huppert 258x300 CANNES CATFIGHT, PART TROIS (OR THREE)The radio gossips in Paris are not being kind to Isabelle Huppert after her debacle in Cannes.

First of all, the talk is that the rest of the jury “hated” her. Yes, we know, we’ve heard that over and over.

But it’s worse: Huppert is also being accused of playing favorites like crazy. While the rest of the jury wanted “A Prophet” to win the Palme d’Or, Huppert, they say, pushed Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” until it won.

The reason? Huppert’s greatest success came in 2001 at Cannes for her performance in Haneke’s “The Pianist.” She won Best Actress by acclaim. The film won, and so did Haneke.

“Sacre bleu” means “oy vey” in French, you know.

Not only that: Apparently Huppert wanted to play the Diane Kruger role of the movie star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Sources say she went to the German set and talked to Tarantino, but things didn’t work out.

Who knows what role that incident played in the final voting? (And no, this item did not come from that movie’s studio!)

And: we did wonder where festival chief Gilles Jacob was on the closing night. Thierry Fremaux stood at the top of the stairs with the mayor of Cannes, with no Jacob in sight. There’s an unconfirmed rumor going around that the white-haired director was struck by a car on Sunday and was bruised badly enough to skip the proceedings. Said one French waguette: “Maybe he was trying to commit suicide after having to deal with Huppert.”

Catch up on Parts Un and Deux of Cannes Catfight.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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