Jones’ western has female focus
In westerns, women are usually bit players, relegated to fleeting domestic scenes before the men set out on adventure.
Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, Tommy Lee Jones premiered a western from a more female perspective. His “The Homesman” is about a single female farmer (Hilary Swank) on the Nebraska plains during westward expansion.
“I don’t think there’s a woman in this room has never felt objectified or trivialized because of her gender,” Jones said to festival reporters. “There’s a reason for that and a history of that, and I think that’s an interesting thing.”
“The Homesman,” which also stars Meryl Streep, John Lithgow and Hailee Steinfeld, had a mixed reaction in Cannes.
Flav’s case postponed again
Flavor Flav has appeared in a New York court to answer charges stemming from his arrest as he raced to his mother’s funeral, but the entertainer’s case has been postponed again.
The Long Island native, whose real name is William Drayton, was told Friday he must return to Nassau County Court on July 11.
Police say the rapper-reality TV star was speeding and driving without a license, a felony, Jan. 9 on Long Island’s Meadowbrook Parkway.
His attorney, Indji Bessim, says she’s still trying to work out an agreement with prosecutors to resolve the charges.
Gibson’s conviction vacated
A Los Angeles court has vacated Mel Gibson’s misdemeanor domestic violence battery conviction in a case filed after a highly publicized fight with his ex-girlfriend.
The dismissal was finalized last Monday by Superior Court Judge Deborah Brazil, and her order was released Friday.
Gibson pleaded no contest in 2011 to one count of misdemeanor spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. He was sentenced to three years of probation, domestic violence counseling and two days of community service.
The Oscar-winning director completed the terms of his sentence within a year.
‘Godzilla’ a box office smash
“Godzilla” has smashed its way to the top of the box office.
The 3-D monster movie had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak: .
1. “Godzilla,” $93.2 million ($103 million international).
2. “Neighbors,” $26 million ($13.5 million).
3. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $17 million ($32 million).
4. “Million Dollar Arm,” $11 million.
5. “The Other Woman,” $6.3 million ($8.2 million).
6. “Heaven Is for Real,” $4.4 million.
7. “Rio 2,” $4 million ($7.6 million).
8. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $3.8 million ($1.3 million).
9. “Legend of Oz,” $2 million.
10. “Mom’s Night Out,” $1.9 million.
‑ From News wire services