Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci initially didn’t want to head the Venice Film Festival’s jury, saying it’s “tremendously tiring.” But the 73-year-old Italian said he “caved in” after festival director Alberto Barbera wrote a letter in which “he succeeded to present some responsibilities I would have for cinema, above all for those who are starting out.”
“Probably after the festival I will return to Rome and I will burn that letter,” Bertolucci, who won an Oscar in 1987 for directing “The Last Emperor,” said Wednesday on the film fest’s opening day.
The 70th edition kicked off with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starring in the 3-D space odyssey “Gravity,” which made its world premiere out of competition.
Contenders for the coveted Golden Lion include Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves.” Prizes will be announced Sept. 7.
The 12-day festival requires the main jury to screen 20 films for the Golden Lion.
Did Swift cuss? Her BFF’s not talking
Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards? Don’t ask Gomez. Swift’s seemingly foul-mouthed reaction lit up social networks and became an instant GIF. But Gomez reprimanded a reporter who asked what Swift said: “Don’t try that with me.” The young star later said that she’s protective of her friends. “I think girls need to be more supportive of each other.”
Marriage break: A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, “are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” Zeta-Jones, 43, and Douglas, 68, were married in 2000. They have two children. He battled throat cancer in 2010 and made headlines when he spoke out about one potential cause, oral sex.
Styler in ‘seagull’: Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the wife of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Styler will portray the fading actress Irina Arkadina.
Pamela on the run: Hollywood celebrity Pamela Anderson is running in the New York City Marathon to support fellow actor Sean Penn’s humanitarian group in Haiti. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization said the actress will be part of the group’s fundraising team that will take five Haitian distance runners to compete in the Nov. 3 race.