The surprise addition of Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling to the 61st edition of the South of France fest, May 14-25, sets the stage for a repeat of last year’s flashbulb-popping appearances of Jolie and Brad Pitt. Jolie stars in the film along with Amy Ryan and John Malkovich.
Jolie will also sit in at a May 15 press conference for the animated Kung Fu Panda, alongside Jackie Chan, Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.
The May 18 premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will draw Blanchett, Karen Allen and Harrison Ford. Afterwards, the trio – along with co star Shia LaBeouf and Ford’s longtime girlfriend Calista Flockhart – are set to attend an exclusive party onboard the world’s most luxurious yacht, the RM Elegant.
Johansson, Penelope Cruz and her heartthrob, Javiar Bardem, will promote the debut of Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, while Natalie Portman will be on hand in an official capacity as a member of the festival jury.
The most anticipated gala event is the Madonna/Sharon Stone match-up on May 23. The singer, who has produced a documentary on Malawi that is set to screen at the fest, will join Stone as co-host of AMfar’s annual AIDS research benefit dinner and celebrity auction.