Blue Heaven

Visions of blueberry pie whetted appetites for silver-screen action at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival here Wednesday night.

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"I'm determined to get to a few parties," said Collette, preparing for an intensive run of screenings. As the movie credits rolled, the stars divided into camps with the Valentino crowd headed off to a candlelit dinner hosted by the designer and Chopard at Nikki Beach and others off to the movie's after party, hosted by Louis Vuitton and Studio Canal.

Across town, Faye Dunaway, Jessica Simpson and Aishwarya Rai joined the crew of "Blueberry Nights" in a sprawling hangar designed to re-create the movie's ambience. Dunaway headed to bed early, though. "I'm here to study," said the actress, who's currently directing her first movie, "Master Class."

Simpson, meanwhile, who'd just hopped off the plane from Paris, said she was readying to ditch her brunette locks and go back to her blonde roots for her next role in "Major Movie Star." So how's it been being a brunette? "I'm less recognizable, more respected and I come across as more intelligent," said Simpson, who wore a vintage Hervé Léger dress. So can she speak French? Pause. "Er…oui!"
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