Stars come out in force at Cannes

If
you’re finding the early signs of gloom for UK entrants at Cannes a bit depressing,
some star spotting should prove a welcome distraction.The rise of
celebrity tokenism at Cannes this year will make this a much easier sport.

Author
Malcolm Gladwell kicked off proceedings this morning drawing a huge and
very
receptive crowd at the Palais for his keynote address. But, his
appearance is (if you’ll excuse the pun) just the tipping point.

If you thought Robert
Redford met his match with Paul Newman in ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’,
think again. Redford’s latest sidekick is Yahoo’s executive vice president of
the Americas, Ross Levinsohn.The Hollywood
actor/director will be interviewed by Levinsohn on ‘the importance of
storytelling’ at the festival tomorrow.

It’s
also a novelty to see WPP legend Martin Sorrell and punk legend Patti Smith in
the same line-up of speakers.No doubt they will have much to gab about should they bump into each other
backstage.

Other celebrities sharing their thoughts at this year’s festival (for
reasons yet to be fully ascertained) are the Black Eye Peas’ will.i.am, US teen
pin-up Nick Jonas and jailbird/domestic goddess Martha Stewart. Oh, and Piers
Morgan will be discussing ‘the second golden age of television’ – an age made
even more golden by his ubiquity on it he is certain to agree.

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