Arts and entertainment
CANNES, France - For the aging, gruff patriarch of his father-son road trip "Nebraska," Alexander Payne tried to lure Gene Hackman out of retirement and considered the likes of Robert Duvall and Jack Nicholson. Bruce Dern calls them "the obvious guys."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Canadian man is facing charges that he stalked the brother of Jennifer Lawrence after authorities say he repeatedly insisted that the man put him in touch with the Oscar-winning actress so he could protect her, according to court documents.
Zhao Han Cong, 23, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was ordered Friday to remain held until he could undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if the case against him can proceed.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - New Jersey used a record-breaking gesture Friday to celebrate its recovery from a record-setting storm, proclaiming to the world that the Jersey shore is back in business following Superstorm Sandy.
CANNES, France - Academy award-winner Marion Cotillard gave her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray's terse offering, "The Immigrant."
CAP D'ANTIBES, France - With an apt rendition of "Gold-finger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes Thursday, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for AIDS research.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is co-hosting NBC's "Today" on Friday morning as part of a campaign to proclaim that the state's shore is ready for business seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
The governor, who has made several appearances on national talk shows, follows Laura Bush and Sarah Palin as political figures who have been guest co-hosts on the morning show.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Police say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested in New York City after she threw a marijuana bong out of a window.
Police say an apartment building official called police Thursday to complain that Bynes was smoking marijuana and rolling a joint in the lobby.
The officers went to Bynes' apartment, where they saw heavy smoke and a bong, which Bynes then threw out the window in front of the officers.
Bynes was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana. It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A stage manager who worked on Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert warned the promoter days before the star's death that he was in a physical and mental decline and needed help, according to an email shown to jurors.
The message from John Hougdahl was written five days before Jackson died in June 2009. The stage manager told AEG executive Randy Phillips that he had seen Jackson deteriorate.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, has visited the U.S. to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony Thursday at the Tennessee governor's mansion for the first batch of youth to participate in the leadership and character program.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a self-development program for people ages 14 to 25 that aims to instil confidence and skills.
CANNES, France - Ladies? Don't make him laugh.
Asked who his favourite female comics were Thursday at a Cannes Film Festival press conference, Jerry Lewis listed Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds. He then added: "I don't have any."
In 1998, Lewis famously said that watching women do comedy "sets me back a bit" and that he has trouble with the notion of would-be mothers as comedians.