Brangelina, Johnny Depp to Set Cannes Film Fest Abuzz

Penelope Cruz, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are also hitting the French Riviera for this week's star-studded festival

The 64th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday, with celebrities, media and film fans all converging on the French Riviera for a week-and-a-half of star-studded red carpets and eagerly anticipated film premieres!

It wouldn't be Cannes without Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in attendance, and luckily the duo will not disappoint -- they'll both be there in support of their own films (as well as each other, of course). Jolie's animated comedy Kung Fu Panda 2 (for which she has said her kids are her "toughest critics") is premiering at the festival, and Pitt's long-awaited drama The Tree of Life (from celebrated director Terence Malick) will finally make its first bow. While Brad and Angie are arriving on different days (Jolie flies in Thursday for her premiere, with Pitt following her next Monday), the Hollywood power couple is expected to unite for a stroll down the red carpet at Monday's Tree of Life premiere.

Other stars expected to make appearances are Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, for the premiere of the highly anticipated Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (opening in the U.S. May 20).

Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, meanwhile, arrived on Wednesday to premiere some advance footage from their Shrek prequel, Puss in Boots, due out November.

Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris opened the entire festival, with stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams joining the legendary Woody Allen for photos on Wednesday.

Also expected to make a splash at the festival are Jodie Foster and her longtime friend Mel Gibson. They'll be there in support of their quirky indie drama The Beaver. Though the film has already opened in limited release -- and to tepid box-office reception -- in the United States, European audiences are eager as beavers to get a look at the flick, which revolves around a mentally ill man (Gibson) who communicates with the world via a beaver hand puppet.

Ryan Gosling, Robert De Niro (fresh off the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York) and Kirsten Dunst are also expected in Cannes. Gosling stars as a stuntman with a disturbing side career in Drive and Dunst appears in Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama Melancholia, while De Niro will be serving as Jury president in the Cannes Film competition. Fellow jurors include Olivier Assayas, Jude Law and Uma Thurman.

So buckle up -- it's going to be an exciting week in the south of France!

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