Ban on flat shoes kicks off furor at Cannes Film Festival

Lionel Cironneau/APAn unidentified guest walks on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "The Measure of a Man" at the 68th international film festival

The Cannes Film Festival might represent the cutting edge of cinema, but it’s seriously out of step with women’s footwear.

The tony French festival sent tingles through the feet of ladies everywhere when it reportedly barred women in flat shoes from entering a film premiere this week, and those tingles were still being felt Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest, at the best of times” actress Emily Blunt said Tuesday evening at the Cannes premiere of her new thriller about Mexico’s drug wars, “Sicario.” “You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality.”

Cannes stepped into “Shoegate” Sunday after several middle-aged women were turned away from a premiere of Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol” for wearing flats, according to Screen International magazine. Asif Kapadia, director of the Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy,” tweeted that his wife was initially barred entry to his film’s Cannes premiere Saturday because she wasn’t wearing heels.

Festival spokeswoman Christine Aime, however, said Cannes’ dress code doesn’t require heels for anybody, adding that overzealous festival staff would be “reminded” that flats are always in fashion.


Lying about age is a tradition for female stars (thanks, patriarchy), but an ex-classmate just busted Australian actress Rebel Wilson, 29 (allegedly).

The source spilled the beans on Wilson’s age and less-than-rebellious real name Monday on the Australian website Woman’s Day. The source snarked that during their school days, “no one knew of a Rebel Wilson. Her name is — or was — Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, and she’s 36.”

On Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald confirmed Wilson is actually 35, though the “Pitch Perfect” star took it in stride. “OMG I’m actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as ‘CC Chalice,’” Wilson tweeted, adding, “Okay but all jokes aside now…my real name is Fat Patricia,” referencing a “Pitch Perfect” quip.


The final episode of “The Late Show With David Letterman” airs tonight, although the full guest list is still under wraps. … One person who probably won’t be appearing on Letterman’s last show is former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, who was spotted filming his show “Jay’s Garage” at San Francisco Motorcycle Club in the Mission on Tuesday, according to the Urban Almanac blog.


Actress Naturi Naughton (“Power”) is 31. … Singer Susan Cowsill is 56. … Singer-actress Cher (“Moonstruck”) is 69.

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