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'Anora' wins Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's top honor

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Sean Baker's “Anora,” a comic but devastating Brooklyn odyssey about a sex worker who marries the son of a wealthy Russian oligarch, won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. The win Saturday for “Anora” marked a coronation for Baker, the 53-year-old indie filmmaker of “The Florida Project " who used iPhones to make… Read

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Rapper Nicki Minaj says Dutch police told her they found pot in her bags

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Rapper Nicki Minaj said Saturday that police in the Netherlands discovered marijuana in her bags as she was preparing to leave the country for her next concert. Minaj tweeted that she was stopped at the Amsterdam airport as she was about to board a plane for a concert in Manchester,… Read

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Involuntary manslaughter allegation against Alec Baldwin advances toward trial with new court ruling

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A New Mexico judge has rejected a request by Alec Baldwin to dismiss the sole criminal charge against him in a fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust,” keeping the case on track for a trial this summer. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday upheld an indictment charging… Read

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Rapsody's brave new album, 'Please Don't Cry,' displays strength through vulnerability

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If truth has the power to set one free, then Rapsody’s new album, “Please Don’t Cry,” has removed her from emotional imprisonment and gifted her immeasurable liberation. “People put up a mirror for me. I sat in the mirror myself…it was the beginning of healing. Heart-broke: Why do you feel… Read

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Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes

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George Lucas told Cannes on Friday how he had to sneak into his own first premiere at the French film festival and explained why "Star Wars" movies have always been for kids. The 80-year-old legendary filmmaker also responded to criticism of a lack of diversity in his movies, and reflected… Read

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America's food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. Spurlock died Thursday in New York from complications of cancer, according to… Read

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Demi Moore, Cher and more stars raise money for AIDS research at amfAR gala near Cannes

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Some of the biggest stars in the French Rivera for the Cannes Film Festival made appearances at the 30th annual amfAR gala to raise money for AIDS research. Demi Moore, whose film “The Substance” caused a stir at Cannes, hosted this year's gala, a role launched by Elizabeth Taylor in… Read

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Cannes best documentaries go to African stories

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A film about an all-female Egyptian theater troupe and another about legendary photographer Ernest Cole shared the best documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. "Ernest Cole: Lost and Found" is the latest from Haitian director Raoul Peck, who made the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro" about… Read

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Comedian Dave Chappelle calls Israel-Hamas war a 'genocide,' urges Americans to fight antisemitism

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American comedian Dave Chappelle called the Israeli war on Hamas in Gaza a “genocide” Thursday to cheers during his performance in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, while urging Americans to fight antisemitism so Jews don’t feel like they need to be protected by Israel. Chappelle’s comments come as… Read

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Escaped Iran director arrives in Cannes

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Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof arrived at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday after his dramatic escape from his homeland after being sentenced to eight years in prison. "I can't believe I'm standing here," AFP journalists heard him telling officials in the Palais des Festivals, where the world's biggest film festival is… Read

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