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CANNES WATCH: Blanchett jokes; Weinstein sells

Saturday - 5/17/2014, 12:20pm  ET

From left, producer Bonnie Arnold, actress America Ferrera, actress Cate Blanchett, head of Dreamworks Jeffrey Katzenberg, actor Djimon Hounsou,director Dean Deblois and actor Jay Baruchel leave after the screening of Captives at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The Associated Press

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:



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 --



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.

Other notable films previewed included the children's book adaptation "Paddington" (due out in December), Tim Burton's promising-looking "Big Eyes" (opening Christmas), about the painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and the undated "Suite Francaise," a World War II drama set in France starring Michelle Williams.

-- By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle --



A man rushed onto the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival and dove beneath actress America Ferrera's dress.

Security officials quickly pulled the man away as he tried to hide under Ferrera's voluminous dress before the Friday premiere of "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

It was a surprising and rather bizarre development on a red carpet renowned for its strict decorum.

Yet Ferrera didn't seem ruffled on the carpet and was in good spirits at the movie's after-party, laughing with guests and taking pictures.

She declined comment on the incident, however, and festival organizers didn't immediately return messages about the matter.

The former "Ugly Betty" star was on her way into the Palais des Festivals for the world premiere of the DreamWorks animated sequel.



More than 20 years after his death, River Phoenix's last film is finally getting a release.

Cinemavault announced Friday that it has sold the North American distribution rights of "Dark Blood" to Lionsgate. The film has been in limbo since Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993. He was in production on the movie at the time.

"Dark Blood" was left unfinished and most expected it would never see the light of day. Director and co-writer George Sluizer, however, pushed to complete it, despite spending years battling an insurance company that made a claim about Phoenix's drug use.

In 2012, Sluizer edited together an unfinished version that premiered last year at the Berlin Film Festival.

Lionsgate is planning to release the film on video-on-demand.

In "Dark Blood," Phoenix plays a young widower who retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home.

-- By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle --



Cate Blanchett had plenty of witty replies -- a couple on the saucy side -- as she answered sometimes wacky questions during a Cannes news conference for the upcoming "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

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