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Cannes welcomes the first stars

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 02:07

May 11 - Hayek and Banderas promote their latest film ''Puss In Boots'' ahead of the 64th Cannes festival opening. Kathi Urban reports.

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Cannes doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, but it's far from quiet on the Riviera. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek were among the early birds on Wednesday (May 11) as the two Hollywood stars stepped into some very big shoes to promote their latest film. The actors gave the press a taste of the upcoming animated 3D feature, "Puss in Boots", a spin-off based on the famous cat from the "Shrek" movies. SOUNDBITE Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, stars of "Puss In Boots", saying (English): (HAYEK): "I think we're very lucky to start the festival and be one of the first ones because the journalists are not as tired. They have not been partying for too long." (BANDERAS): "No bags eye bags, look at you, perfect." (HAYEK): "We still get some fresh eyes to look at the project and I think it's exciting that we get to do a little tease and get everybody excited for it." "Puss in Boots" is still in production and the two have yet to record their parts together, which should be easy, according to Hayek. SOUNDBITE Salma Hayek, actress, saying (English): "We are dangerous but I know him for long enough, we've worked together long enough that I've always felt him in the room when I was working. I also know the character, he's character is a lot more better known than mine. So I was working with a smile on my face because his spirit was lingering around every time I did it." Other stars who have already set up camp in the French seaside resort include Robert De Niro who is heading the jury at Cannes this year. The Hollywood veteran was joined by fellow actor and jury member, Jude Law, French actress Melanie Laurent and director Emir Kusturica. Their faces will become all too familiar to the Cannes crowd over the next few weeks, as they will be in and out of cinemas to watch all the films in competition. Entries this year include the latest works from famous directors Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, and Terrence Malick, all of which are previous Cannes winners. Kathi Urban, Reuters.

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Cannes welcomes the first stars

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 02:07