Cannes Film Festival

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Hot French Actresses You Need To Know

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As the annual Cannes Film Festival gets underway, gorgeous actresses are arriving to screenings and parties in their finest. While we can expect to see our American red carpet regulars, like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson, we’ll also be exposed to silver screen beauties of the French persuasion, like Roxane Mesquida, Aissa Maiga, and Virginie Ledoyen. This year, instead of moving along to the familiar faces, let’s take a minute to appreciate the “tres belle” ladies de France. Here are some of our favorite Frenchies on recent Cannes red carpets. [Photos: Getty Images]

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Eva Longoria Parker Loves Her Jumpsuit

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Eva Longoria Parker is a big fan of the one piece jumspuit. Eva arrived at the Nice airport yesterday in a cream jumpsuit paired with heels and her bright pink Hermes Birkin bag, and then later changed into an all black one-piece at night to party at Baoli club in Cannes with hubby Tony Parker. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Mariah Carey Is So Precious

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Clad in purple, Mariah Carey arrives at the Nice airport sans hubby Nick Cannon, who recently took to his blog to defend his wife against insults made by her rumored former lover Eminem. Mariah is in town to join co-stars such as Lenny Kravitz at the Palais de Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival today for her film Precious, in which Mariah plays a social worker trying to help an illiterate New York teenager who is pregnant with her father’s baby. Precious is a contender in the Un Certain Regard competition, which recognizes unusual and original films. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Cannes Starts On The Up

The yachts have pulled up, celebrities have started arriving, and with the hot fashion, positive reviews, and an overjoyed audience at the Up premiere (including Asia Argento, Giovanni Ribisi, Robin Wright Penn and Tilda Swinton), the 62nd Cannes Film Festival is off to a great start.

“It’s a terrific family adventure,” The Guardian said. The loud cheers from the typically critical and vocal Cannes audience also echoed the positive response to the animated Pixar film. As the audience watched through colored 3D glasses, there was nothing but clapping and whistling to be heard. Cannes is off to a great start! Check out our gallery of the Up premiere!

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Style Wars: Elizabeth Banks Vs. Aishwarya Rai

This Style War pits a Hollywood sex symbol against a Bollywood beauty. Both Elizabeth Banks (Spider Man, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Aishwarya Rai (dozens of credits, not to mention a Miss World title) wore formal gowns to the Up premiere that showed a lot of skin at the top and none below the hips. (Blame it on the trains!) Hollywood definitely scores a point with that sexy red-hot color. But Bollywood’s Rai, wrapped in sophisticated white, is not known as The World’s Most Beautiful Woman for nothing. Who looked hotter?

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Films Making Buzz At Cannes

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Cannes Film Festival is an opportunity for industry insiders (and a few lucky hangers-on) to preview some of the year’s most anticipated films. The screenings of 2009 include Heath Ledger‘s final onscreen appearance, a Quentin Tarantino nazi flick, and a visually stunning Pixar comedy.

Here are the films the South of France is buzzing about, some of which will battle it out for The Palm D’Or.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Director Terry Gilliam‘s tale of a traveling theater troupe has received much unpredicted build-up, due to the passing of Heath Ledger during production. Three A-list actors stepped in to fill his role: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. We’ll see it just to figure out how that plays out.

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Inglourious Basterds

Cannes sweetheart Quentin Tarantino returns with a violent (surprising?) film set in WWII. Brad Pitt leads a group of American “basterds,” whose mission is to intimidate the Third Reich.

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A Cannes Jury To Kill For

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This year’s Cannes jury doesn’t run low on glamor. Headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert, the panel includes Asia Argento (found in everything from NC-17 art flicks to Vin Diesel‘s XXX), Robin Wright Penn, and Shu Qi from The Transporter among the international coterie of performers and directors. If their appearance at the festival-opening screening of Up is any indication, we should see them in plenty of beautiful outfits before they pick the Palme d’Or.

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Yachts Arrive, Preparations Begin For 62nd Cannes Film Festival

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Despite a floundering economy, luxury yachts have started pulling up in the French Riviera and lavish preparations for the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival have begun. The red carpet is rolled out and helium balloons are floating over the Mediterranean at the Palais de Festival as the festival kicks off with the opening of the Pixar film Up.  Check out our gallery of Cannes kicking off! [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Banned Chinese Director Enters Film At Cannes

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Lou Ye may look like a regular happy guy in the above photo, but Lou is actually a ferocious rebel. He is set to defy authorities by entering his film Spring Fever at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival despite a ban by the Chinese government. The Chinese director was slapped with a five year ban on filmmaking after screening a Tiananmen-based love story in Cannes in 2006 without official permission.

Lou was banned from making films by the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television for his film, Summer Palace.  Lou’s producer pal Nai An insisted that Lou and his associates want no trouble with their banned film. “But all we want to do is make films, we don’t want to cause any problems,” she said. [Source: Guardian; Photo: Getty Images]

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Quentin Tarantino Wears High Heels, Talks Cannes

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Quentin Tarantino put on his fiercest pair of high heels, grabbed a purse, and posed for this semi-creepy photo for the New York Times. In the article “The Call Back: Quentin Tarantino,” Quentin talks about his love affair with the Cannes Film Festival.

On when he was first aware of the Cannes Film Festival:
As a film enthusiast growing up in Los Angeles, I’ll say by 13, 14, I already knew about Cannes.

What was the screening like of ‘‘Pulp Fiction,’’ which won the Palme d’Or?
It certainly wasn’t, Oh, they’re going to win this, this is obviously the movie of its time. The violence was not 100 percent accepted, and there were some boos at the end. They were reacting against the idea that this could be considered art.

Who was the head of the jury? Clint Eastwood. And the second head of the jury was Catherine Deneuve. I think of her as the queen of France.

You were the head of the jury in 2004. Whom did you award the Palme d’or? “Farenheit 9/11″ [Photos: Jean-Baptiste Mondino]

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