Cannes casting – May 12

Every day new films are being announced during the Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest including new roles for Lily James, Jim Broadbent and Alicia Vikander.

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Countdown to Cannes

It’s that time of year again when the movie world spotlight shifts from the West Coast of America to a small town on the French Riviera. The 68th International Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and runs until May 24. As always with Cannes, it’s as much about the parties and being ‘seen’ as it is about the films themselves.

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Clips of the Week – May 9

This week’s brand new trailers include Simon Pegg and his talking dog, Meryl Streep rocking out and Chris Hemsworth in a role that’s a million miles away from Thor.

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Karen Gillan joins The Big Short

How’s this for a step up the Hollywood career ladder – former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan is starring in a new film alongside Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo.

It’s believed Gillan has a supporting role in the film after she revealed the news of her casting on Twitter.

The Big Short is about the recent American financial crisis and filming is currently underway in New Orleans.

BAFTA guests confirmed

Graham Norton hosts the BAFTA Television Awards on Sunday night, celebrating the best and brightest of the British TV industry.

He’ll be joined by a whole host of stars including…

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Sofia Vergara set for Hollywood honour

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara will become the latest celeb to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this week.

Vergara will be honoured with the 2551st star on the Hollywood attraction on May 7.

She’ll be joined at the event by Eric Stonestreet who plays Cameron on the show – and although it’s not been officially announced I suspect her fiancé Joe Manganiello will be on hand too.

Vergara’s star will be placed next to her on-screen husband, Ed O’Neill, outside Marshall’s department store on Hollywood Boulevard.

Miss Piggy to receive her first award

Did you know that despite starring in eight feature films and an Emmy award-winning television series Miss Piggy has never won an award?

Well that will change on June 4, when the Muppets star will be presented with an award at the annual Sackler Center First Awards at the Brooklyn Museum.

The event celebrates women who have broken gender barriers and made remarkable contributions in their fields. Elizabeth Sackler, founder of the awards, will present the award to Miss Piggy. After her acceptance speech, Miss Piggy will sit down for a 20-minute video retrospective of her career and a conversation with Gloria Steinem.

Speaking about her award, Miss Piggy said “Moi is thrilled—but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Center First Award”.

“It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honor with fellow legends, role models, and pioneers of female fabulosity. We rock!”

Of course, Kermit the Frog will join is porcine paramour at the event.