Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mary J. Blige: Rainforest This Week, AmFar Next

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Mary J. Blige is one of the coolest performers out there. To prove it, she’s doing double time for charities over the next week.

This Thursday, Mary J. will join Sting, Elton John, Lady GaGa, and Shirley Bassey at the annual concert for the Rainforest Foundation at Carnegie Hall. Trudie Styler puts together this amazing show every other year, and has been for 21 years. Mary J, of course, has sung with Sting before, so there may be a duet on that program.

But then Mary J will o-“blige” AmFAR and be the special guest in Cannes next Thursday, May 20th at the Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel duCap. Mary J finishes her shows with her anthem, “I See Colors.” The folks at the duCap have never heard anything so crazy. Be ready to be dazzled! Alan Cumming is the night’s emcee, and stars could run the gamut from Sean Penn to Mick Jagger to Naomi Watts.

PS Lady GaGa aka Stephanie Germanotta, is supposedly in Cannes on May 20th also for a daytime charity event. Hmmm…She’d be the perfect surprise guest at Cinema Against AIDS. I’m just sayin’…

Meantime, the word is out that Sir Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas are skipping Cannes and the premiere of Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger.” By the way, Woody’s film is getting a special private dinner thrown by Chopard on Saturday night, rather than a big premiere bash. The thinking is that guests will still be able to head up to the Hotel duCap for Vanity Fair’s famous A list soiree…

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Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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