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Movies News Pop: Saudi Arabian Director Haifaa Al-Mansour to Head Venice Jury For Debut Films


Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female film director of international note to emerge from Saudi Arabia, will head the jury that will award the Luigi De Laurentiis prize, given to the best debut film at the Venice Film Festival.

The Luigi Delaurentiis prize, which includes a $100,000 cash award, is given each year to the best debut film screening in one of Venice's competitive sections.

Universal has set a Christmas Day 2014 release for World War II drama Unbroken, which marks Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort. The release date puts the film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's acclaimed 2010 book in the heart of awards season.

Fox Star Studios is temporarily suspending shooting of Bang Bang, its Bollywood remake of Tom Cruise starrer, Knight and Day, after the film?s lead, Hrithik Roshan, underwent emergency brain surgery.