CANNES -- Mon dieu, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are considering having their twins in France, Jolie revealed yesterday before walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for her animated action comedy Kung Fu Panda.
"I actually haven't completely decided," Jolie told the Panda news conference. "We are certainly thinking of France. It is the second language in our house, but I'm still learning so I'm not going to attempt it here today, my rusty French."
Jolie was on the podium with her Panda co-star Jack Black, the lovable goof who first revealed to the world two days ago that Jolie was having twins (adding to the four kids already in the clan). Black accidentally let the news slip on U.S. television, during a taped interview in Cannes with Today's Natalie Morales.
"They're actually triplets!" Black joked yesterday as Jolie, smiling, shot him a look of mock despair. "And they are due Aug. 29."
"They are twins," Jolie corrected and confirmed, although she did not comment on the due date.
Looking radiantly beautiful and handling herself with aplomb, Jolie fielded questions both serious and silly. She discussed the babies (whose gender has still not been announced, even by Black), gushed about Kung Fu Panda, talked up Cannes and spoke intelligently about the delicate logistics of United Nations aid efforts in both Myanmar and China, in the wake of devastating natural disasters.
Jolie also danced around minefields buried in the questions. Example: The morality of being in decadent Cannes representing a movie while speaking out on aid relief.
"You see," Jolie said, keeping her calm, "this is my job. I am very fortunate to be an artist, and I don't look down on people who are (also) fortunate enough to have a lot in life. But I expect of them, as I expect of myself, to be as generous as possible with all they have been fortunate enough to be blessed with."
Jolie said her day-to-day existence is not about Cannes or Hollywood. "My daily life is to be at home with my kids."
Being engaged in humanitarian work "makes me a better person and parent, and is my focus," she added.
Cannes 2008 is now Canngelina, as Jolie has two major films here. Kung Fu Panda, a potential summer blockbuster from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, played yesterday as an official selection, out of competition.
On Tuesday, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling (with a possible title change coming) will play as an in-competition gala. The cast includes Jolie, John Malkovich, Amy Ryan and prominent Canadian Colm Feore.
"It's not such hard work," Jolie said of promoting two films in Cannes while being pregnant with twins. "I'm sitting around and talking a lot, and everybody's been very nice to me. If I had been feeling too pregnant, everyone was saying I didn't have to come. But I was feeling all right ... I am feeling great!"
Just like last year -- when Jolie was here with Pitt and both had films in the festival -- the two are sharing babysitting duties. So Jolie was at ease handling another loaded question about her relationship with Pitt, and how that ties into her Kung Fu Panda character, a martial arts tigress.
A Chinese journalist, explaining that a tigress is a symbol for a powerful wife in control of her husband, asked Jolie if she shared that attitude.
"I think I have a very even partner right now," she said, denying that she tries to control Pitt, "and we're very balanced at home with our power sharing. But I think every woman in some way is a tigress, or we would like to be."
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