MSN to Connect Fans to Cannes Film Festival Online

Editors’ update, May 18, 2006 – The title of one film was incorrect as originally published. The correct title is “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

CANNES, France — May 17, 2006 — MSN is giving film enthusiasts a VIP insider’s view of the Cannes Film Festival this year by taking viewers beyond the red carpet with access to the festival’s hottest happenings, including extensive coverage of the events surrounding the soon-to-be summer blockbuster films “The Da Vinci Code” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” at

Taylor Johnson, the MSN Dish Diva, won the distinction of serving as the sole moderator for the “X-Men: The Last Stand” junket. Because MSN is the only online media portal to have access to all the Cannes press events and premieres, Johnson will publish a daily diary highlighting the most memorable moments from Cannes and featuring a new interview each day with one of the most sought-after stars in attendance.

“MSN® Video is a ticket to the hottest events at Cannes and provides global access to the biggest stars,” said Rob Bennett, general manager of entertainment and video services for MSN. “MSN Video is dedicated to delivering compelling, always-accessible content and a variety of exclusive video footage from entertainment’s hottest events, parties, concerts, films and television series.”

A tradition in Cannes since 1946, the renowned film festival took root there when the exclusive Riviera resort town opened its doors at the former Casino de Cannes. At first the festival was more of a social event, but it has evolved into a media extravaganza, with more than 4,000 journalists representing 1,600 media companies in attendance. This year’s festival, which runs from May 17 through 28, will kick off with the premiere of “The Da Vinci Code.” Organizers at the festival attempt to strike a balance between crowd-pleasers and critically acclaimed films, and between Hollywood blockbusters and art house flicks.

In addition to this latest endeavor with the Cannes Film Festival, MSN continues to further its promise of giving fans new ways to experience music, fashion, reality TV and other types of entertainment. Recently announced MSN Originals, a content initiative created exclusively for MSN, will showcase free, regularly refreshed, ad-supported programming that users can interact with and access any time of day.

Beginning today, May 17, MSN users can go to to view the Cannes Film Festival-related content.

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