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EXCLUSIVE Cheryl will not make red carpet return at Cannes

Jabeen Waheed For Mailonline

Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years.

The pop princess, 33 – who welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month – has said it’s ‘too soon’ for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work.

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No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

‘Cheryl has always attended Cannes with L’Oreal Paris in her role as spokesmodel but there is no way she is going to leave the country with a new born baby. L’Oreal Paris are incredibly supportive of her decision.’

A spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris added to MailOnline: ‘Having only given birth less than one month ago, Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival 2017 with L’Oreal Paris.’   

It was claimed by The Sun that the singer would make her hotly-anticipated red carpet return at glamorous spectacle next month, marking her first public appearance as a mother.   

A source said: ‘As a brand ambassador for L’Oreal, Cheryl is contractually obliged to make an appearance at Cannes Film Festival. 

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it's 'too soon' for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it's 'too soon' for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it’s ‘too soon’ for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

'Too soon': A source told MailOnline: 'Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

'Too soon': A source told MailOnline: 'Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

‘Too soon’: A source told MailOnline: ‘Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

‘Cannes is the most glamorous showbiz event in the world and Cheryl is always incredibly proud to be invited and represent the brand.’ 

‘Prestigious Cannes is the perfect way for Cheryl to return to the limelight, show off her post-baby figure and let everyone see how happy she is since becoming a mum.’

Cheryl has always hogged the limelight at the star-studded movie festival since making her big debut seven years ago. 

For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year. 

In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown. 

New mummy: L'Oreal are said to have been 'incredibly supportive' of Cheryl's decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

New mummy: L'Oreal are said to have been 'incredibly supportive' of Cheryl's decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

New mummy: L’Oreal are said to have been ‘incredibly supportive’ of Cheryl’s decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year

Daring: The sizzling white gown plunged to her navel and bared her busty assets

Daring: The sizzling white gown plunged to her navel and bared her busty assets

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable outfits the following year

Her next appearance at Cannes saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown while in 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress. 

Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year.

She stunned in a multi-coloured, patterned garment which bared her enviable frame. 

Meanwhile, Cheryl’s ex-husband Jean-Bernard will be at Cannes this year, with his new eponymous pop-up restaurant, Versini. 

After months of swirling pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot.

The Promise This singer had gushed beside the image: ‘On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream.’

‘Although he still doesn’t have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.’

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Stunning: With the emphasis on her gown, she opted to wear her locks in a loose chignon and kept her make-up low-key

Stunning: With the emphasis on her gown, she opted to wear her locks in a loose chignon and kept her make-up low-key

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Statement: Cheryl's next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Statement: Cheryl's next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Statement: Cheryl’s next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

‘Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever.’

Liam then took to his own Instagram to share the same snap, writing a touching tribute to Cheryl beside the same candid image.

‘My close friends and family know there are very few times when I’m left speechless… wow!’, he wrote.

‘I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.’

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

‘I’m completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she’s really made my dreams come true.

‘We haven’t named him yet but he’s already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed.’

Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge – before embarking on a romance at the start of last year. 

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge - before embarking on a romance in early 2016

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge - before embarking on a romance in early 2016

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge – before embarking on a romance in early 2016

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Nicole Kidman leads the Cannes Film Festival

Alisha Buaya For Daily Mail Australia

She has already enjoyed a great start to the year with the success of films Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies.

And it seems actress Nicole Kidman won’t be slowing down, with the actress appearing in four different screenings at the Cannes Film Festival next month. 

The 49-year-old actress will appear in three different films and a TV series that will be screened during the two-week event.

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A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

One of the most anticipated films is The Beguiled with an all star cast including Nicole, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell, directed by Sofia Coppola.

The film, which is set during the American Civil War, has generated plenty of hype after it was announced that it was competing for the Palme d’Or.

Another Nicole Kidman film nominated for the prestigious award is The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or prize

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d’Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Her third film entry How to Talk to Girls at Parties, is a sci-fi romantic comedy directed by John Cameron Mitchell is unfortunately not up for any award, but will still be screened during the festival.

Nicole will play Queen Boadicea, alongside comedian Matt Lucas and Elle Fanning once again.

Meanwhile, acclaimed mystery drama series Top of the Lake will premiere its second season, titled China Girl, at Cannes.

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d’Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

The Moulin Rouge star is a recent addition to the star studded cast including Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham. 

Nineteen other films from all over the world have been nominated for the Palme d’Or award including You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenixm, and Good Time featuring Robert Pattinson. 

The Cannes Film Festival will run from 17 to 28 May 2017.

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

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Is a hat-trick in the Cannes for Nicole Kidman?

Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies.

The Oscar-winning actress gives, from what I’m hearing, a ‘magnificent’ performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’s film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, in which she is the wife of a surgeon (Colin Farrell).

Lanthimos made the much talked about Cannes success The Lobster, which also starred Farrell.

The line-up for the 70th Festival will be revealed next Thursday; and my Parisian friends tell me to expect to see this movie on the list of official competition films. 

That would be nice for Film4, which has backed Lanthimos’s works, including The Favourite, shooting in London now, with this year’s Best-Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.

Nicole’s second film is likely to be How To Talk to Girls At Parties, about aliens who hang out in Croydon, South London. I was on the set with the actress and it was a wild and wacky affair — and that’s just Nicole’s wig! The picture is rumoured to have a slot in one of the Festival’s sidebars.

And the third offering? That’s director Sofia Coppola’s study of The Beguiled (again starring Farrell), about a wounded Yankee soldier who hides out in a school for young women in Confederate-held Virginia.

‘I like the directors and writers who don’t play safe,’ Nicole once told me. That ethos helps keep her at the top of her game.

Anya wins a big role… in The Miniaturist

Rising star Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist. 

Burton’s page-turner was a summer sensation three years ago, and has sold millions of copies in 30 languages since.

Anya, who has made six movies in two years, including art house success The Witch and box office hit Split, has started filming the 17th-century thriller about 18-year-old Petronella Oortman, who is married off to Johannes Brandt, a wealthy trader who lives in a grand Amsterdam house with his sister Marin.

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Alex Hassell, a Royal Shakespeare Company leading man who appears in George Clooney’s new film Suburb-icon, will play Brandt, with Romola Garai as Marin.

The story follows what happens when Brandt orders a beautiful doll’s-house copy of their home; and Petronella commissions a miniaturist to furnish the replica.

‘It’s the journey of a girl into womanhood,’ Anya told me.

Petronella goes from initial isolation, and is able to gain confidence to ‘break out of societal confines’, she said.

It’s a big break for the young actress, now 20, who was born and raised in Buenos Aires until she was six years old.

She left school at 16 to become an actress. The Witch was her first movie. Directors have been queueing up to work with her, but a (hopefully) popular prime-time BBC costume drama will catapult her into living rooms around the world. The BBC production is being produced by British company The Forge and the American Masterpiece channel.

Anya said she grew up watching recordings of movies over and over, her favourite being Thelma & Louise. ‘There was something in the way it was shot, and I was so entrenched in the friendship of those two women,’ she told me.

She loves film sets, and studios, and the friendships that develop on location. ‘I’m into sharing the kind of nakedness of everybody,’ she said.

The TV adaptation of The Miniaturist, by John Brownlow, is based solely on Burton’s book, in which the author took a historical character and imagined her life. The real Petronella did have a doll’s-house, now in a Dutch museum.

The drama also features Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington and another RSC man, Paapa Essiedu.

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Fury over ‘airbrushed’ Cannes film festival poster

  • French media poured scorn on festival’s official poster for allegedly tampering
  • Organisers said to have airbrushed a picture of Italian acress Claudia Cardinale
  • The photograph is from 1959 of her swirling her skirt on a rooftop in Rome
  • People have questioned the need to slim down the famously sexy star 

Gareth Davies For Mailonline

The official poster for this year’s Cannes film festival sparked an outcry Wednesday over claims that Italian actress Claudia Cardinale’s thighs had been airbrushed to make them thinner.

French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with a photograph of Cardinale swirling her skirt on a Rome roof in 1959.

‘Claudia Cardinale dropped a dress size in one swirl,’ said the left-leaning Liberation, while the culture magazine Telerama questioned why it was necessary to retouch the famously sexy star when she was in her heyday.

The Cannes Film Festival's official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year
The Cannes Film Festival's official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year

The Cannes Film Festival’s official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year

Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals
Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals

Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals

‘While the poster is magnificent, the photograph has clearly and deplorably been airbrushed to thin the actress’s thighs. What a pity,’ it said.

There was a similarly hostile reaction on social media, with one Twitter user saying, ‘If even Claudia Cardinale cannot represent beauty without being retouched, we really are in trouble.’

Others bemoaned the ‘dictatorship of thinness’ or claimed that ‘Cardinale wasn’t thin enough for Cannes’.

Claire Serre-Combe, of the French women’s group Osez le feminisme! (‘Dare to be Feminist’), said it was a scandal that Cardinale who was ‘thin and magnificent in the original photo’, should have to ‘lose kilos’ for the poster.

But the festival’s director Thierry Fremaux told AFP that the poster had been ‘very well received’.

The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model's picture
The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model's picture

The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model’s picture

John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman
John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman

John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman

Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of "Effie Gray" at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014
Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of "Effie Gray" at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014

Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of “Effie Gray” at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014

The actress, now 78, said in a statement released by the festival that she was honoured to feature on the poster for its 70th anniversary year.

‘I am very happy about the choice of the photo,’ she said.

‘That dance on a roof in Rome – it reminds me of a time when I could never have imagined climbing up the red-carpeted steps of the most celebrated’ film festival in the world.

Tunisian-born Cardinale starred in some of the greatest European films of the 1960s and 1970s including Federico Fellini’s ‘8½’ and Luchino Visconti’s ‘The Leopard’.

The furore comes as Fremaux is whittling down the line-up for the festival, which runs from May 17 to 28.

Sofia Coppola’s US Civil War story ‘The Beguiled’, starring Colin Farrell as a wounded soldier who is given refuge in a girl’s boarding school, is hotly tipped to make the main competition.

Coppola’s previous hits ‘Virgin Suicides’ and ‘Marie Antoinette’ also premiered on the Croisette, and her new film comes with the starry trio of Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst.

Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa - translated to Of A Thousand Delights - in 1965
Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa - translated to Of A Thousand Delights - in 1965

Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa – translated to Of A Thousand Delights – in 1965

Fellow US indie director Todd Haynes is also among those thought to have made the cut with ‘Wonderstruck’ his time-shift story of two deaf children starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

Speculation is also swirling around ‘War Machine’, the big-budget Afghan war story starring Brad Pitt.

Matt Damon could end up being in two films at the festival, Alexander Payne’s sci-fi comedy ‘Downsizing’ and George Clooney’s new family drama ‘Suburbicon’.

There has been much talk too of a special screening of Cannes favourite David Lynch’s revival of his cult television series ‘Twin Peaks’.

There is also likely to be films from Palme d’Or winners Roman Polanski – ‘After a True Story’ starring Eva Green – and the unsparing Austrian director Michael Haneke tackling the migrant issue in ‘Happy End’, which reunites him with French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Another winner of the festival’s top prize, the Franco-Tunisian Abdellatif Kechiche (‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’) is expected to return with ‘Mektoub is Mektoub’ (Fate is Fate).

French Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius (‘The Artist’), whose film on the cinema revolutionary Jean-Luc Godard is called ‘Redoutable’, is also likely to be back this year. 

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