Danish cinema's not-so-enfant terrible, Lars von Trier, came to Cannes this year trailing Melancholia, a beautifully mounted apocalyptic drama, which, compared to his previous cinematic assault, Antichrist, had all the shock value of a children's tea party. There was no graphic sex, no horrific close up of clitoral self-mutilation, no violence. It was up to Von Trier to personally up the ante at the now notorious post-screening press conference that sent shock waves along the Croisette.
Hugh Grant, the star of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually turned 50 last year, yet his only honours thus far are a Golden Globe, a Bafta and an honorary César.
There are some words that only exist in tabloid-speak. 'Blonde' as a noun. 'Bed' as a verb - and it's normally 'a blonde' who is 'bedded', of course. And 'unlucky in love', which is the tabloids' adjective for 'single'. But only if you're a woman.
He may be everyone's favourite movie star, but Johnny Depp knows he's got a battle on his hands with Pirates 4. Paul Byrne met up with him in LA...
It's been a busy few days for Tom Hardy. Whilst filming The Dark Knight Rises this week he has also apparently signed on to play pop culture's favourite prohibition era Mafioso Al Capone in what looks set to become a trilogy's worth of life story. With his Hollywood future becoming more and more assured with every passing day and the conclusion of the Batman franchise set for release in 2012, Hardy's role as chemically enhanced super-villain Bane should surely help cement him as one of Hollywood's most unlikely leading men.
The press junket for Cars 2, which meant a pretty heavyweight offering of the combined talents of Michael Caine, Jason Isaacs and John Lasseter in a London hotel. The corridor was a military invasion of activity - stunning girls on walkie-talkies, security men patrolling the corridors, attendants talking in hushed tones - you could be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled into a G8 summit.
It may sound hideously jaded but, following years of work within the entertainment industry, you get a feel for the celebrity split announcement template. It's almost as if publicists have a special version of Word where Clippy pops up and says "It looks like you're trying to write a celebrity split statement - would you like some help with that?"