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News Wrap: Clooney Opens Venice, NYT Cuts Comments, Howard/Grazer Talk 25 Years in Hollywood

by Maggie Lange
June 21, 2011 3:52 AM
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George Clooney’s The Ides of March will open Venice Film Festival on August 31st. The political drama will be Clooney’s third at the festival, following The Men Who Stare at Goats in 2009 and Oscar-contender Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005. The Ides of March stars Clooney as a governor with presidential hopes and Paul Giamatti as his rival’s campaign manager.

The New York Times cuts reader comments. The new character limit will be reduced by 60%, from 5,000 to 2,000 characters. "5,000 is a lot," says Aron Pilhofer, New York Times' editor of interactive news, "That's not a comment, that's an article." Though the comment cut might come as a blow, the paper did encourage its readers to share their opinions on the downsizing.

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Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have been together longer than most relationships—25 years. In celebration of their partnership, the two pair up for a tub-thumper joint interview on Deadline that touches on their dozens of significant films and TV shows—including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development, and Friday Night Lights—as well as the inner-workings of a successful and long-lasting Hollywood relationship.

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