Tiffany Haddish at premiere of The Card Counter in Venice
Tiffany Haddish's forthcoming film The Card Counter premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy on Thursday evening. And the 41-year-old comedian put on a glamorous display as she posed on the red carpet with the rest of the crime drama's star-studded cast.Haddish beamed for the cameras in a stunning black and white color-blocked gown that hugged her every curve.
ROME (AP) — Visitors to Venice could be forgiven for not realizing that beyond the majesty of St. Mark’s Square and the romance of gondola rides lies a city that helped provide a baseline of what the world knows today about containing pandemics. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2016 file photo, a man wears a pest doctor mask in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. This carnival mask derives from 16th century doctors wearing beak-nosed masks filled with aromatic herbs to cleanse the air they breathed when treating the sick. Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics and pestilence will come into focus at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s in-competition “Madres Paralelas” (Parallel Mothers), which he developed during Spain’s 2020 coronavirus lockdown, one of the harshest in the West. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
It was here that the term “quarantine” was coined, after merchant ships arriving in the 15th-century Venetian Republic were moored for 40 days (“quaranta giorni” in Italian) to see if their crews were afflicted with the plague. It was here that the first isolated pestilence hospital was built on a solitary island in the lagoon, a precursor to today’s COVID-19 isolation wards. And it was in Venice that 16th-century doctors donned beak-nosed masks filled with aromatic herbs to cleanse the air they breathed when treating the sick — an attempt at self-protection that today is the favored choice for Venetian Carnival costumes.
Jimmy Page at Venice film fest to present Led Zeppelin doc
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guitarist Jimmy Page says he turned down a lot of “pretty miserable” pitches over the years to make a documentary about Led Zeppelin. But he finally bit when he received a deeply-researched proposal focusing almost exclusively on the music and chronicling the band’s birth in 1968 and its meteoric early rise. The result is “Becoming Led Zeppelin,” one of the most eagerly anticipated documentaries at the Venice Film Festival, which made its premiere Saturday with Page on the red carpet.Producers Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty — avowed Zeppelin fans — obtained never-before-seen footage of some of the band’s early U.S.
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb.11, 2017 file photo, men wears masks, some of them pest doctor masks, in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. This carnival mask derives from 16th century doctors wearing beak-nosed masks filled with aromatic herbs to cleanse the air they breathed when treating the sick. Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics and pestilence will come into focus at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s in-competition “Madres Paralelas” (Parallel Mothers), which he developed during Spain’s 2020 coronavirus lockdown, one of the harshest in the West. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics provides a relevant backdrop to this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s in-competition film “Parallel Mothers." Almodovar developed the project during Spain’s 2020 coronavirus lockdown, one of the harshest in the West.
Venice Film Festival 2021: Antonio Banderas, 61, cuts a suave figure
The star, 61, cut a suave figure in a black suit as he attended with his incredibly glamorous girlfriend Nicole Kimpel, 39, who wore stunning silver and white gown. © Provided by Daily Mail ( The pair looked loved-up as they beamed at each other while posing for the camera alongside the likes of Penelope, Jessica Chastain, Hailee Steinfeld and Barbara Palvin.Antonio showed off his sharp sense of style in the two-piece which he teamed with a crisp white shirt, black tie and shiny shoes. Meanwhile Nicole showed off some leg in a daring thigh-split gown that featured silver embellishments and a plunging neckline.
In a pre-opening screening Tuesday, Italian director Andre Segre presents a short documentary shot last year showing how Venice organizers coped with COVID-19 to stage the first and only in-person international film festival during the first year of the outbreak, a limited affair that nevertheless showed it could be done. Cannes came back to life this year after skipping 2020, and other big festivals went largely virtual after the pandemic erupted.
The scenes in Segre’s film — shocking then, normal now — feature half-full theaters for Hollywood premieres, masked movie stars, cleaners in hazmat suits and the “blink, blink, blink” of remote thermometers taking temperatures at festival checkpoints. © Provided by Associated Press Italy Venice Film Festival
Similar precautions are planned for this year, with a huge barricade once again sealing off public access to the red carpet and limited chances for fans to catch VIP water taxi arrivals on the Lido. More than 10 testing stations have been set up for staff and festival-goers, who must show proof of a negative test, vaccination or having recently recovered from COVID-19 to enter screenings. Masks are required indoors.
Hofit Golan wows in a showstopper ballgown in Venice with Daniel Cates
The fashion entrepreneur, 36, looked nothing short of sensational as she posed up a storm during the picturesque boat ride in Venice with the professional poker player, 31.And Hofit Golan wowed in a strapless blue ballgown on Wednesday as she explored Venice by boat with professional poker player Daniel Cates.
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 9, 2013 file photo shows the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (St. Mary of Health) at sunset as seen from the water to the south. The church, built after plague broke out in the 17th century, is a fixture of the city's skyline. Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics and pestilence will come into focus at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s in-competition “Madres Paralelas” (Parallel Mothers), which he developed during Spain’s 2020 coronavirus lockdown, one of the harshest in the West. (AP Photo/Michelle Locke)
In other words, the Venice show is going on — other premieres at the world's oldest film festival include the debut of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” and Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer" — even as Italy copes with new infections driven by the highly contagious delta variant.
For Venice, though, it’s really nothing new.
“The history of Venice is a history that teaches us how our city, first among European capitals, understood ahead of time how to manage viruses,” said Simone Venturini, Venice’s tourism chief. “These recurrences are studied and recalled even more today because the Venetian model is a model that paradoxically is still used.”
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The 42-year-old actress cut a casual figure in a khaki rain jacket and black tracksuit bottoms as she went incognito in a white protective face mask. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Katie opted to style her skinny cut joggers with a comfortable grey blue jersey jumper while she checked off tasks on her to-do list. She layered over the green parka to keep off the chill and nailed mid-season dressing as she completed the ensemble with a pair of black Birkenstocks. The Dawson's Creek actress toted her belongings in a trusty reusable shopping bag, which featured a blue and white stripe pattern.
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Beginning with the first confirmed plague to strike Venice — the 1348 outbreak that killed at least a third of its population — the city put in place containment measures even without understanding epidemiologically how it spread, said Fabio Zampieri, a history of medicine professor at the University of Padua Medical School.
Based on the belief that “bad air” was to blame for what became known as the Black Death, Venetian authorities closed churches and restaurants, canceled religious processions and ordered a thorough cleaning of homes and public venues, Zampieri said.
During the pestilence that erupted in 1423, Venice’s senate decided to lock down the whole city, prohibiting entry of people from suspected plague-ridden places and punishing locals who gave sick foreigners shelter with six months in jail, he said. A year later, Venice opened the first “lazzaretto,” a hospital on an isolated island in the Venetian lagoon dedicated exclusively to plague victims. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2021 file photo, a woman looks the Canal Grande or Grand Canal, in Venice, Italy. The canal city's Carnival festivities should have started on Jan. 30, but the COVID-19 pandemic made the annual appointment for more than two weeks of merry-making impossible. Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics and pestilence will come into focus at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s in-competition “Madres Paralelas” (Parallel Mothers), which he developed during Spain’s 2020 coronavirus lockdown, one of the harshest in the West. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
That concept would transform years later into a proper quarantine, an isolated place for people merely suspected of carrying the plague — crews of merchant ships — to wait out 40 days of surveillance while their cargo was disinfected, he said.
Jaime Winstone and sister Louis shimmer in glamorous attire
Jame Winstone and her sister Lois stepped out for a rare outing together to The Icon Ball at The Landmark Hotel during London Fashion Week on Friday. Kidulthood star Jamie, 36, ensured she caught the eye in a brightly coloured shimmering blue and green dress with a revealing thigh-high split.The star put on a leggy display as she posed arm-in-arm with her actress sister, 39, who looked glamorous in a glittering silver and blue mini-dress which she teamed with a pair of black and gold heels.
During the 1575-1577 plague, doctors increasingly used the beak-nosed masks filled with aromatic herbs to try to protect themselves from the sick, still not realizing that the plague was carried mostly by bacteria-infected fleas on rats, not “bad air.”
“It was still a crucial experience for the history of medicine, the history of health care and the history of managing infectious diseases,” Zampieri said.
After the 1630 pestilence again wiped out around a third of the population, weary Venetians gave thanks to the Virgin Mary that even more lives weren’t taken: They built the Santa Maria della Salute (St. Mary of Health) church across the Grand Canal from St. Mark’s Square, one of the city's most visible and iconic images.
The central location of the huge, white octagonal domed basilica at the tip of Venice’s custom's port was entirely intentional, to show the city's gratitude that it had once again survived and rebounded from the pestilence, said art historian Silvia Marchiori, curator of the Venice Patriarchate's Manfrediniana museum.
“When you arrived in Venice, you arrived from the sea, not land, so you had to notice this great temple that was built in white Istrian stone to attract attention,” she said.
To this day, Venetians venerate an icon of the Madonna in the basilica during one of the city’s main religious festivals on Nov. 21, a day dedicated to offering prayers for good health, she said.
Whether by prayer, public health policy or discipline, Venice as a whole fared relatively well during its latest pandemic. The city took the extraordinary decision in February 2020 — when coronavirus was just beginning to be detected in northern Italy — to cancel its famous Carnival. It stayed locked down during the worst of the pandemic, watching as neighboring Lombardy and even parts of the surrounding Veneto region got slammed with infections and deaths in one of Europe's worst-hit countries.
Venice has been rewarded with a steady return of visitors this spring and summer, just in time for celebrations marking the 1,600th anniversary of the founding of the city, the film festival, sailing regattas and star-studded fashion shows by Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana.
It’s all part of Venice’s efforts to attract visitors who stay, spend and appreciate the city's history and artistry, rather than day-trippers who take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal and call it a day, said tourism chief Venturini.
“These are the pillars on which we’re building a post-COVID tourism,” he said.
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Ashley Benson displays her fashion credentials as she attends MFW .
The actress, 31, looked sensational in a long black coat with cream fringed detailing as she attended the Salvatore Ferragamo show at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday. The actress, 31, looked sensational in a long black coat with cream fringed detailing, which she paired with a tiny black crop top and white trousers. She looked stunning as she styled her dark blonde locks in a side parting and messy pin curls for the event. Ashley paired the look with pointy black boots and a small black bag, which she held in her hand. Accessorising the look, she wore three chains around her neck and hoops in her ears.