Madonna has shared her favourite birthday party images with fans after posting shots from the bash in Cannes, France online. The pop superstar celebrated her 56th on Saturday (16Aug14) with a 1920s-themed celebration at a private villa in France, where guests included model Kate Moss and Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary.
The singer shared her selfies and snaps of guests dancing on Instagram, but it one with Moss that really caught the eye - it the shot, Madonna and Moss are pictured on their knees and the pop star added the caption, "Bow down B*tches! #whatitfeelslikeforagirl."
The birthday girls kids Rocco, Lourdes Leon, Mercy and David Banda also flew in for the party.
Pierce Brosnan's new period movie, in which he portrays King Louis XIV of France, has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures. In the fantasy film, The Moon & the Sun, the French king attempts to gain immortality by stealing the life force from a mermaid.
Filmmaker James Cameron has reportedly cancelled his upcoming appearance at the Deauville Film Festival in France. The Avatar director was set to be honoured with the 40th Anniversary Award and present his new film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, at the event in September (14), but he has dropped out of appearing at the ceremony due to undisclosed reasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Deauville Film Festival will kick-off on 5 September (14) and run until 14 September (14).
Will Ferrell, Jessica Chastain and Ray Liotta will also be honoured at the French festival. Organisers are also planning a special tribute to the late Robin Williams.
Actress Kelly Rutherford has been given a glimmer of hope to keep her kids with ex-husband Daniel Giersch in the U.S. after a Los Angeles judge offered to help resolve the German businessman's immigration issues so he can return to America. The former Gossip Girl star has been locked in a bitter custody battle with Giersch since their divorce in 2009, and she recently filed papers asking federal court authorities to overturn a 2012 ruling allowing their two children to live with their father in France.
Rutherford claimed the state official who granted Giersch primary care of seven-year-old son Hermes and five-year-old daughter Helena acted beyond the scope of his power by effectively deporting the youngsters, but she lost her bid during a hearing on Wednesday (13Aug14), when the federal judge claimed he wasn't qualified to make such a ruling.
However, he reached out to the desperate mum and offered to hold a conference call with Rutherford's lawyer and Giersch's legal representative in an effort to find a resolution for the dad's visa problems, reports TMZ.com.
His U.S. visa was revoked in 2012 for undisclosed reasons.
Rutherford has until 19 August (14) to find a solution, otherwise her children must be returned to Giersch in France.
The costly custody battle prompted the actress to file for bankruptcy last year (13).
Disney bosses have paid a touching tribute to their Genie, Robin Williams, by painting an image of his animated Aladdin character in the stars.
The late actor's friends at the Walt Disney Company have released a photo of his magical character cleverly crafted from stars in the night sky. Disney chairman Robert Iger has also offered up a statement about Williams, which was released as the caption for the image.
It reads: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin. He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, the organisers of the annual Deauville American Film Festival in France have announced they will pay homage to Williams, who visited the event in 1988 and 1999. Calling the tragic star "an old friend", festival bosses have posted photos of the late actor at the event on Deauville's Twitter.com page. Will Ferrell, Jessica Chastain and James Cameron will he honoured with career awards at the festival, which begins on 5 September (14).
Fans of classic rockers The Faces had better start praying for the planned full band reunion because frontman Rod Stewart has revealed he won't be touring in five years. The band get together has been on and off for decades, with Stewart pulling out of reunion dates a few years ago, forcing his bandmates to replace him with Simply Red star Mick Hucknall.
But now the plans are on again and Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood are working on a comeback.
However, Rolling Stones star Wood had better start speeding up the process - because the singer is considering retiring from the road.
Stewart, 69, tells the Kansas City Star, "Touring is what I do. Nothing compares to it... I prefer getting onstage (to recording). It's an immediate satisfaction, sending an audience home happy. I want to make the most of it.
"Nothing lasts forever. I still have the energy to do it, and I look forward to at least three or four more years of it."
But he's still keen to hit the road with Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones before he calls it a day, telling the publication, "It will happen, but the ball is in Ronnie's court. When the Stones stop touring, they stop for a long time. So whenever he's finished, I'll be available.
"If we could just keep McLagan quiet for a bit, we could get on with it. But he seems to come out and say the most negative things about me. But Ronnie and me want to do it... He emailed me the other day and said, 'I've got a few nights off. Let's get dinner'. I said, 'I'm on holiday in the south of France'. He said, 'OK, let's wait until we're 78'."
Controversial director Roman Polanski has pulled out of a planned trip to a Swiss film festival following a raft of protests over the decision to hand him a lifetime achievement award. The Chinatown moviemaker was due to pick up the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this week (beg11Aug14), but the announcement triggered criticism because of Polanski's past.
The 80-year-old Oscar winner has been a wanted man in the U.S. since fleeing to France in the late 1970s, a day before he was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor.
He was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 and threatened with extradition back to America, but was eventually released and allowed to return to his home in France.
Organisers of the event called the storm over Polanski's award "unacceptable interference of some in the artistic liberty of the festival" but the star has now decided not to return to Switzerland.
He says in a statement, "Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit. I am deeply saddened to disappoint you."
Polanski had also been scheduled to present his new movie Venus In Fur, which stars his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, at the festival and host a film-making masterclass.
Actress Kelly Rutherford is urging a Los Angeles federal judge to overturn a ruling allowing her two children to live with their father in France, insisting the decision creates an immigration issue. The former Gossip Girl star's ex-husband Daniel Giersch was granted primary custody of seven-year-old son Hermes and five-year-old daughter Helena in 2012, and the actress has been forced to fly between her native U.S. and Europe just to visit her kids.
She has now filed new legal documents accusing the state judge who presided over their case of acting beyond the scope of his power and is demanding the custody call be overturned by a higher judge so her children can remain with her in the States, reports TMZ.com.
German businessman Giersch had his U.S. visa revoked for unknown reasons in the summer of 2012.
Rutherford and Giersch divorced in 2009. The costly custody battle prompted the actress to file for bankruptcy last year (13).
Actor Daniel Radcliffe avoided his hero Pete Doherty on a train bound for France - because he felt sure The Libertines star would not be interested in chatting to him. The Harry Potter star and the rocker's paths crossed during a Eurostar journey between the U.K. and mainland Europe recently, but Radcliffe decided against approaching his musical hero.
He tells Britain's Event magazine, "I was obsessed with Pete when I was growing up, absolutely obsessed with The Libertines. And then I saw him a few months back on the train, having a cup of tea. I did used to worry about him when I was younger. I felt scared for him because of all the drugs (he took) and the lifestyle.
"I didn't say anything to him about it. It's his business. It's his stuff to deal with. Why would he want to hear anything from me?"
Action movie mogul Menahem Golan has died, aged 85. The Israeli director/producer passed away on Friday (08Aug14) after collapsing in Tel Aviv.
Golan's cousin and producing partner Yoram Globus, who ran the Cannon Films studio with him for a decade, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm in complete and utter shock; I cannot come to grips with the news. Menahem lived, breathed and ate cinema... We both managed to make our mark in Hollywood in our years working there and had the great fortune in life to make a living from our one and only hobby - not something that a lot of people get to do."
The movie mogul began his career in his native Israel, making his directorial debut with 1963 film El Dorado and later winning an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award as a producer on 1964 comedy Sallah Shabati. He won another Oscar nod for 1977's Operation Thunderbolt, which he directed.
He is best known for producing a number of high-profile action movies in the 1980s. He brought to the screen a number of Charles Bronson's Death Wish sequels, Chuck Norris' Missing in Action and The Delta Force, Bloodsport starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Masters of the Universe.
He also directed Sylvester Stallone in 1987's Over the Top.
Golan continued working over the years and he is featured in Israeli documentary The Go-Go Boys, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May (14).