Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Oscar Week: Jackson Browne, Moby, Maxwell, Rita Wilson, Jeff Bridges, Jack Black Other Stars In “Songs for Cinema” Haiti Fundraiser


You have to give Paul Haggis and Sean Penn credit. They have never forgotten or given up on Haiti. Long after the 2010 earthquake leveled the country to rubble, Haggis and Penn (and plenty of others) have kept up the re-building.

Now Oscar winner Haggis will produce an all star concert February 23rd to raise money for his Artists for Peace and Justice. During Oscar week, Jackson Browne is headlining “Songs from the Cinema” along with Moby, Rita Wilson, and Jeff Bridges. More artists are being announced. Maxwell is actually listed as a producer and host, but I’ll bet he’s performing too. His Prince tribute Saturday night at Clive Davis’s party was sensational.  Other artists include The Living Sisters, The Songbirds, and The Haden Triplets.

Once again, Bovet Watches is the sponsor. (They sponsored APJ’s Haiti toast to Penn in Toronto last September– very swanky.) Among the producers of the night are actress Maria Bello (who I’d like to see on screen more) and director Nick Jarecki. Bovet’s Pascal Raffy is hosting along with Haggis.

For tickets check out Bovet’s website or APJ.

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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