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- May 9, 2001
Opens - Shrek to be Shown Saturday
The annual festival represents "works of quality in order to contribute to the progress of the motion picture arts and to encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world." Films must receive an invitation in order to be shown at the festival. Shrek is the first animated film since Walt Disney's 1953 Peter Pan to receive an invitation to be shown at Cannes.
Critics refer to Cannes as "the world's most famous film festival." The first festival premiered in Venice in 1932. It wasn't until the late 1950's and 1960's that Cannes began to shine, attracting the world's most famous and sought after filmmakers. The festival is only open to film professionals and press.
The most elite films of the festival are referred to as "in competition" meaning that they are competing for a series of prestigious titles. Shrek has been selected as an "in competition" film. The highest honor given out at Cannes is the "Palme d'Or" (or Golden Palm award), which is equal to Best Picture.
For more information
on Shrek, visit the dFX Shrek Movie Site by clicking
Shrek to Open Two
Days Early in NY and LA
The move is not an unusual one within the industry. Disney will be opening its Atlantis movie a week early in Los Angeles and New York.
DreamWorks describes the Shrek story as follows:
is the story of an ornery ogre whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered
by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters, all banished from their
kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home -- not
to mention his own -- Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to
rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying
him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey who will do anything for Shrek
... except shut up."
Star Wars: Episode
II Rough Cut Expected in June
To date, Industrial
Light and Magic artists have completed 160 of 2,200 visual effect shots
for the movie. Star Wars: Episode II opens in theaters nationwide
on May 22, 2002.
News Link of the
Day - Is DreamWorks' Shrek Disney's Nightmare?
"The Mouse House seems to have its ears out of joint over an animated feature from rival DreamWorks that pokes fun at some of its most cherished characters.
Five affiliates in
Radio Disney's pre-teen-oriented network have canceled promotional screenings
for "Shrek," which features the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron
Diaz and Eddie Murphy - and makes jokes at the expense of Snow White and
Pinocchio, among others .
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