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The 12-day Cannes Film Festival began today in the French Riviera, and the jurors for this year's Palme d'Or have a lot to think about.

Steven Spielberg, a rare sight at the festival, has the honour of being the president of this year's jury. And fellow juror Ang Lee couldn't be happier.

"Steven and I are good friends. I don't know how he feels about me but I worship him," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. "He's my hero."

Spielberg feels the same way about his Taiwainese buddy. "[We] have never been competitors, we have always been colleagues," said the president. "I worship Life of Pi, so therefore I worship Ang Lee as well."

You can check out lists of the full jury and every film in competition below.

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CANNES 2013 JURY:

Steven Spielberg (United States)
Ang Lee (Taiwan)
Vidya Balan (India)
Naomi Kawase (Japan)
Nicole Kidman (Australia)
Lynne Ramsay (United Kingdom)
Daniel Auteuil (France)
Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
Christoph Waltz (Austria)


FILMS IN COMPETITION:

A Chateau in Italy
by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan and Joel Coen
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Despallieres
Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) by Arnaud Desplechin
Heli by Amat Escalante
The Past by Asghar Farhadi
The Immigrant by James Gray
Grigris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhangke
Like Father, Like Son by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
The Life of Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche
Shield of Straw by Takashi Miike
Young and Pretty by Francois Ozon
Nebraska by Alexander Payne
Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski
Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh
The Great Beauty
by Paolo Sorrentino
Borgman
by Alex van Warmerdam
Only God Forgives by Nicolas Winding Refn

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You know what they say: Musical theatre is the opiate of the masses.

According to Gawker, a 21-year-old theatre major from Boston converted to Mormonism after watching Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon. What?

In case you didn't know, the musical follows two overzealous Mormon missionaries who try to convert the people of a remote Ugandan village. It's a family-fun critique of religious dogma.

However, Liza Morong — we did not make that name up — saw The Book of Mormon as an opportunity to learn more about the Romney-based faith. 

After meeting with missionary Elder Trevor Boardman (who she found "so incredibly nice"), Morong started praying from the actual Book of Mormon. Four months after seeing the musical, she was baptized in Utah.

"Because of this musical, a beautiful chapter in my life started and continues to grow," Morong said on her blog.

The Book of Mormon is currently playing at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre. We hope you "get" it.

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Have you ever watched a commercial so bad that it made you fall to the sidewalk laughing, and, "piss blood?!" Just us?

Check out Nicolas Cage's new ad for the Chinese-made, Saab-based Senova D Series. It's so terrible it's good, like Tommy Wiseau's The Room, or drunkenly making out with your cousin. Just us?

After "acting" in gearhead movies like Gone in 60 Seconds, Ghost Rider, and Drive Angry, the commercial's producers must have thought Cage would be an excellent fit for their shlocky short film.

Cage joins a long list of celebrities who have gone to Asia to make a quick buck acting in ads, only to return to America and be embarassed on late night television. Thank you, Internet, for letting celebrities get away with nothing.


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Just because Daily TORO likes to keep things relatable, witness below a song about aunt-fucking.

The Lonely Island and T-Pain are back with their tastefully titled song, "I Fucked My Aunt." The song stems from the little known genre "incest pop," founded by the uncle fuckers at South Park, the pervs in Blink 182, and Donny and Marie.

Last week, the Lonely Island launched Wack Wednesdays, a promotion whereby they will release a song or video every Wednesday until their new album, The Wack Album, comes out June 11. That may have been the stupidest sentence ever written.

Next week: The Lonely Island tackles the concerns surrounding the dissolution of Guantanomo Bay and the lawful repatriation of the camp's "prisoners of war."

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Solange has just released a new version of her song, "Looks Good with Trouble," featuring hip hop boy prince Kendrick Lamar. You can listen to it below, via Soundcloud.

The song originally appeared on Solange's True E.P., released in November 2012. Her third studio album is expected to be released later this year.

As per usual, Lamar kills it. His frenetic flow and introspective lyrics perfectly compliment Solange's already good R&B slowjam. Lamar's verse creates a call and response dynamic, expanding the song's narrative.

Close your eyes and prepare for cool.

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It looks like Wayne Brady will actually have to "choke a bitch."

In a recent interview with HuffPost Live (below), Brady threatened to, "beat [Bill Maher's] ass in public" after the former questioned the latter's authenticity as a black man.

The beef started when Maher claimed President Obama was not a "real" black man, comparing him to Brady. It was a joke, but Brady got pissed.

"I’ve respected [Maher] as a comedian, and what he does on HBO is great," Brady says in the video. "But when he starts to drag me in, to use me as the cultural linchpin of his 'not-black-enough argument,' that’s bullshit."

Brady goes on to argue that just because Maher has slept with some "questionable" black women, the Real Time host still does not have access to the black experience.

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Some indie publication called the New York Times is reporting that 8-year veteran Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live when the season ends this weekend.

"It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader told the Times. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it’s just time to go.'"

One of the shows most gifted impressionists, Hader became known for his portrayls of Al Pacino and Vincent Price, and for his original character Stefon, a gay, high 20-something who reported on New York's obscure nightclubs.

Hader has also thrived in Hollywood, delivering scene-stealing performances in films like Knocked Up, Superbad, and Tropic Thunder.

"[Hader] was so completely committed to the art of [performing]," said SNL head Lorne Michaels. "He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing."

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Back in March, in a Men's Journal interview, Gordon Ramsay started a beef with Iron Chef Bobby Flay, stating, among many offensive things, "Fucking do me a favor...I've forgotten more than [Flay's] known!"

Flay responded, challenging Ramsay to a cook-off: "Let's settle this like men, in the kitchen! No words, just knives. Show up or shut up."

Nothing much came of the shit-talking, until yesterday, when Flay told Eater that Ramsay had declined to participate in what would have been an Iron Chef-style charity battle.

"I just went back to [Ramsay] and said, 'Let's do something good,'" said Flay. "Let's not make something dumb and negative out of this. Let's do something positive.'"

Flay had hoped that the two could battle outside of Caesar's Palace, since both chefs have restaurants there. Allegedly, Ramsay punked out.

"I think the Iron Chef people reached out to Gordon and he wasn't interested," said Flay. "It's all right. He's got his own thing going on."

It's not as if Ramsay is afraid of exposure, what with his 2 million TV shows. The risk of losing to Flay, however, may have been too much.

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So basically, James Franco does everything. Witness below the trailer for Franco's feature directorial debut, As I Lay Dying, based on the novel by William Faulkner.

The film follows the Bundren family as they attempt to bury their mother, Addie, in her hometown of Jefferson. It stars Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride.

Franco seems to have achieved Faulkner's grim tone. The trailer is severe and loaded with powerful performances.

Calling a director overly ambitious may be the most complimentary jeer a critic can give, and we'll have to seen if Franco can do his source material justice.

As I Lay Dying premieres at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category.


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From May 14 to 19, Montrealers will celebrate the inaugural Yelloweek, a festival dedicated to food, fashion, and art.

The event is sponsored by French Champagne producer Maison Veuve Clicquot. The company is testing the Yelloweek concept in Montreal.

"Veuve Clicquot holds different events in various cities that they feel represent their brand, and they’ve chosen Montreal for Yelloweek because it’s a way to support a city they think is one of their key cities," said spokesperson Leisa Lee.

Fashion shows, special dinners at local restaurants, art exhibitions, and special picnics will fill the week. Naturally, the Champagne will be flowing throughout. 

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Daft Punk's first non-Tron-related album since 2007 is about to come out and the band has delivered a teaser.

Witness below the trailer for Random Access Memories. In the video we see the album cover and listen to 15 seconds of what must be the opening track. It's good.

After Daft Punk's release of the terribly infectious single, "Get Lucky," expectations are high for this album. It remains to be seen if the French duo can expand their fanbase and reach consistent "Top 40" popularity. Also: What's taken them so long to make new music?

Random Access Memories is available May 17.

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Netflix has just released the trailer for the fourth season of Arrested Development and you can watch it below.

The trailer is a rapid-fire salad of sight gags, hinting at various storylines that will no doubt be hilarious and awkward.

It's been seven years since the last Arrested Development episode, but the will of the force (read: Internet trolls and comedy nerds) has brought the critically lauded series back.

All fifteen episodes of Season 4 will premiere on Netflix simultaneously, allowing the viewer to choose the order in whcih they are watched.

Season 4 of Arrested Development premieres May 26.


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On Thursday, Toronto Blue Jay and anger management spokesperson Brett Lawrie showed everyone how charming he was by taking a bunch of Twitter trolls seriously and insulting fans in turn.

"All u people who chirp when things don’t go good have never done anything in pro sport .. Ever .. So shut ur mouth," Lawrie tweeted. Apparently he also hates people who know how to spell.

Lawrie later deleted the tweet, likely at the request of the Jays' now alcoholic P.R. team.

When asked by the Star about the incident, Lawrie was defensive. "I expect a lot out of myself, but at the same time I’m not going to sit there and take all that from people that I don’t know," he said. "[If] people want to come at me with something then I’m not scared to say something back."

Good for you, Brett. You show those big, mean, anonymous amateurs who's boss. That'll show whoever they are how much you don't suck at baseball. Ya.

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Ten years ago, a 14-year-old from Trois-Rivieres named Ghyslain Raza, recorded himself dance around with a lightsabre (golf ball retriever, actually). His friends uploaded the video on the Internet, birthing "Star Wars Kid," one of the first viral celebrities.

No one predicted the amount of ridicule and hate Raza would receive for indulging his nerd urges.

"What I saw was mean," Raza, now 25, tells L’actualité. "People were telling me to commit suicide."

At one point, Raza had to check into a psychiatric ward with severe depression.

"I couldn’t help but feel worthless, like my life wasn’t worth living," he says.

Luckily, Raza overcame his depression, got a law degree from McGill, and is now the president of a local heritage preservation society. He wants to help other victims of cyberbullying.

"You'll get through it," Raza tells any victims listening. "You are surrounded by people who love you."

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Back in April, the world's most lauded chef, René Redzepi, conducted an inspired lecture at Toronto's Terroir 7 food symposium. The entire talk is now available online. You can watch it below.

In the video, Redzepi talks about his inspiration and more importantly, the dangers of burning out. The chef recalls the early food memories and achievements that led to the opening of Noma in Copenhagen, and the stress that forced him to rethink his life.

Redzepi raises his voice in passion, waves his arms, and says "fuck" a whole lot to get his point across.

This lecture seems to prove that chefs have become the world's new rock star philosophers. And we're than happy to eat it up.

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Lana Del Rey's contribution to The Great Gatsby's soundtrack has a new video, and to our surprise, it is neither hip-hop, jazz, or crap.

"Young and Beautiful" is a heartbreaking ballad with soaring instrumentation. Del Rey's haunting, ashen voice perfectly capture the tragic tone of Fitzgerald's novel, even though Baz Lurhmann seems to have missed the mark in his film adaptation.

The video itself is a simple, elegant ode to 1920's style. Also Del Rey cries diamonds.

The Gatsby soundtrack, which oddly has no actual jazz, features Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Andre 3000, and Emile Sand. Sadly Twisted Sister and Men Without Hats were unavailable.

The Great Gatsby is currently in theatres.

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The trailer for the space thriller Gravity, from Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, has just been released. You can watch it below.

The film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts on a mission just above Earth. Disaster strikes and the two find themselves tethered together floating out into space. With no communication home and a dwindling oxygen supply, the astronauts are left in a state of panic, and must decide their fate.

Gravity is the feature film follow-up to Cuarón's outstanding Children of Men. It's been seven years since that film was released, so we're eagre to see what the director has been doing with his time.

Gravitry hits theatres October 4.

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We hear it everyday: "Could you please pass the wax moth larvae mousse?" Actually no, we never hear it, but the sorcerer's at the Nordic Food Lab want to change that.

Our friends at the Guardian recently visited the Copenhagen institution to find out how they were incorporating local insects into their food. Bugs being used included the aforementioned larvae, bees, wood ants, crickets, and grasshoppers.

"Insects are the most diverse set of species on the planet," says head of food research and development, Ben Reade. "One really needs to find the different expressions of each individual species."

It was Chef Rene Redzepi of Noma (across the street from the Nordic Food Lab) who popularized insect food in the West. As a locavore, Redzepi was offered a limited flavour range. So when he discovered, that ants, for example, tasted like coriander, an ingredient not found in Denmark, insects opened a warehouse of doors for the chef.

Given their abundance, cheap price, and capacity to push Western eating palates in new directions, we're completely excited about eating bugs. Hopefully the trend makes it to Canada.

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Looks like there's beef between two Toronto Maple Leafs wives — at least that's what Twitter would have you believe.

After the Leafs' 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, TV cameras caught what appeared to be April Reimer giving Elisha Cuthbert serious cut-eye.

(Reimer is married to goalie James, while Cuthbert is Captain Dion Phaneuf's lady.)

But what could start such a feud? Well, moments before the "Death Stare," Phaneuf abandoned Mr. Reimer by chasing a hit deep in Boston territory. It's been perceived that Mrs. Reimer was pissed about it.

Both ladies deny the allegations.

"For those who were thinkin @ and I were rolling our eyes @ eachother. Was the jerk beside us ," tweeted Mrs. Reimer.

While Cuthbert tweeted, "Things are not always what they seem. I'm insulted and disappointed by a lot of these Comments."

So, for the first in the history of ever, it seems the Internet was spreading false information. If only Tweeters could somehow make everyone believe that the Leafs don't suck.

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According to the Star, Toronto is home to 118,000 millionaries, more than any other city in Canada.

The news comes from London-based consultancy firm, WealthInsight, who collected five years worth of data before publishing the study.

"[Toronto is] the largest economy [in Canada], it contributes a large portion of the GDP, and the population is the biggest,” said senior analyst Andrew Amoils, explaining the results.

Ontario boasts 198,000 millionaires, or 47 percent of Canada. Quebec comes in second with 19 percent of the country's most wealthy.

In terms of billionaires, Toronto has five, far behind Manhattan's 70.

By the numbers:

422,000: millionaires in Canada

198,000: millionaires in Ontario

118,000: millionaires in Toronto

1,184: multimillionaires (net assets exceed $30 million) in Toronto

5: billionaires in Toronto

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