You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lion throws ‘De-Lovely’ bash

Soiree mixes H'wood lavishness, Cannes eccentricity

CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French?

After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million.

In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward the lighthouse area near the city’s old harbor, the fete mixed Hollywood lavishness and Cannes eccentricity. Nowhere else in the world could you see black-tie partygoers sitting in the sand eating fish stew and ravioli de champignons as they looked out over the water at a 15-minute fireworks display, with loudspeakers booming out themes from “The Pink Panther” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

And where else could you see a VIP room that offered Gilles Jacob, George Lucas and Alanis Morissette a chance to rub elbows?

MGM’s Chris McGurk acknowledged that the delightful, delicious, delovely event was symbolic. The Irwin Winkler-helmed film “defines the kind of movie we want to be involved in,” and it’s the perfect pic to celebrate the studio’s 80th anniversary, “since it represents the best of MGM’s past and our future.”

Before the Palais screening of “De-Lovely,” the audience saw a 10-minute montage of rapid clips from the MGM-UA library, an astonishing array including works from talents as diverse as David Lean, Buster Keaton and the Three Stooges. Significantly (but subtly), the montage also included moments from “De-Lovely.”

Referring to the studio’s dominance of musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, Winkler mused that his pic is “a musical biography, but we tried to give it a fresh approach.”

Winkler also said that the party was “very much a part of MGM’s statement.” (Aside from celebrating its history, the statement is clear: MGM plans to stick around, and in a big way.)

Among the revelers were MGM honchos Danny Rossett and Michael Nathanson. Also partying were the pic’s stars Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, as well as Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Natalie Cole, all of whom appear in the pic — and all of whom performed Cole Porter standards on a huge across-the-water stage built specially for the occasion.

Other partygoers spotted included Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Hopkins and Lawrence Bender.

More Film

  • Owen (CHRIS PRATT) with a baby

    What 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's' Success Means for the Franchise's Future

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • The World Before Your Feet

    Jesse Eisenberg-Produced Documentary 'The World Before Your Feet' Finds Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • 'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top

    'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top Honors at Nantucket Film Festival

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • Exclusive First Look at 'Reflections in

    Exclusive First Look at Trailer for Post-Apocalyptic Tale 'Reflections in the Dust' (WATCH)

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • Jamie FoxxBET Awards, Show, Los Angeles,

    2018 BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • Japan Ramps Up International Film Co-Productions

    Japanese Film Makers Find Opportunities in International Co-Productions

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

  • Netflix Unveils 'Great Day in Hollywood'

    Netflix Unveils 'Great Day in Hollywood' Image Spot Highlighting Black Creators

    CANNES — How you say “razzle-dazzle” in French? After MGM’s “De-Lovely” screened as the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night attraction, the studio invited 2,500 intimate friends to a whoop-de-doo bash on the beach whose cost several insiders estimated at $2.5 million-$3 million. In a series of specially built party areas extending from the Majestic Beach toward […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content