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Cannes: Tom Hooper Joins BFI Board, Tom Hanks Film to Close Singapore Fest

British Film Institute and ScreenSingapore take advantage of Cannes spotlight to announce new board member, closing-night film

Not all the announcements out of Cannes have to do with movies being sold, or cast, or proposed.

Case in point: news released in Cannes on Monday about a pair of Toms, director Tom Hooper and actor/director Tom Hanks.

The British Film Institute has taken advantage of the Cannes media spotlight to announce that Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of "The King's Speech," has been appointed to the BFI board of governors.

Hooper will join an organization that is stepping up its film funding operations in the wake of the government shutdown of the U.K. Film Council, which helped fund "The King's Speech," among many other films.

Julia Roberts and Tom HanksOther governors include director Beeban Kidron, college professor Sir Christopher Frayling and National Theatre trustee Rt. Hon. James Purnell. The announcement was made on Monday by Greg Dyke, chairman of the 15-person BFI board.

The board of the inaugural ScreenSingapore festival, meanwhile, told a Cannes gathering that "Larry Crowne," which Hanks directed and in which he stars with Julia Roberts, will be the closing-night film at the festival, which takes place this June.

J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and the Jim Carrey film "Mr. Popper's Penguins" will also screen in Singapore.