Panda, diva tipped to play Cannes roles


The latest flurry of rumors ahead of May's Festival de Cannes concerns a fat martial arts panda, a trio of high-profile documentaries and Madonna.

DreamWorks' animated comedy-adventure "Kung Fu Panda" is expected to kick and punch its way to the Croisette. Members of its voice cast — which boasts Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman — are among those expected to jet into the French resort to support the movie's slot in the Official Selection.

Also hotly tipped to be part of the official lineup announcement, set for Wednesday, are a trio of docus headlined by Emir Kusturica's "Maradona," the long-gestating movie centering on Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona. The diminutive star is expected to roll into town, according to French media reports.

The Cannes docu list also is expected to include Marina Zenovich's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," which secured a prize at January's Sundance Film Festival. And James Toback's docu "Tyson," with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tipped to attend, is likely to feature somewhere in the program.

Meanwhile, this year's AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research dinner, is expected to be presided over by one of the biggest names in pop, with Le Parisien claiming that Madonna has taken up one of the more glamorous roles during the festival.