Saturday, May 25, 2024

Clash of the Cannes Party Titans: Graydon Carter to Reclaim Social Crown from Vanity Fair with Warner Bros. Gala


It’s not just movies causing a stir in Cannes this season.

When the venerable festival returns in mid May, there will be a clash of the party titans!

Graydon Carter is finally taking off the gloves and reclaiming his role as Chief Gala Guru. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Carter will host a glittering all star gathering at the elegant and historic Hotel du Cap Eden Roc on May 23rd celebrating the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. His partner in this is Warner Discovery’s David Zaslav.

Carter invented the Cannes party years ago when he was editor in chief of the real Vanity Fair, not the one that puts TV stars on the cover of the Oscar issue. Now he’s got his lively subscription based Air Mail, which has a lot of the old VF writers and covers everything of interest — unlike the new VF.

Meanwhile, the new VF will likely have its – or what used to be Graydon’s — party as well, maybe on the Saturday before AirMail/Warner’s and maybe still at the Eden Roc. Celebrities now use VF’s parties as green carpet photo ops, then move on to private dinners. The upcoming VF Hollywood party will be just like that, teeming I guess with streaming stars.

Me? I’ll hang at the bar at Antibes watering hole Mamo, where the stars sneak off to every night during the festival.

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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