VENICE, Italy — The older stars are shining the brightest at the Venice Film Festival.
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda have brought undimmed glitter to the festival along with their late-life romance “Our Souls at Night.”
Five decades after they first shared the screen, they play in the Netflix-produced drama widowed neighbors who forge a relationship. Judging by the reaction in Venice, the chemistry that lit up their 1967 film “Barefoot in the Park” remains strong.
Fonda says she loves the fact “that these films bookend our career.”
In “Barefoot in the Park,” she says, “we played that young love just getting married and now we play old people’s love, and old people’s sex.”
The 81-year-old Redford and 79-year-old Fonda each received a lifetime achievement award from the festival Friday.
Hepburn’s Connecticut home sells for $11.5 million
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. — The late actress Katharine Hepburn’s home along the Connecticut shore has sold for $11.5 million after several years on the market.
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Colette Harron says the 8,400-square-foot (781-sqare-meter) home in Old Saybrook sold Aug. 25. She says the home has six bedrooms and sits on 1.5 acres overlooking Long Island Sound.
The buyer’s name has not been disclosed.
The seller was New York developer Frank Sciame. He bought the original 4-acre (1.6-hectare) property for $6 million in 2004, a year after Hepburn died at the Colonial-style home at age 96. He made extensive renovations and tried to sell the property for $30 million.
Eastwood re-enacts France train attack
ARRAS, France — Clint Eastwood is in France directing a film that re-enacts the dramatic end to an attempted Islamic State group attack on a high-speed train that saw three Americans take down the gunman.
After renting a Thalys train for five days of filming “The 15:17 to Paris,” work was wrapping up in Arras, the town where the express ended up after Ayoub El Khazzani was overpowered by passengers, including the childhood friends from California. They received the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration. Variety has reported that the friends will play themselves in the movie
Friday’s filming shut down two tracks in Arras. El Khazzani’s lawyer has said the suspect in the August 2015 attack acted on orders from the leader of the IS cell that attacked Paris three months later.
Utah theater wins ‘Deadpool’ booze case
SALT LAKE CITY — A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down a Utah law that landed a movie theater in trouble for serving alcohol during the racy superhero film “Deadpool.”
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said state regulators violated Brewvies’ freedom of speech when it threatened to fine the theater up to $25,000 under a law that prohibits serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.
Attorney Rocky Anderson calls the decision enormously important for First Amendment rights. He argues the law is so vague it would apply to an art gallery offering wine near Michelangelo’s “David” and that the state used it to intimidate the theater.
“This is a huge victory for everyone,” he said.
Lawmakers and the governor have supported the law in the conservative state where politics are dominated by Mormons whose faith teaches avoidance of alcohol.