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By Bob Dole
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Topic - Olivier Assayas
Brian De Palma and Terrence Malick are among 18 filmmakers competing for the coveted Golden Lion during the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which runs from Aug. 29-Sept. 8 and opens Thursday. In keeping with recent tradition, a secret film, the 18th entry, will be announced at a later date.
Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" provided just what organizers wanted to open the world's most glamorous film festival Wednesday: Romance, fantasy, laughs and a whole lot of stars, both on screen and strutting the Cannes red carpet.
Seeing, and judging, 20 movies in just over 10 days is not everyone's idea of a holiday. But not everyone is Robert De Niro.
The Facebook drama "The Social Network" was picked as the year's best picture Sunday by the influential Los Angeles Film Critics Association.