'HBO Weekender' to go ahead without talent

Uncertainty about European flights disrupts BFI event

LONDON -- Audiences signed up for an upcoming HBO extravaganza organized by the British Film Institute are being asked to curb their enthusiasm as the fallout from the Icelandic volcano continues.

BFI said Thursday Richard Plepler, Michael Lombardo, Barry Levinson, Alan Ball and Larry David will all be unable to participate in the "HBO Weekender" event scheduled for April 24 and 25, "due to the uncertainty created as a result of the recent disruption to European flights."

It means Levinson can't make it to the British capital to support the unspooling of "You Don't Know Jack" starring Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Danny Huston and Brenda Vaccaro. And there will be no planned on stage conversations with Ball or David either to discuss their shows "True Blood" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" respectively.

BFI said it is working hard with HBO to re-schedule events later in the year while offering ticket holders refunds.

But it will go ahead with plans to unspool the movies and television shows as planned, without the personal touches. Audience highlights include the European preem for the first episode of David Simon's "Treme" here.
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