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04/19/2007


Lesbian Drama Takes Top Prize at Cannes: VIDEO

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Abdellatif Kechiche's romantic, coming-of-age lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Colour won the Palme D'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night, the NYT reports:

BlueisFrom the stage, Steven Spielberg, the head of the competition jury, announced that he and the other jurists had decided to formally recognize not only the movie’s director, Abdellatif Kechiche, but also its two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. This unusual, perhaps unprecedented step acknowledged the contributions of both women, who appear naked in several sex scenes, but it also took some auteur sheen away from Mr. Kechiche, suggesting that the jury had engaged in intense back-room negotiations. For much of the festival the critical favorite had been “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a period story from Joel and Ethan Coen about a New York folk singer trying to make it in 1961. The Coens’ film won the Grand Prix, but they were not in attendance.

Mr. Kechiche, Ms. Exarchopoulos and Ms. Seydoux took the stage together to accept their award — although only one Palme was visible — and exchanged hugs and kisses as the audience cheered and clapped for several long minutes.

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Actors, Live Audience Scatter as Man Fires Gun at Cannes: VIDEO

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Crowds at a live TV taping featuring actor Christopher Waltz scattered after a man fired a handgun, the Guardian reports:

"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him [the suspect] to the ground. The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand," one eyewitness told Reuters.

French authorities, who arrested the man at the scene, confirmed he was carrying a dummy grenade and a knife. A police source said: "It really appears to be a crazy guy."

Live footage showed actors and film crew scrambling from the seaside stage. The programme was taken off air temporarily, but continued minutes later after the programme's producer said: "The show must go on."

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News: Poland, HIV, Don Lemon, Michelle Obama, Scotland

 road Terrence Malick's new film The Tree Of Life wins the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Poland  road 14 people arrested in Poland after 150 anti-gay protesters try to disrupt a gay pride parade in that country.

 road Is this a sign that Sarah Palin will run for president?

 road Director Nicolas Winding Refn just can't keep his hands off of Ryan Gosling

 road The FDA approves the first new HIV drug, called Edurant, in three years: "The new medicine may still find a niche among patients who don't respond to Atripla or can't tolerate its side effects."

 road Republican state representative Frederick Ladd Wintle arrested after pulling a gun on a reporter he mistakenly thought was a drug dealer.

 road Kelly Clarkson to release new single in July.

 road Blogger snags interview with his "man crush"; prime minister Vladimir V. Putin.

Obama  road Michelle Obama alludes to gay families in speech to graduates at West Point: "I ask you to remember that family has always been a centerpiece of our American story. No matter how you’ve grown up, no matter how you define family, all of you have someone in your life who believed in you and pushed you."

 road Japan kicks Russell Brand out of the country.

 road Academy Award-winning songwriter who penned “You Light Up My Life" found dead in apparent suicide.

 road Freshly out news anchor Don Lemon: "It's time for us, especially black people, to stop trying to pray the gay away and to get on our knees and start praying that the discrimination of gay people ends."

 road Michael Bublé gives marriage with the same woman another shot.

 road Scottish politician calls the exclusion of openly gay ministers in the Church of Scotland "old-fashioned prejudice masquerading as morality."


News: Egypt, Tunisia, Ryan Gosling, NY Times, Minnesota

 road What do the recent revolutions in Northern Africa mean to the gays and lesbians in Egypt and Tunisia?

Ryan  road Director Nicolas Winding Refn cozies up to a dapper Ryan Gosling at Cannes.

 road Looking a little less cozy, Janet Jackson and her boyfriend also take in Cannes.

 road Get read for a powerful trio to perform together at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow night: Britney Spears, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

 road Parents decide not to reveal their baby's gender to anyone outside of their immediate family: "When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: 'We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place?).'"

 road The reward for information related to the anti-gay arson crime that killed eight horses last month has now grown to $22,500.

 road Sean Combs has changed his name yet again. You can start calling him Swag - for now.

Minn  road With just mere days left in the legislative session, both Marriage equality supporters and detractors fill the state capitol in Minnesota today.

 road "It's OK to Say Gay" rally to take place at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville tomorrow at 2pm.

 road California Governor Jerry Brown declares tomorrow the second annual Harvey Milk Day.

 road Some companies paying for gay and lesbian employees' health care tax - something that heterosexuals are not charged.

 road Starting Monday, the NYT presents a new feature that documents teenagers coming out: "The New York Times embarked on the project “Coming Out,” which begins Monday, as an effort to better understand this generation’s realities and expectations, and to give teenagers their own voice in this conversation."

 road Gay rights hero Joseph Norton to be honored in Albany tomorrow.


Video: Director Lars von Trier Banned from Cannes After Remarks About Sympathizing with Hitler

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Director Lars von Trier has been banned by Cannes following remarks he made yesterday at a press conference for his film Melancholia that visibly stunned his star Kristen Dunst and sent shock waves through the festival.

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"I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out that I was really a Nazi because my family was German....Which also gave me some pleasure...What can I say? I understand Hitler...I think I understand the man, he’s not what you would call a good guy. But I understand much about him. And I sympathize with him a little bit. I’m not for the Second World War. I'm not against Jews. I’m very much for Jews. No not too much, because the Israelis, a pain in the ass...Okay, I'm a Nazi."

Von Trier apologized shortly after the press conference: “If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a nazi.”

The AP reports:

A statement from Cannes organizers Thursday said von Trier now is "persona non grata" at Cannes for his comments a day earlier. It is an unprecedented move by the festival that bestowed its highest honor on the director's film "Dancer in the Dark" back in 2000.

The statement did not specify whether that meant von Trier's current Cannes film, "Melancholia," has been booted from Cannes and was no longer eligible for prizes.

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Movies: Cannes Brings Out the Legends

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 GATTACA Reunion! Genetically perfect humans Uma & Jude doin' Cannes jury duty.

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
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Last week Thor's circular hammer started swinging the tornado (thornado!) that is summer movie season. This weekend Kristin Wiig and Rose Byrne play BRIDESMAIDS for Maya Rudolph (we're hearing good things) while rough and tumble hotties Paul Bettany and Karl Urban battle in the apocalyptic vampire actioner PRIEST. In limited release Joseph Gordon-Levitt starts fires as underwear clad eccentric HESHER, Will Ferrell says EVERYTHING MUST GO and a young girl takes that GO FOR IT mantra seriously as all young movie dancers from 42nd Street (1933) through Step Up 3D (2010) have before her.

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Meanwhile, across the pond, the 64th annual CANNES FILM FESTIVAL has just kicked off. Faye Dunaway is this year's Poster Girl, albeit Faye Dunaway circa 1970.

Do you prefer Faye by way of Mommie Dearest, Bonnie & ClydeSupergirl or Network

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