Cannes Film Festival 2010: Great Stars and Bad Weather

Bonjour from cloudy France, where the annual judging of cinema standouts, including Russell Crowe's new film, gets underway

Storms on the French Riviera may have sent waves crashing down, but stars are still making a splash as the Cannes Film Festival opens. And despite the unruly weather (including the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland), the show must go on! The 63rd annual film fest, which lasts twelve days, kicked off Wednesday with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett were on hand to debut the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, other major premieres include the Oliver Stone sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (stars Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas are expected to attend) and Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (Naomi Watts will be on hand to unveil the film).

All the films, both big-budget and independent, are presided over by the festival's jury, which includes Kate Beckinsale, Benicio Del Toro, and jury president Tim Burton. According to E!, only 16 films (as opposed to last year's 20) are eligible for this year's coveted Grand Jury Prize.

Other famous faces expected to soak in the sun (a Cannes rep assured the media that the skies were clearing, telling People, "You can't even tell we had a storm") include Sean Penn, Carey Mulligan and Mick Jagger.

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