SHORT TAKES : 'Parenthood' to Open Festival

From Times Staff and wire service reports

Director Ron Howard's "Parenthood," one of the hit American movies of the summer, will open the 33rd London Film Festival this month in what organizers say is the British capital's biggest such festival ever.

The closing-night film will be Italian director Ettore Scola's "What Time Is It," which won the best actor prizes at this year's Venice Film Festival for stars Marcello Mastroianni and Massimo Troisi. The festival, which opens Friday and runs to Nov. 26, will feature 170 films from more than 40 countries.

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