Could it be that Clerks 2 is really gonna rock, and that Harvey Weinstein outsmarted everyone by debuting the film at snooty Cannes rather than at Sundance, where it has its roots? Director Kevin Smith reports on View Askew that the film received an eight minute -- EIGHT minute -- standing ovation following its midnight screening at the world's most famous film festival. Smith says he was understandably nervous, given the vicious critical reaction to some Cannes films, but lucky for him, the audience apparently either really dug it, or they were really intoxicated and would have applauded You've Got Mail. Keep your fingers crossed, Smith fans -- this is the first outside sign that this film might actually (oh please oh please oh please) rock. Weinstein was said to be "over the moon" about the crowd response.

Via Hollywood Elsewhere...