The filmmaker Xavier Dolan was vacationing with some friends in Paris recently when his phone rang.
"Adele would like to meet you," said the voice on the other end of the line -- who, unbeknown to Dolan, was the singer's manager.
"And I said 'Adele? Adele who?'" Dolan recalled. "And he said. 'Adele. Period.' And I said, 'Oh, sorry.'"
The famously free-speaking director, 26, was on the phone Friday afternoon from his home in Montreal, where he'd been up since the wee hours after his video for Adele's new...