CANNES WATCH: Lively soars, Kidman talks lows

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CANNES, France (AP) — The Associated Press is all over the Cannes Film Festival — from its glitzy premieres to the celeb parties and quirky moments in between. Here's what reporters have seen and heard:

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BLAKE LIVELY FOR THE WINNING LOOK

Blake Lively stunned crowds at the Cannes opening of "Grace of Monaco" in Gucci Premiere, wearing a beautifully constructed shoulder-less, two-tone bordeaux silk chiffon bustier dress.

The daring slit down the "Gossip Girl" star's floor-length fluttery pleated skirt exposed a toned left leg and drew attention away from the fact that the gown's color slightly clashed with the bright red carpet. Lively is at Cannes as a L'Oreal ambassador and as the better half of actor Ryan Reynolds, whose film "Captives" is competing for the Palme d'Or.

— By Thomas Adamson — http://www.twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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KIDMAN'S SUCCESS HAS COME WITH PERSONAL LOWS

Nicole Kidman has never had to make the choice that Grace Kelly did, quitting acting to begin another life as Princess of Monaco. But she's rarely found equilibrium in her career and personal life.

"When I won the Oscar, I went home and I didn't have (love) in my life," said Kidman, who won best actress for "The Hours" in 2003, two years after she and Tom Cruise were divorced. "That was the most intensely lonely experience in my life."

Kidman stars as Kelly in "Grace of Monaco," which premiered Wednesday as the opener of the Cannes Film Festival. In it, she plays Kelly following her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco (Tim Roth) as she adjusts to royal life and severs ties with Hollywood.

"Strangely for me, the greatest highs have coincided with the greatest lows," Kidman said. "So (during) my professional highs a lot of times I've had personal lows and they've collided. That's always aggravated me that it's gone that way. I'm hoping one day I can have a professional high and a personal high."

Kidman said she drew from her own life to empathize with Kelly, although their husbands are very different.

"I am married to a prince," said Kidman, who wed Keith Urban in 2006. "A country prince."

— By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle — http://twitter.com/jake_coyle

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AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR LAMBASTS SEXISM IN CINEMA

Jane Campion, the only female director in Cannes Film Festival history to win the Palme d'Or, threw a punch at the male-dominated film industry during Cannes' inaugural jury press conference.

"There is inherent sexism in the industry. ... It does feel very undemocratic," said Campion, this year's jury president, sitting alongside jury members Wednesday including director Sofia Coppola and actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Willem Dafoe.

"Excuse me, gentlemen. It's not that I resent the male filmmakers ... but there are some things that women are doing that we don't get to know about ... a more feminine vision," she said, adding that only 7 percent of 1,800 entries submitted to the Cannes Film Festival were directed by women.

But the "Piano" director from New Zealand, who's known for her good humor, dispelled the tensions at one point.

"My big problem is: What to wear? That's everyone's problem at the Cannes Film Festival. There's a very high bar."

Campion won the Palme d'Or, the festival's top honor, in 1993 for "The Piano."

— By Thomas Adamson — http://www.twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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REACTION TO 'SUGARMAN' DIRECTOR DEATH:

"I briefly met him last year at the Oscars and it is very shocking. And I am very sad that it just happens like that." — Gael Garcia Bernal, filmmaker and actor, on the apparent suicide of "Searching for Sugarman" director Malik Bendjelloul.

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'GRACE' MOVIE RENEWS INTEREST IN KELLY AS FASHION ICON:

Grace Kelly can bring to mind several things: an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress, a mother, a princess and a Nicole Kidman movie premiering at the Cannes Film Festival.

But to many, she will always be one of the world's greatest fashion icons.

Kidman's "Grace of Monaco" is renewing focus on Kelly's stylish impact. The day the Hitchcock blonde married Monegasque Prince Rainier in April 1956, it forever sealed the links between Monaco, the French Riviera and glamour.

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