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In photos: At Cannes, Great Gatsby glam and Jackie Chan

As Day 2 of the French film festival gets underway, we check out last night's fabulous fashions from The Great Gatsby premier and check in with more stars at their seaside photocalls.

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The Great Gatsby, the American classic remade by Baz Lurhmann which, after hitting North American theatres last week, opened the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. Directed by Baz Luhrmann (second from the right), it includes cast members Tobey Maguire (left), Leonardo DiCaprio (second-left) and Joel Edgerton (right).

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Heavy rain did nothing to stop the fans clamoring for autographs from stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan (centre) on the red carpet. (On the left is cast member Elizabeth Debicki).

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DiCaprio, 38, who first worked with Luhrmann on the updated Shakespeare play Romeo + Juliet almost 20 years ago, offered a strong word of support for the director and his willingness to take on challenges. “He inspires you every day in the workplace to not only do your best, but dream big. You cannot get in a room with this man and not feel inspired, not feel nostalgic, not feel like you’re part of something special. He brings that out in everybody he works with, and it’s infectious. He’s also not afraid to take on incredibly classic stories that are embedded in our culture and that are incredibly risky to do.”

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After mediocre reviews from the film’s North American debut last week, the press gang in Cannes was far more enthusiastic about jamming into the press-conference room to see Luhrmann and the film’s stars – Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious, glamorous Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the dream girl Daisy, and Tobey Maguire as the retiring storyteller Nick. “The spirit was, if not exactly victorious, full of esprit de corps, offering frequent reminders that The Great Gatsby, after all, has gone through all this before,” writes The Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey from Cannes.

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Actress Freida Pinto poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film The Great Gatsby.

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Actress Zhang Yuqi.

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Actress Fan Bing Bing.

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The 66-year-old American filmmaker Steven Spielberg, after being asked repeatedly, was available for the first time to serve as chairman of the nine-member Cannes jury. Spielberg is showing a refreshing enthusiasm for the job, Lacey writes. “We’re always sitting in personal private judgment of the films we see,” said Spielberg at a press conference. “And others sit in judgment of us. So now it’s our turn.”

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Cast members Marine Vacth (right) and Geraldine Pailhas pose during a photocall for the film Jeune & Jolie (Young & Beautiful) on May 16, 2013.

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In The Bling Ring, director Sofia Coppola focuses on those outside the inner circle in the true story of a group of Southern California teens who followed the schedules of their favourite celebrities – Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and reality star Audrina Partridge – and then, having Googled their addresses to rob their homes of designer clothes and jewelry, posting the trophies on Facebook. From right, cast members Emma Watson, Claire Julien, director Sofia Coppola, and actor Taissa Fariga during a photocall.

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The Ring Bling cast member Emma Watson.

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Actor Jackie Chan jokes from the deck of a yacht during a photocall for the film Skiptrace.

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Actor Jackie Chan.

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