Names in the news Monday, June 20, 2011

Posted June 20, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.

Woody Allen has finalized the cast for his next film, “The Bop Decameron.” The comedy is to begin production July 11 in Rome and will star Roberto Benigni, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Judy Davis. Allen also will play a role, his first since 2006’s “Scoop.” Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” currently in release, has earned $21.8 million at the box office. … Legendary rocker Bob Dylan played a much-awaited concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Monday, reprising his famous hits but disappointing thousands of fans by not addressing them and refusing to perform encores. The concert was Dylan’s third in Israel, following previous gigs in 1987 and 1993. Dylan, who is Jewish, enjoys a loyal following in Israel. Among the hits he performed Monday were “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Tangled Up in Blue,” and “All Along the Watchtower.” Dylan is scheduled to play in Bangor, Maine, along with Leon Russell in the Waterfront Concerts series on Aug. 20. … John Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor, U.S. senator and White House chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, and his business partner have lost a lawsuit they filed against Philippine Airlines in 1998 after the airline refused to pay them a $520,000 “success fee” for negotiating an aircraft lease agreement. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled for the airline Monday but accused it of “stinginess” for enforcing formal terms of a contract in spite of the consultants’ earnest efforts. Lamberth says the consultants were accustomed to relying on personal relationships in business dealings, but “made a reckless bet” by trusting the airline. Lamberth closed his opinion with some practical advice: “When in doubt, write it out.”

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