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Cannes Pattern: Skip Press Conference, Show for Movie; Gibson Walks Beaver Red Carpet

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 17, 2011 at 4:20AM

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

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Cannes, Drama, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

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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.