists yesterday, would have been here this year but it was his daughter's first day at a new school and she really wanted him to take her. "As much as he loves Deauville, he loves his daughter more," Jacobs said -- to applause.
Soderbergh was queried by local journalists about The Informant!, but also about his relationship with Damon and Clooney. Although he's worked with Damon on several films, he said he would refer to him as more of a colleague than a friend. "I think he uses the term 'friend' very seriously and so do I. It sounds bad when you say someone famous is your friend, so no, he's not my friend."
Clooney was a different matter, however, "George is my friend, and I'll tell you why -- it's because I've been to his house. Matt has never invited me to his house."
France may be the country of the auteur and a place where navel-gazing about film is a national pastime, but French film journalists, you see, still get kind of giddy in the presence of a famous person -- and especially one who has ties to even more famous people.
After a journalist referenced the notorious shenanigans during the Ocean's shoots and asked, given Damon's participation in both films, about any anecdotes on the Informant set, Soderbergh said the shoot was rather uneventful in those terms.
"George is the real prankster," he said. And Pitt "had better watch his back," he added, talking about one of the Ocean's films on which Pitt had convinced the crew that Clooney insisted upon being referred to as "Mr. Ocean" -- a caprice that made it into the press and apparently drew serious ire from George.
Clooney still hasn't retaliated against Pitt, Soderbergh said, "but he is a very patient man. I asked him if he had something and he said, 'Yeah, I'm working on something.' He will wait 10 years to get him and it will destroy Brad."
Over on the indie side, Richard Linklater was here the other day to present his out-of-competition film Me and Orson Welles and Mira Sorvino visited for Like Dandelion Dust.
In the indie competition, the Paul Giamatti-starrer Cold Souls, Kevin Spacey's turn as a Shrink, Lynn Shelton's close-up on male friendship Humpday and the Woody Harrelson war film The Messenger are among those to have screened thus far.
Miguel Arteta's Youth In Revolt premieres tomorrow followed by Sundance favorite Precious. Andy Garcia will be in town as the subject of a tribute and in support of Raymond De Felitta's City Island.
Luc Besson will also be here on Friday in support of documentary The Cove, which his EuropaCorp is releasing in France. The press-shy filmmaker/mogul will typically forgo a press conference, however.
The awards, which in the past have presaged Oscar nominations with acuity (see Crash, Little Miss Sunshine, The Visitor) will be presented on Sunday.
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The six-part programme aims to turn the detective genre around by revealing the murder's identity at the beginning of each episode.
Filming is due to begin in the autumn and the show is slated to air in the U.K. next year (10).