Lars von Trier investigated for calling himself a Nazi
October 6th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Lars von Trier investigated for calling himself a Nazi

Danish film director Lars von Trier was kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival in May over comments he made about Nazis, and it looks like he's still in trouble for the statements.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director says he’s been questioned about the incident; French authorities are investigating to see if the remarks are in violation of a French law against justification of war crimes.

Because of the comment kerfuffle, von Trier, 55, says he’s never making a public statement again – ever. He first had to make a statement regarding the investigation Wednesday, though, and he said that it would be his last.

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Movie halted amid reports Bollywood star pregnant
June 29th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

Movie halted amid reports Bollywood star pregnant

A blessed event is putting a crimp in a planned film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie "Heroine" has been put on hold following reports that its star, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is pregnant.

“At this point nothing is more important than Aishwarya's well being and good health,” the movie's producers, UTV Motion Pictures, said in a statement. “In that context, we have all mutually agreed that the best step would be to avoid shooting further, rather than proceeding with an incredibly demanding schedule over the coming months.” FULL POST

May 19th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Lars von Trier 'persona non grata' at Cannes

Lars von Trier might have meant those Nazi remarks as a joke, but no one's laughing.

Following von Trier’s apology for telling press at the Cannes Film Festival that he’s a Nazi who understands Hitler, the Festival has disassociated itself from the "Melancholia" director.

The Cannes Film Festival says in a statement that the Festival’s Board of Directors has met and “profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars Von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the Festival.”

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Gibson's 'The Beaver' gets standing O at Cannes
May 18th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Gibson's 'The Beaver' gets standing O at Cannes

He’s gone from Oscars to exile. Can he ever come back? Don’t miss “Acting Out: The Mel Gibson Story” on CNN , Sunday night at 8 ET , to see the many sides of Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” may not have had a strong open when it bowed in 22 theaters in early May, but the crowd at Cannes loved it.

According to Deadline, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation for both “The Beaver” and Gibson. Directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, “The Beaver” tells the story of a depressed toy company executive (Gibson) who begins using a beaver hand puppet to help turn his life back around.

Deadline reports that Foster – who rallied around her friend Gibson and encouraged U.S. audiences to take his performance at face value – told the press at Cannes that she’d made the film with a “European sensibility” and expected the audience to be receptive.

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Weinsteins and more at Cannes
May 13th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Weinsteins and more at Cannes

Things have been hopping at the Cannes Film Festival.

Variety reports that The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. rights to the Margaret Thatcher biopic, "The Iron Lady." The film, which stars Meryl Streep, will be the second collaboration between Streep and her "Mamma Mia!" director, Phyllida Lloyd.

The movie will also co-star Jim Broadbent as Thatcher's husband, Denis.

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Lots of buzz at this year's Cannes Film Festival
May 10th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Lots of buzz at this year's Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival hasn't even started yet, but planned festivities are already making headlines.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, word out of the French Riviera is that Al Pacino will join the cast of the upcoming film " Gotti: Three Generations."

The "Godfather" star will play mobster Neil Dellacroce, a mentor to John Gotti Sr. who will be played by John Travolta.  Other cast members include Travolta's wife Kelly Preston, Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci. FULL POST

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