Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was awarded France's top cultural honour during a ceremony in his native India on Tuesday (01Jul14). The actor was presented with the Legion of Honour medal by Laurent Fabius, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai to recognise his contribution to promoting cultural diversity across the world.
The moment was extra poignant for the star, as the day would have marked his late mother's birthday.
He said at the ceremony, "It's my mother's birthday. If she was alive, apart from being extremely old, she would have been extremely happy that her son has got the highest and the most prestigious honour in the world... so thank you on behalf of my mother."
He added, "I thank the President of France Mr. Francois Hollande and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, Mr. Laurent Fabius, for finding me fitting for this honour... This honour has further motivated me to take Indian Cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory. And thank you France for being so loving and appreciative of Indian films, it's extremely encouraging."
Harry Potter star Alan Rickman will be honoured at Italy's Giffoni Film Festival later this year (14). The Brit, famous for his role as Severus Snape in the wizard franchise, will be presented with the Francois Truffaut Award, named after the French filmmaker, in recognition of his stellar career.
He will pick up the award during the festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, south-west Italy, on 23 July (14).
The event is the largest children's film festival in Europe and previous honourees include Meryl Streep and Jessica Alba.
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Jennifer Lawrence has signed on for her third project with director David O. Russell in a film titled Joy.
The 23-year-old actress previously collaborated with the filmmaker on American Hustle and her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, and now she is teaming up with O. Russell yet again for the rags-to-riches tale about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. Mangano, a single mother of three kids, became a millionaire after launching the cleaning product on American shopping network QVC, and her company has since grown exponentially with her additional inventions.
Lawrence first mentioned the project during a recent appearance on U.S. chat show Live! With Kelly and Michael, revealing the director already had her in mind for the unique role. She explained, "He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. You want to do it?' And I was like, 'Yeah'."
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Robert Downey, Jr. is hoping to bring his real-life experiences with drugs to the small screen in a new TV drama about a rehab facility in California.
The Iron Man star and his wife Susan Downey are set to produce an as-yet-untitled drama for U.S. network Showtime, which will follow a rehab/therapeutic community in Venice Beach in 1983, according to Deadline.com.
Downey Jr. famously battled the issues with drugs and alcohol 20 years ago, when he was in-and-out of rehab facilities and jail.
Entertainment lawyer Louis C. Blau, who represented the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Berry Gordy, has died at the age of 99. Blau, a former World War II veteran, passed away on Friday (30May14).
Throughout his lengthy legal career, he boasted a client roster that read like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including filmmakers Kubrick and Francois Truffaut and actors Lana Turner, Walter Matthau, Arlene Dahl and Richard Widmark, while he also took on cases for Motown Records founder Gordy, singer/actor Donald O’Connor and author Danielle Steel.
He served as a senior partner at Loeb & Loeb for decades until retiring in the late 1990s.
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Back when Star Wars VII announced its first rally of official players, we tackled each name on the list with a brief bit of professional history and our hopes and expectations for that with which he or she might be tasked for the upcoming film. You can check out our rundown here, which enveloped the Star Wars vets as well as franchise newcomers Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley. But today's news, via StarWars.com, about Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie (oh yeah, and a leaked set photo, via TMZ, revealing a practical monster) calls for another round of introductions.
Lupita Nyong'oBest known as: Patsey, the tortured slave of psychopathic plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in 12 Years a Slave. The role won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.Age: 31.In the new movie: Nyong'o's Star Wars character is anyone's guess at this point, but her tremendous command of scene-stealing gravity should land her a pretty meaty role. Perhaps a tad too old (even with the practice of actors playing years below their age) to portray a classmate of presumed central characters, the offspring of Han and Leia, and we'd guess too high profile a figure to take on a tertiary role like teacher or soldier. So we're leaning towards high-ranking officer in the plight against... whatever they're dealing with this time. As long as she has plenty of convicted diatribes and steady close-ups.
Gwendoline ChristieBest known as: Brienne of Tarth, swordsmith and Stark loyalist on Game of Thrones.Age: 35 or 36.In the new movie: Lightsabers. It's practically a given. Knowing how handy she is with a weapon on Game of Thrones, J.J. Abrams couldn't pass up the opportunity to give Christie Star Wars' answer to the sword. As such, this would land her in the Jedi Knight camp, though be she one of pure motive or corrupted soul is another question yet unanswered.
This ThingBest known as: The weird picture you saw a bunch of people sharing on Twitter on Monday morning, worrying that another experiment from Long Island's animal testing facility had washed up on shore.Age: Mid 40s?In the new movie: The suggestion that Star Wars VII will be heavy with practical effects is an encouraging one. Our friend here will probably be relegated to transporting a hero or two (or maybe just cargo), but he likely won't be the film's lone hand-crafted creature.
Keep watch for more additions to the cast!
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Bradley Cooper has been credited with introducing President Barack Obama to his The Hangover pal Zach Galifianakis after reportedly coming up with the idea for the U.S. leader to film a mock-interview to promote his new healthcare initiative. Funnyman Galifianakis scored a huge Internet hit last month (Mar14) after sitting down with the politician for his irreverent FunnyOrDie.com web series Between Two Ferns, on which Obama was grilled on topics as varied as North Korea, his birth certificate and being "a nerd".
It racked up three million hits within just two hours of going live and provided a big boost to the leader's Heathcare.gov website, and now editors at Politico.com claim Cooper was the one to hook the unlikely pair up.
The American Hustle star was invited to the White House in February (14) to attend a state dinner in honour of French President Francois Hollande's U.S. visit, and during the event, the actor sat down with Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to "brainstorm ideas about how to help get the word out" about the Affordable Care Act.
According to the political news site, Cooper suggested Obama film a Between Two Ferns skit and then "pulled out his cell phone, got Galifianakis on the line and put him on speaker".
The article continues, "He (Galifianakis) was ready to help. Now they just needed to sell the idea to the president."
Cooper was even mentioned in the hilarious interview after Obama praised the Oscar nominee for putting on "a great show" during his own Between Two Ferns appearance in 2009, to which Galifianakis responded, "Bradley Cooper... Everybody loves Bradley... Being like that in Hollywood, that's easy. Be short, fat, and smell like Doritos and try to make it in Hollywood!"
The bearded comedian wasn't the only star to help Obama raise awareness about the new bill - the mothers of Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine all stepped into the spotlight to urge young Americans to register for healthcare, while actor Adam Scott recently reprised his role from hit 2008 comedy Step Brothers to jokingly rant about the initiative.
French actress Julie Gayet has won a $21,000 (GBP13,125) privacy lawsuit against editors at Closer magazine after they suggested she was involved in an affair with French President Francois Hollande. Gayet sued bosses at the publication after they released a seven-page photospread, which appeared to show her and Hollande entering and exiting her apartment, while he was still dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler.
The politician chose not to sue and neither party admitted to the alleged affair, but Gayet insisted her life had been "turned upside down" because of the pictures that were published in January (14), and, on Thursday (27Mar14), a judge sided with her.
The 41 year old has also filed two criminal complaints - one for breach of privacy over separate Closer photos, which were taken while she was inside her car, which qualifies as a private space under French law.
She is also claiming the paparazzi "endangered others" when they hounded her.
Embattled Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is ready to begin his defence in his ongoing murder trial after prosecutors rested their case against the sportsman on Tuesday (25Mar14). The athlete stands accused of intentionally killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, by shooting her in the bathroom of his South African home on Valentine's Day last year (14Feb13). Pistorius maintains he mistook the leggy beauty for an intruder.
During the first three weeks of the trial, the double amputee was forced to listen to prosecutors as they revealed gruesome details about Steenkamp's injuries, which prompted him to vomit repeatedly in court.
On Monday (24Mar14), the Johannesburg court heard evidence from police captain Francois Moller, who read out a handful of text messages sent by the blonde model to her beau weeks before her death, revealing that she had been "scared" of his short temper.
Moller also shared several romantic exchanges between the couple and admitted that 90 per cent of the more than 1,000 texts recovered from their phones were normal and "loving" exchanges.
Authorities wrapped up their arguments against Pistorius on Tuesday (25Mar14), handing the case to his defence team, which will begin to fight the allegations when court resumes on Friday (28Mar14).
Speaking after Tuesday's hearing, Pistorius briefly told reporters, "It's a tough time. We've got a lot ahead of us."
Pistorius' lawyers had asked for an adjournment to allow them time to consult with witnesses who had not been called by the state.
The sportsman is expected to take the witness stand in the coming days.
Model Reeva Steenkamp told boyfriend Oscar Pistorius she was "scared" of his short temper in multiple text messages weeks before she was shot to death by the Paralympian, a South African court has heard. The sportsman is currently on trial, accused of murdering Steenkamp in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria last year (Feb13).
He has denied one charge of murder and three firearms offences, insisting he mistook the South African beauty for an intruder and opened fire, but police detectives have now uncovered a number of exchanges between Steenkamp and Pistorius, documenting her fears about the athlete's bad temper.
In one message, read out in court on Monday (24Mar14) by police captain Francois Moller, she wrote, "I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u (sic) will react to me".
Another text read, "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating u AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from", while she also wrote, "You make me happy 90 percent (sic) of the time and I think we are amazing together... I just want to love and be loved. Be happy and make someone SO happy. Maybe we can't do that for each other. Cos right now I know u aren't happy and I am certainly very unhappy and sad (sic)."
Despite the worrying messages, Captain Moller claimed that of the more than 1,000 messages discovered by cops, about 90 per cent of the conversations were normal and "loving" exchanges.
The trial continues.