Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor From European Film Academy
Pedro Almodóvar will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 26th European Film Awards in December. The European Film Academy is feting the filmmaker for his body of work, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown — his 1988 breakout film — All About My Mother, Talk To Her and this year’s I’m So Excited. “I am very thankful for this award,” Almodóvar said in a statement. “From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.” He will receive the award December 7 at the the EFA Awards in Berlin.
Senator Film To Finance Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity’
Germany’s Senator Film is backing the latest feature adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. Danish helmer Bille August will direct. August is reteaming with his Night Train To Lisbon and Goodbye Bafana screenwriter Greg Latter, who is penning the transfer. This will be the second feature based on prolific Austrian author Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. The first was in 1946, starring German actress Lilli Palmer. Published in 1938, the book tells the story of a young lieutenant who takes pity on a paralyzed girl. He cares for her and she falls in love, but he doesn’t share her strong feelings. When she learns the truth, she makes a fateful decision. There is no cast yet, but international talent is expected to join the English-language project. Shooting starts in 2014 in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary. The film will open in Germany in 2015 through Senator. Lars Sylvest and Helge Sasse are producers. French director Patrice Leconte recently adapted Zweig’s A Promise as his first English-language film. That project drew Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden.
Jane Fry Joins Film Finances As South Africa Managing Director
Completion guarantee firm Film Finances has hired former Endemol exec Jane Fry as managing director. She’ll be based in Johannesburg. In addition to providing completion bonds locally, Film Finances SA also offers advance funding against South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry rebate. The company is currently bonding Neill Blomkamp’s next project Chappie, which is in preproduction; it’s also working on The Giver, starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, and TV series SAF3, from Baywatch writer-producer Greg Bonann.
Fox To Bow ‘The Monuments Men’ On January 9 In The UK
Fox has set a January 9 UK release for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men. Clooney directs and stars in the thriller based on the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It’s based on the book by Robert M. Edsel. Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett and Dimitri Leonidas also star.
Emma Willis One Of Two New Hosts For ‘The Voice UK’
The BBC’s The Voice UK will have a new hosting lineup when it returns for its third season in January. Big Brother presenter Emma Willis will be one of two co-presenters replacing Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, who are leaving the show. The second co-presenter will be named this week. Willis has hosted programs on MTV, ITV and Channel 5. The changes follow last week’s confirmation that will.i.am and Tom Jones will return as coaches for Season 3 and that pop icon Kylie Minogue is joining the show. A fourth coach is yet to be named.
Ben Schnetzer Joins Matthew Warchus’ Period Dramedy ‘Pride’
Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town) has joined the cast of period dramedy Pride, directed by Brit theater director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage). Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West topline the ensemble pic about the real-life efforts of a group of gay and lesbian activists in 1984 who raise money for striking Welsh mine workers, encountering some resistance along the way. Schnetzer will play Mark Ashton, a young Irish gay activist, in the Pathe/BBC Films/Calamity Films/Proud Films coproduction backed by the BFI Film Fund. The U.S.-born, Guildhall-educated thesp soon will be seen in Fox’s big-screen adaptation The Book Thief and Lone Scherfig’s Posh. He’s repped by Gersh and Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern.
Canadian Filmmaker Faces At Least Two More Weeks In Egyptian Jail
Egyptian authorities told John Greyson and his colleague Tarek Loubani on Sunday that they will remain behind bars for at least another two weeks. The men have been held without formal charges for a month. They were en route to Gaza on a humanitarian mission when they asked Cairo police for directions. Last week at the Toronto Film Festival, more than 300 actors, directors and writers released an open letter asking for the men’s release.