FILM: Venice Film Festival Line-up Announced
The line-up for the 70th Venice Film Festival has been announced, touting a celebrated list which includes American filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam (for The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon), James Franco (for his directorial and starring role in Child of God), and Errol Morris (for his Donald Rumsfeld documentary, The Unknown Known). The event will kick off with a 3-D (and much-anticipated) world premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and will be also featuring other films starring Nicolas Cage and Scarlett Johansson in the competition category for the coveted Golden Lion award (which was snagged by Kim Ki-duk for Pieta last year–a must see). The festival will run Aug. 28 to Sept. 7, and a full line-up can be viewed here. [Entertainment Weekly]
TV: Say It Ain’t So! Jason Sudeikis Announces He’s Leaving ‘SNL’
NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) will be a little light come fall season. Jason Sudeikis revealed that he would not be returning to the show on CBS’s The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday. The decade-long SNL veteran was on the show promoting his upcoming Aug. 7 feature comedy, We’re the Millers (costarring Jennifer Anniston and Emma Roberts), when he dropped the bomb. He joins Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers on the non-returnee list of comedic talent. SNL won’t be the same! [Los Angeles Times]
MUSIC: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ is a Chart-Topper!
This summer’s anthem, “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I. and Pharrell) has hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the number one slot for the seventh week in a row–the longest running so far this year. The track is so hot that even Bill Clinton is covering the song and crooning the lyrics, “I know you want it” in his viral video. Well, it’s not actually the 42nd President singing, but a video of his speeches stitched together making it look like he’s reciting the racy lyrics. Close enough! [Rolling Stone, US Weekly]