‘Kill Your Darlings’ Gets Venice Days Berth
The Venice Film Festival‘s parallel Venice Days section unveiled its lineup today with 12 films in official selection. All feature debuts in the sidebar are eligible for the festival’s Lion of the Future prize while all the European films will compete for the Europa Cinemas Label. The Venice Days Association organizes the event with support from the Culture Ministry in collaboration with the Venice Biennale. Venice Days is collaborating for the first time this year with the Tribeca Film Festival to bring an American film, in this case Lennie Cooke, to the Lido for its international premiere. Conversely, Venice Days will send a film to Tribeca next year. The 12 official competition titles are: Alienation by Milko Lazarov; La Belle Vie by Jean Denizot; Bethlehem by Yuval Adler; Gerontophilia by Bruce LaBruce; Kill Your Darlings by John Krokidas; Nobody’s Home by Deniz Akçay Katıksız; May In The Summer by Cherien Dabis; La Mia Classe by Daniele Gaglianone; La Reconstruccion by Juan Taratugo; Rigor Mortis by Juno Mak; Siddharth by Richie Mehta and Traitors by Sean Gullette.

‘Alan Partridge’ To Boost Norwich Tourism?
If you happen to be visiting Norwich this summer, be advised there’s a newly-minted Alan Partridge walking tour on offer. With the premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa set to take place in the English city tomorrow, Norwich has put together a 90-minute walking tour of sites related to its favorite fictional son, the BBC reports. Steve Coogan plays the awkward DJ who’s making his feature debut with the Studiocanal movie. Carol Robinson, one of the guides, said Partridge “will become to Norwich what Harry Potter is to Alnwick Castle… albeit in slacks and driving gloves.”

Vivendi Starts Divesting Of Non-Media Assets
Canal Plus owner Vivendi said today that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Abu Dhabi’s Etisalat to sell its 53% stake of Maroc Telecom. The move is part of Vivendi’s plans to focus on its media businesses. Etisalat would buy Maroc Telecom for 4.2B euros in cash. The parties expect to close the deal before the end of the year. With this deal underway, it’s now expected that Vivendi will focus on a way to pull cash out of its Activision Blizzard U.S. video games unit, Reuters noted. The deal “should see the restructuring story gain momentum,” analyst Ian Whittaker said in a note to investors, according to Bloomberg.

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