By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2009 at 9:07AM
Wednesday night some badly needed star power arrived on the Croisette for the opening night of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Brad Pitt did the press rounds during the day, and showed up at the black tie premiere with Angelina Jolie on his arm. Later they had a great time at the Basterds late night beach party, hanging in the jammed VIP corner with Robin Wright Penn, Til Schweiger, Eli Roth, Emile Hirsch, Michael Fassbender (who was grooving to Guns 'n Roses), Daniel Bruhl, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Thierry Fremaux, Bryan Lourd, and Hylda Queally.
Brad and Angelina seemed happy, as did an ebullient Quentin Tarantino, although TWC's 50/50 partner on the picture, Universal, UPDATE: is talking to the filmmaker about returning to the editing room post-Cannes to make some
trims edits that might include adding a scene, says Tarantino, who reminds that the film, at two hours 27 minutes, is well under his contractual final cut length of two hours 48 minutes.
Pitt talked to the Today Show (below). American Cannes TV coverage was down this year to just IFC, Extra, and E.T.--no Access Hollywood or E!-- CNN left after three days of no action (they should have waited). Jim Carrey got some press from driving a horse drawn carriage under snow machines in front of the Carlton for Bob Zemeckis's latest performance capture animation picture, Disney's Christmas Carol.
Thursday night, Harvey Weinstein threw his annual AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS event at the Moulins de Mougins. Sharon Stone was back to emcee the auction. She broke down crying over her tribute to fellow AID activist, Natasha Richardson. Harvey, whose daughters adore Twilight star Rob Pattinson auctioned off an impromptu set of Pattinson kisses. For $20,000 Euros each. Pattinson took it like a man.
The other big Cannes party of the week was Paul Allen's yacht party on Monday night, attended by Mick Jagger with Victoria Pearman, Tilda Swinton, Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita, Beth Swofford, Laurence Bender, Tarantino, Peggy Siegal, Paris Hilton, Bob and Jeanne Berney, and Dave Stewart, who played for half an hour. The yacht is 3000 square feet, and houses a screening room, observation deck, helicopter pad and submarine. Allen collects relics, including a bud vase from the Titanic, and explorer Ernest Shackleton's compass. The spread included Spanish Paella and oysters.
Here's Pitt's strange Today Show interview: