Cannes Film Festival

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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 »

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 »

Pamela Anderson Reveals Childhood Rapes

First boyfriend led a group that gang raped her, she says

(Newser) - Pamela Anderson stunned guests at a Cannes Film Festival event yesterday by revealing a childhood of sexual abuse. Speaking at the launch of her new animal rights charity, the former Baywatch star said she had been abused "by my female babysitter" between the ages of 6 and 10 and... More »

Kidman's Grace Humiliated at Cannes

It's absolutely slammed by critics

(Newser) - To say the premiere of Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role, did not go well last night at Cannes would be an understatement. In an absolutely scathing review at the Guardian , Peter Bradshaw calls the biopic "a breathtaking catastrophe ... a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that... More »

$53M in Jewels Stolen From Cannes Hotel

Follows pair of thefts during film festival

(Newser) - Cannes, it seems, has become a popular target for jewel thieves. Its film festival suffered two jewel robberies this year ; now a gunman has fled with a briefcase full of jewelry worth $53 million. Today's heist occurred at a jewelry show at the Carlton Hotel, on the famous Croisette... More »

Top Prize at Cannes Goes To...

'La Vie D'Adele' ('Blue is the Warmest Color')

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival prizes have been announced, as selected by Steven Spielberg and his jury of actors and directors. Taking out the top prize, the Palme d’Or, was French film La Vie D'Adele (Blue is the Warmest Color) from Tunisia-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, reports the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Cannes Hit With $1M Jewelry Heist

Bling intended for the stars goes missing from hotel safe

(Newser) - If the Cannes red carpet looks a little less fabulous this year, blame jewel thieves. Someone made off with more than $1 million worth of jewelry that was supposed to be lent out to the stars yesterday, smashing the security box where it was being kept in a Novotel Hotel... More »

Amour Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Michael Haneke love story left audiences in tears

(Newser) - And the Palme d'Or goes to ... director Michael Haneke for his heartbreaking film, Love (Amour). The tragic story of an elderly couple facing the inevitability of death left Cannes Film Festival audiences in tears, Reuters reports. "A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this... More »

On the Road Debuts at Cannes

Kerouac adaptation 30 years in the making debuts

(Newser) - The film adaptation of On the Road has finally reached the screen, more than 30 years after producer Roman Coppola bought the rights to Jack Kerouac's Beat Generation classic. The movie, which stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, and Kirsten Dunst, made its debut at the Cannes film... More »

Brad Pitt: Why We Haven't Set a Date

Pitt talks engagement to Angelina Jolie at Cannes

(Newser) - Brad Pitt was flying solo today at Cannes, but in addition to his gangster film, Killing Them Softly, Angelina Jolie was predictably a big topic of conversation. Pressed by reporters for some juicy gossip, he said his engagement to Jolie was "something that made sense," People reports. As... More »

Cannes Ripped for Shutting Out Women Directors

Men like 'deep cleavage,' not deep women, complains protest letter

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival is battling charges of sexism after officials failed to chose a single female-directed movie among its 22 competition films. In a scathing open letter printed in the French media , a group of prominent female directors accuse organizers of failing to recognize the achievement of women in... More »

Lars von Trier: I Love Being 'Persona Non Grata'

But he's sorry for the Hitler schtick

(Newser) - Lars von Trier is truly sorry he joked about being a Nazi —but he's not all that sad he's been kicked out of Cannes . "I must say, `persona non grata' is a wonderful word," the former Palme d'Or winner tells the AP . "It... More »

Peter Fonda to Obama: You're a Traitor

Environmentalist not happy with president's handling of oil spill

(Newser) - Another Cannes ruckus: Peter Fonda called President Obama a “f***ing traitor” at the launch of a documentary about the BP oil spill, the AFP reports. At yesterday’s premiere of The Big Fix, Fonda recalled his reaction to the feeling that Washington was trying to silence reporting on... More »

Lars Von Trier Banned From Cannes

Festival organizers declare him 'a person non grata'

(Newser) - Lars Von Trier may have apologized for his bizarre “Nazi” comments during yesterday’s Melancholia press conference, but the Cannes Film Festival organizers apparently don’t care. After a special Board of Directors meeting today, they issued a formal announcement labeling Von Trier “a persona non grata at... More »

Director Lars Von Trier Apologizes for 'Nazi' Joke

'I understand Hitler,' he said, deadpan, at news conference

(Newser) - The always controversial Danish director Lars von Trier really pulled out all the stops at his Cannes press conference today, calling himself a Nazi and claiming to sympathize with Adolf Hitler. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the whole thing appeared to be a joke, albeit an uncomfortable one, as the... More »

On Cannes Runway, Stars Walk, Model Falls

Jane Fonda, Naomi Campbell strut catwalk for Japan Earthquake relief

(Newser) - Fashion rolled out the red carpet for charity in Cannes yesterday, with a benefit runway show that saw A-listers including Naomi Campbell, Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, and tennis man Novak Djokovic strut their stuff for a good cause. Campbell's Fashion for Relief charity organized the show, which raised money... More »

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