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The movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes

Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is a grand hierarchy with strictly defined elevations of movies and media access, where films are met by high praise or lowly boos. And so there was a strange fittingness that the scandal of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, where all status is measured, came down to the importance of a few inches.


France touts Cannes prizes as vindication for film subsidies

Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo)PARIS (AP) — France's president says his country's strong showing at this year's Cannes film festival is no accident — suggesting it's partly thanks to government subsidies.


Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct, 12, 2014 file photo, Buruji Kashamu attends a primary election event for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, Nigeria. On Saturday, May 23, 2015, drug agents surrounded the house of the senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." (AP Photo)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate will appear in court Monday to fight his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."


Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code" North American tour in San Diego Sunday with more than two hours of music.
Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2008, file photo, comedian Anne Meara attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ben Stiller in New York. Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died.


John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1994 file photo, Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the school in Princeton, N.J., after being named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for economics. Nash, whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics.


Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of 'Aloha' movie title

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2015, file photo, U.S actors Emma Stone, left, and Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photo call for the film, "Aloha," in London. The Sony Pictures romantic comedy, which releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015, is drawing criticism in Hawaii, where it was filmed. Some Native Hawaiians, including the state’s film commissioner, are taking issue with using a Hawaiian word to title a mainstream Hollywood movie. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning.


Cannes winner puts refugee issue up on the screen

French director Jacques Audiard (C) stands with Sri Lankan actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan (L) and Sri Lankan actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan after winning the Palme d'Or for his film "Dheepan" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2015The debate around the world about what to do with growing waves of desperate migrants will be spurred by a Cannes Film Festival triumph for a movie that looks at the plight of a refugee hero. "Dheepan", a French movie about a Sri Lankan former soldier's struggles in a Paris ghetto in the grip of narco-gangs, didn't set out to tackle that wider thorny issue.


David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute

David Letterman, who ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, waves to fans as he walks through the pit area before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.


YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off

FILE - In this March 29, 2006 file photo, YouTube cofounders Chad Hurley, 29, left, and Steven Chen, 27, pose for a photo with their laptops at their office loft in a San Mateo, Calif. YouTube has been celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout May 2015 because the site entered its testing, or “beta,” phase in May 2005, but the company’s roots go further back. Co-founders Hurley, Chen and Jawed Karim started YouTube in February 2005 shortly after realizing there wasn’t an easy way for people to share their videos on the Internet. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube's legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet's video revolution. The 10-year-old site provided a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast their opinions, show off their talents, expose abuses or just pass along their favorite clips of movies, TV shows, music, cute kittens and other interests.


After a decade online, YouTube is redefining celebrity

This Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo shows a DudePerfect YouTube marketing billboard in Culver City, Calif. Google has opened production facilities in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo for creators who have more than 5,000 subscribers to film videos. The studios are equipped with sets and equipment that transcend most YouTubers' living rooms and webcams and the spaces serve as social hubs for creators. Several of them will host 10th anniversary parties on May 27. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star.


Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave performs at the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival, in Detroit. Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was 78. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MAGS OUTDETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78.


Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.


John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1997 file photo, John Forbes Nash, 1994 Economics Nobel Prize winner, takes a break during the European School of Economics conference in Rome. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics.


Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford is encouraging college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators with others and the environment to overcome life's daunting difficulties.
Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2008, file photo, comedian Anne Meara attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ben Stiller in New York. Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died.


Actress Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller, dies

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2008, file photo, comedian Anne Meara attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ben Stiller in New York. Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.


French immigration thriller bags Cannes Palme d'Or

French director Jacques Audiard (C) poses on stage with Feature Film jury members after being awarded with the Palme d'Or for his film "Dheepan" during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday. As countries around the world grapple with an influx of people fleeing crises, a jury led by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen chose the gritty picture about Sri Lankan asylum-seekers by acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard from a field of 19 international contenders. "To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional," Audiard said after a victory that surprised many critics at cinema's top showcase.


Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien wins Cannes best director award for 'The Assassin'

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien talks on stage after being awarded with the Best Director prize during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien scooped the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for his slow-burning minimalist drama "The Assassin". The film is set in ninth-century China, at the end of the Tang Dynasty, with Asian megastar Shu Qi playing a highly trained female assassin who, after failing in one mission, is sent back to her home province to kill its governor, who is also the man she loves.


Coen-led Cannes jury 'profoundly changed' by experience

US directors and presidents of the Feature Film jury Ethan Coen (L) and Joel Coen (5th-R) pose with jury members at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015The Cannes Film Festival jury, headed by the Coen brothers, said Sunday it was profoundly changed by the experience of judging this year's entries. "Any experience as intense as this changes your life and your perspective," said Joel Coen, who was joint president with his brother Ethan. Spanish actress Rossy de Palma said she loved the experience.


'Tomorrowland' tops North American box office

Actors George Clooney (L), Britt Robertson and director and producer Brad Bird pose on the carpet arriving to attend the European premiere of the film 'Tomorrowland: A World Beyond' in London on May 17, 2015Sci-fi adventure-drama "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut weekend, estimates showed Sunday. The Disney movie, which has had mixed reviews, was projected to pull in $40.7 million over the Memorial Day long weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. The movie relegated musical comedy sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" into second place in the box office standings, expected to rake in $38 million over four days to Monday in the United States and Canada.


Refugee plight spotlighted in winning Cannes movie

French director Jacques Audiard poses during a photocall after he was awarded with the Palme d'Or for his film "Dheepan" during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015The top honour at the Cannes Film Festival's awards evening Sunday went to "Dheepan", a fast-paced, emotionally rich thriller about refugees fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war and seeking to build new lives in France. The picture by acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard tells the story of a former Tamil Tiger fighter who is traumatised by the brutality he has encountered. To win passage to France, they assume the identities of a dead family and use their travel papers.


Indy 500 fans applaud Nabors successor Straight No Chaser

Jordin Sparks sings the national anthem before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sam Riche)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The 10-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser won over Indianapolis 500 fans on Sunday with a harmonized version of "Back Home Again in Indiana" a year after "Gomer Pyle" star Jim Nabors crooned his final version of the ode to Indiana.


Sweden swoons over its Eurovision winner

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow holds the throphy during the press conference after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final early on May 24, 2015 in ViennaSwedish pop lovers on Sunday celebrated their country's sixth Eurovision victory with an outpouring of national pride, welcoming heartthrob winner Mans Zelmerlow home a day after Europe's leading music extravaganza. Wrapped in a Swedish flag and clutching his trophy, 28-year-old Zelmerlow was met by scores of jubilant fans at Stockholm airport. "He's my biggest idol, the perfect son-in-law! He is so good, so professional, and when I found out he was coming today, I rushed here," a woman in her fifties feverishly told Swedish television channel SVT.


'Dheepan,' a French-made immigration drama, has won the Palme d'Or
CANNES, France (AP) — 'Dheepan,' a French-made immigration drama, has won the Palme d'Or.
France's Vincent Lindon wins Cannes's best actor award

French actor Vincent Lindon poses on stage after being awarded with the Best Actor prize during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015Talented, gruff and a former squeeze of Monaco's Princess Caroline, French character actor Vincent Lindon scooped the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for his leading role in a tough drama about unemployment. Able to jump from touching everyman to rough hooligan, Lindon has rarely been seen abroad but will get international attention after winning the prize for his part in "The Measure of a Man". "What's moving in the film is that it depicts people doing things they don't really want to do," Lindon told reporters after the screening last Monday.


Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot share Cannes best actress award

French actress Emmanuelle Bercot talks on stage after being awarded with the Best Actress prize during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015In a surprise decision, the Cannes jury on Sunday split the best actress award between upcoming Hollywood star Rooney Mara and France's Emmanuelle Bercot, bypassing bookies' favourite Cate Blanchett. Mara won plaudits for her part in 1950s lesbian love story "Carol", although many critics had focused on Blanchett who plays her older lover. The award capped a great fortnight in Cannes for Bercot, who also directed the opening film "Standing Tall", becoming only the second woman ever to open the world's premier movie fest.


Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

Colombian director Cesar Augusto Acevedo (C) poses after being awarded with the Camera d'Or for film "La tierra y la sombra" during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2015After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or. French actor Lambert Wilson hosted the black-tie event in the festival's 2,300-seat main theatre. US directing duo the Coen brothers headed this year's jury of top actors and filmmakers deciding which of the 19 competition entries will walk away with the 20,000-euro ($24,000) gold-and-crystal trophy.


John Nash, wife, 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration, die in NJ

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1994 file photo, Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the school in Princeton, N.J., after being named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for economics. Nash, whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind," has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.


Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

FILE - In this July 3, 2006 file photo, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, left, and Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler sing together during a sound-check and rehearsal for the Fourth of July show at the Hatch Shell in Boston. In 20 seasons, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times and has also shared the stage with other diverse guest including Robert DeNiro and Big Bird. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)BOSTON (AP) — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995.


AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch

FILE - In this May 25, 1965, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine. The bout produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports’ most iconic moments. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File)EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments — photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.


'Heroes' welcome for Sweden's Eurovision winner

Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden celebrates after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hundreds of elated fans welcomed Eurovision Song Contest winner Mans Zelmerlow upon his return Sunday to Sweden, a mini-superpower in the world of pop music and six-time champion of the glitzy song fest.


Crime caper kingpin Dashiell Hammett papers home at U of SC

In this Nov. 7, 1947 file photo, novelist Dashiell Hammett, author of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man," appears in New York. A literary treasure trove of Hammett's work is finding a home at the University of South Carolina. It is the largest collection known of letters, photos, publications and books by the Hammett and will be available to scholars and students within the year. (AP Photo)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A major collection of letters, photos and publications of the late crime fiction author Dashiell Hammett has been acquired by the University of South Carolina and will be made available to students and scholars within the coming year.


Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary RISD degree

FILE - In this April 21, 2008 file photo, writer and director John Waters poses for a portrait at his home in New York. Waters will give the commencement address at Rhode Island School of Design on Saturday, May 30, 2015, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the school. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Iconic filmmaker John Waters says he was surprised to be offered an honorary degree from a prestigious Rhode Island art school. After all, he was thrown out of every school he ever went to.


Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash, wife, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash, wife, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in crash.
60th birthday for Cannes' Palme d'Or top film trophy

A person poses for a photograph with a box containing the Palme d'Or award, which will be presented on Sunday, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)CANNES, France (AP) — As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements — on this, its 60th birthday.


Cannes celebrities protected by seagull-deterrent falcons
CANNES, France (AP) — As Mary J. Blige walked outside with her entourage and Mads Mikklesen sipped his chilled glass of wine, the VIP guests of Cannes' Grand Hyatt Martinez appeared blissfully unaware of the dangers circling above their heads.
At Cannes, Michel Franco's 'Chronic' looks death in the face

Actor Tim Roth, left, and director Michel Franco pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Chronic, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)CANNES, France (AP) — Death is something we'd all like to avoid. But director Michel Franco thinks a reluctance to look at the end of life is unhealthy.


Australians dance, cheer in 'world class' Eurovision debut

Fans of Australian singer Guy Sebastian who represented his country as a wild card at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, cheer during a live broadcast to Federation Square in Melbourne, on May 24, 2015Excited Australians partied and sang, with some dressed up in glittering costumes as they cheered on their wildcard entry to Eurovision on Sunday despite the song contest airing in the early hours of the morning. The country's love for the kitsch competition took on a patriotic bent this year as its entrant Guy Sebastian wowed audiences in Australia, with many delighted with his final fifth place ranking. "Everyone was so happy that Guy was in the top five," said Kate Hansen, who organised an overnight Eurovision party in the western city of Perth for almost 50 people, with many donning costumes and drinking wine from sparkling glasses.


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