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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 2

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 2

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

In this edition of Cannes, the crew from "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" did a round of interviews at the Hotel du Cap outside of Cannes. There were also a round of parties and official-like pictures from press conferences. The parties were a bit of a bore, generally, this year, so, much of this iPOP comes from sources other than the usual bash (yes, we have our sources). Not to dis all the parties though. We thoroughly enjoyed the soirees for "Last Days," Focus Features, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and MTV. Some of the parties for the most hyped Cannes premieres, however, were rather a yawn.










Actor Val Kilmer joined the rest of the "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" team in Cannes to promote their film. Kilmer, along with co-stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Michelle Monoghan as well as writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver did round-table interviews (Kilmer is here chatting with various journalists at the table) at the Hotel du Cap, outside of Cannes - definitely not a bad place to have to work.


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"Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" screenwriter/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver at the Hotel du Cap during the festival. Their film screened out of competition at the Festival de Cannes.


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Also hanging outside the Hotel du Cap property were the paparazzi (with the blue Mediterranean in the background), angling their lenses at the celebs having lunch on the deck. When we moved within range, the photog's heads would look stir because we were clearly in "the way" of their shots.


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This little beauty was anchored off-shore of the Hotel du Cap as we were attending the "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" interviews. At one point, the yacht's helicopter was making quite a racket as it was landing on deck, prompting Val Kilmer to jump up from his seat in the middle of an interview, and opening the door to yell out jokingly, "Five more minutes boys, Michelle [Monoghan] and I will be there in Five Minutes! Cut out the noise!" Of course, everyone laughed. It was quite funny. One person told us that the yacht belonged to Microsoft's Paul Allen, while another said it belonged to Harrods/Ritz Paris mogul Mohammed al-Fayed. Whoever it belongs to, it must be nice.


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The crew from "Flyboys," a WWI feature directed by Tony Bill (back on right) came out to the Majestic pier during Cannes for some shots. Also in the pic (left to right) are producer Dean Devlin, stars Jennifer Decker and David Ellison and a Lions Gate exec in back. The film is slated for 2006.


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Actor Matt Dillon turned up at the Focus Features party, one of the most fun ones we attended at this year's Cannes. Dillon stars in Directors Fortnight film, "Factotum," directed by Bent Hamer (center). Also hanging at the Focus party was iPOP fav, Jack Turner.


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"Don't Come Knocking" (Wim Wenders) cast members Fairuza Balk and Gabriel Mann posed together for an informal pic during a Sony Pictures Classics lunch Thursday for the film.


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Sarah Polley, in mid-conversation at the "Don't Come Knocking" lunch.


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Also at the lunch Thursday were the crew from "Junebug," another Sony Classics release. Pictured are Sony Classics co-president, Michael Barker, director Phil Morrison, and star Benjamin McKenzie (of "O.C." fame). The film played in the International Critics Week section in Cannes.


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The director and cast members of competition film "Three Times," had their press conference Friday afternoon at the Palais de Festivals. Pictured are (left to right): star Shu Qi, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien and actor Chang Chen.


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Also prior to their own press conference in the Palais earlier in the week are director Michael Haneke (center) and Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil for their film, "Caché." The film, picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at the festival, was absolutely loved by some, and even loathed by others. One Palestinian journalist had the audience nervously chuckling when he went off on how much he loved the film at the press conference.


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Actor Morgan Freeman hands the winnings over to Festival Consulting Group's Mitch Levine, during the party for the Dubai International Film Festival last week, on the beach in Cannes. The prize includes two round-trip tickets to Dubai during the festival, held in June and hotel. Apparently the hotel is pretty damn swank too, according to last year's winners, Marla and Mark Halperin, regulars on the festival scene. The Halperins even had their own butler during their stay, and joked that they didn't know what to do with him.


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At one of three parties hosted by the Sarasota Film Festival last week, right off the Croisette. Pictured are Sarasota executive director Jody Kielbasa and board member, Keri Nakamoto. The pair helped host Sarasota donors on a fab cruise that began near Rome, and stopped along the way at Mediterranean ports along the way before anchoring offshore in Cannes. Now that's a glam fundraiser!


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Michael Haneke, winner of the best director award, backstage at the Palais des Festivals on awards night in Cannes.


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Winners for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," writer Guillermo Arriaga and best actor Tommy Lee Jones.


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Miranda July, director of "Me and You and Everyone We Know", who shared the Camera d'Or, at the Festival de Cannes award winners press conference. In the background is the other winner of the prize, Vimukthi Jayasundara for "Sulanga Enu Pinisa" (The Forsaken Land).


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