Live from Cannes … it’s a special edition of “The Take!”

Variety‘s weekly news series heads to the South of France for coverage of the Cannes Film Festival, which is celebrating its 75th year. Back and bigger than ever, the 2022 fest is in full force after the pandemic put a halt to global gatherings.

Though COVID protocols are lacking at the world’s most glamorous film festival, drawing concern for some attendees, the energy is alive and full of excitement with people buzzing that the world — and movies! — are back in action.

After opening night, Tom Cruise kicked off the biggest premiere at Cannes this year, bringing his long-anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick” to the Palais des Festivals, where he was joining by co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and Jon Hamm for a grand event that was full of glitz and glam fit for one of the world’s biggest — and most-talked-about — A-list movie stars. After the screening, the “Top Gun” cast got a five-minute standing ovation.

Also hitting the red carpet was the team behind “Armageddon Time,” a personal film from director James Gray, starring Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins. Will the movie generate early Oscar buzz or will it court controversy?

Later, as acquisitions and dealmaking heat up throughout the next week, Cannes will also host the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.

Hosted by Variety chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and senior awards editor Clayton Davis, Variety‘s “The Take,” presented by Apple TV+, is a weekly series that navigates the week’s top stories from entertainment, pop culture and media, while providing expert analysis and exclusive insight on what’s buzzing in Hollywood. Filmed in Variety‘s state-of-the-art studio in Los Angeles, new episodes are released on Fridays on Variety.com, YouTube and social media.

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