Cannes 2017! Remembering Joan Rivers! Jenna Jameson! My Seven Greatest Cannes Film Festival Moments! Arnold Schwarzenegger! JCVD! My Favorite Cannes!

On the eve of the 2017 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, here’s a look at some of my favorite moments…

Cannes France

Welcome To Cannes 2017!

Located in the south of France, on the fabled French Riviera, Cannes is one of the most beautiful spots on earth! And for two weeks a year, is is also the site of the world’s most glamorous film festival. Need proof?


Bjork Cannes film festival dress

arnold schwarzenegger in cannes 1977

Um, well maybe it’s not ALL glamour, but it IS full of stars, like the year Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to show off his new movie!

The 70th edition of the festival got off to a rocky start when the official poster was released:

People noticed that some creative airbrushing was done to it…click here to see the whole story:

the festival always has some sort of mini-controversy brewing – but I wanted to look at some of the great times I’ve had there!

Joan and Melissa Rivers 2000 Cannes

Joan and Melissa Rivers Storm Cannes!

I had my own legendary Comedian in Cannes when I took Joan and Melissa Rivers to the south of France to film a “Cannes Fashion Review!”

Here is the first of my favorite Cannes experiences!

Joan and Melissa Rivers

Joan Rivers Cannes 2000 filming

I shot with Joan and Melissa in Cannes twice, and they were so much fun to film with! You can read all about it here:

Joan was a consummate professional, and Melissa co-hosted and produced the show as well – one of my all-time favorite TV experiences.

Before Joan, I was able to film with another Superstar in Cannes – which is my next great Cannes experience:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Cannes

Castner Takes On “Ah-nuld!”

Yes, that’s my great E! Host Michael Castner interviewing Arnold Schwarzenegger about the new “Planet Hollywood” restaurant chain he was opening with Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis!

The best part of this shoot was watching Arnold chastise his Publicist for letting us talk to him beyond our allotted time!

You can see our entire “Ah-nuld” encounter here:

My travels around the world with “Planet Hollywood” included another Cannes connection as well:

Jenna Jameson Cannes

Jenna Jameson Cannes film festival

Jenna Jameson’s “Planet Hollywood” Adventure!

My wife Alex and I discovered legendary Adult Actress Jenna Jameson in Cannes, and she hosted several segments for E! She was great to work with, and we will always remember it as one of our great Cannes experiences! Jenna was also my Host for the openings of Planet Hollywood in Singapore and Bangkok, where she got to interview Arnold’s other “PH” partners!

Jenna Jameson Sylvester Stallone

Jenna Jameson Bruce Willis

This trip was full of wacky encounters, which you can read here:

My next Cannes experience was “royal” – I got to hang out with Prince Albert of Monaco!


Yes, that’s me talking to Alex in the foreground, and Prince Albert surrounded by Hawaiian Tropics girls in the back…I met him and it was a hilarious night for many reasons….check it out here:

One of the best parts of Cannes is when you run into a star…as this photo I took of Jack Nicholson proves – sometimes they just show up above you!

jack nicholson cannes film festival

I turned, saw him hovering, and snapped…not my best shot ever, but hey – IT’S JACK NICHOLSON!

My next memorable Cannes experience involved the “Muscles From Brussels!”

Jean-Claude Van Damme in Cannes

Alex and a colleague watch as Michael Castner interviewed Jean-Claude Van Damme at the legendary Hotel du Cap…I was lucky enough to hang out with JCVD many times while I was at E!, and you can see some of it here:

All this talk of celebrities in Cannes has made me hungry, and Cannes offers up a great “Canneswich!”

John Rieber Cannes Club Sandwich

The sandwiches in Cannes were great, see the recipe here:

Finally, one of my best Cannes encounters involved the late Robin Williams:


Robin Williams was incredibly gracious, warm and funny…you can read about my encounter here:

I hope you enjoyed my trip to the south of France!

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  1. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    On the eve of the 2017 festival, some fun moments…

  2. I miss having Joan Rivers walking the earth with me.


  1. The Last Horror Film! Caroline Munro’s Hair! Joe Spinell’s A Troma “Fanatic!” – johnrieber
  2. Cannes-troversy! Film Festival’s 70th Anniversary Poster “Slims Down” Claudia Cardinale! – johnrieber
  3. Director Brett Ratner’s Cannes Controversy! The World’s Most Exclusive Hotel Bans Him For Life! – johnrieber

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