Cinema/TV

'Fragile' African cinema clinging on at Cannes

 by Catherine Marciano and Sophie Laubie | (From L) Ethiopian actress Kidist Siyum, actor Rediat Amare and director Yared Zeleke pose during a photocall for the film "Lamb" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeast France, on May 20, 2015
 
 
 
23 May 2015
Africa's "fragile" cinema has kept a toe-hold at the Cannes Film Festival, with a veteran Malian director and the first-ever Ethiopian as the continent's only entries in the official selection. "I feel very grateful...
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Fassbender, Cotillard in 'Macbeth' close Cannes race

 by Marc Burleigh | German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender (L) and French actress Marion Cotillard star in "Macbeth", screened at Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2015
 
 
 
23 May 2015
A version of "Macbeth" starring a "dream team" of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard closed the Cannes Film Festival's competition on Saturday, with many critics swooning for the visceral blood-and-betrayal...
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Michael Caine says he is unrecognizable in latest film role

Actor Michael Caine arrives for the world premiere of the film ''Inception'' at the Odeon in London July 8, 2010.
 
23 May 2015
Michael Caine, the British actor sometimes lampooned for playing versions of himself in his six-decade career, says he is unrecognizable in his latest role as a retired orchestra conductor.   "The challenge that I put myself, and...
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Italy hails best Cannes turnout in two decades

2015 Cannes Film Festival poster
22 May 2015
Italy is hailing its best turnout of homegrown cinema at Cannes in 20 years as a sign of new life in an industry that had lost luster since the days when Rome was dubbed "Hollywood on the Tiber". Four Italian films are in...
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Aishwarya Rai: An interview with the Queen of Bollywood

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gestures during a launch ceremony in Kolkata
22 May 2015
She was thrust into the international arena when she won the Miss World pageant 20 years ago. Aishwarya Rai soon became a superstar of Indian cinema and has now been coming to the Cannes Film Festival for more than a decade. She speaks to...
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David Letterman Signs Off as Late-Night Host

A picture of David Letterman hangs outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman is retiring. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
21 May 2015
 David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, ushered into retirement by four presidents who declared "our long national nightmare is over" and saying there was nothing he could ever do...
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CANNES WATCH: Iranian film explores divorce, female style

In this photo taken Sunday, May 17, 2015, from left, director Ida Panahandeh, actors Navid Mohammadzadeh, Sareh Bayat and Pejman Bazeghi pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Nahid, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Panahandeh has made a splash with her film debut, landing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival for “Nahid,” a fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and remarriage in Iran. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
21 May 2015
Writer-director Ida Panahandeh has made a splash with her film debut, landing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival for "Nahid," fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and...
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Hend Sabry enters the world of film production

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry
21 May 2015
Celebrity actress and UN ambassador against hunger Hend Sabry has decided to establish a global film production company to produce the works she dreams of for cinema and television.   The company would not to produce works on a...
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China suspends TV drama over plot of crotch grenade

Effects of TV on children
21 May 2015
A Chinese television drama got pulled off the air following a public outcry over a plot in which a hidden grenade is pulled from a woman's crotch during an amorous scene. The country's regulating agency - the State Administration...
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Cannes Film Pays Homage to Late Designer Oscar De La Renta

FILE- In this July 8, 2013 file photo, Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta addresses a crowd gathered in his honor at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. Documentary film pays homage to the late Oscar de la Renta at the 68th international Cannes Film Festival. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
21 May 2015
The spirit of Oscar de la Renta lives on every day at the Cannes Film Festival.   Though the Dominican Republic-born fashion designer passed away last year aged 82 after battling cancer, his landmark fashion designs continue to...
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