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Lucas Honoured with Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes

Coppola continued by saying: “And with that began an association that has lasted a lifetime. And he went on and on, making film history, story history, business history, and now history in France.”…reports Asian Lite News

George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola reflected on their lifelong bond as the ‘Godfather’ director, who just presented ‘Megalopolis’ at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, feted the ‘Star Wars’ visionary with the honorary Palme d’Or on Saturday night, reports ‘Variety’.

Before Lucas received the award, he was greeted in the theatre by a several-minute standing ovation, a Cannes expression of appreciation, during which he gave the crowd a thumbs-up and got a little teary-eyed, ‘Variety’ notes.

When Coppola came on stage, the two embraced and exchanged some private remarks.

In his speech, Coppola recalled his first meeting with Lucas, who shadowed him on the set of his film ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ in 1968.

The auteur recalled those days and said: “Pleased to have someone in my own generation, I suggested he come every day, but only on one condition: That he come up with a brilliant suggestion every day, which he consistently did.”

Coppola continued by saying: “And with that began an association that has lasted a lifetime. And he went on and on, making film history, story history, business history, and now history in France.”

He also mentioned, according to ‘Variety’, that when Lucas was rejected by the owners of the ‘Flash Gordon’ comic strip when he pitched a film adaptation, “he looked at me and he said, ‘Well, I’ll make my own movie, I’ll call it ‘Star Battles’ or ‘Star Wars’ or something.’ And so he did, and in the process risked everything he had to make it.”

Accepting the award, Lucas said, “I can’t thank all of you enough because I’m just a kid that grew up in a vineyard in Modesto, California, who makes movies in San Francisco with Francis.”

Looking back on his nearly 60 years in the film industry, Lucas added that “it’s definitely a different world” now.

Lucas and Coppola, to quote ‘Variety’, “held hands as they walked across the stage to take photos together with the award, supporting each other in more ways than one.”

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Hemsworth also opened up about his regret on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’…reports Asian Lite News

Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr are celebrating their ‘Avenger’ co-star Jeremy Renner’s recovery after his 2023 fatal snow plow accident.

Hemsworth and Downey Jr said in a new interview that the crew is still in contact with each other via a group text chain, which is how they initially found out about Renner’s accident.

“He sent us all a sort of a doped out, hospital, beat-up image and said, ‘All good, guys.’ And then I didn’t hear from him for a while as he was in the thick of it,” Hemsworth said in an interview with Vanity Fair, reports deadline.com.

Last year in September, Renner attended Chris Evans’ wedding, where they all praised him for his recovery.

Downey Jr said: “If there’s one characteristic we’d all agree is paramount… it’s resilience. To see Renner embody that literally and in the context of what was basically Portuguese-American wedding was mind-blowing. Fully recovered and ready to celebrate. So, yes, miracles happen.”

Hemsworth added: “There was an astounding sense of gratitude from him around just being alive.”

Hemsworth also opened up about his regret on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

“I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself. I didn’t stick the landing.”

He added: “Sometimes I felt like a security guard for the team. I would read everyone else’s lines, and go, ‘Oh, they got way cooler stuff. They’re having more fun.’ What’s my character doing? It was always about, ‘You’ve got the wig on. You’ve got the muscles. You’ve got the costume.”

“Where’s the lighting?’ Yeah, I’m part of this big thing, but I’m probably pretty replaceable.”

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Deadpool & Wolverine: Ultimate Showdown Unleashed

The following sequences in the trailer show the frenemies fighting between themselves and the common enemy with a healthy dose of Deadpool constantly ‘punching’ the fourth wall to break it open…reports Asian Lite News

The ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ trailer is here, and the two titular superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the greatest healing powers, promise an absolute carnage of epic proportions at the box office.

The 2-minute and 38 seconds-long trailer begins with Hugh Jackman’s character of Logan asking for a drink at a bar when Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool interrupts him and asks him to come along with him. Logan, not one bit impressed with the unwelcome interference, politely asks him to leave until things start to escalate and claws start to draw out only to be treated with the barrel of Deadpool’s gun resting on Logan’s forehead. The interior scene then cuts to the vast expanse of the snow-capped landscape where the ruins lay.

Deadpool reveals that his world is at stake. But, Wolverine flatly refuses to be of any help until Deadpool counters with his dialogue, “Is that what you said when your world went to s****?”

The viewers are then treated with the visuals of both of them engaging in a fight drawing out each other’s blood. But, since both can heal from practically anything (remember Wolverine once regenerated from a single drop of blood, in the comic book universe), the sheer volume of blood spilled hardly makes any difference.

The following sequences in the trailer show the frenemies fighting between themselves and the common enemy with a healthy dose of Deadpool constantly ‘punching’ the fourth wall to break it open.

For the fans of core Hindi cinema, imagine ‘Karan Arjun’ but in fancy superhero suits as they constantly try to one-up each other yet have a gala time-fighting in the field when they join forces.

The Merc with a mouth and Weapon X promise to arrive in cinemas in slow motion and high-speed heroic shots on July 26, 2024.

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‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Album Set to Wow Fans

Speaking at her Eras Tour shows, Swift revealed the therapeutic nature of the album’s creation, emphasizing the role of songwriting in navigating life’s complexities…reports Asian Lite News

Taylor Swift electrified the audience at the 2024 Grammys with a surprise announcement that left Swifties worldwide buzzing with anticipation.

During her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal, Swift revealed that her 11th studio album, titled ‘The Tortured Poets Department’, is slated for release this year.

The Grammy-winning artist tantalized fans further by unveiling the album’s cover, a sultry black-and-white image, shortly after the revelation on stage. Styled in a black cami tank top and matching high-rise briefs, Swift’s mysterious pose hinted at the thematic depth awaiting listeners.

Scheduled to drop on April 19, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ promises a journey into Swift’s soul, with 16 tracks and a bonus offering insight into the artist’s most intimate thoughts. Collaborations with Post Malone and Florence + The Machine add further intrigue to the album, showcasing Swift’s versatility and musical prowess.

Swift’s partner, Travis Kelce, expressed his excitement in an interview statement obtained by Billboard.

He described the album as “unbelievable” after being one of its beta listeners. Swift herself shared that the album has been in the works for about two years, indicating a deeply personal and meticulously crafted project.

Not content with one version, Swift unveiled multiple editions of ‘The Tortured Poets Department’.

As per Billboard, from ‘The Bolter’ to ‘The Albatross’ and finally ‘The Black Dog’, each edition offers a unique experience, reflecting different facets of Swift’s artistic vision.

Speaking at her Eras Tour shows, Swift revealed the therapeutic nature of the album’s creation, emphasizing the role of songwriting in navigating life’s complexities.

As the release date approaches, anticipation continues to mount, with fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of what promises to be a landmark addition to Swift’s illustrious discography. (ANI)

Swift and Kelce’s Relationship Blooms

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and her beau Travis Kelce were spotted enjoying their time at the Coachella festival.

The duo was spotted kissing and dancing together backstage as Swift’s friend Jack Antonoff’s band Bleachers performed their set, as reported by ‘People’ magazine.

The night prior to their appearance at the fest, Swift and Kelce were spotted holding hands while leaving a date night at Sushi Park, as seen in photos obtained by ‘People’.

Swift has a few weeks off from her Eras Tour before she resumes shows in May in Paris, France.

As per ‘People’, next week, the Grammy-winning singer will release her 11th studio album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’.

She teased some lyrics from the forthcoming album in honour of the solar eclipse on April 8.

Meanwhile, Kelce recently received his college diploma alongside his older brother Jason Kelce at a “surprise commencement” ceremony at the University of Cincinnati.

During the ceremony, Travis notably wore a beaded bracelet reminiscent of the kind Swift’s fans famously exchange during the singer’s Eras Tour.

Ahead of their trip to Coachella, the couple was spotted holding hands during a trip to the Bahamas.

“They vacationed in the Bahamas for several days,” a source said. “It was a much-needed break for both of them. They very much enjoyed it. They are so happy together.”

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Diamonds Shine Bright at the 2024 Oscars Red Carpet

Greta Gerwig looked ethereal in a champagne-colored sequin gown paired with an extraordinary natural diamond necklace from Boucheron…reports Asian Lite News

The Oscars are finally here to celebrate an outstanding year in film and bring award show season to a close. The 96th Annual Academy Awards celebrates the box office achievements of Barbie and Oppenheimer and reflects on incredibly moving films like Killers of the Flower Moon.

There were many fantastic natural diamond moments throughout the year to commemorate these films, from the film premieres to all of the red carpets including the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, BAFTAs, and more. For one of the most anticipated nights in Hollywood, here are the best natural diamond moments on the 2024 Oscars red carpet.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union shined bright on the red carpet in a glitzy set from Carolina Herrera paired with an epic natural diamond Tiffany & Co. necklace featuring a 33-carat aquamarine pendant at the center. She walked the red carpet alongside her husband, Dwayne Wade, who also added a touch of natural diamond flair to his tuxedo–a Cartier natural diamond brooch on his lapel.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh has been on a diamond kick. She walked the 2024 Oscars red carpet wearing a spectacular Bulgari Serpenti necklace.

Margot Robbie

Margo Robbie is ditching the “Barbie pink” for the Oscars and opted for a chic black chainmail Versace gown accompanied by a Fred Leighton diamond cuff and a Fred Leighton diamond ring.

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig looked ethereal in a champagne-colored sequin gown paired with an extraordinary natural diamond necklace from Boucheron.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone looked radiant in a custom Louis Vuitton gown paired with an epic Louis Vuitton natural diamond choker featuring a 33-carat yellow diamond center stone.

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks looked radiant in a classic corseted black gown with embellishments from Dolce and Gabbana and natural diamonds from De Beers featuring a mixed cut choker complete with diamond earrings, bracelets, and a De Beers high jewellery ring.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan opted for a regal, classic look on the red carpet wearing a Balenciaga gown and 10-carat, old-mine cut Fred Leighton diamond stud earrings.

Catherine O’Hara

Catherine O’Hara wore a glitzy black sequined gown paired with a natural diamond pendant necklace and Rahaminov drop earrings.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno wore stunning natural diamond earrings from Verdura for the 2024 Oscars.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron wore unbelievable natural diamonds, all from Boucheron ranging from chokers to bangles to dangle earrings.

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor Joy was a vision in Maria Grazia’s take on the archival Dior Venus gown paired with epic Tiffany & Co. natural diamond jewels from the Blue Book Collection: Out of the Blue, including an 8-carat diamond necklace.

Sandra Hüller

Actress Sandra Hüller wore a Schiaparelli Couture gown paired with an epic natural diamond necklace from Cartier.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens stepped onto the Oscars red carpet with a gorgeous glow announcing her pregnancy. She also had the help of a natural diamond glow wearing a white diamond necklace with a yellow diamond center stone, statement line earrings, and a stack of natural diamond rings from Chopard.

Lupita N’Yongo

Lupita looked whimsical in an Armani Privé gown, and dripping in natural diamonds from De Beers–her earrings weighing over 26 carats.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld looked radiant in yellow and white natural diamond earrings from Chopard and Elie Saab Couture.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt has had some great natural diamond moments this year. She wore two Tiffany & Co. natural diamond necklaces stacked with her Schiaparelli gown.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy was decked out in natural diamonds including diamond dangle earrings, huggie hoops, studs, a diamond choker, and complete with diamond rings from Dena Kemp.

Simu Liu

He’s more than just Ken, he is a natural diamond lover! Simu Lu wore a Fendi suit and a 32-carat natural diamond brooch set in platinum in his suit jacket pocket.

Colman Domingo

It has been an excellent award season for Colman Domingo. Dressed in a custom Louis Vuitton suit, Domingo says on the red carpet, “I just want to shine like a diamond,” wearing David Yurman jewels and an Omega watch, he did just that.

Ke Huy Quan

Ke Huy Quan looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani suit and a special natural diamond brooch from Cartier on his lapel.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria stepped out in a regal, off-the-shoulder black gown paired with Bucherer natural diamonds.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough went for a very boho look wearing an epic natural diamond and gold choker from Vhernier and a gown from Alexandre Vauthier.

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Oppenheimer’ Triumphs at Producers Guild Awards, Eyes Oscar Glory

‘The Bear’, another unstoppable awards force that won big at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, got the PGA’s Danny Thomas Award for best episodic comedy series…reports Asian Lite News

 ‘Oppenheimer’ continued to steamroll its path to Oscar glory on Sunday night (US Pacific Time), claiming the top prize at the 2024 Producers Guild of America Awards, reports ‘Variety’.

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Chuck Roven and their producing team took home the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, which recognises excellence in producing for a theatrical feature film.

Thomas, according to ‘Variety’, told the crowd that many may not know that Nolan, the film’s writer and director (and her husband), excelled most in his role as producer: “He’s absolutely brilliant, we’ve worked on 12 films now.”

‘The Bear’, another unstoppable awards force that won big at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, got the PGA’s Danny Thomas Award for best episodic comedy series.

The ceremony also saw several career achievement awards. Sarah Michelle Gellar stepped out to present super-producer Gail Berman, who made the former a star with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, with a trophy named for Norman Lear.

“When I say that not a single person on this earth was interested in buying that television show, I mean not a single person on earth was interested in buying that television show,” Berman told the crowd at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

She persisted and wound up creating an iconic character that empowered young women around the world. Berman dedicated her award to her husband and children — the people who “lift me up when there’s barely any air left in the punching bag”, adds ‘Variety’.

At the evening’s end, Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro gave a moving tribute to Martin Scorsese, the 2024 recipient of the David O. Selznick Achievement Award. While celebrating his defining works such as ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Goodfellas’, del Toro said Scorsese is now living one of the more transformative moments in his professional life.

“An artist’s spirit cannot be tamed,” del Toro said, according to ‘Variety’. “It will remain vital, savage and even undomesticated — even in the fourth or fifth decade of a prestigious career.”

Scorsese brought the ballroom to its feet with a standing ovation. He recalled meeting a previous winner of the Selznick award, director Alfred Hitchcock, who had advice for producers in his own PGA acceptance speech.

The ‘Psycho’ director lectured filmmakers on “runaway productions”, or films that ran too long and over budget. And he advised the crowd, per Scorsese, “Make producers and directors more faithful to their wives.”

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Perry’s Legacy Celebrated at Emmy Awards

Perry died unexpectedly in October 2023 at 54 years old. He was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, according to law enforcement…reports Asian Lite News

Late star Matthew Perry, who gained the spotlight for playing Chandler Bing in ‘Friends’, received an emotional tribute during the 2023 Emmys In Memoriam segment.

The segment also included late stars such as Len Goodman, Andre Braugher, Lance Reddick, Paul Reubens, Barbra Walters, Kirstie Alley, among others.

Pop singer Charlie Puth and singer-songwriter duo The War and Treaty performed during the segment, first starting with a rendition of Puth’s ‘See You Again’ before delivering a stripped-down cover of the ‘Friends’ theme song “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts, reports variety.com.

Perry died unexpectedly in October 2023 at 54 years old. He was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, according to law enforcement.

There were no signs of foul play or drugs on the scene.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office later revealed that he died from “the acute effects of ketamine”.

Perry was best known for playing the hilarious, sarcastic Chandler Bing on ‘Friends’ in the ’90s and early 2000s. He starred in more than 200 episodes of the NBC sitcom across 10 seasons.

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss,” Perry’s ‘Friends’ cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer wrote in a statement following the news of his death.

“In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”

The award event can be streamed on Lionsgate Play in India.

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Emmy Glory for Mark Mylod

‘Succession’, ‘The Last of Us’, and ‘The White Lotus’ represent the three most-nominated shows of the year…reports Asian Lite News

Director Mark Mylod won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Drama Series for his popular show ‘Succession’.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the Television Academy shared a post and wrote, ” Mark Mylod wins the #Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for @Succession (@HBO/ @streamonmax )! #Emmys #75thEmmys.”

The award ceremony is currently being held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

The 75th Emmys were originally scheduled for September 2023 but were pushed back due to the Hollywood strikes.

Earlier today, ‘Succession’ won the Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

‘Succession’, ‘The Last of Us’, and ‘The White Lotus’ represent the three most-nominated shows of the year.

‘Succession’ leads this year’s Emmy nominations, with 27 — including best drama, lead actress (Sarah Snook) and a record three lead actor noms (Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong). “The Last of Us” — the first video game adaptation to receive major Emmy attention — followed with 24 noms, then Season 2 of “The White Lotus” (now a drama series, last year a limited series) with 23.

The final season of ‘Succession’ bagged 27 total nominations, including a record-setting three nominations in the best actor in a drama category.

Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, and J. Smith-Cameron are among the cast members of “Succession,” which debuted in 2018. Executive producers include Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy, and Will Ferrell in addition to Armstrong, who also serves as the show’s creator. (ANI)

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‘Succession’ Clinches Best Drama Series

The series won over fellow nominees ‘1923’, ‘The Crown’, ‘The Diplomat’, ‘The Last of Us’ and ‘The Morning Show’…reports Asian Lite News

The satirical comedy-drama series ‘Succession’ clinched the trophy for Best Drama Series at the ongoing Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.

The series won over fellow nominees ‘1923’, ‘The Crown’, ‘The Diplomat’, ‘The Last of Us’ and ‘The Morning Show’.

‘Succession’ focuses on the Roy family, the owners of global media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, and their fight for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch.

It stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook.

Sarah, who portrayed the role of Siobhan “Shiv” Roy in the series, also won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama.

The 81st Golden Globe Awards are currently underway at the Beverly Hills, California.

Indian audience can stream the award show on Lionsgate Play.

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Jason Statham Calls ‘Expendables’ Movies Ultimate Escapism

The actor also shared his opinion on the world of cinema and music being slightly related…reports Asian Lite News

Actor Jason Statham, who has been playing Lee Christmas, the right hand man on the ‘Expendables’ team, in the franchise since 2010, has said that the movies from the franchise are essentially escapism.

Talking about the success of the franchise, Statham said that he thinks Sylvester Stallone has a great hand in it.

He said: “He has created these characters, and given us the identity within these characters. We are these guys that can’t navigate through life in general, and they are only good when they are together saving the world.”

He thinks there is an appeal when it comes to the “dysfunctional guys with the same problems, as everyone else has in their life; they can’t hold a relationship down, one goes to therapy because he can’t think properly, the other one is just a bit of a whack job. Everyone has their cross to bear, and as long as you have these characters relatable, instead of them being these indestructible robots that don’t feel pain and never get hit. I think people can relate to that and these movies are essentially escapism.”

The actor also shared his opinion on the world of cinema and music being slightly related.

“Some people like rock and roll, some people like country music, people don’t always have the same taste. If you like action movies, you like the ‘Expendables’, because we try and interject into these franchises what the expectations are for action movie junkies. We try to give a bit of care and attention, not just the action, but to some of the lesser stuff that is relevant.”

‘Expendables 4’ is set to debut in Indian theatres on September 22 in Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil.

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