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The places to be for film stars over the weekend: Venice and Telluride.
Italy’s Venice Film Festival honored Hollywood vet Al Pacino on Sunday with an award for his contributions to cinema as his latest directorial effort, “Wild Salome,” had its world premiere. The film, based on Oscar Wilde’s once-banned play “Salome,” incorporates a documentary about Wilde’s life, footage of a reading of the play in Los Angeles starring Jessica Chastain, and a film version of the play. “I don’t know what it is,” said Pacino, 71, who drew screaming fans. “I like to say it’s a documentary because it’s not a film, but then it’s not a documentary either.”
Madonna, also in Venice for the premiere of her movie “W.E.” on Thursday, announced to Sweden’s Sveriges Television that she plans to release her 12th studio album next spring, with its first single due out in February or March. She plans to record for the as-yet-untitled album in New York until the end of the year, Billboard reports.
Other films drawing buzz in Venice included “Shame,” by British director Steve McQueen, about a 30-something sex addict (played by Michael Fassbender) living in New York.
Meanwhile, at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, George Clooney and director Alexander Payne on Friday sat in on the world premiere of Payne’s “The Descendants.” The film, a tragicomedy, stars Clooney as a man in Hawaii with a comatose wife, who has left so much bad blood that characters berate her on her deathbed. Clooney, in a Q&A session, said he was “worried about the ability to be such a schlub.”
Other premieres at Telluride included Glenn Close’s “Albert Nobbs,” in which Close plays a woman in 1890s Dublin posing as a man; “In Darkness,” a Holocaust drama from Poland directed by Agnieska Holland; and Martin Scorsese’s documentary about George Harrison, set to debut on HBO next month. Rock essayist Greil Marcus introduced the film, saying that Scorsese’s Bob Dylan documentary, “No Direction Home,” “pales alongside this,” though the first-night audience did not unanimously agree.
Britain’s Prince Harry will visit the States in October for helicopter training, People reports.
Captain Wales, as Harry, 26, is known in the army, is scheduled to visit El Centro, Calif., in the first week of October to participate in Exercise Crimson Eagle. The exercise is the culmination of training begun in Wattisham, Suffolk. The prince is also scheduled to spend part of his two-month visit at Arizona’s Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field for an Apache attack helicopter course conducted by Britain’s Defense Ministry. After that, he’ll be ready to join an Apache squadron in the United Kingdom.
The trip will not be without its perks: It’s traditional for the helicopter pilots to visit Las Vegas halfway through their training, according to a military source.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin at the soon-to-open Opera Ultra Lounge on Friday with about 10 teammates. They drank beers and scotch. . . . Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman having sushi and dessert with his wife at Oya on Friday.