Star Tracks

updated 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Custard and crème de la crème
The highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival were Genuine American Big Time Movie Star Clint Eastwood and his new Western, Pale Rider. The sidelights included French director Jean-Luc Godard (left) and Harrison Ford (right, dining with Princess Caroline). Godard got a pie in the face from a critic of the director's new film, Detective. Ford, at a rare press conference appearance, answered reporters' questions about Indiana Jones, Witness and his new short haircut. Was it for a new film role? "No," said Ford, "it was just a simple mistake."

Bird watching
When the Queen Mother visited the RAF base in Scampton, England, everyone—including mascot Frederick the Pelican—turned out on parade. "What a wonderful bird," trilled the Queen Mum. Less thrilled was keeper Richard Hill, whose suit was soiled by his charge. Yet Hill was understanding of his feathered friend's faux pas. "Fred just got overexcited," he explained.

Swiss family rock stars
Let's face it: Rock stars don't travel to Switzerland for the down-home funk. So just why did two dozen of rock's elite—including Huey Lewis and the News, Kenny Loggins, Sting, Duran Duran, Culture Club, the Pointer Sisters and Men at Work—travel thousands of miles to the land of snow and cheese? For the chance to be part of something called the Montreux Rock Festival, which was basically an excuse to tape a TV special that will be syndicated around the world during the next three months. Most of the rockers lip-synched, and audiences for the four-day event were limited to 2,500 per show. "This is the longest I've ever traveled just to go on stage for 10 minutes and mime my music," said Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool and the Gang, who was in Montreux for less than 24 hours. "But I'd fly even farther to reach an audience of 500 million people." Said bassist John lllsley of Dire Straits, "It's the chic place to come because we all realize that television is the master." Noted one observer, "It's a long way from Altamont."

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