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  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Jury president Steven Spielberg poses for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Jury president Steven Spielberg poses for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • FILE - This June 7, 2012 file photo shows director Steven Spielberg at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Spielberg will make the keynote remarks at the 149th commemoration of “The Gettysburg Address,” while his new movie about President Abraham Lincoln is in theaters. Spielberg's speech on Monday, Nov. 19, at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg will be accompanied by a recitation of the famous speech by a Lincoln re-enactor. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

    FILE - This June 7, 2012 file photo shows director Steven Spielberg at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Spielberg will make the keynote remarks at the 149th commemoration of “The Gettysburg Address,” while his new movie about President Abraham Lincoln is in theaters. Spielberg's speech on Monday, Nov. 19, at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg will be accompanied by a recitation of the famous speech by a Lincoln re-enactor. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Jury president Steven Spielberg poses for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Actor Joel Edgerton gestures to photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Baz Luhrmann arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • From left, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • From left, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Tobey Maguire pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Actress Carey Mulligan gestures to the journalists prior to a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to questions from journalists during a press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Director Baz Luhrmann, centre, poses for photographers along with actors from left, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fischer prior to the press conference for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. From right is Isla Fischer, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
  • Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Actress Carey Mulligan and director Baz Luhrmann pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Director Baz Luhrmann poses for photographers during a photo call for film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
  • Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Members of the jury from left, Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay pose during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • Jury president Steven Spielberg gestures during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
  • FILE - This June 7, 2012 file photo shows director Steven Spielberg at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Spielberg will make the keynote remarks at the 149th commemoration of “The Gettysburg Address,” while his new movie about President Abraham Lincoln is in theaters. Spielberg's speech on Monday, Nov. 19, at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg will be accompanied by a recitation of the famous speech by a Lincoln re-enactor. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

France

Cannes kicks off with star-studded opener

The Cannes Film Festival got off to a blockbuster, if stormy start, as Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opened on a soggy French Riviera.

Amid heavy rain, dancing flappers flocked down the Cannes red carpet yesterday, bringing a touch of the Jazz Age to the Croisette. Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire helped give the festival’s opening day a strong dose of star power.

At the opening ceremony, DiCaprio, joined by his Gatsby co-star, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, declared the 66th Cannes officially begun.

Over the next 12 days, dozens of the world’s most artistically ambitious films will premiere on Cannes’ global stage. But Wednesday was a day for blockbusters — both the big-budget Gatsby and Hollywood’s most accomplished director of spectacle: Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg is serving as jury president at this year’s Cannes. His presence here is a rarity (he’s had films at Cannes before, including E.T. and Sugarland Express, but never had a movie in competition), and he was received like a visiting head of state, a king of cinema.

The Lincoln director received a standing ovation at the opening ceremony and was serenaded with a performance of “Miss Celie’s Blues” from his 1985 film, The Color Purple.

He heads the jury that will decide the prestigious Palme d’Or, given to one of the 20 competing films, with entries ranging from the Coen brothers (Llewyn Davis), Alexander Payne (Nebraska) and Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra).

This year’s jury is an intimidating, starry bunch, including Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz.

“Everyone sits in judgment of us,” Spielberg said. “So it’s our turn.”

Luhrmann’s 3D adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is this year’s festival opener, a choice that surprised many since the film opened last week in North America. Cannes typically takes precedence over release schedules, but Gatsby sails to the Croisette after a robust weekend haul of $51.1 million.

After Luhrmann noted in a news conference that the film had pushed Fitzgerald’s novel to the top of the bestseller list, DiCaprio added with a grin: “And a little film adaptation is doing quite well at the box office.”

But while Gatsby is getting a victory lap on the Cannes’ red carpet, it comes to the festival with the sting of mixed reviews. Many film critics have taken issue with the movie’s stylistic flourishes.

“I knew that would come,” said Luhrmann, noting Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel was also initially received poorly.

The Associated Press

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