1. “Jane Campion to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury.” Film-maker Jane Campion is to head this year’s jury at the Cannes Film Festival, organisers have announced.
“The director succeeds Steven Spielberg in the role. This year’s Cannes Film Festival takes place from 14-25 May. Campion, whose work on The Piano won her a best screenplay Oscar, was called ’a major film-maker and indefatigable pioneer’ by Cannes organisers. The film, in which a mute mail-order bride and her daughter arrive in New Zealand with few possessions, except a large piano, also netted Academy Awards for actresses Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin. More recently, Campion worked on television drama The Lake, which reunited her with Hunter. The mini-series was screened on BBC Two in the UK.”
2. ”12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Critics Circle Awards.” The 79th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards turned awkward on Monday night when CityArts editor Armond White started to heckle director Steve McQueen.
“McQueen had just accepted his prize for 12 Years a Slave, presented by Harry Belafonte, when the interruption broke out. As soon as McQueen took the stage, White started shouting from his table at the back of the room. ’You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man,’ White boomed. ’F—you. Kiss my ass.’”
3. “Kenneth Anger: Where the Bodies Are Buried.” For Esquire, Mick Brown spends 48 hours in LA with a legend of the counterculture.
“Nearby is the vacant patch of ground that the actor Vincent Gallo, a friend, has told Anger he has purchased for Anger’s own grave. It is next to the grave of Johnny Ramone, which is marked by a spectacularly ugly bust of the Ramones’ guitarist, truncated just above the knee. Contemplating the prospect of an eternity spent in immediate proximity to one of the musical architects of ’Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,’ Anger looks nonplussed. He is open-minded about the prospect of an afterlife, but dubious about the Christian view of heaven, or whether that’s where he will be going.”
4. “Run Run Shaw R.I.P.” Movie Mogul Seen as Creator of Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106
“Born in China, Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia, producing and sometimes directing films and owning lucrative cinema chains. His companies are believed to have released more than 800 films worldwide. After his brother’s death in 1985, Mr. Shaw expanded his interest in television and became a publishing and real estate magnate as well. For his philanthropy, much of it going to educational and medical causes, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and showered with public expressions of gratitude by the Communist authorities in Beijing.”
5. ”SNL’s New Cast Member Sasheer Zamata: 5 Funny Sketches and Impersonations (Video)” The comedian is the first black female to join NBC’s late-night sketch series since Maya Rudolph..
“After SNL was criticized for its lack of diversity, producers held auditions for black female comedians in New York and Los Angeles—the first time the show exclusively focused on casting minority women. SNL skewered itself during a recent sketch with Kerry Washington, who portrayed Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. Zamata’s YouTube channel offers a glimpse into what viewers can expect when she makes her debut on SNL, including spot-on portrayals of Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.”
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