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Blanchett leads women march for parity

It was a historic moment as Hollywood star Cate Blanchett, this year’s president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, led a women’s march up the stairs of the iconic Palais des Festivals theatre to promote equality for women at the French Riviera.  The demonstration assembled major Hollywood stars, including Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Sofia Boutella and other directors and industry executives.

Detained director gets standing ovation

A new film by the enfant terrible of Russian theatre — who is under house arrest in Moscow — received a standing ovation and rave reviews on Thursday after it was shown at the Cannes film festival. The cast of Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Leto,” a fast-paced biopic of the Soviet-Korean rock legend Viktor Tsoi, were cheered as the movie premiered at the world’s top film festival. Influential US critic David Ehrlich of the IndieWire website called it “a sort of ‘24 Hour Party People’ for the early 1980s Leningrad underground rock scene.”

#MeToo will not sway Cannes film contest: Jury head Blanchett

The “MeToo” campaign for sexual equality will have “no direct impact” on who wins at the Cannes Film Festival, Cate Blanchett, the head of this year’s majority-female jury, said. 

Of the 21 films vying for the Palme d’Or, only three are directed by women, the same as last year’s festival which happened before the sexual abuse and harassment allegations that gave birth to a global campaign to get greater female participation in the film business.

Starry Affair

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor on Tuesday tied the knot with long-time beau Anand Ahuja, a Delhi-based businessman, in a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony that was attended by family members and close friends from the Hindi film industry. True to her image of a fashionista, Sonam looked radiant in a red and golden Anuradha Vakil lehenga choli. The floral attire matched the bride’s blush, while the heavy jewellery elevated her royal look. Ahuja opted for beige bandhgala by Raghavendra Rathore. The couple got married in the Sikh ceremony at Sonam’s maternal aunt’s bungalow in Bandra.

Cannes golden couple return to open festival

It was where Javier Bardem memorably declared his love for Penelope Cruz in 2010. Now the golden couple of Spanish cinema will open this year’s Cannes film festival together on Tuesday.

The Oscar-winning actors both star in Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish psychological thriller “Everybody Knows,” which will kick off the festival and is up for the top Palme d’Or prize.

HALF-TIME hysteria

It is just past half-time in the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is that stage where the initial enthusiasm has died down for most owners, and they have to really pump themselves up on each match day, and some actually dread going to the stadium with their entourage to witness another defeat. They, and their money managers, are counting the value they have got for the crores they splurged on superstars, big names, rookies and unknowns. This midway stage is a nightmare for the owners of teams which are not doing well, and those which are almost there, but still far away from the playoffs.

Isha Ambani to wed Anand Piramal in December

Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha will wed Ajay Piramal’s son Anand in December, sources said. Isha is the twin sister of Akash, who was recently engaged to Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russel Mehta. Their wedding too is planned for December.

Piramal group did not respond to e-mail sent for comments. Anand and Isha have been friends for long and their families have shared a strong friendship for over four decades, the sources said.

Happy Sonam is getting married: Brother Harshvardhan

Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor says he is happy for sister Sonam Kapoor, who is set to tie the knot with beau Anand Ahuja. Sonam, 32, has been in a relationship with Anand for a few years and their families released an official statement announcing the wedding date as May 8.  The preparations are on in full swing at the Kapoor bungalow in suburban Juhu.

Auctioning Rustom costume for good cause: Akshay

Actor Akshay Kumar says he and wife Twinkle Khanna are unfazed by the backlash they are receiving over the auction of the costume he wore as an Indian naval officer in “Rustom.” Akshay last week announced that the costume of his 2016 film would be auctioned for charity and the proceeds would fund animal rescue and welfare.

A cricketer has to face many ups and downs: Ganguly

It was a lively evening filled with wit, humour, anecdotes and yes, loads of cricket chat as Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh joined former captain Sourav Ganguly to promote his memoirs ‘A Century Is Not Enough’ in the Capital.