Elton John and ‘Rocketman’ touch down in Cannes

Entertainment 05/16/19, 15:52

Elton John and his biopic "Rocketman" has landed at the Cannes Film Festival where star Taron Egerton was moved to tears after the premiere.John executive produced the film. And while the 72-year-old pop star hasn't spoken much about the movie, he came to Cannes complete with heart-shaped, red-tinted glasses and ...

In Cannes, ‘Les Miserables’ rings alarm for Paris suburbs

Entertainment 05/16/19, 13:00

More than 150 years after Victor Hugo's classic novel, a French film titled "Les Miserables" gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs where Jean Valjean first met Cosette.Lady Ly's "Les Miserables," which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, contains no singing or romance, but rather a tough, ...

In Cannes, a gory Western stands against Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Entertainment 05/16/19, 10:31

Kleber Mendonca Filho's feverish and violent Brazilian Western "Bacurau" has given the Cannes Film Festival its most searing political statement yet.The film is a surreal and bloody parable but its makers say it reflects Jai Bolsonaro's Brazil. The far-right populist was elected president of Brazil last October.Filho says that right ...

Julianne Moore on gender parity: ‘I believe in quotas’

Entertainment 05/15/19, 11:10

Julianne Moore says that for the movie industry to reach gender parity, it's necessary to implement quotas. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Moore said measures are needed to change the culture and that she believes in quotas. Moore says efforts should be made to level the playing field ...

Jarmusch, Gomez, Murray talk modern horrors at Cannes

Entertainment 05/15/19, 10:46

The Jim Jarmusch zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die" includes masses of flesh-eating zombies and an Earth thrown off its axis by "polar fracking."But the teaming Cannes Film Festival, where "The Dead Don't Die" premiered Tuesday as the opening-night film, has hordes and horrors of its own. When asked what ...

Cannes Film festival set to open with zombie comedy

Entertainment 05/14/19, 03:17

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is set to open Tuesday with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch's zombie comedy "The Dead Don't Die" and the introduction of Alejandro Inarritu's jury.This year's Cannes arrives with the usual swirl of celebrity and controversy. Debuting at the French film festival will be Quentin Tarantino's ...

On eve of festival, Cannes defends its record on women

Entertainment 05/13/19, 12:42

A year after signing a pledge for gender equality during a festival that saw women protest en masse on the red carpet, Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux is defending the festival's record on female filmmakers.Addressing reporters on the eve of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, Fremaux spoke at ...

Alongside Cannes mainstays, fresh faces try to stand out

Entertainment 05/11/19, 11:55

Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set "Atlantics" had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegalese heritage, is the first black woman in competition for Cannes' top honor, the Palme d'Or.The 72nd Cannes Film Festival, ...

Mel Gibson to play Santa Claus in ‘Fatman’ comedy

Entertainment 05/08/19, 13:01

Mel Gibson is to play Santa Claus in "Fatman," a comedy that will be shopped at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.Gibson is attached as Kris Kringle in the film to be directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms and is executive produced by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride.The filmmakers call ...

WNBA star Tina Charles adds filmmaker to her resume

Sports 05/06/19, 01:18

Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume.The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie's Calypso City and Charlie's Records, respectively — and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival."I put ...

19-year-old director wins top award at Tribeca Film Festival

Entertainment 05/02/19, 18:04

Phillip Youmans was just 17 and finishing high school when he completed his lyrical debut feature film, "Burning Cane." Now, his movie has won the top award at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival."Burning Cane" won three awards at Tribeca on Thursday, including best U.S. narrative feature. The film also took ...

Sundance co-founder pleads guilty to 2nd count of sex abuse

Entertainment 05/02/19, 17:01

A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s has pleaded guilty to a second count of sexual abuse of a child in a deal with prosecutors. Sterling Van Wagenen entered the plea during a hearing Thursday in ...

Chelsea Manning doc debuts with its subject imprisoned again

Entertainment 05/02/19, 16:59

Three years in the making, the Chelsea Manning documentary "XY Chelsea" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival after being frantically recut to update the film with the latest turn in the saga of the former intelligence analyst.The filmmakers had envisioned a more celebratory evening."A few weeks ago, we were planning ...

With albinism, musician Lazarus finds light in the darkness

World 05/02/19, 12:41

Lazarus Chigwandali, a Malawian street musician with albinism, was once lured into a car.He was kidnapped, and the plan was to cut up his body and sell his parts to witch doctors, who would use them in potions thought to bring good luck.It sounds surreal — but it is the ...

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ heads to Cannes

Entertainment 05/02/19, 09:51

Quentin Tarantino is going back to Cannes, after all.The director's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" was announced as a late addition to the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. It will premiere in competition at the upcoming French festival, adding one of the summer's starriest, most anticipated films to the ...

Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty to sex abuse

Entertainment 04/30/19, 14:29

A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, entered the plea as part of an agreement that includes a sentence of six years to life. He plans to plead guilty ...

Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos join Inarritu’s Cannes jury

Entertainment 04/29/19, 13:35

Actress Elle Fanning, "The Favourite" director Yorgos Lanthimos and "Cold War" filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski are joining the Cannes Film Festival jury that will decide the Palme d'Or.The Cannes Film Festival on Monday announced the members of the jury to be led by Alejandro Inarritu, the "Birdman" director. Also on the ...

Ahead of ‘The Irishman,’ Scorsese and De Niro look back

New York 04/28/19, 16:58

Ahead of their much-anticipated and most recent collaboration, "The Irishman," Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro convened at the Tribeca Film Festival to look back on their long partnership together. The talk, staged Sunday at New York's Beacon Theatre, gave De Niro, co-founder of the festival, one of his most unlikely ...

Tribeca Fest co-founder celebrates women filmmakers

Entertainment 04/26/19, 16:20

The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on women filmmakers to keep building on the momentum of the #MeToo and Time's Up era.This year for the first time, half of the films in Tribeca's competition categories are directed or co-directed by women. That's up from 44 percent last ...

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