×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Julia Roberts Is Going to the 2022 World Cup for…$100,000!

A little rebrand never hurt anyone, especially when it nets $3.5 million for people in need.

Actor and philanthropist Sean Penn threw an annual pre-Golden Globes fundraiser for his charity Tuesday night. Formerly called J/S HRO, his new organization exists now as CORE. Community Organized Relief Efforts was conceived to aide in natural disaster relief and preparedness in Haiti and across the Caribbean, as well as at home in the U.S.

Luminaries like Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry David, Connie Britton and Casey Affleck turned up to the Wiltern Theater in the heart of Los Angeles neighborhood Koreatown, where live entertainment, an auction and an awards presentation awaited them.

Among the night’s big honorees was Anderson Cooper, who took a humanitarian prize named for late comedian and television star Garry Shandling. The CNN newsman was commended by Penn and another guest, chef Jose Andres, for his intrepid journalistic spirit.

Singers Macy Gray, Billie Ellish and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) peppered the evening with performances — including a particularly rousing version of the “Golden Girls” theme song, “Thank You For Being a Friend,” from Gray.

Hot items up for auction included a private dinner with Andres featuring a performance by Yo-Yo Ma. During bidding, Cooper jumped in and offered to attend to sweeten the pot, which saw the package sell for $200,000.

Mike Meyers tried to fetch $40,000 for his phone protector, a case representing the Canadian flag, to no avail. In lieu of his failure, he matched the $50,000 bid of another guest and split the prize of a Jane Austen Country experience at Heckfield Place in the British countryside.

Leonardo DiCaprio donated a painting by contemporary Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, and additional artwork by Petra Cortright was won by “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh.

The hottest lot of the night without question was two sets of tickets to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Jamie Foxx, Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Myers stormed the auctioneer on stage to hype the prize. Roberts and Moder walked away with one set for $100,000, so prepare yourself to see them splayed on your television come next FIFA cycle.

Additional attendees of the evening included Sarah Silverman, Linda Perry, Allison Williams, Rachel Zoe, and co-host and CAA managing partner Bryan Lourd.

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Midland Offers a Clever Take on

    Album Review: Midland's 'Let It Roll'

    At the end of 2019, if you tally up all the steel guitar playing that appeared on a mainstream country album released by a major label this year, chances are that at least 80 percent of it will have occurred solely on Midland’s new album. That’s not the only reason to buy “Let It Roll,” [...]

  • Taylor Swift: Borchetta 'Conveniently Forgets' Scooter

    Taylor Swift: Scott Borchetta 'Has 300 Million Reasons to Forget' Scooter Braun Warnings

    In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Taylor Swift charged that the president of her former label, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, has a selective memory when it came to recalling just how she’s long felt about Scooter Braun, who acquired her catalog when his Ithaca Holdings purchased the record company. “I knew he would sell [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

  • Tanya Tucker Finds Fresh Footing With

    Album Review: Tanya Tucker's 'While I'm Livin''

    Before there was a name and a place for it, an “outlaw” was what Tanya Tucker was in the years following her gentle country smash with the gospel lilt, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972. A hellraiser and heartbreaker (Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell were just a few of her noted lovers), Tucker made as many headlines [...]

  • A pair of handcuffs

    D.C. Concert Biz Heavyweight Seth Hurwitz Arrested for Solicitation

    Seth Hurwitz, a highly regarded figure in the Washington, D.C. concert scene, was arrested Wednesday on solicitation of prostitution after a massage therapist who felt harassed by Hurwitz helped police set up a bust. Hurwitz, owner of the 9:30 Club and Anthem venues and chairman of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, was released on $5,000 bond [...]

  • Major Lazer Fortnite

    Major Lazer Remixes Fortnite Soundtrack and Releases New In-Game Skins

    Major Lazer, one of Diplo’s many creative outlets, has teamed up with Fortnite to offer fans access to a unique character skin and new remixes of the game’s Default Dance track. The Lazerism set includes the Major Lazer Outfit, Lazer Wings, Lazer Aze, the Lazer Blast emote and the EDM group’s remix of the “Default [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content