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Wednesday - May 9, 2001
- Cannes Opens - Shrek to be Shown Saturday
- Shrek to Open Two Days Early in NY and LA
- Star Wars II Rough Cut Expected in June
- News Link of the Day - Is DreamWorks' Shrek Disney's Nightmare?

ShrekCannes Opens - Shrek to be Shown Saturday
(by The prestigious 2001 Festival de Cannes is officially underway as of today and will continue through Sunday, May 20. Shrek will be shown twice during the festival's elite competition. The first showing is this Saturday at 2PM then again at 7:30PM.

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 here.

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Shrek to Open Two Days Early in NY and LA
(by DreamWorks announced yesterday that Shrek will open two days early in Los Angeles and New York. DreamWorks claims the move was made due to "strong advance reviews and positive word of mouth." The irreverent computer animated comedy will have exclusive runs at the AMC Century 14 in Los Angeles and the Loews Lincoln Square in New York, before opening nationwide on May 18.

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:

"Shrek 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."

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Star Wars: Episode II Rough Cut Expected in June
(by In early April, filming for Star Wars: Episode II concluded and Industrial Light and Magic continued to shape the visual effects. George Lucas expects a rough cut of Star Wars: Episode II to be completed in June. The rough cut will be viewed then alterations will be made with a new rough cut being delivered about once a month.

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.

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News Link of the Day - Is DreamWorks' Shrek Disney's Nightmare?

According to The New York Post:

"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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