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Cannes Adds Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates 4; Allen Controls Opener, Adds Baldwin to Rome Film

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2011 at 5:41AM

No reviews of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which does for the City of Light what Manhattan did for New York, will run ahead of its unveiling opening night at Cannes (6 PM Croisette time) on May 11. That means there will be no advance press screening that day. Much like the last Indiana Jones installment, Cannes critics will leap from their chairs to file ASAP. The press conference will take place the following day.
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No reviews of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which does for the City of Light what Manhattan did for New York, will run ahead of its unveiling opening night at Cannes (6 PM Croisette time) on May 11. That means there will be no advance press screening that day. Much like the last Indiana Jones installment, Cannes critics will leap from their chairs to file ASAP. The press conference will take place the following day.

Meanwhile Allen is already casting his next untitled movie, to be shot in Rome, with Alec Baldwin and --possibly--Jesse Eisenberg joining Penelope Cruz.

In other Cannes news, Paramount will continue the long Jeff Katzenberg tradition of bringing a DreamWorks animated film to Cannes for a worldwide marketing blitz; they will unveil Jennifer Yuh's 3-D Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (stateside release May 26, SuperBowl spot below), in which Po and the Furious Five travel to China to battle a foe and seek out Po's origin story. UPDATE: Le Figaro reports that Disney will "avant-premiere" Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (stateside opening May 20, trailer below) at Cannes on May 14 with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz walking up the red steps--presumably outside the official selection.

Cannes will announce the official programme--which is expected to include new films from Pedro Almodovar, Terrence Malick, Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Nanni Moretti, Aki Kaurismaki, Lynne Ramsay, Sarah Polley, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars von Trier and Alexander Payne--early on Thursday April 14. Likely not finished in time are new films from Tomas Alfredsson, Walter Salles, David Cronenberg, Wong Kar Wai, Andrea Arnold, and Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Independents, Studios, Video, Woody Allen, Cannes, comedy, Animation, DreamWorks, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.