Correction: France-Cannes Notebook story

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Posted: May 25, 2013 8:22 PM
Correction: France-Cannes Notebook story

CANNES, France (AP) — In a May 24 Cannes Notebook item about jewelry at the Cannes Film Festival, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Swavorski earrings Milla Jovovich wore cost $321,000. They cost $321.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival

At the Cannes Film Festival: Swavorski not worried about thefts, Baldwin criticizes press

By The Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:


There have been two high-profile jewelry thefts during the Cannes Film Festival, but the team from Swavorski, which is providing baubles for stars to wear on the red carpet, isn't too worried about its inventory here.

"Our position is not as high as Chopard," said Xavier Hottinger, a rep for Swarvoski on Thursday. "They (just) look like precious stones."

Swavorski has been lending and in some cases gifting celebrities with some of its famous crystal designs at the festival for more than a decade. Stars, or their stylists, have come into the famed crystal jeweler's luxurious white hotel suite during the festival to borrow items, including rings, earrings, necklaces and clutches.

This week, some of the stars who wore Swavorski included Frieda Pinto and Milla Jovovich. The dark grey earrings Jovovich wore on one red carpet cost about $321, said Hottinger.

That's nothing compared to the diamond jewelry that Chopard stocks.

"To steal $1 million worth of Swavorski products, you would have to steal a trunk," he said.

Thieves stole about $1 million worth of jewels from Chopard after ripping a safe from a wall of a hotel room in Cannes last week, shortly after the festival began. The jewelry was stolen from a Novetel hotel room of an employee of the Swiss-based watch and jewelry maker.

A second theft was reported this week nearby Cannes at a posh resort in Cap D'Antibes.

Hottinger said Swavorski felt safe at the heavily guarded Martinez hotel, which is on the Croisette, the main strip in Cannes for the festival and where several stars are staying. It's also where Chopard has its official suite, which was not burglarized.

Unlike other more expensive jewelry brands that lend for red-carpet events, Swavorski doesn't use bodyguards to monitor the stars who borrow their items, which likely makes them feel more comfortable, Hottinger said.

"They have freedom, so they can go to a party without worrying," he said.

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Alec Baldwin did the publicity tour at the Cannes Film Festival for documentary "Seduced & Abandoned," but he recommends other stars be publicity-shy if they want to maintain their careers.

"Those people now who survive, like you look at Leo (DiCaprio), or you look at Russell Crowe or anybody who really is at the top of the pile, they avoid the press as much as possible," he said during an interview earlier this week.

"Half the press you deal with are malicious and out to destroy you, and they want to trip you, and when you fall down the stairs they want to cheer — they cheer when you fall down the stairs, and that's a very, very, very haunting reality for someone in my position to deal with and for anybody," said Baldwin, who has had several tangles with the press. "The way that you survive is you stay away from the press. You don't see Leonardo DiCaprio go on (David) Letterman. He does as much of that as he needs to and then he'll avoid that like it's a disease. It's terrible."

Baldwin also had harsh words for movie studios, assigning them blame for Lindsay Lohan's downward spiral.

"One minute Lindsay Lohan was one of the most promising young actors of her generation. . She was an enormously talented actor: Now she's a punch line, and it's sad, because I know her ... she was a wonderfully talented girl," he said. "Well, the company that did both those things, the company that developed her talent, is the same company that assassinated her in public. So that's the problem. . Not only do you not have a studio which mentors you, that cares for you, no one cares for you anymore, no one takes care of you anymore. "

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Cannes has been the birthplace of many a star, and the latest candidate to shine is Marine Vacth, who plays a teenager confronting the complexities of adolescent sexuality in Francois Ozon's "Young and Beautiful" ("Jeune et Jolie"), in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 23-year-old French model says that she's relishing her time at the festival.

"Yeah, this is great - to come with all the crew and to continue that story like that, to show the movie to so many people and the fact that people enjoyed it and loved it apparently, and this is curious also at the same time. This is several things. It is not white or black," she explained.

Vacth fully lives up to the film's title as Isabelle, a 17-year-old the film follows across four seasons — from a fleeting summer fling to work as an emotionally detached Parisian prostitute.

It's an enigmatic character study, with frequent nudity and plenty of sex.

"This is something really different. I was a character so I knew that it was part of the character and I had to trust him (the director) and I trusted his regard — the way he looks at her and the way he follows her," she said. "The crew was really reduced. It was funny, it was light, it was simple."

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