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Smaller, more glitzy amfAR AIDS research gala returns to Cannes
Hollywood stars, music stars and models mingled at amfAR’s charity gala on the French Riviera on Friday, as the chic dinner and auction returned to the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival , lightened due to the pandemic. Actress and amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone hosts this year’s Star-studded Gala, with Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys set to perform for guests gathered to raise funds for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Cannes film ‘Paris 13e arrondissement’ shows a different side of the French capital
The new film by French director Jacques Audiard “Paris 13e” (“Les Olympiades”) does not show the Eiffel Tower, the Haussmann buildings or the Seine. Instead, he sets his focus on the brutalist apartment towers of the 13th arrondissement, known as Chinatown de Paris, where he once lived.
Actor Ashton Kutcher has retired from Virgin Galactic space flight
Ten years ago, actor Ashton Kutcher planned to be among the first people to board Virgin Galactic’s private spacecraft, but changed his mind after having children with Mila Kunis. The former “Two and a Half Men” star said he was supposed to be on the next Virgin Galactic flight but stepped down years ago.
Cannes screens protest documentary in Hong Kong, risking controversy
The Cannes Film Festival will present a new documentary on Friday retracing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019 and highlighting the stories of the protesters, in a surprise addition to the cinema showcase lineup. “Revolution of Our Times,” by Hong Kong-born filmmaker Kiwi Chow, follows several protesters and documents clashes with police, in what the director previously described to Reuters as his attempt to help the movement live.
Russian drama “Loosen fists” wins Cannes award
Russian filmmaker Kira Kovalenko’s “Loosen Fists” triumphed in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes on Friday, taking first prize in the more art-oriented section of the film festival. The drama, based in a former mining town in Russia’s southern region in North Ossetia, tells the story of a young woman trying to break free from her family’s grip.
Golden Globe organizers agree to ban on giveaways
Organizers of the Golden Globes on Friday banned its members from receiving free gifts and travel from movie studios and TV stations seeking to win awards for their shows and stars. The reforms, endorsed by members of the Little Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are part of a series of changes made to the organization following an outcry over the ethical practices and lack of diversity that have led the cancellation of the 2022 Golden Globes ceremony.
Cannes award selection wide open after the crowded return of the film festival
A Moroccan film about the hip-hop youth of Casablanca, the tale of a hero by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and a wildly imaginative French film featuring sex with a car are among the contenders for the best prize in the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, in one of the most unpredictable contests in years. The world’s largest film festival has returned to the French Riviera after a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, drawing a host of movie stars to the red carpet, from Bill Murray and Matt Damon to Sharon Stone .
Duchess Meghan Creates Girls’ TV Project For Netflix
British Duchess Meghan has created an animated family series for streaming platform Netflix Inc which she will also produce, her production company said on Wednesday. Archewell Productions, the company formed by Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, said in a statement that the series would center on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, inspired by a variety of influential women in history.
Ex-pornstar causes turmoil in Texas town in “Red Rocket” movie in Cannes
A former pornstar returns to her hometown of Texas in American director Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket”, a raw character study, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in the run-up to the 2016 US election, the comedy-drama follows award-winning adult film actor Mickey Saber, played by Simon Rex, who flees Los Angeles to Texas City in hopes of staying with his ex-wife. Lexi.
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