Great Gatsby kicks off Cannes Film Festival

Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann have appeared on the red carpet in Cannes as their new film The Great Gatsby opens the annual film festival.

The movie, based on F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, also stars British actress Carey Mulligan. Early reviews have been mixed though DiCaprio has been praised in the central role as bootlegger Jay Gatsby.

The 20 films in competition include movies by the Coen brothers and Roman Polanski.

DiCaprio - who worked with Luhrmann in his 1996 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - said that he read the book "in junior high school" but admitted "it didn't quite connect with me".

He said his recent reading of a first edition of the novel "just blew me away - it had so many meanings and nuances".

Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton in The Great Gatsby Tobey Maguire (left) also appears in Baz Luhrmann's F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation

"I remembered it being a very traditional love story of this man that was obsessed with this woman named Daisy," he told BBC News.

"But it's such an existential novel in a lot of ways. This guy is an eternal dreamer. He is a manifestation of his own dreams."

DiCaprio said taking the lead role brought an "enormous pressure".

"What is so great about this novel and why people still discuss it nearly a hundred years later and still have arguments about the meaning of each sentence and each word and each bit of symbolism, is because it's left up to the interpretation of you as a reader.

"In a way it's a recipe for disaster because so many people are going to say 'that's not how I felt Daisy should be or how Gatsby should be'.

"I just looked at it as an incredible character to take on, something that was subtle in its approach but had so much depth and meaning in every single line," he said.

Of the uneven reviews coming from US critics, he added: "All you can do is try your best.

"You go to make these films, you're off on location for months and months at a time, and all you can do is try your best. I know we did that for this film.

"Ultimately whether people embrace it or tear it apart is beyond anyone's control. All you can do is dedicate yourself to making a great piece of art and that's what we ultimately did."




Most beloved television moms

 In a recent survey, June Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley) from the popular 1950s television show, "Leave it to Beaver," came in on top for the mom that Americans would have most liked to be their own mother when they were growing up.

Coming in second, was working mom, Clair Huxtable of "The Cosby Show," and third was Carol Brady of "The Brady Bunch." The results come from The Harris Poll, which also surveyed adults in 2008 and came up with the same top 3 moms. Guess Americans stay true to their TV mamas.

Tying for fourth place were Marion Cunningham from "Happy Days," and Donna Stone from the "The Donna Reed Show."

Dropping off the list from 2008 was Lorelei Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls," and Marge Simpson of "The Simpsons" -- a mother based in real life, who just died. Marge was inspired by "Simpsons" creator, Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening.

The Harris Poll was conducted online in the United States, among 2,345 adults.

Source: CbS news


David is an Eiffel-ly good dad

The PSG midfielder cradled the 21-month-old as they left the Jules Verne restaurant at the top of the Paris landmark.

Becks was joined by his wife and daughter in the French capital to celebrate his 38th birthday while his sons reportedly stayed in London.

The dad-of-four looked effortlessly cool in ripped jeans, neon trainers and a washed-out blue t-shirt which showed off his tattooed arms.

The doting dad grinned as he balanced both Harper and a tub of ice cream on the one arm.

The trendy tot was sporting a pretty pink summer dress and her hair was tied up in a top bun.

Victoria Beckham carries Harper's things

She appeared to be content chewing on an orange plastic spoon while dad posed for the cameras.

Mum Victoria, 39, was not far behind and appeared carrying some shopping and Harper’s pink lunchbox.

The former Spice Girl opted for an informal outfit — donning a pair of high jeans teamed with a grey top.

She completed the look with aviator sunglasses and her hair worn down in loose curls.

Source:the SUN


Kate Middleton Makes Adorable Face, Dresses Baby Bump in Blue


Kate Middleton arrives at an evening reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity at The National Portrait Gallery on Apr. 24, 2013 in London, England.

Kate Middleton isn't just happy to be pregnant, she's ecstatic! The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for an evening engagement at the National Portrait Gallery in a pale blue Emilia Wick stead frock and matching heels, and practically glowed as she greeted the gathered crowds.

Middleton's knee-skimming, sleeveless dress showed off her arms, but only gave a hint of her growing baby bump with its cinched waist structure. The 31-year-old mother-to-be was due to host a reception for The Art Room, a charity that works with children to increase their self-confidence and independence through art.


Source: US weekly


Beyonce and Jay-Z visit to Cuba queried in US Congress

A visit to Cuba by US pop singer Beyonce and her rap star husband Jay-Z is coming under scrutiny in connection with the US economic embargo.

Two Republican members of Congress have requested official information on whether the couple had US government permission to travel there.

The stars caused a local sensation when they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana this week.

There was no immediate comment from representatives of Beyonce.

A source familiar with the couple's itinerary told the Reuters news agency the trip was fully-licensed by the US treasury department as a "people-to-people" cultural visit that did not involve tourist activity, such as trips to the beach.

Singer Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with a trip to Cuba

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both members of Congress from Florida, have asked the US treasury department to clarify what licence the two stars had obtained to travel to Cuba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z turned heads in the Cuban capital on Thursday when they toured the streets of Old Havana.

Visiting historical landmarks, they took photos and chatted to local residents.

Beyonce, a household name in her home country, sang the US national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January.

Americans are not allowed to visit Cuba and spend money there unless they have special US government permission, according to guidance on the US treasury website.