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‘Queen of rock ‘n’ roll’ Tina Turner dies at 83
Tina Turner, the American-born singer who left a hardscrabble farming community and abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at the age of 83. She died peacefully after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said.
France’s Breillat back to breaking taboos at Cannes with ‘Last Summer’
French director Catherine Breillat’s new erotic thriller “Last Summer,” premiered on Thursday night, bringing her taboo-breaking style to the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows Anne, a lawyer living in Paris with her husband and two daughters, when the son from her husband’s previous marriage, 17-year-old Theo, comes to stay.
Wim Wenders gets rare Cannes film double bill: ‘It will be an experience’
Most directors would be thrilled to have one film shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Wim Wenders has two. “Perfect Days” – the German auteur’s 10th contender for the festival’s top prize – is sharing the programme with a special screening of “Anselm”, his 3D study of German artist Anselm Kiefer.
Italy’s Nanni Moretti directs, stars in Cannes entry ‘A Brighter Tomorrow’
Renowned Italian director Nanni Moretti both directs and stars in “A Brighter Tomorrow,” which premiered worldwide on Wednesday and is his ninth film to compete for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize. So far he has come home with the Palme d’Or only once – more than 20 years ago, with “The Son’s Room” in 2001.
Stars at Cannes take break from red carpet to support AIDS research
Celebrities including Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Wright and Heidi Klum escaped the Cannes Film Festival’s crowded Croisette Boulevard for a night to attend a fundraiser for AIDS research at a secluded luxury hotel in the nearby resort town of Antibes.
“I wanted to be here tonight because I think it’s such a beautiful charity and just to be able to do what I can,” said Bebe Rexha, one of the stars performing at the Thursday event.
ABBA’s Bjorn and Benny dismiss Eurovision reunion in Sweden next year
ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have dismissed a reunion at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in their native Sweden, which will also mark the 50th anniversary of when the supergroup won the competition with “Waterloo”. In an interview with Britain’s BBC Newsnight on Wednesday evening, the pair ruled out taking to the stage with fellow members Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad for the occasion.
Forty Cannes film festivals viewed through one photographer’s lens
When Eric Gaillard first went to photograph the Cannes Film Festival in 1981, it was a smaller, more intimate affair – the kind of place where you could see the greats from Hollywood’s Golden Age like Lauren Bacall or Ava Gardner wandering alone on the esplanade or having fun on the beach without bodyguards. Returning for his 40th time, Gaillard finds a different beast – larger, more multicultural, with more restrictions on where photographers can stand to try and get that viral snap or capture that moment when a movie star gets caught off-guard sharing an intimate smile, striking a goofy pose, or having a bad hair day.
French cuisine competes on big screen at Cannes in ‘The Pot-au-Feu’
Stomachs were sure to grumble at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “The Pot-au-Feu” on Wednesday, which brings Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire’s culinary talents to the big screen. The stars of the film, French film icon Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel, two-time winner of France’s Cesar award for best actor, were on the red carpet in the French Riviera city along with Gagnaire and French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung.
Tina Turner honoured at lakeside Swiss home where she died
Well-wishers gathered outside the lakeside home of Tina Turner on Thursday to pay tribute to the music legend who had made Switzerland her home for nearly three decades. Flowers and cards lay outside the house in the picturesque town of Kuesnacht, on the shore of Lake Zurich, where Turner died on Wednesday at the age of 83.
Tributes salute Tina Turner’s music and resilience
Tina Turner, the American-born singer who left a farming community and abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at the age of 83. Below are reactions from musicians, actors and the White House.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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