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‘Hype House:’ Kids With All The Toys In The World But No Batteries

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Netflix’s Hype House was released on January 7. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

A 2019 survey conducted by LEGO to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing found that more children want to be YouTubers than astronauts. In June 2020, a study revealed that kids spend nearly as much time on TikTok as they do on YouTube. In August 2020, The New York Times reported that one-third of TikTok users may be aged 14 or under. And teens, on average, spend slightly under seven and a half hours a day on screens, excluding time for school work according to a study by Common Sense Media. 

Netflix’s Hype House is unlikely to change any of this, though the eight-episode reality show certainly is depressing. A window into the TikTok collective that helped launch social media stars, Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae, the show hardly makes being an influencer look like fun. “I’m so stressed,” Hype House leader Thomas Petrou tells us in episode five, describing his struggle to get other members of the house to create content to generate around $80,000 for the monthly rent on their Santa Rosa Valley, California home. “I’m not, like, fully ok at all. And I haven’t been in the last year.” Yet, despite Petrou’s not being “fully ok,” his back-and-forth on shutting down the Hype House altogether, and sparring with Chase Hudson (Lil Huddy) over not pulling his weight for the collective, he can’t bring himself to quit. 

“You’re always told that money can’t buy happiness,” Petrou says in episode eight. “But you’ll never understand it until you’re in the position. I have everything I’ve wanted and I feel so lucky, but I feel like a kid who has all the toys in the world but no batteries to operate them.”

This isn’t the first time viewers have seen the “dark side” of internet fame. The D’Amelio Show, released in September on Hulu, showed Charli D’Amelio — the most-followed person on TikTok — and her sister Dixie struggling with the anxiety and depression brought on by their digital fame. The frequent scenes of the two sisters breaking down in tears were painful reminders that these women are only 17 and 20 years old. There were comparisons of The D’Amelio Show to Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but if the Kardashians sometimes made themselves vulnerable by living out their dramas in public, many of their predicaments were played for laughs and content warnings at the beginning of Keeping Up episodes were not typical. The D’Amelio Show, which has been renewed for a second season, is unapologetic in its focus on the challenges of young internet fame. 

Hype House touches on this and then some. The show doesn’t shy away from the ugliest parts of being an influencer. In episode five, Alex Warren argues with his girlfriend Kovur Annon in bed over whether he should order a Tesla: “I need a Tesla right now. I am bored and I want a Tesla.” Then after this cringey bit of swag flaunting, Warren discusses a more serious topic. He recently filmed a prank vlog with Hype House member Michael Sanzone’s girlfriend Tatyana Porizek and her twin sister Nastasiia Porizek. In the video, Vinnie Hacker —a recent addition to the Hype House who describes himself as famous for posting “thirst traps” and streaming himself playing video games — kisses Nastasiia as Sanzone walks in, thinking Hacker is kissing his girlfriend. Nastasiia gets death threats for kissing Hacker, with one of the comments on the video reading, “Who is this bitch? I’m going to choke her out.”

Things like this unfold without much context or resolution. Issues of race surface in episode four, when Larri Merrit—a Black TikTok star who grew up in Compton, California—confronts fellow Hype House member and transgender beauty and makeup influencer Nikita Dragun over “blackfishing” in some of her photos. Merritt describes being criticized online for hanging out with other successful, white influencers. TikTok itself has received pushback for the lack of diversity among the most successful influencers and the way that white creators often jump on TikTok dance trends created by Black influencers, use them without credit, and cash out on higher-paying brand deals. But Merritt is left feeling he has to stand up for the Black community when his friends act in problematic ways. “My entire race, basically, the Black community has disowned me in a sense which sucks because I’m so passionate about it,” he says. 

Like a lot of unhappy reality show stars, since the release of Hype House, Merritt and Hudson have spoken out against the show, saying that it created false storylines, including suggesting that Merritt went to a party with coronavirus. Hudson said he was depicted as a “villain” and pushed back on allegations that surfaced in the show that Hype House pays the rent for his Encino, California home.     

In episode seven of The D’Amelio Show Charli debates whether or not to film a thank you video for being included in Time’s 100 Next List. Her team wants her to but she’s worried about the hate comments she’ll get, and she wonders why she’s on the list in the first place. “All of the people that are doing a million more things than I am,” she says. “I dance on the internet. Like, I shouldn’t be on that list.” 

That moment, like all of Hype House, encompasses the many dilemmas wrapped up in internet fame. Charli is on the list because she’s part of a wave that’s changing media. But she’s aware that much of the world thinks being an influencer is fundamentally unserious and somehow easy. Coping with the hate and death threats that come with millions of followers isn’t easy. Neither is the grind of content creation or hustling of brand deals. Neither of these shows makes the influencer life seem very attractive. 

Still, Charli challenges her critics with a key question: “If you were given the opportunity to pursue a musical career or whatever career, would you say no? No, you wouldn’t, so why would we?”

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Following draft combine, what comes next for Orlando Magic with No. 1 pick?

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Following draft combine, what comes next for Orlando Magic with the No. 1 pick?

Considering the Orlando Magic’s draft lottery history, nothing is easy during the scouting process that culminates with the NBA draft in New York.

But when taking into account what lies ahead for them, the easier part is behind the Magic.

Orlando landing the No. 1 pick in the June 23 draft gave the Magic full control. Now they have the pressure — which they welcome — of making sure they choose the right player.

“We have more work to do,” general manager John Hammond said on In The Zone with Brandon Kravitz. “Evaluation of watching these guys a little more thoroughly, a little more succinctly. Most importantly, a chance to actually spend time with them, get to know them, run them through a battery and find out everything we can.”

The Magic will start hosting workouts at their facility for prospects over the next few weeks, giving them a chance to make more in-depth evaluations than they did during the draft combine in Chicago — where many of the top prospects didn’t take part in scrimmages, on-court drills or measurements.

Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are considered the top players in the draft.

Hammond reiterated that Orlando will choose the player the Magic believe will be the best in the long run, not just who fits next year’s team better.

“You hate to be too cliché and say, ‘We’re going to go with the best player on the board,’ but I really believe that when you get to this level of the draft, you live by that,” Hammond said. “We can’t sacrifice a lesser player just because we have this need. I don’t think any need can be that great.”

But would the Magic lean on the guys on their roster for those evaluations?

Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke), Chuma Okeke (Auburn) and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga) all went to college where one of the top prospects did, although none of them did at the same time as the players the Magic are considering.

“[Wendell] probably knows Paolo, somewhat, maybe from the Duke connection,” Hammond said. “I don’t know if Chuma has a real strong relationship with Jabari. The interesting one is Jalen Suggs and Chet are close. If we’re going to consult with one on one situation, that’d be it.”

The Magic also have the Nos. 32 and 35 picks in the second round.

They spoke with multiple players during last week’s combine who could be available when they’re on the board with one of those second-round picks.

Orlando will bring in prospects it believes could be available in the range of those second-round selections for workouts.

“This is kind of like the dating process — you don’t know who that person is until you actually live with them,” Hammond said. “That’s when you make the full commitment. We’re going to have to get to know them the best we can.”

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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Southern Minnesotans to vote in special primary Tuesday for Jim Hagedorn’s seat in Congress

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Southern Minnesotans to vote in special primary Tuesday for Jim Hagedorn’s seat in Congress

Voters in southern Minnesota will choose candidates in a special primary this week in the first step in a complicated process for filling the seat of Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who died of cancer in February.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

The GOP candidates Tuesday for the 1st District seat include Hagedorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan, who has leveled a series of bitter attacks in the final days of the campaign against two of her main rivals in the primary, state Rep. Jeremy Munson and former state Rep. Brad Finstad. She has labeled both of them as captives of “Establishment Republicans and the Washington Swamp.” And she has claimed that her husband made it clear before he died that he did not want Munson to replace him.

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Former President Donald Trump hasn’t endorsed a candidate to replace the staunchly pro-Trump Hagedorn, but Carnahan, of Blue Earth, has been making the most overt appeals to Trump supporters. Her website is loaded with photos and videos of her and Hagedorn with Trump, and of her appearances at Trump campaign events in 2020.

Carnahan was forced out as chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota last August after a prominent donor was indicted on child sex trafficking charges and former staffers complained of a toxic work environment. And she was sued by Hagedorn’s mother, stepfather and sister this month in a dispute over money they loaned to help cover his medical bills. But she’s painting herself as the best candidate to carry on her husband’s legacy — and Trump’s.

Munson, of Lake Crystal, is a founder of a hard-right faction that broke from the main Minnesota House GOP Caucus. He’s painting himself as the truest conservative in the race. He has been touting his string of endorsements from nationally prominent congressional hard-liners, including Sens. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky; Reps. Jim Jordan, of Ohio, Scott Perry, of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Massie, of Kentucky; and former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota. His website includes a photo of him at a Trump rally with Trump in the background.

Munson won 55% of the vote when 1st District Republicans met last month to try to endorse a candidate for the general election in November, but he fell short of the required 60%. Due to the accelerated calendar, the party hasn’t endorsed a candidate for the special primary nor the special general election Aug. 9 that will decide who gets to fill out the rest of Hagedorn’s term.

Finstad, of New Ulm, has the backing of several Minnesota GOP officeholders, including U.S. Reps. Michelle Fischbach and Pete Stauber of Minnesota, as well as the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. And he’s been quick to remind voters that he was Trump’s state director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota.

But Carnahan has attacked Finstad for clicking “like” on tweets perceived as anti-Trump and claims he’s a “squishy” Republican establishment figure who never truly supported Trump.

Other Republicans on the ballot include agricultural attorney Matt Benda, of Albert Lea, and state Rep. Nels Pierson, of Rochester.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

On the Democratic side, the endorsed candidate is former Hormel Foods CEO Jeffrey Ettinger, of Austin, who now chairs the Hormel Foundation.

His opponents include University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, of Mendota Heights, a former White House ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration.

Turnout for Tuesday’s special primary is expected to be low, and the process for what will follow is complicated.

The special primary and the Aug. 9 special general election are being held within the district’s existing borders. But Aug. 9 is also when Minnesota will hold regular primaries statewide.

The winner of the special general election, who will fill out the rest of Hagedorn’s term into January, presumably will also win the district’s regular primary that same day. That should give him or her an advantage heading into the November general election, which will determine who holds the seat in the next Congress.

Both the regular primary and the general election will be held within the district’s new court-adjusted borders. Redistricting this year didn’t change the political balance of the district much, so it still leans Republican.

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Tom Cruise departs after the premiere of the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

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CANNES, France (AP) — Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!”

The wattage on display on Cannes has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others who have made their way down the festival’s famed red carpet.

But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is a global concept that stretches around the world. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae.

  • Tom Cruise departs after the premiere of the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

  • Eva Longoria poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Final Cut' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Eva Longoria poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film ‘Final Cut’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • Jon Hamm poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Jon Hamm poses for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • Lashana Lynch poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Final Cut' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Lashana Lynch poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film ‘Final Cut’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Tom Cruise, left, and Jennifer Connelly pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Tom Cruise, left, and Jennifer Connelly pose for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • Aishwarya Rai poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Armageddon Time' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Aishwarya Rai poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Anne Hathaway poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Armageddon Time' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 20, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Anne Hathaway poses for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 20, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Jennifer Connelly poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Jennifer Connelly poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Armageddon Time' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022.Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Julia Roberts poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022.Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Alessandra Ambrosio poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Armageddon Time' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Alessandra Ambrosio poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • Tilda Swinton, left, and Idris Elba pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Three Thousand Years of Longing' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Tilda Swinton, left, and Idris Elba pose for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

  • Lee Jung-jae poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Hunt' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Lee Jung-jae poses for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Hunt’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Julius Tennon, left, and Viola Davis pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Julius Tennon, left, and Viola Davis pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • Alicia Vikander poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Irma Vep' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Alicia Vikander poses for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Irma Vep’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • Jury member Deepika Padukone poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Armageddon Time' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Jury member Deepika Padukone poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Julianne Moore poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Final Cut' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Julianne Moore poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film ‘Final Cut’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

  • Marion Cotillard poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Brother and Sister' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year's French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out

    Marion Cotillard poses for photographers at the photo call for the film ‘Brother and Sister’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Star power has been out in force at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. After a 2021 edition muted by the pandemic, this year’s French Riviera spectacular has again seen throngs of onlookers screaming out “Tom!” “Julia!” and “Viola!” The wattage on display on Cannes’ red carpet has been brighter this year thanks the presence of stars like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Idris Elba and others. But as the first half of the French Riviera spectacular has shown, stardom in Cannes is global. Just as much as cameras have focused on Hollywood stars, they’ve been trained on the likes of India’s Aishwarya Rai and South Korea’s Lee Jung-jae. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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