2009 Cannes Film Festival

Inglourious Basterds, premiering tonight at Cannes, should have been epic, writes Dana Kennedy from the first screening, if only Quentin Tarantino had stuck with his violent, emotional hallmarks.

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CANNES GLAM

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's film Inglorious Basterds.

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THE TARANTINO TANGO

Director Quentin Tarantino dances with actress Melanie Laurent on the red carpet.

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PARIS DOES FRANCE

Paris Hilton and current fling Doug Reinhardt display a little affection before the Inglorious Basterds premiere.

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STUNNING STONE

Actress Sharon Stone is all legs as she pauses to wave before the screening of Inglorious Basterds.

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

Brad Pitt shows full support for director Quentin Tarantino.

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CRUZ-ING THE RED CARPET

Penelope Cruz arrives for the screening of the movie Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) directed by Pedro Almodovar.

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CHARMING TRIO

Doutzen Kroes, Afef Jnifen and Lost star Evangeline Lilly arrive for the premiere of Vengeance, directed by Hong Kong's Johnnie To.

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EMERALD VISION

British stunner Rachel Weisz attends the screening of the ancient Egypt epic Agora, in which she stars as a professor in Alexandria.

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CANNES GOLDEN BOY

Inglorious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino arrives for the screening of Un Prophete.

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CLOSE CASTMATES

Cast members Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci arrive on the red carpet for the screening of Ne Te Retourne Pas.

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PUCKER UP

French actor and singer Johnny Hallyday kisses his wife Laeticia as they arrive for the screening of his film Vengeance, directed by Johnnie To of Hong Kong.

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NOT-SO-HIDDEN DRAGON

Actress Michelle Yeoh arrives on the red carpet for the screening of Vengeance during Sunday's festivities.

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BRIGHT STAR

Actress Frederique Bel strikes a pose on the red carpet for the Keats biopic Bright Star, a film competing to earn director Jane Campion her second Palme d'Or.

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‘GLITTER’ BE GONE

Mariah Carey and director Lee Daniels work the carpet at Precious, a Harlem coming-of-age story based on the novel Push. Precious got rave reviews at Sundance—but will it be enough to move Mimi’s cinematic career from Razzie to Oscar?

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SCORSESE STEALS THE SHOW

Martin Scorsese presented a restored version The Red Shoes at Cannes—one day after announcing he’d tackle a Sinatra biopic.

XTRA: For more on the project, read The Daily Beast’s Scorsese’s Movie Obsession.

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DIVINE DEVON

Actress and model Devon Aoki attends Spring Fever, by Chinese director Lou Ye. Discovered by Kate Moss at the age of 13, Aoki’s screen breakthrough was as a silent assassin in Sin City.

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CASTING OFF

The cast of Spring Fever wave goodbye before entering the theater to watch their film with director Lou Ye (third from left).

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CRIMSON COLUMN

Tilda Swinton sports a statuesque look on the red carpet for Pixar flick Up.

XTRA: For more on Swinton, read The Daily Beast’s Amanda Fortini on Hollywood's Exquisite Alien.

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BUSTLE OR BUST

Actresses Aishwarya Rai and Elizabeth Banks flaunt bare shoulders and floating trains at the Up premiere.

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ALL TOGETHER NOW

The Up premiere draws an international delegation of jurors: Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, Turkish director Nori Bilge Ceylan, a sari-clad Sharmila Tagore, Korean Lee Chang Dong, festival jury president Isabelle Huppert, Asia Argento, Robin Wright Penn, and James Gray.

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CAMPION’S NEW STARS

Bright Star actors Ben Whishaw (L) and Abbie Cornish (R) pose with director Jane Campion.

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HEAD-TURNING

Actress Eva Longoria wears a dramatic Versace Atelier gown to the Bright Star premiere.

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GIRL ON FILM

Red-carpet staple Phoebe Price attracts photographers at the Spring Fever premiere.

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LADY IN RED

Elizabeth Banks pauses on a ballerina-bedecked staircase at the screening of Up.