My Weird Week on La Croisette
Saturday 21 May 2011
*Mohamed al-Fayed was set to promote Keith Allen's unlawfully bad documentary Unlawful Killing, about the death of Princess Diana.
The night before its screening, he pulled out, citing "business commitments", leaving Allen to pick up the pieces. This was unfortunate, since Allen spends much of his documentary criticising hacks.
*Danish director Lars von Trier thought he was cheering up the world by telling it he was a Nazi when promoting Melancholia. He may have been joking; the festival saw otherwise. He is now not allowed within 100 metres of the Palais des Festivals.
*Jonathan King, the disgraced music producer, was promoting his new film Me Me Me. King was spotted wearing a sparkly Union Jack jacket on the Croisette, in a self-anointed role as national ambassador. He was reportedly a hit with the French.
*Nicolas Sarkozy had the mother of all breaks when The Conquest, the less-than-flattering film about his life, screened the week a global scandal broke out about another high-profile, French public figure.
Arts & Ents blogs
The Full Monty to close in West End after one month despite Olivier nomination
Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on acting one-handed and why Jaime Lannister is not so bad
Halle Berry's X-Men: Days of Future Past role cut down to one scene
Game of Thrones star Sibel Kekilli on why she wants more male nudity in the show
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Did jetliner fly into area controlled by Taliban? Net widens after claims final satellite signal could have been sent from the ground
- 4 Nasa-funded study warns of ‘collapse of civilisation’ in coming decades
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers