Friday May 22, 2015

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans Friday in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta. More than 1,000...
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B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
Friday May 22, 2015
B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans Friday in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta. More than 1,000 people streamed past the body of the music legend during a four-hour public viewing, said Matt Phillips, manager of the Palm South Jones Mortuary several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Ushers ran out of 900 printed cards bearing King's dates of birth and death and lyrics to his signature song, "The Thrill is Gone." A steady string of King's hit songs — "Everyday I Have the Blues," ''Sweet Little Angel," ''Why I Sing the Blues" — never stopped as ushers directed people to move past a casket framed by floral arrangements and two of his guitars, always called Lucille. King died May 14 at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. One of his 11 surviving children, daughter Rita Washington, greeted some of the 350 people in line when the doors opened. The day smelled like desert rain, but just stayed gray. "Dad is just loving this," she said. "This is part of his homecoming." Hours later, another daughter, Shirley King, said she was nothing but angry about the venue and the viewing. "I'm very upset," she said. "I don't want to be out here disrespecting my father's rest. But something's wrong here." Shirley King lives in Chicago, and it was her first glimpse of B.B. King since December. She said she thought there should have been seats for people to sit and talk, not just an aisle to shuffle past the body. People who brought guitars had to leave them outside. No photos were permitted, and ushers stopped several people from trying. But Marilyn and Tommy Burress weren't disappointed. The couple from Milwaukee knew when they heard B.B. King had died that they had to pay their final respects. They were in Las Vegas this week for Tommy Burress' 72nd birthday. "It's inspiring to see how many lives he touched," Tommy Burress, a retired auto worker, said afterward, "how many people loved his music and loved his attitude — friendliness, friendship and love of the people." Pam Hargraves, 50, flew to Las Vegas from Providence, Rhode Island, because she couldn't bear not to say goodbye to a performer she'd seen maybe 50 times at venues around the world. "I just knew when he passed, wherever he was, I would be there," she said. The viewing was followed by a Friday night musical tribute at a rock 'n' roll venue on the Las Vegas Strip hosted by Shirley King, who performs as Daughter of the Blues. A Saturday memorial was set at a Palm Mortuary chapel in downtown Las Vegas. In King's Mississippi hometown, Indianola, hundreds of people were expected to attend the B.B. King Homecoming Festival on Sunday, a free gathering he started 35 years ago. A procession Wednesday on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to begin the last leg of his trip back to Indianola for burial May 30. In Las Vegas, the family feud began weeks ago, when King was hospitalized and then brought home for hospice care. Several of his adult children accused his longtime business agent, LaVerne Toney, of endangering his health and raiding his wealth. A judge said two investigations found no evidence that King was mistreated or abused. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King accuse Toney of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died — and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his casket. They and three other children — Washington, Willie King and Barbara King Winfree — refer to themselves as a family board. They've hired a lawyer to handle their complaints. "We're his children," Patty King said after a private family viewing of King's body on Thursday. "We're going to fight with every breath in our body." Toney, who worked for King for 39 years, said she's doing what B.B. King said he wanted. "They want to do what they want to do, which is take over, I guess," Toney said of the family group. "But that wasn't Mr. King's wishes." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Ken Ritter from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Amy Schumer to co-write, star in mother-daughter comedy
Friday May 22, 2015
Amy Schumer to co-write, star in mother-daughter comedy

Comedian Amy Schumer has signed on to an as-yet-untitled film to be produced by "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig.The star of "Inside Amy Schumer" will write alongside her sister, Kim Caramele, reworking an initial script by Katie Dippold, according to The Hollywood Reporter.While plot details have yet to be revealed, the film is reportedly an action comedy along the lines of Feig's "The Heat," focusing on a mother and daughter "trapped in a vacation gone wrong."In addition to her hit TV show, Schumer wrote and stars in "Trainwreck," directed by Judd Apatow and coming to theaters July 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Breaking Bad'-inspired cocktail lab hits London streets in RV
Friday May 22, 2015
'Breaking Bad'-inspired cocktail lab hits London streets in RV

"Breaking Bad" fans jonesing for more of their favorite show may be interested to know of a pop-up bar inspired by the series that will turn an RV into a mobile cocktail lab in London this summer.It’s been about two years since the show ended. But in a testament to its cult popularity, the show continues to inspire entrepreneurs and fans. In the latest attempt to keep the series alive, the ABQ bar in London -- which stands for the show’s setting, Albuquerque, New Mexico -- will serve as an experimental cocktail lab allowing guests to cook up their drinks, not unlike the way Walt and Jesse cooked their meth. The ABQ concept comes from the same folks who brought London their first owl-themed pop-up bar. For one week last month, punters were able to sip a pint while petting live owls as part of an owl conservation program in the UK. ABQ will operate for three months in London this summer. For £30 ($47 USD), guests will be shown how to mix their own drinks with the help of a mixologist. The RV fits about 20 people at a time. The show’s popularity, meanwhile, proved a boon for the city of Albuquerque, turning it into a major tourist hotspot for fans and big business for local entrepreneurs. ABQ Trolley Co. created a weekly one-hour tour that takes fans to 13 film locations around the city, including Walter White’s house and Los Pollos Hermanos, a fast-food burrito joint where all the shadowy drug dealings go down. The show has also inspired Breaking Bad beer, donuts and bath salts -- your garden, bathroom, bathtub variety, that is. Meanwhile, more than 21,240 people have already signed up for the chance to win tickets to the ABQ bar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sweden, Russia hot favourites for Eurovision jamboree
Friday May 22, 2015
Sweden, Russia hot favourites for Eurovision jamboree

Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow was bookies' favourite Friday to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's glitzy annual music extravaganza, followed by Russian diva Polina Gagarina and cheeky Italian pop opera trio Il Volo. Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian, given a special wild card entry for Eurovision's 60th anniversary year, was close behind with Belgium's Loic Nottet on the eve of the grand final in Vienna. "I never believed it until they actually said 'Sweden'. I'm very happy. Being in the Eurovision final is huge for me," Zelmerlow said late Thursday after making it through the last semi-final with his song "Heroes". Bringing up the rear among the 27 acts for Saturday's final from 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), expected to be watched by some 200 million people worldwide, were Germany, Montenegro and Poland's wheelchair-bound Monika Kuszynska. Among the acts who failed to make it through the two semi-finals were Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (PKN), a Finnish punk band with mental disabilities who entered with Eurovision's shortest-ever song at 85 seconds. Eurovision has evolved over the decades from a restrained, largely serious contest into an uproarious anything-goes festival awash with flamboyant, outrageous or sometimes just plain wierd performances. With the notable exception of Zelmerlow's compatriots ABBA in 1974, winning the contest is far from a guarantee of international commercial success however, although some of the songs themselves become hits. Ireland are overall Eurovision champions with seven victories, followed by the UK, Luxembourg, Sweden and France on five. The Netherlands have four titles, and Israel, Denmark and Norway three. The 2015 competition is in Vienna because last year's winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, is Austrian. If Australia wins, the next contest will however not be held "Down Under", organisers say. Conchita's message of tolerance has been enthusiastically adopted by Viennese authorities, including with special gay-themed traffic lights. There was also a Conchita lookalike contest scheduled for Friday afternoon. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance says he'll fight to save embryos
Friday May 22, 2015
Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance says he'll fight to save embryos

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Sofia Vergara's former fiance says in an op-ed that he sued the "Modern Family" star to protect their frozen embryos because he longs to become a parent and doesn't want the "two lives" they created to "be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of time." Businessman Nick Loeb wrote Wednesday on NYTimes.com (http://nyti.ms/1GHN4DK ) that as the child of divorced parents he yearned to have the kind of family depicted in artist Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings. He said when he was in his 20s, his girlfriend had an abortion and the decision was "entirely out of my hands." Later, he married a woman with whom he tried to have children with the help of a fertility specialist. The marriage eventually ended. When he and Vergara became engaged, he said, he began "to push for children" but she insisted they use a surrogate. He said initially two fertilized embryos were created. The first one implanted didn't take and the surrogate miscarried the second. "I felt crushed," he wrote. Two more embryos were created before their relationship ended. He said he was willing to take full parental responsibility if Vergara didn't want to share custody, but she refused. The two had signed a form stating that any embryos they created could only be brought to term if both of them agreed. Loeb said the form didn't specifically say, as California law requires, what would happen to the embryos if they separated. "A woman is entitled to bring a pregnancy to term even if the man objects," he said. "Shouldn't a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects?" Loeb said Vergara's lawyer has told reporters that she wants to keep the embryos frozen indefinitely. "In my view, keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them," he said. Vergara didn't immediately return a request for comment. Loeb wrote that people have asked him why he doesn't just move on and have a family of his own. "I have every intention of doing so," he said. "But that doesn't mean I should let the two lives I have already created be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of time." He said he takes the responsibility of being a parent seriously. "This is not just about saving lives; it is also about being pro-parent." ___ Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer, Critics Week jury member: 'my main tools are light and the frame'
Saturday May 23, 2015
Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer, Critics Week jury member: 'my main tools are light and the frame'

Peter Suschitzky has worked as cinematographer for films by John Boorman, Ken Russell, Tim Burton and, most notably, David Cronenberg. This year the 72-year-old director of photography was extra busy at Cannes, as part of the jury of the 54th edition of the Critics' Week and because the film "Tale of Tales" by Matteo Garrone, which he recently worked on, is in compeition for the Palme d'Or in the Official Selection.A changing approach "You hit the style when you do the first shot. I work very much from the gut... It's different in every film because I don't have a [set] work method so I'm very instinctive." Using this philosopy Suschitzky has worked with David Cronenberg since 1988's "Dead Ringers," shooting 10 films for the Canadian filmmaker. Suschitzky says his visual looks change slightly from film to film, shaped by the scripts and his "instinctive" way of working. With such a resumé, Suschitzky would seem to have seen everything and know all there is to know about this kind of work, but he notes that he is also still learning and embracing new techologies. "I've already shot four films with four different types of cameras, digital cameras and I've embraced it straight away. Since the first shot I did for my first digital film I thought I wouldn't wanted to came back to film." "The camera becomes a part of my body.... Light and the frames are my main tools. I try to arrive at a result that seems interesting to look at with every scene but every film is a struggle to make." Group decisions A different kind of struggle is the work as a jury member, and this year along with French director Katell Quillévéré;Toronto International Film Festival programmer, Andréa Picard; Dutch film critic Boyd van Hoeij; and of course Israeli actress and director Ronit Elkabetz, who heads the jury crew, he helped choose the winners for the Critics' Week. The films earning prizes were "Paulina" by Argentinan director Santiago Mitre (Nespresso Grand Prize) and "La tierra y la sombra" (France 4 Visionary Award & SACD Award) by César Augusto Acevedo from Colombia. "Varicella" by Fulvio Risuleo won the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize in the short films competition, while French movie "Ni le ciel ni la terre" by Clément Cogitore won the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution and "Ramona" by Andrei Cretulescu won the Canal+ Award "I did see very interesting films at la Semaine de la Critique.... when you work as a jury you know it's gonna be a soup of different films and different opinions," Suschitzky offered up on the process. ----- La Semaine de la Critique (or International Critics' Week) is the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival devoted to director debut features. During this year's edition, from May 14 to 22, emerging journalists taking part in the Talents Critiques program shared their day-to-day views on the event, which in past years has revealed leading filmmakers including Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé and Alejandro González Iñárritu. http://www.semainedelacritique.com/EN/talents-critiques.php Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cannes 2015: highlights for Saturday, May 23
Friday May 22, 2015
Cannes 2015: highlights for Saturday, May 23

This Saturday, the screening of "Macbeth" will close out the competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy.This will be the fourth consecutive year the French actress has starred in a film in the official selection at Cannes. After acclaimed performances in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," James Gray's "The Immigrant" and the Dardenne brothers' "Two Days, One Night," Cotillard returns as one half of the scheming Scottish couple in Kurzel's "Macbeth." Fassbender and Cotillard will soon reunite with the Australian filmmaker on the set of another adaptation: a film based on the "Assassin's Creed" video game franchise. "Macbeth" will be the final film screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. On Sunday, the jury presided by Ethan and Joel Coen will announce the winner at the closing ceremony, scheduled to begin at 18:50pm local time. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cannes: 'Embrace of the Serpent,' 'My Golden Days' take Directors' Fortnight honors
Friday May 22, 2015
Cannes: 'Embrace of the Serpent,' 'My Golden Days' take Directors' Fortnight honors

The winners of the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) were revealed at the Cannes Film Festival Friday, with Colombian film "Embrace of the Serpent" and French film "My Golden Days" each taking prizes.Ciro Guerra's "Embrace of the Serpent" took the Art Cinema Award in the non-competitive sidebar, while Arnaud Desplechin's "My Golden Days" ("Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse") won the SACD prize for a French-language film. "Mustang" by Deniz Gamze Ergüven won the Europa Cinemas award, "Papé" by Nicolas Polixène took the Oceans France Ô Prize and Fyzal Boulifa's "Rate Me" took the Illy Prize for a short film, with mention for "The Exquisite Corpus" by Peter Tscherkassky. www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Amy Schumer to co-write, star in mother-daughter comedy
Friday May 22, 2015
Amy Schumer to co-write, star in mother-daughter comedy

Comedian Amy Schumer has signed on to an as-yet-untitled film to be produced by "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig.The star of "Inside Amy Schumer" will write alongside her sister, Kim Caramele, reworking an initial script by Katie Dippold, according to The Hollywood Reporter.While plot details have yet to be revealed, the film is reportedly an action comedy along the lines of Feig's "The Heat," focusing on a mother and daughter "trapped in a vacation gone wrong."In addition to her hit TV show, Schumer wrote and stars in "Trainwreck," directed by Judd Apatow and coming to theaters July 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes
Friday May 22, 2015
'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes

A new animated film based on the best-selling French book "The Little Prince" was to premiere in Cannes on Friday, adding a touch of childhood magic to the red carpet of the movie festival.The $63-million (57-million-euro) cartoon is the most expensive France has made, and its choice of a US director, Mark Osborne, who made "Kung Fu Panda", aims it squarely at the family market dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks. Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro head the English-language voice cast. The film is not a faithful adaptation of the book, which mixes swipes at selfish adults with accessible philosophising through the account of a stranded aviator conversing with a space-travelling boy-prince. Rather it takes scenes and characters from the book and weaves them into a modern-day story that stresses the importance of imagination in a regimented world. The main character is a studious young girl being brought up by her super-efficient single mother. The child befriends a kooky next-door neighbour who spends his time star-gazing, trying to fix a tatty old airplane -- and writing the tale that becomes "The Little Prince". As the little girl reads the neighbour's story, she changes, learning to trust in childhood flights of fancy and whimsy. "I thought this was a beautiful way to present the story in a different way," Osborne told a news conference ahead of the premiere. "The aviator becomes an embodiment of the Little Prince -- he's a very old man but he has all the wisdom of the Little Prince." Making the nine-year-old girl a small adult who has to rediscover her inner child helped drive the story along while capturing one of the themes of the book, he said. - 'Tough to adapt' book - The original book, by writer-aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is "tough to adapt," said Dimitri Rassam, one of the French co-producers who secured the rights for the movie. "It is intimate and fragile, and Mark Osborne's genius was to insert the book into a larger story," he said. The fact that a US director helmed it, and that the modern settings look more like America than France did not distract from the essence of the story, he said. "It's really a universal work," Rassam said, adding that he had "cried each time" he saw the movie. Around 250 people worked to make the picture, which relies on two animation techniques: the smooth, computer-generated 3D images familiar from Hollywood cartoons and stop-motion sequences for scenes taken from the book. The movie, which is not in the race for Cannes's Palme d'Or prize, won warm applause at its press screening ahead of the premiere. It is to get its wide French release in late July, and is to move on to other countries in the months following. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer, Critics Week jury member: 'my main tools are light and the frame'
Saturday May 23, 2015
Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer, Critics Week jury member: 'my main tools are light and the frame'

Peter Suschitzky has worked as cinematographer for films by John Boorman, Ken Russell, Tim Burton and, most notably, David Cronenberg. This year the 72-year-old director of photography was extra busy at Cannes, as part of the jury of the 54th edition of the Critics' Week and because the film "Tale of Tales" by Matteo Garrone, which he recently worked on, is in compeition for the Palme d'Or in the Official Selection.A changing approach "You hit the style when you do the first shot. I work very much from the gut... It's different in every film because I don't have a [set] work method so I'm very instinctive." Using this philosopy Suschitzky has worked with David Cronenberg since 1988's "Dead Ringers," shooting 10 films for the Canadian filmmaker. Suschitzky says his visual looks change slightly from film to film, shaped by the scripts and his "instinctive" way of working. With such a resumé, Suschitzky would seem to have seen everything and know all there is to know about this kind of work, but he notes that he is also still learning and embracing new techologies. "I've already shot four films with four different types of cameras, digital cameras and I've embraced it straight away. Since the first shot I did for my first digital film I thought I wouldn't wanted to came back to film." "The camera becomes a part of my body.... Light and the frames are my main tools. I try to arrive at a result that seems interesting to look at with every scene but every film is a struggle to make." Group decisions A different kind of struggle is the work as a jury member, and this year along with French director Katell Quillévéré;Toronto International Film Festival programmer, Andréa Picard; Dutch film critic Boyd van Hoeij; and of course Israeli actress and director Ronit Elkabetz, who heads the jury crew, he helped choose the winners for the Critics' Week. The films earning prizes were "Paulina" by Argentinan director Santiago Mitre (Nespresso Grand Prize) and "La tierra y la sombra" (France 4 Visionary Award & SACD Award) by César Augusto Acevedo from Colombia. "Varicella" by Fulvio Risuleo won the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize in the short films competition, while French movie "Ni le ciel ni la terre" by Clément Cogitore won the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution and "Ramona" by Andrei Cretulescu won the Canal+ Award "I did see very interesting films at la Semaine de la Critique.... when you work as a jury you know it's gonna be a soup of different films and different opinions," Suschitzky offered up on the process. ----- La Semaine de la Critique (or International Critics' Week) is the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival devoted to director debut features. During this year's edition, from May 14 to 22, emerging journalists taking part in the Talents Critiques program shared their day-to-day views on the event, which in past years has revealed leading filmmakers including Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé and Alejandro González Iñárritu. http://www.semainedelacritique.com/EN/talents-critiques.php Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working'
Friday May 22, 2015
De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working'

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they had picked something more practical. "The graduates in accounting? They all have jobs. Where does that leave you? Envious of those accountants? I doubt it. They had a choice. Maybe they were passionate about accounting, but I think it's more likely they used reason and logic and common sense to research a career," the two-time Academy Award winner said. "But you didn't have that choice, did you? You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion. When you feel that, you can't fight it. Just go with it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense." De Niro, who quit high school to pursue an acting career, was the honored speaker at the raucous ceremony for 1,200 graduates at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. There were bagpipes, student performances in dance and music and deafening cheers. The actor's 15-minute speech was peppered with expletives as he warned that many in the audience — future directors, actors, producers, musicians, singers, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, writers and photographers — faced a lifetime of rejection ahead. But he challenged them to keep going. "Now that you've made your choice — or, rather, succumbed to it — your path is clear. Not easy but clear. You have to keep working. It's that simple," said De Niro, whose wife, Grace Hightower, also attended the ceremony. The actor, whose credits include "The Godfather Part II" and "Raging Bull," reminded the crowd that he auditioned seven times for the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly." "I don't know exactly what they were looking for, but I'm glad I was there when they didn't find it," he said. De Niro urged the new graduates to adopt as their mantra and battle cry: "Next!" "You didn't get that part? Next! You'll get the next one or the next one after that," he said, closing his remarks this way: "I know you're going to make it. Break a leg. Next!" New York University is the largest private university in the United States, with three campuses that grant degrees and 12 sites across the globe where faculty and students can study. Before De Niro got to the microphone, Diane C. Yu, New York University's deputy president, tried to slip in as many De Niro movie titles as she could in her remarks. "The mission of the arts is to spark 'Awakenings' in the public that remind us all of our humanity and tames that 'Raging Bull' inside of all of us," she said. "So whether you're motivated by 'Mad Dog and Glory,' you help us find that 'Silver Linings Playbook.'" Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cannes: 'Embrace of the Serpent,' 'My Golden Days' take Directors' Fortnight honors
Friday May 22, 2015
Cannes: 'Embrace of the Serpent,' 'My Golden Days' take Directors' Fortnight honors

The winners of the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) were revealed at the Cannes Film Festival Friday, with Colombian film "Embrace of the Serpent" and French film "My Golden Days" each taking prizes.Ciro Guerra's "Embrace of the Serpent" took the Art Cinema Award in the non-competitive sidebar, while Arnaud Desplechin's "My Golden Days" ("Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse") won the SACD prize for a French-language film. "Mustang" by Deniz Gamze Ergüven won the Europa Cinemas award, "Papé" by Nicolas Polixène took the Oceans France Ô Prize and Fyzal Boulifa's "Rate Me" took the Illy Prize for a short film, with mention for "The Exquisite Corpus" by Peter Tscherkassky. www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash
Friday May 22, 2015
Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said. Attorney John Fitzpatrick told a judge in New Bedford on Thursday that Hernandez was paid for only one year of his now-terminated $40 million contract with the New England Patriots. "Despite some pretty wild and baseless speculative allegations made about piles of money, there are no piles of money," Fitzpatrick said. In addition to paying lawyers, Fitzpatrick said, Hernandez is supporting his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter. Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, has sued Hernandez, and her lawyers are trying to track down his assets. Court records indicate Ward could be awarded more than $5 million in the case. In court Thursday, Moses ordered a 60-day extension of a restraining order barring Hernandez from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money. Ward's attorneys filed a temporary restraining order after the vehicle turned up for sale at a used car lot in Wrentham. The judge advised attorneys for Ward and Hernandez to come to an agreement on the sale of the vehicle, and he ordered that the proceeds be held by the court. A status conference on the sale of the vehicle was scheduled for July 20. Ward's attorneys have placed an attachment on Hernandez's $1.3 million house in North Attleboro, meaning it cannot be sold without them being notified. Fitzpatrick told the judge that he didn't know whether Jenkins and her daughter were still living in the home. Ward's attorney, Douglas Sheff, said after the hearing that the next step is filing a motion for discovery to learn more about Hernandez's assets. Sheff said the Hummer was the "tip of the iceberg." "If he has someone working on his behalf for a vehicle, imagine what he could be doing with millions of dollars. We really need to find out where things are now," Sheff said. In a separate hearing Thursday in Boston, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a witness intimidation charge that prosecutors say is related to a 2012 double murder he's also charged in. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot friend Alexander Bradley in 2013 in Florida a night after Bradley made a remark about the double slaying in Boston. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting two men in a car over a spilled drink in a bar; that case is pending. Bradley has said Hernandez retaliated against him by shooting him in the face, resulting in the loss of his right eye. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Amy Anthony from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cannes photo of the day: Valley of Love
Friday May 22, 2015
Cannes photo of the day: Valley of Love

Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, tender and complicit. These two giants of French cinema star in the latest film directed by Guillaume Nicloux. It is competing for the Palme d'Or, to be awarded on Sunday night. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.