Fact: British Oscar nominee Samantha Morton and Hong Kong director Peter Chan will join producer Michael Mann on the Venice Film Festival jury when the event kicks off in Italy next month (Aug12). Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman and French actress/model Laetitia Casta will also serve on the nine-person panel, which will determine the winners of the prestigious Golden Lion awards.
Quote: "Nowadays you get models being offered film parts because they're pretty, or they've had a couple of acting lessons... it's part of the celebrity culture we live in." British star Samantha Morton on the acting industry.
Fact: WALL-E director Andrew Stanton's movie adaptation of EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' JOHN CARTER OF MARS is becoming a star-studded affair - British trio Samantha Morton, Polly Walker and Dominic West have been added to the cast. The threesome will join Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe in the Disney film, which chronicles a Civil War veteran's mysterious transportation to Mars.
Fact: Mexican actor Diego Luna plays a Michael Jackson doppelganger opposite Samantha Morton's Marilyn Monroe wannabe in director Harmony Korine's quirky new movie MISTER LONELY. The movie was shot in Plockton in the Scottish Highlands, where cult thriller The Wicker Man was filmed.