The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including Coppola wins at the Venice Film Festival, Resident Evil rules the box office and French director Claude Chabrol dies.
The Venice Film Festival came to a close with Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," taking home the top prize on Saturday (September 11). Her film is an insider's look at the life of a Hollywood actor who becomes numb to life through drink, drugs and a string of one-night stands. The best director award went to Spain's Alex de la Iglesia for "The Last Circus", a horror film doubling as a metaphor for fascist Spain.
Vincent Gallo won the best actor prize for his performance in "Essential Killing", where he plays a suspected Taliban fighter on the run from U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Europe. Gallo spent his time in Venice escaping paparazzi and did not attend the ceremony to accept his award.
"Resident Evil: Afterlife," the fourth film in a zombie franchise starring Milla Jovovich, topped the worldwide box office during its first weekend. The videogame-based film earned $73.2 million, of which $27.7 million came from the United States and Canada where it was the only major new release. In second place was "Takers" earning only $6.1 million. In third, George Clooney's "The American" earned $5.9 million.
The French film director Claude Chabrol, a pioneer of the French New Wave style, died on Sunday (September 12). He was 80. Chabrol, a close friend of legendary New Wave directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, was a prolific film-maker with some 60 movies to his name, including "Hell" and "The Butcher."
For the second year in a row, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at the BMI Urban Awards on Friday (September 10) in Los Angeles. The Black Eyed Peas took home the prize for song of the year for "Boom Boom Pow" and the band's frontman will.i.am was presented with the BMI President's Award.
Lindsay Claiborn, Reuters.