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Star-studded Venice film festival opens with Clooney feature, followed by Madonna and Pacino
VENICE, Italy (AP) ' George Clooney's "The Ides of March" opens a star-studded Venice Film Festival that promises appearances by two other Hollywood actor/directors.
Clooney's cynical political drama is among 23 films ' five from Hollywood ' vying for the coveted Golden Lion, which will be awarded Sept. 10.
The jury will be headed by Darren Aronofsky, a two-time Golden Lion winner whose "Black Swan" was launched to huge success after opening in Venice last year.
"The Ides of March" opens the 68th edition of the world's oldest festival Wednesday. Clooney will be followed on the Lido by other Hollywood actor/directors Madonna and Al Pacino, both premiering biopics out of competition.