5 Reasons Cannes Is Going Way Wrong

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The first sign things weren't going right at the Cannes Film Festival in France this year – a high-dollar jewelry heist.

From then on, the annual French Riviera fete that usually oozes glamour, riches, bikinis, and (oh yeah) cinema, has endured a growing list of unprecedented and even shocking setbacks.

Guns have been drawn, dresses drenched, and body parts have been exposed.

Tobey McGuire and his wife Jennifer Meyer
Tobey McGuire and his wife Jennifer Meyer

5. Horrible Weather

Stars have been taking shelter and hiding under umbrellas during what's usually a lot of high-end fun in the sun. "The Great Gatsby" seemed to catch the brunt of the gray, wet weather as Leonardo DiCaprio, Carrie Mulligan, and the rest of the cast battled big raindrops on the red carpet.

4. Fashion Faux Pas

It seems we can't have any gatherings of the Hollywood elite without a wardrobe malfunction these days. Just ask Jennifer Lawrence. This time it was actress Eva Longoria who made the misstep – well, more like a miss-pull. In an attempt to pull her dress – with a high slit -- up from the wet ground, she wound up exposing her bottom half to the world. She joked about it later on Twitter (showing a picture of herself in another, safer dress choice):

3. What Women Filmmakers?

Like last year (and the three years before it), Cannes has come under scrutiny for failing to recognize women filmmakers. This year, only one film made by a woman is in the festival's main competition – and it hasn't been well received at all. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "A Castle in Italy" has been called "exasperating," "overwrought," and "unsubtle." It's worth noting that Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" – not in competition but screening at Cannes -- is winning critical praise.

2. Three Thefts and a Mugging

More than an estimated $1 million in Chopard jewelry was stolen at Cannes this year. If that weren't enough, there's a whole lot more theft to report: Zhang Qiang of the powerful China Film Group cancelled a press conference after his rented apartment was reportedly burglarized. “This film festival is not worth mentioning!” Zhang posted on Weibo (a microblogging service in China). A banker was mugged late one night near the Cannes train station. And a group of film business executives staying at a five-bedroom villa got all of their belongings stolen – minus their passports. How considerate?

Christoph Waltz a target?
Christoph Waltz a target?

1. Shots Fired, Oscar Winner Spared

Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz was dramatically ushered off the stage of a live French television broadcast when gunshots were heard. "Luckily for me they were blanks," Waltz said after the incident. A man was arrested at the scene and was found carrying a fake grenade and a knife.

It hasn't been all doom and gloom for the fest: The Coen Brothers are the bells of the ball at Cannes so far. Their tale of failure in "Inside Llewyn Davis" is getting raves from critics – perhaps a fitting tribute to the other many failures of this year's gathering.

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