Calling all gondoliers! A-listers prepare to attend the city's annual film festival

By Courtney Rubin
Updated July 30, 2008 08:20 AM
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How do you say “star-struck” in Italian?

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron are among the celebrities expected on the red carpet at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

The 65th annual festival opens August 27 with the out-of-competition premiere of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, starring Coen favorite Clooney and his pal Pitt. (The pair also appeared at last year’s festival, with Clooney memorably debuting then-girlfriend Sarah Larson.)

Next month’s festival is expected to be Pitt’s first major public event since the birth of his twins with Angelina Jolie.

The newly single Hathaway – who appeared at the 2006 festival with The Devil Wears Prada – is expected to be there to promote Rachel Getting Married, a film about an ex-model who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years, then comes home for her sister’s wedding.

Other American films at the festival: The Wrestler, starring Marisa Tomei, Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood; The Burning Plain, with Theron and Kim Basinger; and The Hurt Locker, an Iraq war drama featuring Ralph Fiennes.