Empty'BRUNO' set for summer season bow
"Bruno" is getting a release date. Universal will unspool Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy spoof May 15. Like the title character in "Borat," "Bruno" is based on a skit character — this time a faux fashionista — from Cohen's one-time HBO series "Da Ali G Show." So far, Sony's Tom Hanks starrer "Angels & Demons" represents the only competition for "Bruno" in its release slot. The Uni move follows a better-than-expected bow of $26.5 million for "Borat," which Fox opened in November 2006. "Borat" grossed $128.5 million overall domestically.
summit adds exec
Tim Sommerfeld has been appointed senior vp creative advertising at Summit Entertainment. He will be responsible for overseeing the development of print and audiovisual materials for the studio's films, including "Fly Me to the Moon" and "The Brothers Bloom." Sommerfeld most recently was creative director/ producer for the Ant Farm.HUSTON, WE HAVE A PRIZE
The Locarno Film Festival will present Anjelica Huston with the Excellence Award at this year's festival ahead of the European premiere of her black comedy "Choke," organizers said. The career achievement award will be presented Aug. 9 at the festival's Piazza Grande. The 61st edition of the Locarno fest is set for Aug. 6-16.
Rahal joins 'Whiteout'
Bashar Rahal has been cast in Dominic Sena's "Whiteout," which is filming additional scenes. The action-thriller stars Kate Beckinsale as a U.S. marshal investigating a murder in Antarctica. Rahal, repped by Encore Talent Group, plays a Russian pilot.
FILM FLUSH WITH 'TOILET'
Film Movement has acquired North American rights to "The Pope's Toilet." The comedy drama centers on a man who capitalizes on a visit from Pope John Paul II by setting up a pay toilet in front of his home. Film Movement plans an October theatrical run followed by a DVD release. President Adley Gartenstein negotiated the deal with Bavaria Film International's Stefanie Zeitler.
'HUNGER' tops in sydney
"Hunger," U.K. director Steve McQueen's life-and-death portrait of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands, won the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival's inaugural competition.