THE POPCORN REEL FROM OVER HERE: COVERAGE OF THE 61ST CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MAY 14 THROUGH MAY 27, 2008

Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Jack Black of the film "Kung Fu Panda" at a photocall last night at the 61st Cannes Film Festival.  (Photo: Valery Hache/Agence France Presse/Getty Images)

Cannes Makes A "Panda" Move On Day Two

By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel

May 16, 2008


By all accounts the panda took center stage last night on day two of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, where spectators and press photographers took endless pictures of Angelina Jolie (who lent her voice to the animated film "Kung Fu Panda") and Brad Pitt (whose next film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", directed by David Fincher, will open in December in the U.S.)  Ms. Jolie, who announced that she is pregnant with twins, was joined with fellow "Panda" cast members Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu and Jack Black.  Mr. Black, who appeared in "Be Kind Rewind" in February and has a prominent role in "Tropic Thunder" this August is the main focus of "Kung Fu Panda", which opens on June 6 in the U.S. and Canada.

There were no major film buys at the Festival yesterday, but chances are there will be some big purchases of films before too long.  Michael Moore is expected to get a positive reception at Cannes today, where he is beloved after "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "SiCKO".  He will be in Cannes to promote the sequel to "Fahrenheit" and shop it around.

Yesterday The Popcorn Reel reported that the "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull" screening would take place at Cannes in a matter of hours -- but that was erroneous.  Steven Spielberg's epic adventure will have its world premiere at Cannes on Sunday.

Day One


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