May 28, 2017

Angelina Jolie is the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week”

By Sean O’Connell How do you know you are a massive movie star? How about when the majority of the media covering a sprawling international film festival puts their work on hold to cover a movie that only features your voice?

That’s what happens when Angelina Jolie descends on Nice to attend the Cannes Film Festival in support of her latest film, “Kung Fu Panda 2” … an animated feature that only showcases Jolie’s voice. Granted, Jolie attracts attention virtually everywhere she goes. But at a major fest like Cannes, things are bound to get “bizarre,” as reported from this morning’s press conference.

“The questions [asked by journalists] centered mostly on Jolie’s children, Jolie’s motherhood, Jolie playing tough women, Jolie playing a tigress, Jolie’s great popularity in China, what Jolie thinks about bin Laden (“I’m here in the context of Kung Fu Panda; I’d rather not get into such a heavy issue”), and when Jolie was going to come visit China. No one asked when Jolie was going to adopt a Chinese baby, but we got there five minutes late,” the mag jokingly writes.

While it’s unfortunate Jolie has to contend with such nonsense, it’s the price of fame. How do you think the other half of the Pitt-Jolie power couple – Brad Pitt – will fare when he shows up in Cannes to help promote Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life?” I’m predicting it will be equally ugly.

So what could the journos in attendance have asked Ms. Jolie? Oh, I don’t know. Why not inquire about the status of her directorial debut? Question her about co-starring once again with a legend like Dustin Hoffman (pictured)?

Expect the Jolie chatter to continue. “Kung Fu Panda 2” doesn’t open until May 26, but thanks to Jolie’s presence in Cannes, the rev up to the film’s release has begun in earnest and that is why we are very proud to announce that she has been named the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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