18th May 2012

The big movie news this week was the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, which saw a steady parade of Hollywood glamour in the South of France. In only the first two days of the festival, the eclectic red carpet lineup included Marion Cotillard (already a hot favourite to win her second Oscar for Rust & Bone), Bruce Willis, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lana Del Rey, Jackie Chan, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, Edward Norton, Beth Ditto and jury members Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger.

Will Smith attendeding the UK premiere of Men in Black 3

Meanwhile in London, Will Smith, Emma Thompson and Josh Brolin attended the UK premiere of Men in Black 3, which is rolling premieres around the world this week. And the other big UK premiere was for Snow White and the Huntsman, which saw Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron on the Leicester Square red carpet along with Chris Hemsworth, who was just here a few weeks back for Avengers Assemble.

Typically for Cannes season, several new trailers have debuted online, and it looks like rude comedies will be filling cinemas over the next several months. First, there's the the new Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign, which is cleverly timed to open at the end of September, just a month before the US presidential election to inject some humour into the silly political season. The roles of duelling candidates were clearly devised with Ferrell and Galifianakis in mind.

 Snow White and the Huntsman

Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in the sassy action comedy Hit and Run, about a former getaway driver whose past comes back to disrupt his new life in the witness protection programme. Looks like a high-spirited combination of romance, comedy and car chases. The film opens in August.

Finally, Mark Wahlberg returns to humorous mode (remember Date Night?) for Ted, a deranged comedy about a man whose life is disrupted by his hot-headed, foul-mouthed childhood teddy bear (voiced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane). Clearly this won't do anything for his budding relationship with Mila Kunis. This one is also released in August.

Rich Cline