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Two Irish films make this year’s Cannes slate

The key programmes for Cannes, which begins on 11th May, have all now been announced. The good news for the home industry is that two Irish productions have secured prominent spots. Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, starring Sean Penn as an ageing rock star hunting a Nazi war criminal, will compete in the main competition. Rebecca Daly’s debut film, The Other Side of Sleep, a spooky thriller concerning a lifelong sleepwalker, will play in the semi-official Directors’ Fortnight strand.

Read more at www.irishtimes.com

Charlie Sheen dumped by text message

Adult film star Rachel ‘Bree’ Olson sent the actor a short message saying she wanted to end the two month long relationship. Olson, 24, has been by Sheen’s side since he was fired from the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. She has been part of his ‘Torpedo of Truth’ tour along with another of the goddesses, Natalie Kenly.

Read More at www.telegraph.co.uk

Thor was ‘irresistible’ says Kenneth Branagh

Noted Shakespeare director and actor Kenneth Branagh talks about his latest film – a comic book blockbuster about Marvel superhero Thor. Rada graduate Kenneth Branagh was already an established stage and television star when he directed and starred in his 1989 film of William Shakespeare’s history play ‘Henry V’. The critically acclaimed result earned him Oscar nominations for his work both behind and in front of the camera, a best director award from Bafta and a slew of other honours…

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk

Mirren wasn’t keen on first Arthur

Arthur star Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she wasn’t a fan of the original film. The Oscar-winning actress plays long-suffering nanny Hobson alongside Russell Brand’s title character in the remake of the 1980s comedy which starred Dudley Moore. The 65-year-old admitted: ‘I didn’t like it very much. I found I’ve always been a bit of a feminist and I just found the female role although brilliantly played by Liza Minnelli, just annoying.’

Read more at www.independent.ie

Star to statesman: Interview with George Clooney

With five years’ involvement in Sudan, George Clooney has begun to define a new role for himself: 21st-century celebrity statesman. ‘It’s harder for authoritarian regimes to survive, because we can circumvent old structures with cell phones and the internet,’ says Clooney. ‘Celebrity can help focus news media where they have abdicated their responsibility. We can’t make policy, but we can “encourage” politicians more than ever before.’

Read more at www.irishexaminer.com

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