Tom Waits Breaks Hearts, Salma Hayek Eats Them: Links You Need to See


For the last month, it seems every day is a tribute to Letterman, with increasingly famous guests (well, I supposed they stopped being increasingly famous after Obama did it) appearing on the Late Show and saying their own gracious farewells to the host of so many American evenings-at-home. Last night was Tom Waits’ turn. The veteran musician with the beautiful voice of a malfunctioning concrete mixer returned to performing after a two-year hiatus, and gave a heartfelt 10th Late Night performance with a fittingly titled new song, “Take One Last Look.” (This could also, if Arrested Development ever returned to Netflix, perfectly double as Kitty Sanchez‘s theme song; relatedly, The Mindy Project was rescued by Hulu today, and in anticipation of another season you may or may not want, here are 20 things you probably don’t know about the show).

While the few celebrities who aren’t at Cannes have been saying farewell to Letterman, those who are attending the festival have are greeting some of the best (or overhyped by virtue of star-and-almighty-director power) films of the year. The Matthew McConaughey-starring Gus Van Sant film, Sea of Trees — which seems to follow two men who try to commit suicide in Japan’s “Suicide Forest” and then have epiphanies together, was the first film to get booed at the festival. Meanwhile, clips have emerged from Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness and the already-acclaimed satire, The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux.

A Tale of Tales, in which Salma Hayek notoriously eats a dragon’s heart, also premiered. She’s come out stating that, surprisingly, she did not find the prop heart — made of pasta, candy and some other stuff —palatable. Beside the films, there’s the inevitable scrutiny of the fashions, and as we mentioned the other day, Lupita Nyong’o won the festival by simply twirling and wearing a dress that completely transcends any desire you or I might have to not talk about Cannes fashion. And now, there’s more footage of her twirling, AGAIN!

The twirling could just keep happening forever if this were Groundhog Day — and, if you’d care to purchase the Bed and Breakfast from the film (which you now can), it very well could be. So much twirling! The Creators Project also has a feature showing just how stunningly menstrual blood — yes — can twirl, and float, and morph into arrestingly gorgeous forms. Like most fluids. But, you know, different.