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The nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place in New York City on Sunday, September 12, have been announced.

Justin Bieber is the most nominated person this year with seven nods, while rapper Megan Thee Stallion follows closely behind with six nominations.

Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and Giveon each are tied with five nominations for an array of music videos, including “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Kiss Me More.”

Africa was not left out as Ghanaian dancehall artiste Shatta Wale bagged a nominated for ‘Best Art Direction’ for his appearance in Beyoncé’s “Already. Nigeria’s Wizkid also got a nomination in the categories of ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best R&B’ for his feature on Beyonce‘s “Brown Skin Girl.”

The VMAs, which had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the first time in seven years.

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See the full list of nominations below:

Video of the Year

  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Popstar” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake (starring Justin Bieber) OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Atlantic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records
  • “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd, XO / Republic Records

Artist of the Year

  • Ariana Grande, Republic Records
  • Doja Cat, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Justin Bieber, Def Jam
  • Megan Thee Stallion, 300 Entertainment
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift, Republic Records

Song of the Year

  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • “Dynamite” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Levitating” – Dua Lipa, Warner Records
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records

Best New Artist

  • 24kGoldn, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • Giveon, Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • The Kid Laroi, Columbia Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • Polo G, Columbia Records
  • Saweetie, Warner Records

Push Performance of the Year

  • “Are You Bored Yet?” – Wallows, Atlantic Records
  • “Daisy” – Ashnikko, Warner Records
  • “Gorgeous” – Saint Jhn, Godd Complexx / HITCO
  • “Coco” – 24kGoldn, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Break My Heart” – JC Stewart, Elektra Music Group
  • “Sex Lies” – Latto, RCA Records
  • “Selfish” – Madison Beer, Epic Records / Sing It Loud
  • “Without You” – The Kid Laroi, Columbia Records
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • “Serotonin” – Girl in Red, World in Red / AWAL
  • “My Slime” – Fousheé, RCA Records
  • “Think About Me” – Jxdn, DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

Best Collaboration

  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Prisoner” – Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa, RCA Records

Best Pop

  • “Positions” – Ariana Grande, Republic Records
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • “Wonder” – Shawn Mendes, Island Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Republic Records

Best Hip-Hop

  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “On Me (remix)” – Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Quality Control / Motown
  • “Said Sum” – Moneybagg Yo, N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Rapstar” – Polo G, Columbia Records
  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A., Cactus Jack / Epic Records

Best Rock

  • “Use My Voice” – Evanescence, BMG
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Last Train Home” – John Mayer, Columbia Records
  • “My Own Soul’s Warning” – The Killers, Island
  • “The Bandit” – Kings Of Leon, RCA Records
  • “Raise Vibration” – Lenny Kravitz, Roxie Records / BMG

Best Alternative

  • “Stop Making This Hurt” – Bleachers, RCA Records
  • “Heat Waves” – Glass Animals, Republic Records
  • “Follow You” – Imagine Dragons, Kidinakorner / Interscope Records
  • “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear, Bad Boy / Interscope Records
  • “Shy Away” – Twenty One Pilots, Fueled By Ramen
  • “Transparent Soul” – Willow ft. Travis Barker, MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

Best Latin

  • “Dákiti” – Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez, The Orchard
  • “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Billie Eilish & Rosalía, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Girl Like Me” – Black Eyed Peas and Shakira, Epic Records
  • “Un Die (One Day)” – Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy, Universal Music Latino / Neon16
  • “Bichota” – Karol G, Universal Music Latino
  • “Hawái” – Maluma, Sony Music US Latin

Best R&B

  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, WizKid, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown and Young Thug, Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon, Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • “Come Through” – H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown, MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Good Days” – SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

Best K-pop

  • “Dumdi Dumdi” – G)I-DLE, Republic Records
  • “Ice Cream” – Blackpink and Selena Gomez, YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “Gambler” – Monsta X, Starship Entertainment
  • “Ready to love” – Seventeen, Pledis Entertainment
  • “Alcohol-Free” – Twice, JYP Entertainment Company

Video For Good

  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Dancing With the Devil” – Demi Lovato, Island
  • “Fight For You” – H.E.R., MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown, Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records
  • “Entrepreneur” – Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z, Columbia Records

Best Direction

  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Directed by: Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Popstar (starring Justin Bieber)” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X, OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, Columbia Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Directed by: Taylor Swift, Republic Records
  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A, Directed by: Travis Scott, Cactus Jack / Epic Records
  • “Lumberjack” – Tyler, The Creator, Directed by: Wolf Haley, Columbia Records

Best Cinematography

  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Cinematography by: Rob Witt, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Holy” – Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper, Cinematography by: Elias Talbot, RBMG / Def Jam
  • “911” – Lady Gaga, Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth, Interscope Records
  • “Solar Power” – Lorde, Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud, LAVA/Republic Records

Best Art Direction

  • “Already” – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer, Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz, Atlantic Records
  • “911” – Lady Gaga, Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus, Interscope Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Art Direction by: John Richoux, Columbia Records
  • “Best Friend” – Saweetie ft. Doja Cat, Art Direction by: Art Haynes, Warner Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez, Republic Records

Best Visual Effects

  • “Build a Bitch” – Bella Poarch, Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova, Warner Records
  • “Higher Power” – Coldplay, Visual Effects by: Mathematic, Atlantic Records
  • “You Right” – Doja Cat & The Weeknd, Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Tangerine” – Glass Animals, Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau, Republic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Visual Effects by: Mathematic, Columbia Records
  • “All I Know So Far” – P!nk, Visual Effects by: BUF, VFX Supervisors: Dominique Vidal & Geoffrey Niquet, VFX Producers: Annabelle Zoellin & Camille Gibrat, RCA Records

Best Choreography

  • “34+35” – Ariana Grande, Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson, Republic Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Choreography by: Son Sung with BHM Performance Directing Team, Bighit Music
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Choreography by: Natricia Bernard, Atlantic Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Choreography by: Nina McNeely, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Be Kind” – Marshmello & Halsey, Choreography by: Dani Vitale, Astralwerks / Capitol Records

Best Editing

  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Editing by: Troy Charbonnet, Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens, Bighit Music
  • “What’s Next” – Drake, Editing by: Noah Kendal, OVO / Republic Records
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Prisoner” – Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa, RCA Records
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Global Citizen NOW action summit to convene political, corporate, cultural, and philanthropic leaders to act today and save tomorrow

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Global Citizen NOW, the summit driving action to end extreme poverty, returns to New York City for a third year, on May 1 and 2. Leaders from the worlds of public policy, media, entertainment, philanthropy, advocacy, and the private sector will convene for two dynamic days focused on taking action today to save tomorrow.

Hosted by Global Citizen, the world’s leading international advocacy organization, the 2024 edition of the summit will focus on ideas for urgent action to achieve a world where everyone’s basic needs are fulfilled, including access for all people to food, energy, healthcare and education; advocate for the flourishing of our planet by pushing for increased climate financing and the phase out of fossil fuels; and drive toward a future where every person and country can prosper through economic development, access to finance, innovation and job creation.

Global Citizen NOW co-chairs include long-time Global Citizen supporters Anitta, Danai Gurira, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Johnson, and Michelle Yeoh.

Political leaders co-chairing this year’s summit include Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana; Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Philip Davis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Stefan Löfven, Former Prime Minister of Sweden; and Erna Solberg, Former Prime Minister of Norway.

Co-chairs from the private sector include Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon; Nir Bar Dea, CEO, Bridgewater Associates; Leon Kalvaria, Vice Chair of Client and Banking, Citi; Fran Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Cisco; Tshepo Mahloele, Founder & Chairman of Harith General Partners; Tim Mapes, SVP and Chief Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines; Diego Scotti, EVP & General Manager, Consumer Group, Global Marketing & Communications, PayPal; and Chris Stadler, Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners.

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Leaders from foundations and policy co-chairs include Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Senait Fisseha, VP of Global Programs, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Gargee Ghosh, President, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director General, International Labor Organisation and Former Prime Minister of Togo; Andrew Steer, President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund; and Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Co-chairs from the cultural sector include Michele Anthony, EVP, Universal Musical Group, Desiree Gruber, Founder and CEO, Full Picture; and Jane Rosenthal, CEO and Founder, Tribeca Enterprises.

Other participants include: Chris Anderson, Head of TED; Helder Barbalho, Governor of Pará; Alain-Richard Donwahi, President, COP15; Dana Canedy, Managing Editor, The Guardian US; Janja Lula da Silva, the First Lady of Brazil; Dr. Sania Nishtar, CEO, Gavi; and Brian Tippens, SVP, Chief Social Impact Officer, Cisco.

“The world is standing at a crossroads and we have a choice: we can watch the impoverished go hungry, suffer through natural disasters, and die from preventable diseases, or we can take bold action to defeat poverty, defend the planet and course correct toward a more equitable future,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder & CEO, Global Citizen. “We have the power to create monumental impact this year, but only if we have the courage to stand up and take action now.”

“I have made it my mission to work to amplify underrepresented voices,” said Danai Gurira, Award-winning actor, playwright and Global Citizen and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. “I am very pleased to join this year’s Global Citizen NOW action summit, and look forward to engaging in enriching conversations that generate immediate and impactful solutions to pressing issues and address the severe inequities facing the African continent.”

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Taking place at Spring Studios in New York City, Global Citizen NOW is supported by our partners Authentic Brands Group, Bridgewater Associates, Cisco, Citi, Delta Air Lines, P&G and Verizon.

Global Citizen NOW returns this May with a powerful two-day program focused on turning ideas into actionable impact to end extreme poverty NOW. The summit brings together global leaders and grassroots advocates from all spheres of society to generate urgent change to defeat poverty, demand equity and defend the planet, united to act today to save tomorrow. Virtually, millions will have the chance to tune-in, watch the discussions, and contribute ideas in real time.

The summit includes the Global Citizen Prize 2024 award ceremony, honoring five trailblazing advocates profoundly impacting their local communities around the globe in the areas of gender equity, civic space, climate change, food and nutrition, and health and vaccines, as well as the recipient of the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, a young person positively impacting the world using technology innovation. Winners will be announced in April. Proud partners of the Global Citizen Prize 2024 include Cisco, Citi, with support from the Ford Foundation.

A limited number of tickets to attend Global Citizen NOW are available for purchase at globalcitizen.org/now/nyc.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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O.J. Simpson, the former football great who was accused of and ultimately acquitted of the brutal 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, has died, according to his family. He was 76.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace,” a statement from his family said.

In May 2023, Simpson posted a video on X, then known as Twitter, revealing that he had recently “caught cancer” and “had to do the whole chemo thing.” He added, “It looks like I beat it.” Simpson didn’t specify the nature of the cancer.

Then in February 2024, a Las Vegas television station reported that Simpson was again undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer. Simpson himself posted a video on X that day, denying rumors that he was in hospice care, though he did not otherwise confirm or deny reports that he was ill. Two days later in another video update on X, Simpson thanked those people he said had reached out to him, adding “My health is good. I mean, obviously I’m dealing with some issues but I think I’m just about over it.”

Simpson, nicknamed “The Juice,” broke records as a college and professional football player, and extended his celebrity and fortune as a sportscaster, a movie and television actor, and as a corporate spokesman, most notably for Hertz rental cars.

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All that changed on June 12, 1994, when Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally stabbed to death outside of her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. Within days, police announced their intention to arrest the former football star for the murders.

Five days after the killings, 95 million Americans watched as Simpson’s white Ford Bronco – with longtime friend Al Cowlings at the wheel and Simpson in the back seat with a handgun, threatening to kill himself – led police on a 60-mile, low-speed televised chase through Los Angeles that lasted some two hours.

Simpson ultimately surrendered to police and stood trial for the murders. In October 1995, after 11 months from jury selection to verdict, Simpson was acquitted in a trial that was televised daily and became an international sensation.

Twelve years later, Simpson was arrested in September 2007 after he led a group of men into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to steal, at gunpoint, what he claims was his own sports memorabilia. Simpson was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery. The following year, he was found guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. Simpson was released on parole on Oct. 1, 2017.

Simpson is survived by four children: Arnelle and Jason, from his first marriage, and Sydney and Justin, from his marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson.

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Kato Kaelin, a houseguest of Simpson’s at the time of the murder who became a key witness during the trial, expressed his condolences Thursday to Simpson’s children and his “love and compassion” to the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman.

“Nicole was a beacon of light that burned bright. May we never forget her,” he said in a video statement posted on X.

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The Official Selection of the 77th Festival de Cannes unveiled!

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The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was unveiled on 11 April at 11a.m., during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. Discover the list of feature films selected in Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Premiere and Special Screenings.   IN COMPETITION   Film d'ouverture LE DEUXIÈME ACTE by Quentin DUPIEUX - Out of Competition (THE SECOND ACT) THE APPRENTICE by Ali ABBASI MOTEL DESTINO by Karim AÏNOUZ BIRD by Andrea ARNOLD EMILIA PEREZ by Jacques AUDIARD ANORA by Sean BAKER MEGALOPOLIS by Francis Ford COPPOLA THE SHROUDS by David CRONENBERG THE SUBSTANCE by Coralie FARGEAT GRAND TOUR by Miguel GOMES MARCELLO MIO by Christophe HONORÉ FENG LIU YI DAI by JIA Zhang-Ke (CAUGHT BY THE TIDES) ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT by Payal KAPADIA KINDS OF KINDNESS by Yórgos LÁNTHIMOS L'AMOUR OUF by Gilles LELLOUCHE DIAMANT BRUT by Agathe RIEDINGER | 1er film (WILD DIAMOND) OH CANADA by Paul SCHRADER LIMONOV - THE BALLAD by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV PARTHENOPE by Paolo SORRENTINO PIGEN MED NÅLEN by Magnus VON HORN (THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE) UN CERTAIN REGARD   NORAH by Tawfik ALZAIDI THE SHAMELESS by Konstantin BOJANOV LE ROYAUME by Julien COLONNA | 1st film VINGT DIEUX ! by Louise COURVOISIER | 1st film LE PROCÈS DU CHIEN by Laetitia DOSCH | 1st film (WHO LET THE DOG BITE?) GOU ZHEN by GUAN Hu (BLACK DOG) THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE by Mo HARAWE | 1st film SEPTEMBER SAYS by Ariane LABED | 1st film L'HISTOIRE DE SOULEYMANE by Boris LOJKINE THE DAMNED by Roberto MINERVINI ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL by Rungano NYONI BOKU NO OHISAMA by Hiroshi OKUYAMA (MY SUNSHINE) SANTOSH by Sandhya SURI VIET AND NAM by TRUONG Minh Quý ARMAND by Halfdan ULLMANN TØNDEL | 1st film OUT OF COMPETITION   SHE'S GOT NO NAME by CHAN Peter Ho-Sun HORIZON, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Kevin COSTNER RUMOURS by Evan JOHNSON, Galen JOHNSON, Guy MADDIN FURIOSA : A MAD MAX SAGA by George MILLER MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS   TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIOR WALLED IN by Soi CHEANG THE SURFER by Lorcan FINNEGAN LES FEMMES AU BALCON by Noémie MERLANT (THE BALCONETTES) I, THE EXECUTIONER by RYOO Seung Wan CANNES PREMIÈRE   EVERYBODY LOVES TOUDA by Nabil AYOUCH C’EST PAS MOI by Leos CARAX EN FANFARE by Emmanuel COURCOL (THE MATCHING BANG) MISÉRICORDE by Alain GUIRAUDIE LE ROMAN DE JIM by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC POL POT by Rithy PANH SPECIAL SCREENINGS   LE FIL by Daniel AUTEUIL ERNEST COLE, LOST AND FOUND by Raoul PECK THE INVASION by Sergei LOZNITSA APPRENDRE by Claire SIMON LA BELLE DE GAZA by Yolande ZAUBERMAN

The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was unveiled on 11 April at 11a.m., during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. (more…)

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Festival de Cannes launches its Immersive Competition for 77th edition

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In 2024, the Festival de Cannes launches a new competition dedicated to immersive works.

In 2017, Alejandro González Iñárritu made history at the 70th edition of the Festival de Cannes with his groundbreaking virtual reality piece, Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) marking the first immersive work ever presented as an official selection at a major film festival. Recognized for his pioneering vision, Iñárritu received a special Academy Award for the project and continues to be a prominent figure at the Festival de Cannes (even serving as President of the Jury in 2019).

Because there are now original works that are pushing the boundaries of storytelling, the Festival de Cannes will introduce a new competition, the “Immersive Competition” for its 77th edition.

Seven years since its first immersive selection and in line with the Marché du Film’s commitment to exploring new technologies and art forms through its innovative-focused programs, the Festival de Cannes is thrilled to announce the creation of the new Immersive Competition for its upcoming 77th edition. The competition aims to spotlight the next generation of international artists who are redefining storytelling and inventing new narrative-driven experiences that move beyond the traditional two-dimensional cinema screen.

With the support of the CNC (National Center for Cinema and the moving image), the competition will feature immersive, collective and interactive works that utilize virtual reality, augmented reality and other cutting-edge technologies to transcend conventional storytelling and transport audiences to other worlds, narratives and eras.

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For its inaugural edition, a committee of industry experts and Festival de Cannes representatives, under the supervision of the General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, will select eight immersive works in competition. Additionally, a curated selection of non-competitive works, illustrating the synergy between immersive experiences and cinema, will complement the program.

The selected works will be accessible to Festival de Cannes and Marché du Film attendees throughout the Festival, from May 15 to 24. The works will be displayed in a 1300m2 exhibitionspace at the Cannes Cineum – the cinema complex of Cannes La Bocca – and the Georges Méliès Campus, a university institution dedicated to creative writing and film.

The in-competition works will compete for the Best Immersive Work prize. An international jury composed of notable figures from cinema and immersive art will present the award at a special closing ceremony, celebrating the creativity and innovation of immersive artists.

Alongside the Immersive Competition, the Marché du Film will continue to explore the commercial and technical aspects of the immersive sector through a lineup of conferences, expert panels, demonstrations and professional networking events.

In what promises to be already be a significant year, the City of Cannes is also set to announce the launch of Cannes Immersive, patronised by artist Jean-Michel Jarre and supported by the CNC. This new program aims to position Cannes as a global hub for immersive creations and the emerging artistic domain of artificial intelligence (AI). Cannes Immersive will unfold through the launch of innovative events, strategically designed to elevate Cannes’ status as a premier destination for immersive cultural experiences, which will be seamlessly integrated into both existing and future Cannes events. Furthermore, it will establish a permanent immersive venue in Cannes, serving as a showcase for the most exceptional immersive creations, whether assisted or generated by AI.

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George Lucas Honorary Palme d’or of the 77th Festival de Cannes

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A Hollywood legend, the director, screenwriter and producer George Lucas will receive the Honorary Palme d’or on Saturday, May 25, at the Closing Ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes, to be broadcast live on French TV channel France 2.
At the mere mention of his name, a whole section of the Seventh Art lights up, and you can hear a few unforgettable music notes (by John Williams!). Inseparable from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas, George Lucas has forever given the blockbuster an illustrious history, and audiences the world over unrivalled pleasure.

“The Festival de Cannes has always held a special place in my heart. I was surprised and elated when my first film, THX-1138, was selected to be shown in a new program for first time directors called the Directors’ Fortnight. Since then, I have returned to the festival on many occasions in a variety of capacities as a writer, director and producer. I am truly honored by this special recognition which means a great deal to me.”

George Lucas’ debut in the film industry was marked by his close collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, who helped him produce THX 1138 (1971), adapted from one of his experimental short films made at the University of Southern California. From his very first feature, George Lucas staged the themes that are dear to him: science fiction to denounce a society of surveillance, using love to fight fate and conformity, and reversing moral values to challenge the role of good and evil.

With American Graffiti, an ode to American youth, George Lucas revealed Harrison Ford and directed his first major success which enabled him to embark on his ambitious saga.

A visionary intergalactic odyssey that reinvented the codes of cinematic genres as part of the New Hollywood movement, Star Wars is nothing short of mythology, a study that has fascinated George Lucas since his university days, in the construction of characters and plots and the breadth of its cultural reach. Like Tolkien in literature, he imagined a universe, with its geography, populations, languages, moral values and even its vehicles. This exceptional ambition, which initially frightened 20th Century Fox’s producers and led to a grueling post-production period, was nonetheless the recipe for unprecedented success: the film captivated the American crowds and became a worldwide socio-cultural phenomenon, which continues to this day.

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In the space of 40 years, George Lucas built a Hollywood empire through the nine episodes of the saga — four of which he directed himself. With his company Lucasfilm and its many subsidiaries, acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2012, George Lucas touched on everything. His unflagging passion for technology made him one of the pioneers of the visual effects industry: he founded Industrial Light & Magic and helped develop many new visual technologies, including the computer-assisted camera. In sound, he contributed to the evolution of stereo through his company THX. He also founded the famous animation studio Pixar. Moreover, George Lucas is an outstanding producer: in addition to the three Star Wars trilogies, he is associated with the development of mythical films by other directors, from Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha to the Indiana Jones saga, which he created.

The Honorary Palme d’or will be presented to him on stage at the Grand Théâtre Lumière during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday May 25, 2024.

The Festival de Cannes is delighted to pay tribute to one of the greatest figures of contemporary cinema, a man with an extraordinary career, who brings together great entertainment and innovation, mythology and modernity and cinephilia and technology.

The Closing Ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes will be broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut. on Saturday, May 25. Camille Cottin will serve as Master of Ceremony.

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