Archive | May 13, 2011

A New Documentary About the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales Annoys Everyone at the Cannes Film Festival

If you haven’t heard by now there is a new documentary film entitled, Unlawful Killing, by some British actor dude named, Keith Allen (who is apparently the father of uber-annoying singer, Lily Allen.)  The documentary “…focuses partly on the 2007/8 inquest into Diana’s death and [Mr. Allen] argues the British press failed to properly reflect its findings due to indirect pressure from the royal family.”

Interestingly enough the film was financed  — £2.5 million to be exact — by Mr. Mohammad Al-Fayed (who also makes an appearance in the film alongside infamous radio host, Howard Stern) whose son, Dodi, died in the car crash that killed Diana.

The film premiered at the world famous Cannes Film Festival causing everyone to roll their eyes, drop the F-bomb here, there and everywhere, and essentially wrote this documentary off as nothing but pure trash.  Even the leading entertainment industry newspaper, Hollywood Reporter, couldn’t hold back their disgust at this film:

… this scattergun film should not only backfire on the conspiracy theorists that cling to the notion that speeding through a Parisian tunnel with a drunken driver at the wheel is not a plausible cause of death.  If the Monty Python troupe ever wanted to lampoon conspiracy-theory filmmakers, it would be hard to top this one.

It’s unfortunate that Mr. Allen has a serious axe to grind with the entire British royal family whereupon he refers to them as “… the Mafia in tiaras…”   During this evening’s press conference in Cannes, Mr. Allen defended his film to a packed audience whereupon he proclaimed:

This [documentary] not a sensationalist film. I didn’t want to make a sensationalist film. I don’t believe it is a sensationalist film. I think it is a very forensic analysis of a process, a British legal process, and I think it reveals things that, I’m sorry, don’t add up. It is not an attack on the monarchy… I’m questioning the role of the Establishment.

When confronted by reporters regarding Mr. Al-Fayed’s £2.5 million financial involvement with the film Mr. Allen replied, ” I think that you will find an immense number if films in America that are financed by the Mafia and there are no references to those!!!”    (The audience broke out in laughter which lasted for over five minutes.)

What planet are you living on, dude?

At the end of the evening, those who reviewed the documentary, Unlawful Killing, at the Cannes Film Festival hated it.  I mean, really, hated it.

And, they loathe Mr. Allen.

As of this morning in Cannes, France, he has no friends and his career, well, let’s just say that his phone will never ring again.  He might as well fill out an application at Starbucks or McDonald’s because as of today… he will never work again in the film industry. Unless, some desperate F-list director calls and asks him, Mr. Allen, to star in an infomercial to sell the latest cheap cleaning products on QVC.

To watch a video clip from the press conference please click the link here.

Source: Reuters via Hollywood ReporterThe Independent and Washington Post

Photo courtesy of:  Colored Diamond Forum

T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend a Mass for the Victims of Wednesday’s Deadly Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

 On Wednesday May 11, 2011, two devastating earthquakes — one measuring a 4.4, the other a 5.1 on the Richter scale —  struck Lorca, Spain just 3 hours south of Valencia. These devastating quakes left nine dead, hundreds injured, and many buildings as well as homes in shambles.  This afternoon, there was a funeral Mass for those who lost their lives and on hand to support and comfort the families who lost loved ones were the Prince and Princess of Asturias.

According to CBS News, T.R.H.’s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia:

… sought Friday to comfort relatives of nine people killed in Spain’s deadliest earthquakes in more than 50 years, hugging them and shaking their hands as they slowly made their way along a long row of mourners.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia bent down to chat with the mourners at a crowded funeral Mass celebrated in a trade center, part of which has been turned into a makeshift refugee camp after two quakes Wednesday left many homeless in this southeastern city. Many of those in the front row at the Mass wore dark glasses.

 At one point the prince stooped down to speak to a boy and affectionately ruffled the child’s dark hair.

Living in SoCal I know what it is like to go through an earthquake (believe me folks, it’s not fun.)  My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and all the people of Spain.

Now, there are photos of T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia at today’s Mass; however, I do not feel comfortable posting images of grieving families… so if you want to see photos please click the link here.  To watch a video please click here. 

Source: and photo CBS News  by Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Chillin’ in Arles, France

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has been a busy little beaver these past few weeks and this afternoon, May 12, there was no time for rest and relaxation.  The prince was in Arles, France to “…attend the arrival of the Canigou Flame during the European congres of traditions and Saint-Jean Fire…”  He also had a chance to visit the Arles Antique Museum.

Cool.

Anyway, according to various reports the prince did something else whilst in the lovely town of Arles; however, the details will probably bore you to death when you read it… so I’ll spare you.  Basically, he had a great time. And, the townspeople loved him.

Meanwhile, Prince Albert’s lovely fiancée, Miss Charlene Wittstock, did not accompany him to Arles.  It is unknown why Miss Wittstock did not attend this event; however, I believe that she may be making final arrangements for the upcoming princely wedding (which is less than 50 days away from now, people.)   :)

To view photos of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco having a super-duper time in Arles, France please click the links here and here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Day Life by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

H.R.H. Princess Letizia of Asturias Meets with Members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer

On May 12, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Letizia of Asturias met with members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in Madrid, Spain.

Here is a summary of the event according to the official website for the royal house of Spain, Casa De Su Majestad El Rey:

H.R.H. Princess Letizia of Asturias held a working meeting with the members of the AECC, in accord with the promise expressed when she assumed the role as honorary president of the organization.  On this occasion, Her Royal Highness came to know first hand the internal structure of the association, its territorial organization, and the distribution of work.

She was also informed about the lines of action/plan carried out by the AECC in the areas of marketing, communication, and the internet.  She was also informed about new campaigns of awareness, communication strategies of the organization, fanned the building of social networks of the AECC organization.

Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias will continue having future meetings with the Spanish Association Against Cancer, and will continue to participate in different institutional acts of the AECC whose mission is to diminish the impact caused by this horrible disease and better peoples lives.

To view photos from the meeting please click the link here.  To learn more about the Spanish Association Against Cancer organization please click the link here.

Source and photo courtesy of:  Casareal.es by Casa de S.M. el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos