The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading
has been selected to open this year's Venice Film Festival, festival organizers announced
today (Monday). The selection would seem to assure the festival of some glittering
stars walking its red carpet on opening night, August 27, since the movie's cast
includes Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton
-- not to mention Joel and Ethan Coen themselves, whose film No Country for Old
Men won the best picture award at this year's Oscars (and they took home the
best director award). The festival's official lineup is expected to be announced in July.