- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

CANNES, France (AP) - The Associated Press is all over the Cannes Film Festival - from its glitzy premieres to the celeb parties and quirky moments in between. Here’s what reporters have seen and heard:

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LOOK OF THE DAY: CATE BLANCHETT

Radiant Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett broke the fashion mold with panache at Friday’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” screening at Cannes in a multi-colored, bejeweled bodice and a chic black pleated floor length chiffon skirt, courtesy of Givenchy.


While Cannes is a mainstay of va-va-voom ball gowns, Blanchett stayed ahead of the fashion pack by thinking outside the box. Her bold look got her noticed for all the right reasons - sapphire chandelier Chopard earrings added a touch of class.

The colorful, tropical plume embellishments on the bust, taken from a fall-winter 2014 ready-to-wear look by Riccardo Tisci, also nicely mirrored the dragon-theme of Dreamworks‘ latest animated picture, for which she lends her vocal talents.

- By Thomas Adamson - http://www.twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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WEINSTEIN‘S SLATE

Harvey Weinstein’s annual Cannes presentation promoted films featuring a buff Jake Gyllenhaal, a Shakespearean Michael Fassbender and an old-school Bill Murray.

Touting upcoming releases to buyers and media, , the Weinstein Co. co-chairman previewed footage Friday that, perhaps most excitingly, included a fiery Fassbender as lead in a stylish “Macbeth,” (no release date yet). He also showcased a lean, muscular Gyllenhaal in training scenes from the currently-in-production boxing drama “Southpaw.” From “St. Vincent,” which hits theaters in October, Murray appears to be in broad comedic form as an outlandish next-door-neighbor to a young boy he reluctantly mentors.

Weinstein arrived in Cannes after his conspicuous absence at the festival’s opening night premiere, the Grace Kelly melodrama “Grace of Monaco.” Weinstein is to release the film but has feuded about the final cut with the director, Olivier Dahan.

Dahan said Wednesday their differences have been resolved. Weinstein, who promoted “Grace of Monaco” in Cannes last year, said he was on a previously planned humanitarian trip to Jordan during the premiere.

“That was planned long before I even knew that ‘Grace’ was going to be the opening night in Cannes,” Weinstein said.

Naomi Watts (“St. Vincent”) and Ryan Reynolds (period romance “Tulip Fever”) were on hand for the presentation.

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