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Kristen Wiig leaves SNL

Plus: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passes away, Asghar Farhadi awarded Cannes prize, early runners for the Palme d'Or, and Adele and LMFAO sweep the Billboard Music Awards.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Mick Jagger" Episode 1620 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Kristen Wiig got a musical send-off on last weekend's season finale of Saturday Night Live as she made her exit after seven years. In the show's final sketch, guest host Mick Jagger played the principal at a high-school graduation and brought up Wiig, in cap and gown, as "one particular student who is leaving this summer". As she held back tears, Wiig danced with Jagger, cast members and guests including Mad Men's John Hamm, to the Rolling Stones classics She's a Rainbow and Ruby Tuesday. * AP

Robin Gibb dies at 62

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died on Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The singer, 62, fell into a coma last month after contracting pneumonia. Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, born in England but raised in Australia, had massive hits in the 1970s including How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive. Duran Duran, The Script and Bruno Mars paid tribute on Twitter. "Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young," posted Bryan Adams. * AFP

A Separation director claims Cannes prize

The Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi was awarded a prize at Cannes on Sunday to help fund his next film, which will star Marion Cotillard. Farhadi accepted the European Union's Prix Media with a €60,000 (Dh282,000) cash award, presented by the European commissioner for culture Androulla Vassiliou.* AFP

Cannes into second half

The world's top cinema showcase has passed the halfway point, with five of its 11 days remaining. Nine out of the 22 Palme d'Or contenders have been screened so far. Critics have put in the lead the Romanian Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, a true story about nuns and their ex-lovers. Le Film Francais magazine put Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone in pole position. It stars Marion Cotillard as a killer-whale trainer who loses both legs in an accident. Previous Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke bowled Cannes over with Love, the tale of a devoted husband and his dying wife. The Hunt, a taut psychological thriller by Thomas Vinterberg about a man falsely accused of molesting a child, also emerged as a hot contender. * AFP

Adele, LMFAO sweep Billboard awards

At Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, Adele went home with 12 awards, including top artist and top album. LMFAO, the uncle-nephew duo Redfoo and SkyBlu, picked up six trophies, including top duo/group and song of the year for Party Rock Anthem. Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown were top new artist, top male artist and top R&B artist respectively. Performers in the show included Katy Perry, Usher and Linkin Park. Stevie Wonder was honoured with the Icon award and performed with Alicia Keys.