June 12, 1995 12:00 PM

Hugh Grant and girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley, Estée Lauder’s spokesmodel, generated Cannes heat as they arrived at the film festival, where Grant was an award presenter.

Johnny Depp was a two-timer at Cannes, walking the red carpet to showcase movies in which he stars: Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man.

Some like it hot, for instance Tony Curtis, who shorts-circuited Cannes. The actor was there to hype his movie The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man and His Faithful Sidekick Tadpole due this fall.

Sharon Stone, sheathed in Valentino, caught her own western, The Quick and the Dead, the closer at the Cannes festival. She also presented the top award to Yugoslavian director Emir Kusturica for Underground.

Festival goer Nicolas Cage showed his bride, Patricia Arquette, some pupil power before they viewed Beyond Rangoon, a drama in which Arquette plays an American doctor stranded in Burma.

Nicole Kidman fanned interest in her new movie To Die For, a black comedy by director Gus Van Sant (left), while hubby Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossible in London.

NYPD Blue’s Dennis Franz copped an attitude in Providence, where he and Dustin Hoffman are starring in American Buffalo, the movie version of David Mamet’s play about squabbling, would-be crooks.

What’s up, doc? Barbra Streisand was awarded an honorary degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The pomp and circumstance left the singer a little farklempt after she spoke of her late father, a teacher.

Whoa, Melly! Stud-on-a-steed Mel Gibson saddled up on Broadway for his appearance on David Letter-man’s Late Show, where he chatted up his action epic Braveheart. The movie took in $12.9 million at the box office on its first weekend.

Prince Harry, 10, stuck it to his nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke with a polo mallet at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire, England, where his papa, Prince Charles, was playing polo. Dad’s reaction to Harry’s horseplay? A playful clip to his royal ears.

Party of Five cast members (from left) Matthew Fox, 28, Lacey Chabert, 12, and Scott Wolf, 26, celebrated Fox TV’s renewal of the acclaimed but low-rated series during a network party at New York City’s Tavern on the Green.

Spokeswoman Queen Latifah, the rapper and star of TV’s Living Single, swapped her trademark turban for sturdier headgear when she rode her motorcycle to Manhattan’s Cafe Tabac for Naomi Campbell‘s 25th birthday party.

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