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Brad's a glass act at Cannes festival.

CROWDS went wild as they caught a glimpse of Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt as he arrived at the premiere of his new film.

Pitt, looking dapper in a black tuxedo and a pair of sunglasses, with his blond hair loose around his shoulders, sent fans into raptures as he paced quickly up and down the crowds bordering the pavement in Cannes, signing autographs.

Angelina Jolie, Pitt's partner with whom he has six children, was not on the red carpet with him at last night's premiere at the festival in the French Riviera resort because of prior commitments.

Earlier in the day at a press conference for Pitt's new mob thriller Killing Them Softly, he said she would not be attending and also quashed rumours they had set a date for their wedding.

He said: "We have no date. We actually really, truly have no date."

Pitt, who plays mob enforcer Jackie Cogan in director Andrew Dominik's new film, appeared on the red carpet with his co-stars Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, as well as director Dominik and producer Dede Gardner.

The actor, who also produced Killing Them Softly, posed for photographers before standing at the top of the steep staircase at the entrance to the Palais des Festivals.

Hundreds of fans had gathered around the building, and they screamed wildly as the star waved.

Some held up large colourful banners saying: "We love you Brad".

Describing the concept behind the thriller, in which Liotta stars as Markie who owns and runs gambling clubs, Pitt said that newspaper headlines about the global financial situation and what was happening to people was a source of inspiration.

He said: "This commentary - in the way it's done in this film, in the way that you believe you're watching a gangster film - I felt it was really a gangster film and it wasn't until the very end that things coalesced for me as far as maybe the direction the film was pointing to overall.

"And that the film actually was saying something about the greater world."


* Actor Brad Pitt arrives for the screening of Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes PICTURE: AP Photo/Joel Ryan
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Date:May 23, 2012
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