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Celebrities chat about their latest projects at acclaimed Cannes film festival

 

Some lucky entertainment reporters were flown to France, not to cover the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding extravanganza, but to write about something worthwhile and lasting: The Cannes Film Festival. Here are some outtakes of quick-hit interviews that went down, courtesy of the Associated Press:

Salma Hayek: The actress says she chose to produce her latest animated film The Prophet with her legacy in mind. The Mexican filmmaker is a co-producer on the animated feature, a screen adaptation of Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran’s poetry book of the same name. It was originally published in 1923 and has “sold more than 100 million copies around the world,” explains Hayek. “It’s very inviting for everyone, different religions, different ages.”

Sophia Loren: The svelte 79-year-old siren outshone women half her age in Cannes in head-to-toe red. She playfully flirted with photographers earlier this week for the screening of Human Voice, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. The age-defying Loren, who was honored as a special guest at this year’s festival, also wowed crowds with enviable curves at the premiere of Two Days, One Night. She wore an embellished champagne couture dress by Armani Prive.

Kellan Lutz: After a Cannes whirlwind that included a tank ride and walking the red carpet to promote The Expendables 3, the actor was eager for a chance to unwind. He got it as the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in the Provence region hosted Lutz and other stars as a getaway from the movie madness. “It’s been exhausting in the best of ways,” Lutz said. “I just want to lay out by the pool, get a massage. I never treat myself. … It’s just a great little break.” The action movie is out in August.

Julianne Moore: Her performance as a desperate and superficial actress in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars has been one of the most acclaimed at Cannes. “She’s very touching to me,” Moore said of her character. “She’s such a lost soul, terribly adolescent at best. Her desire to be seen and to be acknowledged and to be validated — all of that externalization of her inner need is kind of heartbreaking.” Does she grant that she’s more level-headed than her character? “I think so. I hope so,” Moore said. “You have to have a fairly realistic assessment of who you are, what your abilities are and where you are in your career and your age. Hopefully I’ve never been that extreme.”

Adrien Brody: The Oscar-winner has signed on to play the Charles V in Emperor, a Lee Tamahori film that explores the reign of the Roman Empire ruler. “Now is the time to amass all the information and sit with it and let it become a part of me, and so we will do that and see what we come up with,” he said. The film won’t be a studious version of Charles V’s time in power. Promotional materials promise a film that explores “wealth, debauchery, violent relations, sex, manipulation and treason” and Brody said it’s not aiming to be a historical document. “We’re consolidating 35 years…. There will be a great deal of imagination in play here and that’s what’s exciting.”

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