French thesp, model, singer, activist and all-around sex kitten Brigitte Bardot was Cannes' first ingenue. Her bikini-clad arrival in 1953 brought out hordes of photographers, but fellow Gallic…
It is no small secret that Cannes always has been dominated by "The French Cabal," a combo of film critics from Gallic newspapers such as Le Monde and film mags including Positiv. While the critics…
It's hard to say which director was the first to behave badly at Cannes. Perhaps it was Fellini, scalping tickets for "La dolce vita" back in 1960? What is known is that the kid gloves came off on…
Sam Spiegel was credited with being Cannes' first true showman. His 165-foot yacht, Malahne, became a fixture in the bay, its decks always stocked with rising young starlets. In the '70s, Lew Grade…
When Jack Nicholson signed on to play Frank Costello, the top-dog gangster in "The Departed" -- Martin Scorsese's cat-and-mouse take on Boston's Irish mob -- his role had yet to be written.
When Paramount decided to release Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," it also decided that a film about global environmental catastrophe shouldn't inadvertently contribute to that catastrophe.
Back when he was at ICM, Jim Wiatt pushed the agency to use recycling bins and print scripts on both sides -- making them the first agency to do so -- but credits meeting his wife Elizabeth as the…
About eight years ago, DiCaprio became interested in environmental issues but wasn't exactly sure what element he wanted to take on. After a White House meeting with Al Gore, he chose to focus on…
Hollywood's eco-friendly intentions are perhaps most visible when it comes to the physical structures that house the entertainment biz.
Brosnan's activism dates back to his struggles to find a cure for his first wife's ovarian cancer.
The first experience with the green life for the Horns came when they were expecting their first child and became seriously concerned about the world their son was soon to occupy. That was 18 years…