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In Cannes, ‘Les Miserables’ rings alarm for Paris suburbs

Damien Bonnard, Djebril Zonga, Ladj Ly, Alexis Manenti

CANNES, France (AP) — More than 150 years after Victor Hugo’s classic novel, a French film titled “Les Miserables” gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs where Jean Valjean first met Cosette. Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables,” which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, contains no singing or romance, but rather a tough, “The Wire”-like street-level portrait of …

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In Cannes, a gory Western stands against Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Juliano Dornelles, Udo Kier, Babara Colen, Silveiro Peirera, Kleber Mendonca Filho

CANNES, France (AP) — Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Cannes entry “Bacurau” is a feverish and violent Western about a rural Brazilian community defending itself from a hard-to-comprehend invasion. For the filmmakers, it’s not so different than President Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil. “Bacurau,” which is competing for the Palme d’Or, the top prize, gave the Cannes Film Festival’s most searing political statement yet. …

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Tilda Swinton relishes her samurai turn in ‘Dead Don’t Die’

Tilda Swinton

CANNES, France (AP) — Tilda Swinton feels most at home at the Berlin Film Festival, but she’s steadily become a regular at the Cannes Film Festival. “I’m racking them up,” she says cheerfully the day after the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die.” “I like this summer-holiday feel. These are wonderful family reunions,” Swinton said in …

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Huston not sorry for critical comments on De Niro and others

Anjelica Huston

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anjelica Huston isn’t apologizing after making pointed comments about some of her acting contemporaries and past relationships during press tour for “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” Huston has a key role in the Keanu Reeves action movie, which premiered in Hollywood on Wednesday. She’s been talking about her past while promoting the movie, making pointed …

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Julianne Moore on gender parity: ‘I believe in quotas’

Werner Herzog, Julianne Moore, Xavier Dolan

CANNES, France (AP) — Julianne Moore said Wednesday that larger efforts are needed in order for the movie industry to reach gender parity, and that means implementing quotas. “We will not have gender parity unless everybody is cooperating. Women are not a special interest group. We’re 52 percent of the global population,” Moore said during an event at the Cannes …

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Jarmusch, Gomez, Murray talk modern horrors at Cannes

Sara Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Jim Jarmusch, Chloe Sevigny

CANNES, France (AP) — The Jim Jarmusch zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die” includes masses of flesh-eating zombies and an Earth thrown off its axis by “polar fracking.” But the teeming Cannes Film Festival, where “The Dead Don’t Die” premiered Tuesday as the opening-night film, has hordes and horrors of its own. When asked what horror films he finds frightening, …

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Cannes opens with Jarmusch’s zombies and a tribute to Varda

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival opened Tuesday with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die,” passionate words from jury president Alejandro Iñárritu on U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a Mexican border wall, and a director’s chair left empty in tribute to the late Agnes Varda. It’s the first time a zombie flick …

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‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners behind next ‘Star Wars’ film

D. B. Weiss, David Benioff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A piece of the “Star Wars” puzzle has just fallen into place. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger says Tuesday that “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on the new “Star Wars” film expected in theaters in December 2022. Iger revealed the information at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in …

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‘Avenger: Endgame’ seeks top honors at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Robert Downey Jr.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Avengers: Endgame,” ”Game of Thrones” and “RBG” are the top nominees heading into next month’s MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Tuesday that the three titles each garnered four nominations for the awards show, which will air June 17. The show will also introduce new categories including reality royalty, most meme-able moment and best …

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Met Opera ticket sales improve slightly off 2015-16 low

Peter Gelb

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera’s percentage of box office revenue rose slightly this season, giving general manager Peter Gelb hope the company’s finances have rebounded. Gelb said the season that ended Saturday saw 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized, up from 67 percent in each of the previous two seasons and a low of 66 percent …

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