CANNES WATCH: R-Patz rates romps; Chastain billows

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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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LOOK OF THE DAY: JESSICA CHASTAIN

CANNES, France — Ivory-skinned, red-head beauty Jessica Chastain looked like an ethereal Roman goddess for the "Foxcatcher" premiere at Cannes in a gown by Elie Saab.

The asymmetrical, one-shoulder, silk couture gown — in on-trend purple — fluttered and turned elemental as the French Riviera wind picked up, showing off the beauty of the delicate ruffles.

Taken from the haute couture spring-summer 2014, Lebanese designer Saab shows he's lost none of his talent with the va-va-voom traffic stoppers. And Chastain worked the carpet — and the wind — with grace.

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

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R-PATZ RATES FILM ROMP WITH MOORE

Robert Pattinson is making quite a surprising reputation for himself — as the actor who has sex with older women in cars on film.

The 28-year-old star plays Jerome, a chauffeur and would-be actor, in David Cronenberg's latest film "Maps to the Stars," which premiered Monday at Cannes. In it, he has a romp with the desperate Julianne Moore character in a car.

And it comes just two years after he filmed a sex scene with the 50-year-old Juliette Binoche in a limousine in Cronenberg's last film "Cosmopolis."

Quizzed by journalists on the dubious habit, he rated the respective performance of his co-stars.

"Both(are) like 7s. I'm joking. Obviously Julianne. It was a wonderful experience. It was extremely sweaty," he said.

"It's sublime," retorted Moore, 53.

As for Cronenberg, he said the reason why he's included automotive sex scenes in his films is simple — it happens.

"There's an entire generation of Americans who have been spawned in the backseat of 1974 Fords.  It's not like I invented Sex in cars.  You have to remember that that part of the sexual revolution came about because of the automobile, because of the fact that young people could get away from their parents from being supervised and that was freedom," he said. "So I don't think I'm breaking any new territory when there's a scene of people having sex in cars.  I mean why wouldn't you?  I mean, there are so many great cars around."

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

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WIND BEDEVILS OUTFITS ON THE CARPET

A stiff breeze made conditions challenging for the glamour girls walking the Cannes red carpet Monday.

Jessica Chastain came to the "Foxcatcher" premiere in a flowing purple gown, but it flowed more than she liked in the wind. She had to use her hands to hold down the one-shoulder dress, with its leg-baring slit, to prevent it from becoming even more revealing.

Singer Cheryl Cole faced similar struggles with her sumptuous black dress, which was above the knee in front with a long train attached.

Monday's weather offered a cool departure from the radiant sun and warmth that previously blessed the festival. Beneath gloomy skies, it rained sporadically all day.

— Nekesa Mumbi Moody — http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi

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MORTENSEN' S LINGUISTIC CHALLENGE

Viggo Mortensen's Cannes film "Juaja" was made by an Argentinian but partly in Danish — which presented some interesting challenges for the Danish-American actor.

"(It's) kind of strange: I would have thought it would be in Denmark where I work in Danish first," he quipped in an interview Monday.

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