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‘Anatomy of a Fall’ border collie fetches Cannes Palm Dog in fiercest contest yet
Filmmakers have to wait until Saturday to find out who won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prizes, but for some, the greatest honours were handed out on Friday at the annual Palm Dog awards. Competition was tough this year. Founder Toby Rose said there was a “veritable tsunami of dog performances,” but one dog stood out: Messi from Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall”.
Japan’s Kitano says he held back in bloody samurai film ‘Kubi’
Japanese director Takeshi Kitano said that he held back in showing too much blood and gore in “Kubi”, his new ultraviolent samurai film that features beheadings faster than can be counted. The filmmaker, who is also a painter, actor and comedian, spent three decades researching and writing a novel and screenplay focused on the ambush at the Honno-ji Temple in Kyoto in 1582 that, in “Kubi”, is shown in the gory detail familiar to fans of Kitano’s previous works.
Orlando Bloom at Cannes for ‘Gran Turismo’ story of gamer-turned-racer
Actor Orlando Bloom and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner were at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday to promote “Gran Turismo”, based on a true story about a video game player who used his skills to become a professional racing driver. “Grand Turismo” follows Jann Mardenborough, a teenager from Wales who in 2011 beat other participants of a competition for players of the PlayStation racing simulation for the chance to compete in a real-life event.
Soccer-Big ‘Ted Lasso’ fan Guardiola could not pass up chance at cameo
As a big fan of Apple TV’s popular soccer comedy “Ted Lasso”, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he was happy to appear as himself on the show’s penultimate episode that aired this week. “As a family, my little daughter Valentina and my wife, we enjoy a lot to watch the show,” Guardiola told a press conference on Friday. “We are big fans, and when they offered a cameo, I said why not and I could meet the actors.
German police investigate Roger Waters for Nazi-style costume at concert
German police said on Friday they had launched an investigation into Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters after he wore a Nazi-style uniform on stage at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. The British 79-year-old was not immediately available for comment, but social media users came to his defence saying the performance was a recreation of satirical scenes from the film of the band’s hit album “The Wall”, a critique of fascism.
Isabella Rossellini graces Cannes for Italian grave robber drama ‘La Chimera’
Film legend Isabella Rossellini graced the Cannes Film Festival’s red carpet on Friday for the premiere of Italian drama “La Chimera,” director Alice Rohrwacher’s third attempt to take home the top prize against 20 other competitors this year. British actor Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in “The Crown,” stars as Arthur, an English-speaking archaeologist who gets involved with a group of ancient grave robbers.
Celine Dion cancels rest of world tour due to medical condition
Canadian pop singer Celine Dion announced on Friday that she was canceling the European stretch of her world tour, scheduled to resume this summer, due to a medical condition that makes it difficult for her to perform. The announcement comes four months after the 55-year-old Quebecoise singer said she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome that causes muscle spasms. At the time, the disorder forced her to postpone some European shows on her “Courage World Tour.”
Ken Loach at Cannes: ‘don’t know’ if ‘The Old Oak’ will be last film
Ken Loach said on Friday he does not know if “The Old Oak,” the 86-year-old British director’s attempt to win the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize for a third time, would be his last. “Oh, I don’t know, I live day by day,” said Loach, who turns 87 in June. “If you read the obituary columns and you’re not in them, it’s a good day. So we just keep going, really.”
‘How to Have Sex’ wins Cannes’ ‘Certain Regard’ competition
The provocatively titled film “How to Have Sex,” about three British teen girls who go on holiday with the aim of drinking, clubbing and hooking up, won the top prize in the “Un Certain Regard” competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. However, there was a slight hiccup: Molly Manning Walker was not in the room when the award for her debut feature was announced. The director was on her way back from Italy and running late from the airport – prompting jury president John C. Reilly to belt out a song to distract audiences during the wait.
Trial Actually – actor Hugh Grant gets his day in court against Murdoch paper
British actor Hugh Grant’s claims that journalists at the Sun used private investigators to tap his phone and burgle his house can proceed to trial, but his allegations about voicemail interception were made too late, London’s High Court ruled on Friday. Grant, alongside King Charles’ son Prince Harry, is suing Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) for widespread alleged unlawful information gathering that he says was committed on behalf of its tabloid, the Sun.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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