Europe Notebook

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With the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival generating worldwide headlines and buzz, Europe
has taken its annual spring turn in the entertainment spotlight. A look at some of the happenings on the Croisette and around the continent.

Sky Pays Big for Glee
Can anyone beat the buying power of Sky? The U.K. pay TV giant that recently shelled out for Mad Men, House and HBO's entire catalog snapped up the next season of Glee for $19.5 million on May 17. The series has aired on state-run Channel 4, which was "substantially" outbid by Sky, leading some to question whether the James Murdoch-led outlet is overpaying for content.

Cannes Loves The Beaver
Mel Gibson ended weeks of speculation by showing up May 17 at the Cannes screening of The Beaver. But more surprising was the reaction to the Jodie Foster drama, which generated lukewarm reviews in the U.S. but received a 10-minute standing ovation from the French audience. A few people around Foster even had tears in their eyes in response to the rapturous applause.

Awards Show Gone Wild
One organizer calls it less a talent competition than the "mother of all parties," but no one who attends the annual Eurovision Song Contest -- the campy battle of artists from 50 countries -- seems to mind. Nor do viewers. About 125 million tuned in to the May 14 broadcast from a soccer stadium in Dusseldorf, Germany -- 60 percent of 14-to-49 viewers in some countries.