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'Fragile' African cinema clinging on at Cannes

(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 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, lucky and proud to represent this part of the world," said Yared Zeleke, 36, whose movie "Lamb" became the first Ethiopian flick selected for the world's premier film festival. The only other African director among the 50-odd films in the official selection was Souleymane Cisse, a 75-year-old Malian who won the third-place jury prize in 1987 for "Yeelan".


Fassbender, Cotillard in 'Macbeth' close Cannes race

German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender (L) and French actress Marion Cotillard star in "Macbeth", screened at Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 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 movie. Directed by an Australian, Justin Kurzel, and shot on location mostly in Scotland where the Bard's tragedy is set, the picture plunges the viewer into a naturalistic, brutal world that informs Macbeth's creeping madness as he murders his way to power. The Guardian newspaper said Fassbender and Cotillard are a "dream-team pairing, actors who radiate charisma, perhaps more charisma than can be entirely absorbed into the fabric of the film".


Cannes race wide open on awards eve

Australian actress Cate Blanchett is among the favourites to win Best Actress at this year's Cannes Film Festival A Cate Blanchett lesbian love story, a gruelling Auschwitz drama, an all-star tableau on the ravages of age, and a slow-burn martial arts movie from Taiwan all looked well-placed to capture top honours from a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen. Audiences swooned over "Carol" by US director Todd Haynes, featuring knock-out performances by Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers nearly crushed by the conservative values of their time.


Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'

Actors Michael Fassbender, left, and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) CANNES, France (AP) — Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

People wait in line to view the body of B.B. King during a public viewing of the blues legend Friday, May 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. A pu(AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta.


Cannes's jury of stars deciding the Palme d'Or

US directors and Presidents of the Feature Film jury Ethan Coen (L) and Joel Coen arrive on stage during the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, on May 13, 2015 Joel and Ethan Coen, the sibling writing/directing duo behind quirky US cult hits "The Big Lebowski" and "Fargo", and the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men", are this year's co-presidents of the jury. The 33-year-old British actress's career took off in 2004's "Layer Cake" (which earned its star, Daniel Craig, the role of James Bond) and her turn as Andy Warhol's muse in 2005's "Factory Girl". Sophie Marceau, 48, has carved out a more-than-three-decade-long career in her native France, and is probably best-known elsewhere for her turns in the big-budget studio movies "Braveheart" and as a Bond villain in "The World is Not Enough".


B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

People wait in line to view the body of B.B. King during a public viewing of the blues legend Friday, May 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. A pu(AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS (AP) — In death, as in life, B.B. King drew fans to his side in Las Vegas.


Wild card Australia seeks upset at Eurovision pop fest

Participants take the stage during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final, in Vienna, on May 22, 2015 Australian singer Guy Sebastian will try to beat the Europeans at their own game in Vienna on Saturday night in the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, the uproarious pop extravaganza. Eurovision has a cult following in Australia, which led to the special invitation to mark six decades of the show.


Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch

Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden performs during the rehearsal for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2015 Who can follow Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst and wow 200 million viewers worldwide to win the Eurovision Song Contest at its 60th edition in Vienna on Saturday? With five Eurovision victories including ABBA in 1974, Sweden is always a good bet and according to the bookies, Mans Zelmerlow is the man to watch, as long as he remembers his flies. Monika Kuszynska is a combative contestant, refusing to let anything as trifling as her wheelchair -- she was in a car crash in 2006 -- get in the way of lifting Poland's first ever Eurovision title.


APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal charges

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday, May 22, 2015, they will not file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted. A charge evaluation sheet released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said there was insufficient evidence to charge Jean Kasem because her husband had been under consistent medical care in his final days. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted.


Unpublished Orson Welles draft memoir obtained by university

FILE - In this February 22, 1982 file photo, actor and film director Orson Welles poses for photographers during a press conference in Paris. A “very raw draft” of an unpublished Orson Welles memoir has joined the University of Michigan archives on the trailblazing filmmaker, the school says. (AP Photo/Jacques Langevin, File) DETROIT (AP) — A "very raw draft" of an unpublished Orson Welles memoir has joined the University of Michigan's archives on the trailblazing filmmaker, the school says.


Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday

David Rockefeller smiles as he greets family and friends at a ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Mount Desert, Maine, marking the gift of 1,000 acres of woodlands, streams, hiking trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve, describing it as a "gift to all the people of Maine." (AP Photo/Michael C. York) MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine.


APNewsBreak: Los Angles prosecutors reject elder abuse case against Casey Kasem's widow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — APNewsBreak: Los Angles prosecutors reject elder abuse case against Casey Kasem's widow.

TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said Thursday, May 21, 2015, that he has accepted the resignation of Duggar in the wake of the reality TV star's apology for unspecified bad behavior as a young teen. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.


Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit

In this picture taken on May 15, 2015 and made available on Friday, May 22, 2015, Muslims pray inside the former Misericordia Abbey in Venice, Italy. Venice officials have ordered the closure of a working mosque set up as Iceland's exhibit for the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair in what was once a Catholic church. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini) MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working'

Actor Robert De Niro addresses the class of 2015, faculty, and guests during New York University's Tisch School of the Arts commencement ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in New York. De Niro, who quit high school to pursue an acting career, was the honored speaker at the raucous ceremony for 1,200 graduates at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they had picked something more practical.


TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations.

TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries.

'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes

Director Mark Osborne arrives for the screening of the film "The Little Prince" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2015 A new animated film based on the best-selling French book "The Little Prince" was to premiere in Cannes on Friday, adding a touch of childhood magic to the red carpet of the movie festival. The $63-million (57-million-euro) cartoon is the most expensive France has made, and its choice of a US director, Mark Osborne, who made "Kung Fu Panda", aims it squarely at the family market dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks. Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro head the English-language voice cast.


Gordon, Tristano, Johnson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame

FILE - In this June 28, 1980 file photo, saxophonist Dexter Gordon performs at the Charlie Parker tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York. Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Gordon was considered the first tenor saxophonist to adapt the new bebop style pioneered by Charlie Parker in the 1940s. JALC announced the 2015 inductees Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.


Amid celebrity show offs, $30 million raised at AIDS gala

Actress Marion Cotillard laughs as she poses for photographers upon arrival for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 68th Cannes international film festival, Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) CAP D'ANTIBES, France (AP) — Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamorous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody.


Depardieu back in the USSR at Cannes

French actor Gerard Depardieu poses during a photocall for the film "Valley of Love" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France on May 22, 2015 French movie star Gerard Depardieu sought to play down controversy over his views on Ukraine and Russia at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, but couldn't resist the chance to praise his friend Vladimir Putin. After presenting his new movie "Valley of Love" with fellow French icon Isabelle Huppert, Depardieu faced questions about his much-criticised decision to take Russian citizenship in 2013. "I know Vladimir Putin, I like him very much.


'Dad bods' conquer Cannes

Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 The movie industry's obsession with slim figures and six-packs is notorious but if the Cannes Film Festival is anything to go by, a generous gut may now be key to winning critics' hearts. Stars ranging from Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix and France's larger-than-life icon Gerard Depardieu sported "dad bods", as a bit of male flab has come to be known, in well-received movies premiering at cinema's top showcase. While the chiselled torsos of stars such as Matthew McConaughey and French heartthrob Jeremie Elkaim couldn't save their Cannes movies from a critical mauling, a bit of paunch went over big at the festival, at least on screen.


Judge allowing new lawsuit in Sofia Vergara embryo fight

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2013, file photo, Nick Loeb, left, and Sofia Vergara pose in the audience at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ruled Friday, May 22, 2015, that Loeb can file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of embryos he created with Vergara before their relationship ended last year. Loeb wants the embryos to be implanted in a surrogate but Vergara's attorney says Loeb doesn't have a viable legal claim. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance will be allowed to file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of two embryos he created with the "Modern Family" star, a judge ruled Friday.


Canine from 'Arabian Nights' fetches Palm Dog award at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival logo on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, southeastern France The coveted Palm Dog award for best canine was fetched at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday by Lucky, who appears in an epic Portuguese film, "Arabian Nights". The second-place jury prize went to the father-son Border Collies that appeared in eccentric fable "The Lobster" alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which the jury said was the first time a dog had played a human trapped in a dog's body. "I think it was the jumpers (sweaters) -- it has 10 different dog jumpers in this film from checked to red," said Kate Muir, film critic for The Times, on presenting the award, adding that Lucky also proved her ability to fetch newspapers.


Tim Roth tells Cannes it's 'crazy' to ban assisted suicide

British actor Tim Roth attends a press conference for the film "Chronic" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France on May 22, 2015 Actor Tim Roth said he fully supported assisted suicide, saying it was "crazy" that governments still opposed it, after playing an end-of-life nurse in his latest Cannes Film Festival entry on Friday. "I'm all for it -- that's crazy to make people go through that," said Roth at a press conference after a screening of "Chronic" on the French Riviera. Mexican director Michel Franco said he was surprised to find that many nurses helped people die regardless of the law.


CANNES WATCH: Toni Garrn sparkles in silver on red carpet

Model Toni Garrn poses for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film The Little Prince at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) CANNES, France (AP) — German model Toni Garrn brought a touch of little mermaid to the Cannes red carpet for "The Little Prince" in a sparkly, swanky silver gown that trailed elegantly to the floor, with bare shoulders and a crossover cutaway midriff.


Harvey Keitel's hunger still strong in Sorrentino's 'Youth'

Actor Harvey Keitel poses for a photograph to promote the film Youth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) CANNES, France (AP) — The aging stars of "Youth" are slowly rousing the morning after a late night in Cannes celebrating the premiere of Paolo Sorrentino's latest film.


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