Pixar’s ‘Up’ to Open 62nd Cannes Film Fest

There will be an animated opening for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers say the festival’s opening-night film will be “Up,” a 3-D animated feature from hitmaking studio Pixar.

The film is a comedy adventure about a 78-year-old man, voiced by Ed Asner, who rigs helium balloons to his house and flies to South America.

It marks Cannes’ return to a populist curtain raiser after last year’s bleak opener, “Blindness,” and is the first animated film to open the world’s most prestigious film festival.

The festival said Thursday that “Up” would have its world premiere at the festival on May 13 and open in the United States on May 29.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13 to 24.

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Bracket Busting With the Prez

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I always get anxious about this time of year. No, not because I’m excited about college basketball, but because I (apparently) spend too much time and thought on my tournament bracket.

Really?

Team standings aren’t horribly crucial to me – it’s all about the day they play. So then I try to predict what will happen on said game day.

I’ve tried many techniques over the years when making my selections:

  • A cat’s meow
  • My dog’s bark
  • Darts
  • Whose mascot can beat up the other team’s mascot
  • Coin toss
  • Co-workers
  • My mother

Well guess what!? None of them worked!

But this year I have a new way of choosing – the official presidential bracket. Yes, I’m using President Obama’s selections as a ‘guide.’ He seemed to know what he was talking about when I saw him on ESPN. Like he actually follows college basketball.  

How far will I get? I don’t know but at least if I lose I can always blame the President of the United States!

President Obama makes his picks as ESPN's Andy Katz looks on. White House