CANNES WATCH: Watts into feathers; Coens not into TV

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Posted: May 13, 2015 8:49 PM
CANNES WATCH: Watts into feathers; Coens not into TV

CANNES, France (AP) — Premieres, parties, pretty people and paparazzi. All come together at the annual Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. Associated Press journalists are in the mix, too, and here's what they've been reporting:



Feathers helped the Cannes Film Festival take flight on the opening-night red carpet.

Naomi Watts, who appears in Gus van Sant's festival entry "The Sea of Trees," wore a powder blue gown from Elie Saab Couture's spring-summer 2015 collection, its top festooned with sequins and pearls above a flowing feathered skirt.

Not to be outdone, Julianne Moore wore a silk gauze column dress by Georgio Armani Prive, adorned with aqua and black Swarovski embroidery and paired with a black feathered top.

The flame-haired actress, who won Cannes' best-actress prize last year for "Maps to the Stars," offset the look with bold emerald earrings.

Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller also walked the Riviera red carpet ahead of Wednesday's gala screening of Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall."

—By Jill Lawless,



Don't ask the Coen brothers about TV. They're not watching.

Joel and Ethan Coen are presidents of the jury that will decide the Cannes Film Festival top honor, the Palme d'Or. Introducing their jury, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaking brothers confessed Wednesday they remain outsiders to the much-celebrated rise of TV dramas.

"It's not that I don't like TV," said Ethan Coen. "It's alien to me. I haven't watched a television show in decades."

Joel suggested he was no less familiar, despite his wife, Frances McDormand, recently starring in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." ''You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

The Coens' 1996 film "Fargo" was turned into the FX series, but with little input from them.

On the increase of new digital avenues like Netflix for movie watching, Joel wasn't much more enthusiastic.

"How do we feel about people watching 'Lawrence of Arabia' on their iPhone?" he said, archly rephrasing a more general question about digital media. "There's something special about sitting with a big crowd of people watching a movie on a big 80-foot screen."

—By Jake Coyle,



French acting icon Catherine Deneuve is a cinema supernova. And she says they don't make stars like they used to.

Deneuve told reporters in Cannes Wednesday that glamour needs mystery, and that's hard to achieve now that social media has blurred the boundary between private and public.

Deneuve said the all-revealing nature of celebrity culture doesn't "let people dream anymore" about celebrities.

"The private lives of actors and actresses are displayed around the globe," she said. "People even post up their own private photos on these social networks, and I find that a pity.

"That isn't conducive to dreams."

Deneuve's message fits with the mood of a Cannes festival that is trying to eradicate selfies — another symbol of our oversharing age — from the red carpet.

Deneuve made her Cannes debut in 1964 in multicolored musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." The 71-year-old star plays a family-court judge trying to tame a teenage tearaway in this year's festival opener, Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall."

The 68th Cannes Film Festival runs to May 24.

—By Jill Lawless,


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