That, and other news, in today's Roundup and Recap. Al Franken's election had some on Capitol Hill wondering, "Who in the entertainment industry would be next to seek public office?" But Anne…
"Harragas," an immigration drama helmed by Algeria's Merzak Allouache, won the Golden Palm Tree and E40,000 ($60,000) at the 30th Valencia Mostra, which wrapped Saturday.
Rentrak has introduced its Box Office Essentials service to Russia, the world's ninth-largest movie exhibition market.
Add Ricky Gervais to the list of new faces fronting major kudocasts.
President Obama still remains a very popular figure in Hollywood. Showbiz names have lined up for his service initiatives, donors fill Democratic Party coffers and even some of his likely critics…
Mona Achache's "The Hedgehog," Diego Rafecas' "Paco" and Arantxa Aguirre's "Of Heart and Courage" were early highlights at the 54th Valladolid Festival, which opened Friday.
"Fish Tank" has picked up eight noms for the British Independent Film Awards, including screenplay and director for Andrea Arnold.
"Let Each One Go Where He May" from Chicago-based helmer Ben Russell will compete at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which unspools its 39th edition Jan. 27 to Feb. 7.
Helmers Francis Ford Coppola and David Cronenberg plus Gallic thesp Juliette Binoche are expected to be among guests at Portugal's third Estoril Film Festival, which runs Nov. 5-14.
Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is striking unimaginable box office gold in Italy.
Spice Factory and Persistent Entertainment are developing an adaptation of the graphic novel "Ring of Roses," a thriller set in an alternate London beset by the bubonic plague.