Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Nicole Kidman, left, and her husband Keith Urban. Francois Mori / AP
Nicole Kidman, left, and her husband Keith Urban. Francois Mori / AP

Nicole Kidman gets a surprise at Cannes

Plus: the winner of the Palme d'Or announced, UAE short debuts in South Korea, Lady Gaga tells of her devastation, and Justin Bieber wanted for questioning.

Nicole Kidman's red-carpet date travelled for 35 hours to join her in Cannes. Her husband, the musician Keith Urban, flew from Sydney to escort her up the famous Palais stairs. "As long as he's there, he's my rock, everything's fine. I feel a little out to sea if he's not there," said Kidman, who's in Cannes for the HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn and the noir The Paperboy, in which she co-stars with Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey. * AP

Cannes crowns Love as Europe sweeps awards

The Cannes film festival awarded Michael Haneke's Love, the wrenching tale of a man and his dying wife, the Palme d'Or on Sunday. The best actor award went to Denmark's Mads Mikkelsen, as a man falsely accused of molesting a child in The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg. Two young Romanians, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, shared the best actress prize for their roles in Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, about a young nun and her friend who falls victim to an exorcism. The runner-up Grand Prix award went to Reality, by Italy's Matteo Garrone, about a father driven mad by a quest to become a reality TV star. The UK's Ken Loach took the third place Jury Prize for his bittersweet comedy The Angels' Share. The one exception to the European line-up was Mexico's Carlos Reygadas, who took best director for his family drama After Darkness, Light. * AFP

UAE short premieres in South Korea

The Turtle, a short film made in the UAE, is making the rounds on the web. Remarkably acted and shot, the 14-minute film is featured in the UAE Pavilion at the Expo 2012 world fair in Yeosu, South Korea. "The response there has been very positive," according to the pavilion coordinator Dr Peter Vine. The film stars the young actor Ahmed Mohammed Ali Mohammed Al Dhuooury in his debut production. The Turtle is part of the Living Seas series, showcasing the UAE's marine life via narrative features. More than 90 videos, including The Turtle, can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/FilmsonUAE.

Lady Gaga sends love to Indonesia

Lady Gaga told fans she was "devastated" at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia, following threats by Islamic hardliners, who called her a "devil worshipper". "I'm so very sorry and just as devastated as you, if not more," she posted on Twitter. "You are everything to me."

Bieber wanted for scuffle

Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff. A photographer complained of being roughed up at a shopping centre on Sunday when he tried to snap pictures of Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez, who both left before deputies arrived. * AP

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Hajer Almosleh, the winner of the last year's short story competition, at her home in Dubai. Duncan Chard for the National

Get involved with The National’s short-story competition

Writers have two weeks to craft a winning submission, under the title and theme "The Turning Point".

 It is believed that the desert-like planet of Tatooine is being recreated for Star Wars: Episode VII. Could that be where filming in the UAE comes in? Courtesy Lucasfilms

Could the force be with us? The search for Star Wars truth

On the hunt for the Star Wars: Episode VII set, which a growing number of people are sure is in Abu Dhabi, but no one can seem to find.

 With an estimated 18,000 comic and film fans having already paid a visit to this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con, organisers are hopeful they will have surpassed last year total, of 21,000, by its close. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

In pictures: Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai

Dubai's World Trade Center was awash with people visiting this weekend’s Middle East Film and Comic Con. Here's some of our best pictures.

 Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, presents Quincy Jones with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award as the Admaf founder Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo applauds. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Festival.

A candid talk with Quincy Jones about the UAE, Lil Wayne and the Abu Dhabi Festival award

The Abu Dhabi Festival honoree Quincy Jones discusses his legendary career as a music producer, the return of Dubai Music Week and why he can’t handle the rapper Lil Wayne.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Military Terminal on an RNZAF 757 from Sydney on April 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

In pictures: Will and Kate visit Australia and New Zealand

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge are on a tour Down Under for three weeks.

 A protester gives a victory sign during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo in November 2011. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Street life: humanity’s future depends on ability to negotiate and sustain public space

Negotiating our ever more crowded cities and maintaining vibrant public spaces are among the major challenges facing humanity in the coming decades.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National