Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson: Cannes 2011 High Star Wattage

by Andre Soares

Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, The Beaver
Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, The Beaver

“More Stars Than There Are in Heaven” used to be MGM's tagline. Now that the old home of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, et al. has been reduced to less than a shadow of its former itself – the latest announcement has Sony Pictures releasing the troubled studio's upcoming James Bond flick – the Cannes Film Festival is apparently trying to nab the old MGM tagline for itself.

Surely it's no coincidence that many of the films in and out of competition at Cannes 2011 boasts high star-wattage: Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, Kirsten Dunst, Carey Mulligan, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson. Cannes may have a reputation for being all about auteurs, but the festival's top film selections clearly reflect a preoccupation with movie stars – especially the ones from Hollywood – and the publicity those celebrities will inevitably engender.

Below is a partial list of the star wattage Cannes 2011 will be offering:

Photo: The Beaver (Ken Regan / Summit Entertainment)

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