All the gossip from the 65th Cannes Film Festival

Posted by Dean Piper On May 26th, 2012

PARTY OF THE WEEK: P Diddy couldn’t get off his yacht to attend because the weather was so horrendous but that didn’t start me dancing the night away at the Ciroc sponsored CAA agency party at Le Baron. Gemma Arterton (above) sat engrossed in conversation with Gael Garcia Bernal and busted moves with hubby Stefano Catelli later on. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova worked the room and hung out with Gerry Butler and randomly celeb BB’s Bobby Sabel was there too.

THE HOTNESS: Zac Efron sounds like he enjoyed getting up, close and personal with Nicole Kidman in love scenes for new movie Paperboy. “It’s literally the best movie I’ve ever done,” he said at the Ciroc Erno Laszlo after show. “The love scene with Nicole was the highlight of my career.”

YAWN: Rent-a-boob Kelly Brook was out at blooming everything in Cannes. If there was a party (or an ill fitting swimsuit) then she wanted to be involved. She launched her role in Keith Lemon The Movie on the croissette before staying on to prance along the red carpets in various gowns. She was even overheard trying to persuade Keith to stay with her and attend to plush Vanity fair and Gucci party. That would have gone down well, Kel!

WEIRD FACT: Benecio del Toro STINKS of cigars. I bumped into him twice at the snazzy Martinez Hotel and the odour was overwhelming. Not cool.

THE BUZZ: Rita Ora was whizzing around Cannes. She performed on the Croissette for Le Grand Journal and the following night partied her socks off at the Replay Jeans part at the Martinez where Simple Minds warmed up for their world tour. Slick. I hear Rita will be a guest judge on X Factor this week. Not bad for a girl who hasn’t even had an album out yet.

UNLIKELY GUEST: Ronan Keating worked the Cannes crowd to promote debut acting role in new movie Goddess. He also hooked up with pal Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the Replay bash.

THE PRODUCER TO KNOW: Avatar actress Michelle Rodiguez stayed with Saudi film producer Mohammed Al Turki on a super yacht in the French Riviera. Mo is making wave sin Hollywood right now with flicks including Arbitage, starring Richard Gere, Tim Roth and Susan Sarandon, and what Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan.

TALK OF THE FESTIVAL: Chris O’Dowd’s new flick The Sapphires went down a storm with a standing ovation. The film’s been picked up by Harvey Weinstein to distribute and received a standing ovation after it’s screening. It tells the story of an Aborginal Australian girl group and there dream to make it big. Chris told me: “It’s an amazingly cute film and to receive that sort of reaction was pretty incredible.” It’s out in the winter!

THINGS I LEARNT ABOUT BRAD PITT (above with Ray Liotta):
1. One of his favourite drinks is Kahlua and milk. FACT.
2. When Brad borrows clothes he never allows people into a fitting. He wore Gucci in Cannes and just requested clothes be sent over and he’d sort himself out.
3. He requested that he had to know all 100 guests personally at his Killing Them Softly after party sponsored by Johnnie Walker Blue Label at Villa St. George.

THE CUTENESS: Kylie (above with Harvey Weinstein) told me at the Killing Them Softly after show that she was extremely unprepared for her red carpet moment to following evening – she couldn’t decide what to wear! She said: “I’m petrified about the carpet – purely because I can’t find anything to wear. I’ve tried so many dresses on.” She eventually went for an amazing gold number. Above she’s in Cavalli. Natch.

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