Cannes Travel Guide
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The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, which means film's biggest stars have descended on the French Riviera along with the crowds jostling to have a look at them. If you're in that mix and hoping for a new Facebook photo with Leo DiCaprio, check out our list of the best places to spot the A (and B) listers this year:
On May 25, Nikki Beach hold its annual Cannes party which always draws a famous crowd. Past attendees have included Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, Penelope Cruz, and Ryan Gosling.
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Leonardo DiCaprio might have said best when he compared going to Cannes to entering the helicopter scene in La Dolce Vita. "It's an insane experience," he explained. "The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking and bold filmmaking."
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This year the Cannes Film Festival, taking place through May 27 in the south of France, is serving up its annual dose of Hollywood glitz and glam in all the usual places.
The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France is a hub of A-lister activity again this year. On Saturday night the star-studded Vanity Fair and Gucci party brought out stars like Robert De Niro, Naomi Watts, and Salma Hayek, while other celebs, including Jennifer Connelly, have been spotted checking in.
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It looks like this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Festival de Sean Penn. Not only did Penn have two winning films in the fest, he was also honored at the first Cinema For Peace inaugural dinner for his charity work in Haiti.
On Saturday, This Must Be The Place, in which Sean plays an aging rock star, won the festival's prestigious Ecumenical Jury Prize. And on Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded its highest prize, the Palme d'Or, to The Tree of Life, a film by Terrence Malick which also stars Penn, along with Brad Pitt. Though the movie won top honors at the fest, there's some questions about how regular Joes (a.k.a. the rest of us) will embrace the movie, especially since it features dinosaurs, little dialog, and Sean Penn as Brad Pitt's adult son.
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We knew Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were going to have a good night in Cannes, but we didn't think it would be this good! After premiering Brad's new movie, the highly anticipated Tree of Life, at the Palais des Festivals, the couple joined a few of their celeb friends, including Naomi Campbell, at the L'Affable restaurant to celebrate.
L'Affable is a pretty affordable place when it's not Film Festival season. A prix fixe dinner menu runs 39 Euros, whereas lunch of a few courses is only 25 Euros.
Though Brad and Ange looked flawless when they arrived at the place, by the time they emerged a few hours later, he had an ear-to-ear grin and she looked completely disheveled, with messy hair, smeared make-up and glassy eyes. We're not sure what happened inside the party, but based on the looks of Brangelina, we're guessing a lot of alcohol was involved!
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing with the premieres of several new movies over the weekend, including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, but it's the parties that have people buzzing.
The weekend's biggest bash was thrown by financing group Red Granite and featured fireworks and performances by Kanye West with Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams on Carlton Beach. Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper were among the A-Listers there to dine on gourmet pasta, sushi, and canapés while sucking down free top shelf liquor.
But tonight, things will really get interesting as the fest's most anticipated film, The Tree of Life, premieres at Palais K followed by an afterparty with the film's stars, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and their significant others, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson.
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This year the star-studded event will be held at at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, and will include a formal dinner and a live auction, with proceeds benefiting amfAR.
The most talked about film at the festival will likely be Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, if for no other reason than its red carpet, featuring the movie's stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and their significant others, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. Penn has double-duty this year with a second film in competition, This Must Be the Place, too.
The Cannes Film Festival, which takes place this year on May 12- May 23, is known for welcoming the world's biggest stars, and keeping everyone else out. Cannes is open to film industry professionals and the press only, unlike most film festivals, there are no tickets available to the public for screenings and other events. Only those with accreditation (in other words industry types and journalists) are admitted to screenings and this rule is strictly enforced.
But, before you lose all hope of ever seeing a film in Cannes Film Festival, there are still a few options for us regular folks. First, Cannes does offer accreditation to film enthusiasts and educational groups through the "Cannes Cinéphiles" program. Film students and film club associations can apply for accreditation, but unfortunately the deadline has passed for this year. Registration for next year will open around February 1, 2011.
But wait, you get a third chance to see some films in Cannes, after the jump!
Once again Jaunted Flickr Pool member Chris Gold has come through with a bunch of great travel snapshots for us to sift through on this lazy Friday before Labor Day. Spotted at the Palais Club Disco in Cannes: a girl dancing barefoot on the bar. Not a very wise idea in our opinion. There could be sharp glass and sticky grenadine
and blow on that bar there. But when it's hot in Cannes, it doesn't matter.
The massive club can hold about 2,500 jetsetters. Their dress code is listed as "dressy" and this is not a cheap joint. Prepare to max out your Amex. Or get Gianfranco to foot the bill. But it does have a rooftop from where you can gaze out at the Mediterranean and escape the deeply-tanned Euros smoking cigarettes and waving their sparklers.
Sadly, if you're looking to party at the Palais, you'll have to wait until next summer. The club had its summer closing party last weekend.
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While the summer is at its peak and you're no doubt tired of chugging bottled water under the sun at tourist sites, we're going to hit some of the world's best watering holes and down their famous summer cocktails. Bottoms up!
Tyically, when you tell someone that you are headed to "Le Festival" in Cannes on the French Riviera, they assume you mean the International Film Fest that takes place every May. But Cannes sparkles all throughout the summer, not just in May, and you may head to a different "Le Festival," a restaurant and bar, to toast your good fortune at being in paradise.
Occupying an enviable position right on Le Croisette, Cannes' stretch of beach, the bar Le Festival serves up fresh grilled fish and of course a slew of desserts doused in liqueur. But darling, you'd do well to remember that you're on the French Riviera and so you simply must ask to be seated out on the expansive patio with glasses of the restaurant's signature Festival Champagne.
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Most stars dream of representing their latest film at the Cannes Film Festival and most film fans dream of watching them walk down the red carpet. Cannes is the biggest, flashiest and most decadent festival on the circuit, the place to be and be seen. If you're lucky enough to find yourself at Cannes this year, here's our list of where to stay, where to eat and what to see.