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Diop makes history as first black woman to win big at Cannes

Cannes - The first black women director ever to compete for the top prize at Cannes in its 72-year history took its second prize Grand Prix Saturday for her haunting ghost story about African migrants.

South Korea's biting satirist Bong makes history at Cannes

Seoul - South Korea's Bong Joon-ho has confirmed his status as one of world's greatest directors with his Cannes film festival win for "Parasite", a fabulously funny morality tale about the widening gap between rich and poor.

'Parasite', South Korean comedy about class rage, wins Cannes gold

Cannes - "Parasite", a black comedy about a family of clever scammers from South Korea's underclass, won the Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes on Saturday, the first time a Korean director has scooped the coveted award in the film festival's 72-year history.

Opera singers prepare like Olympic athletes for 'Tosca' in Washington

Washington - On the eve of every performance, Riccardo Massi goes silent, not uttering a single word all day. It's part of the Italian tenor's strict regimen to preserve his instrument -- his vocal cords.

Polanski's wife hits out at Tarantino over Sharon Tate

Cannes - Roman Polanski's wife hit out at Quentin Tarantino on Friday for not consulting her husband over his critically-acclaimed "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood" which features Polanski's late second wife Sharon Tate as a character.

Controversial 'Old Town Road' country-rap megahit highlights black cowboy culture

New York - A now-ubiquitous mash-up of country and southern hip hop, cowboy hats and Gucci, stallions and Maseratis, the wildly viral song "Old Town Road" went from meme to megahit within weeks.

Tarantino strikes Cannes gold with 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood'

Cannes - Quentin Tarantino stormed into Cannes Tuesday with "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood", which critics at the world's biggest film festival hailed as his best movie in years.

'Injured' Maradona unable to attend Cannes film festival

Cannes - Football legend Diego Maradona will not attend the Cannes film festival, where a documentary about his life is being premiered, after he injured his shoulder, its director told AFP Sunday.

'Avengers' star to go under cover in comedy cop flick

Cannes - "Avengers" star Chris Hemsworth is to play an undercover detective in a $40 million comedy about two mismatched cops investigating a series of casino heists, the distributors told media at Cannes on Sunday.

Eva Longoria warns abortion bans are danger to women

Cannes - Actress Eva Longoria said restrictive abortion laws passed in Alabama and Missouri are a threat to women, with stars set to protest against the bans on the Cannes red carpet Saturday.

Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Israel's controversial Eurovision

Apo - Holland, Sweden and Australia are the bookmakers' favourites going into Saturday's Eurovision song contest finals, as last year's winner and current host Israel battles to emerge with the biggest brand boost.

Amazon buys US rights for Cannes hit 'Les Miserables'

New York - Amazon Studios has acquired US rights for Ladj Ly's film "Les Miserables," a debut work in the running for the top prize at Cannes.

Palestinians plan Eurovision alternative

Ramallah - Israel hosts the Eurovision song contest this week and the thousands of visitors who come with it, but Palestinians are planning an alternative they hope draws attention to the country's occupation.

Lights, camera... creche! Cannes gets red carpet nursery

Cannes - In a sunny corner overlooking the yacht-filled harbour, a handful of Cannes' youngest visitors are bouncing around a vibrant-coloured carpet in the first-ever creche at the world's biggest film festival.

Cannes idol Gomez says social media 'terrible' for her generation

Cannes - US pop icon-turned-actress Selena Gomez warned Wednesday that social media had been "terrible" for her generation, saying she tried to set a good example for her 150 million followers on Instagram.

Five big moments to watch for Cannes stargazers

Cannes - The fabled French Riviera movie showcase has done its all to rekindle its love affair with Hollywood, and a parade of celebrities are walking the Cannes red carpet during the 12-day event.

Film about the Christchurch mosque massacre announced at Cannes

Cannes - The New Zealand mosque massacre in which a white supremacist slaughtered 51 people is to be turned into a movie called "Hello Brother", its producer told media at Cannes on Wednesday.

Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning

Jerusalem - Hackers have succeeded in flashing a fake rocket attack warning during a webcast of a Eurovision song contest semi-final in an incident Israel's public broadcaster blamed on Islamist group Hamas.

Israel rabbis order prayer over Eurovision 'desecration'

Jerusalem - Leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israeli called on Wednesday for prayer in response to the expected desecration of the Jewish holy day of rest by the Eurovision song contest.

Glitzy Cannes film festival opens teeming with stars

Cannes - The Cannes film festival opened Tuesday with one of the glitziest line-ups in years as Hollywood stars and studios return in strength to the world's biggest film jamboree.

Cannes ups the glamour with $1 billion facelift

Cannes - After years of living off their glamorous reputation, Cannes's five-star hotels are getting a $1-billion makeover to make them fit to host Hollywood's A-listers.

'Avengers' still tops in N.America but 'Pikachu' shows spark

Los Angeles - "Avengers: Endgame" led the North American box office for a third week running, but the cuddly creatures of a new "Pokemon" movie gave the superheroes a run for its money, final figures showed Monday.

Cannes rocks! Tsunami of pop stars make film festival splash

Cannes - Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits... The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to look like a dream rock festival line-up.

Cannes makes a killing on the film festival

Cannes - The Cannes film festival is not just about killings made on big-money movie deals sealed over champagne in hotel suites and on luxury yachts.It is a goldmine too for many locals in the French Riviera resort.

Palestinians want Jerusalem cut from Eurovision videos

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority called Saturday for Jerusalem to be cut from videos promoting Eurovision, accusing Israel of "propaganda" ahead of Tel Aviv hosting the song contest.

'Boyz n the Hood' director John Singleton dead at 51

New York - John Singleton, director of the groundbreaking 1991 movie about US inner city life "Boyz n the Hood," died Monday at the age of 51, his family announced, triggering a flood of tributes hailing him as an "inspiration.

'Avengers' finale shatters records with $1.2 billion debut

Los Angeles - "Avengers: Endgame," the hugely-anticipated superhero series-ender from Marvel, set a new standard for Hollywood blockbusters this weekend with stunning hauls of $357 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide, industry data showed Monday.

Buena Vista Social Club's Portuondo blows final round of kisses

New York - As revolutions go, the emergence of Cuban music collective Buena Vista Social Club was certainly a peaceful one -- but it sent cultural shockwaves still vibrating today.

Avengers assemble for final battle in 'Endgame'

Los Angeles - After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time -- and their last adventure could shatter all box office records.

Mick Jagger says 'on the mend' after medical procedure

New York - Legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said Friday he is "on the mend" after reportedly undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in New York -- news that gave his legions of fans a fright.
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