Seen and heard at the Cannes Film Festival

Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In this photo taken Sunday, May 19, 2013, James Franco and Ahna O'Reilly at the Art of Elysium Party, in Cannes, southern France. This is O'Reilly's first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, and she has two films on display. Both were in attendance as she was the guest of honor at the event, hosted by the charity Art of Elysium. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

CANNES, France (AP) — Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:


Along the water on the yachts where many of the Cannes Film Festival's uber-exclusive parties are thrown, guests are required to take off their shoes before stepping on the boat And for that, "Fruitvale Station" actress Ahna O'Reilly is grateful.

"I can't be in heels for that long — I'm so uncomfortable!" the smiling actress said Sunday evening aboard the posh Jettee Albert Edouard. "But it's amazing, I love seeing people all dolled up, it's fine."

This is O'Reilly's first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, and she has two films on display. The actress, who was also in "The Help," is starring in "Fruitvale" with good friend Octavia Spencer and also in "As I Lay Dying," in which she was directed by another friend, James Franco, who also stars in the film. Both were in attendance as she was the guest of honor at the event, hosted by the charity Art of Elysium.

"I'm just pinching myself, I can't believe it, and I'm here with some of my best friends in the world representing projects that I'm deeply passionate about, and also here tonight representing the 'Art of Elysium, an organization I care a lot about," she said. "So it's just all of these people that I love in the most beautiful setting where everybody is celebrating their love of cinema, so it's a total dream."

The Art of Elysium has thrown events at Cannes for the past five years. The charity brings artists into hospitals to entertain children afflicted with life-threatening diseases like cancer.

Founder Jennifer Howell said it was a natural to have the event at a film festival: "We're so artist-centric that we want to be tied into what are artists actually do as fundraisers."

O'Reilly is in Cannes for a week as she promotes her two films. She hasn't had much down time to explore the area, but had one to-do on her wish list:

"I'm dying to go to the Hotel du Cap," she said of the ritzy hotel outside of Cannes where some of the festival's top events are held. "Everyone says it's the most beautiful location."

— Nekesa Mumbi Moody,


What was inside the "Inside Llewyn Davis" after-party? Plenty of bold-faced names and of course, more folk music.

The movie, which got a rapturous reception when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night, is about the folk-music scene in 1960s New York. The Coen brothers film features Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hudland and stars Oscar Isaac.

Timberlake was on hand with wife Jessica Biel, while Hudland cozied with his girlfriend, Kirsten Dunst. Others at the party include Frances McDormand, Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett, CBS head Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen.

A DJ played music from the film, which is in competition at the festival.

— Nekesa Mumbi Moody,


Metallica's Lars Ulrich is used to fast-paced action, but even he was a bit taken aback by the pace at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Most people have a romantic notion of Cannes," said Ulrich, who was promoting the band's upcoming film "Metallica Through the Never.

"(But) there is a lot of work that goes on here. And I was a little bit unprepared for. basically the whole infrastructure of worldwide cinema and the movie business is here," he said in an interview on Friday.

"People have a tendency to think that is just red carpet and movie stars and sipping champagne but people come here to work. People come here to sell their films, people come here to finance their films, people come here to create hype."

"Metallica Through the Never" marries the concert film format with a dramatic narrative. Directed by Nimrod Antal and released by Picturehouse, the film stars young "Chronicle" actor Dane DeHann as a member of Metallica's concert tour crew who's sent on a special mission by the band. The movie blends concert footage with a plot that includes CGI effects.

"We wanted to challenge ourselves a little bit and try and do something different and try and bring a little bit more of a film element into it," explains Ulrich.

"Whether anybody loves the film as much as we do we'll have to wait and see in a few months, but the one thing I can guarantee you, which there is no question about, is that it is a very unique film. Nobody has ever seen a film quite like this."

"Metallica Through the Never" is scheduled for release on Sept. 27.

— Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Adam Egan, (http://www.twittercom/nekesamumbi)
Associated Press
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