Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Qatar

James Murdoch’s Role At News Corp, BSkyB Questioned
An influential shareholder group has urged News Corp investors to drop James Murdoch from its board. Murdoch has been eyed as his father Rupert Murdoch’s successor as chairman and CEO. But the group questions whether he is a suitable replacement considering his handling of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Labour Party activists also have demanded that James Murdoch step down as chairman of BSkyB. The Labour delegates unanimously backed the call for his resignation, a motion from MP Tom Watson. The extra scrutiny and calls for his departure come after a recent report that contradicted his claim that he was unaware of a second reporter involved in the hacks in 2008.

Doha Festival Lines Up Contemporary World Cinema Program
The Doha Tribeca Film Festival has picked Luc Besson’s The Lady as its closing-night film and also unveiled its Contemporary World Cinema program, whose entries compete for audience awards in narrative and documentary categories. Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist will screen in the world cinema program, along with Yasemin Samdereli’s Almanya — Welcome To Germany and Takashi Shimizu’s Tormented. The other narrative films in the program are Michael R. Roskam’s Bullhead, Sebastian Borensztein’s Chinese Take Away, Valerie Donzelli’s Declaration of War, Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters, Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter, Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?, and Paweł Pawlikowski’s The Woman in the Fifth. Documentaries in the lineup are Fernand Melgar’s illegal immigration docu Vol Special, Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope and Mika Kaurismaki Mama Africa, about South African singer Miriam Makeba. The festival runs Oct. 25-29.

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