Why so glum about the Royal Wedding?

Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Royal Wedding is a good thing for London tourism. But I’ve just seen interviews with USA press in London and they don’t get why the people on the street don’t seem that bothered by it all. What they don’t get is that the UK is in a recession, one which the USA paid its way out of. Prime Minister David Cameron is cutting funding for libraries, schools, arts, leisure, National Health services, et al. The English people are fed up of it all especially when they see privileged Royalty living it up with the best wedding in the world paid for by tax payers money. Okay, the wedding is paid for by the family but where did they get their money from? Hello!!! And the people are paying for security.

Prince William is well liked because of his humanitarian efforts and that’s cool. But please USA anchors, stop saying the English are quiet because of some mythic “English reserve” (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John are all English. Are they reserved?) when the reality is that we are suffering from Cameron’s “cuts, cuts, cuts.”

Of course I’m going to have a “jolly good time” down in London and party like the non-reserved Brit I am…oh and interview, report and take photos. I think it will be a lot of fun. The English know how to party.

Read my Vox Pop on Yahoo’s Royal Wedding Blog.

Photos by Ginger Liu

Big name competition at Cannes

The 64th Cannes Film Festival competition line up has been announced and includes famous auteurs Pedro Almodovar, Lars Von Trier and Terrence Malick.

The full competition line up below for the festival starting May 11 – 22.

Competition:

“La Piel Que Habito” (The Skin that I Live In), directed by Pedro Almodovar
“L’Apollonide,” directed by Bertrand Bonello
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
“Footnote,” directed by Joseph Cedar
“Ichimei” (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), directed by Takashi Miike
“Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki
“Hanezu No Tsuki,” directed by Naomi Kawase
“The Kid With The Bike,” directed by Dardenne Brothers
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars Von Trier
“Michael,” directed by Markus Schleinzer (first film)
“Once Upon A Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Parter,” directed by Alain Cavalier
“Polisse,” directed by Maiwenn
“Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Julia Leigh
“La source des femmes,” directed by Radu Mihaileanu
“This Must Be The Place,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“We Have a Pope,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“We Need To Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay

Out of Competition:

“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“La conquête,” directed by Xavier Durringer
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall

(Midnight Screenings):
“Wu Xia,” directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
“Dias de Gracia,” directed by Everado Gout (first film)

(Special Screenings):
“Labrador,” directed by Frederikke Aspöck (first film)
“Le maître des forges de l’enfer,” directed by Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” directed by Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” directed by Christian Rouaud

Un Certain Regard:

“Bonsaï,” directed by Christian Jimenez
“The Day He Arrives,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo
“Et maintenant, on va où ?,” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” directed Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin
“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro,” directed by Robert Guédiguian
“Restless,” directed by Gus Van Sant
“Skoonheid,” directed by Oliver Hermanus
“Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo
“Arirang,” directed by Kim Ki-Duk
“Toomelah,” directed by Ivan Sen
“Oslo,” August 31st,” directed by Joachim Trier
“L’Exercice de L’Etat,” directed by Pierre Schoeller
“Trabalhar Cansa,” directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra (first film)
“Miss Bala,” directed by Gerardo Naranjo
“Loverboy,” directed by Catalin Mitulescu

“Yellow Sea,” directed by Na Hong-jin

Thanks to Indiewire

Ginger Liu Examiner

Animal Aid protests fall on deaf ears outside the Grand National

Animal Aid protests fall on deaf ears at the exit of Aintree train station. Two horses, Ornais and Dooneys Gate, collapse and die during the race.

According to Animal Aid, 31 horses have been killed at the 3-day event from 2000 to 2010.

GLIU photography

Spectators make their way to the Grand National

Spectators make their way from Aintree train station to the Grand National

GLIU photography