Red Carpet Report: Cannes 2008
"I can talk about lipstick for 12 hours a day, especially if it means I get to come to Cannes," said L'Oreal spokeswoman Kerry Washington, who took some time off from talking about the beauty brand to attend the premiere of The Palermo Shooting. Washington wore a stunning Jean Paul Gaultier gown and Chopard diamond jewelry for her red carpet walk.
In her final appearance at Cannes, juror Natalie Portman arrived at the Palme d'Or closing ceremony in yet another stunning Lanvin gown, which she paired with Tiffany jewels and vegan-friendly shoes from her own collection for Te Casan.
Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener and Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams made her second appearance on the Cannes red carpet in as many days, re-teaming with co-stars Samantha Morton and Catherine Keener at the premiere of Synecdoche, New York.
Making a surprise appearance in Cannes, Michelle Williams stunned the crowd at the Palais des Festivals in a vintage Chanel Haute Couture dress at the premiere of Wendy and Lucy. "It actually does feel kind of special to have two films at the same time," Williams said at a press conference for her other Cannes flick, Synedoche. "[It's] something you can look back on at the end of your life and think, 'That was a cool thing I did when I was 27.'"
Natalie Portman (in Tiffany & Co. jewelry) debuted yet another colorful Lanvin frock on the red carpet at the world premiere of Che, an epic film that tells the story of Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara. Other fashionable femmes who strutted their stuff up the stairs at the Palais des Festivals included Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova.
Benicio Del Toro
Also at the premiere of Che was the film's main man, Benicio Del Toro, who plays the legendary freedom fighter. Fellow cast members Catalina Sandino Moreno and Rodrigo Santoro were also on hand for the world debut of the four-plus hour double feature.
Madonna shimmered in a Chanel dress and Chopard diamond jewelry as she arrived-to a chorus of cheers from the assembled crowd-for a special screening of her documentary, I Am Because We Are at the Palais des Festivals. "It's an incredible opportunity to show this film here in Cannes," Madonna said when she took the stage to introduce her labor of love, a film about the plight of orphans in the African nation of Malawi. "I hope that all of you are as inspired by watching the film as I was by making it."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie (in Reem Acra) looked like an Earth mother-to-be at the premiere of Clint Eastwood's drama, Changeling. Calling herself a "very modern and outspoken woman" at the press conference earlier in the day, Jolie-who walked the red carpet with boyfriend Brad Pitt-credited her powerful performance in the film on her experiences as a mother to brood Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh.
Gwyneth Paltrow continued her reign as the leading lady of style on the red carpet. After making an appearance at the Chopard trophy presentation in a Grecian-inspired Lanvin dress, Paltrow made a quick change into a navy Chanel gown with a peekaboo plunging neckline for the Cannes premiere of Two Lovers.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs
Diddy has landed! The perennial partier touched down in Cannes and wasted no time before hitting the scene. After strolling the red carpet at the premiere of Two Lovers, the rap mogul-in his trademark shades-headed to nightspot Palm Beach to celebrate the Jagger Dagger at the Belvedere bash.
Festival juror Natalie Portman made another stunning appearance on the red carpet, choosing an electric blue tiered ruffle cocktail dress from Lanvin and Tiffany & Co. diamond jewelry for the premiere of Le Silence de Lorna.
"I apologize to the entire Russian population in advance," joked Cate Blanchett, before the premiere of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. The Aussie actress, who felt the need to explain the accent she adopted to play a Soviet villain in the fourth installment of the adventure series, looked flawless in a steel gray Armani Prive gown, tanzanite necklace from the Chopard Red Carpet collection and a Roger Vivier silver clutch.
Salma Hayek looked regal in a jade Balenciaga gown and Chopard chandelier earrings at the premiere for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Over the weekend, Hayek hit the Partouche charity poker tournament, where she mingled with Ed Norton, Dennis Hopper and Goldie Hawn.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Though co-star Scarlett Johansson had to cancel her trip to Cannes, Penelope Cruz provided plenty of sex appeal in a dramatic Marchesa gown (and more than 60-carats of Chopard diamonds) at the premiere of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. "I was worried about being very out there and very big in every scene," the Spanish stunner told reporters about her over the top role. "But Woody [Allen] was always telling me; 'Believe me, I know people like this.'"
Sean Penn and Bono
Festival juror Sean Penn and U2 frontman Bono looked like long lost friends when they met up on the red carpet at the presidential screening of the documentary, The Third Wave. The film follows a group of volunteers who traveled to Sri Lanka to help victims of the 2004 tsunami. Penn and Bono later hit a cocktail party in celebration of Petra Nemcova's upcoming documentary, Love Evolution.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
On just the second day of the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival, the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals has already seen plenty of traffic. After co-star Jack Black announced to the world that she is expecting twins, Angelina Jolie proudly showed off her baby bump in a gown by Max Azria Atelier (and yellow-gold-and-diamond jewelry from Bulgari) as she and Brad Pitt hit the red carpet for the premiere of Kung Fu Panda.
Lisa and Dustin Hoffman and Lucy Liu
Eva Longoria Parker
Cate Blanchett showed off her svelte post-baby body in a gown from Armani Prive (and accessorized with stunning Chopard earrings) at the premiere of Blindness. The Aussie actress, who gave birth to her third son just weeks ago, will also walked down the red carpet at the unveiling of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which debuted on May 18th.
Blindness star Julianne Moore chose to push the envelope with her bold canary-hued Christian Lacroix Haute Couture gown-which she paired with a Bottega Veneta Knot clutch and Chopard diamonds-at her film's big debut. Moore will serve as a festival judge alongside fellow actors Natalie Portman and Sean Penn.
After the premiere of Blindness, Mischa Barton-who made the most of the neckline of her one-shoulder Alberta Ferretti gown with a pear-shaped sapphire pendant from jeweler Chopard-kicked up her heels at Crystal Beach, where Chopard and designer Alberta Ferretti hosted an opening-night beach party.