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Cannes International Film Festival 2012
Originally posted 06/03/2012 11:00AM
You don't need to be on the red carpet to cause a sensation in Cannes.
Milla Jovovich was the talk of the Hotel Martinez when she posed for PEOPLE on the steps of the luxury hotel's spiral staircase.
Built in 1929, the Martinez is one of the palatial hotels lining the Croisette, the famous waterfront promenade in Cannes.
Originally posted 05/31/2012 05:35PM
They were one of the hottest casts to walk the red carpet this year in Cannes. The stars of the western crime drama Lawless gathered for a special PEOPLE shoot, right after their big moment on the steps of the Palais de Festivals on May 19.
Shot steps from the Palais at the Baoli Beach Club before their after-party, the cast includes Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke, Shia LaBeouf (who brought his mother as his date), Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy and Dane DeHaan.
The close-knit cast toasted each other and Chastain, a red carpet mainstay this year, who was on the cover of French magazine Gala. When Hardy held up the magazine vertically, pretending that Chastain was a centerfold, the group burst out laughing.
Festival veteran Wasikowska says, "It's always so great here. It's like Hollywood on overload!"
Originally posted 05/28/2012 06:00AM
Zac Efron spends most of his time barely dressed in the movie Paperboy, but he was fully clothed – and ever so dapper – when he made it out to the afterparty in celebration of his film.
The bash, hosted by Ciroc Vodka and skincare line Erno Laszlo, was also attended by costars Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey, along with Kidman's hubby Keith Urban and Reese Witherspoon. And guests were treated to elegant affair, despite the gritty nature of the movie being honored.
The event was held in a white lily-filled vintage lounge on Carlton Beach in Cannes, where guests sipped vodka and noshed on "every flavor of macaroons," according to a party-goer.
Originally posted 05/26/2012 10:15AM
She endured a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles, but you'd never know it when a pregnant Reese Witherspoon showed up at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday in a form-fitting black jersey dress that showed off her bump.
Witherspoon, who also wore dangling diamond earrings and sky-high fuchsia stilettos, flew to Cannes with her husband Jim Toth to promote her new movie, Mud, which premieres Saturday at the festival.
The actress's presence at Cannes while pregnant was all the more surprising given what a small role she has in Mud.
Originally posted 05/25/2012 11:00AM
Before director David Cronenberg's new movie about a young, rich financier, Cosmopolis, was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival, its star, Robert Pattinson, did a little revelation of his own – though, apparently, not as much as his director had requested.
In an interview for Metro France that quickly got picked up around the festival, the Twilight star, 26, was quoted as saying, "Five minutes before we filmed, David told me, 'I want to see the bottom of your balls on the top of the frame.' At the moment, I reminded myself that I would do anything for him. So I went back to see him and told him that wouldn't happen."
And how did the filmmaker of The Fly, Scanner, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method react to his leading man's decision?
Originally posted 05/24/2012 04:15PM
Zac Efron is showing some skin – a lot of it, in fact – in his new film The Paperboy, which just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
"He was in his underwear half the time," said singer Macy Gray, who plays a maid and narrates the movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman as what one Cannes reviewer described as "an oversexed Barbie."
The movie, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious), is set in Florida in 1969 amid racial strife. Efron is 20-year-old Jack, the younger brother of a journalist (played by Matthew McConaughey) who has come back to his family's small town to investigate whether a man was wrongly condemned to death row. Kidman's character is fixated on the inmate.
In one early scene, Kidman tears off her pantyhose and has an orgasm while visiting the prisoner (played by John Cusack) on death row. Later, her character urinates on Efron on a beach after he is stung by jellyfish.
Originally posted 05/24/2012 11:10AM
When in Rome ... or rather, Cannes.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson absorbed the romance of the French Riviera on Wednesday, sharing a kiss after a screening of Stewart's film On the Road at the Cannes Film Festival.
Finding time for a private moment together, Stewart, 22, leaned in to Pattinson, 26, and he kissed her forehead.
On the Road is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1950s novel, and Stewart plays the main character Dean Moriarty's wife Marylou.
– Tim Nudd
Originally posted 05/24/2012 10:40AM
Kim Kardashian is usually the one in the spotlight, but she played an affectionate supporting role Wednesday at the premiere of boyfriend Kanye West's experimental film in Cannes.
West, 34, and Kardashian, 31, were among the first to arrive at the tented pyramid on Palm Beach for the screening of Cruel Summer, an immersive video experience with screens on all sides of the audience. As they posed for photos, the wind caught Kardashian's hair, and West gently smoothed it back into place.
The reality star, in a glittering mini dress and black booties and with slicked-back hair, was quietly adoring of West all night, sharing moments with him and helping to welcome friends including Jay-Z. As the film wrapped, she leaned over and whispered smilingly into West's ear and heartily joined in the standing ovation he was given.
She seemed relaxed, though quiet, at the afterparty, happily nuzzling against West and letting him have his moment to shine.
– Mary Green
Originally posted 05/23/2012 11:30AM
After attending the premiere of his movie Killing Them Softly at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday, Brad Pitt hosted an intimate party at Villa St. George that evening for close friends and people who were involved with the film.
About 100 people attended the soiree, which was sponsored by Johnny Walker Blue Label. Celebrities like Diddy, Kylie Minogue, Chris Tucker and Ray Liotta partied until the wee hours of the morning.
The party felt almost like a pre-bachelor party for the newly engaged Pitt, with refreshments including cigars and £250 bottles of Johnnie Walker whiskey.
Towards the end of the evening, Pitt's friend Diddy shared a celebratory drink with the actor over his engagement to Angelina Jolie, before inviting the entire party back to his yacht.
– Liz Raftery
Originally posted 05/22/2012 08:40AM
Angelina Jolie wasn't by his side to promote his new film at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but that didn't stop Brad Pitt from sharing details about his bride-to-be.
Their long-awaited engagement was "something that made sense," he told reporters Tuesday on the French Riviera as he helped promote his new gangster film, Killing Them Softly.
In response to rumors that the couple, who have been together since 2005, are tying the knot in August, Pitt, 48, added, "We have no date at all right now – there is no date. We're still hoping for marriage equality in the States before we [get married.].
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