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July 30, 2008 | From Reuters
Big Hollywood studios will take a back seat at this year's Venice Film Festival, with the competition lineup highlighting independent U.S. cinema, Italian productions and Japanese animation movies. Last year, U.S. and British movies dominated the lineup, with nearly half of the films in the main competition. This year, only five English-language movies will vie for the top prize at the world's oldest film festival. It opens Aug. 27. Among them is Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger in the story of an ex-model returning home for her sister's wedding after spending 10 years in and out of rehabilitation centers.
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January 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Does James Franco ever sleep? In the past year, he's starred in such diverse films as "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spring Breakers" and "This Is the End"; directed art house efforts like "Sal" and "Interior. Leather Bar. "; mentored Gia Coppola in adapting his book "Palo Alto Stories" into a film; been roasted on Comedy Central; mounted an unusual Oscar campaign; and even parodied a Kanye West video for good measure. Now a new trailer has been released for his directorial effort "Child of God," adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.
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August 29, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
In the new movie "Tracks," Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 walked some 1,700 miles of the Australian desert over nine months accompanied by her dog and a few camels. She is joined at times along the way by National Geographic photographer Ric Smolan, played in the film by "Girls" star and recent Gap model Adam Driver. Having premiered Thursday at the Venice Film Festival ahead of upcoming appearances in Telluride and Toronto, "Tracks"  is directed by John Curran from a screenplay adapted from Davidson's book by Marion Nelson.
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November 21, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Alexander Sokurov's "Faust" is a grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece adapted, as have been so many works before it, from the allegorical play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. That the picture won the 2011 Venice Film Festival's top prize, the Golden Lion, is as baffling as the movie itself. This is not to say a great deal of effort didn't go into mounting and shooting this nightmarish concoction, the fourth in Sokurov's filmic tetralogy on the nature of power (after 1999's "Moloch," 2000's "Taurus" and 2005's "The Sun")
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September 7, 2013 | By Elena Howe
In a night of unexpected winners, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi's study of the denizens of a famous highway circling Rome, "Sacro GRA," was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his story of the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl, “Miss Violence.” The film was also awarded a special jury prize. The Grand Jury Prize, a recent addition to the festival's awards, was given to Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," directed by Tsai Ming-liang.
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September 3, 2013 | By Susan King
British actor Tom Hardy, best known as Batman's nemesis Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” wowed audiences Monday at the Venice International Film Festival in Steven Knight's taut “Locke,” which was shown out of competition. Critics praised the 35-year-old burly actor's one-man tour de force performance. Hardy is the only person who appears onscreen; his costars, including “The Lone Ranger”s' Ruth Wilson, are just voices he speaks to on the phone, a la Ryan Reynolds' 2010 film “Buried.”  '“Locke' is basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls, and yet this ingenuously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise,” writes Variety's Leslie Felperin, adding it was a “finely tuned showcase” for Hardy's "exceptional acting skills.” WATCH: Trailers from Venice Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a married man with two teenage sons whose personal and professional lives  collide one evening.
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August 28, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In space no one can hear you applaud, but down here on Earth critical acclaim is reverberating for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," the new thriller that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday and will be released stateside Oct. 4. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts stranded in space and struggling to survive, "Gravity" has wowed early reviewers with its taut direction, grounded performances and technical artistry. In a rave review, Variety's Justin Chang writes that "Gravity" "is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the big screen that should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide.
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August 28, 2013 | By John Horn
Summer's not yet over and Hollywood's annual awards race has already started - though you may have to hop a plane and travel several thousand miles to notice. The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, to be quickly followed by two other high-profile gatherings: Colorado's intimate Telluride fest convenes Thursday, and Toronto's massive confab starts a week later. If history repeats itself, the Italian festival could be a launching pad for some of the top Academy Award contenders of 2014.
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September 13, 2010 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What would a film festival be without some juicy controversy? According to this dispatch from the Hollywood Reporter, the Italian press has been in an uproar after it learned that some of the Venice Film Festival's biggest prizes went to filmmakers with longstanding ties to jury president Quentin Tarantino. Sofia Coppola, who is close with Tarantino (the Reporter piece describes her as his former girlfriend), won the Golden Lion, the festival's top prize, for her new film, "Somewhere. " The Silver Lion for best director went to Alex de la Iglesia, another close Tarantino pal, whose new film, "Balada Triste de Trompeta," debuted at the festival.
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September 2, 2004 | From Reuters
Hollywood high-fliers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg launched Wednesday what is being hailed as Venice's most ambitious film festival in years, but their romantic comedy "The Terminal" failed to take it to new heights. More than 70 feature films, many of them world premieres, will screen at the 61st edition of the world's oldest cinema competition, which runs until Sept. 11 -- coincidentally a date that is central to many of its more controversial films.
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November 13, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is a commanding figure at the age of 73 as his wheelchair rolls into a private dining room at a Beverly Hills hotel. He's wearing a wide-brim hat and aviator sunglasses, but over an espresso, he proves to be far more charming than imposing. The Academy Award-winning director is making his first visit to Los Angeles in more than a decade. He's been using a wheelchair since then following repeated back surgery. For a while he went into a deep depression and became a recluse in his home in Rome.
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October 4, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Film critics are over the moon for "Gravity," director Alfonso Cuarón's orbital drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts stranded in space trying to find their way home. Since the movie's premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August, it has earned nearly universal praise for its immersive visuals and down-to-earth performances, and the latest round of reviews is no different as the film arrives in U.S. theaters on Friday. The Times' own Kenneth Turan writes , "'Gravity' is out of this world.
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September 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Two films from the Toronto International Film Festival -- Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" and Mike Myers' "Supermensch" -- have landed distribution deals. Distributor Cinedigm announced Friday that it had picked up North American rights to the environmental thriller "Night Moves," while Radius-TWC has acquired rights to the documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," a portrait of a talent manager that marks Myers' directing debut. Cinedigm plans to release "Night Moves" theatrically in spring 2014, and Radius will bring "Supermensch"  to theaters in the first quarter of '14. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard, "Night Moves" follows three radical environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest as they plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam. After its recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Night Moves" picked up the grand prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Has Zac Efron been to rehab in recent months? That was the word out Tuesday from unnamed sources, alleging to several media outlets that the "17 Again" actor had wrapped up treatment about five months ago. Efron, whose newest flick, "Parkland," debuted at the Venice Film Festival and recently was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, walked the Toronto red carpet for the film this month. "He's healthy, happy and not drinking," one source told E! News , which first reported the story.
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September 8, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The florals we saw on red carpets throughout the summer began giving way to notable pops of black and navy as August ended and September began last weekend. Cate Blanchett was elegantly breezy in a black silk Dior Haute Couture gown with embroidered medallions at the "Blue Jasmine" screening at the Deauville Film Festival. Gia Coppola added a whimsical bow tie to her menswear look at the "Palo Alto" screening at the Venice Film Festival. Black was also a versatile hue at the "Rush" world premiere, as seen in Naomi Campbell's short flirty dress, Elsa Pataky's formal Elie Saab silk georgette jumpsuit and Olivia Wilde's fierce and rather risky Gucci tux-over-bare-skin.
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September 7, 2013 | By Elena Howe
In a night of unexpected winners, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi's study of the denizens of a famous highway circling Rome, "Sacro GRA," was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his story of the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl, “Miss Violence.” The film was also awarded a special jury prize. The Grand Jury Prize, a recent addition to the festival's awards, was given to Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," directed by Tsai Ming-liang.
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March 17, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In its second edition, the Other Venice Film Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Electric Lodge and Switch Studios, has an explosive winner in Detdrich McClure's wrenching and vital "Easy Rider" update "Road Kings." In the film (previously titled "Road Dogs"), two young South L.A. friends, Panther (Glenn Plummer) and Ray (Chris Spencer), flee their lethal gangster existence and head out on their motorcycles for a new life in Washington, D.C.
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September 16, 1996 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From Shirley Temple and Jackie Cooper to Patty Duke and Anna Paquin, the movies have given audiences many memorable performances by child actors. But still the news out of the recently concluded Venice Film Festival was enough to raise some eyebrows: a 4-year-old girl won the best actress award.
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September 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Kelly Reichardt calls it "a thriller with a small t. " Her newest film, "Night Moves," has its North American premiere Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival following its world premiere a little over a week ago at the Venice Film Festival. Set amid alternative farming communities in Southern Oregon, the film explores the tension between idealism and activism, and the difficulty in negotiating between the two. Lest that sound like a dry essay, there is a bomb plot motivating the action and the pacing of a paranoid thriller throwback to the conspiracy films of the 1970s.
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September 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Been wondering how much thought Miley Cyrus put into her VMAs performance? Ah, we didn't think so. But we do have an answer to that unasked question, courtesy of the pop star herself: Not a whole heck of a lot. Isn't that pretty cool ? Because most people had been pondering the, um, artistic inspiration behind the lascivious jam with Robin Thicke and that giant foam finger. "What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later and people are still talking about it. They're overthinking it," Cyrus said in a documentary clip provided exclusively to MTV News . "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. "Like, I didn't even think about it 'cause that's just me. " One thing she did think about, however, was leaving an impression, a la Madonna (whose 1984 smidgen of floor-humping is positively quaint )
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