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May 25, 2012

In tough times, Cannes charity gala gets personal

ANTIBES, France (Reuters) – At a time of economic uncertainty, the glitziest charity gala at the Cannes film festival got personal.

Each year at the luxurious Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, just along the coast from Cannes, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, invites the famous and fabulously wealthy for a night of fine food, fine wine, dancing and giving.

May 24, 2012

Kidman “oversexed Barbie Doll” in gritty Cannes film

CANNES, France, May 24 (Reuters) – Nicole Kidman plays an
“oversexed Barbie doll” in the hard-hitting murder drama “The
Paperboy”, premiering at the Cannes film festival on Thursday
and notable for arresting scenes of sex, violence and urination.

In the adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel, the Australian
Oscar winner plays trailer-trash bombshell Charlotte Bless, who
is obsessed with a man on death row with whom she exchanges

May 24, 2012

With kids, career, no time to direct, says Brad Pitt

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Brad Pitt, in Cannes to promote his latest movie “Killing Them Softly”, has no intention of following fiancee Angelina Jolie into directing, he told Reuters on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, hit the red carpet at the film’s world premiere on Tuesday, drawing noisy crowds and the world’s media to the glitzy ceremony.

May 23, 2012

Holy Motors! Minogue, Mendes in madcap Cannes movie

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Cars talk, a man is married to a monkey and Kylie Minogue contemplates suicide in “Holy Motors”, easily the oddest movie in competition at the Cannes film festival screened so far this year.

Directed by French film maker Leos Carax, the story follows Mr. Oscar, a man who spends each day living 10 different lives, each mapped out for him in a dossier left in the back seat of the stretch white limousine he travels in.

May 22, 2012

Singer Pete Doherty’s film debut dubbed a “crime”

CANNES, France, May 22 (Reuters) – “Don’t give up the day
job” was the critics’ blunt message to British rocker Pete
Doherty, whose debut film role in 19th century love story
“Confession of a Child of the Century” has had its premiere at
the Cannes festival.

Based on an autobiographical novel by Alfred de Musset about
his affair with writer George Sand, Doherty’s casting in the
lead role makes plenty of sense.

May 22, 2012

Brad Pitt mob movie portrays broken American dream

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Brad Pitt’s latest movie paints a bleak picture of the broken American dream, blending a violent but comic gangster story with overt criticism of politicians’ failure to address the economic crisis.

“Killing Them Softly” takes place in an unspecified U.S. city which has borne the brunt of the financial collapse — houses are abandoned, shops are shuttered and petty criminals and mobsters alike are struggling to get by.

May 21, 2012

Cannes film festival abuzz as dark tales shine

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival is buzzing this year with a string of hit movies in the official lineup, a procession of stars on the red carpet and plenty of eagerly awaited titles still to come.

The unseasonably cold, wet weather has done little to dampen spirits among the famously picky critics and journalists on the French Riviera to interview, photograph and film everyone from A-list celebrities to obscure auteur directors.

May 21, 2012

Singer Plan B in Cannes with debut movie Ill Manors

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival is a world way from the tough streets of east London where British rapper Ben Drew grew up, but the 28-year-old has come to the glamorous Riviera resort to promote his debut movie “Ill Manors”.

The hard-hitting drama follows six interweaving lives — junkie, drug dealer, ex-con, gangster, prostitute and central character Aaron, a kind of moral compass amid the violence, fear and abuse around him.

May 21, 2012

Singer Robin Gibb, Bee Gees co-founder, dies at 62

LONDON (Reuters) – Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era with their falsetto harmonies and funky beats, has died. He was 62.

The singer had been battling colon and liver cancer and, despite brief improvements in his health in recent months, passed away on Sunday evening.

May 20, 2012

Danish child abuse film shocks Cannes crowds

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Danish director Thomas Vinterberg burst on to the scene in Cannes in 1998 with the acclaimed “Festen”, and critics say he is close to his best again this year with “The Hunt”, a shocking take on child abuse and its impact on a small community.

Unlike some movies on the same theme, The Hunt leaves no doubt as to the main character’s innocence.

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      "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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