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Stanley Tucci

From 'Everest' to Depp, highlights of the Venice Film fest

It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner — the feast of fall film festivals. The 72nd Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, followed later in September by movie extravaganzas in Toronto and New York. As well as celebrating the best of global cinema, the festivals battle one another to snag the biggest stars and hottest awards prospects. Venice, the oldest and stateliest of the bunch, brings 11 days of red carpets, flashbulbs, parties and premieres to the canal-crossed Italian city. Here are five highlights, trends and themes to look out for: HIGH-ALTITUDE OPENER Venice's opening slot has developed a formidable hit-making...