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John Travolta's 'Gotti' had a rocky road to the Cannes Film Festival and the challenges aren't over yet

CANNES, France - The soiree had all the trappings of an ultra-luxe affair: Guests dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns, wandered the grounds of one of the most expensive hotels in the world, the du Cap-Eden-Roc. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, partygoers sipped champagne until 50 Cent - who had been flown in to perform a 20-minute set - took to the stage.

It would have been an extravagant celebration for any movie, let alone one that was nearly released on video-on-demand last December.

But nothing about mobster biopic "Gotti," the John Travolta film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday, has been traditional. The film, which boasts no fewer than 29 executive producers on its final cut, has been in the works for nearly a decade, sparking so many casting headlines that it was almost comical - at one point, Lindsay Lohan was even attached.

Travolta, 64, came aboard the

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