Jodie Foster will be the belle of the 14th annual Moving Picture Ball, the American Cinematheque’s largest fund-raiser, honoring career achievement in entertainment.
Airing as a 90-minute special Oct. 17 on cabler TNT, “Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute” will be hosted by David Hyde Pierce. Show will tape Oct. 9 at the Beverly Hilton. Robert Dalrymple and Paul Flattery will exec produce.
Kudos are going out to Foster for racking up three Oscar nods — two best actress wins (“The Accused” in 1988 and “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991) and one nomination for 1976’s “Taxi Driver.” Other career highs include helming pics “Little Man Tate” and “Home for the Holidays” and producing and starring in “Nell.”
Foster plays a real-life British governess who falls in love with a monarch in 20th Century Fox’s “Anna and the King,” scheduled for release in December. Next year, she will direct the Claire Danes starrer “Flora Plum.”
Celebs appearing to offer their congrats include Gillian Anderson, James Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Dylan McDermott and James Woods.
Co-chairs of the event are Mel Gibson, Sherry Lansing, Bill Mechanic and Anderson. Proceeds will benefit Cinematheque’s film programs.
Also approaching for the Cinematheque is the Los Angeles debut of the Key Sunday Cinema Club at the Egyptian Theater. Each week, members will preview indie and foreign films before they’re commercially released.
Normally, film titles will be kept secret to clubgoers until their Sunday morning showings. But the club has announced it will bow Oct. 3 with a screening of 1999 Slamdance winner “Man of the Century,” to be released later in the month by October Films.
To purchase tickets for the Moving Picture Ball, starting at $400 each, call (310) 559-9334. For information on the Key Sunday Cinema Club, call (888) 467-0404.