The career of Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn in the popular trilogy "Lord of the Rings" and a protagonist in the Academy Award-winning "Green Book," will be honored at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.
The festival announced Monday that this year's recipient of its "Donostia Award" will be Mortensen. For the moment, organizers are planning to hold the festival as normal Sept. 18-26.
The Danish-American actor will also present the European premiere of "Falling," his directorial debut, at the festival. The movie closed the Sundance Festival and has been selected for the Cannes Festival. It stars Lance Henriksen in the role of an aging father whose world collides with that of his estranged, gay son, played by Mortensen. Mortensen, 61, has featured in about 50 movies in a career spanning more than three decades. He has been nominated for Oscars three times — for "Eastern Promises," "Captain Fantastic," and "Green Book."
Calling for equitable virus treatment
Dwayne Johnson will host and Shakira, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson will perform on a globally broadcast concert calling on world leaders to make coronavirus tests and treatment available and equitable for all. The advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission announced that Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert will air June 27. It will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and other TV stations, radio stations, websites and streaming outlets around the world. Other artists performing in isolation include Usher, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Chloe x Halle. It will also feature appearances from Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek and David Beckham. "The event aims to lift up the global community that is tackling equitable access to health care, and other enormous injustices facing our world," Johnson said. Organizers say the show is intended to draw awareness to the disproportionate impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on marginalized communities.
Drive-in concerts: Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July. "Live from the Drive-In" — a set of nine shows — will take place July 10-12 in Nashville; Maryland Heights, Mo., and Noblesville, Ind. Brad Paisley will headline shows in all three cities, while Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi will also perform in Nashville. Nelly will perform in Maryland Heights, near St. Louis. Concertgoers will be able to drive into the amphitheater parking lots — a maximum of four people per car — and will have two empty parking lot spaces in between each vehicle so fans can watch and party from their designated individual tailgating zones. All venue staff are required to wear masks, and Live Nation requests that attendees wear masks upon arrival.