Aug. 31 - Hollywood stars arrive in Venice ahead of the opening night of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Edward Baran reports.
As arrivals go, it was all pretty showbiz. The first of the big Hollywood star power rocked up in Venice in the shape of American actor and director George Clooney. Travelling by speedboat to the Cipriani hotel -- with friends Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber among his entourage. Clooney's at the 68th Venice film festival with co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti to promote their new political drama 'The Ides of March'. For Giamatti, coming to the city is never a chore. SOUNDBITE, Paul Giamatti, actor, saying (English): "I always like it. More than any other film festival." The stars of 'The Ides of March', which was also directed by Clooney, will be among the first to hit the red carpet for the movie's world premiere later. Edward Baran, Reuters