Summary of entertainment news: American rapper Lil Baby arrested in Paris for transporting cannabis – source; French film in Cannes follows a family’s struggle with euthanasia and more
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American rapper Lil Baby arrested in Paris for transporting cannabis – source
French police have arrested American rapper Dominique Jones, who calls himself Lil Baby, for allegedly transporting cannabis, a judicial source said on Friday, confirming a previous AFP report. Lil Baby was arrested Thursday afternoon and has been in detention ever since, the source said. He was with NBA basketball player James Harden at the time of his arrest.
French cinema in Cannes follows a family’s struggle against euthanasia
French director François Ozon tackles the thorny issue of euthanasia in his latest film at the Cannes Film Festival, with the story of two sisters grappling with their sick father’s desire to end his life. In “Everything went well,” Ozon does not take sides in the debate, preferring to let the siblings struggle unfold and leave the audience wondering what they would do in their situation.
Cannes rock documentary Velvet Underground seeks to inspire new fans
Filmmaker Todd Haynes said he hopes to reach a new generation of fans with a documentary about rock and roll band The Velvet Underground, which features scenes shot by Andy Warhol that capture New York’s intoxicating creative energy in 1960s.
“The Velvet Underground,” premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, is slated for release on Apple TV + in October, and Haynes said he’s happy to try and reach new audiences this way, too.
“Zigazig ah! The Spice Girls Celebrate 25 Years of “Wannabe” Release
The Spice Girls celebrated 25 years since the release of their debut single “Wannabe” on Thursday with heartfelt messages thanking their fans for their continued support in making them one of the most successful girl groups in the world. An upbeat and uplifting track, “Wannabe” was released on July 8, 1996 and rose to the top of music charts around the world.
Matt Damon unveils film inspired by Amanda Knox at Cannes
Matt Damon said on Friday he had immersed himself for weeks in Oklahoma with oil rig workers for his role as a disoriented American who travels to France to help his imprisoned daughter, in a vaguely new film inspired by the real case of Amanda Knox. The American actor – who brought back a dose of Hollywood glamor to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet after the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the event last year – said he spent time in drive and live with the so-called thugs of the Republican state to capture the state of mind of his character in “Stillwater”.
FTC expands investigation into Amazon and MGM deal – source
Amazon.com’s deal to buy the MGM movie studio for $ 8.5 billion points to an extended investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, after a source familiar with the matter said on Friday the agency had issued a second request in its review of the merger. The issuance of a second request indicated that it would likely take months for the agency to act on the deal.
“Like a rebirth”: Americans pack reopened concert halls for a summer of music
Pamela Pickens rocked her hips as her husband Tom led her in an impromptu dance to the sound of guitarist Studebaker John at Chicago’s famous blues bar, Kingston Mines. The couple, wearing fedora hats and broad smiles, had driven five hours from their home in Southeast Indiana to visit their favorite blues club, which had recently reopened for shows after a year of closure. due to COVID-19.
Set in Chad, the Cannes film ‘Lingui’ explores the struggles against abortion
The director behind “Lingui,” a Cannes Film Festival entry about a teenage girl’s battle in Chad to get an abortion, said on Friday he hoped the story would resonate far beyond the African country, including in places like the United States where there are anti-abortion voices. Mahamet-Saleh Haroun said he was inspired to explore the issue after reading stories about babies abandoned or killed by their young mothers in Chad, where abortion is only allowed in specific cases where life of a woman is in danger.
In Cannes, filmmaker Lapid attacks Israeli identity
Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s love-hate relationship with his homeland is reflected in his entry into competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, a tale from the afterlife inspired by his own experience of government interference. “Ahed’s Knee” tells the story of an Israeli filmmaker who arrives in a dusty desert town for a screening of one of his productions. There he meets a young official from the Ministry of Culture, who asks him to sign a form listing the discussion topics he wishes to explore.
Netflix expands deal with ‘Bridgerton’ producer Shonda Rhimes
Netflix on Thursday broadened its deal with “Bridgerton” television producer Shonda Rhimes, adding feature films, games and live events to its pact with her company. Netflix said the deal with Rhimes and his company Shondaland Media would give the streaming platform the ability to “exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films as well as potential gaming and virtual reality content.”
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