Hollywood comes to Cannes

Hollywood star Jude Law and singer-songwriter Norah Jones will bring a touch of glamour to the opening of the 60th Cannes Film Festival today.

Their new romantic movie, My Blueberry Nights, has been selected to officially open the famous two-week event in the south of France.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino are also set to grace the Croisette this year.

But today, all eyes will be on whether Come Away With Me singer Jones, 28, the daughter of renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, can cut it in her first acting role.

The film’s cult Chinese director Wong Kar Wai claimed he could see that the US star had an “acting aura”.

Jones takes the lead role as a part-time waitress who embarks on a journey across the US after getting her heart broken.

Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz also star in the film, which is 34-year-old Law’s first since slushy romantic movie The Holiday.

Mother-of-four Jolie is expected to jet into the south of France later in the week for the world premiere of her new film A Mighty Heart.

Her boyfriend, Pitt, produced the drama about the real-life abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Jolie stars as Pearl’s wife Mariane, who is attending a press conference with British film-maker Michael Winterbottom.

This year will not be Pitt’s first time at the festival – he previously attended with Jennifer Aniston.

Three years ago, ex-Friends star Aniston jetted out to the Riviera at the last minute amid rumours of her husband’s closeness to Jolie, who was in the south of France promoting a separate film.

Pictures of Pitt and Aniston cuddling on the Cannes red carpet at the opening of his movie, Troy, made headlines around the world, putting a temporary end to rumours of a split.

Cannes will also be the location for the world premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Death Proof, which has been selected for the festival’s official competition.

Despite winning the trophy last year with Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley and a buoyant period for homegrown cinema, British film is absent from the line-up of films in competition this year.

Consolation comes in the form of The Queen director Stephen Frears, who is only the second Briton to serve as festival jury President.

The Director’s Fortnight sidebar features a British film, Control, about the life of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of the band Joy Division who killed himself in 1980 at the age of 23.

Films in competition for the Palme d’Or include Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, No Country for Old Men from the Coen brothers, as well as titles from Russia, South Korea and France.

The Hollywood blockbuster will arrive in the form of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Thirteen, featuring Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Al Pacino.

The festival has rekindled its love affair with Hollywood after cooling to mainstream film in the early 1970s.

Last year, the biggest Hollywood title, The Da Vinci Code, was slated by critics.

The negative publicity did not stop the movie taking a massive 758 million (£382 million) worldwide.

But film experts have commented that last year’s critical maulings may have led to fewer blockbusters in Cannes this year.

Other highlights include Fahrenheit 9/11 film-maker Michael Moore’s new documentary, Sicko, about the US healthcare system and DiCaprio’s environmental documentary The 11th Hour.

Actress and party girl Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Brook, and some of the cast of new British film St Trinian’s are also expected to be making appearances this year.

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