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Festival attendees cycle in front of the main cinema ahead of the start of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Italy was among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and the festival will serve as a celebration of its re-opening and a sign that the film world, largely on pause since March, is coming back as well. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Venice reclaims spotlight as 1st COVID-era film fest opens

Sep. 1, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

VENICE (AP) — Venice is reclaiming its place as a top cultural destination with the opening of the Venice Film Festival — the first major in-person cinema showcase of the coronavirus era after Cannes canceled and other international festivals opted to go mostly online this year. Italian director...

File - Actor George Clooney arrives in Venice, Italy on a taxi boat for the Venice Film Festival. The 77th Venice Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, but this year's edition will be unlike any others. Coronavirus restrictions will mean fewer Hollywood stars, no crowds interacting with actors and other virus safeguards will be deployed. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Canals, carpets and kisses: Fun moments from Venice festival

Aug. 30, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — It starts with a boat ride in, and for the lucky few, ends with a kiss on the side of the trophy. The Venice Film Festival is an early stop for many stars and filmmakers on the path to the Academy Awards. In normal years, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Lady Gaga and...

FILE - In this file photo made from footage provided by the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, a group of volunteers participating in a trial of a coronavirus vaccine leave the Budenko Main Military Hospital outside Moscow, Russia. Putin says that a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use and one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, Putin said that the vaccine has proven efficient during tests, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

5 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 11, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. RUSSIA REGISTERS VIRUS VACCINE Vladimir Putin says that a coronavirus vaccine developed in his country has been registered for use and one of his daughters has already been inoculated, despite international...

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Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case

Aug. 11, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt's attorneys. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie argues that Judge John...

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'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance

Jul. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Watchmen,” cloaked in superhero mythology and grounded in real-world racism, received a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards. The HBO series, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political discord amid a pandemic, was...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The lineup for the Venice Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and will be the first major film event since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Venice Film Festival unveils selections for September fete

Jul. 28, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

The American frontier drama “The World to Come,” the Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren comedy-drama “The Duke,” Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream,” and the Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby drama “Pieces of a Woman” are among the films set to premiere at the Venice...

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Partial list of Emmy nominees in top categories

Jul. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Partial list of nominees for the annual prime-time Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For the complete list, visit Emmys.com: Comedy Series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “Dead to Me”; “The Good Place”;...