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Over your shoulder

Cannes, France

By Yves Herman

“Over your shoulder, look at me, straight ahead, dead center, ooh la la, give me eye contact, sir, madam, on your right, big smile, show me your dress, you look gorgeous!” It's all you can say to catch their attention, you need them to look straight in to the lens of your camera.

Yes, we are talking about the stars, the real ones, the big ones but also those who fill the pages of magazines. They can be actors, models, TV hosts or even socialites. They are popular and bankable for 1,000s of photographers standing on the red carpets in Cannes.

The annual Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera is the biggest film festival in the world. Running for 12 days, it garners the attention of thousands of reporters and the entire world of cinema fans. Press photographers from everywhere gather in the south of France, equipped with a bunch of cameras and all their lenses and flashes, searching to immortalize celebrities.

THE PHOTOCALLS

At Cannes, a film needs to be advertised and the cast members must be seen. The photocalls are organized especially for photographers, helping to promote the cast and the film. The stars know that it is part of their job to play the game and give us something to photograph. It can be an attitude, a gesture or sometimes even a little show, spontaneous or maybe prepared in advance by the cast.

from Photographers' Blog:

The old Cannes clapper-board

Cannes, France

By Eric Gaillard

In 1987, I covered my fifth Cannes Film Festival. I really wanted to find THE original and exclusive photo to announce its opening.

“The cinema Clap” - An idea which became evidence: Take a photo of the President of the Jury holding a cinema clap. The show begins for another 12-day festival.

from India Insight:

Collaboration key to Bollywood’s global appeal – Irrfan

Irrfan is no stranger to Hollywood. The Indian actor, who uses only his first name, has been part of critically acclaimed films such as "Life of Pi", "The Namesake" and "A Mighty Heart".

The 40-something actor is doing his bit to help Indian films reach more audiences worldwide. Irrfan says he's goading local movie producers to collaborate, find new markets and swap its Bollywood image for a more universal language of cinema.

from India Insight:

Bollywood fashion at Cannes

By Arnika Thakur and Shashank Chouhan

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily of Reuters)

The image of Aishwarya Rai in a striking yellow sari with lots of gold jewellery walking the red carpet at Cannes 2002 is one that a generation of Indian movie fans may not forget.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Your 40,000 comments are important to us…

 

Blog Guy, I see in the trade publications that your blog just hit a new milestone.

We have trade publications? Yes, I hit TWO milestones last week. I got my 30,000th follower on my Facebook Blog Network, and incredibly, I got my 40,000th reader comment, more than any of our other blogs.

from Fan Fare:

Cannes – let the guessing game commence

Phew. Eleven days gone and the end is in sight at the Cannes film festival.

No, this is not a bad a assignment to have as a journalist, and no, we aren't complaining, but yes, the end of the busiest festival  many of us can remember is a relief.

2011 has had it all -- good movies (I can't tell you my personal choices -- this is Reuters!), big stars, great parties, huge interest from the outside world and a big dose of controversy.

from FaithWorld:

Witch hunt or wise move? Cannes ponders expulsion over Nazi “joke”

(Director Lars Von Trier arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Melancholia" in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2011/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Witch hunt or wise decision? That was the question on the lips of movie-goers, critics and executives at the Cannes film festival after the sudden expulsion of Danish director Lars Von Trier. The annual cinema showcase is the world's biggest and well-known as a haven for provocative voices like Von Trier's. But organizers clearly decided the 55-year-old director had overstepped the mark when he jokingly told the world press on Wednesday that he was a Nazi who sympathized with Hitler.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Baby, you said a mouthful!

Blog Guy, can you please settle a bet with my nephew's archery instructor?

Okay, these wagers with members of unlikely professions are getting out of hand. What are you betting on this time? Something really stupid, I imagine.

Not at all. We disagree on which movie actress has the most teeth. I say it's Julia Roberts, but the archer says it's some actress named Delphine Chaneac.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

The prestigious Zippo Award goes to…

Blog Guy, why don't you actually go to Cannes to cover that annual Film Festival?

Oh, I don't smoke.

So?

From the looks of our coverage every year Cannes is just one big ashtray, a throwback to the 1950s when nobody worried much about lungs.

from Fan Fare:

Think your family’s bad? Cannes films beg to differ

This blog was written by Nick Vinocur in Cannes:

With jealous dads, sadistic sons and abandoned children in their key roles, many films in competition for the top prize at the Cannes film festival this year are taking on the very darkest sides of family life.

Two of the movies, Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Israeli film "Footnote", ask what happens when jealousy or hatred take the place of love and affection in a parent-child relationship.

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