It’s a sure sign summer’s over — the feast of fall film festivals. The 72nd Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, followed later in September by movie extravaganzas in Toronto, Telluride and New York.
Venice’s opening slot has developed a hit-making reputation. In 2013, it sent space saga “Gravity” into orbit and on to seven Academy Awards. Last year’s opener, “Birdman,” scooped up four Oscars, including best picture, and revived Michael Keaton’s career.
This year’s festival opens with Baltasar Kormakur’s thriller “Everest,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Emily Watson in the fact-based story of peril on the world’s highest peak.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names will be walking the red carpet on Venice’s Lido island — and hoping it’s a rehearsal for Oscar night.
Among potential prize contenders are Johnny Depp as a Boston mobster in Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass;” Eddie Redmayne transformed into a transgender woman in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl;” and Idris Elba as an African warlord in Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.”
Trump to tangle with Fallon
Donald Trump is returning to NBC, but not to his old show, “The Celebrity Apprentice” — he’ll be a guest on “The Tonight Show” on Sept. 11. Currently leading the Republican field in the 2016 presidential race, Trump will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss his campaign and other issues, NBC announced Tuesday. Terrence Howard and Pharrell Williams will also be guests that night. Other scheduled guests next week (countering premiere week for CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”) include Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban on Sept. 8.
Featured: Soccer star Alex Morgan will be the first athlete profiled on Disney’s inspirational “Becoming” series produced by LeBron James. Morgan helped the United States win the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. Her path from childhood to Olympic gold medalist will be told in the Sept. 13 premiere episode. Other athletes to be featured in upcoming shows this season include New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul.
Apology: The author of the new James Bond novel apologized on Tuesday after he said that British actor Idris Elba is “too street” to play 007. In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper, Anthony Horowitz, the author of the new Bond novel “Trigger Mortis,” said Elba is “too ‘street’ for Bond.” Elba, 42, has been rumored to be among the actors considered to replace Daniel Craig.