Celine Dion Cancels Rest Of World Tour Due To Illness; Japan’s Kitano says he held back in gory samurai movie ‘Kubi’ and more
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Anatomy of a Fall Border Collie Wins Cannes Palm Dog in Toughest Competition Yet
Filmmakers will have to wait until Saturday to find out who won the Cannes Film Festival’s top awards, but for some, the biggest accolades came on Friday at the annual Palm Dog Awards. The competition was tough this year. Founder Toby Rose said there had been a “tsunami of canine performances” but one dog stood out: Messi from Justine Triet’s ‘Anatomy of a Fall’.
Japan’s Kitano says he held back in gory samurai movie ‘Kubi’
Japanese director Takeshi Kitano said he’s held back from showing too much blood and gore in ‘Kubi,’ his new ultra-violent samurai film, which features beheadings faster than you can count. The filmmaker, who is also a painter, actor and comedian, spent three decades researching and writing a novel and screenplay about the ambush at Honno-ji Temple in Kyoto in 1582, shown in gory detail in Kubi will be known to fans of Kitano’s earlier works.
Orlando Bloom in Cannes for the Gran Turismo story of the 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,” which is based on a true story about a video game player who used his skills to become a professional racing driver to become. Grand Turismo follows Jann Mardenborough, a Welsh teenager, who beat out other contestants in a 2011 competition for PlayStation racing sim players for a chance to compete in a real-world event.
Soccer big “Ted Lasso” fan Guardiola couldn’t pass up the chance for a cameo
A big fan of the popular football comedy Ted Lasso on Apple TV, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he was happy to star as himself in the penultimate episode of the series, which aired this week. “As a family, my little daughter Valentina and my wife, we really enjoy watching the show,” Guardiola said at a news conference on Friday. “We’re big fans and when they offered me a cameo, I said why not and I was able to meet the actors.”
German police are investigating Roger Waters for wearing Nazi costumes at a concert
German police said Friday they were investigating Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters after he wore a Nazi uniform on stage at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. The 79-year-old from the UK was not immediately available for comment, but social media users defended him, saying the performance was a recreation of satirical scenes from the film adaptation of the band’s hit album The Wall, a critique of fascism.
Isabella Rossellini honors Cannes for Italian tomb robber drama ‘La Chimera’
Film legend Isabella Rossellini graced the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday for the premiere of the Italian drama “La Chimera”, director Alice Rohrwacher’s third attempt this year to take home the grand prize against 20 other competitors. British actor Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in The Crown, plays Arthur, an English-speaking archaeologist who becomes involved with a group of ancient tomb robbers.
Celine Dion cancels the rest of the world tour due to health problems
Canadian pop singer Celine Dion announced on Friday that she is canceling the European leg of her world tour, due to resume this summer, due to an illness that is making 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 condition called stiff-person syndrome that causes muscle spasms. The disruption forced her to postpone some European shows of her Courage World Tour.
Ken Loach in Cannes: “Don’t know” if “The Old Oak” will be the last film
Ken Loach said on Friday he didn’t know if The Old Oak, the 86-year-old British director’s attempt to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival 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’re reading the obituary columns and you’re not in them, it’s a good day. So let’s just keep going, really.”
“How to Have Sex” wins the Cannes competition “Certain Regard”.
The film, provocatively titled How to Have Sex, which is about three British teenage girls who go on holiday with the aim of drinking, clubbing and having sex, won the top prize on Friday in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival. There was a catch, though: Molly Manning Walker wasn’t in the room when the award for her debut film was announced. The director was on her way back from Italy and was late from the airport – prompting jury president John C. Reilly to sing a song to distract the audience while they wait.
Actually a trial – actor Hugh Grant is on trial against Murdoch’s newspaper
British actor Hugh Grant’s claims that journalists from The Sun used private investigators to tap his phone and break into his home may stand trial, but his allegations of voicemail tapping came too late, the London Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Grant, along with Prince Harry, son of King Charles, is suing Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) over widespread alleged unlawful intelligence gathering, which he says was being carried out on behalf of the tabloid The Sun.
(With agency contributions.)