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The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival doesn’t start for another 48 hours but fans are already lined up outside the famed Palais des Festivals Monday night to watch the drama unfold. 

New “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen’s ensemble comedy starring Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard*, Rachel McAdams and Adrien Brody officially kicks off the international fest Wednesday, with jurors Robert De Niro (head), Uma Thurman and Jude Law also expected.

The star power will continue to build over the next week, with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz on hand for Disney’s “Pirates” bow Saturday, and Brad Pitt and Sean hitting the Palais Monday for Searchlight’s world preem of “Tree of Life.”

Meanwhile, staffers and production crews were hard at work along the Croisette, assembling stages and filling up the many white tents in anticipation of the world’s most prestigious film festival.

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The Carlton Beach pier, known for its flashy, prop-laden photo shoots, was being prepped for what appeared to be two giant “Pirates of the Caribbean” boots, which bows Saturday. Another possibility (which makes just as much sense) is DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss n’ Boots” pic, also promoting heavily at the fest. 

As for Tuesday, there’s not a whole lot planned with the exception of “Kung Fu Panda 2’s” international press junket. (Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Dustin Hoffman will all be in town until Sunday)

Stay tuned for more updates…

 

* = Marion Cotillard will not be attending Cannes, as she is expected to give birth any day.