SOFIA COPPOLA MAKES HISTORY AT THE 2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 98

Sofia Coppola was the big winner of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 as she picked up the award for Best Director for The Beguiled. In doing so, she made history as only the SECOND woman in the festival’s history to scoop the accolade. The first recipient was Yuliya Solntseva, the Soviet filmmaker of 1961’s The Chronicle of Flaming Years.

The last time Coppola was in contention for the award was in 2006, when she brought Marie Antoinette to the festival. The film was largely panned both by critics and movie goers, and so many believe her victory this year is extra special.

As Coppola was not on hand to collect the award herself, a pre-written speech was read out to those present at the ceremony. In it, Coppola thanked Jane Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or, for “being a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”

The Beguiled, a feminist adaptation of the 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, which features Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst among its cast, has already been widely praised by critics and is set for release in selected US cinemas on June 23rd.

A full list of the other films/stars that picked up awards at the ceremony can be found below.

Palme d’Or: The Square

Grand Prix: Beats Per Minute (BPM)

Jury Prize: Loveless

Best Actress: Diane Kruger, In the Fade

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Best Screenplay: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here (tie)

Camera d’Or: Jeune Femme/Montparnasse Bienvenue (directed by Leonor Serraille)

70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman

Short Film Palme d’Or: Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night), directed by Qiu Yang

Queer Palm (Feature): BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo

Queer Palm (Short): Islands, Yann Gonzalez

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FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 60

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

CTD TILES LAUNCH FAN-ART INSPIRED RANGE IN THE BUILD UP TO ‘BLACK PANTHER’ 55

With the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther, in cinemas next month, seemingly rising with every passing day, CTD Tiles have launched a fantastic, fan-art inspired range ideal for those individuals who have a passion for superheroes and an array of popular culture characters.

This new Pixel Pop range allows members of several fandoms to recreate their favourite heroes, with Thor, Hulk, Yoda and Flash designs among the many available. With the help of Callum Pearson, a student from Leeds College of Building, they’ve also recreated one of the most popular designs; that of the Night Vigilante, inspired by Batman.

The full list of available characters is as follows:

●        Green Galactic Genius

●        Green Giant

●        Magical Baby Horse

●        Night Vigilante

●        Red Italian Plumber

●        Sir Superspeed

●        Space Soldier

●        Thunder Warrior

Each pack has a blueprint of the easy to follow design and contains all the tiles needed to create each superhero or fandom icon. The tiles are part of the Reflections by GEMINI tiles collection, which are ceramic and glazed to help protect against staining while giving a high-class, pristine and glossy finish to each project.

Speaking about the range, CTD team member Tracy Hildreth said:

“Fan art has become increasingly popular over the years and we believe that everyone will enjoy our whimsical take on nostalgia. We wanted to create something that would delight and excite our customer base and we believe our customers will quickly fall in love with these characters.”

The Pixel Pop range is available from the CTD website and prices start at £39.99.