Entertainment News Roundup: French film in Cannes follows a family's tussle with euthanasia; 'Zigazig ah!' Spice Girls mark 25 years since 'Wannabe' release and more
An upbeat and empowering track, "Wannabe" was released on July 8, 1996 and soared to the top of music charts around the world. Balenciaga makes striking comeback in couture show Balenciaga presented embroidered evening gowns and luxurious oversized casual looks for its first haute couture collection in more than 50 years in Paris on Wednesday, in one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the week.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
French film in Cannes follows a family's tussle with euthanasia
French movie director Francois Ozon tackles the thorny issue of euthanasia in his latest movie at the Cannes Film Festival, with a story of two sisters grappling with their sick father's desire to end his life. In "Everything Went Fine", Ozon does not take sides in the debate, preferring to let the siblings' struggle unfold and leave audiences to ponder what they would do in their situation.
'Zigazig ah!' Spice Girls mark 25 years since 'Wannabe' release
The Spice Girls celebrated 25 years since the release of their debut single "Wannabe" on Thursday with heartfelt messages thanking their fans for their continued support in making them one of the most successful girl bands in the world. An upbeat and empowering track, "Wannabe" was released on July 8, 1996, and soared to the top of music charts around the world.
Balenciaga makes a striking comeback in a couture show
Balenciaga presented embroidered evening gowns and luxurious oversized casual looks for its first haute couture collection in more than 50 years in Paris on Wednesday, in one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the week. Creative director Demna Gvasalia dressed models in yellow and pink bathrobe-like coats, loose black trouser suits, and embellished evening gowns. There were also voluminous satin coats and more casual looks made up of jumpers, jeans, and jackets.
Fendi celebrates eternal city Rome at the haute couture show
Italian fashion house Fendi used soft colors and marbleized patterns for its haute couture collection on Thursday, presenting a line of luxurious gowns and outfits. Designer Kim Jones said he looked to late Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini's depictions of Rome, where Fendi is based, for inspiration.
Social satire mini-series 'The White Lotus' premieres in Los Angeles
HBO's latest miniseries "The White Lotus," about vacationers at an exclusive hotel in Hawaii, was launched at the equally swanky Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The series, which begins streaming on HBO on Sunday, opens with a body being loaded onto a plane. From there, it returns to the beginning of the vacation and follows holiday-makers and hotel staff as their paths steadily intertwine.
In a cavernous Paris nightclub, DJ Vinz set up his decks ahead of Friday night when French clubs will be permitted to reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis erupted, although stringent rules mean many will stay shuttered. For the past 17 months, Vinz has been unable to work, his salary largely paid for by the state while he kept to his nocturnal rhythm, unable to shake a more than decade-long routine as France suffered waves of COVID-19 infections.
Charlotte Gainsbourg confronts showbiz lineage in an intimate documentary
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg's first outing as a film director nearly fell at the first hurdle, she said, when her mother Jane Birkin, the driving force behind the documentary, got cold feet. Gainsbourg, whose late father Serge Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriting legend in France and beyond, has long tried to break away from the shadow of her famous parents. The 49-year-old said she first flirted with the idea of talking to Birkin on the video to explore a certain reserve between them.
Israeli moviemaker Nadav Lapid's love-hate relationship with his homeland plays out in his competition entry to this year's Cannes Film Festival, a back-of-beyond tale inspired by his own experience of government meddling. "Ahed's Knee," tells of an Israeli moviemaker who arrives in a dusty desert town for a screening of one of his productions. There he meets a young culture ministry official, who asks him to sign a form listing discussion topics he wishes to explore.
Netflix expands to deal with 'Bridgerton' producer Shonda Rhimes
Netflix on Thursday expanded its deal with "Bridgerton" television producer Shonda Rhimes, adding feature films, gaming, and live events to its pact with her company. Netflix said the deal with Rhimes and her Shondaland Media company would give the streaming platform the opportunity to "exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films as well as potential gaming and virtual reality content."
Rock legend memorabilia in 'A Century of Music' up for auction
Memorabilia from emblematic 20th-century musical events and acts such as the Woodstock Festival, the Beatles, Van Halen, and Lynyrd Skynyrd are up for grabs in an online auction next week. Surprising items include former U.S. President Bill Clinton's saxophone, and the doors from New York's Hotel Chelsea where Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia once lived.
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