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Cannes, Invictus Games Are Postponed
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Cannes, Invictus Games are postponed

(Newser) - Two more major international events have been postponed: the Cannes Film Festival and the Invictus Games, Prince Harry's athletic competition for wounded veterans and military personnel. The film festival, which was scheduled for May on the French Riviera, could be held in late June or early July. Organizers were...

Spike Lee Makes History With New Gig

He'll be first black filmmaker to head Cannes jury

(Newser) - Spike Lee will become the first black filmmaker to head the Cannes Film Festival jury this spring. "I'm honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival," which happens to be...

Elle Fanning Faints, Falls Off Chair at Cannes
Cannes Sees a
Little Extra Drama

Cannes Sees a Little Extra Drama

Juror Elle Fanning faints, falls out of her chair at a dinner Monday night

(Newser) - A certain time of the month and a tight dress do not a good combination make, as Elle Fanning apparently learned Monday. The 21-year-old actress and youngest juror in the history of the Cannes Film Festival fainted Monday at the Chopard Trophee dinner, where actors Francois Civil and Florence Pugh...

Cannes Goes Wild for Elton John Biopic

Singer, star perform duet at after-party

(Newser) - Elton John biopic Rocketman blasted off at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night, receiving a standing ovation that brought star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher to tears, AFP reports. Sir Elton himself could be seen wiping away a tear as lights went down for the world premiere of the...

As Cannes Kicks Off, Jury President Targets Trump, Netflix

'The world is melting and these guys are basically ruling with rage and anger and lies'

(Newser) - The 72nd Cannes Film Festival kicked off Tuesday—and jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu had more on his mind than entertainment. The Mexican director slammed populist leaders like President Trump and warned that "ignorance" on issues like immigration could lead to another world war, the BBC reports. "...

Turbulent Cannes Takes a Bow
Turbulent Cannes Takes a Bow

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...

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...

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 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...

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—...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes
Jessica Chastain
Calls Out Cannes

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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