The 63rd Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday, and the Internet has been a sea of news and goodies:

Our Coverage: A big welcome to new Cinematical writer Joe Utichi, who will single-handedly cover Cannes for us this year. He's already offered up 10 Hot Flicks screening at the festival this year, plus tips for surviving the Cannes experience.

Celeb Sightings: When it comes to Cannes, there are no shortage of celebrities. Above, you can check out Cate Blanchett rocking a dress by Alexander McQueen. Salma Hayek also showed off a new frock, as Cannes isn't just about the sightings, you see, but the fashion. Aishwarya Rai, meanwhile, blew a kiss to cameras on the carpet for the opening of the fest. Eva Longoria shared a picture from the Robin Hood party of her with Gael Garcia Bernal. For his film Tournee (On Tour), director Mathieu Amalric showed up with some sassy burlesque dancers. Also, check out this video from the Washington Post for more celeb footage, and this video of ET talking to the peeps behind Wall Street. If that's not enough, AOL India has whipped up a gallery of the 10 Most Beautiful Women to ever hit Cannes.

News from Cannes: As the cameras turn onto a slew of international directors, they're also turning attention to Roman Polanski. There's a new petition making the rounds, that asks the Swiss government to refuse an extradition request. Only signed by filmmakers, the petition includes Jean-Luc Godard, Mathieu Amalric, and Bernard Tavernier.
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