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Baumbach film to open Venice fest


Director Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel “White Noise” has been selected to open the Venice Internatio­nal Film Festival in August, festival director Alberto Barbera said Monday.

Baumbach wrote and directed the film, which looks at the contempora­ry American family through the lens of a professor,

Jack Gladney, and his fourth wife, Babette. Greta Gerwig, who has a child with Baumbach, stars alongside Adam Driver, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy and Jodie TurnerSmit­h.

“It is a great honor to open the 79th Venice film festival with ‘White Noise,’ ” Barbera said. “Baumbach has made an original, ambitious and compelling piece of art which plays with measure on multiple registers: dramatic, ironic, satirical. The result is a film that examines our obsessions, doubts and fears as captured in the 1980s, yet with very clear references to contempora­ry reality.”

The Netflix-produced film will be among those competing for the Golden Lion award, selected by a jury led by Julianne Moore, and a likely player in the awards season to come.

Baumbach previously debuted his film “Marriage Story” at the festival in 2019. It would go on to pick up six Oscar nomination­s, including best picture, and one win for Laura Dern.

The 79th Venice Internatio­nal Film Festival runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10.

Director Rafelson dies: Bob Rafelson, an influentia­l figure in the New Hollywood era of the 1970s, has died at age 89. Rafelson died at his Colorado home Saturday, said his wife, Gabrielle Taurek Rafelson.

Rafelson was responsibl­e for co-creating the fictional pop music group and television series “The Monkees” alongside the late Bert Schneider, which won him an Emmy in 1967.

Rafelson also directed and co-wrote “Five Easy Pieces,” about an upperclass pianist who yearns for a more blue-collar life. The film got Rafelson two Oscar nomination­s in 1971, for best picture and screenplay. He also produced seminal New Hollywood classics including Peter Bogdanovic­h’s “The Last Picture Show” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.”

Actor Warner dies: David Warner, a versatile British actor whose roles ranged from Shakespear­ean tragedies to sci-fi cult classics, has died at age 80. His family said he died from a cancer-related illness on Sunday in London.

Often cast as a villain, Warner had roles in the 1971 psychologi­cal thriller “Straw Dogs,” the 1976 horror classic “The Omen,” the 1979 time-travel adventure “Time After Time” as Jack the Ripper, and the 1997 blockbuste­r “Titanic,” playing the valet Spicer

Lovejoy. He also had a prolific career on film and TV in both Britain and the United States.

Food writer Kennedy dies:

Diana Kennedy, a tart-tongued British food writer devoted to Mexican cuisine, died Sunday at age 99. A longtime friend said Kennedy died peacefully at her home in Mexico.

Kennedy spent much of her life learning and preserving the traditiona­l cooking and ingredient­s of her adopted home.

Her nearly dozen cookbooks, including “Oaxaca al Gusto,” which won the 2011 James Beard Award for cookbook of the year, reflect a lifetime of groundbrea­king culinary contributi­ons and her effort to collect vanishing culinary traditions.

July 26 birthdays: Actor Robert Colbert is 91. Singer Darlene Love is 81. Singer Brenton Wood is

81. Singer Mick Jagger is

79. Actor Helen Mirren is

77. Drummer Roger Taylor is 73. Actor Nana Visitor is

65. Actor Sandra Bullock is 58. Actor Jeremy Piven is 57. Actor Kate Beckinsale is 49. Actor Monica Raymund is 36.

 ?? JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION 2020 ?? Noah Baumbach directed “White Noise,” which will open the 79th Venice film festival.
JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION 2020 Noah Baumbach directed “White Noise,” which will open the 79th Venice film festival.

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