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.
1979 | War | RSummary: The Vietnam War comes to horrible life in this shocking and unforgettable story of madness and determination. Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando provide the major fireworks; Laurence Fishburne and Dennis Hopper add some wild ntoes.Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper
1974 | Comedy | NRSummary: Good Times gave actors like Esther Rolle, John Amos and Jimmie Walker loads of great material as members of a family living in Chicago’s inner city, and for a couple years was one of mainstream America’s most reliable views of black American life -- at least until producers allowed it to become a...Director: Mike Evans, Norman Lear, Eric Monte (creators)
Cast: John Amos, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis
2010 | Comedy | RSummary: One of the funniest and bloodiest-ever cases of mistaken intentions ensues when a group of college campers assumes two good-natured rednecks must be killers.Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
1969 | Comedy | NRSummary: The mischievous mascot of the Pink Panther films gets his own show featuring strange and delightful animated antics.Director: n/a
Cast: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
2010 | Horror | RSummary: A drifter acts as mentor to a young man as they navigate zombies and psychos in post-apocalyptic America en route to the promise of New Eden.Director: Jim Mickle
Cast: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis
2014 | Comedy | RSummary: Anna Kendrick is a woman whose relationship ends just before the holidays, but her attempt to get her life back on track is derailed by her own self-destructive tendencies.Director: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber
1975 | Comedy | TV-14Summary: Since 1975 the NBC variety show has highlighted the best new comic talent in the US, along with every variety of musical performance and consistently hilarious characters and sketch comedy concepts.Director: Lorne Michaels (creator)
Cast: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Hader, Phil Hartman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig
1990 | Documentary | NRSummary: Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary (directeor Jennie Livingston) filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, chronicling the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable document...Director: Jennie Livingston
Cast: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent
2010 | Comedy | NRSummary: 22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best frien...Director: Lena Dunham
Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe
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