The Morning Feed: Lars von Trier Says He’s Proud of Cannes Ban

The biggest news out of the 64th Cannes Film Festival continued to be Danish director Lars von Trier. Not Von Trier’s competition film Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst as a bride preparing for her wedding while a planet hurtles towards the Earth; or any other festival film for that matter, but Von Trier’s outrageous comments about “sympathizing with Hitler” at a Wednesday press conference and his subsequent ban by festival directors.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Von Trier quickly apologized for his anti-Semitic remarks and described them as a bad joke he let go out-of-control. The festival ban remained and the press day for Melancholia was cancelled. Von Trier soon returned to his bad boy ways and talked about being proud of being banned at Cannes.

“I have to say I’m a little proud of being named persona non grata,” Von Trier said. “I think my family would be proud. I have a French order. Now they will likely tear it off my chest.”

Music labels Hip-O Select and Sanctuary received great support from music fans for their reissues of the first three albums from The Kinks last month.

According to Pitchfork, Hip-O Select and Sanctuary announced their next three Kinks reissues — 1966’s Face to Face and 1967’s Something Else and 1969’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) — to street June 13.

The reissues, claiming both mono and stereo mixes of the albums in addition to BBC sessions and interviews, would coincide with Kinks front man Ray Davies at the Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in London June 10-19 where he will perform along with Wire, Nick Lowe, Madness and Yo La Tengo.

With their shiny new reissues in hand, Kinks fans hoped Davies performs classics from the albums including Waterloo Sunset, Victoria and Plastic Man.

Web entrepreneur, digital strategist and TV host Dan Abrams pushed aside his multiple achievements and successful digital strategy firm and argued via his new book Man Down that women basically out-perform men in just about everything.

In a Q&A at The Window blog for, Abrams convinced Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan that Man Down gets things right.

“I have been surprised by how many men have told me they agree with my findings,” Abrams said. “Most of them take issue with a particular chapter or two, but it seems that many have always secretly known what this book proves.”

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