Friday, June 21, 2024

amFAR in Cannes Less Than Gala with Tabloid Stars Replacing Movie Stars, No One from Film Festival Shows Up


Cannes in amFAR this year? A shit show, from what the pictures tell us. And pictures are what amFAR is about.

For the first time in two decades, no stars from movies at the Cannes Film Festival showed up at the Eden Roc. No one from Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” or Quentin Tarantino’s star-packed “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The gala could have been held anywhere, for any reason. It had nothing to do with the Cannes Film Festival. Quel dommage!

amFAR didn’t even have Sharon Stone, whom they have treated so shabbily in recent years. Without Stone, former president Kenneth Cole, or Harvey Weinstein (who brought stars like Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger in years past), amFAR in Cannes was reduced to the rubble of Kardashians and Pamela Anderson.

To be fair, I noticed two Oscar winners: Christoph Waltz and Adrien Brody. But they are not currently involved in the film festival.

Some other well known women, like Eva Longoria and Andie McDowell, were there promoting L’Oreal.

But there was no Leo, Brad, Margot, Quentin– and they were all or had just been staying on the property. There was certainly no Elton John, who has his own AIDS Foundation and is touring his farewell concert. There wasn’t even Naomi Campbell. Even she smelled the organization’s stale death.

There wasn’t even Tilda Swinton, who’d been around all week at various events.

I remember the heyday of amFAR in Cannes, when Elton concertized for Liz Taylor and Calvin Klein, Sharon Stone conducted the auction.

Now: pffft. And for the second year in a row, the amFAR organizers, who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars themselves, didn’t both announcing how much the annual dinner earned for AIDS research.  CEO Kevin Frost, who makes over $600,000 a year, is still counting the receipts from 2018! Forget 2019!



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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