4 men arrested on suspicion of hanging Vinícius Júnior’s effigy off the bridge

MADRID (AP) — Four men suspected of hanging an effigy of Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior on a road bridge in Madrid in January have been arrested, Spanish police said Tuesday. The arrests come two days after the latest case of racial slur against the Brazilian striker in a Spanish league game against Valencia. The … Read more

What makes a standing ovation last 22 minutes in Cannes?

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is on, which means that the stopwatches are off. Nowhere is the duration of standing ovations at high-powered premieres more carefully recorded and analyzed than at Cannes. Has a movie garnered a triumphant eight-minute standing ovation? Or did the audience stand for only four or five minutes? … Read more

In Cannes, Harrison Ford bids farewell to Indiana Jones

CANNES, France (AP) — Like the Cannes Film Festival the crowd stood in rapturous applause, a visibly moved Harrison Ford stood on stage, trying to keep his emotions in check. The warmth of the audience and a clip reel that had just played had Ford rattling. “They say when you’re about to die you see … Read more

Unusual rains in drought-stricken northern Italy kill 6 and cancel Formula 1 Grand Prix

ROME (AP) – Unusual rains on Wednesday in a drought-stricken region of northern Italy caused rivers to swell on their banks, killing at least six people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and prompting officials to warn that Italy needs a national plan to combat climate change-induced flooding. Heavy rain and flooding also forced Formula 1 … Read more

The Cannes Film Festival prepares a successful edition, with Indy, “Flower Moon”, Depp and more

Cannes festival, which kicks off on Tuesday, is such a colossal extravaganza that it’s notoriously difficult to gauge its highs and lows. It is a showcase of the best cinema in the world. It’s a spectacular red carpet. It’s a hive of transactions on the Côte d’Azur. But by at least some metrics, Cannes – … Read more