UPDATE 2-"Great Gatsby" stars dazzle despite damp Cannes opening

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* "The Great Gatsby" opens 2013 Cannes festival

* Luhrmann dismisses negative reviews of his films

* Spielberg heads jury that includes Nicole Kidman

By Belinda Goldsmith

CANNES, France, May 15 (Reuters) - The Cannes film festival conjured up the "Roaring Twenties" on Wednesday with a glamorous opening night premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby", complete with dancers in flapper dresses on the red carpet and umbrellas to keep off the rain.

Nicole Kidman, a member of the jury at the biggest cinema gathering of the year, wore an off-white gown embroidered with spring flowers as she made her way into the Grand Theatre Lumiere past a wall of camera flashes and expectant fans.

"I'm going to blow away! I feel like Mary Poppins," the Australian actress joked.

She and eight other members of a panel led by Steven Spielberg must decide at the end of the 12-day festival who wins the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture, one of the most coveted movie honours outside the Oscars.

The cast of "The Great Gatbsy" arrived to loud cheers with all eyes on Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby in the flashy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel.   Continued...