Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Football: Premier League set for US big screens

US fans will have a new venue to satisfy their growing appetite for football when selected 2014-15 English Premier League matches hit movie screens across the country.NBC Sports, which holds Premier League broadcast rights in the United States, is teaming up with entertainment company Fathom...
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Football: Premier League set for US big screens
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Football: Premier League set for US big screens

US fans will have a new venue to satisfy their growing appetite for football when selected 2014-15 English Premier League matches hit movie screens across the country.NBC Sports, which holds Premier League broadcast rights in the United States, is teaming up with entertainment company Fathom Events to show live matches on Saturday mornings in selected American cinemas. The "Barclays Premier League LIVE" in-theater series was announced on Wednesday, and will kick off on Saturday, August 16. In order to ensure that the highest profile fixtures are featured in theaters, each week's game will be announced the Tuesday before. According to Fathom, fans who buy tickets will also be treated to "specially produced half-time breaks" featuring interviews, analysis and "'theater-only' insights live from England." A record 32 million Americans tuned in to NBC Sports Group's 2013-14 Premier League coverage - more than doubling the 13.3 million who watched the previous season on ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer, according to The Nielsen Company that compiles viewership ratings. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil also drew record television audiences Stateside. "It's clear from the recent nationwide outpouring of support for team USA in the World Cup that more and more Americans are embracing and following this remarkable sport," said Fathom Events chief executive John Rubey. "In this 'first-ever' cinema sports series partnership with NBC Sports Group, fans in theaters can expect to get the full Barclays Premier League experience as though they were at one of the famed stadiums in the United Kingdom." bb/rcw Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Joseph Fiennes will play Nostradamus
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Joseph Fiennes will play Nostradamus

According to Deadline, the English actor is set to be playing the part of famous seer Nostradamus in the eponymous TV series co-produced by Carnival Films, the production company behind "Downton Abbey.""Nostradamus" will also be produced by Anonymous Content ("True Detective") but it is not known yet which TV channel will broadcast the series. Joseph Fiennes, of "Shakespeare In Love" and the upcoming "Hercules," is a TV regular, having appeared in "FlashForward" and "Camelot," both canceled after the first season, and in the second season of "American Horror Story." The show will follow the 16th-century French apothecary famous for his predictions as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his family. Affected by disturbing and dangerous visions, this self-destructive dreamer will look for the culprits and get caught up in schemes involving the Royal Court. No other news has been given as of yet. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Under the Dome" is broadening its scope. At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, "Under the Dome" star Mike Vogel teased the possibility of some of the characters leaving the impenetrable dome that encompasses the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, on the TV drama. "A lot of people said, 'How do you maintain a show under a dome year after year?'" he said. "They've come up with a really exciting and interesting way of broadening the scope of our world. I think everyone's in for a real treat once that happens." "Under the Dome" is airing its second season Monday nights on CBS (10 p.m. EDT). Cast member Rachelle Lefevre said viewers will also see more about how the outside world is reacting to the dome. "This season you will get your first glimpse of what the impact of the dome has been," she said. And the death toll will rise, with producers not afraid to kill off main cast members. "When you're dead, you're dead, but that doesn't mean you can't be an avatar at some point and come back," teased executive producer Neal Baer. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts continues through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center. ___ Online: http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Evan Wood to headline HBO's 'Westworld'
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Evan Wood to headline HBO's 'Westworld'

Produced by J.J. Abrams, the TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film has now been picked up to pilot by HBO. The Oscar-winning actor who brought Hannibal Lecter to the silver screen will share the billing with the young "Whatever Works" star in this sci-fi drama.For his first collaboration with HBO, the director of "Star Wars VII" is executive producing a new take on "Westworld." Set in the future, the original film depicts a theme park where a cast of androids allows visitors to take a virtual trip to the time and place of their choosing. For two friends and businessmen who visit the park and travel to the Far West, a fun day out turns into a nightmare when a technical malfunction allows the machines to take control. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, the 1973 film starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin and Dick Van Patten. In the new TV adaptaion, Anthony Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant and quiet head programmer and chairman of the board at "Westworld." Rachel Evan Wood will co-star in the role of Dolores Abernathy, a farm girl who begins to realize that her perfect existence is based entirely on a lie. The drama series will be written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, the creator of the J.J. Abrams-produced CBS series "Person of Interest" and the screenwriter behind the last two movies in his brother Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy. TV audiences are familiar with the work of Michael Crichton, who created the long-running series "E.R." The writer and director also penned the novel that inspired Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Fashion films of the week: Dior, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Fashion films of the week: Dior, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta

A new campaign from Dior, family fashion at Lanvin and a personalization teaser from Bottega Veneta: here's our latest selection of the hottest new fashion films from three of the biggest luxury labels out there.Christian Dior Willy Vanderperre was on hand as usual to capture his Belgian compatriot Raf Simons's latest campaign at Dior. This video, set to a minimalist techno soundtrack, shows the brand's models, including Aussie star Julia Nobis, wearing Raf's slick, sporty take on luxury. http://youtu.be/rhpR2lJkYao Lanvin Edie Campbell brought her whole family (including architect mother Sophie Hicks and her model sister Olympia Campbell) along with her to star in the latest Lanvin ad campaign. Photographer Tim Walker shot the Campbell clan romping about in this fun three-minute film. http://youtu.be/LXccuFv_0Og Bottega Veneta Based on the Italian brand's famous 'Knot' clutch bag, this short video seems to hint at an exciting new customization project. Titled "When your own initials are enough," the Knot is seen covered in python butterflies and in a glimmering reflective texture. http://youtu.be/O5v2BZxhS58 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film

Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo." And though one might think, with the wave of terrible publicity he went through earlier this year, that a bit of magician-like escape into a bygone era or a movie screen is just what he might prefer, Allen is doing anything but disappear. He's not only making movies on the same famously ambitious, one-per-year schedule he's adhered to for almost half a century. He's also actively promoting his latest, the lighthearted period romp "Magic in the Moonlight," even as he's busy shooting his next movie in Providence, Rhode Island. But anyone who expected Allen to speak further on the personal issues that arose last year — the revival of accusations by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that he abused her when she was 7 — will be disappointed. The 78-year-old director has held true to his word that he would say nothing further, following a February letter to the New York Times in which he vigorously denied the allegations. The question does remain whether Allen's personal issues might affect the public reception of his new film, which stars Colin Firth as a cynical stage magician and Emma Stone as the young spiritualist whose magical powers he seeks to debunk. "One thing doesn't have to do with the other," says Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, which releases the film on Friday. Box office expert Paul Dergarabedian expects fans to agree. "For fans, I think there's a total separation that occurs with Woody Allen," says Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "Coming in, you know there's this baggage ... but his filmmaking transcends all that. His audiences seem to keep lining up for his films." So far, reviews for the new film have been mixed. In any case, Allen himself says he long ago stopped trying to figure out how his movies will be received. "I have no idea," he said in a telephone interview, when asked about prospects for "Moonlight." "I'm always disappointed in each movie when I'm finished," he explained, "because there's a big difference between the fantasy you have when you're home writing the thing, and you think, this is going to be so great ... and then you actually have to execute it, and Emma Stone can't possibly walk across the room as fast as you pictured, because no human can. ... And so I'm always disappointed, and I never have an idea which ones are going to resonate with an audience." Dergarabedian notes that big-name actors "are still lining up to work with Allen." That would include Firth and Stone, both working with Allen for the first time. "His work has had such a specific role to play in my whole relation with movies," Firth said, "that to suddenly be invited to join the narrative a bit is thrilling." Stone is only 25 — less than half Firth's age — but still has a connection to Allen's films. "My mom showed me 'Annie Hall,'" said the actress, who noted that her family dog is named Alvy, after Alvy Singer, Allen's role in that film. "I was incredibly nervous," Stone said of the prospect of working with Allen. But clearly it worked out: She's now shooting his new movie, along with Joaquin Phoenix. In "Moonlight," you could say Firth has the requisite Woody Allen protagonist role. And his character, Stanley, exudes the same cynicism about magic and spiritualism that Allen feels. "He's a magician who'd love to be proven wrong," said Allen. Especially because "he knows that life is a tough, brutal, grim, meaningless grind full of heartache and tragedy, accruing to nothing." If that sounds sober, listen to Allen's own (abridged here) view of life: "In the end," he said, "you realize that you're just a human being on the face of the earth, an insignificant agglomeration of cells and neurons, and eventually that expires, and eventually everything expires. It's terrifying." Allen says the best antidote is distraction, a gift he's been trying to give his audiences for 50 years. But don't expect a happy answer to the question of whether experience makes him a better director. "I wish that were true," he said, ruefully. "In an art form, you start from scratch all the time. You gain a little technique over the years. But inspirationally — that's in the lap of the gods. "If I'm lucky, I get a great inspiration and it's a good film. If I'm not lucky, I get less inspired, and it's not such a good film." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Joseph Fiennes will play Nostradamus
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Joseph Fiennes will play Nostradamus

According to Deadline, the English actor is set to be playing the part of famous seer Nostradamus in the eponymous TV series co-produced by Carnival Films, the production company behind "Downton Abbey.""Nostradamus" will also be produced by Anonymous Content ("True Detective") but it is not known yet which TV channel will broadcast the series. Joseph Fiennes, of "Shakespeare In Love" and the upcoming "Hercules," is a TV regular, having appeared in "FlashForward" and "Camelot," both canceled after the first season, and in the second season of "American Horror Story." The show will follow the 16th-century French apothecary famous for his predictions as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his family. Affected by disturbing and dangerous visions, this self-destructive dreamer will look for the culprits and get caught up in schemes involving the Royal Court. No other news has been given as of yet. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Evan Wood to headline HBO's 'Westworld'
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Evan Wood to headline HBO's 'Westworld'

Produced by J.J. Abrams, the TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film has now been picked up to pilot by HBO. The Oscar-winning actor who brought Hannibal Lecter to the silver screen will share the billing with the young "Whatever Works" star in this sci-fi drama.For his first collaboration with HBO, the director of "Star Wars VII" is executive producing a new take on "Westworld." Set in the future, the original film depicts a theme park where a cast of androids allows visitors to take a virtual trip to the time and place of their choosing. For two friends and businessmen who visit the park and travel to the Far West, a fun day out turns into a nightmare when a technical malfunction allows the machines to take control. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, the 1973 film starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin and Dick Van Patten. In the new TV adaptaion, Anthony Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant and quiet head programmer and chairman of the board at "Westworld." Rachel Evan Wood will co-star in the role of Dolores Abernathy, a farm girl who begins to realize that her perfect existence is based entirely on a lie. The drama series will be written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, the creator of the J.J. Abrams-produced CBS series "Person of Interest" and the screenwriter behind the last two movies in his brother Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy. TV audiences are familiar with the work of Michael Crichton, who created the long-running series "E.R." The writer and director also penned the novel that inspired Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Will Ferrell to star in and produce film adaptation of 'Manimal'
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Will Ferrell to star in and produce film adaptation of 'Manimal'

The TV series, which was canceled after one season in 1983, will be adapted for the silver screen.Just like Bruce Wayne, Dr. Jonathan Chase is a rich lady's man with a secret: he can change into any animal he wants (he prefers black panthers and hawks). Two years ago, Sony bought the rights to the series, which hadn't been as successful as expected at the time. Now, however, it could benefit from the surge of popularity animals are currently experiencing on TV and in films. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who have worked together on "Anchorman 2," "The Other Guys" and "Step Brothers," will produce the film adaptation. They will be working with the original series' co-creator, Glen A. Larson ("Knight Rider", "Magnum"), while Jay Martel and Ian Roberts will be in charge of the script. The scriptwriters are currently working on "Get Hard" starring Ferrell. The film will feature both real-life footage and animation. No release date has been announced yet. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Steve Carell agrees to lead 'Brooklyn Family Robinson'
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Steve Carell agrees to lead 'Brooklyn Family Robinson'

From "Foxcatcher" to family comedy, Steve Carell underlines his versatility by taking the main role in Disney's "Brooklyn Family Robinson."Carell will not only play the Robinsons' dad, who swaps his clan's urban pad for island living, but will also act as producer for the Disney movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also named in a production capacity are Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres, of Carell's production company Carousel, who came up with the idea with the help of the film's scriptwriter, David Reynolds of "Finding Nemo" fame. Carell's current gig, "Foxcatcher," retells the true life story of philanthropist turned wrestling coach John du Pont and his two Olympic-grade protégés, Mark and Dave Schultz; the tense and sinister film was given a rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival in May and goes on general release from November. Prior to that, the American comic appears alongside Jennifer Garner ("Juno," "Dallas Buyers Club") and the young Ed Oxenbould ("Julian") in another Disney movie, October's storybook adaptation "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Bon Jovi to be honored for humanitarian work
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Bon Jovi to be honored for humanitarian work

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." In announcing the recipient Wednesday, organizers said Bon Jovi has used his musical success to support groups working to end homelessness and hunger. Bon Jovi will accept the $25,000 award on Nov. 18 at the city's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson was a celebrated contralto and Philadelphia native who in 1955 became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She died in 1993 at age 96. Previous winners include actor James Earl Jones, poet Maya Angelou and actress Elizabeth Taylor. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role _ defendant_ in NYC
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role _ defendant_ in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street. Their shared court date was just a coincidence, but it paired stars who have become known for acting up, not just for acting. "Looks like you have a short fuse," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin while looking over the allegations against him; they're violations, not crimes. After Baldwin repeatedly said he'd pay a fine for the May 13 encounter — though the judge said he was just asking for an apology — DeLury put the case on track to be dismissed if the actor avoids re-arrest for six months. It's a common outcome for low-level cases in Manhattan. "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" DeLury asked. "Sure, sure," Baldwin said. "Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day!" Meanwhile, LaBeouf's lawyer and prosecutors said they were trying to resolve his case. He's accused in court papers of playing a boorish role in the audience at "Cabaret" last month, smoking cigarettes, yelling at the actors onstage, and swearing at security guards and hollering as he was escorted out: "Do you know who I am?" The actor, whose publicist has said the episode stemmed from an alcohol problem and that LaBeouf has since gotten treatment, stood solemnly before a judge during the brief appearance. He and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones. LaBeouf is due back in court in September. LaBeouf, 28, and Baldwin, 56, were slated to co-star last year in a revival of Lyle Kessler's play "Orphans," but LaBeouf pulled out over creative disagreements — and then publicly tweeted private emails from Baldwin and others involved in the show. ("Sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation," LaBeouf wrote to Baldwin in one message; Baldwin apparently wrote back: "I don't have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.") Best known for starting in the first three "Transformers" movies, LaBeouf has made headlines for his off-screen behavior in the past year. He apologized this winter for borrowing the story line and dialogue for a short film from a graphic novel writer. In February, he walked out of a Berlin Film Festival news conference for the movie "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and then wore a paper bag — emblazoned with "I am not famous anymore" — over his head at the red carpet premiere. Baldwin, whose career has included Emmy Awards for "30 Rock" and Oscar and Tony nominations, has developed an ornery reputation in real life. A voicemail of him berating daughter Ireland Baldwin came to light in 2007 (he later said the message horrified him), he was kicked off a plane in 2011 after refusing to stop playing a cellphone game, and he's had a series of run-ins with news photographers. After using an anti-gay slur in one such encounter last fall, he was suspended from his ultimately short-lived MSNBC show; Baldwin apologized and said he hadn't meant to offend anyone. In February, Baldwin wrote a New York magazine cover story decrying tabloid coverage of his comings-and-goings in New York City, saying he probably needs to move elsewhere. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV

NEW YORK (AP) — Pop star Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE-yuh) is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV said Thursday that the singer featured in the summer hits "Fancy" and "Problem" will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show on Aug. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The following night, Azalea will channel her inner Joan Rivers for an MTV fashion recap show under the "House of Style" banner. "House of Style" ran on MTV from 1989 to 2000 and was briefly revived online last year. Azalea will do the same thing this summer, starring in a series of Web-only shows visiting vintage clothing stores and talking about the connection between music and fashion. The Web episodes will begin appearing on Aug. 4. ___ Online: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'

LONDON (AP) — A hit. A very palpable hit. So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet." And so say most London critics about the stage version of the Tudor-set rom-com that charmed its way to seven Academy Awards in 1998. On Thursday critics showered the play with accolades that will make producers' ad campaign a dream. The Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings praised the play's "fizzy, infectious exuberance," while the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said it "generates a glow you could warm your hands by." Paul Taylor in The Independent topped them all: "It makes you feel grateful to be alive." Adapted by Lee Hall — and co-produced by Disney, whose backing has helped fund a large-scale production with a 28-strong cast — the play sticks close to the film's plot. The burgeoning Bard (Tom Bateman) is young, broke, and has writer's block — until he meets adventurous gentlewoman Viola de Lesseps (Lucy Briggs-Owen). She returns the playwright's ardor, and also dreams of becoming an actor, then a forbidden goal for a woman. But she is betrothed to the boorish Lord Wessex. The course of true love never did run smooth. While many movies have been adapted for the stage in recent years — from "The Bodyguard" to "Fatal Attraction" — in this case the idea is so obvious it's amazing it took so long. At the heart of "Shakespeare in Love," alongside the human romance, is a love affair with the theater. "I kind of set out to write the play the film would be adapted from," said Hall, whose work includes the stage musical "Billy Eliot" and a forthcoming movie biopic of Elton John. "The theater is the perfect place to do a show about theater. You can make all those gags that you can't possibly make in the film." In the film, it was possible to see the cast of charmers, chancers, dreamers and moneymen swarming around London's Elizabethan playhouses as stand-ins for Hollywood players. Here, the play's the thing. Shakespeare and his contemporaries struggle against lack of funds, state censorship, fickle audiences and creative constipation — and out of it all emerges art. The movie was co-written by playwright Tom Stoppard, a master of brain-tickling banter. Hall said he kept "about 90 percent" of the movie's lines, but added new material and chunks of Shakespeare's own words. "I saw it rather like a musical, but the numbers were the Shakespearean verse," Hall said after Wednesday's opening night at London's Noel Coward Theatre. The result is a play peppered with Shakespearean in-jokes, designed to make audience members who were paying attention in high-school English classes feel satisfyingly clever. Bateman and Briggs-Owen are hugely appealing in the central roles, played onscreen by Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow. Briggs-Owen, in particular, has a loose-limbed charm reminiscent of the heroines of 1930s screwball comedies. There's sterling work from the whole cast under Declan Donnellan's direction, including David Oakes as Shakespeare's friend and rival Christopher Marlowe, Paul Chahidi as impresario Philip Henslowe and Colin Ryan as a creepy, violence-loving lad who may be the future of entertainment. Live musicians and Elizabethan-y song and dance contribute to an entertaining evening that wears lightly its insights about the fine line between comedy and tragedy. In the play, Shakespeare sets out to write a crowd-pleaser titled "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter." What audiences want, Henslowe tells him, is "love — and a bit with a dog." The work-in-progress becomes the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," and "Shakespeare in Love" ends on a bittersweet note of love and loss. But there is a dog. He's called Spot and he gets one of the biggest ovations of the night. Disney refused to be drawn on whether the crowd-pleasing show would head to Broadway. "All our efforts right now are focused on launching the production on the long, healthy West End run this wonderful production deserves," said Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions. ___ AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy in New York contributed to this report. Follow Jill Lawless at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival

ROME (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke. Organizers on Thursday announced a 20-strong competition lineup that includes Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani's subprime-mortgage drama "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, and New Zealand-born filmmaker Andrew Niccol's "The Good Kill," starring Hawke as a dissatisfied drone operator. There is a strong American presence, both behind the camera and onscreen, among the films in the running for the Golden Lion. They include David Gordon Green's Texan drama "Manglehorn" starring Pacino and Holly Hunter; Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini," featuring Dafoe as taboo-breaking Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini; and Italian director Saverio Costanzo's "Hungry Hearts," a suspenseful drama set in New York starring Adam Driver. The festival, which mixes big-name directors and arty auteurs with the work of exciting newcomers, also includes "The Cut," a drama by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin starring Tahar Rahim; Swedish director Roy Andersson's "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence"; and "The Postman's White Knights" by Russia's Andrei Konchalovsky. Documentary-maker Joshua Oppenheimer competes with "The Look of Silence," a sequel to his powerful investigation of Indonesian political violence, "The Act of Killing." Films from France, Italy, China, Japan, Turkey and Iran round out the competition lineup. Pacino appears again at the festival, as an aging actor in Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from a Philip Roth novel. It is among the "out of competition" entries which are not contestants for the Golden Lion. The eclectic out-of-competition roster also includes Peter Bogdanovich's Broadway comedy "She's Funny That Way," starring Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson; Lisa Cholodenko's Maine-set drama "Olive Kitteridge," with Frances McDormand and Bill Murray; actor-turned-director James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"; and Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume II." The 71st Venice Film Festival opens Aug. 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," starring former "Batman" Michael Keaton as an actor struggling to get beyond a famous superhero role. The festival runs to Sept. 6, when a jury led by composer Alexandre Desplat awards the Golden Lion for best film and seven other prizes. ___ Online: Venice Film Festival: http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.