Alison James of Variety has the story from Paris
Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" will make its international bow at Cannes, screening out of competition.
As ever, Cannes is keeping tight-lipped about its program for the 60th annual event, ahead of its official lineup announcement April 19.
The studio and fest have yet to determine a date for the gala screening, with hopes that as many of the pic's lead actors -- George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt (pictured) Al Pacino, et al -- can attend.
"Thirteen" offers the latest evidence that the Hollywood-Cannes romance is in full bloom.
The fest benefits from the presence of Hollywood stars, while the major studios get a high-profile international bow for their pics. That's become increasingly important as the studios are opening more and more tentpoles with day-and-date summer bows.
However, Sony's launch of "The Da Vinci Code" last year (story) pointed up the perils that Hollywood faces on the Croisette. The pic was resoundingly panned by jet-lagged critics, while other journalists took the opportunity to blast the company's keep-it-under-wraps strategy and its expensive and chaotic post-[premiere] party.
...However, some big Hollywood titles, like "Shrek 2" and "X-Men 3" have been buoyed by Cannes bows.
...Aside from "Thirteen's" star power, director Soderbergh -- winner of the Palme d'Or in 1989 for his first film "Sex, lies and videotape" -- epitomizes the kind of high-profile international auteur that Cannes likes to showcase.
The helmer went to the Croisette with two other films, "King of the Hill" in competition in 1993 and "The Limey," [a fantastic film by the way] which screened out of competition in 1999. He was also on the fest's jury in 2003.
... the festival...runs May 16-27.
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