Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cannes: Graydon Carter Pulls Off the Party of the Festival with Holy Trinity of Leo, Marty, De Niro, Sting, Plus the Rainforest Amazonia Fund Gets Some Love with Leo at Swanky Gala


No question, hands down, Graydon Carter bested everyone in Cannes party land last night.

The owner and editor in chief of Air Mail put his old magazine, Vanity Fair, to shame with a star studded list of guests at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.

Carter grabbed the Holy Trinity of stars with Leonardo di Caprio, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro celebrating their huge success with “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Carter co-hosted the party with Warner Discovery owner and chief David Zaslav. The pair welcomed Sting and his activist-actress-stunner wife Trudie Styler, plus Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Lily Rose Depp, Jason Statham and even Boy George turned up!

The sheer star power Carter drew certainly put Vanity Fair on notice. The magazine he edited for two decades threw their own soiree at the Eden Roc on Saturday night and attracted almost no A listers.

But the Warners/Air Mail gala will stand out as the highlight of Cannes 2023.

Other names include John C. Reilly, Paul Dano, famed photographer Brigitte Lacombe, members of the late Grace Kelly’s royal Monaco family, Daphne Guinness, Eva Longoria, director Sam Levinson, and singer Adam Lambert. And they’re are more names coming, I assure you! It was quite a night following the Cannes premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” opened the Palais to cheers!

You know, a Leo sighting is like a papal blessing on a social event. A couple of nights earlier, Di Caprio attended the Better World Fund gala the Hotel Carlton where he came to support the rainforest. The dinner, given by Akbaraly Foundation, assisted by Amazônia Fund Alliance program co-founder and renowned organizer Thierry Klemeniuk, raised substantial funds and featured indigenous dignitaries who were flown in especially for the lively — and moving — evening. One of the speakers was “Succession” star and filmmaker Fisher Stevens, who attended with his director wife, Alexis Bloom. (More on them coming soon.)

What’s interesting about Leo is that he’s not slouching around in his baseball cap clamped down on his head. He’s been promoting “Killers of the Flower Moon” with zest probably because he knows how “exceptionalle” it is. He’s going to have a big Fall come award season!

Leo wrote on Instagram:”I was honored to spend time with Sônia Guajajara, Brazil’s Minister of Indigenous Peoples, Célia Xakriabá, Member of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, and Lily Gladstone, Actor in Killers of the Flower Moon at the event in Cannes, France to support the Indigenous people leading the conservation of the Amazon rainforest. My organization @rewild and our partners stand with Brazil’s +900,000 Indigenous people from 300 Indigenous groups.”

keep refreshing!

Leonardo Di Caprio with indigenous leaders of Brazel taken by Paul Empson for Amazonia Fund Alliance.
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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