Several thousand miles away from the South of France, the Seattle International Film Festival opened this week with Joss Whedon's version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." But on the Croisette, the motto might as well be "Much Ado About Everything."
The opening night film was Baz Luhrmann's ultra-extravagant "The Great Gatsby," about a wealthy pretender who throws ridiculously lavish parties … and it was followed by yep, a ridiculously lavish party.
The Un Certain Regard sidebar, typically the province of small art movies, opened with another Hollywood movie about extravagance, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" … and attracted no less than Paris Hilton to its own afterparty.
Headlines talked about how $1.4 million in Chopard jewelry earmarked for the stars was stolen from a Cannes hotel room on Thursday night … but Chopard quickly said that amount was inflated and none of it was going to celebs, and the latest reports suggest that the theft happened before the festival even started.
Reports flew about gunshots that were fired near a television broadcast by the beach, and a man wielding a hand ...