VENICE FILM GIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT TO ROBERTO BENIGNI
ROME (AP) – The Venice Film Festival is giving its lifetime achievement award this year to Oscar-winning director and actor Roberto Benigni (beh-NEEN’-yee). The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is to be awarded at the 78th edition of the world’s oldest film festival, scheduled for Sept. 1-11 on the Lido. Benigni wrote, directed and starred in “La Vita e Bella,” (“Life is Beautiful”), which won the Oscar for best foreign language film, best actor and best musical score in 1999.
GUCCI HEIRS WORRY OVER FAMILY DEPICTION IN RIDLEY SCOTT FILM
MILAN (AP) – The great-grandchildren of the founder of the luxury fashion house Gucci are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to respect their family’s legacy in a new film that focuses on a sensational murder. “The House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is based on a book about the 1995 murder-for-hire of Maurizio Gucci, one of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci’s grandchildren, and the subsequent trial and conviction of his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani. Gaga plays Reggiani. One of the murder victim’s second cousins, Patrizia Gucci, says the family is worried that the film goes beyond the headline-grabbing true crime story and pries into the private lives of the Guccio Gucci heirs.
DISABLED NOMINEES HOPE THEIR OSCAR MOMENT BECOMES A MOVEMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Disabled performers and filmmakers have a moment in the Oscar spotlight that they hope becomes a movement. Jim LeBrecht, co-director of the nominated documentary “Crip Camp,” who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, says a golden age for films about people with disabilities could come if Hollywood lets filmmakers with disabilities tell their own stories. Robert Tarango, the deaf-blind star of the nominated short “Feeling Through,” says his film can help alleviate the fear of hiring actors like him. Paul Raci, nominated for best supporting actor for “Sound of Metal,” says that movie’s innovative and authentic treatment of deaf people should become the norm.
“IN THE EARTH” DIRECTOR DISCUSSES HIS WORST JOB
BRIGHTON, U.K. (AP) – In the new horror film “In The Earth,” a scientist and a park ranger have a bad day at work. Director Ben Wheatley can sympathize. His worst job lasted four hours. Wheatley says he took a job in a video store because that’s what director Quentin Tarantino had done. He soon found out the store had an alphabetizing system he could not figure out. His co-workers also were in love with musicals and played them all day. Wheatley says he decided he’d rather get government assistance than keep the job. “In The Earth” is out today.
BBC COVERAGE OF PHILIP’S DEATH DRAWS RECORD COMPLAINTS
LONDON (AP) – The BBC’s coverage of the death of Prince Philip has drawn almost 110,000 complaints from the public, making it the most complained about piece of television programming ever in the U.K. The broadcaster cleared its normal schedules across two TV channels on Friday to run a series of special programs after Queen Elizabeth II’s husband died at the age of 99. Popular shows were postponed and replaced by news programs and pre-recorded tributes, and the BBC Four channel was taken off air completely. BBC radio stations also aired programs about the royal. The broadcaster said in a statement Thursday that Philip’s death was a “significant event” but acknowledged that some were unhappy with the coverage.
PRODUCTION OF ‘OUTER RANGE’ TV SERIES UNDERWAY IN NEW MEXICO
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Film Office has announced that a television series starring Josh Brolin and now in production will employ up to 300 crew members and 2,000 people as extras and background actors. The office said “Outer Range” is produced by Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment and is shooting in Albuquerque, and Las Vegas. In the production, Brolin plays a rancher who the film office says “discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness” while fighting for his ranch and family. Office Director Amber Dodson said it’s exciting that the series will feature many of New Mexico’s diverse landscapes.