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"Is This A Parody?": New Portrait Of Kate Middleton Draws Backlash

05/23/24 7:04 PM

The portrait honours the princess' "courage and dignity" amidst the cancer battle.

"Pure Panic": 9 Killed In Stage Collapse During Election Rally In Mexico

05/23/24 6:50 PM

An election rally in northern Mexico descended into tragedy after a gust of wind sent the stage careening into the crowd on Wednesday night, killing at least nine people, including a child, authorities said.

"Strong Punishment": All About China's Military Drills Around Taiwan

05/23/24 9:35 PM

China on Thursday announced two days of war games around self-ruled Taiwan, encircling the island with naval vessels and military aircraft.

'Heat dome' leads to sweltering temperatures in Mexico, Central America and U.S. South

05/23/24 11:06 AM

Extreme heat in Mexico, Central America and parts of the U.S. South has left millions of people in sweltering temperatures, strained energy grids and resulted in iconic Howler monkeys in Mexico dropping dead from trees.

'We're all fascinated by sex work': Cannes director Baker

05/22/24 4:10 PM

U.S. director Sean Baker feared "Anora", his free-wheeling sex farce which is currently the toast of the Cannes Film Festival, would be too controversial.But the rave response to his movie about a sex worker marrying into money lays bare our endless fascination with the world's oldest profession, he told AFP."It's nice and a little surprising, because it seems so far that it hasn't been as divisive as I thought it would be," Baker told AFP."We're dealing with themes that are extremely divisive right now.""Anora" follows an affair between a New York escort and the young son of a Russian oligarch. They marry on a whim in Las Vegas, sparking the fury of his relatives.Baker, who has chronicled the lives of prostitutes in several previous films, said "we are all fascinated" by sex work.In part, that is because it is right under our noses, whether we notice it or not."No joke -- from my kitchen, I can literally look into a happy endings massage parlour," said Baker.But the sex trade draws wildly different opinions. Many view it as exploitative, while others believe it can be liberating, said Baker."It can be explored forever," said the director, whose mission was to show flawed characters, dealing with the same mundane issues as everybody else."I can't make just -- and excuse my terminology here, because it's an old term -- a 'hooker with a heart of gold' story", he said.- 'Crazy' -"Anora" has earned stellar reviews. Vanity Fair called it a "wild, profane blast" with "complex empathy".It is one of 22 movies in competition for the Palme d'Or, the top prize of the Cannes Film Festival, which will be announced Saturday.Baker said it would be his "dream" for Mikey Madison, who plays sex worker Ani, to win the best actress prize instead. (Cannes typically only bestows one award per movie.)Madison, known for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "Scream", trained in pole dancing for three months, and perfected a distinctive New York accent.But any recognition from the world's most famous film festival could help "Anora" enjoy a wider release in US theatres than most indie movies."US audiences have been told 'only come to the theatre for the big blockbusters, everything else you can get on Netflix'... It's crazy!" said Baker.Thankfully, "Anora" already has a prestigious US distributor, with indie studio NEON.NEON has released each of the four previous Palme d'Or winners.- 'Three Stooges' -While tackling a similar subject to Baker's previous films like "Tangerine" and "The Florida Project", "Anora" is his most comedic yet.When a trio of goons arrive at the newlyweds' home, the audience is braced for mob-style violence to ensue.But their clumsy ineptitude quickly leads to "a Three Stooges sort of thing," said Baker."I keep trying to explore how far I can go with" the comedy, explained the director."It's always a balance with comedy and pathos. Life is a balance of that.""So you have to deliver the laughter -- until you deliver the tears."

11 Of The Best Things To Do In London This Mother's Day And Paddy's Day Weekend

03/17/23 5:02 PM

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17 Very British Tweets About The Very British Queue To See The Very British Queen's Coffin

09/24/22 1:25 AM

"If you’re British, this is the queue you’ve been training for all your life. The final boss of queues."View Entire Post ›

24 Killed By Israeli Army In Gaza

05/24/24 1:52 AM

At least 24 people were killed overnight when the Israeli army targeted two houses in northern and central Gaza, the media reported.

A Former Marine Was Freed From “Wrongful Detention” In Russia, But Concerns Remain For Brittney Griner And Others

12/08/22 8:18 AM

Trevor Reed's release from Russia highlighted concerns over the continued detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another former Marine, Paul Whelan.View Entire Post ›

A New WhatsApp “Communities” Feature Makes Organizing Groups A Snap. Critics Say It Will Make Spreading Misinformation Easier.

11/07/22 4:48 PM

A researcher doubts WhatsApp's claim that Communities will "meaningfully reduce the spread of potentially harmful misinformation."View Entire Post ›

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