Cannes Film Festival

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Turbulent Cannes Takes a Bow

Spike Lee takes home grand prize, while 'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or

(Newser) - A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters, a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators. At the closing ceremony, the Cate Blanchett-led jury... More »

Whitney Houston Documentary Spills Shocking Family Secret

Relatives say she was abused by famous cousin

(Newser) - Whitney Houston was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and she took that secret with her to her grave at age 48, family members reveal in a documentary that premiered at the Cannes festival Wednesday. In Whitney, half-brother Gary Garland says he was abused when he was young... More »

Kristen Stewart Ditches Heels on Red Carpet

Actress bucks convention at Cannes

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart made a statement at Cannes on Monday under the gaze of photographers on the red carpet. The 28-year-old ditched her Louboutin heels and walked into the premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman in her bare feet, reports USA Today . Stewart has previously complained about the expectation that actresses... More »

More Than 100 Walk Out of Shocking Cannes Premiere

Matt Dillon plays serial killer in von Trier's latest

(Newser) - Lars von Trier is back at the Cannes film festival, seven years after he was banned for declaring he was a Nazi —and the Danish director is as controversial as ever. His new serial-killer drama, The House That Jack Built, prompted more than 100 people to walk out of... More »

82 Women Will Walk Cannes Red Carpet in Silent Protest

The number is a significant one

(Newser) - Eighty-two women are set to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, and it's a meaningful figure. The number 82 corresponds with the number of films directed by women to ever play in the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or competition over its 71 years—... More »

Kenya Bans 1st Cannes Film Over 'Lesbianism'

Director Wanuri Kahiu ran afoul of her nation's laws on homosexuality

(Newser) - Kenya has banned its first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing it of having "clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law," reports the AP . Director Wanuri Kahiu says she is "incredibly sorry" to confirm the ban of Rafiki, or... More »

Netflix Gives Cannes Film Festival the Cold Shoulder

The streaming giant has a bone to pick with the prestigious film festival

(Newser) - Netflix is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world's most prestigious film festival. Along with selfies , Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d'Or competition, which essentially rules out Netflix movies.... More »

Cannes Bans 'Grotesque' Red-Carpet Practice

Selfie-takers won't be allowed in to see films

(Newser) - Want to take a selfie on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival? Well, you can't. That's the message from top festival official Thierry Fremaux, who says red-carpet selfies will be banned at this year's star-studded event, the AP reports. Violators, he said on Europe 1... More »

Cannes Jury Gets a Female President

Cate Blanchett will be 12th woman to hold the role

(Newser) - Australian actress and anti-sexual harassment campaigner Cate Blanchett will head this year's Cannes film festival jury, becoming only the 12th woman in its 71-year history to do so, per the AP and Variety . In a statement Thursday, top Cannes officials Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux expressed their delight in... More »

Director in Need of Funds Auctioning Off His Palme d'Or

Abdellatif Kechiche needs to finance his next film

(Newser) - If you've ever wanted to own a Palme d'Or, now's your chance. Abdellatif Kechiche, who won the top prize at the 2013 Cannes film festival for Blue Is the Warmest Color, is now auctioning it off in order to finance his next film, which has been put... More »

Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes

For 'disturbing' representation of women in film

(Newser) - Jessica Chastain was a jury member at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but that didn't mean she automatically approved of what she saw. At the final press conference when the festival closed Sunday, the actress responded with criticism when a reporter asked about the female filmmakers at the... More »

Sofia Coppola Scores Historic Win at Cannes

She's the 1st female director to win since 1961

(Newser) - Sofia Coppola scored a historic victory at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night when she became only the second woman in the event's 70-year history to win the best director award. The American, who won with Civil War drama The Beguiled , is the first woman to win since... More »

Pamela Anderson's Cannes Look Turns Heads

'Unrecognizable' is the favored word of the day

(Newser) - "Unrecognizable" is the word used most often, but "drastically different" and "demure" also made the cut when it came to descriptions of Pamela Anderson on Saturday. The 49-year-old hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, and her look wasn't one most of her fans... More »

Susan Sarandon Has Harsh Words for Woody Allen

'I think he sexually assaulted a child'

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon has slammed Woody Allen at the Cannes Film Festival where allegations of sexual assault have been renewed against the director. Speaking at a "Woman in Motion" talk on Sunday, Sarandon said of Allen: "I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don't think that'... More »

Woody Allen Hit With Rape Joke at His Cannes Film Premiere

French comedian appears to compare him to Roman Polanski

(Newser) - Woody Allen's Cafe Society opened the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, and at the premiere, the master of ceremonies drew gasps from the crowd with one of his comments: "You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the US you haven’t even... More »

John Malkovich Film to Be Screened in 100 Years

It's billed as 'The Movie You Will Never See'

(Newser) - John Malkovich is starring in a movie that no one will see for 100 years—or a teaser that promotes a very expensive cognac. According to the Cannes Film Festival and a teaser released last year , Robert Rodriguez has directed Malkovich in the film 100 Years: The Movie You Will... More »

Why Cannes Showed That Awful FIFA Movie

Gerard Depardieu lobbied, 'a lot,' says Cannes director Thierry Fremaux

(Newser) - Actor Gerard Depardieu personally intervened to persuade the Cannes Film Festival to show the FIFA-funded movie United Passions, which earned $607 in its US debut and reviews that branded it "pure cinematic excrement." Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said he initially rejected the movie, thinking it unworthy of the... More »

Cannes Winner Is a Shocker

Jacques Audiard's ' Dheepan' wins in upset

(Newser) - The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close yesterday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or. The choice of Dheepan, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching... More »

Cannes Film Spotlights Hollywood Child Abuse

Victims hope the documentary will help others come forward

(Newser) - A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen at Cannes in An Open Secret, a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film, screened outside the festival selection, features interviews with former child actors... More »

Cannes' Controversial Code: High Heels Only, Ladies

Women reportedly spurned for wearing flats on red carpet

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its policy of only allowing women dressed in high heels to walk the red carpet for its formal premieres. Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were turned away from the Sunday premiere of Carol... More »

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