24 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Cannes Film Festival is famous for its lengthy standing ovations, but they can be daunting if you don't know what you're getting into, as Steve Carell discovered this week when the ovation wouldn't end after the premiere of his new film Foxcatcher. "Jessica Chastain was two rows up," Carell recalled to me earlier this week, "and I've never met Jessica Chastain, but I kept looking at her, like, 'What do I do?'" Indeed, many stars aren't sure how to handle those sustained bouts of applause, which can wax and wane for over ten minutes at some premieres here. How exactly do those mega ovations work? For an inside look, Vulture liveblogged the standing ovation at tonight's premiere of the drama Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.:00 The film ends, the first title card comes up, and the applause begins in the darkened theater. »


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