Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes: Edward Norton Confuses Chivas for Dewars in Toast, And He’s Sober


The whirlwind that is Cannes featured a top notch elegant dinner on Friday night: Charles Finch’s annual celebration at the Eden Roc at the Hotel du Cap. Oscar winning director Alfonso Cuaron was honored, as was FilmAid, a great organization that brings film to third world countries. Actor Edward Norton got in the quote of the night when talking about FilmAid: “Scratch an actor, and you’ll find an actress. Scratch a director, and you’ll find two actresses!”

The rest of the night the A list crowd kept expanding on those lines. They included rock star Bryan Ferry, Naomi Watts, Julian Schnabel, Harvey Weinstein, Gael Garcia Bernal, Leah Seydoux, Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, and award winning writer Christopher Hampton, author of “Dangerous Liaisons” among others.

Norton, sober as a judge, thanked Dewars for sponsoring the night. Unfortunately the sponsor was Chivas Regal. That may be the best plug of all. After that, Chivas’ name was never forgotten!

I spent a great part of the evening talking to Paul McGuiness, the manager who created U2 with the group. Last year, he transitioned out of management, selling his company to U2 and handing the reins to Guy Oseary. After 35 years, Paul tells me he wants to go back to his first love: producing films and plays. He’s half owner of a theater in Dublin. My guess is we’ll be hearing his name soon attached to big projects.

PS Bryan Ferry told me he’s playing New York’s Beacon Theater this October. Why isn’t Roxy Music in the Rock Hall of Fame already? One of that idiotic group’s hugest scandals!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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