Today is indeed the first day of Cannes, and the streets of metaphorical Hollywood are filled with metaphorical tumbleweeds as everyone who’s anyone with a large company to pay their way is in the South of France. We’re still here, as, we’re guessing, are you, but should either of us feel the need for a Croisette-level view of the festival, it sees everyone and their mother is doing a Cannes diary. We direct you to Mary and Richard Corliss at Time and Mary McNamara at the LA Times, just because they’re the first ones we came across.
Otherwise, the Guardian points out that while last year was a politically charged media cirucs, this year is "shaping up to be a more subdued and comfy affair, with a lineup featuring old favourites." They also offer a gallery of said old favorites (director-sighting being the new bird-watching) and a quiz which we got a measly 4/10 on. Hollywood Reporter looks at the buyer’s angle, what with Miramax still undecided about which staff members are going to be kept on and which will be released into the wild, and Weinsteins Incorporated or whatever the brothers are calling their new company hiring some employees who are technically still under contract with Miramax (including, we suppose, the Weinsteins themselves), and Warner Independent still shaky from a tough year.
And via the Independent, it seems that, despite all the pomp and film snobbiness and auteur theory floating around in the air, the hottest ticket in Cannes so far is "Revenge of the Sith."
+ Old favourites line up for 58th Cannes (Guardian)
+ Retooled indies enter Cannes fray (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Jedi take a starring role despite Cannes’ arthouse ambitions (Independent)