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They made it
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the coveted Palme d' Or, at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony on May 23, 2010. Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress for her role as a gallery owner in Tuscany in Abbas Kiarostami's love story Certified Copy. Spaniard Javier Bardem, who already has a Best Supporting Actor Oscar on his mantelpiece for No Country for Old Men, won the Best Actor award for his betrayal of a man facing the specter of death, in Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's tragedy-riddled Biutiful. Mathieu Amalric, who directed and stars in Tournêe (On Tour) as the manager of a burlesque dance troupe, took home the directing award.

Death metal

For die-hard heavy metal fans Ronnie James Dio's demise last week came as tough news and now with Paul Gray, the bassist for Grammy-winning thrashers Slipknot bidding adieu there seems to be a void too big to fill. A hotel employee found Gray, 38, dead in a room at the TownePlace Suites in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Known for its grotesque masks, and aggressive, dark lyrics, Slipknot released its self-titled debut in 1999, and it sold about 2 million copies. Most of the band's members grew up in the Des Moines area. "It's a devastating loss. Paul wasa wonderful human being, " said Andy Hall, music director of Des Moines rock station Lazer 103. 3 who said he'd known Gray for 10 years. Hall said Gray was a talented bass player and one of the friendliest, most caring people he knew.

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Celluloid politics
A hit-starved Bollywood has pinned its hopes on director Prakash Jha's Rajneeti, releasing on June 4. Bollywood has been having a dry run lately with the only hit being 3 Idiots of last year. With a power cast of Nana Patekar, Naseerudin Shah, Ajay Devgn and Katrina Kaif, one needs to wait and watch whether this high-octane political saga will be a hit at the box office.

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