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Is Cannes ready to adapt to the age of #MeToo?

The experience of watching a few dozen or more films inside two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival can be jarring, exhilarating and exhausting - even for those who live and breathe cinema. Jessica Chastain, an actress and regular attendee of the French Riviera festival, last year reflected on her time spent on the Cannes jury shortly after they selected Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" as the Palme d'Or winner. She was both overwhelmed and disappointed. "This is the first time I've watched 20 films in Read more [...]

Stormy Daniels to Baldwin’s Trump: ‘Storm’s a coming, baby’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stormy Daniels made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" to deliver a message to President Donald Trump: "A storm's a coming, baby." The porn actress, who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 the month before he was elected to stay silent about it, delivered the warning to Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump in the show's opening skit. When the fake Trump asks Daniels what she would need to "for this all go away," she replies: Read more [...]

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scores second best weekend 2 ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After breaking opening weekend records, "Avengers: Infinity War" continued to dominate in its second weekend in theaters, but alternative programming like the romantic comedy "Overboard" also found an audience in what has historically been considered the "official" kick-off to the summer movie season. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that "Avengers: Infinity War" will gross an estimated $112.5 million from North American theaters over the weekend, becoming the second Read more [...]

Author Junot Diaz withdraws from festival amid allegations

SYDNEY (AP) -- Author Junot Diaz has withdrawn from a writers' festival in Australia after fellow writers accused him of past sexual misconduct and misogyny, organizers said Saturday, adding that a moment of reckoning had arrived for the Pulitzer Prize winner. Diaz was confronted Friday in a QA session at the Sydney Writers' Festival by author Zinzi Clemmons. She asked Diaz about his recent New Yorker essay detailing his sexual assault as an 8-year-old boy and then asked him why he Read more [...]

Taylor Swift visits 8-year-old fan in Phoenix burn unit

PHOENIX (AP) -- Taylor Swift surprised an 8-year-old girl at the Phoenix hospital where she has been recovering from devastating burns. The Arizona Republic reports the pop star showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center to see Isabella McCune. The girl's family made a video on Wednesday of her asking for Swift to visit because she couldn't leave the hospital for the singer's concert next week. Swift stayed for about 20 minutes. She signed autographs and gifted Isabella Read more [...]

Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," sold at auction Saturday for $2.4 million to billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The auction house Profiles in History announced the sale of the manuscript with handwritten notes from the group's founding fathers. Irsay told The Associated Press he plans to build a special display for the manuscript and display it for several months a year at Alcoholics Anonymous' Read more [...]

Olivia de Havilland asks court to revive "Feud" lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Olivia de Havilland has asked the California Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against the FX Networks show "Feud: Bette and Joan." Lawyers for the 101-year-old actress filed the appeal Friday, asking the court to reverse an appeals court decision in March that threw out the suit. De Havilland objected to her depiction on the show, saying her likeness was illegally used and her character, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vulgar gossipmonger. The Read more [...]

3 women sue CBS News and Charlie Rose, alleging harassment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three women who worked with Charlie Rose filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Friday against CBS News and the television journalist. The lawsuit filed in New York state court seeks unspecified damages. It said the women, who were in their early 20s when they were hired, were subjected to "predatory behavior," including repeated physical and verbal sexual harassment as Rose inquired about their sex lives and boasted of his exploits with women. Rose was fired in November Read more [...]

Travolta to get Cinema Icon Award at Cannes Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For John Travolta, "icon" will be the word at the Cannes Film Festival. Trade publication Variety said Friday that Travolta will receive its inaugural Cinema Icon Award at this month's festival in France. Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that Travolta's long career, popularity and honors "splendidly qualify" him for the recognition. Travolta received an Oscar nomination for his star-making turn in 1977's "Saturday Read more [...]

NBC News corrects story on monitoring Cohen’s phones

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC News corrected a story Thursday that said federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, saying it subsequently learned that the feds were only monitoring the source of calls and weren't listening in. The correction gives ammunition to the nation's highest-ranked media critic. Trump has frequently criticized the media for "fake news" involving stories he doesn't like. NBC moved its original story online Read more [...]
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