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Leonardo DiCaprio auctions space travel ticket

Leonardo-DiCaprioCannes, May 24 : Actor Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned here a ticket for Virgin Galactic space trip 2015 for an international non-profit organisation that supports AIDS research.

The 39-year old auctioned off a ticket to board one of the first commercial flights into space, for an organisation that supports amFAR, reports contactmusic. com.

The person, who won the bidding war has not yet been identified, but he will now be joining the actor on a Virgin Galactic space trip in 2015.

I make her look good: Abhishek on Ash

Abhishek-AshCannes, May 23 : Abhishek Bachchan seems to have fallen in love with his wife all over again. The actor, who joined the former beauty queen in the French Riviera, quips "I make her look good".

At the amfAR gala here Thursday night, the star couple made a stunning appearance, with Abhishek dressed in all black and Aishwarya making a style statement in an elegant shimmering gown. Picture perfect, Bollywood's star couple made for a cosy and romantic eye-in-eye candid photograph at the gala.

Kristen wants to keep Pattinson out of sight

Kristen-StewartCannes, May 23 : Actress Kristen Stewart reportedly decided to stay away from the Cannes International Film Festival till her ex-boyfriend and actor Robert Pattinson was in town.

The actress didn’t land in France until her former flame had left, and instead of flying in a few days in advance to attend the the Chanel dinner here May 2, she decided to stay away from the fest, reports contactmusic. com.

“Kristen avoided coming to Cannes until Rob had left. She does not want to party with Rob right now, he’s really hurt her. She can’t stand seeing him dating all these other girls, it’s too much to take," said a source.

Pattinson, Stewart won't see each other at Cannes

Pattinson-StewartCannes, May 19 : Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won’t be spending time together at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival 2014.

According to a source, the 24-year-old Kristen and Pattinson, 28, won't even look at one another at the fest, reports showbizspy. com.

“Kristen and Rob will not see each other at Cannes. Their films are screening far apart from each other," said a source.

Pattinson's "The Rover" and "Map to the Stars" are scheduled to be screened May 18 and May 19 respectively.

Pattinson at Cannes film fest

Robert-PattinsonCannes, May 17 : Actor Robert Pattinson is here for the ongoing 67th Cannes International Film Festival, where his arrival was welcomed warmly by a coterie of fans.

The 28-year-old is in town to attend the movie gala -- which kicked off Wednesday -- on behalf of not one, but two films, reports eonline. com.

The first is "The Rover", a dystopian crime drama shot in Australia costarring Guy Pearce and directed by David Michod, while the second film is "Maps to the Stars", directed by David Cronenberg.

Need more freedom for filmmaking in India: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag-KashyapCannes, May 20 : India's rising star director Anurag Kashyap has complained that filmmakers in in the country still do not enjoy the kind of freedom of space and expression that would allow them to make meaningful films.

"Today, we are forced to treat our audience as children of less than five years and hence we have to only make goody-goody films with a huge dose of escapism. I want to have the option making films that tackle the issues of Indian society head on, rather than being obliged to refer to them in an oblique fashion," Kashyap said at a discussion on the future of Indian cinema at the Cannes Film Festival here.

Cannes movie marathon ends as top honours unveiled

Cannes movie marathon ends as top honours unveiledCannes, France  - The Cannes Film Festival ends Sunday with no clear favourite having emerged in the race for top honours in what has been vintage year for the world's leading movie showcase.

Indeed, as the countdown to the jury's announcement at a lavish award ceremony gets underway, a slew of movies have emerged as leading contenders for the festival's coveted Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for 2009 with few willing to lay beats on the victor.

Tsai Ming-Liang's Visage closes Cannes competition

 Tsai Ming-Liang's Visage closes Cannes competition Cannes - Taiwan-based arthouse director Tsai Ming-Liang ended the 62nd Cannes Film Festival's main competition Saturday with a display of stunning visuals in his latest movie Visage (Face).

It was a fitting end to the Cannes festival's race for the coveted Palme d'Or, which has included some remarkable visual moments from human longing through to futurism as well as sweeping vistas displaying the force of nature.

Tsai Ming-Liang's Visage closes Cannes competition

62nd Cannes Film FestivalCannes - Taiwan-based arthouse director Tsai Ming-Liang ended the 62nd Cannes Film Festival's main competition Saturday with a display of stunning visuals in his latest movie Visage (Face).

It was a fitting end to the Cannes festival's race for the coveted Palme d'Or, which has included some remarkable visual moments from human longing through to futurism as well as sweeping vistas displaying the force of nature.

Cannes rolls out vintage year in films

Cannes rolls out vintage year in filmsCannes  - If there are a few folorn-looking souls strolling along the Croisette, Cannes' beach-front boulevard, this weekend, it will be because a vintage year for the city's film festival has come to an end.

Indeed, the 62nd festival wraps on Sunday with the awarding of Cannes' iconic Palme d'Or after 12 days and a host of strong works by some of the world's best film artists, making it very difficult to call which film might emerge as the victor.

Asian cinema sizes up Hollywood giant

CannesCannes, France - As any good entrepreneur will tell you, there is always an opportunity in any business downturn.

This is how the Asian motion picture business appears to be sizing up its prospects, a result of the economic storm that has swept through the world film industry over the last 18 months, hitting Hollywood particularly hard.

With signs of a strong domestic movie market driven by a home-grown product, the Asian movie business continues to grow in international stature spurred on by the digital revolution and Hollywood remakes of Asian film hits.

Power failure hits Cannes

Power failure hits CannesCannes - The French city of Cannes was hit by a power failure Tuesday as it was staging what is the world's leading film festival.

While festival officials said an emergency generator meant that screenings and events on Cannes' famed red carpet would continue, many shops throughout the Cote d'Azur town shut their doors as a result of the power failure.

French energy officials warned that it could take some time to return power to the city, which each year hosts the festival attracting the top figures in the global motion picture business and the world's leading stars.

Film director: Violent crime part of daily life in Philippines

Filipino director Brillante MendozaCannes  - Filipino director Brillante Mendoza said Sunday he made his film Kinatay about a young man's plunge into violent crime as a reminder to the Philippines of how brutal gangs have become part of the country's everyday life.

"We have seen this story a lot in the Philippines - (media) stories about people being butchered and massacred," Mendoza told a press conference in Cannes marking his movie's premiere at the world's leading film festival.

Ang Lee's film celebrates Woodstock spirit

Ang Lee's film celebrates Woodstock spiritCannes  - Oscar-winning director Ang Lee admits he also was swept along with the spirit of Woodstock when making his tribute to the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.

"I was in peace and happiness making the film," said Taiwanese- born Lee Saturday at a press conference marking the screening of his Taking Woodstock at the Cannes Film Festival.

"I am not particularly a rock fan or person," US-based Lee said, who added that it wanted to explore the cultural phenomena surrounding the three-day music extravaganza.

Hrithik-Barbara Starrer 'Kites' To Be Marketed At Cannes Film Festival

Hrithik-Barbara Starrer 'Kites' To Be Marketed At Cannes Film FestivalAccording to reports, Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Kites’, which is one of the much-awaited films of this year (2009), will be marketed during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival, starting May 13, by Reliance BIG Pictures.

Reliance ADAG will market 18 movies in all including various films in world cinema and popular cinema sections.

Cannes challenges Beijing film censors By Andrew McCathie

Cannes challenges Beijing film censors By Andrew McCathieCannes - Chinese director Lou Ye appears unperturbed about the reaction from Beijing to his latest movie, which delves into subjects the nation's heavy-handed censors prefer to keep out of the country's cinema.

He shot the film despite an official ban on him making films.

Clandestinely filmed in the provincial Chinese metropolis of Nanjing, Lou's Spring Fever, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, is a movie about desire that revolves around a passionate affair between a married man and his more openly gay lover.

Cannes rolls out the red carpet with a comedy opening festival Eds: Festival runs from May 13-24

Cannes rolls out the red carpet with a comedy opening festival Eds: Festival runs from May 13-24Cannes  - A 3-D comedy about a cranky old man who ties helium balloons to his house in the hope of fulfilling a boyhood dream of flying to South America makes Cannes Film Festival history Wednesday when it becomes first animated movie to open the world's greatest movie fest.

Almodovar explores the frontier between art and reality

Almodovar explores the frontier between art and realityMadrid - In Pedro Almodovar's new film Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces), movie director Mateo falls in love with his leading actress Lena, who lives unhappily together with their film's rich elderly producer.

The couple's forbidden passion vibrates with all the emotion of a great love story, yet it also has a strangely celluloid quality to it, as if art were truer to life than life itself.

Will Hollywood see a happy end despite recession ?

Will Hollywood see a happy end despite recession ?Los Angeles - Spotting the world's greatest movie stars at the Cannes film festival might be a little more difficult than usual this year.

The number of Hollywood films at the competition is at a record low and US movie studios are cutting back spending on trips to the glamorous French Riviera.

Like every other sector of the US economy, they are feeling the sharp effects of the global economic downturn industry officials say.

No WTO accession on "humiliating terms," Medvedev says

World Trade OrganisationCannes, France - The World Trade Organization does not work properly and Russia will not join it if the conditions for accession are "humiliating," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday ahead of a summit with European Union leaders.

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