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Crowe and Co. Take Cannes

Robin Hood Cast Brings Star Power to the Croisette

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Cate Blanchett and Frédéric Mitterrand   
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There had been murmurings that this year's Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be quite as glamorous as it has been in its previous 62 incarnations: Some were worried about that pesky volcano up in Iceland, others predicted nasty weather, and still more were concerned that Karl Lagerfeld stole the show with his ultra-glam Chanel Resort extravaganza in nearby Saint-Tropez. But all that talk was put to rest last night when the festival officially began with the premiere of Robin Hood. Joining the film's stars Russell Crowe and an Alexander McQueen-clad Cate Blanchett on the red carpet were fellow boldfacers like Salma Hayek, Cannes juror Kate Beckinsale, and jury president Tim Burton, whose appearance was accompanied by a montage of his movies.

Blanchett addressed the crowds in perfect French, much to their delight. "It's a grand pleasure to be here," she said, "especially with a film from the incomparable Ridley Scott." (Sadly, the director couldn't be at the premiere; he's recovering from knee surgery back home in the States.) Crowe, meanwhile, stuck to his native tongue. "Ridley wanted me to tell everyone how much of an honor it was to open the festival," he announced in his trademark Australian drawl, also admitting, "I need to brush up on my French."

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