Christopher Plummer’s haunting portrayal of John Barrymore is being given a new audience. Producers said Tuesday that the film “Barrymore” will be shown at cinemas in Canada beginning in May and throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries in October. “Barrymore” — a two-person play exploring the life of famed actor John Barrymore — earned Plummer a Tony in 1997. Last year, the actor recreated his performance for multiple high-definition cameras. It was filmed over seven days on location and on the stage at the Elgin Theater in Toronto. Based on the play by William Luce, the film is directed and adapted for the screen by Erik Canuel. Plummer recently won an Oscar for the romantic comedy “Beginners.”
Clooney to testify
Actor and human rights activist George Clooney made a quiet visit to a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan last week ahead of testimony he’s giving before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday. Clooney made the dangerous crossing from South Sudan into Sudan’s Nuba Mountains region, Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman for the anti-genocide group the Enough Project, said Tuesday. Clooney saw burned-out villages and met with residents forced to seek shelter in caves because of aerial attacks by Sudan’s military. Violence has flared along the Sudan-South Sudan border since South Sudan seceded last year, and some experts worry the conflict could grow. South Sudan shut down its oil industry this year after accusing Sudan of stealing its oil. Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will examine the oil dispute and the limited access aid groups are being given to Sudan’s southern regions. Aid experts say people who live in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains will soon face a hunger crisis because they haven’t been able to plant crops amid fear of attacks from Sudan.
Garth, Facinelli divorcing
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli say they are divorcing after 11 years. Garth and Facinelli said they remain “dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together,” and asked for privacy and respect. The Southern California couple are parents to 14-year-old Luca, 9-year-old Lola and 5-year-old Fiona.
Guess who’s coming to dinner?
It’s one of the perks of being president: You can get the star of one of your favorite TV shows to come by for dinner. British actor Damian Lewis says he’s on the guest list for Wednesday’s state dinner at the White House honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. Lewis stars in “Homeland,” a psychological thriller on cable TV’s Showtime. President Barack Obama has said it’s one of his favorite shows. Lewis told the BBC that he and his wife, actress Helen McCrory, were planning to “fly to Washington, have dinner, fly back.” On Tuesday, Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron are having a little dinner before the dinner. The two first ladies will share a private dinner while their husbands catch an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game in Ohio.