Schmoozing, lounging, screening, partying. Take a flight to the seaside town of Cannes for the film festival for the plethora of events to attend:

  • “About Schmidt” screened Wednesday with a pre-party at the Majestic Hotel with star Jack Nicholson and producer Harry Gittes present.

  • Variety‘s Exclusive Interview series saw New Line’s Bob Shaye and “About Schmidt” helmer Alexander Payne chat with Variety publisher Charlie Koones on Monday.

  • HBO screened “Live From Baghdad” at the Majestic Terrace with director Mick Jackson, producer Sara Colleton and thesps Lili Taylor, David Sushet and Michael Keaton on Tuesday.

  • AFI/Variety threw a soiree Wednesday night with Omni World Entertainment’s Francisco-Javier Cortes, Spectrum Films’ Michelle Katz and McKnight Productions’ Laurent Isaure in attendance.

  • “Spider” unspooled with star Miranda Richardson and helmer David Cronenberg on hand Tuesday.