Cannes Film Festival Award Winners

Cannes Film Festival Winners

The Palme d’Or for Best Picture at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, on Sunday, was won by British director Ken Loach for “I, Daniel Blake”. Noting that Loach had already won the highest distinction in 2006 for “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”.

While the Iranian film “Forushande” (The Salesman) by Asghar Farhadi received two awards, for Best Screenplay and for Best Actor, won by Shahab Hosseini.

Other winners are:

Grand Prix: “Juste la Fin du Monde” (It’s Just the End of the World), directed by Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Jury Prize: “American Honey”, directed by Andrea Arnold (Britain)

Best Director: Cristian Mungiu (Romania) for “Bacalaureat” (Graduation) and Olivier Assayas (France) for “Personal Shopper”

Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi (Iran) for “Forushande” (The Salesman)

Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose (Philippines) in Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa”

Drummer Nick Menza Dies after Collapsing During Los Angeles Gig

Nick Menza

Drummer, Nick Menza, former member of the heavy metal band Megadeth, passed away at age 51 after collapsing on stage at a Los Angeles club late on Saturday, said a family spokesman, J. Marshall Craig, who is also Menza’s biographers. The latter also added that Menza collapsed while performing with his current band OHM at the Baked Potato club in Studio City, California, where he lived.

Menza collapsed during the band’s performance of their 3rd song of the first set late on Saturday, Craig said. Once he collapsed audience members and friends gathered and tried to resuscitate him while waiting for medics to arrive, however Menza lost his life in an ambulance en route to a local hospital after 25 minutes.

“Despite his excellent health and extremely active, sober lifestyle, a heart attack is his suspected, though not confirmed, cause of death,” Craig said. An autopsy will be performed, he said.

Menza was asked by Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine to join the band in 1989, after first playing live with the group the year before in Bradford, England, according to Menza’s website. Noting that Menza was the longest-serving drummer for the bank and had recorded drums and toured on the albums “Rust in Peace,” “Countdown to Extinction,” “Youthanasia” and “Cryptic Writings”.

Halfway through a 1998 tour, Menza discovered a tumor on his knee and was forced to leave for surgery, thus he was replaced and wasn’t asked to join again.

In an upcoming memoir, Menza has nothing but praise for his former bandmates. Moreover he had been playing in OHM, which included fellow Megadeth alumnus Chris Poland, for more than one year after various solo stints, Craig said.

Menza was also an accomplished artist and woodworker, and was set to unveil an art series in Houston next month.

Singers, Actors, Riders to Honor Queen Elizabeth in Birthday Parade

Queen Elizabeth

LONDON – In honoring Britain Queen’s birthday, everyone seems to be happily emerged in preparations and arrangements, which shall embrace prominent faces all around the region. Queen Elizabeth is due to appear in her 90th birthday celebration, today on Sunday, featuring some of the leading stars of show business and almost 1,000 horses.

On April 21, her majesty was be surrounded by crowds throughout a walkabout nearby Windsor castle when she turned 90.

Pop singers and opera singers, along with actors planned to take part in the pageant.

For instance, performers Kylie Minogue and Jess Glynne, Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli and soul singer Beverley Knight are scheduled to be present in Windsor Castle residence, near London.

As for actors, Helen Mirren, John Boyega, Martin Clunes, Damian Lewis, Imelda Staunton and comic Jennifer Saunders will be on stage, according to British broadcaster ITV which will televise the event. Noting that queen Elizabeth has been on throne for 64 years and is the oldest monarch in British history.

Sunday’s concert shall highlight a four-day pageant at Windsor which also includes equestrian displays involving around 900 horses ride by world riders to mark her majesty’s passion for animals.

Further events will take place around her official birthday on June 11, including a street party for 10,000 guests close to Buckingham Palace.

Bon Jovi Opens Hunger Center in Shore Town Struck by Sandy

Jon Bon Jovi performs at a concert at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

New Jersey-born rocker Jon Bon Jovi is using his celebrity to command the attention of millions of people, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful.

Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, are joining with local charities and wealthy fellow philanthropists to tackle hunger and poverty in shore town Toms River, New Jersey, that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

He and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation held a grand opening Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for ‘Bringing Everyone All Together’. The center includes the second JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant, where those in need can do volunteer work for their meals, and paying customers donate toward the cost of the volunteers’ food by purchasing a “Pay It Forward” certificate. The first one opened in Red Bank in 2011.

The center in Toms River is designed as a one-stop facility to help people apply for nutritional assistance benefits and health care, and get culinary-related job training.

The singer best known for rock anthems like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” ”You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” said hunger is something he can actually do something about.

“We didn’t need scientists to find a cure,” he said. “There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help.”

He and several others active with the center said one of its main goals is not just to feed the lines at food pantries but also to permanently shorten them.

Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, 2012. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated, and many homes and businesses still have not been rebuilt as the fourth summer after the storm approaches.

Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center’s first year of operation.

The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families and donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts.

Facebook’s New Video Product Unveils


SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook Live, a new expansion in the realm of social media expanded by Facebook Inc. on Wednesday, a new feature that ranks a prominent place on the app and rolling out features, by making it easier for users to search and comment in real time.

This is a very big challenge and a big move by Facebook to online rivals, such as Twitter Inc’s Periscope live-streaming service, Snapchat’s video features and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, as well as a challenge to broadcast television.

It cannot be denied that live video is becoming day by day an extremely competitive feature on social platforms, where all sort of companies are competing progressively to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from high-profile events such as the Oscar and Grammy awards shows.

There are many different news features that are no-joke to attract many users who are not yet hooked-up by Facebook. Infact, advertisers are mainly attracted to video that reaches a younger audience where Facebook Live offers streaming video in real time, noting that it was launched last year.

Only on Wednesday new features were added by Facebook, most importantly were the following: a map of video streams around the world, expanded search, and filters that echo those on other platforms. In addition to the aforementioned, videos can be turned into black-and-white shots, like on Facebook’s Instagram. Worth mentioning that best yet to come soon are features that will allow users to be able to add doodles, a nod to a feature on Snapchat.

Chris Cox who is Facebook’s Chief Product hosted a live video session on Wednesday to advertise the product, and stated that Facebook hopes it will be used for everything from intimate family moments, such as a baby’s first steps, celebrity-hosted question-and-answer sessions and breaking news casts.

On the other side, other partners are being paid by Facebook to use Live but Facebook would not state who they are, or reveal their identities. Nevertheless, Re/code tech news site said Facebook is paying The New York Times, BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post to use Live. For instance, Thomson Reuters is also using the service, a company spokeswoman said. Facebook’s app now features Live prominently in the display bar for many users on iOS and Android across 60 countries.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive said for investors in January that 500 million people watch videos on Facebook every day. And by the time Facebook’s News Feed has long had videos, largely shared from other websites such as YouTube, the company had not heavily pushed its own video products. Its executives have, however, advertised the 1.6 billion-person social media site’s video reach on earnings calls.