WEEK AHEAD: Cameron Does Cannes
Plus: Kobe's back in court, Hugh opens his black book and more
What’s green and ugly and ready to attack France? PEOPLE finds out, and brings you other big events to watch for throughout the week:
SATURDAY, MAY 8: Hip-hop and Prince Charles, perfect together? “I’m not very familiar with the urban scene, but I do like some of the music,” he recently admitted. Good thing, since the Prince’s Trust Urban Music Festival (sponsored by the Prince’s Trust, Charles’s charity which benefits disadvantaged youth) taking over London, featuring headliners such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and British hip-hop artists including Dizzee Rascal.
SUNDAY, MAY 10: Kobe Bryant will head back to Eagle, Colo., for his arraignment, where he’ll formally declare his innocence or guilt on sexual assault charges against a 19-year-old female hotel employee at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera last June 30. The L.A. Lakers star also will face two additional days of hearings on matters of suppression and rape shield laws. State district Judge Terry Ruckriegel recently alluded to the fact that a trial date might be set for August, but it’s the various motions that have yet to be resolved that are “slowing down the process,” the judge said. Under Colorado’s speedy trial law, proceedings must get underway within six months.
TUESDAY, MAY 11: Bachelors, get thee to a bookstore. Hugh Hefner has lived a life that most men only dream of – and now the original playboy himself (who’s still living the high life at 78) is sharing his secrets in Hef’s Little Black Book. In it, the Playboy mogul writes about his much-envied exploits and gives tips on how to be the ultimate bachelor. “Basically, it’s Hef’s guide on how to score and look really good wearing silk pajamas,” cowriter Bill Zehme told the Chicago Tribune recently. “Not all of us can pull it off.” While most single guys couldn’t handle dating twins like Hef, maybe they can at least learn how to tie a dandy ascot.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12: Let the schmoozing begin. Movie folks from around the world will descend up on the French Riviera when the Cannes Film Festival begins its 12 days of fun in the sun and star-gazing (it wraps up on May 23). Cameron Diaz, who’s lending her voice to Shrek 2, will be among the stars representing big Hollywood films. And Kill Bill 2 auteur Quentin Tarantino, whose film will be screened at Cannes, is heading the festival jury to help decide who wins the coveted top prize, the Palme d’Or. Not so happy are some French actors and technicians, who plan to protest the festival over cuts to their unemployment benefits.
THURSDAY, MAY 13: First Sex and the City said au revoir. Then Friends abandoned Central Perk. And now after 11 years of urbane wit – and a record-setting 31 Emmys – Frasier is signing off. How will things end for imperious brothers Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce), quirky Daphne (Jane Leeves,) gruff Martin (John Mahoney) and no-nonsense Roz (Peri Gilpin)? Will luckless-in-love Frasier end up with his soulmate? Leeves, whose Daphne will give birth to Niles’s baby in the two-hour finale, told PEOPLE that the way things wrap up is “beautiful and unexpected. It’s nice to see everybody go off into their futures.” To rev up for the finale, Dateline will feature a special Frasier-dedicated show on Tuesday, May 11.