May 8, 2007

“Stars For A Cause,” sponsored by Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

This appeared about a new charity drive that Cunard QM2 that appeared on

Cannes is turning into Charity Central. Word is that George Clooney plans an “Ocean’s Thirteen” benefit for Darfur during the French film fest. And there’s also the usual star-studded AmfAR AIDS fundraiser dinner/charity auction, routinely attended by Sharon Stone, Prince Albert, Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Harvey Weinstein, you get the picture. Weinstein Co., M.A.C. cosmetics, HP, Chopard, Warner Home Video are co-sponsoring the bash at Moulin de Mougins, just outside of Cannes. Sharon and Harvey will be back onstage for the always raunchy auctioneering.

But here comes a newcomer: “Stars For A Cause,” sponsored by Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. International artist Nicolosi ( has created portraits of stars that will be on display at the Century Canne on Vegaluna Beach. Entertainment Tonight will film major celebs popping in to sign their portraits at the party spot, conveniently located in front of the Carlton Hotel. Expected are some real A-listers like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg. Other portrait subjects include Kiefer Sutherland, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Ed Norton, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, etc, etc.

Following the Cannes Film Festival, the portraits head to London for a worldwide auction in June. Auction proceeds will benefit amfAR, Prince’s Trust (U.K.) and The Hollywood Museum. “Stars for a Cause” was also on the scene at the 64th Annual Golden Globes and the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Why is ET onboard? “We are always eager to support the charitable as well as professional endeavors of celebrities, so we readily embraced the opportunity to get involved with ‘Stars For A Cause,’” said Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider." “Nicolosi is one of America’s most acclaimed pop artists and he's the ideal choice to create paintings benefiting charities endorsed by the entertainment industry.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever. The most important thing is that the Century Cannes is going be packed with major stars. You want Clooney, Pitt or Damon? How about Angelina? This is your best bet. But stake out your sandy spot early! Trust me, those French film fans are very territorial.

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