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Also, Sonakshi wants to star in a Rekha film; Jay Z keeps Barneys line despite profiling claims; Munnabhai will return when Dutt is out of prison; veteran actor Al Ruscio dies.

The Italian film director Alberto Fasulo, whose movie Tir took Best Film at the Rome Film Festival. TIZIANA FABI / AFP
The Italian film director Alberto Fasulo, whose movie Tir took Best Film at the Rome Film Festival. TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Italian film about lorry driver wins in Rome fest

An Italian film about a lorry driver’s travels across Europe has taken the top award of Best Film at the Rome Film Festival. Tir, by the Italian-Croatian director Alberto Fasulo, triumphed on Saturday, beating out a competition heavy on American films, including Spike Jonze’s Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. The Best Actress Award went to Johansson, whose role in the film included only her voice. The Best Actor Award went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. Tir is the Italian word for a big rig. – AP

Sonakshi wants to star in remake of Rekha film

Sonakshi Sinha, who has made a mark for herself in Bollywood with masala movies such as Dabangg (2010) and Rowdy Rathore (2012), says she wants to play the veteran actress Rekha’s role in the 1988 drama Khoon Bhari Maang. Sinha added that she’s ready to experiment with future roles. “If a role comes to me and if I believe that I would be comfortable portraying it, I would love to do it,” the 26-year-old actress said. “My father started off with a negative role and then he became a hero, so why not? I would like to do something like that, but I should like the script.” – The National staff

Al Ruscio dies at 89

The veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox. Ruscio, who died on November 12 at his home in Encino, California, following declining health, appeared in films such as the Godfather, Part III and Guilty By Suspicion, and on some of the most memorable television shows, including Sea Hunt and Seinfeld. Ruscio also wrote a drama text called So Therefore … A Practical Guide for Actors and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild. – AP

Munnabhai to return when Dutt is out of prison

Work on the third film in the Munnabhai franchise will begin once Sanjay Dutt is released from prison. “Whenever Munnabhai [Dutt] comes back, we will make a film,” said the director Rajkumar Hirani, adding that the “film is being written. It is too early to discuss the subject.” Dutt, who is currently serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence, starred in the smash hits Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). – The National staff

Jay Z keeps Barneys line despite profiling claims

Jay Z says he continue his clothing collaboration with the upscale retail chain Barneys New York Inc, but will also join a council fighting racial profiling, as authorities investigate Barneys and other major retailers accused of discrimination against black shoppers. Jay Z collaborated with Barneys on the BNY SCC clothing label. He recently came under fire for his partnership when two black shoppers said they were detained by New York police and accused of fraud after shopping at Barneys. “I am in a unique position to use my voice to effect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policymaking to others, hoping that someone addresses the problem,” he said. “I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies. I am choosing to take this head on.” – Reuters

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