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TV makes film a ‘vintage genre’ says Travolta at Cannes

CANNES — Television is making cinema a “vintage genre,” John Travolta said Wednesday at the Cannes film festival, lamenting that films were “not as sought after” as before. Travolta, 64, was in Cannes for the premiere of his film about notorious New York mafia boss John Gotti — a family affair in which Travolta is […] The post TV makes film a ‘vintage genre’ says Travolta at Cannes appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 17th, 2018

Travolta family’s mob film to finally hit the screen

A long-awaited biopic of the notorious New York mafia boss John Gotti starring John Travolta is slated to premiere at Cannes, the film festival said Tuesday. The movie --- which is being shown at a "private presentation" on May 15 --- traces the epic rise and fall of the Gambino crime clan, one of America's most powerful mafia gangs in the 1980s. The film is very much a family affair, featuring Travolta's wife Kelly Preston as Gotti's wife Victoria, and his daughter Ella Bleu as Gotti's daughter Angel Gotti. "We're hoping to use Cannes as our launching pad," the film's marketing and distribution chief Dennis Rice told the Hollywood Reporter. The project first to...Keep on reading: Travolta family’s mob film to finally hit the screen.....»»

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New docu claims Whitney sexually abused as a child

  "Whitney," a new documentary film on the late Whitney Houston, claims that the music icon was sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick---her cousin and the younger sister of Dionne Warwick. Whitney's half-brother Gary Garland-Houston, and her longtime assistant Mary Jones made the allegations against Dee Dee, who died in 2008. Kevin Macdonald, the director of the documentary, which was recently showcased at the Cannes film festival, said he had sensed that Whitney may have been abused, based on watching interviews about her and various footage of her. "That was just an intuition, and then somebody mentioned it off-camera to me. They wouldn't talk about it on camera, but ...Keep on reading: New docu claims Whitney sexually abused as a child.....»»

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Japan wins Cannes top prize after Harvey Weinstein accuser takes stage

CANNES, France – Shoplifters, a heartwrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday, May 19 at a ceremony marked by an emotional speech from a Harvey Weinstein accuser. Spike Lee accepted the runner-up Grand Prix for BlacKkKlansman, ........»»

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French court authorizes release of ‘cursed’ Terry Gilliam film

A Paris court gave Terry Gilliam the go-ahead Friday to release "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" in cinemas, a victory for the Monty Python member in the long-running legal battle over the apparently cursed film. The comedy, which is due to close the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, was supposed to come out in French cinemas on the same day. But Paul Branco, a former producer of the disaster-hit production, made a last-minute court bid to halt its general release. Branco, who claims his Alfama Films owns exclusive rights to the movie, has waged a lengthy legal campaign to stop the Hollywood director from releasing the final version starring Jonathan Pryce and "Sta...Keep on reading: French court authorizes release of ‘cursed’ Terry Gilliam film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Teen wins best actor in Cannes section for transgender role

A 16-year-old Belgian actor won best actor in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes film festival Friday for playing an aspiring transgender ballerina who brutalises her body to further her dreams. Victor Polster, a trained dancer, won the award for his cinematic debut in Lukas Dhont's "Girl", about a teen trapped in a boy's body desperate to speed up the gender reassignment process while trying to perfect her dance technique. A jury led by Benicio Del Toro awarded the section's top prize to the Swedish film "Border" by Ali Abbasi, about a female customs officer with a facial disfigurement but a extraordinary sense of smell that helps her detect fraudsters. T...Keep on reading: Teen wins best actor in Cannes section for transgender role.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Star power dims at post-Weinstein Cannes AIDS gala

: The downfall of Harvey Weinstein weighed heavily on the most glamorous party of the Cannes film festival Thursday, with many A-listers ducking out of an AIDS benefit gala with which he was closel.....»»

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Whitney Houston sexually abused as child says Cannes documentary

CANNES, France  – An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick. The bombshell revelation in Whitney, made with the cooperation of the singer's family, comes late in the film by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Middle-aged women are real action heroes says Cannes director

CANNES — Forget The Rock and Bruce Willis. Middle-aged women are the real action heroes, according to the maker of a fast-paced feminist film pleasing crowds at the Cannes film festival. Benedikt Erlingsson said there is nothing far-fetched about his action hero Halla, a broody choir director staring 50 in the face who becomes an […] The post Middle-aged women are real action heroes says Cannes director appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Cannes doc: Whitney Houston was molested by cousin Dee Dee Warwick

CANNES, France (AP) --- Friends of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that the late singer told her that Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick, molested her at a young age. Houston's brother Gary Garland-Houston also says he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9 by a female family member, and says his sister was abused too. Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18 years older than Houston, died in 2008. The allegations were made in the documentary "Whitney," which was made with the cooperation...Keep on reading: Cannes doc: Whitney Houston was molested by cousin Dee Dee Warwick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Whitney Houston abused as child – documentary

CANNES, France: A new documentary about the life of Whitney Houston claims that the tragic singer was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul musician Dee Dee Warwick. The revelation in “Whitney,” which was made with the cooperation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, [...] The post Whitney Houston abused as child – documentary appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

CANNES — Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, in a demonstration of solidarity for women struggling for a voice in the movie industry. At the first Cannes festival since the sexual abuse scandals that […] The post Women take over the red carpet at Cannes appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

2 directors, barred at home, still speak loudly at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) --- Twice the Cannes Film Festival has risen to give standing ovations to empty seats. Chairs were left poignantly vacant for two absent filmmakers whose films are in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Both Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov were unable to attend their red carpet premieres because both are barred from traveling out of their home countries. Their absence has put the Cannes spotlight on two cases of artist censorship, their defenders say. Both were loudly applauded in absentia at their premieres. At the festival news conferences for each of their films, an empty seat was placed in the center of the panel, with a pl...Keep on reading: 2 directors, barred at home, still speak loudly at Cannes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Barred Iranian director gets standing Cannes ovation

The new film by Iran's Jafar Panahi, who is banned from leaving Iran, has premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival, with a seat left symbolically empty for the dissident director. Panahi's children and the cast of "Three Faces", which is vying for the Palme d'Or top prize, were welcomed with thunderous applause as they arrived for the gala screening late Saturday. The meditative story about the intertwined fate of three Iranian women is one of 21 movies in competition at the world's biggest film festival. It is the second Iranian work in competition alongside Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows" starring Spanish star couple Penelope Cruz and Javier...Keep on reading: Barred Iranian director gets standing Cannes ovation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Wacky ‘Ronaldo’ comedy a surprise hit at Cannes

A surreal comedy that features a superstar footballer bearing a striking resemblance to Cristiano Ronaldo has become the surprise sensation of the Cannes film festival. "Diamantino" follows a preening metrosexual goal machine with a fondness for displaying his waxed torso at every possible occasion. But the eponymous hero's life falls apart when he misses a penalty in the World Cup final for Portugal on the same night his father dies. Every time he bears down on goal afterwards he is haunted by images of gigantic pink Pekingese lapdogs blocking his way. Having lost his killer touch, his career ends in disgrace. Desperate to rebuild his life, the star "sets ou...Keep on reading: Wacky ‘Ronaldo’ comedy a surprise hit at Cannes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Italian master of mafia gore to shoot ‘Pinocchio’

Matteo Garrone, the Italian director known for his ultra-violent mob films, is planning to give the children's classic "Pinocchio" his own twist, according to reports Friday. The maker of the blood-drenched "Gomorrah" mafia saga is in the running for the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival for "Dogman" --- a gruesome revenge killing drama involving hours of torture by a drug-addicted dog groomer. But the director is about to turn his gaze on Pinocchio, the wooden protagonist of Italian writer Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, said film trade daily Variety. However, Garrone's film --- which starts shooting in November --- is unlikely to be a kids-friendly ver...Keep on reading: Italian master of mafia gore to shoot ‘Pinocchio’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

CANNES, France --- Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry. The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history. In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup. Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time's Up movement and the French movement known as 5020x2020 to show "how hard it is still to climb ...Keep on reading: 82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Time s up : Female stars fight back at Cannes protest

CANNES, France – Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Jane Fonda will join dozens of other female film industry professionals for a "milestone" protest on Cannes' red carpet Saturday denouncing the sex discrimination plaguing the movies. With Hollywood still reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Cannes under fire for its dearth ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Empty chair at Cannes for detained Russian rock biopic director

There was an empty chair in Cannes on Thursday for a Russian film director under house arrest back home for a fraud case his producer called “ridiculous.” Empty chair at Cannes for detained Russian rock biopic director CANNES, France (Reuters) – There was an empty chair in Cannes on Thursday for a Russian film director… link: Empty chair at Cannes for detained Russian rock biopic director.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

‘I’m not dead yet!’ Gilliam beats ban on his Cannes film

A legal bid to stop the world premiere of Terry Gilliam's disaster-plagued film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" at Cannes has failed, the festival's lawyers told AFP Wednesday. The film's former producer Paulo Branco had attempted to stop the movie closing the world's top film festival next weekend. But Cannes' lawyers and Gilliam's producers told AFP that "we have won", though Branco later warned that the battle over who holds the rights to the film was far from over. The Monty Python veteran immediately released a picture of himself in a "Quixote Vive" T-shirt in his garden to celebrate the victory, declaring, "Not dead yet! We are coming to Cannes." Gilliam ...Keep on reading: ‘I’m not dead yet!’ Gilliam beats ban on his Cannes film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Party on! Bill and Ted back for another excellent adventure

Nearly 30 years after cinema-goers last saw time-travelling headbangers Bill and Ted, the original cast including Keanu Reeves has signed on for another excellent adventure, media reports said Wednesday. The international rights to "Bill and Ted Face the Music", the third installment in the franchise, is being sold at the Cannes film festival by MGM, entertainment trade papers Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said. Reeves and actor Alex Winter will reprise their roles as slacker adventurers Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., as now middle-aged dads bogged down by responsibility and in a musical slump. But when a visitor from the future tells them that...Keep on reading: Party on! Bill and Ted back for another excellent adventure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018