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Hungary's Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize
Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the Man Booker International Prize for what the judges said were "magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto transcendence". Krasznahorkai, 61, won the prestigious 60,000-pound ($90,000) prize for works that include "The Melancholy of Resistance", "Seiobo There Below" and "Satantango" and was chosen from among ten contenders.
Weisz, Blunt, Huppert discuss gender inequality at Cannes party
As the subject of women in film continues being discussed avidly at this year's Cannes Film Festival, actresses Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt and Isabelle Huppert said they hoped the added attention would help erase gender inequality in movies. "It's very sad that such an event as tonight has to happen, but we do need to draw attention to women in film," Weisz told Reuters at a private party hosted by Calvin Klein on Monday, feting notable women having an impact in the industry.
To heel or not to heel, that is the Cannes question
Perhaps not since Cinderella lost a glass slipper at the ball has there been such a stir about glamorous footwear as there was on Tuesday in Cannes over a report that women had been turned away from a film premiere for failing to wear heels. Social media and the festival gossip circuit lit up after the Screen Daily trade publication reported that a handful of women had been refused entry to Sunday's premiere of Todd Haynes's lesbian romance "Carol" for wearing flats.
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai returns to cinema with 'Jazbaa'
After a five-year hiatus to embrace motherhood, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan marked her return to the big screen by taking on one of her most demanding roles, playing a mother whose child is kidnapped in thriller "Jazbaa." A former Miss World and one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood, Rai Bachchan said the film stretched her as an actress, with each day posing new challenges to overcome.
Cementing stardom, actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson thanks Spielberg
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gave a shout-out to director Steven Spielberg on Tuesday as he imprinted his hands and feet into the concrete outside the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The wrestling champion-turned-actor called Spielberg one of his idols and thanked the Oscar-winning director for sending him a congratulatory note "out of the blue." "This man who has inspired me over the years, inspired movie-making and created characters that I lovedthis man told me: 'you're going for it, and just keep going for it,'" he said.
'Sicario' with Emily Blunt as FBI agent brings drug wars to Cannes
A film that Canadian director Denis Villeneuve says is meant to break "a cover of silence" about the brutality of the Mexican drug trade and the complicity of users in the violence that feeds their habits blasted its way into Cannes on Tuesday. "Sicario", which means hitman in Latin America, is an action-packed thriller in which agents cross territorial and legal boundaries.
On Walk of Fame, Melissa McCarthy thanks parents for 'terrible advice'
Comic actress Melissa McCarthy thanked her parents for giving her the "terrible advice" to stick with acting as she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. "Every time I said 'I'm going to quit college and do stand-up,' my mom and dad said, 'Great, work really hard at it, you can probably do it'," said McCarthy, whose mother was present.
More than three million people tune in to 'Mad Men' series finale
The series finale of the critically acclaimed TV show "Mad Men" drew 3.3 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen, a fraction of the audiences that tuned in for the endings of seminal dramas "Breaking Bad" and "The Sopranos." The AMC cable channel series, which chronicled the advertising world and shifts in American society during the 1960s through its main character, Don Draper, ended its eight-year run on Sunday night.
Musicians, from opera to blues, seek to play New York subways
It may not be the lights of Broadway but subway stations aren't a bad gig either, according to scores of musicians who auditioned on Tuesday to play in New York City's bustling underground terminals. The auditions, attracting players of classical music, cabaret, opera, blues, reggae and even cartoon tunes, are hosted by the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to select performers allowed to play, or busk, in subway stations from Times Square to Yankee Stadium.
Clooney finds optimism at heart of a promising 'Tomorrowland'
In a break from the sea of dystopian offerings aimed at young adult audiences, the world of tomorrow is given a glossy, Disney makeover in the studio's latest big budget spectacular. "Tomorrowland," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, sees Walt Disney's early visions of a scientific utopia come alive on screen; a vibrant creative paradise in a parallel realm, epitomizing mankind's true potential.