x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Beyoncé talks about baby and album

Plus: Hawke and Delpy consider fourth film; Banderas to direct wife Griffith; Chicago cast join Oscars line-up; Willis gets French honour and opposes tax.

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in After Midnight. Courtesy Berlinale
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in After Midnight. Courtesy Berlinale

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy said they feel like they've grown up with their 1995 romantic trilogy after the latest instalment, Before Midnight, cheered at the Berlinal Film Festival on Monday, and that they're mulling a fourth film with their director Richard Linklater. The out-of-competition screening of the movie drew cheers from a packed cinema, and Hawke and Delpy appeared moved by the reception. "But I'm sure we have absolutely no idea right now what that sequel could possibly be and we probably won't for like five or six years," said Linklater. - AFP

Banderas to direct wife Griffith

Antonio Banderas has cast his wife Melanie Griffith in his forthcoming film Akil, about an African boy who illegally migrates to Spain and takes refuge in an American woman's home. Banderas is the film's writer, director and producer. "My country, Spain, is in tremendous financial crisis. I have conceived Akil so as not to depend on third-party funding," Banderas told Variety. "This is a love story between two completely different people who end up being essential to each other." Banderas recently signed on to play Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura's new film 33 Days. - IANS

Beyoncé talks baby and album

Beyoncé says she wants to give her baby daughter a normal childhood. In Vogue magazine's March issue, she also teased her next album, saying the music is "a lot more sensual ... empowering", thanks to motherhood. "It's very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do," she said. The singer is making a comeback with a world tour in April. - Reuters

Chicago cast join Oscars line-up

The stars of Chicago will reunite as presenters at this year's Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the film's Academy Award win for Best Picture. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah will join presenters including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. The Oscars have a musical theme this year, and includes performances by Adele, Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand. - AP

Bruce Willis gets French honour

Bruce Willis has been awarded the Commander of the Arts in France for his contribution to cinema. The 57-year-old, whose latest film is A Good Day to Die Hard, attendedthe Paris ceremony on Monday. Willis, born in Germany, said he feels at home in France, but that he opposes President Francois Hollande's plan to tax the richest at 75 per cent and hopes he would be able to complain about it if he lived in France. Willis also said there'll be more Die Hard movies to come. - AP