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Monday, 15 May, 2000, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
All Saints march in to Cannes

All Saints film has had a mixed reaction
All Saints stars Melanie Blatt and Nicole and Natalie Appleton were at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday for a gala screening of their debut movie.

The singers will be guests of honour at a special midnight showing of Honest, in which they star as a trio of gun-toting robbers.

The film, directed by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, is set in the London of the Swinging Sixties.

Despite gathering a string of lukewarm reviews in the UK, Honest has received a more positive reception in Cannes.

'Star in the making'

The daily festival edition of the film industry bible Hollywood Reporter praised the film and described Nicole Appleton as a star in the making.

But although it has been given an official screening, Honest is not one of the 23 films competing at the annual festival for the Palme d'Or best movie prize.

The latest Merchant Ivory costume drama, Golden Bowl, is, though, and supermodel Jerry Hall, Hollywood star Uma Thurman and French acting legend Catherine Deneuve were all at the premiere.


Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte: Blast for studio bosses
Hall arrived in a stunning black dress and emerald and diamond necklace while Thurman, who starts in the drama, was wearing a colourful wrap-around dress.

Deneuve, who also has a film playing at the festival, was greeted with cheers when she turned up in a gold suit and long red scarf.

Also attending the screening were the film's others stars Nick Nolte, James Fox and Jeremy Northam, plus director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant.

'Star system'

Earlier, Nolte, who has starred in films such as 48 Hours and Prince of Tides, used a news conference to attack the Hollywood "star system"

It's the same scripts they do over and over again

Nick Nolte

He accused studio bosses of churning out the same scripts over and over again just to make easy money.

"The star system sucks," he said. "Basically Hollywood boils down to four or five male leads. They're making giant films because they want huge returns. It's the same scripts they do over and over again. I hope it all blows up in their face."
Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman greets fans at gala screening

One actor keeping his feet on the ground is Oscar-nominated youngster Haley Joel Osment, in Cannes to promote his latest film, Edges of the Lord, which is set in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The 12-year-old, who shot to overnight stardom after appearing alongside Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense, said he still did his homework and led a "regular" life.

Osment's father, Eugene, said of his son: "He picks up the dog poop in the yard, he picks up the lizard poop in the aquarium. He does regular things with his friends. He has normal birthday parties in the park and when he gets home he does his homework."

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