BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp to present Tim Burton with the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival

Confirming rumors that have been swirling for several days, an official press release from the 64th annual Venice Film Festival states that “the Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is to be awarded to Tim Burton by his long-standing colleague, Johnny Depp.” So we will be looking for a pair of golden lions–Tim Burton and Johnny Depp–to arrive in Venice for Tim Burton Day, Wednesday, September 5th. Special events for Tim Burton Day include a screening of the digital 3D version of the Burton classic, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and “a world premiere of some sequences from the eagerly-awaited SWEENEY TODD.” The awards ceremony–by invitation only–begins in the Sala Grande at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, followed by the screening of NIGHTMARE (in English with Italian subtitles. I wonder if the SWEENEY TODD clips will be subtitled, too?)

Do plan to take a vacation day or call in sick on September 5th and join us here on the Zone–we’ll be celebrating each new picture or news release as it arrives and cheering for Tim and Johnny. Many thanks to emma, Mon^Depp, Gilbert’s Girl and Charlotte Depp (who brought us the first rumor that Johnny would present the Golden Lion); you can read all the details on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The official announcement is on the website here: –Part-Time Poet

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