Chris Cornell’s wife and the family’s lawyer responded Friday to the Soundgarden singer’s death following a concert Wednesday in Detroit, saying they suspect that an anti-anxiety medication he was taking may have contributed to what has been ruled by the Wayne County medical examiner as suicide by hanging.
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” attorney Kirk Pasich said in the statement. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.”
In the same statement, Vicky Cornell said, “When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him ....
Sometimes a film festival holds up a mirror to the world’s harshest realities, and sometimes it provides a welcome respite from them.
On Thursday, amid what felt like an unceasing wave of news alerts from the U.S. — the unexpected deaths of Roger Ailes and Chris Cornell, a fatal car crash in Times Square, the latest developments in the Trump-Russia saga — the Cannes Film Festival saw fit to unveil two pictures notable for their exquisite loveliness, their enchanting good vibes and their sweet yet tough-minded suggestion that everything might turn out just fine in the end.
Needless to say, neither of the films in question was directed by Michael Haneke, even if his latest picture does bear the (presumably ironic) title “Happy End.” (It will screen for the press on Sunday.)
When Leon Vitali was working on Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," he became involved in a disagreement with the director over the size of cabins in the shoot.
"I got a phone call at eight o'clock. 'Your measurements are off by miles,'" Vitali, Kubrick's longtime aide-de-camp and subject of the new documentary "Filmworker," recalled the director telling him.
"It was '… Leon … Leon … Leon, you are off,'" Vitali continued, repeating Kubrick’s choice of obscenity. "I said '… Stanley … Stanley … Stanley. I am not.' Ten minutes later, Stanley called back and said, 'I'm sorry. I was given wrong information.'"
Tilda Swinton has long been a sought-after star at Cannes, not only because of her versatile talent but because she always seems to be be living smarter, easier, cooler than the rest of us.
Such qualities were on display Friday, when at a news conference for her new film "Okja"— which contains pro-organic, anti-capitalist undercurrents in its story about a lovable, genetically modified pig — she offered a prescription for Life According to Tilda. Here's her guide.
"I live outnumbered by animals. You can read them as a lesson to all of us on how to live — loyalty patience, presence, love of a good walk, catching a ball, whatever. The feeling of dedication and simplicity that animals can teach us.
Looks like Alexander Hamilton is headed to Duckburg. OK, not quite, but the Tony Award-winning "Hamilton" scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda is headed for "DuckTales."
Disney has announced that Miranda is joining the cast of its upcoming "DuckTales" series to voice Gizmoduck and his alter-ego Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.
While the original Fenton Crackshell was Scrooge McDuck's accountant, this new Fenton is a scientist. In "DuckTales," Fenton is an intern working for Gyro Gearloose, Scrooge McDuck's personal mad scientist. But that's not the only change that was made when the character was re-imagined for the new series.
I feel very good about my career because I've never had to compromise. The trouble with so many people is they want to be part of the gang. They want to feel safe and fit in. You get married because society says you should do this or that. But look at society: It's always changing its mind about what is right to do.
Any hope that the Cannes Film Festival could proceed with a focus on movies, instead of the way they're delivered, was scuttled minutes into the first press screening of "Okja," the first Netflix feature to screen at the prestigious French film festival.
The bilingual Bong Joon-ho movie is a genre screwball comedy about GMO ethics that's financed and distributed by Netflix. At the sight of the streaming giant's logo in the opening credits Friday, a number of viewers began booing. When the film began, the projection was misaligned to cut off half of the actors' faces, prompting the audience to hoot and holler. The chaotic spectacle went on for several minutes until the movie was stopped and the problem corrected.
A 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting of a skull sold at auction Thursday night in New York for more than $110 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by an American artist or an artwork created after 1980.
Yusaku Maezawa of Japan, an e-commerce entrepreneur and art collector, bought the Basquiat for $110,487,500 in 10 minutes of bidding, according to Sotheby's auction house.
The large, untitled painting — done in acrylic, spray paint and oil stick on canvas, it is 72½ inches by 68½ inches — hadn't been shown in public since 1984, when a private collector purchased it at auction for $19,000.