Sun, Sand and Lots of Glam French Bliss
MEET THE MUTANTS!
DANIA RAMIREZ, 25 (Callisto)
BEN FOSTER, 25 (Angel)
ELLEN PAGE, 19 (Shadowcat)
AARON STANFORD, 29 (Pyro)
ANNA PAQUIN, 23 (Rogue)
SHAWN ASHMORE, 26 (Iceman)
In X-Men: The Last Stand they fly, throw flames and walk through walls, but Cannes left the movie's junior superheros a little flummoxed. "You have to keep reminding yourself this is real," said Foster, as the costars struck a pose for PEOPLE. "The amount of glamour is staggering." Not that this gang seemed to have any problems fitting right in (though Paquin, dressed in Prada, did admit, "Normally I'm a sneakers kind of girl"). Hopping from yacht party to yacht party, "it's been a bit of a whirlwind," said Stanford. Added Ramirez: "But who needs sleep when you're in Cannes? I'm like, 'Isn't that why I have a makeup artist?'"
CANNES BY THE NUMBERS
Number of visitors in town for the festival.
Cost of one night in a panoramic suite at the historic seafront Carlton Hotel (where Hugh Jackman stayed).
Daily rental price of a seafront cabana at the out-of-town Hôtel du Cap, where Bruce Willis and friends hung out. That's on top of room prices: Suites start at $1,350.
Length of the Big Eagle yacht, site of parties, including the Weinstein Company's big bash. Only slippers allowed (heels damage the teak deck)—so Sarah Michelle Gellar declined to board: "I don't do no shoes."
Cost of a day's rental of a prime-position beach chair at Z-Plage, a private club along the seafront Croisette.
Black-tie policy for evening screenings. Photographers included. Offenders—such as men not wearing bow ties—are turned away by inspectors before they hit the red carpet (exceptions made only for movie stars).
Filming the musical Dreamgirls this spring took a lot out of Beyoncé Knowles: 20 lbs. to be exact. At a Cannes preview of the film, due out in December, Knowles said she shed the weight to chronicle the journey of her character Deena Jones, lead singer of a Supremes-like girl group. "I wanted it to be something more than just makeup and hair. I wanted to see the change." Knowles (in a dress designed by mom Tina) said she was inspired by Tom Hanks's drastic weight loss in 2000's Cast Away: "He did it all the way, so I said, I can do it all the way!"
HIP HIP SOIREE!
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