Global Showbiz Briefs: Lachlan Murdoch Sues, 'Scarecrow' Plays Lumiere, Nine Stalls

Lachlan Murdoch Sues Fairfax Media For Defamation
Lachlan Murdoch is suing Australia’s Fairfax Media, alleging he was defamed in a September 6 article in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age which claimed he spent $304,000 of time travelling in News Corp’s corporate jet in the past year. Murdoch is a director of News as well as non-executive chairman of the struggling Network Ten. The article said, “Lachlan has…been flying high, in direct contradistinction to the ratings of the Ten Network.” The suit filed this week in the NSW Supreme Court said the article was based on News’ annual report which referred only to his brother James’ use of the jet. “The error is not such that a journalist, no matter how incompetent, could have made,” reads the claim. “Thus, it will be inferred that the defendant chose deliberately to state that it was Lachlan Murdoch, rather than his brother, knowing that statement was false or reckless.” The News-owned Australian reported Lachlan had not used the jet for seven years. The Fairfax papers tried to limit the damage by publishing a correction and apologizing for suggesting Lachlan used his position for personal benefit. Lachlan is seeking a full apology and $A50,000 ($52,280) to be paid to charity. The Australian said both sides were in negotiations. – Don Groves

Restored ‘Scarecrow’ Opens Lumière Fest
The Lumière Festival was launched four years ago by Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux who is also head of the Lumière Institute in Lyon. The open-to-the-public festival largely shows retrospectives and restorations but draws a substantial crowd of global filmmaking talent. Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu and Stanley Donen have stopped by in the past. Jerry Schatzberg’s 1973 Palme d’Or winner Scarecrow will open the proceedings this year on October 15 (last year it was The Artist). A new, restored copy of the film will be screened with the director on hand, accompanied by Frémaux and his co-hort at the festival Bertrand Tavernier. Schatzberg’s filmography includes Puzzle Of A Downfall Child and The Panic In Needle Park. Increasingly crossover director and actor Guillaume Canet, who worked with Schatzberg on The Day the Ponies Come Back, will present (more…)

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