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Janet Jackson Will Play Cannes AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS Fundraiser

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 4, 2011 at 7:43AM

For those of you wondering what Harvey Weinstein had up his sleeve for the annual AmFAR Cinema Against Aids fundraiser held on the last Thursday of Cannes, Roger Friedman has the scoop:Janet Jackson has been signed up as the entertainment, which should make the event hotter than ever. Now the big question is whether or not Sharon Stone will be back after a year off from conducting the famed live auction. There are those who love Sharon’s style and some who don’t. But AmFAR suffers a little without Stone’s presence.(Last year, the AmFAR people were very upset when I reported that Sharon wasn’t coming. She had a film to shoot in Eastern Europe.)
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For those of you wondering what Harvey Weinstein had up his sleeve for the annual AmFAR Cinema Against Aids fundraiser held on the last Thursday of Cannes, Roger Friedman has the scoop:

Janet Jackson has been signed up as the entertainment, which should make the event hotter than ever. Now the big question is whether or not Sharon Stone will be back after a year off from conducting the famed live auction. There are those who love Sharon’s style and some who don’t. But AmFAR suffers a little without Stone’s presence.(Last year, the AmFAR people were very upset when I reported that Sharon wasn’t coming. She had a film to shoot in Eastern Europe.)


Unusually enough, while Weinstein is riding high and should be able to lure some top talent, he doesn't have anything-- in or out of the festival-- to screen with the event (like Cliffhanger above). I was fantasizing it might be Michelle Williams starrer My Week with Marilyn. He'll be trawling for pick-ups and networking with future partners (I always love his annual distributors brunch).

Kenneth Cole will co-host with Weinstein at the Hotel du Cap event; L’Oreal is sponsoring the after party. This year AmFAR competes with Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas. But there should be some names available to add some gloss to the evening, including Friends with Benefits star Jon Hamm and Drive's Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. It's unlikely that Tree of Life's Sean Penn and Brad Pitt (with Angelina Jolie) would show for this media-heavy event, although they may want to show support for late great activist Elizabeth Taylor, who created it and will be lauded this year.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.