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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.
Add Gerard Butler to the list of the beautiful people celebrities who have spent the last week in the South of France. Butler got a little R & R in this weekend after spending much of last week at the Cannes Film Festival, airkissing actresses and slathering on suntan oil.
Thursday night, Gerry suited up for the annual amfAR Cinema Against Aids gala at the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc in Cap Antibes, France, where Lady Gaga performed after her own romp on a yacht just off the coast. When asked about his lifestyle at the event, he relied, “I’m not exactly Mr. Values. Life is about enjoying yourself and that’s what I do.” We couldn't agree more!
There are some things you can always count on, the sun will rise, the tides will change, and Lindsay Lohan will be surrounded by some kind of drama. In this week's incident, Lindsay, who is in France promoting her latest role as porn star Linda Loveless at the Cannes Film Festival, reported her passport stolen. But, she never bothered to request a new one which meant she was turned away from her flight back to the U.S. on Tuesday.
According to the U.S. Embassy, Lindsay faxed a copy of her passport to their Paris embassy but had not officially requested a new one which involves all sorts of paperwork and red tape.
It’s the timing of the incident that has some people raising an eyebrow over Lindsay's story. The actress was scheduled to be in a Los Angles court on Thursday morning but couldn’t get out of France to make the mandatory hearing. She was suppose to give a "progress report" on her probation from her prior arrests on drug and alcohol charges.
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!
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Please welcome our favorite super world travelers back onto the scene. Tuesday night in Antibes, France, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a romantic dinner at Michelangelo's restaurant. The two are in town while Brad promotes Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds at the Cannes Film Festival.
The restaurant, located about seven miles outside of Cannes, is known for serving a variety of Mediterranean cuisines and being a nice dinner escape for celebs at Cannes. Last night's entree came with more than just a dose of Brangelina; Twilight star Robert Pattinson also made an appearance at Michelango’s, although he was a third wheel, dining with Emile Hirsh and his girlfriend.
In other date night news, The new Captain Kirk, Chirs Pine, was spotted out with Audrina Patridge at the Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA. The two are reportedly dating, or at least Chris wishes they were dating. The Red Lion is known for their extensive selection of German beer so maybe he can blame it on the alcohol and move on before he ends up a special guest star on The Hills.
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