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Jun 3, 2012

Pop royalty plays to queen in UK jubilee concert

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosts pop royalty at an evening concert outside her London residence Buckingham Palace on Monday, part of four days of nationwide celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee marking her 60th year on the throne.

Ten thousand ticket-holders will watch the performances live on a circular stage and much larger crowds are expected in surrounding parks to hear Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Jessie J entertain the 86-year-old monarch.

Jun 3, 2012

Queen Elizabeth to lead giant jubilee flotilla in London

LONDON (Reuters) – A flotilla of 1,000 boats will sail London’s River Thames on Sunday in a spectacular highlight of four days of nationwide celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

Around one million people are expected to line the 7-mile route of the armada accompanying a royal barge carrying the 86-year-old monarch, her husband Prince Philip and leading members of the royal family.

Jun 2, 2012

Queen to lead giant jubilee flotilla in London

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – A flotilla of 1,000 boats will
sail London’s River Thames on Sunday in a spectacular highlight
of four days of nationwide celebrations marking Queen
Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

Around one million people are expected to line the 7-mile
(11 km) route of the armada accompanying a royal barge carrying
the 86-year-old monarch, her husband Prince Philip and leading
members of the royal family.

Jun 2, 2012

UK Queen goes racing to launch anniversary extravaganza

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth marks 60 years on the throne on Saturday with a visit to the races, indulging a lifelong passion for horses and launching four days of nationwide celebrations to honor a monarch riding high in public affection.

The 86-year-old will watch the Epsom Derby in southern England, joining a crowd of up to 150,000 racegoers dressed in their summer best for one of the racing season’s highlights.

May 28, 2012

Popular winner in Cannes, U.S. films the big losers

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Critics lauded the Cannes film festival jury on Monday for awarding director Michael Haneke’s “Love” (Amour) the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture, justifying its status as favorite going into Sunday night’s awards ceremony.

The Austrian has now won the top prize at the world’s biggest cinema showcase twice, joining a small elite of multiple winners and cementing his place as a master of film making.

May 27, 2012

Haneke’s “Love” wins to cheers at Cannes film festival

CANNES, France, May 27 (Reuters) – Austrian director Michael
Haneke won the Cannes film festival’s top honour, the Palme
d’Or, on Sunday with “Love” (Amour), his acclaimed tale of an
elderly couple facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march
of death.

Haneke joins an elite group of two-time winners at the
world’s biggest film festival after his “The White Ribbon” won
in 2009.

May 26, 2012

Past winners lead the pack for Cannes film award

CANNES, France, May 27 (Reuters) – The 2012 Cannes film
festival ends on Sunday evening with the award of the Palme d’Or
for best picture at a red carpet gala ceremony, the climax of a
12-day blur of screenings, photo shoots, parties and deal
making.

As thousands of journalists, critics, executives and stars
head home and luxury yachts weigh anchor for their next port of
call, the big question is who will walk away with one of the
most coveted film prizes after the Oscars.

May 26, 2012

Cannes gets happy ending with river film “Mud”

CANNES, France, May 26 (Reuters) – “Mud”, a touching
coming-of-age tale set on the Mississippi River and starring
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, brought the Cannes
film festival competition to a close on Saturday, earning warm
applause at a press screening.

The film, which echoes Mark Twain and his novel “The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, centres on Ellis – played by
up-and-coming actor Tye Sheridan, who was 14 at the time.

May 25, 2012

Haneke among names in frame for Cannes film awards

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival enjoyed cheers and jeers in equal measure this year, leaving its famously passionate and picky audiences with plenty to love, loathe and laugh about.

With two days to go before the close of the 12-day movie marathon, it also pulled off a balancing act between championing independent films from around the world and luring enough stars to the red carpet to satisfy a thirst for glamour and celebrity.

May 25, 2012

Crowds to crown UK queen’s 60th anniversary party

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will
celebrate 60 years on the throne next month along with huge
crowds expected for a pop concert at Buckingham Palace, a grand
procession through the streets of London and a 1,000-strong
flotilla along the River Thames.

The Diamond Jubilee comes just over a year after the royal
wedding of Prince William, the queen’s grandson, to Kate
Middleton, a spectacular display of pomp and pageantry which has
boosted the monarchy’s popularity at home and abroad.

    • About Mike

      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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