WHO Mel Gibson
THE MOVIE “Hacksaw Ridge”
THE DEAL The Australian actor-director will attend a Chinese awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The ceremony, known as the Huading Awards, is an unusual event founded in 2007 that encompasses multiple entertainment formats — including film, stage and music — and is sometimes held in different countries. (Wiz Khalifa, Johnny Depp and Sylvester Stallone are also expected to attend.) Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield as a conscientious objector, is a surprise hit in China, where it has earned a healthy $19.8 million.
WHO Annette Bening
THE DEAL The actress will receive a Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Variety reports. In her latest film, “20th Century Women,” Bening earned strong reviews for her performance as a single mother raising her teenage son in Santa Barbara, California, at the tail end of the 1970s. The four-time Oscar-nominated actress will join such past Career Achievement award winners as Glenn Close, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Sally Field. The ceremony takes place Jan. 2.
WHO Max Landis
THE DEAL Landis, whose screenwriting credits include “American Ultra” and “Chronicle,” took to Facebook this week to respond to a script which has not been produced and that seems to be about him. Landis, son of director John Landis, seemed unamused by the premise, in which a creative executive struggles to work with a narcissistic screenwriter named Lax Mandis. “Disappointingly bad writing,” the real Landis wrote, calling the author, Seth Spector, “a poor, frustrated, jealous and sad guy.” Spector’s script recently earned a spot on The Black List, which compiles Hollywood’s most promising unproduced screenplays.