Gere joins Geldof, Deneuve in Berlin
Last year a snowstorm prevented Richard Gere from participating in the Cinema for Peace charity gala, but neither the cold Berlin rain nor the screeching fans of Teuton teenie band Tokio Hotel could stop him reminding the glitzy crowd of the atrocities that the Chinese government have been committing in Tibet.Similarly impassioned, Bob Geldof donned his preacher suit to remind all Teutons that the upcoming G-8 Summit in Germany was that country’s chance to save the world. Meanwhile, Gallic grande dame Catherine Deneuve had picked the Dafur crisis as her cause celebre. Best pic award, presented by Teuton uber-auteur Wim Wenders, went to Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima” and “Flags of Our Fathers.” “Last King of Scotland’s” Forest Whitaker received the peace gong for best thesp. In his acceptance speech he remembered how travelling to Africa made him realize that the continent was the cradle of mankind. Among the celebs attending the event were Brit scribe Richard Curtis, Teuton thesps Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Diane Kruger and Karoline Herfurth as well as Teuton helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose next pic will recount the bloodbath at a Chechnen elementary school in 2004. It was Sharon Stone, though, who stole the show with her charity auction. Hips swinging, boobs bouncing, she strutted around the stage, getting someone to pay $58,000 for tickets for the Cannes AMFAR dinner — and once again proving that sex sells.