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From Hollywood 'God' to #MeToo pariah: the disgrace of Weinstein

New York - For decades, he was the kingmaker lording it over Hollywood who Meryl Streep famously called "God." But on Friday, Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, the most famous pariah of the #MeToo cause.

Weinstein arraigned in New York for rape, criminal sex act

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was arraigned in a New York court Friday, charged with rape and a criminal sex act on two women, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations that triggered the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein to 'surrender' to NY authorities Friday: US media

New York - Disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday following a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women, US media reported.

Lebanese director tipped for Cannes glory rejects 'woman quota' win

Cannes - The Lebanese director tipped to become only the second woman ever to win the top prize at the Cannes film festival will be very annoyed if her accolade is billed as the feminist choice of a #MeToo jury.

Race for gold reaches climax at politically charged Cannes

Cannes - A jury led by Cate Blanchett will crown the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or for best film at Cannes Saturday, after a politically charged festival rocked by controversy and the #MeToo movement.

Films in the running for the top prize at Cannes

Cannes - From an African-American detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan to Kurdish female fighters battling jihadists, here are the movies vying for the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival, to be awarded Saturday by a jury led by Cate Blanchett.

Star power dims at post-Weinstein Cannes AIDS gala

Cannes - The downfall of Harvey Weinstein weighed heavily on the most glamorous party of the Cannes film festival Thursday, with many A-listers ducking out of an AIDS benefit gala with which he was closely associated.

Soon screening near you? Blockchain tech premieres at Cannes

Cannes - Blockchain may not be the most glamorous new star at the Cannes festival but experts touting the technology say it will rock the world of film even if the red carpet crowd doesn't know it yet.

US film explores legacy of anti-Chinese immigration law

Los Angeles - More than a century before President Donald Trump began blocking arrivals from the Middle East and Africa, the American immigration debate was already being forged in the crucible of Chinese exclusion.

Film shows 'fearless' pope taking on church

Cannes - There is a killer moment in the new film "Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word" when you realise what he is up against.

Israel clucks with pride after Eurovision victory

Jerusalem - Israel revelled in its victory at the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefly breaking out in a chicken dance in tribute and social media abuzz.

Barred Iranian director gets standing Cannes ovation

Cannes - The new film by Iran's Jafar Panahi, who is banned from leaving Iran, has premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival, with a seat left symbolically empty for the dissident director.

Israel wins Eurovision with #MeToo inspired song

Lisbon - Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song "Toy" whose lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo movement.

'Let's climb!' Female stars call for equal pay in Cannes protest

Cannes - Hollywood stars including Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek called Saturday for equal pay in the cinema industry and beyond in a historic red carpet protest at the Cannes film festival.

Eurovision Song Contest final kicks off in Portugal

Lisbon - Cyprus and Israel were frontrunners as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual song and dance fest known for its outrageous costumes and glitz, kicked off in Lisbon on Saturday night.

'I've been blacklisted' says Poland's Oscar-winning director

Cannes - Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski claimed Friday that he had been blacklisted by Poland's populist rightwing government and compared censorship in the country now to the dark days of communism.

Hollywood glitters as 'Star Wars' stages 'Solo' premiere

Los Angeles - Lucasfilm brought the biggest party in the galaxy to Hollywood on Thursday as rapt devotees gathered under the Millennium Falcon for the world premiere of the latest "Star Wars" spin-off.

'I was so naive': Weinstein wife lifts lid on scandal

New York - The estranged British fashion designer wife of Harvey Weinstein claims she "never" suspected him of wrongdoing and was "so naive," in her first interview since the Hollywood mogul's downfall over sexual misconduct revelations.

Detained Russian director gets standing ovation at Cannes

Cannes - A new film by the enfant terrible of Russian theatre -- who is under house arrest in Moscow -- received a standing ovation and rave reviews Thursday after it was shown at the Cannes film festival.

Israel's Netta, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

Lisbon - With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has become the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Pop star Chris Brown named in sex assault lawsuit

Los Angeles - A Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Chris Brown and a fellow rapper, alleging she was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted at Brown's home during a drug- and alcohol-fueled party last year.

Terry Gilliam: An escape artist to other worlds

Paris - From the surrealism of Monty Python to the dystopian vision of "Brazil", British director Terry Gilliam has a unique talent for creating worlds of the baroque -- where imagination overthrows reality.

Lisbon in Eurovision tourism boost as locals sing the blues

Lisbon - With Lisbon steeped in kitsch and glam as it prepares to host this year's grand finale of Eurovision, officials are hoping the pop fest will draw even more tourists to the Portuguese capital.

Under house arrest, Russia's Serebrennikov misses Cannes festival

Moscow - Under house arrest since August last year, Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov will miss the Cannes Film Festival this week, where his film "Leto" or Summer is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize.

Films in the running for the top prize at Cannes

Cannes - From an African-American detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan to Kurdish female fighters battling jihadists, here are the movies that will compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival which starts Tuesday:- Everybody Knows -Irani...

Scandal, protesting stars and bans as Cannes festival opens

Cannes - The most political Cannes film festival in years opens Tuesday with female stars vowing to protest on the red carpet, two top directors barred from attending and bans hanging over other movies.

Female Hollywood stars to protest on Cannes red carpet

Cannes - Around 100 top actresses and female film directors will stage a protest on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival to support the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, the organisers said Monday.

Bollywood star Siddiqui takes 'free speech' hero to Cannes

Mumbai - When Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui walks the red carpet at Cannes he may take a moment to ponder just how far he has come and where he is headed.

Refugee baby inspires French Eurovision quest

Paris - French pop duo "Madame Monsieur" hope a song inspired by the plight of a refugee baby plucked from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean will strike a chord at next week's Eurovision song contest.

Stormy Daniels taunts fake Trump as lawyer presses media blitz

Washington - Porn actress Stormy Daniels took aim at Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live with comedy as her lawyer pressed forward Sunday with a straight-faced media offensive against the president.
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