For the first time in years, Hollywood is sending a strong showing to the Cannes Film Festival, which starts this Wednesday, 6 films that happen to star biggies like Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Stewart. What this means is officials are <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/may/12/us-film-invasion-cannes-film-festival" target="_hplink">busy preparing for the possibility</a> that people might actually follow the festival this year. Gotta love star power.
Bethany Cosentino is <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/05/album-review-best-coast-the-only-place/" target="_hplink">apparently all grown up</a>. "The Only Place," the "<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/13/best-coast-only-place-review" target="_hplink">polished" sophomore followup</a> from Cosentino's very California band Best Coast, drops this Tuesday, just in time for the summer.
This Wednesday, Sacha Baron Cohen returns to US theaters as a character somewhere between Borat and Osama Bin Laden, in "The Dictator."
This Friday, the awards show billed as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/drama-league-awards-2012_n_1450451.html" target="_hplink">the oldest theatrical honors</a> in America will take over the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Among the nominees are Nina Arianda, for her<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/07/111107fa_fact_lahr" target="_hplink"> star-making turn</a> in "Venus In Fur."
Mick Jagger is scheduled for double duty for SNL's season finale this Saturday, hosting and performing, with a <a href="http://www.ontheredcarpet.com/Mick-Jagger-to-perform-with-Foo-Fighters-and-Arcade-Fire-on-Saturday-Night-Live/8659328" target="_hplink">little help from The Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire</a>. Check out this old 2001 SNL skit featuring Jagger, from back when Jimmy Fallon didn't have his own TV show.