Julia Roberts wins American Cinematheque recognition

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Last year, Julia Roberts presented the American Cinematheque award to pal George Clooney. This time it was her turn to receive the honor.

The smile, the laugh and the looks that have become familiar to movie-goers were on full display Friday as Roberts was recognized for her contributions to the film industry. On hand were Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and Sally Field.

Roberts said she came along at the right time to turn into an A-list actress.

'I think I came along at a kinder time in the business,' Roberts said. 'It wasn't about fashion, and there weren't so many media outlets, it was just kind of different. You could really cultivate your work a little more gently.'

'Greek Wedding' star's film given permission to film at Acropolis

ATHENS, Greece - Nia Vardalos, star of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' stood under a big reflector on Saturday, filming a new romantic comedy among the dramatic ruins on the Acropolis.

The scene will appear in 'My Life in Ruins,' also starring Richard Dreyfuss, and follows a decision by Greek authorities to relax their ban on any commercial use of ancient sites.

Authorities vetted the script for historical accuracy and convened a panel of senior archaeologists to give final approval.

'Imagine how I feel being here shooting a movie ... I can't believe things like this can happen to me,' Vardalos said late Friday before the Acropolis shoot.

Werner von Trapp dies at age 91

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the 1965 movie 'The Sound of Music,' has died, his family said. He was 91.

Von Trapp died Thursday at his home in Waitsfield. The cause of death was not announced. The family confirmed his death, but declined to comment further.

'The Sound of Music' was based loosely on a 1949 book by his stepmother, Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music.