People in Brief


PARIS — Woody Allen’s latest film, “Cafe Society,” will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Programmers say the movie, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, will have its red-carpet premiere at the French Riviera festival on May 11. Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell also appear in the film, set in Hollywood in the 1930s.

The announcement confirms Cannes’ love affair with the 81-year-old American director. It’s Allen’s third film to open the festival, after “Hollywood Ending” in 2002 and “Midnight in Paris” in 2011.

“Cafe Society” is not in competition for the Palme D’Or and other prizes, to be awarded by a jury headed by “Mad Max” director George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.

NEW YORK — Lenny, the feminist newsletter co-founded by author and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, is becoming Lenny the publishing imprint.

Random House announced that Dunham and Jenni Kooner will oversee a line of books featuring “exciting, emerging voices” in fiction and nonfiction. The imprint will launch in 2017, with a “select” number of titles each year.

Random House published Dunham’s best-selling “Not That Kind of Girl” in 2014.

NEW YORK — The next adventure for astronaut Scott Kelly will take place in the world of books.

Kelly, who last month returned from a yearlong, record-breaking mission at the International Space Station, has a deal with Alfred A. Knopf for “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars.”

Knopf announced that Kelly will discuss the future of space travel and tell his own story, sharing moments “great and small, heart wrenching and harrowing.” The book is scheduled for publication in November 2017 and will be written with Margaret Lazarus Dean.

The 52-year-old Kelly announced his retirement nine days after his mission ended.

LOS ANGELES — “Mad Max: Fury Road” star Charlize Theron is ready to rev up those engines once again in the eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series. Universal Pictures announced the casting on social media.

Theron, who also showed off her car skills in “The Italian Job,” will join stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in “Fast 8,” set for release in 2017, with “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray at the helm.

The announcement teased that Theron’s character will be the “crew’s greatest adversary ever,” although no plot has been officially announced.

The seven films in the “Fast and Furious” franchise have grossed around $1.3 billion at the domestic box office and $3.9 billion globally since the series was launched in 2001.

STOCKHOLM — Meg Rosoff has been named the winner of the $615,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for literature aimed at children and young adults.

A 59-year-old Boston native living in London, Rosoff’s novels include “How I Live Now” (2004), “Just in Case” (2006) and “What I Was” (2007). She has won numerous awards and her work has been translated into more than 20 languages.

The Lindgren prize jury said that Rosoff’s “novels speak to the emotions as well as the intellect. In sparkling prose, she writes about the search for meaning and identity in a peculiar and bizarre world.”

Associated Press