It's been another heady year of giant stars and wooden actors, great films and terrible turkeys at the Cannes Film Festival. Several films got the crowds blubbing at this year's festival, especially "Amy", a documentary about the tragically short life of singer Amy Winehouse, and the moving lesbian love affair at the heart of "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. A generous gut proved to be a hit with the critics, with Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix and France's larger-than-life icon Gerard Depardieu sporting flabby "dad bods" in their well-received films, while movies starring more toned stars such as Matthew McConaughey and French heartthrob Jeremie Elkaim took a mauling in the press.
The Cleveland Cavaliers barely missed injured Kyrie Irving as they cruised to a 94-82 victory over Atlanta and a commanding lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James fueled the win, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. The Cavaliers notched their second straight victory on the Hawks' home court, holding the Eastern Conference top seeds to 41.8 percent shooting from the floor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "USA Freedom Act," a bill to end U.S. spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone call data, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. senate early on Saturday. The vote was 57-42 against stopping debate on the measure. It would not have needed 60 "yes" votes to move ahead. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office shared diagrams Thursday depicting what resembled rabbit and bear toys with microphones in their ears, cameras in their eyes, speakers in their mouths and motors in their necks. The toys would be able to wirelessly communicate using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other means with cloud-based computers or manage other media devices, perhaps turning on songs or movies at children's commands.
The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain. While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama's own Democratic Party.
Rick Nash scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay to level their NHL playoff series. With the win, the Rangers knotted the best-of-seven Western Conference final at two games apiece, with the winners of the series advancing to the NHL's Stanley Cup finals. Nash totaled a career-high 42 goals during the regular season but had scored just two goals in the first 15 games this post-season.
Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear in the rebooted version of hit US sitcom "Full House," US media reports said. Robert Boyett, executive producer of the new show -- "Fuller House" -- scheduled to air on Netflix next year, told the Hollywood Reporter neither of the Olsens would star in the follow-up series. The series, about a widowed news reporter, Danny Tanner, who enlists the help of his best friends to raise his three daughters after his wife is killed in a car crash, ran for 192 episodes.
Ireland waited Saturday to learn the outcome of a historic referendum on same-sex marriage, with crowds of anxiously optimistic "Yes" supporters expected at Dublin Castle to hear the result. Legalising gay marriage would be a seismic change in the traditionally Catholic republic, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993 and abortion remains prohibited except where the mother's life is in danger. Opinion polls forecast a comfortable victory for the "Yes" campaign.
By Alexandra Alper ZAMORA, Mexico (Reuters) - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said one federal policeman died and another was injured in the three hour battle on a ranch just inside the Michoacan state border with Jalisco, home of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-biggest city. The death toll was one of the heaviest to hit Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012 pledging to put an end to years of gangland violence that have claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2007 alone.