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New Clooney Flick Opens Film Fest; Fox Yields to Cable

Clooney • Political thriller “The Ides of March,” starring George Clooney, will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival’s opening night, according to the New York Times. Clooney also directed the film, which is an adaptation of Beau Willimon’s play “Farragut North.” Other films that will compete in the festival include Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” “Dark Horse,” by Tom Solondz, and David Cronenberg’s “Dangerous Method.”

• Fox Broadcasting announced Tuesday that it would require its customers to prove that they subscribe to a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), in other words a cable operator, in order to please companies that provide homes with cable services. The Los Angeles Times reported that the first major MVPD to sign with Fox is satellite broadcaster Dish Network.

• “Pan Am,” ABC’s new 1960’s drama set to air this fall, has found an audience overseas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the jet age-based show starring Christina Ricci will also run on BBC2.

• The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had to break up a riot outside of the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday. Fans were invited to a music block party thrown by DJ Kaskade via Twitter, while the theater aired a documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience. When security started turning away fans after capacity was reached, chaos ensued. Deadline has the story.

Pictured: George Clooney (Photo: Getty Images)

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