Thursday, April 25, 2024

amFAR in Hong Kong: Disgraced Robin Thicke Performs, Leonardo DiCaprio Sends a Guy Named “Gatsby”


LOL from amFar in Hong Kong: yes, they say they raised $4 million, which is average for this kind of event, maybe a little low.

But here are the kickers: Robin Thicke, fresh from losing his “Blurred Lines” plagiarism trial, was flown in, paid and performed “Blurred Lines.” Maybe some of his fee can to the $7.4 million he and his collaborators owe the family of Marvin Gaye.

Even better: Leonardo di Caprio sent someone named Gatsby. I met this guy in 2008. He’s Russian and goes by the Milutin Gatsby. You can Google him til the cows come home. He only appears at amFAR events. He invested in an indie movie called “City Island” in 2009, and was among a dozen or so “producers.” Otherwise he doesn’t exist.

Is the The Great Gatsby, whom DiCaprio portrayed a couple of years ago? I don’t know. But he auctioned off, per Leo, tickets to a gala dinner in St. Tropez this summer for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. I’ve told you this before– the Foundation doesn’t exist independently and there’s no accounting for it. It’s a component fund of the California Community Fund, which has almost no transparency.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell were imported for the event. Their expenses, along with Thicke, probably came to more than $4 million. Corporate sponsors paid the bills. No sign of Sharon Stone. Macau casino billionaires Stanley and Pansy Ho were honored. The whole thing sounds like the opening of a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie.

But really: if anyone knows who Milutin Gatsby is, please give a shout.

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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