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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 »

Mayor Bans 'Burkinis' From Cannes' Beaches

Says they're a 'symbol of Islamic extremism'

(Newser) - Many would consider a full-body swimsuit less offensive than a skimpy bikini. Not the mayor of Cannes, apparently. David Lisnard says "burkinis"—modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women—are a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and aren't allowed on the French city's beaches. Should a... 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 »

10 Dead as Cannes Gets 2 Months' Rain in Hours

6 more missing with 'little hope' after flash floods hit Riviera

(Newser) - Sudden heavy rains around the French Riviera have killed at least 10, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home, and left six missing. Helicopters patrolled the region to look for other victims and 27,000 homes were without electricity Sunday after the Brague River overflowed its... 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 »

Reward for Jewel Heist Clues: $1.3M

Insurer seeks aid in France's largest gem theft

(Newser) - An insurer with Lloyd's of London needs a little help in the biggest gem heist in French history—and it's willing to pay up for it. The company is offering $1.3 million for dirt on the robbery from witnesses or insiders, Reuters reports. "A reward of... More »

Cannes Diamond Heist Netted $136M—in 1 Minute

Original estimate more than doubles in daring daylight raid

(Newser) - Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman held up at least three security guards and then fled the luxury Cannes hotel roughly a minute later with $136 million in diamond jewelry, more than twice the initial estimated worth of the loot. The simple, speedy theft is the biggest... 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 »

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