At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the 70th Festival de Cannes observed a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of Monday night’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
Earlier that morning, the festival had issued a news release expressing “its horror, anger and immense sadness,” and described the incident as “yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible — the artists, professionals and spectators — hold dear.”
With that statement came the implicit acknowledgment that such an attack could, of course, happen here in Cannes. Not that anyone needed reminding, in light of the heightened security measures up and down the Croisette: the constant presence of armed police officers, the large planters lining the streets to protect against a vehicular attack, and the metal detectors set up at every entrance to the Palais des Festivals.
There is much confusion in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack that left 22 dead and more than 50 injured at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. And now there are doubts that Grande's "Dangerous Woman" tour will proceed as scheduled.
TMZ reported Monday night that the European tour had been suspended indefinitely, citing anonymous sources connected to Grande who was reportedly "in hysterics" after the concert attack.
Tuesday morning, CNN also reported the tour's suspension, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.
I realize that any actress over 40 has a hard time finding roles. As you get older, it doesn't matter how you look -- people think of you as your age. And you know the way the business is -- it's still sexist to the extent that you can have Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson or Robert Redford, all of whom are in their 50s, playing romantic leading men. But I don't see too many women in their 50s -- not even Jane Fonda anymore."
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, recalls one of his favorite Cannes memories: the 1993 festival, when the jury split the Palme d'Or between Jane Campion's "The Piano" and Chen Kaige's "Farewell My Concubine."
Both films went on to be nominated for Academy Awards, "The Piano" for best picture and "Farewell My Concubine for best foreign film, a split that caused some discussion ahead of the 1994 Academy Awards about what makes a film foreign.
70 years of Cannes in 17 seconds: Los Angeles Times film critic, outside the Grand Theatre Lumiere, talks about the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, the year the Palme d'Or was a split decision between "The Piano" and "Farewell My Concubine."
Pop star Ariana Grande is said to be safe after an explosion at the U.K.'s Manchester Arena, where she had a concert Monday night. A police statement said that at least 19 people were killed and about 50 were hurt in the blast, which was still in the hands of first responders as the news spread.
A rather stark reality hit the world of superhero fantasy on Monday, as the L.A. Times confirmed that Zack Snyder is stepping away from finishing the upcoming “Justice League” picture in the wake of the suicide of his daughter.
Originally reported at the Hollywood Reporter, 20-year-old Autumn Snyder died in March. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming,” Snyder said to THR. “And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
Stepping in for Snyder to finish the high-profile movie starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa will be Joss Whedon. After making two films as part of the Disney/Marvel “Avengers” series, Whedon was recently announced as joining the Warners/DC universe for an upcoming “Batgirl” movie. "Justice League" is still expected to make its planned Nov. 17 release date.
The hive-mind of the Internet has moved into development.
Among the news coming out of the Cannes Film Festival, EW is reporting that Netflix will finance a buddy crime film starring Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna to be directed by Ava DuVernay, with Issa Rae in talks to write the screenplay.
The twist is that this idea stems largely from an idea hatched on Twitter in response to a photo taken when Rihanna and Nyong’o were seated next to each other at a Miu Miu fashion show in Paris in 2014. When a suggestion was made that they looked like they should be in a movie together, enthusiasm quickly grew.
Add Sasheer Zamata to the list of "Saturday Night Live" cast members who marked their final shows this past weekend, along with Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer.
"Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL" Zamata said Sunday on Instagram, where she posted a picture of herself getting a hero's carry from Colin Jost and host Dwayne Johnson.
The 31-year-old's characters included Michelle Obama, Omarosa Manigault and Lt. Uhura from "Star Trek." She was a regular in the "Black Jeopardy" sketches and played Seasonique Boniva Williams in the "Drug Company Hearing" bit with Octavia Spencer and Leslie Jones in March.