But you don't have to have gotten an Oscar to ride this train: Mac guy Justin Long may just show up to look scared for his role in the Sam Raimi horror movie "Drag Me To Hell," costarring "Babel"'s Adriana Barraza. And none other Mo'Nique ought to recognize her golden opportunity and get fitted for a gown now, because her little Sundance movie "Precious," in which she plays a very mean mother, is screening in competition.
Terry Gilliam's new movie "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" may not be high on anyone's must-see-for-'09 list, but it does have a star everyone will want to see: Late Oscar winner Heath Ledger, who was shooting the movie at the time of his 2008 death. The movie won't be competing officially at Cannes but expect to see Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell at the premiere, since they both stepped into Heath's shoes to finish the flick.
French actress Isabel Huppert doesn't have a specific movie to promote, but she's got an important job to do: She's the head of the jury which gives out the awards, which means everyone in Cannes will be trying to woo her professionally. Huppert is only the fourth woman to ever take the job and has won best actress at the festival twice, most recently in 2001 for "The Piano Teacher." Sean Penn was in the head judge's chair last year.
Want to go to one of the few Cannes screenings open to the public? Check the fest's website on May 6 for the words "Cinéma de la Plage" (Cinema of the Beach), which is the official designation of public screenings. Seating is incredibly limited on a first-come, first-serve basis, so choose carefully! Oh, and if you don't have a hotel already, better bring a tent, because all the good places were sold out months ago.