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Cannes Film Festival top prize: Who will win?

The 77th iteration of the festival began on May 14

Published by Faisal Ali Ghumman



CANNES, France (Reuters): A Donald Trump biopic, a musical about a Mexican cartel boss and Francis Ford Coppola’s long-time passion project are just some of the films competing for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize as the glamorous fest comes to a close on Saturday evening.

Jury president Greta Gerwig, the director behind last summer’s pink-hued hit ‘Barbie,’ will decide along with eight others which of the 22 films to award the Palme d’Or.

Jury members including U.S. actor Lily Gladstone and Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda have said they are well-aware their decision could make or break a director’s career.

Coppola’s much-hyped sci-fi epic ‘Megalopolis,’ starring Adam Driver, elicited a mix of opinions when it premiered last Thursday.

However, it’s ‘Emilia Perez,’ with Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana, that is most heavily favoured to take the prize.

Critics were positively surprised with its musical numbers about a Mexican drug lord who transitions from male to female and opens a nonprofit to look into disappeared people.

Cannes has given particular love to old Hollywood names this year, Coppola included, with Meryl Streep and George Lucas receiving honorary lifetime awards, and George Miller and Kevin Costner invited to premiere their new films out of competition.

Additionally, established filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos, David Cronenberg and Paul Schrader created plenty of excitement with their competition entries, but their chances look unpromising.

Other strong contenders include ‘All We Imagine As Light,’ India’s first competition film in 30 years, as well as ‘Anora,’ Sean Baker’s darkly funny drama about an erotic dancer in New York and the Demi Moore-led body horror “The Substance.”

‘The Apprentice,’ about former U.S. president Donald Trump, and ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ by exiled Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof boosted attention thanks to their topicality, despite festival director Thierry Fremaux lamenting an increased focus on political and social issues in the industry.

The 77th iteration of the festival began on May 14.

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Sources: Haliburton left G2 loss due to hamstring

Tyrese Haliburton left Thursday night's Game 2 loss in the third quarter, with sources telling ESPN it was due to a sore left hamstring.

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BOSTON -- Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton left in the third quarter of Thursday night's 126-110 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals and did not return because of a sore left hamstring.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Haliburton aggravated an injury he suffered earlier in the season and that the team would know more about his status Friday. Indiana trails 2-0 in the series, with Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

"He was sore at halftime," Carlisle said after the game. "He was getting work done for the entirety of halftime. He came out, gave it a shot and all the effort that he could. I haven't talked about it directly to him, so I can't read minds, but it wasn't going well. The trainers determined he had to be brought to the back to be worked on, and then he was ruled out."

Haliburton missed 10 games with a left hamstring strain suffered Jan. 8 against the Celtics when he slipped and fell and had to be helped off the court. The Pacers went 6-4 during that stretch.

"That's a time for this group for everyone to step up and take a bigger role," Pacers guard T.J. McConnell said on the prospect of playing without Haliburton. "We've done a good job of that when he's been out. It hurts when he goes down, but one of those things where it's the 'next man up' mentality. Obviously, we'll see. We haven't heard anything yet, but guys will just have to step up and be ready."

Haliburton, who was named to the All-NBA third team this week, was subbed out of the game with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter and went back to the locker room with Indiana trailing by 11. The Pacers announced during the fourth quarter that Haliburton would not return.

After posting 25 points and 10 assists in Game 1, Haliburton finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-6 from 3-point range) and 8 assists. The Pacers outscored the Celtics by one point with Haliburton on the floor in Game 2 but were outscored by 17 when he was off it.

"He does so many things for our team," McConnell said. "Where I think everyone has to move the ball more and get in the paint more. The ball movement just has to be on another level. He gets 10 assists in his sleep, so it's hard for another person on our team to replicate that. It's a group effort when he goes down to get the ball and get it moving."
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PNS ASLAT deployed on maritime security patrol in Indian Ocean

The PNS ASLAT will ensure the safety of merchant ships entering and leaving Pakistani ports with dedicated helicopters

Published by Hussnain Bhutta



Karachi: Pakistan Navy on Saturday deployed Naval Warship PNS ASLAT on regional maritime security patrol in Indian Ocean.

According to a statement  issued from Rawalpindi on Saturday, the PNS ASLAT will ensure the safety of merchant ships entering and leaving Pakistani ports with dedicated helicopters.

The deployment of PNS ASLAT is also aimed at ensuring the safety of international shipping.

During the deployment, the Pakistan Navy Ship will participate in joint operations with friendly and partner countries in addition to its own operations.

The PNS ASLAT will also visit regional ports under the principle of maritime diplomacy.

This ship is equipped with the latest weapons and sensors, capable of dealing with multi-dimensional threats and conducting a wide range of maritime operations.

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