Cumberbatch Cold War thriller is snapped up at Cannes

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the spy and businessman Greville Wynne in the thriller ‘Ironbark,’ who the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Cumberbatch Cold War thriller is snapped up at Cannes

CANNES: A Cold War spy thriller starring “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch has been one of the big sellers at the Cannes film festival, reports said Thursday.
“Ironbark” is based on the story of British spy and businessman Greville Wynne, who handled the double agent Oleg Penkovsky, a Russian military intelligence officer who tipped off Britain and the US about Soviet missiles in Cuba.
The information he fed through Wynne — who was arrested in Budapest and sentenced to eight years in prison in 1963 — was among the most important of the Cold War.
Rights to the film were sold out across the world, according to Variety, with distributors FilmNation later posting on Facebook that it “has been a pretty good Cannes.”
The US company has also sold out the rights to the starry all-female big-budget spy caper “355” starring Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Fan Bingbing, which was unveiled at Cannes.
Another Soviet era movie, “Gareth Jones,” about the Welsh writer of the same name, has also sparked a lot of interest at the festival.
The journalist, played by James Norton of “McMafia” fame, helped expose the Holodomor, the man-made famine that many blame on Stalin in early 1930s Ukraine in which millions died.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland has wrapped shooting in Poland and Ukraine, with finals scenes due to be filmed in Scotland later this month.


US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

Updated 22 May 2018
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US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

LONDON: The American bishop whose sermon caused a stir at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle thought the invitation was a prank.
Rev. Michael Curry told ITV that he thought “somebody was doing an April Fools’ joke on me.”
Curry’s sermon, entitled “The Power of Love,” was one of the most discussed moments during Saturday’s wedding.
But Curry says Tuesday he “had no idea” his speech had caused such a stir and that he sat down and thought — “I hope that was OK.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the couple are now known, will attend their first royal engagement as a married couple Tuesday at a Buckingham Palace party marking Prince Charles’ 70th birthday.