Venice: Michael Fassbender, Joaquin Phoenix, Olga Kurylenko dazzle at weekend events
While Americans were celebrating at barbeques over the long Labor Day weekend, the 69th annual Venice Film Festival was in full swing thanks to the world premieres of two challenging new works from a pair of major American directors: Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" - the latter of which Anderson recently acknowledged is at least partially based on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, as had been widely speculated.
Elsewhere, the winner of YouTube's first-ever Your Film Festival was announced and honored by none other than "Prometheus" star Michael Fassbender, while acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier's "Love Is All You Need" starring Pierce Brosnan made its debut. Click on the gallery below to check out all the star-studded photos.
The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs through September 8.
2008 | Comedy | GSummary: The Great Depression hits home for nine year old Kit Kittredge when her dad loses his business and leaves to find work. Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, leading a splendid cast in the first ever "American Girl" theatrical movie. In order to keep their home, Kit and her mother must take...Director: Patricia Rozema
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Stanley Tucci
1995 | Drama | PG-13Summary: Clueless follows the misadventures of meddlesome Beverly Hills high schooler Cher, who gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.Director: Amy Heckerling
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
2014 | Family | NRSummary: The early life of Walt Disney is explored in this family film with an art house twist. Though his reality was often dark, it was skewed by his ever growing imagination and eternal optimism.Director: Logan Sekulow
Cast: Travis Tritt, Olan Rogers, Ryan Dunlap, Mark Stuart
1956 | Musical | NRSummary: Musical remake of The Philadelphia Story with a Cole Porter score and a vibrant cast featuring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, and Bing Crosby.Director: Charles Walters
Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
2006 | Documentary | NRSummary: Dave Chappelle hosts the block party to end them all in Brooklyn, featuring stand-up comedy from Chapelle in addition to performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and the reunited Fugees.Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey, Lauryn Hill
2008 | Documentary | PG-13Summary: On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrest...Director: James Marsh
Cast: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
1996 | Comedy | GSummary: The Live action adaptation of a Disney Classic. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
1971 | Action | RSummary: A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco
1999 | Family | GSummary: Elmo loves his fuzzy, blue blanket, and would never let anything happen to it. However, a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his blanket to a faraway land, and Elmo in hot pursuit. Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo musters all of his determination and courage and heads off on an a...Director: Gary Halvorson
Cast: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Sonia Manzano
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