Thompson on Hollywood

One has to hope that Cannes director Thierry Fremaux nips this trend in the bud.

Two major players have now skipped their press conferences, and Terrence Malick avoided the red carpet Monday night before arriving inside the Palais for the screening. Tuesday Mel Gibson was the no-show at the press conference for Jodie Foster's The Beaver. Foster has gotten used to covering for her beleaguered co-star, who was expected to do the red carpet and screening Tuesday night, which would at least help to promote the movie, which has tanked stateside, overseas.

UPDATE: Gibson came through and walked the red carpet as promised, but did not talk to press. The Beaver landed a receptive Palais audience and standing ovation.