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Hollywood stars set for Cannes

Some of Hollywood's biggest names including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman are expected to walk down the red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival - but organisers have warned them to leave their selfie sticks at home.

Among the films being shown in competition at the festival is lesbian love story Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers in 1950s New York.

Also showing is MacBeth with Fassbender as the Scottish king and Marion Cotillard as his wife, and Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, which has a cast including Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda.

The line-up was announced today at a press conference where festival director Thierry Fremaux called selfies "ridiculous and grotesque" and said the festival strongly discouraged them.

A total of 17 films are in the running for the prestigious Palme d'Or next month including Gus Van Sant's The Sea Of Trees, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.

Films showing out of competition include a documentary about the life of tragic singer Amy Winehouse.

The movie, called Amy, is directed by Asif Kapadia. A trailer has been released showing the singer as a youngster predicting she would never be able to "handle" fame.

Winehouse died aged 27 in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning.

Kapadia has already tasted critical and commercial success with his documentary Senna, about the Brazilian Formula 1 driver.

Also showing out of competition are Mad Max: Fury Road and Woody Allen's Irrational Man.

The w inners of the Palme d'Or and other prizes will be chosen by a jury led by directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

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