WHO Katherine Waterston
THE MOVIE “The Current War”
THE DEAL The star of the upcoming J.K. Rowling film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” has joined the cast of a drama about the early days of commercial electric power, Deadline reports. Waterston will play the wife of George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who, in the late 1800s, battled Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) to create a large-scale electricity system for the United States. “The Current War” is said to be coming together fast, possibly because “The Last Days of Night,” another Westinghouse-Edison film that stars Eddie Redmayne, will begin production in February.
WHO Isabella Rossellini
THE MOVIE “Blue Velvet”
THE DEAL The star of David Lynch’s 1986 shocking masterpiece will celebrate its 30th anniversary by hosting a local screening. The sexually disturbing mystery-thriller about a naive young man (Kyle MacLachlan), a troubled lounge singer (Rossellini) and a psychotic criminal (Dennis Hopper) polarized critics upon its release but is now regarded as a high point in American cinema. “We were caught in a huge controversy,” Rossellini said in a statement. “This was very scary to me, but today I only feel proud to be part of this film and to have worked with one of our greatest contemporary artists, David Lynch.”
INFO The Nov. 17 screening is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second showing on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, 20 Terry St., Patchogue. Tickets are $25; students, $20; 631-438-0083, plazamac.org
WHO Michael Apted
THE DEAL The prolific British director, whose movies are better known to Americans than his name, will receive a lifetime achievement award at Poland’s Camerimage film festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apted’s many credits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the James Bond installment “The World Is Not Enough” and the Dian Fossey-based drama “Gorillas in the Mist.” His most prodigious achievement may be directing nearly the entire “Up” documentary series, which has tracked a group of people from the ages of 7 to 56 over the course of eight films. The Camerimage festival runs Nov. 12-19.