The 62nd Cannes Film Festival kicks off in the French Riviera tomorrow, and this year's 10 days of events promise to be more glamorous and celeb-studded than ever, despite the gloomy economy!

As well as the fashion parties - DSquared2's store launch, Missoni's boat party and the D&G bash which last year served as Naomi Campbell's unofficial birthday shindig - there are a number of super-glamorous charity events on the schedule. Philanthropic stars including Sharon Stone, David Furnish and Hayden Panettiere will flock to a game of Hollywood Dominoes hosted by Penelope Cruz to raise funds for Bono's charity. Bill Clinton will be in town to attend the AmfAR benefit, which also has Sharon Stone and Donatella Versace on the guest list. Solagne Knowles is due to host MTV's bash while burlesque queen Dita Von Teese is throwing a party because, well, it's Cannes, isn't it?

Aside from the parties, there are actually some significant cinematic happenings as Terry Gilliam unveils his movie, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, starring the late Heath Ledger as well as Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Verne Troyer. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited premiere of the week will be Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Mike Myers. The film is a remake of a 70s flick about World War II but celeb-watchers will be eagerly waiting to see if Angelina Jolie accompanies Brad on the Croisette. Watch this space.

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By Pat McNulty