THE CANNES film festival, the world’s top cinema showcase, rolled out the red carpet yesterday to welcome a bevy of movie megastars and A-list directors. Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who co-stars with Russell Crowe in the opening film, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, declared the 63rd edition of the glitzy Riviera festival open at a gala ceremony. Minutes earlier, the festival took a new swipe at Iran, leaving an empty seat on stage at its gala opening for jailed Iranian director

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