Home Celebrity Janet Jackson and Joe Jackson: Will They Meet in Cannes?

We’re about to see how much of a foundation exists in the Jackson Family Foundation. I told you earlier today that Joseph Jackson, the estranged father of the Jackson family, is coming to Cannes next week. He’s planning a ticketed VIP party to raise money–ostensibly for himself. He’s also going to announce projects that won’t ever be discussed again. Jackson’s dates for Cannes are May 15, 16, 17. At the same time, and he may not know this, Janet Jackson is coming to Cannes. She’s performing at AmFAR’s “Cinema Against AIDS” on May 20th at the Hotel du Cap. May 16th also happens to be Janet’s birthday. Will father and daughter, who generally don’t speak, wind up in a reunion in the South of France? It’s unlikely. And it does make us wonder: did Joe Jackson set this appearance up just to dog Janet, who’s trying to do something that’s actually charitable and worthwhile? That’s not exactly a birthday present anyone would want.

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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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  1. Hmmm. This is actually when the Princess Diana movie will premiere. Wonder if this has any bearing on them “coincidentally” being there at the same time.

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