Cannes Do: The famed amfAR ball at Cannes, which benefits Cinema Against AIDS and is in its 19th year, has called on everyone from Harvey Weinstein and longtime auctioneer Sharon Stone (Alec Baldwin recently was tapped as co-chair of the event) to Elton John (who once performed with Ringo Starr) to promote the cause, to the tune of $70 million. But this year, for the May 24 event at Hotel du Cap, organizers are going one bigger and better for Euro glamour: They've hired former Vogue Paris editor and longtime stylist Carine Roitfeld to stage a runway show featuring models in 20 designer dresses made for the event, all black. No names yet, but because Roitfeld was Tom Ford's longtime muse and she has styled the past two Chanel campaigns, we can speculate that Ford and Karl Lagerfeld designs will be among them. Meanwhile, the still-being-shot French doc about Roitfeld, Mademoiselle C, also will visit Cannes seeking a distributor.
Manager and Brillstein Entertainment partner Cynthia Pett-Dante held her 50th birthday party at the Brentwood home of producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura with about 150 of her nearest and dearest, celebrating a half-century in a room thick with industry heavyweights. But she was not expecting a surprise drop-in from her longtime and most famous client, Brad Pitt. The far-flung star literally had hopped on a plane from Europe, where he'd taken his kids to England's Legoland (after humanitarian work in Ecuador and a vacation on the Galapagos Islands). You can't say the guy doesn't go all the way for his friends.
Birthdays don't usually involve actual ages in Hollywood, but when the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel turns 100, it's going to be broadcast loud and clear. During the weekend beginning June 15, the pink hotel will host a series of events with the Motion Picture & Television Fund as its official charity partner. And it wouldn't be Hollywood history without screen and biz stars: Warren Beatty, Bill Cosby, Brett Ratner and Jeffrey Katzenberg are the weekend's hosts, and Clive Davis, Bryan Lourd and Rick Rosen will serve as ambassadors. There will be entertainment and events throughout the three-day period, including a roundtable hosted by THR, a performance by Mary J. Blige and a film by Chuck Workman commemorating the hotel's centennial. Not a bad lineup.
Anjelica Huston took to the patio at Fig & Olive on May 10. Goldie Hawn dined with producer-director Adam Shankman a few days earlier. … Joss Whedon, hot off his record-shattering Avengers box-office weekend, visited Jar. … Director Robert Rodriguez hung out with Cuba Gooding Jr. at Toscana. … Michael Eisner dropped by O!Burger. … At The Tower Bar, UTA’s Tracey Jacobs and HBO’s Michael Lombardo broke bread while Scarlett Johansson dined nearby. On another day, Warner Bros. Pictures head Jeff Robinov sat with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. Producer Steve Bing, at the next table, picked up their check. … Will Ferrell hit Drago Centro with his father. … Hayden Panettiere, Josh Gad and Ashley Greene all have visited Blu Jam Cafe of late. … Fergie and Josh Duhamel were sighted at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. … The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels and Lionel Richie separately visited Ago. … Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons passed time at Il Pastaio.