Cannes Film Festival 2020 Cancelled! 20 Years Ago, My Trip To Cannes With Joan And Melissa Rivers!

Cannes 2020 Postponed…

With the worldwide pandemic far from resolved, the 2020 edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival has been postponed indefinitely.

The latest edition of the world’s most famous film festival was scheduled to begin on May 13. Instead, festival organizers are looking at new ways to keep the festival alive this year…

As The Guardian reported yesterday:

“The Cannes film festival appears to have halted any plans for a physical edition for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is aiming to sponsor screenings at other festivals and cinemas of the films that would have been selected for the festival.”

In an interview with Screen, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux said he “could never have imagined” something like the cancellation of the festival, which was originally due to start tomorrow and was “overcome with a great sense of melancholy and nostalgia.”

He added: “Under the circumstances, a physical edition of Cannes 2020 is hard to envisage, so we’ll have to do something different … Everyone understands that [it is] impossible this year.”

Frémaux said that, at the beginning of June, Cannes would announce a list of films that would have screened in the 2020 festival; titles he mentioned included Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods out of official competition – since Lee had been the head of this year’s jury.

Lee’s film will now premiere on Netflix in June.

When will the prestigious Cannes Film Festival be back? Still not clear, but it reminded me of the 12 times I attended the festival -including 20 years ago, when I was there with Joan and Melissa Rivers!

Joan and Melissa’s Cannes Fashion Review!

My wife Alex and I shot with Joan and Melissa for years, creating the “Live From The Red Carpet” award live events as well as the “Fashion Review” series.

20 years ago, we took Joan and Melissa to the film festival to review the celebrity red carpet fashions, and that year I managed to convince the famed Carlton Hotel to allow us to shoot the show on their famous dock!

Yes, we filmed a TV special on the end of the Carlton Hotel’s dock!

It was a blast to take Joan and Melissa to the world’s most illustrious film festival to talk fashion – and salary:

Joan and Melissa were a pleasure to work with – no one worked harder! We shot in Cannes several times with them, and Joan was as recognizable there as anywhere – always stopping to pose for pictures, sign autographs, or just have a nice conversation with fans – she NEVER turned anyone down.

This is Alex at the shoot as well – she had a great relationship with Joan and Melissa!

You can see more of our Cannes adventures with Joan and Melissa by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/05/12/melissa-rivers-new-memoir-joan-rivers-storms-cannes-joan-and-melissas-hilarious-cannes-fashion-review/

I got to hang out with some big stars in Cannes – like the time my Host Michael Castner was interviewing Arnold Schwarzenegger:

That’s me in the orange shirt on the left…you can click here to see the entire story of Arnold’s interview, with one of the funniest moments with the Superstar ever!

https://johnrieber.com/2014/05/14/cannes-2014-my-classic-arnold-schwarzenegger-encounter-big-star-planet-hollywood-shenanigans/

In addition to being the world’s most prestigious film festival, Cannes was also a film marketplace, so it was not unusual at all to have discovered Adult Film Star Jenna Jameson there as well!

We gave Jenna her first mainstream press exposure ever, and I had the chance to film with Jenna all over the world, including with Arnold, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone!

You can click here to see more of those “Wild On” travel adventures!

https://johnrieber.com/2013/12/31/wild-on-jenna-jameson-my-worldwide-jenna-adventure-starring-bruce-willis-and-sylvester-stallone/

If you like these stories, why not sign up to receive emails whenever I post? It’s easy to do, I do NOT collect any information about you at all, there are absolutely NO ads of any kind, just stories about movies, music, books, food, travel and pop culture…

You can sign up by clicking on my blog here and see the note on the right!

https://johnrieber.com

Sign up for a daily hit of social media, and let me know if you’ve ever been to Cannes!



Categories: Art, Books / Media, Cannes Film Festival, Cult Movies, Exotic Travel, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Hollywood, Memoirs, Movies, Pop Culture, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, TV Show

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 replies

  1. What great memories! I saw Joan Rivers live in SanFrancisco in the early 70’s. I never laughed so hard. She was the best!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So many great things being cancelled. Thanks for sharing these fascinating memories John. You and Alex should write a book!

    Like

  3. Going to Cannes must have been amazing for you! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, as so many incredible films have screened there. Sad they’ve had to cancel this year, but it’s definitely for the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow, this is Armageddon for sure! Thanks for sharing your amazing memories there – so cool

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It is a great shame, John, that Cannes has been cancelled. Maybe they will do an on-line conference or something. Not the same but better than nothing. You certainly have hobnobbed with the rich and famous.

    Like

  6. Great memories, John. You have lived a full and enviable life! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Carpe Diem Eire

Travel Through Ireland and Europe

roughwighting

Life in a flash - a weekly writing blog

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV

Shock, Schlock & Leftover Film Stock

A bloody valentine to exploitation films, cult film classics, direct to video dreck and other dirty, disreputable corners of cinema history

Wheelescapades

Tea, Tours and Escapades

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

Drift among the scribbles of writer Janet Gogerty

THE MASTER CYLINDER

This page is dedicated to all things of the past, movies, television, books, etc collected under one page if possible.

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul – de – sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

planks or it didn't happen

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

a potpourri of thoughts and experiences

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

a mindful traveler

explore, live, love...

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

%d bloggers like this: