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TORONTO – Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr., who gave George Lucas the green light to shoot Star Wars, will head up the competition jury at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival.
Ladd, who was given a special achievement award in 2008 by the Montreal festival, will serve as president of the international jury.
“We are very happy to have one of the premier Hollywood producers of our time to preside over the festival jury,” Serge Losique, Montreal festival founder and president, said in a statement.
Ladd’s film credits include Braveheart, Blade Runner, The Right Stuff, An Unfinished Life and The Man in the Iron Mask.
In another bow to Hollywood, Montreal is giving Kathleen Turner a Special Grand Prize of the Americas tribute. Turner, a veteran of the stage and screen who co-starred in Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito, will be on hand in Montreal to receive her tribute.
The 37th Montreal World Film Festival will take place from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2.
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