Benefit fundraiser a highlight of Cannes
MOUGINS — AmfAR’s 12th Cinema Against Aids fundraiser brought out more stars Thursday than most Cannes soirees.Harvey Weinstein — spotted in the company of his new best friend, Paris-based filmmaker and financier Tarak Ben Ammar — roped in almost every famous face in the room to auction off an array of desirable items, from a week sailing on a yacht in the Polynesian islands to two tickets to Elton John‘s next Oscar party. “Remember, it’s tax-deductible,” cooed mistress of ceremonies Sharon Stone. Milla Jovovich serenaded one winning bidder onstage with a particularly feisty rendition of “Hey Big Spender,” while Liza Minnelli belted out “But the World Goes Round” for Jovovich’s winning bid, later closing the evening with “New York, New York.” Helmer Robert Rodriguez also got up onstage to sing and play his guitar before an aud that included “Sin City” castmates Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro and Brittany Murphy. The event raised more than $3 million for AIDS relief, also drawing Roman Polanski and Emmanuelle Seigner, Toni Morrison, Paz Vega and Ziyi Zhang.