Entries in Cannes Film Festival (4)


'Melancholia' Director Lars Von Trier Stirs Hitler Controversy at Cannes

ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images(CANNES, France) -- Melancholia director Lars Von Trier caused a firestorm of controversy during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday morning, when he launched into an anti-semitic rant.

While his stars, including Kirsten Dunst looked on in horror, Von Trier stated he "understands" Hitler.

At one point, Dunst tried to get him to stop, but he continued, "I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him in his bunker -- No, there will come a point at the end of this, I will come, I will -- No, I'm just saying that, that, that uh, I think I understand the man. He's not what you'd call a good guy, but I, yeah, I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit."

When the interview ends, Dunst reportedly chastised him off-mic, calling his statements "intense."

Von Trier then replied, "Oh, come on!"

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Lady Gaga to Perform at Cannes Film Festival, Appear in FarmVille

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is currently in France, and plans to perform live Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll be singing on a stage set up by the hit French TV show Le Grand Journal.  In addition to performing "Judas," Gaga will take questions from the show's host.

In other news, Gaga fans will be able to interact with the star through the wildly-popular Facebook game and app FarmVille.  According to Zynga, the folks who created the game, starting next Tuesday there will be a Gaga-themed farm -- GagaVille -- incorporated into FarmVille, and fans who purchase a $25 game card will be able to get access to exclusive bonus tracks.

On top of that, limited-edition Gaga items will be available at RewardVille, a related site powered by Zynga.

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Madonna's Movie Won't Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Turns out a report in a French newspaper that Madonna's new movie W.E. would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May is false.

A rep for IMGlobal, the sales agency handling the film, told the Hollywood Reporter that the film won't be completed in time for Cannes.  Instead, it will premiere at various fall film festivals.

The official selection of films at Cannes won't be announced until April.

Madonna doesn't appear in W.E. -- she directed it.  It stars Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac in parallel stories about a modern couple and about England's King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the former Duke and Duchess of York.

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Madonna May Present New Movie at Cannes Film Festival

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Madonna's spent most of her time lately directing a new movie called W.E., and now word comes the film may have a showing at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a French newspaper reports that Madonna plans to travel to Cannes in May to present the movie at the festival.  First, though, she plans to screen it privately for distributors next month in Berlin.

W.E. concerns two parallel stories -- a romance between a couple in the present day and the World War II-era love affair between King Edward VII of Britain and Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom he gave up the throne.

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