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  • 'Guardians' tops Labor Day, summer box office

    FILE - This undated image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy".(AP Photo/Disney - Marvel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes.

  • Gainsbourg reprises Deneuve daughter role in 'Three Hearts'

    Cast member Gainsbourg poses during the photo call for the movie "Nymphomaniac II" at the 71st Venice Film FestivalBy Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - Charlotte Gainsbourg says the most exciting thing about her role in the French romantic comedy "3 Coeurs" (Three Hearts), shown in Venice, was the chance to once again play Catherine Deneuve's daughter, a role she had in her debut film when she was 12. Director Benoit Jacquot's film is a love triangle in which a tax auditor, played by Belgian actor Benoit Poelvoorde, unwittingly falls in love with two sisters, played by Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni. Playing the sister of Mastroianni, Deneuve's real-life daughter, was the role's biggest challenge, Gainsbourg told Reuters in an interview at the Venice Film Festival. Also screening, out of competition, at the festival is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, the Director's Cut", in which Gainsbourg is the battered woman of the title.

  • VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories

    Actress Frances McDormand holds the Personal Tribute to Visionary Talent Award she just received at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:

  • Wesley Snipes to return in 'Blade 4'

    Wesley Snipes is currently in theaters in "The Expendables 3."New York Daily News reports that the actor, who is currently in theaters in "The Expendables 3," could reprise his role as the famous vampire hunter. Despite the critical and commercial flop of "Blade Trinity," the last movie in the franchise to date, and despite weak box office earnings for the third "Expendables" movie, in which the actor joined Sylvester Stallone's team of musclemen, New Line Cinema is still willing to bet on Wesley Snipes. Released from prison in April 2013 after serving two and a half years for tax evasion, the actor is "looking good," according to the New York Daily News's sources, and is set to make $3 million plus a share of profits as the star of "Blade 4."

  • Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premieres

    Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premieresThe Venice film festival feted the career of Frances McDormand Monday, the Oscar winning actress of "Fargo" fame, ahead of the premier of a new HBO mini-series she called the culmination of her life's work. McDormand, who is married to director Joel Coen and has starred in several Coen brothers films including "Fargo" and "Burn After Reading", was presented with the Visionary Talent Award for a career that began on Broadway in 1984. The 57-year-old American told journalists ahead of the ceremony that she felt developing, producing and acting in the four-part mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" was "the culmination of everything that I have attempted to do." McDormand plays a witty, acerbic maths teacher in a New England town in a story that spans 25 years, based on a Pulitzer prize-winning collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout, and directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

  • Drama of mother starving baby grips Venice fest

    Director Saverio Costanzo and cast member Alba Rohrwacher attend the red carpet for the movie "Hungry Hearts" at the 71st Venice Film FestivalBy Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - A film portraying New York City mother who starves her baby because she thinks he is saint-like and food contains impurities has caused a stir at the Venice Film Festival for its switch from light romance to painful psychosis. "Hungry Hearts", by Italian director Saverio Costanzo, is one of two Italian films shown so far this week that are among 20 films competing for the top Golden Lion award at the world's oldest film festival. It stars Adam Driver, who will be in the next "Star Wars" series, and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher as his wife. The film, which was shot for a budget of under 1 million euros ($1.3 million), starts off in rom-com style when Driver's character Jude, who works as an engineer, and Rohrwacher's Mina, who works at the Italian embassy, are both accidentally locked in the toilet of a Chinese restaurant.

  • Barnes, Heigl in tune in romance 'Jackie and Ryan'

    Director Ami Canaan Mann poses for photographers during the photo call for the movie Jackie and Ryan at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VENICE, Italy (AP) — "Jackie and Ryan" takes viewers into an America of tough times, train-hopping and old-time fiddle music.

  • 'Escape from New York' remake could star Charlie Hunnam

    Charlie Hunnam is also rumored to be Guy Ritchie's top choice for the title role in the forthcoming "King Arthur" franchise.The latest rumors place the "Sons of Anarchy" star on the shortlist to star in a remake of John Carpenter's cult action movie. Dan Stevens ("Dowton Abbey") and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead") are also said to be in the running for the lead role, which was originally held by Kurt Russell. Plans to revive the 1981 action movie seemed to have been placed on the back burner. According to Starlog's source, producers are targeting Charlie Hunnam -- who is also in line to play King Arthur in Guy Ritchie's forthcoming franchise -- as well as Dan Stevens and Jon Bernthal for the role of Snake Plissken, the seedy character played by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's original feature.

  • Israel's 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in death

    Directors Tal Granit, left, and Sharon Maymon laugh during an interview with The Associated Press for their film The Farewell Party, during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)VENICE, Italy (AP) — With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.

  • Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival

    Actor Al Pacino poses for photographers on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of Manglehorn during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)VENICE, Italy (AP) — Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.