This year, Venice mixes works from established helmers and newcomers.
The number nine seems to have nine lives in '09.
Newly elected AMPAS president Tom Sherak on Wednesday expressed high-energy enthusiasm for his new job and hinted that changes are on the agenda.
Bandleader Paul Whiteman was among those who led a fight for performers' compensation in the 1930s, but his suit was eventually rebuffed by legendary Court of Appeals Judge Learned Hand.
It was a big week for Oscar, with two announcements on Friday of changes that might seem like minor tweaks at first glance but in fact have bigger implications.
The June 24 announcement that the 82nd Academy Awards will feature 10 best-pic nominees will have profound effects on Hollywood.
And the winner is... well, actually there are lots of winners with the decision to broaden the best-picture Oscar race to 10 films.
So far, 2009 has been filled with surprise box office hits: "Taken," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Fast and Furious," "The Hangover." But kudos possibilities? Not so much.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes1Daily:$11.1M Cumulative:$139.2M Fox -25.14%
The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge: Anarchy2Daily:$7.3M Cumulative:$29.8M Universal Pictures -23.30%
Planes: Fire and Rescue
Planes: Fire and Rescue3Daily:$4.5M Cumulative:$17.5M Disney -31.38%