EU President Herman Van Rompuy signs an anthology of his haikus, published on April 15, 2010, at the Belgium parliament. Rompuy, who became the European Council’s first president last December, has long indulged in the tight 17-syllable art form. Photo by Georges Gobet/ AFP/ Getty Images
Several news organizations (Agence France-Presse, Reuters, AP and Getty TV) boycotted the Thursday press conference for the Cannes Film Festival over restrictions on access to the red carpet, via BBC.
The Times has an assessment of the Cannes film line-up, predicting a face-off between the art house types and Hollywood newcomers.
A Cannes favorite, filmmaker Terry Gilliam, will direct a production of the opera “The Damnation of Faust” in London, via BBC.