ROME — The Rome Film Festival kicked off Oct. 18 with a double dose of Italo star power provided by Sophia Loren, who received a lifetime achievement award, and Monica Bellucci, who stars inGallic gangster pic “Second Wind,” which opened the fest.

Bellucci paid tribute to Loren at a press conference earlier in the day saying, “I do this job inspired by women like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale.”

Upon receiving her Imaie Acting Award, Loren said, “I hope I deserve this,” the resulting standing ovation seeming to serve as her answer.

‘Brave One’ opens in Japan

Film’s star Jodie Foster and producer Joel Silver caused a flashbulb frenzy when they arrived at “The Brave One” premiere in Japan on Oct. 17.

‘Gone Baby Gone’ unites brothers

‘Gone Baby Gone’ director Ben Affleck hung out with pic’s star Casey Affleck at the premiere after-party in Gotham on Oct. 16. The film opens in limited released today.

Margaret Cho attends Asian American Arts Alliance event

Comic Margaret Cho, and actors James Kyson Lee and B.D. Wong made the rounds at the Asian American Arts Alliance 25th anniversary celebration in New York on Oct. 16.