Moore to lead Venice film fest jury
Julianne Moore has been selected to serve as president of the main competition jury for the Venice International Film Festival this year, festival director Alberto Barbera announced Friday.
The Oscar-winning actor will preside over a jury that includes French director Audrey Diwan, whose film “Happening” won the Golden Lion last year; author Kazuo Ishiguro (“Never Let Me Go”); and Iranian actor Leila Hatami (“A Separation”). Also on the jury are Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo (“The Inner Cage”), Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Cohn (“Official Competition”) and Rodrigo Sorogoyen (“The Candidate”).
The jury will decide on the festival’s main prizes, including the Golden Lion for best film and the Silver Lion for best director, which often set the tone for the upcoming awards season. Last year, Jane Campion was awarded the Silver Lion for her film “The Power of the Dog.” Campion went on to win the best director Oscar. It was one of seven times in the past decade that the director of a film that premiered at Venice would also win a best director Oscar that season.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival will run from Aug. 31 through Sept. 10.
Jonas, Turner welcome second child:
Actor Sophie Turner and pop star Joe Jonas have welcomed their second child, a daughter, People magazine reported Thursday.
“Joe and Sophie are happy to announce the arrival of their baby girl,” representatives for the couple told People. The newborn’s name and date
of birth have not been revealed.
Jonas, 32, and Turner,
26, who married in 2019, are also parents to a daughter, Willa, who celebrates her second birthday later this month.
The birth announcement comes a little over two months after Elle published an interview in which Turner revealed her pregnancy. “It’s what life is about for me — raising the next generation,” Turner said at the time. “… We’re so excited to be expanding the family. It’s the best blessing ever.”
Academy Museum to honor Roberts:
Julia Roberts is being honored by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at its second annual gala in October, the organization said Friday. The actor, who won an Oscar in 2000 for her role in “Erin Brockovich,” will be presented with the Icon Award in recognition of the significant
global cultural impact of her career.
“Over the course of her expansive and renowned career, Julia has embodied iconic characters and memorable roles,” said Jacqueline Stewart, the director and president of the Academy Museum, in a statement.
Director Steve McQueen, actor Tilda Swinton and “Parasite” producer Miky Lee will also receive awards at the Oct. 15 gala, which serves as a fundraiser for the museum’s programming and educational initiatives.
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