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The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most glamorous times of the year for the Hollywood set. Who wouldn’t want to hang out in France in spring for a week and a half and watch movies?
Well, this year Cannes got off to a bit of a rocky start. And to be honest, the middle and approaching end haven’t been so hot either. The festivities wrap up on Sunday, and it seems clear that this year’s go-round may be one organizers will not look back on fondly.
USA TODAY lays out the biggest mishaps of Cannes 2013 that threatened to make things messy for the iconic film fest.
Bye-bye, baubles: Just one day after the opening ceremony on May 15, thieves made off with approximately $1 million in Chopard jewels, allegedly stolen from an employee’s hotel room while the fine jewelry company hosted a party across town. Chopard is one of the sponsors of the film fest and loans out millions of dollars worth of jewels for actresses to wear on the red carpet throughout Cannes. (A Chopard spokesperson noted that none of the baubles set aside for A-listers went missing.)
Interestingly, the alleged heist took place on the same night as the premiere of The Bling Ring, director Sofia Coppola’s based-on-a-true-story film about a gang of teenage thieves who break into celebrities’ homes. “The fact that it happened on the night of our premiere is kind of amazing. I guess there are a lot of Bling Rings out there,” one of the film’s producers, Youree Henley, told USA TODAY.
Less than a week later, thieves struck again, making off with a $2.6 million necklace on Tuesday.
Following a party thrown at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, organizers noticed that the necklace was missing. “These incidents are rare; it is actually the first time it happened in our 20-year history. However, when they occur one must be proactive,” jeweler Fawaz Gruosi told The Hollywood Reporter.
Criminals in Cannes: Jewels weren’t the only things on thieves’ minds in Cannes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, burglars broke into a Chinese film executive’s rented apartment, making off with all of his luggage on May 16. “Security in France is so bad, and the [people] are so arrogant,” China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang tweeted following the incident. “This film festival is not worth mentioning!”
Several other Hollywood execs told THR Monday that they returned to their hotel rooms to find their cash, laptops, iPads and jewelry gone, with the thieves accessing the hotel through the roof. Further, even more execs say they were victims of an attempted mugging after leaving a casino on May 19.
Party crashers and fakers: It has to be impossible to sneak into a party with Gwyneth Paltrow, right? Not so much. A French hanger-on, who appeared to be part of a sneaky paparazzi crew, managed to worm his way into a celeb bash on May 17 by pretending to be part of her security team. The man communicated with a videographer via a microphone, documenting his progress as he was swept into the fete just behind the A-list actress. “I just got in with Gwyneth Paltrow!” he cheers in the clip. “I’m Gwyneth’s new bodyguard! Challenge succeeded!”
Meanwhile, a man impersonating Korean rapper Psy spent Cannes week in the lap of luxury. He went to parties, hung out with celebs and even gave an interview to a French TV crew. The real Psy seemed more amused than enraged by the unidentified man’s antics. “Seems like there’s another ME at Cannes … say HI to him … lol #PsyinSingapore,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Crotch shots and tricky heels: Wardrobe malfunctions are now as common as crazy celeb baby names, so it was no surprise when Eva Longoria flashed a wall of photogs as she hit the Cannes carpet on May 18. When the petite actress lifted the hem of her mint green Versace gown to keep it out of the rain, she revealed a little more than she meant to. A lot more, actually. She flashed her bare crotch, and later acknowledged the mishap on Twitter with a joke.
Two days later, Rosario Dawson found herself in a nearly identical situation when she began to fuss with her long white Elie Saab gown. Shutterbugs were once again quick to catch the crotch shot, but in this case, Dawson had the foresight to wear underwear.
Oscar-nominated thesp Julianne Moore’s wardrobe trouble was much more innocuous, but still eyebrow-raising nonetheless. She teetered onto the red carpet May 15 in a pair of silver sandals that couldn’t quite accommodate her feet. In fact, several of her toes appeared to be making a run for it through the cutouts in the shoes. Ouch!
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