CANNES WATCH: Jackson patriarch makes a splash at Cannes

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Posted: May 19, 2015 1:25 PM
CANNES WATCH: Jackson patriarch makes a splash at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Along with film stars and other top actors and directors in the industry, Cannes Film Festival red carpet premieres tend to bring out the random celebrity that makes you wonder why they're there.

On Tuesday, that distinction belonged to Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson clan.

Michael Jackson's father, wearing a maroon jacket and a fedora, showed up to the premiere of "Sicario" starring Emily Blunt with a large entourage, and may have gotten the biggest response from photographers.

He was swarmed by them and he relished the attention, lingering on the carpet for quite some time as he and his guests posed; at least one took selfies, which has been frowned upon by Cannes organizers. A couple of others briefly danced to the music blaring from the speakers.

On Monday, Paris Hilton also took her time walking down the carpet, so much so it seemed as if ushers were trying to move her along.

—By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi