Entertainment News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=507 Entertainment News 2015-05-23T10:08:14Z Entertainment News USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS 1. "Personal" by Lee Child (Delacorte) Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest nail-biter Sweden narrowly beat Russia on Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe's annual anything-goes music extravaganza. Forty-one years after Swedish superstars ABBA took the title, chiseled Mans Zelmerlow won 365 points from voters and juries in 40 countries with his up-tempo crowd-pleaser "Heroes". As the scores came through nation by nation via videolink to Vienna, it looked for a while as though Russian Polina Gagarina would take the title with her paean to world peace "A Million Voices". Australians dance, cheer in 'world class' Eurovision debut Excited Australians partied and sang, with some dressed up in glittering costumes as they cheered on their wildcard entry to Eurovision on Sunday despite the song contest airing in the early hours of the morning. The country's love for the kitsch competition took on a patriotic bent this year as its entrant Guy Sebastian wowed audiences in Australia, with many delighted with his final fifth place ranking. "Everyone was so happy that Guy was in the top five," said Kate Hansen, who organised an overnight Eurovision party in the western city of Perth for almost 50 people, with many donning costumes and drinking wine from sparkling glasses. Sweden's never-give-up Eurovision winner Multitalented and modest Mans Zelmerlow, winner of Sweden's sixth Eurovision Song Contest, is not the sort of guy to throw in the towel. The 28-year-old singer and musician failed to get into music college and was twice rejected to represent Sweden in Eurovision, succeeding on his third attempt in March. Speaking in Vienna after narrowly beating Russia's Polina Gagarina in Eurovision, he said that he was sure someone else would win. Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed VIENNA (AP) — Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies. CANNES WATCH: Going out In style CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale. B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) — A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. Sweden wins 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Australia out for next year VIENNA (AP) — Sweden wins 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Australia out for next year. Cate Blanchett lesbian love story wins Queer Palm at Cannes A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett scooped the Queer Palm award on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The unofficial prize went to "Carol" by director Todd Haynes, which tells the story of a love affair in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalised. Critics at the festival have swooned over the elegant movie, which is seen as a frontrunner for the top Palme d'Or prize on Sunday and is already being discussed as a possible Oscar contender. Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested' LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." Bearded queen Conchita kicks off Eurovision jamboree Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, resplendent in a sparkly, backless purple outfit, floated onto the stage in Vienna Saturday to begin the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's annual anything-goes pop fest. The difference this year for the clash of the catchy, corny and camp watched by around 200 million people worldwide is that Australia -- where Eurovision has long had a cult following -- is taking part. A stiff challenge also comes from Russian Polina Gagarina with "A Million Voices", a paean to peace that she hopes will silence the boos that Russia's entry got last year after the annexation of Crimea. Icelandic sheep-breeder comedy wins sidebar Cannes prize A jury led by Italian-US actress Isabella Rossellini at the Cannes Film Festival awarded the best picture prize in the sidebar Un Certain Regard section Saturday to an Icelandic comedy, "Rams". The film by Grimur Hakonarson, who has made several well-received documentaries, tells the story of two estranged brothers who have to reunite to save their livelihood in sheep-breeding. Best director went to Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa for "Journey to the Shore", a slow-paced magical realist drama about a woman whose dead husband returns to her. Marion Cotillard is queen of red carpet at Cannes' 'Macbeth' CANNES, France (AP) — Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet. Palme d'Or up for grabs ahead of Cannes Film Festival finale CANNES, France (AP) — A week and a half of French Riviera frenzy comes down to, as it always does, wild conjecture. Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas' LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Icelandic film 'Rams' wins Cannes Un Certain Regard prize CANNES, France (AP) — "Rams," a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley, won the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard competition on Saturday. Want to be a star? Young actors chase dreams at Cannes Movie stardom is still just a fantasy for most young actors but those with the right stuff can still make their dreams come true at the Cannes Film Festival. The 12-day cinema showcase on the French Riviera has long cultivated the myth of the starlet plucked from obscurity by a big director combing the beach. "You need new faces," British filmmaker Brian Skeet says as he studies a giant interactive screen with photos of 250 young actors accredited to the festival. Cannes race wide open on awards eve A Cate Blanchett lesbian love story, a gruelling Auschwitz drama, an all-star tableau on the ravages of age, and a slow-burn martial arts movie from Taiwan all looked well-placed to capture top honours from a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen. Audiences swooned over "Carol" by US director Todd Haynes, featuring knock-out performances by Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers nearly crushed by the conservative values of their time. Another revelation was "Son of Saul" by first-time feature director Laszlo Nemes, which takes film-goers inside the gas chambers of Auschwitz in a way never before seen on screen. Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Wild card Australia seeks upset at Eurovision pop fest Australian singer Guy Sebastian will try to beat the Europeans at their own game in Vienna on Saturday night in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, the uproarious pop extravaganza. Eurovision has a cult following in Australia, which led to the special invitation to mark six decades of the show. B.B. King Homecoming festival honors memory of blues legend JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of music fans are expected to let the good times roll Sunday at the 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival, a free gathering that the legendary bluesman started in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. B.B. King family group to challenge blues legend's executor LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer representing a group of B.B. King's heirs says they'll challenge the blues legend's will and the actions of his longtime business manager-turned executor of his affairs. Fassbender, Cotillard in 'Macbeth' close Cannes race A version of "Macbeth" starring a "dream team" of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard closed the Cannes Film Festival's competition on Saturday, with many critics swooning for the visceral blood-and-betrayal movie. Directed by an Australian, Justin Kurzel, and shot on location mostly in Scotland where the Bard's tragedy is set, the picture plunges the viewer into a naturalistic, brutal world that informs Macbeth's creeping madness as he murders his way to power. The Guardian newspaper said Fassbender and Cotillard are a "dream-team pairing, actors who radiate charisma, perhaps more charisma than can be entirely absorbed into the fabric of the film". Sensation of 'Dope' continues at Cannes Film Festival CANNES, France (AP) — A year ago, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa was struggling to find financing for his film after studios in Hollywood passed on it. Now, he's sitting in a restaurant at Cannes riding the sensation of "Dope," his comic Los Angeles coming-of-age tale that sparked a bidding war this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Love battles revenge in Audiard's refugee drama 'Dheepan' CANNES, France (AP) — For much of its running time, Jacques Audiard's new film, "Dheepan," is a gritty and naturalistic depiction of Tamil refugees trying to build a new life in France. 'Fragile' African cinema clinging on at Cannes Africa's "fragile" cinema has kept a toe-hold at the Cannes Film Festival, with a veteran Malian director and the first-ever Ethiopian as the continent's only entries in the official selection. "I feel very grateful, lucky and proud to represent this part of the world," said Yared Zeleke, 36, whose movie "Lamb" became the first Ethiopian flick selected for the world's premier film festival. The only other African director among the 50-odd films in the official selection was Souleymane Cisse, a 75-year-old Malian who won the third-place jury prize in 1987 for "Yeelan". Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth' CANNES, France (AP) — Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Cannes's jury of stars deciding the Palme d'Or Joel and Ethan Coen, the sibling writing/directing duo behind quirky US cult hits "The Big Lebowski" and "Fargo", and the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men", are this year's co-presidents of the jury. The 33-year-old British actress's career took off in 2004's "Layer Cake" (which earned its star, Daniel Craig, the role of James Bond) and her turn as Andy Warhol's muse in 2005's "Factory Girl". Sophie Marceau, 48, has carved out a more-than-three-decade-long career in her native France, and is probably best-known elsewhere for her turns in the big-budget studio movies "Braveheart" and as a Bond villain in "The World is Not Enough". B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) — In death, as in life, B.B. King drew fans to his side in Las Vegas. Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch Who can follow Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst and wow 200 million viewers worldwide to win the Eurovision Song Contest at its 60th edition in Vienna on Saturday? With five Eurovision victories including ABBA in 1974, Sweden is always a good bet and according to the bookies, Mans Zelmerlow is the man to watch, as long as he remembers his flies. Monika Kuszynska is a combative contestant, refusing to let anything as trifling as her wheelchair -- she was in a car crash in 2006 -- get in the way of lifting Poland's first ever Eurovision title. APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal charges LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted. Unpublished Orson Welles draft memoir obtained by university DETROIT (AP) — A "very raw draft" of an unpublished Orson Welles memoir has joined the University of Michigan's archives on the trailblazing filmmaker, the school says. Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine. APNewsBreak: Los Angles prosecutors reject elder abuse case against Casey Kasem's widow LOS ANGELES (AP) — APNewsBreak: Los Angles prosecutors reject elder abuse case against Casey Kasem's widow. TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship. Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working' NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they had picked something more practical. TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations. TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approach LOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. WRHL 2015-05-24T03:08:14Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=507