Monday, April 15, 2024

Cannes Celebs From Cate Blanchett to Penelope Cruz Are All Over Town


Thursday, date 2 of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The stars spent the day fanning out all over town. At night, the hottest crowd descended on the famed Hotel Martinez for a gathering sponsored by Chopard jewelry. (So far no robberies but the festival is young!)

Two double Oscar winners arrived in stunning gowns and chatted each other up: Cate Blanchett and Jane Fonda are in a very small club. A glowing Blanchett had presented young actor’s breakthrough awards to Logan Lerman and to Adèle Exarchopoulos. She joined Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz afterward for a private dinner. Blanchett is a mensch, you know: she delayed leaving for the dinner so she could be introduced to some of my colleagues and friends from Variety, which sponsored the event.

Also dropping by the Chopard party were newly minted Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and director Sofia Coppola, the latter is on the main jury this year.

Oscar winner Penelope, by the way, can’t stick around Cannes long. She starts shooting “MaMa” in Madrid on Monday, her first new movie in some time after having two children with Oscar winner husband Javier Bardem. Doesn’t she want to get back to work? “Not really,” the great beauty sighed. “The boys are just 9 months and 3 years old.” Apparently she doesn’t know they’re old enough to take care of themselves!

Meanwhile, lunch time at the Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes is already bubbling. On Thursday, “Hercules” director and new film financier Brett Ratner dined with Revlon chief Ronald Perelman. (The latter had to cut the size of his yacht party Thursday night, I’m told, per the captain, or risk sinking. Not the case ever with Paul Allen’s yacht!)

Vanity Fair supremo editor Graydon Carter commanded his own table, while producer-multi hyphenate Charles Finch sized up the terrace for his annual all star soiree-hot ticket celebrating Cannes tonight (Friday).

What’s anticipated: Harvey Weinstein’s annual presentation of clips from forthcoming movies. And Prince putting on a show, maybe, possibly. There’s also a lot of buzz about Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” which will screen at 9pm (changed from Midnight) on Saturday. That’s the thinly veiled “DSK” movie with Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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