It's been a newsy day. We lost Tonino Guerra and Ulu Grosbard, the Hong Kong and New Directors/New Films festivals have opened, Takashi Miike has yet another film on the way and Casablanca, celebrating its 70th, is playing coast to coast. It's also been a fine day for posters, so I'm pepping up today's Briefing with a few for festivals and events happening soon or already ongoing. Kevin Tong designed the one above for the three films that Edgar Wright will be on hand to present at the opening of the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane in Austin this weekend.
The lineup and schedule for Ebertfest 2012, running April 25 through 29, has been set and Roger Ebert discusses each of the titles in his Journal. Among the highlights: David Bordwell will lead a discussion of Citizen Kane, Patton Oswalt will host a session on Kind Hearts and Coronets and it looks like the Alloy Orchestra has lined up something "Wild AND Weird." On a related note, Slate's posted an excerpt from a 47-page, 25000-word oral history of Siskel and Ebert compiled and edited by Josh Schollmeyer.
Chris MaGee's announced that Yu Irie's "rock comedy/drama" Ringing in Their Ears will open the 4th Shinsedai Cinema Festival in Toronto on July 12; and the closing film on July 15 will be Masafumi Yamada's "surreal and blackly comic" Tentsuki.
Celluloid Liberation Front comments on the challenges facing Marco Müller as he leaves Venice to take on the role of artistic director of the Rome Film Festival. And there's a rumor out there that Müller may have secured Tarantino's Django Unchained for his first edition.
The Courtisane festival is on in Ghent through Sunday.
Diego Lerer has a slew of recommendations for those planning to attend the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (April 11 through 22).
Mike Everleth has the lineup for the Boston Underground Film Festival, running from March 29 through April 1.
This year's San Francisco International Film Festival will open with the same film that opened the Berlinale last month, Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen. April 19 through May 3.
In the works. There's now a site for Sergei Loznitsa's In the Fog and a tumblr for Gavin Hood's Ender's Game.
Jane Birkin says she'll soon be meeting up with Hong Sang-soo to talk about a possible collaboration, according to Simon Dang at the Playlist. Also, Oliver Lyttelton chats with Greta Gerwig about her upcoming performances in Noah Baumbach's adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections for HBO and in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.
"Warner Bros has set Josh Trank [Chronicle] to develop to direct The Red Star, an adaptation of a graphic novel that will be scripted by Jason Rothenberg," reports Deadline's Mike Fleming. Also: Russell Crowe will play Noah in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic.
"The Beatles' Yellow Submarine will resurface in May," reports Sean Michaels in the Guardian. "The 1968 movie and album are getting the full reissue treatment, including audio commentary, a making-of documentary and a meticulous restoration of the original cartoon."
"Netflix and horror maestro Eli Roth have finalized a deal for the filmmakers' 13-part gothic horror series, Hemlock Grove, to premiere in early 2013," reports Brent Lang for Reuters.
Reading. Reverse Shot co-editor Michael Koresky on Steven Spielberg's Something Evil, which aired as CBS's Friday Night Movie on January 21, 1972.
Bill Weber at the House Next Door on just how much fun Jerry Lewis was on Friday night.
Retirement. "Dame Edna Everage, the self-proclaimed housewife/megastar, one of the most formidable comedy turns of the 20th century, is hanging up her diamonté harlequin glasses, her mauve wig, and her size-eleven high heels," reports John Lahr for the New Yorker. "The news was announced yesterday in London by the 78-year-old Barry Humphries, Dame Edna's creator and impresario, who has been purveying her gleeful brand of vindictive triumph since he invented her in the early fifties, on the back of a touring theatre company's bus in Australia."