CANNES, France -- The Price of Fame's Cannes Film Festival notebook overflowed with monetary morsels about movers and shakers in the movies. Here are a few choice leftovers.

Go Ask 'Alice'

Actress Mia Wasikowska -- who starred in the Cannes entry Restless -- is constantly on the road, so she keeps her finances simple. "I think things would get more complicated if I owned a place or something," the 21-year-old actress told TFOP. "Whenever I'm not working I go home to my parents' house in Australia and otherwise I live where I'm working. I'm in hotels."

Wasikowska's seemingly uncluttered strategy belies a skyrocketing career. She has completed nine films in about two years, according to IMDB, and she was the one actor in 2010 besides Leonardo DiCaprio who appeared in movies that grossed more than a combined $1 billion, according to Forbes.com. Most of that came from her turn as Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Part of her career plan is to parcel out her visibility. She said she was taken aback when she was referred to as a hot commodity before Alice even opened. "You can choose the amount of exposure you have so people don't get bored of you," she said. "I feel there's a fine line in films."

Taking Over the Family Business


Henry Hopper
, Wasikowska's Restless costar and the son of late actor Dennis Hopper, received business advice from his pop. But like a lot of 20-year-olds, he isn't following it.

"He was very interested in me just going forth and doing the things that came, working a lot and doing it and doing it and doing it," said Henry.

The elder Hopper, who appeared in more than 200 films, claimed that he never turned down a role after conquering drugs and alcohol in the mid-1980s, according to The New York Times. He also toiled for decades in the studio system, so it wasn't unusual for him to string together films, his son said. "For me, rushing into things without having an understanding of why I'm there or what I'm doing there is not something I want to do," the young Hopper explained.

Getting his first paycheck for acting was satisfying, he added, but he hasn't made up his mind yet if he'll pursue the craft for his living. "I do take it seriously and I love it very much, but the choices that guide me are not necessarily from a career standpoint."

Silence Was Golden


If you ever want to raise money for an outlandish personal dream, find the one wealthy person who believes in you.

It worked for Michel Hazanavicius, director of the Cannes film The Artist. Hazanavicius has a track record of successful spy spoofs in France, but his idea to make a black-and-white silent movie with French actors about the dawn of the talkies in Hollywood earned him plenty of silence from potential backers. Until he met producer Thomas Langmann.

Many producers are better at receiving checks than writing them. So imagine Hazanavicius' surprise when Langmann dug deep to come to the rescue. "At one time we had an unfortunate gap and we needed money," the director recalled. " I think he put in something like 3 million euros [$4.2 million] of his own money. Nobody does that."

Langmann then convinced another producer to fork over the last 1.5 million euros [$2.1 million] to bring the budget to the 9.5 million euros [$13.3 million] that Hazanavicius needed.

The gamble appears to be paying off for everyone. The film, starring Jean Dujardin, who won best actor at Cannes, and Hazanavicius' companion, Berenice Bejo, charmed audiences here and has been acquired by The Weinstein Company.

The Price of Fame asked Hazanavicius to offer some advice on how to convince a backer to hand over copious amounts of cash.

"Find your own Thomas Langmann," he said.

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imustbegoingnow

The headline reads,, "actress talks 1B" Then you read the article and there is no mention of that much money except it says she was in movies that totaled more than that. She did not say a word about that money. How misleading can you get?

May 29 2011 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawrencefishberg

Advice from the rich, pampered kids from rich pampered parents to the sweating hoard.....

May 29 2011 at 5:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel

All I can say is interesting, but I feel these stars from Cannes are pouring it on a little thick regarding their money.
We don't need them rubbing it in.

May 29 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
gcali57

I don't watch TV anymore, tired of watching spoiled Gen. X/Y trust fund slackers rubbing peoples noses in their wealth... get a life, get a job- don't be a leech the rest of your life, huh?

May 28 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
me

It's nice to be picky when you are LOADED. I'm not loaded so picky I CANNOT BE.

May 28 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kastmaster2105

I need someone to invest in my dream. Thats only $50K...Trl and veh. for my "portible Fish WeighStation". Like many big bass tournaments, WeighMasters come up w/ big money sponsors and somehow aquire what they NEED to work w/. I have been a Certified WeighMaster here in Texas for 11 1/2 yrs making a few dollars here and there. When I mean a few, thats what exactly I mean. I turned my part ime hobby into a business (TBA) ''Coastal Bend Weigh Team" here in Hitchcock, Texas, right near Galvestons North side of its West Bay System. There are quiet a few low money events down here and very very few BIG money events pass thru here and down the coastline. I want to stay in Texas and work the Coastline for some big events if possible. This may be cheaper than dragging all their around the US. It'll eventually cost more than requested , but we have to start small with a well put together enclosed trailer, w/ lights, exterior doors, cabinets, tables, lighting, cooling and heating, stage, speaker system.....guess I could go on an on. But thats my personal dream, my familys included and getting a better built home for us. So wheres the big money? Banks won't touch us. I surely don't know anyone. Thats my story. Send a message to me at kastmaster2105@aol.com Ed..............thats me

May 28 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
jazzinindy

and she sucked as Alice

May 28 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Dwight

Why isn't Huffington talking about pete fonda's threat to obama?

“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” the actor told The Daily Telegraph at the international film festival. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words 'Barack Obama,' but …”

May 24 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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sunklst

Perhaps you should pose your question on the Huffington Post site. (This is DailyFinance)

May 28 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply