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'White Ribbon,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' shine at Cannes

Austrian director Michael Haneke's somber drama The White Ribbon claimed the Palme d'Or on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, where Quentin Tarantino and Lars von Trier entries earned the acting honors.

It was a big night for Austria, whose triumphs included Christoph Waltz as best actor for Tarantino's World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Charlotte Gainsbourg won the best-actress honor for von Trier's Antichrist, a film that riled and repelled many Cannes viewers with its explicit images of physical abuse involving a grieving couple.

Haneke addressed his wife as he accepted his award, saying "happiness is very rare."

The White Ribbon examines themes of communal guilt, distrust and punishment among residents of a small German town besieged by tragedies and strange occurrences as World War I approaches.

Susan Boyle sings again

Singing sensation Susan Boyle, 47, made a new TV appearance Sunday, showcasing once again her soaring voice - but refusing to compromise on the frumpy look that made her an Internet sensation. The shy church volunteer gave a rousing but slightly nervous performance on Britain's Got Talent, with the song "Memory" from Cats.

Birthdays

Director-Muppetteer Frank Oz, 65 Singer Klaus Meine, 61 Actress Patti D'Arbanville , 58 Actress Connie Sellecca , 54 Singer-guitarist Paul Weller , 51 Actor-comedian Mike Myers , is 46 Actress Anne Heche , 40 Actor Jamie Kennedy , 39 Singer Lauryn Hill , 34

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