JODIE FOSTER MAKES THE SCENE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
CANNES, France (AP) – There are a lot of Americans in France for the Cannes Film Festival. But one of those getting the most attention is Jodie Foster. And it isn’t just because she’s a fine veteran actor who got a special award. Foster speaks French and that’s made her very popular. She has wowed fans and the media with her command of the language – and for being comfortable enough to use it in public. Even Spike Lee, who heads the prize-awarding jury at Cannes, has noticed. Before his remarks at the opening ceremony, Lee declared, “I wish I could speak French like Jodie Foster!”
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA ON ART AND MONEY
NEW YORK (AP) – There’s a challenge in creating art that changes people’s lives and a bigger one to find the funding to help people live better lives. These days, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is trying to meet the second challenge. He has announced a series of donations to groups that serve immigrants. Miranda, who recently released the film “In The Heights,” says philanthropy and artistic inspiration “come from the same place.”
NEW YORK (AP) – Usually the week including Independence Day is one of the least-watched ones for TV viewers. That was so again this year, according to the latest TV ratings. Nielsen says only two shows got more than 7 million viewers. One is “America’s Got Talent.” The other was NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s New York City Independence Day celebration. It drew 8 million viewers, though that’s the combined audience for the live broadcast and a condensed replay that followed it.
ROBERT DOWNEY SR. DIES
UNDATED (AP) – Robert Downey Sr. has died. While most people recognize him as the dad of movie star Robert Downey Jr., the elder Downey was an big-name filmmaker in his own right. His son writes on Instagram his father died Tuesday at his home in New York. He was 85 and had Parkinson’s disease. The elder Downey did the movie “Putney Swope” and had parts in “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Boogie Nights.”