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Darren Aronofsky Heading Venice Jury

He'll oversee the competition entries...

Now that he’s not going to be shooting The Wolverine, Darren Aronofsky has some time on his hands. And while he has a shed load of other possible projects vying for his attention and at various stages of development, he’s also taking a few days out to head up the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

The fest, which this year runs between August 31 and September 10, has been kind to Aronofsky in the past, as his last three movies have premiered there and The Wrestler picked up the Golden Lion in 2008.

It was looking like he wouldn’t be making an appearance at all this year, especially since the film closest to kicking off – Machine Man – won’t be ready to show anyone until 2012. But now he’s found a way to keep the link alive.

He’s hoping he doesn’t pull a Tarantino and get embroiled in a favouritism scandal should any of the big prizes go to movies by directors he knows…

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