Amitabh Bachchan, Leonardo DiCaprio at Cannes as The Great Gatsby opens the festival

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan walked the red carpet along with the cast of his debut Hollywood movie The Great Gatsby at the opening of 66th Cannes Film Festival.    The Cannes Film Festival got under way with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. (AP)
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan walked the red carpet along with the cast of his debut Hollywood movie The Great Gatsby at the opening of 66th Cannes Film Festival.
The Cannes Film Festival got under way with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. (AP)
Amitabh Bachchan with Joel Edgerton at the Cannes.  The French Riviera extravaganza began on a rainy Wednesday, where the prestigious festival was to open with the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. (AP)
Amitabh Bachchan with Joel Edgerton at the Cannes.
The French Riviera extravaganza began on a rainy Wednesday, where the prestigious festival was to open with the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. (AP)
After Luhrmann noted that the film had pushed Fitzgerald's novel to the top of the bestseller list (selling more copies in a week than in the author's lifetime), DiCaprio added with a grin: "And a little film adaptation is doing quite well at the box office." (AP)
After Luhrmann noted that the film had pushed Fitzgerald's novel to the top of the bestseller list (selling more copies in a week than in the author's lifetime), DiCaprio added with a grin: "And a little film adaptation is doing quite well at the box office." (AP)
Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes. (AP)
Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki pose for photographers during a photo call for the film The Great Gatsby at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes. (AP)
In a press conference on Wednesday, the cast came in sailing on popular success, if not great reviews. "I knew that would come," said Baz Luhrmann, noting the initially poor critical response in 1925 to the novel. "I just care that people are going out there and seeing it." Seen here Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo Di Caprio. (AP)
In a press conference on Wednesday, the cast came in sailing on popular success, if not great reviews. "I knew that would come," said Baz Luhrmann, noting the initially poor critical response in 1925 to the novel. "I just care that people are going out there and seeing it."
Seen here Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo Di Caprio. (AP)
But "Gatsby" opened with a strong performance at the box office, taking in $51.1 million. The film is making its European premiere at Cannes on Wednesday night, nearly a week after opening in North America.  Such timing is atypical for Cannes, but the glamorous, flashy film is otherwise perfectly in line with the glitzy festival. It also returns Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Jay Gatsby, to Cannes' famous red carpet. Leonardo DiCaprio, his British co-star Carey Mulligan   and director Luhrmann. (Reuters)
But "Gatsby" opened with a strong performance at the box office, taking in $51.1 million. The film is making its European premiere at Cannes on Wednesday night, nearly a week after opening in North America.
Such timing is atypical for Cannes, but the glamorous, flashy film is otherwise perfectly in line with the glitzy festival. It also returns Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Jay Gatsby, to Cannes' famous red carpet.
Leonardo DiCaprio, his British co-star Carey Mulligan and director Luhrmann. (Reuters)
Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio pose together at Cannes. (AP)
Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio pose together at Cannes. (AP)

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