LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (France)
CANNES – Alongside all the beauty on display, the 2012 Cannes film festival is also revealing an ugly side: first, reports of sea dumping off the scenic French coastline, then the notable lack of women directors, and now anger growing about celebrities demanding payment for press interviews.
Canadian motion picture production company Alliance Films was asking for money in exchange of its actors interviews, French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur reports. Among the paid stars are Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt, who ask for 3000 euros for a 20-minutes interview. For "second-class actors like Kristen Stewart," you'll only have to pay 1250 euros.
Alliance Films defends the policy, explaining that top actors must bring their own makeup artist, hairdresser, agent, etc, before striding onto the red carpet. Since when is information exchanged for money? asks Nouvel Observateur. Why should journalists be paying for Brad Pitt's hair mousse!?
Keeping with the trend, the Cannes Film Festival is considering a new system in which journalists could have to pay to be accredited to attend.
Still, others note that paying for interviews offers an opportunity for small newspapers and magazines to interview movie stars who ordinarily wouldn't have been given the time of day.
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A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.
A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."
The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.
Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021
Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?
The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.
The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.
The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."
The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."
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