Clint Eastwood will be honored by the Thalians, a Cedars-Sinai mental health support group founded by Debbie Reynolds and Ruta Lee, for his lifetime achievements at its 53rd anniversary ball Nov. 2 at the Beverly Hilton. Previous honorees include Roger Moore, Sally Field, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Burt Bacharach, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett and Angela Lansbury.
The 24th Boston Film Festival, which runs Sept. 12-17 at the Kendall Square Theatres, will kick off with "Appaloosa," a Western directed by Ed Harris, who stars with Viggo Mortensen and Renee Zellweger. Marc Abraham's "Flash of Genius," starring Greg Kinnear, will serve as the closing-night feature.
German producer- distributor Senator Entertainment will focus more on homegrown films after a string of U.S. flops led to a €10 million ($15 million) net loss in the first half. Revenue also dropped sharply, falling 43% to €16 million ($23.5 million).
Uli Edel's 1970s terrorist drama "The Baader Meinhof Complex" will open this year's Zurich Film Festival, with the Sept. 25 premiere coinciding with the film's general release in Germany.