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Kirsten Dunst Understands Why The French Hated 'Marie Antoinette'

October 6th, 2006 9:27am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst insists her new film Marie Antoinette was booed at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year because the audience was all French. The world premiere of the Sofia Coppola costume drama at the French Riviera festival was badly received by critics and audiences alike.

Dunst says, "I didn't take it to heart. How would we (Americans) feel about the French doing a movie about George Washington with French actors?"

The film opens in U.S. cinemas later this month.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Historians Slam Kirsten Dunst's 'Marie Antoinette'

October 2nd, 2006 9:05am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Actress Kirsten Dunst has come under fire from historians for her "frightful" interpretation of tragic French queen Marie Antoinette. Dunst plays the 18th Century monarch in Sofia Coppola's racy new biopic, which was booed by critics at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Now her overtly sexual performance has been attacked by France's Marie Antoinette Association as well, who insists the queen's bedroom antics are not factually based.

The association's president Michele Lorin says, "I've seen the trailer for the film on the internet. It is a fright. We've spent years trying to con...
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Sofia Coppola Was Thrilled to Film in Palace of Versailles

September 19th, 2006 8:19am EDT
Sofia Coppola
Movie maker Sofia Coppola was thrilled to be given the keys to the Palace of Versailles in France for the filming of Marie Antoinette because it meant she could shoot eerie scenes in the very rooms where they took place 220 years ago.

Certain restrictions were placed on the director and her crew, but she was allowed to film wherever she wanted, allowing her to shoot Marie Antoinette's wedding scenes in the chapel where the French queen wed Louis XVI.

Coppola says, "It was thrilling to shoot in the place where many of these events actually took place and they (authorities) gave u...
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Kate Moss Gets 'Best Dressed' Accolade

August 1st, 2006 8:20am EDT
Kate Moss
Supermodel Kate Moss has claimed the top spot among the rich and famous featured in glossy magazine Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list for 2006. The 32-year-old appears on the cover of the publication's September issue looking slinky in long white gloves, leather boots and a white fur hat.

Other dapper dressers include George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Renee Zellweger, Gwen Stefani, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, filmmaker Sofia Coppola, Prince William and Jordan's Queen Rania.

This is the latest coup for the supermodel, who is experienc...
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Sofia Coppola Is Pregnant

May 31st, 2006 8:23am EDT
Sofia Coppola
Director Sofia Coppola is expecting her first child with boyfriend Thomas Mars. The director is three months pregnant, according to her representative.

The happy couple announced their happy news at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola's latest film, "Marie Antoinette," premiered last week.

Coppola was married for four years to Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze. They divorced in 2003 and had no children together.

Learn more about Sofia HERE.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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'Da Vinci Code' Inspires Writing Instrument Maker

May 27th, 2006 4:00pm EDT
The Da Vinci Code
Best-selling novel and hit film The Da Vinci Code has inspired top pen maker Dante Del Vecchio to craft a new $1,600 writing tool, which he's handing out to select celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The Visconti founder came up with the idea for the handcrafted pen after reading Dan Brown's hit book and felt Cannes would be the ideal place to launch it.

The pens feature a hidden numbered code that help solve a riddle readers of the book will be familiar with. Visconti will offer the first person to uncover the riddle a solid gold ink well.

Sharon Stone, Elton John ...
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Kirsten Dunst Makes Excuses For Not Knowing History

May 26th, 2006 8:49am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst knew nothing of legendary French queen Marie Antoinette before playing her in the film of the same name, and she blames her education. Dunst, who plays the lead in Sofia Coppola's new movie, is bitter she never learned about foreign history at school and has had to catch up as an adult.

She says, "When you grow up in America, French history is a smaller paragraph in your text book."

Learn more about Kirsten Dunst HERE.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Sofia Coppola Defends Her Film 'Marie Antoinette'

May 25th, 2006 1:19pm EDT
Sofia Coppola
Director Sofia Coppola has hit back at critics who mauled her new movie "Marie Antoinette" as an attempt to Americanize French history. Coppola's film chronicles the life of the tragic French queen during the revolution in the 1790s. It has been criticized for its American pop video feel, but Coppola insists she wanted to accentuate the youthful slant to the story.

She says, "I wasn't making a political movie about the French revolution, I was making a portrait of Marie Antoinette and my opinions are in the film. We modernized certain things that were relatable to me and a modern audi...
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Early Buzz for Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette' Is Negative

May 24th, 2006 2:29pm EDT
Sofia Coppola
Movie maker Sofia Coppola has defended her new period drama "Marie Antoinette" after it was booed during a press screening at the Cannes Film Festival last night. Despite admitting the response was "disappointing", Coppola insisted the Kirsten Dunst-starring movie was always going to provoke heated debate.

She said, "It's better to get a reaction, it's better than a mediocre response. Hopefully some people will enjoy it. I think it's not for everybody."

Coppola was defended at the festival by the film's stars Dunst, who also appeared in Coppola's The Virgin Suicides in 1999, and...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Lucas
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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'X-Men 3,' 'The Fountain' & Other Films To Debut at Cannes

April 6th, 2006 9:25am EDT
The Fountain
Hugh Jackman will have a strong presence at the 59th annual Cannes Film Festival with two of his films debuting during the event. X-Men: The Last Stand and The Fountain, both starring Jackman, have been added to the official selection at the festival. Jackman stars with Oscar winner Rachel Weisz in "The Fountain," which is directed by her fiancé, Darren Aronofsky.

Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst's costume drama Marie Antoinette will also be shown at the festival, as well as a 20-minute preview of director Oliver Stone's movie World Trade Center. Stone will also be honored as part of a...
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'Marie-Antoinette' To Play at Cannes Film Festival

March 21st, 2006 1:15pm EST
Kirsten Dunst stars in Marie Antoinette
Kirsten Dunst's new period movie Marie-Antoinette has been selected to compete at the coveted Cannes Film Festival in May. The Sofia Coppola-directed film, co-starring Jason Schwartzman, sees a 19-year-old Viennese girl became the queen of France in 1744 before being famously beheaded. "Marie-Antoinette" is one of the early contenders for the Cannes top prize - the Palme d'Or.

Director Ron Howard's long-awaited The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou will open the 59th Cannes Film Festival, which runs between May 17 and 28.

(This news article provided by World E...
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