A new animated film based on the best-selling French book "The Little Prince" was to premiere in Cannes on Friday, adding a touch of childhood magic to the red carpet of the movie festival. The $63-million (57-million-euro) cartoon is the most expensive France has made, and its choice of a US director, Mark Osborne, who made "Kung Fu Panda", aims it squarely at the family market dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks. Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro head the English-language voice cast.
French movie star Gerard Depardieu sought to play down controversy over his views on Ukraine and Russia at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, but couldn't resist the chance to praise his friend Vladimir Putin. After presenting his new movie "Valley of Love" with fellow French icon Isabelle Huppert, Depardieu faced questions about his much-criticised decision to take Russian citizenship in 2013. "I know Vladimir Putin, I like him very much.
The movie industry's obsession with slim figures and six-packs is notorious but if the Cannes Film Festival is anything to go by, a generous gut may now be key to winning critics' hearts. Stars ranging from Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix and France's larger-than-life icon Gerard Depardieu sported "dad bods", as a bit of male flab has come to be known, in well-received movies premiering at cinema's top showcase. While the chiselled torsos of stars such as Matthew McConaughey and French heartthrob Jeremie Elkaim couldn't save their Cannes movies from a critical mauling, a bit of paunch went over big at the festival, at least on screen.
The coveted Palm Dog award for best canine was fetched at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday by Lucky, who appears in an epic Portuguese film, "Arabian Nights". The second-place jury prize went to the father-son Border Collies that appeared in eccentric fable "The Lobster" alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which the jury said was the first time a dog had played a human trapped in a dog's body. "I think it was the jumpers (sweaters) -- it has 10 different dog jumpers in this film from checked to red," said Kate Muir, film critic for The Times, on presenting the award, adding that Lucky also proved her ability to fetch newspapers.
Actor Tim Roth said he fully supported assisted suicide, saying it was "crazy" that governments still opposed it, after playing an end-of-life nurse in his latest Cannes Film Festival entry on Friday. "I'm all for it -- that's crazy to make people go through that," said Roth at a press conference after a screening of "Chronic" on the French Riviera. Mexican director Michel Franco said he was surprised to find that many nurses helped people die regardless of the law.
CANNES, France (AP) — German model Toni Garrn brought a touch of little mermaid to the Cannes red carpet for "The Little Prince" in a sparkly, swanky silver gown that trailed elegantly to the floor, with bare shoulders and a crossover cutaway midriff.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 20 about the death of jazz recording executive Bruce Lundvall, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Lundvall failed to regain consciousness after surgery. In fact, he regained consciousness prior to his death. The story also inaccurately stated Lundvali left Blue Note Records in 2010. Rather, he remained with the label as chairman emeritus.
CANNES, France (AP) — Director Nanni Moretti is pleased to hear that some audience members came out of "Mia Madre," his new movie about a filmmaker whose mother is dying, and immediately called their own moms to say "I love you."
CAP D'ANTIBES, France (AP) — Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamourous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week.
Bob Belden, a global-minded saxophonist and arranger who brought a jazz lens to music ranging from chart-topping pop to classical Indian, has died. Blue Note Records, where he recorded his best known works, confirmed his death. Belden in February became the first American musician to perform publicly in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, playing with the government's blessing amid an easing of longstanding tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow is bookies' favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's glitzy annual music extravaganza, followed by Russian diva Polina Gagarina and cheeky Italian pop opera trio Il Volo. Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian, given a special wildcard entry for Eurovision's 60th anniversary year, was close behind with Belgium's Loic Nottet on the eve of the grand final in Vienna. "I never believed it until they actually said 'Sweden'.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five of B.B. King's adult children visited the blues great one last time in private at a Las Vegas funeral home that will host a public viewing Friday ahead of a Saturday memorial service.
BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro's famous "Boulevard Montmartre at Night" shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into gentle dabs of oil paint. Next to the French impressionist's 1897 work is a painting by German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from 1912 depicting a Berlin street scene in flashy yellow, blue and black — the broad brush stokes clearly visible.
Vienna (AFP) - Love it, hate it or both, Europe's unashamedly over-the-top and enduringly popular annual Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to shake up staid Vienna on Saturday night, is nothing if not entertaining.
CANNES, France (AP) — Day Nine at the Cannes Film Festival showed off model Karlie Kloss' figure in a slinky little Tom Ford number, while actress Andie MacDowell revealed why she never showed up at Cannes in 1989 with her hit film "Sex, Lies and Videotape." And a film honoring designer Oscar de la Renta showed that he may be gone, but his influence at Cannes is still strong.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to reform U.S.-funded broadcasting to counter what a California congressman dubs the "weaponization of information" from Russia and anti-American propaganda being aired by Iran and Islamic State militants.