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Sweden's 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or and Sofia Coppola wins best director at Cannes

Swedish director Ruben Ostlund reacts on stage after he was awarded with the Palme d'Or for the film 'The Square' during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. (Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty Images)
Swedish director Ruben Ostlund reacts on stage after he was awarded with the Palme d'Or for the film 'The Square' during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. (Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty Images)

Ruben Ostlund's "The Square," "a ferocious drama of conscience," according to Times critic Justin Chang, about how "a single lapse in judgment can cause a man’s entire life to unravel," won the Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or on Sunday.

The Grand Prix award went to Robin Campillo's "120 Beats per Minute."

Sofia Coppola won best director for her film "The Beguiled," which stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Kidman also won the festival's 70th anniversary prize. 

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here" and Diane Kruger won best actress award for  Faith Akin's "In the Fade."

More coverage to come. Meanwhile...

Here is what Justin Chang wrote about Ostlund's "The Square," and Steven Zeitchik's interview with the director, who talked about the element of surprise in his movies: "I really like scenes that when they end where you don’t know 100% where to put them. It starts funny or it starts sad and then it becomes something else. When you get that shift, you know you’ve succeeded.”


Cher, Cameron Crowe, Peter Frampton and others react to Gregg Allman's death

Gregg Allman and Cher in 1977. (David Redfern / Redferns)
Gregg Allman and Cher in 1977. (David Redfern / Redferns)

Southern rocker Gregg Allman, the lead singer of the Allman Brothers Band known for his trailblazing sound and his equally blazing life, died Saturday at age 69 at his home in Savannah, Ga.

Those who knew the musician — who once said he hoped to die while "writing a new song" — immediately took to social media to express their grief.

Cher, to whom Allman was married for four tumultuous years in the 1970s, used pet names and a broken heart emoji to pay tribute.

Director Cameron Crowe, who used the Allman Brothers' famously louche lifestyle as source material for his 2000 rock film "Almost Famous," expressed his gratitude to the performer.

Ringo Starr and Allman's fellow Southern rock crooner, Charlie Daniels of the Charlie Daniels Band, expressed their thoughts as well.

British rocker Peter Frampton described him as "a gentle soul with so much soul."

And Melissa Etheridge posted a picture in which she admires Allman's tattoos.

Read The Times obituary here.

Gregg Allman, pioneer of Southern rock, dies at 69

Gregg Allman performs with the Allman Brothers Band in 1979. (George Rose / Los Angeles Times)
Gregg Allman performs with the Allman Brothers Band in 1979. (George Rose / Los Angeles Times)

Gregg Allman, the gravel-voiced singer who helped lift the Allman Brothers Band to prominence with a hard-churning brand of soulful rock that became part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and ’70s and set the coordinates for a musical genre known as Southern rock, died Saturday at the age of 69.

According to a statement posted on his official website, Allman, who had canceled concerts and entire tours in recent years as he battled a variety of health issues, “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga.”


A Star Is Born: Kylie Minogue turns 49 today

 (Axel Koester / For The Times)
(Axel Koester / For The Times)

I have this following — mainly young girls. This album had to appeal to those fans. If the singing was too R&B, they wouldn't like it, I guess. These producers think pop music is candy music. They're saying: 'Here, kids, have a piece of candy.'

Kylie Minogue, 1988
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70 years of Cannes in 17 seconds: The art of the yacht deal, from Steven Spielberg to Steve Bannon

Steven Zeitchik, Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan are bringing us Cannes moments from the 70 years of the international film festival -- in 17-second increments (or thereabouts). Here, Zeitchik, with Chang behind the camera, recalls the time he wound up on a yacht with a future member of the Trump administration.

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70 years of Cannes in 17 seconds: The time Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette' was booed

Steven Zeitchik, Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan are bringing us Cannes moments from the 70 years of the international film festival -- in 17-second increments (or thereabouts). Here, Chang, with Zeitchik behind the camera, recalls the year Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" played in competition and was booed by certain members of the media audience.

That same year, when the film debuted in theaters, Times critic Kenneth Turan looked back on the boos at Cannes and concluded the reaction wasn't just about the filmmaking. Here is the essay he wrote on Oct. 13, 2006:


WHO OWNS HISTORY? And, more to the point, who owns Marie Antoinette?

Though they're not usually phrased that way, those questions have swirled around Sofia Coppola's quietly exuberant new film about the doomed young French queen (only 18 when she ascended the throne, 37 when she was executed) since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to some scattered — and widely misunderstood — boos.

For the displeasure came not, as might be expected, from the French critics -- who'd already seen the film and whose generally positive notices were already on record in Le Film Francais, the French trade paper -- but from political types who had an ax to grind about the film's portrait of the woman in question.


Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years of marriage

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have split up after 18 years together, 17 of them as husband and wife.

"With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate," they said Friday in a joint statement. "Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time."

The "Zoolander" director and the "Brady Bunch Movie" actress met in L.A. in 1999, while he was developing a pilot in which she was going to star. They started dating that April and by November were engaged. They got married in May 2000.

Stiller, 51, who proposed to Taylor while he was doing "Meet the Parents," told Parade in 2013 that art imitated life when he was about to pop the question. 

"I asked her father for permission before I did it…," he said. "It was like 'Meet the Parents' in real life, because Christine’s father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we’re good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, ‘I really would like to marry your daughter...'"

Why the basement? " “He was trying to find a place to sort of secretly ask my dad if it was OK to ask my hand in marriage," Taylor told New York magazine in 2008.

The "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" costars have two kids together, daughter Emma, 15, and son Quinlan, 11. 

70 years of Cannes in 17 seconds: The 'home away from home' for luminaries

Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and Steven Zeitchik are bringing us Cannes moments from the 70 years of the international film festival -- in 17-second increments (or thereabouts). Here, Turan, with Chang behind the camera, brings us to the historic Hotel Splendid, which over the last 146 years has been "a home away from home" for luminaries ranging from the French composer Jacques Offenbach to the late critic Roger Ebert.


L.A. music fixture Rodney Bingenheimer will leave KROQ next month

Rodney Bingenheimer with Cher. (Steven Diet Goedde / First Look Pictures)
Rodney Bingenheimer with Cher. (Steven Diet Goedde / First Look Pictures)

Rodney Bingenheimer, the veteran radio DJ and rock-scene insider familiar to several generations of Los Angeles music fans, is ending his long-running show on L.A.'s KROQ-FM (106.7) after more than 40 years.

"Rodney on the ROQ" will air for the final time on June 4 at midnight, Bingenheimer, 69, wrote on Facebook Thursday.

"It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you when I say goodbye to KROQ next week," he said in the post. "I am planning on some special callers and special music as I say a proper goodbye."

In a statement to The Times, KROQ program director Kevin Weatherly called Bingenheimer "one of the most influential voices on the radio" and said he and his staff  "will forever be grateful for the indelible mark that 'Rodney on the ROQ' has left on this station, our listeners and the alt-rock music scene."

Bingenheimer launched his show on the influential modern-rock station in 1976, four years after he opened Rodney's English Disco, a nightclub on Sunset Boulevard popular among the decade's glam acts.

On the radio, Bingenheimer quickly became known for championing new artists including the Sex Pistols and Blondie; he continued playing music by up-and-coming talent over the years, throwing his considerable enthusiasm behind the likes of Oasis and Coldplay.

In his Facebook post, Bingenheimer — the subject of a 2003 documentary called "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" — didn't say why he was leaving KROQ. But he noted that he's not retiring from music.

"As this chapter closes," he wrote, "I will be opening another chapter of my rock life soon."

Here's his full statement on Facebook:


Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert in 'incredibly brave city of Manchester'

 (Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)
(Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)

Ariana Grande on Friday announced her intention to return to the "incredibly brave city of Manchester" to spend time with fans and play a benefit concert to assist victims of the suicide bomb attack launched after her show in the British city earlier this week.

"I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know," the 23-year-old singer said in a statement on social media. 

"The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite."

Grande gave no details about when she would return other than to say they'd be coming as soon as things were confirmed. 

The statement was her first since a brief tweet after the bombing saying she was "broken" and "so so sorry." That day, Grande and her mother left Britain for Florida.

She acknowledged her own reaction to the incident in saying she was "sorry for the pain and fear you must be feeling and the trauma that you, too, must be feeling." She also talked about not wanting to "go the rest of the year" without being out there for her fans; at this point, her tour has been suspended only until June 5. 

There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better," she said to the victims of the attack and their loved ones. "However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I can possibly give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way." 

Those who were most tragically affected, Grande said, "will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life."


Equality, not feminism, is the watchword at 'Wonder Woman' premiere

Victoria Ikerd from San Diego, left, and Sylvia Vale from Culver City strike their best Wonder Woman pose. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Victoria Ikerd from San Diego, left, and Sylvia Vale from Culver City strike their best Wonder Woman pose. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The stars of Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" took to the red carpet outside Hollywood's Pantages Theatre Thursday night to celebrate the film's premiere with a unified message. 

It just wasn't the message some people might expect. 

"I think the world needs all types of superheroes," director Patty Jenkins said when asked why we need Wonder Woman. "What a beautiful message right now because we're in a dark place, and that's the only way we're going to get to the other side, if everyone becomes a hero."

(Warner Bros.  canceled the film’s London premiere after Monday’s attack in Manchester.)

Despite the obvious girl power on display, many of the film's stars and creators shied away from identifying it as a feminist film, hoping not to isolate the male fans in attendance.


"I think that the film just takes a great character and tells a great story about how that character came to be," Charles Roven, the film’s producer, told the Los Angeles Times.

"Obviously the character wouldn't be who she is if she wasn't a woman, but she's a very specific woman,” Roven added. “There's no other superhero character in the DC Universe who embraced their legacy and knew what they wanted to be and became [it]. And that's completely inspirational to everyone, not just women."


Bella Thorne and Scott Disick together in Cannes? 'Legit nothing'

 (Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images, left; Lars Niki / Getty Images)
(Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images, left; Lars Niki / Getty Images)

In what's been called a battle of strategic hookups between exes Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Bella Thorne has put up a white flag and flown away. 

Disick, 34, and Thorne, 19, were seen Monday at LAX on their way to the Cannes Film Festival, where — surprise! — Kardashian, 38, was already hanging out and getting handsy with Younes Bendjima, a 24-year-old boxer-turned-model. According to E! News, the latter twosome is for real but keeping it light. The Kardashian ex and the actress from "The DUFF"? Perhaps not so much. 

Thorne and Disick raised eyebrows Wednesday with a high-profile cuddle-fest by a pool in Cannes. 

Alas, by Thursday, word has it via TMZ, Thorne wasn't comfortable with her party-boy travel partner when he got his drink on: After tweeting Thursday that "Yo this #cannes fancy life isn't for me," she told one person that she had been doing "Legit nothing trolololo" with Scott and another, "Hahahah I'm not talking to scott or anyone else."

"Scott is partially using Bella and a few other girls as a crutch to make Kourtney upset and feel jealous," a "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"-related source told People on Thursday, sounding like a description of an upcoming episode of the show. "They are both playing this ‘game’ with each other and at the moment neither one of them are backing down."

Around 3 a.m. Friday, Cannes time, Disick was paying attention to another lady, putting this pic of his and Kardashian's 4-year-old daughter, Penelope, up on Facebook: 

Um, hashtag #supersad?

"Bye Cannes you were boring" Thorne said Friday on Snapchat, posting video from the seat of what appeared to be a private plane. 

Kardashian, Bendjima and half-sis Kendall Jenner left Cannes on Friday as well. 


Netflix cancels London premieres of 'Orange Is the New Black' and 'GLOW'

The cast of "Orange Is the New Black." (Jojo Whilden / Netflix)
The cast of "Orange Is the New Black." (Jojo Whilden / Netflix)

The fatal terrorist incident at an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester, England, continues to resonate throughout the entertainment industry.

Netflix canceled its plans for a London premiere for Season 5 of "Orange Is the New Black" and the pilot for "GLOW," the latest series from "Orange" creator Jenji Kohan. 

​"​Following the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night, we have decided to cancel our special screening of 'Orange Is the New Black' and 'GLOW' on Tuesday [May 30]," a Netflix spokesperson told The Times on Friday. "Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy."

According to those knowledgeable about the decision, the streaming service's choice to forgo its screenings comes from internal discussions only, not from any pressure from local authorities.

This is just the latest cancellation in the wake of Monday's tragedy, which took the lives of 22 individuals, including victims as young as 8 years old.

On Wednesday, Warner Bros. scuttled plans for a London "Wonder Woman" premiere, originally scheduled for May 31. Similarly, Universal Pictures announced Thursday that it had canceled its London premiere for "The Mummy" originally slated for June 1.


Oasis' Liam Gallagher schedules Manchester benefit show

 (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will play a hometown concert next week in Manchester, England, to benefit the families of Monday's bombing at the Manchester Arena.

"It's outrageous," the singer told the Manchester Evening News regarding the terrorist attack that killed 22 people following a concert by Ariana Grande. "There are kids and people dying all over the world. And for what?"

He went on to say, "I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time."

The show, scheduled for Tuesday night at the O2 Ritz, will serve as Gallagher's first solo gig and comes ahead of the release of his debut solo single, "Wall of Glass," from an album expected in October.


Body-slamming? Late-night hosts remind us that Donald Trump once did that on TV

Lest America forget the nation's history of political candidates with body-slamming tendencies, the late-night circuit offered a refresher course Thursday night.

Playing catchup to Wednesday's news that Greg Gianforte, the billionaire Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election, had allegedly body-slammed a Guardian reporter after the journalist asked him about the Republican healthcare bill, TV hosts weighed in on the matter.

"Think about that," "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said.  "The GOP healthcare plan is so bad, Republicans would rather body-slam reporters than answer a question about it.

"His response to the question," Meyers continued, "was to give the reporter a preexisting condition."

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert expressed faux skepticism about Gianforte's ability to move past the incident and win the election.

"That happened the night before the election," Colbert said. "I just don't know how anyone could vote for a candidate who body-slams people."

Cue a clip of Donald Trump performing such a move in 2007 when he appeared on "WrestleMania 23" and tackled WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to the ground before shaving his head.

"I forgot," Colbert said after playing the clip. "Nothing matters."

During his "A Closer Look" segment, Meyers also played the Trump clip.

"That was a thing, a real thing that happened. and we still said 'Yeah, he should be president.'"

For the record: Gianforte won Montana's special election Thursday.


A Star Is Born: Stevie Nicks turns 69 today

 (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

I think if people like to dress like a gypsy and they get a little inspiration from me to do it, then it's great. It's definitely something everyone should try at least once in their lives. Dress like a gypsy!

Stevie Nicks, 1997



For the 40th anniversary of 'Star Wars,' see how fans packed L.A. theaters in 1977

A crowd gathers at Mann's Chinese Theatre as "Star Wars" opens in 1977. (Mann's Chinese Theatre)
A crowd gathers at Mann's Chinese Theatre as "Star Wars" opens in 1977. (Mann's Chinese Theatre)

When the original "Star Wars" opened on May 25, 1977, only about 40 theaters across the country initially screened the movie. In Los Angeles, fans packed showings in ways theater managers and moviegoers had never seen. For the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars," we revisit this story examining the earliest stages of the "Star Wars" phenomenon. The Times originally published this story on June 4, 1977.


George Lucas predicted 'Star Wars' Disney future in 1977 interview with The Times

Sir Alec Guinness, left as Ben Kenobi listens to director George Lucas on the set of the 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars." (20th Century Fox)
Sir Alec Guinness, left as Ben Kenobi listens to director George Lucas on the set of the 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars." (20th Century Fox)

Happy 40th anniversary, "Star Wars"!

Before the first-ever “Star Wars” premiered on screens across America on May 25, 1977, Los Angeles Times writer Paul Rosenfield sat down with the creator of a galaxy far, far away.

Then 33, George Lucas was just a few days shy from the release of his “space opera,” prophetically claiming that “Star Wars” was the movie he thinks “Disney would have made when Walt Disney was alive.” Who knew decades later that the droids and the mouse would reside in the same castle?

This story was originally published on June 5, 1977, and titled, “Lucas: Film-Maker With the Force.”

(Also from our archives, read The Times' original "Star Wars" review here.)

I think of this as a movie Disney would have made when Walt Disney was alive ... I call it ‘space opera.’ That’s a genre that’s been around a long time, in the books of Burroughs and Heinlein, but never really done on film.

George Lucas in 1977

Sarah Hyland of 'Modern Family' talks bluntly about her weight — it ain't anorexia, haters

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Hyland isn't setting her self-esteem based on what online critics have to say about her looks and her weight, but she is setting the record straight with some fierce back story. 

The "Modern Family" actress, who broke out of the half-hour sitcom box Wednesday as Lisa Houseman in ABC's "Dirty Dancing" reboot, took advantage of the spotlight on the TV movie to air her thoughts via social media Wednesday. 

What people see is not an eating disorder, the petite 26-year-old said — it's a down period in a lifelong health battle. 

"I write this because I've been accused of promoting anorexia.  ... And I want young girls to know that's NOT my intention," she wrote in a message that was split into Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5 , Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

Hyland, 26, was referring to a host of comments made on an Instagram post Tuesday where she promoted a T-shirt, from her boyfriend Dominic Sherwood's apparel line, that gives part of the proceeds to an anti-bullying campaign. (Yes, she noted the irony.)

"My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like," she wrote Wednesday. "Oh and no that's not photoshop. Those are my legs. Those are my arms." 

Here's the thing: Hyland was born with a host of health issues, including kidney dysplasia, as she previously described to Seventeen; her dad donated one of his kidneys to her for a transplant in 2012.

She's "basically been on bed rest for the past few months" and is trying to keep her weight up despite the fact that the medications she is taking have, in part, played havoc with her tastebuds (prednisone has a way of doing that). She's been told she can't work out, and she's lost a lot of muscle mass.

"I don't mind when you say that I look pregnant. Or fat. Because I know that my face is swollen from medication that is saving my life. For those on prednisone I know what you're going through and I commend you sticking it out as I have," Hyland said. 

"My self confidence is not rendered from your comments. Because I will always be too fat. I will always be too skinny. I will never have enough curves to be called a woman. And I will always be a slut for wearing a push up bra," Hyland said. 

"Love the you you set out to be. Be the best version of yourself. Be healthy. I'm a 26 year old woman who goes through more than you could even imagine on a daily basis. But I work hard. I love hard. And I got to where I am because I am STRONG and didn't give up."

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