In an alarming development, Joe Berlinger may become an unwilling participant in the very lawsuit he chronicled in his latest documentary, Crude. A United States district court judge has ruled that Berlinger must turn over 600 hours of footage to Chevron, owner of Texaco, the oil giant that Amazon rainforest dwellers accuse of polluting their environment with billions of gallons of toxic waste. Only about 1 percent of the footage was used in Berlinger’s film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and was released in theaters last fall. Berlinger’s lawyer plans to appeal, and says the decision “threatens grave harm to documentary filmmakers and investigative journalists.”
Casting news: Kristen Stewart has joined the cast of Walter Salles’ On The Road, now set to begin shooting in August. She’ll play Marylou, wife of Dean Moriarty, who’ll be played by Garret Hedlund. Michael Imperioli will star in Richard Lede’s horror-thriller Foreclosure, set in Queens.
Also of note: Fox’s prequel Rise of the Apes, which will feature CGI primates, has been set for release in June 2011; Quentin Tarantino will head the jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival in September; and Universal Pictures has made Jimmy Horowitz president of production.
A new survey on internet piracy conducted by a leading Australian news website concludes that most of the 7000 respondents would pay for TV shows and movies they’re now downloading and streaming via sites like BitTorrent if only a convenient and low-priced legal option were available. Just as interesting, though, are these Torrentfreak commenters reacting to the survey, who insist they would also require immediate access to content at the time of its U.S. release in order to stop stealing it.
Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford had to become “pale and thin like smoke” to suit the role of White Mike in the screen adaptation of Twelve, director Joel Schumacher tells Vulture. He also recounts how he came to regret extending kindness to an unruly upper Eastside girl who forgot her manners when invited to watch the shooting.