corbett tops at imagi

Erin Corbett has been promoted to president of Imagi Studios U.S., the stateside arm of the Hong Kong-based CG animation company that is producing "Astro Boy." Corbett reports to Imagi Studios CEO Douglas Glen.

ICG bestows honors

The International Cinematographers Guild presented its Emerging Cinematographer Awards on Sunday at the DGA. This year's honorees include Layton Blaylock ("Spring Cleaning"), Josh Ellis ("The 17th Man"), Rachael Levine ("Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast") and Gerry O'Malley ("Demption").


Members of the WGA East elected 10 board members to its council Friday. Six freelance seats and four open staff seats were up for grabs in the election, which garnered 444 valid ballots. "Law & Order" scribe and incumbent Gina Gionfriddo was re-elected as a freelance member, receiving the highest vote count at 319. Also re-elected as freelance members were Walter Bernstein, John Auerbach, David Steven Cohen and Jeremy Pikser. The newly elected members begin immediately on their two-year terms.


Josh Marchette ("Gone Baby Gone") has been cast opposite William Forsythe in "Curve of Earth," an indie drama written and directed by Lee Madison. Marchette plays the assistant to Forsythe, a toast-of-the-town photographer now the lead lenser at an adult publication.

Knightley's BIG 'NIGHT'

Keira Knightley will topline the romantic drama "Last Night," the first film from director Massy Tadjedin, producers Gaumont and Nick Wechsler Prods. said. The movie, about a married couple apart for the night when the wife encounters a past love, also will star Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet. Principal photography will begin next month in New York. Gaumont will handle worldwide sales and distribute the film in France. Tadjedin recently sold her original script "Wednesday" to DreamWorks.


Laurent Cantet's junior high-set social drama "The Class" will represent France at the Academy Awards. The winner of the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes in May, the semi-documentary film is based on a book by former teacher Francois Begaudeau, who plays himself. The movie will be released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics and is the opening title at this month's New York Film Festival.


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