Michael Caine expected to join 'Harry Brown'

ROME — Oscar-winning U.S. scribe Diablo Cody will be the guest of honor at Italy’s Noir in Festival dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre, where “Jennifer’s Body,” the teen horror romp she penned, will make its Italo bow.

Michael Caine is also expected to make the trek to the Alpine resort of Courmayer, where the Noir event is held, to tubthump opening crimer “Harry Brown” by Brit helmer Daniel Barber.

Other titles in the Courmayer Noir competish include Yank zombie comedy “Zombieland,” by Ruben Fleisher; blaxploitation homage “Black Dynamite” by Scott Sanders, also a U.S. entry, and Hong Kong genre meister Johnnie To’s revenge thriller “Vengeance.”

A special event will be dedicated to James Cameron’s “Avatar” with extended promo and backstage footage unspooling on Dec. 10, to coincide with the 3-D sci-fi epic’s London world preem.

Cuban author and journo Leonardo Padura Fuentes, whose detective novels featuring inspector Mario Conde, are published in 10 languages, is the winner of the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award, whose past winners include Elmore Leonard and John Le Carre.

The 19th edition of the Courmayer Noir In Festival fest will run Dec. 7-13.

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