There's nothing like a Rolling Stone, some classic tales of rock 'n' roll excess, and Hollywood's reigning party girl to give a shot of adrenaline a film festival after a week of austere, arty foreign films.
Granted, maybe the 2010 Cannes Film Festival didn't need Mick Jagger and Lindsay Lohan to liven things up. Maybe the usual assortment of mobs on the Croisette and starlets on the beach and yachts in the harbor -- and, oh yeah, movies in the theaters and screening rooms -- would have kept people interested regardless.
But Jagger came to town on Tuesday to promote the Rolling Stones documentary Stones in Exile, and Lohan arrived to hype her planned Linda Lovelace biopic and possibly get in some more trouble with the courts back in L.A. Suddenly the South of France partied a little harder.
And to think, only a day or two ago the big news was that Jean-Luc Godard failed to show up for his press conference.
Sure, you could argue that a Godard no-show has more to do with what Cannes is really about than a Jagger sneer or a Lohan stumble. And you'd be right. But if you're looking for a little tabloid attention, for TMZ and Perez Hilton to turn their gazes toward the South of France, then Mick and Lindsay certainly come in handy.