The 2012 Cannes Film Festival kicks off May 16, and if you aren’t sinking your soles in the pebbled beaches of the Côte d’Azur with roughly $3000 tucked in your pocket right about now, well, then, you aren’t talking to Brad Pitt. That’s the going rate for a Pitt interview, anyway, as The Globe and Mail reports. Sad? Don’t be. You’ve just saved yourself roughly $3000 worth of awkward silences and habitual lip licking. What you can do (or Cannes do, heh) is watch the trailers for the films in competition this year including David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLilo’s Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson:
You can also read The Hollywood Reporter’s interview with Roger Ebert on “Cannes’ Wild Past” in which Ebert dishes about brunches with legendary B-movie producer Samuel Arkoff:
Sam [Arkoff] would throw a brunch at Hotel du Cap for the English-language press. He always gave the same speech: “You all think my films are shit, so let’s forget business and have a good time.” Once, Rex Reed said of Q, his flying dragon movie: “Sam, what a surprise! A marvelous method performance by Michael Moriarty, right in the middle of all that dreck!” Sam replied, “The dreck was my idea.”
Or catch Stylist Magazine’s live-streamed shows featuring interviews with Brad Pitt (cha-ching!) and the like at Cannes by The Guardian’s Jason Solomons.
Total Film has compiled 50 Greatest Cannes Moments including that time Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson showed up for Easy Rider “acting like goddamned hippies.”
Digital Spy has likewise put together 65 Iconic Pictures from Cannes festivals past, which of course includes Brigitte Bardot in a bathing suit.
And there’s more of Brigitte Bardot in a bathing suit at Cannes from the LIFE archives at The Retronaut.
Get yourself a Cannes Film Festival-inspired limited edition bottle of S. Pellegrino.
And, finally, in honor of the recently appointed President of Un Certain Regard Jury Tim Roth, enjoy a Roth marathon. I suggest Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Hit, Reservoir Dogs, Little Odessa, Pulp Fiction, The Legend of 1900, and this clip of Roth as bellhop Ted in Four Rooms (note: it costs less to chop off Norman’s little finger than it does to interview Brad Pitt):