South Korean director Lee Su-Jin was awarded the Marrakech Film Festival's top prize this weekend (07-08Dec13) as Han Gong-Ju was named the event's best movie. The psychological drama was selected as the recipient of the Golden Star honour by a jury headed by Martin Scorsese, and featuring Sharon Stone, Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche, and directors Terry Gilliam, Nicolas Winding Refn and Abel Ferrera.
Other honourees at Saturday's (07Dec13) Moroccan ceremony, included revenge story Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier, who shared the Jury Prize with Cuban Carlos Machado Quintela for The Swimming Pool.
Andrea Pallaores claimed Best Director for family drama Medeas, while the Best Actor title was also a tie between Didier Michon and Slimane Dazi for Fevers by Hicham Ayouch.
Swedish star Alicia Vikander walked away with the Best Actress prize for Hotell.
Madonna has become the latest star to call for the release of a group of Greenpeace protesters incarcerated in Russia. Twenty-eight activists for the environmental charity and two journalists were arrested in September (13) and charged on suspicion of piracy and hooliganism following a protest at sea against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. They are now reportedly being held at pre-trial detention centres in St Petersburg.
The issue has caught the attention of several celebrities already, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin requesting his help in freeing the activists, and French actress Marion Cotillard spent Friday (15Nov13) in a cage on the streets of Paris with fellow environmental campaigners to demand the group's release.
Madonna has now joined the campaign by posting a picture on her Instagram.com page featuring the slogan, 'Free the Arctic 30'.
She also posted a link to a Greenpeace petition calling for the group's release, along with the caption, "These 30 people are in prison in Russia for staging a peaceful protest in the Arctic. Let your voice be heard. Let's bring these people home."
Madonna has previously thrown her support behind a campaign to free two Russian rockers from the band Pussy Riot who remain locked up in the country after performing a protest song against Putin in a Moscow church.
French actress Marion Cotillard spent Friday (15Nov13) in a cage on the streets of Paris as she joined fellow environmental campaigners to demand the release of 30 Greenpeace protesters incarcerated in Russia. The so-called Arctic 30 group, which includes two journalists, was arrested in September (13) and charged on suspicion of piracy and hooliganism after holding a demonstration against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
The jailed activists, who were originally held in the city of Murmansk, were reported on Monday (11Nov13) to have been transported to pre-trial detention centres in St. Petersburg, although officials failed to give a reason for the move, sparking concerns for their safety.
Earlier this week (begs11Nov13), Sir Paul McCartney penned a letter to Vladimir Putin, urging the Russian president to intervene and help the detainees.
Now Cotillard, an outspoken Greenpeace activist, has added her voice to the cause and taken part in a peaceful demonstration outside the Palais Royal complex in the heart of Paris.
Standing silently inside the cage with other protesters, who were all dressed in red, she held up a plaque which declared: "I am a climate defender". Others held up posters bearing photos of the jailed activists, calling for their freedom.
The La Vie En Rose star later branded the detention of the Greenpeace campaigners "absolutely absurd and crazy".
Actress Shirley Mitchell, the last surviving adult cast member of beloved U.S. comedy series I Love Lucy, has died at the age of 94. Mitchell, who played leading lady Lucille Ball's friend Marion Strong on the show, passed away on Monday (11Nov13) from heart failure in Los Angeles, California.
The actress joined I Love Lucy in 1953 and appeared in three episodes.
Her other TV credits include Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, Perry Mason and The Red Skelton Hour. She also made a few big screen appearances in films like Big Business and The War of the Roses.
Mitchell was the widow of composer and lyricist Jay Livingston, who helped pen Doris Day's Que Sera Sera. He passed away in 2001. She is survived by their two children Scott and Brooke.
"Even the phone terrified me. When we sent you the script and you wanted to do it that was fine with me. Then I got the call from (casting director) Juliet Taylor saying: 'Cate would like to speak to you on the phone'... When I cast Marion Cotillard, they said: 'She wants to do it, but she would like to talk to you on the phone for a few minutes.' And Colin Firth too: he wanted to talk to me on the phone. My heart always sinks." Woody Allen tells Cate Blanchett he hates talking on the phone to potential actors for roles in his movies.
"I think Tupac should have a star on there... They better do it one way or another 'cos I figure if they don't hurry up and put Tupac on the Walk of Fame, all the Tupac fans... are gonna start going down there and scratching all the other names off. They might even remove Elvis." Hip-hop mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight is calling for bosses of Los Angeles' Walk of Fame to honour tragic rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996.
Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson have been added to the jury for the 13th annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. The actresses join director Martin Scorsese on the panel, which will vote for the Golden Star award for best film, as well as jury Best Actor and Best Actress honours.
They will be joined by moviemakers Amat Escalante, Anurag Kashyap and Paolo Sorrentino, and French star Golshifteh Farahani, among others.
The 15 films vying for the top prize are set to be announced next week (begs04Oct13).
The festival runs from 29 November (13) to 7 December (13).
Wanda Sykes' parents refused to attend the comedienne's wedding to her longtime girlfriend in 2008 after falling out with the star over her sexuality. The Monster-in-Law actress, who was previously married to male record producer Dave Hall, 'came out' publicly in November, 2008, a month after tying the knot with her now-wife Alex, but she reveals her conservative mum Marion and dad Harry struggled to accept that she was a lesbian for years and declined to watch Sykes walk down the aisle with a woman.
The 49 year old says, "I was 40 when I came out to my parents... When I came out to my parents, I was having a surgery and my mother and my sister-in-law, they were going to come out here (to Los Angeles) to be with me during the surgery.
"And I said, 'Mum, let me just explain something to you. You know I'm living with so-and-so, I just want you to know that we're not just roommates... She's my girlfriend...' She was like, 'What do you mean?' I was like, 'Mum, come on, you have to have known this... I just want to make sure we're clear on this.' She just fell apart, fell apart and ended up not coming out here for my surgery because she was just that, 'I'm done with you (attitude).'"
Sykes admits the falling out led to a period of estrangement, but they have since patched up their differences and now her mother and father have taken pride in their new roles as grandparents to her and Alex's two young children.
She tells Oprah Winfrey, "We're in a great place right now, my parents are wonderful... They weren't at my wedding, but they were at the kids' last birthday party..."
"My favourite project of hers was an overlooked short film that she made earlier this year. She plays a very inebriated housewife defending her inebriated husband. And if you haven't seen it, you can go on YouTube." Comedienne Chelsea Handler pokes fun at her pal Reese Witherspoon's much-publicised altercation with a police officer in Georgia while honouring her at Monday's (21Oct13) Elle Women in Hollywood awards event in Beverly Hills. The actress joined Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Naomie Harris and Melissa McCarthy among the honourees.
Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Naomie Harris, Marion Cotillard and Melissa Mccarthy were among the stars honoured at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday (21Oct13). The publication's bosses paid tribute to the female celebrities as part of their 20th annual ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The honourees were each introduced by a celebrity pal, who shared recollections of how the star helped them get ahead in their own careers. Among the guest presenters were comedienne and talk show host Chelsea Handler, who feted her pal Witherspoon, and Kathy Bates, who celebrated McCarthy's onscreen achievements.
Audience members included Glee star Lea Michele, Emmy Rossum, Cybill Shepherd, Laura Dern, Emilia Clarke, Shailene Woodley and funnywoman Whitney Cummings.