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Sean Penn Hosts Star-Studded Benefit in Cannes | Petra Nemcova, Sean Penn

Sean Penn Hosts Star-Studded Benefit in Cannes

Originally posted 05/19/2012 12:00PM

Sean Penn was in a jovial mood Friday night at the Cannes Film Festival where he hosted a benefit for Haiti, which raised about $1.5 million.

The actor and activist hosted a starry affair attended by David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Rodriguez, Ewan MacGregor, Gerald Butler and Penn's onetime gal pal Petra Nemcova, among others.

At one point Penn joked to the crowd: "I want to ask every woman here to turn to the man next to her and say I won't sleep with you tonight unless you make a big donation."

Two U2 VIP concert tickets and one of Bono's Gretsch guitars fetched 200,000 euros apiece, and three people shelled out $100,000 each to spend three days in Haiti with Penn.

The upbeat evening was a change from Friday afternoon when Penn went on a profanity-laced tirade about how the media and the world has abandoned Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake there.
Dana Kennedy

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Bill Murray's Flirty Night at French Bar | Bill Murray

Cannes International Film Festival 2012

Bill Murray's Flirty Night at French Bar

Originally posted 05/18/2012 12:30PM

Bill Murray seems to be indulging in the local nightlife while in France for the Cannes Film Festival.

Murray, 61, and director Wes Anderson arrived at the Hotel Martinez bar shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday evening. Murray in particular appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself (and some drinks!), flirting with a woman at the bar and singing along with a piano player.

The actor was heard telling the object of his affection that he planned to give her a kiss at midnight, before realizing it was already the wee hours of the morning.

Around 3:30 a.m., Murray, still in very lively spirits, closed out the evening by paying tribute to his hometown and accompanying the pianist for a rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago." – Mary Green

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Jessica Chastain & Shailene Woodley Dance the Night Away in Cannes | Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Ludivine Sagnier, Naomi Watts, Shailene Woodley

Cannes International Film Festival 2012

Cannes Film Festival Honors Women in Film

Originally posted 05/18/2012 11:40AM

Actresses from both sides of the pond were honored at an event paying tribute to Women in Film Thursday, as part of the Cannes Film Festival.

Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Shailene Woodley and French actress Ludivine Sagnier were the special guests at the event, held at the private mansion Villa St. George and sponsored by Calvin Klein. Chastain and Woodley danced the night away around a candlelit pool, still on their feet past midnight, according to the Associated Press.

Celebrities including David Schwimmer and Chris Rock also attended the event.

Alec Baldwin, in town with fianceé Hilaria Thomas, was also a major presence at the party, a source tells PEOPLE. The actor, who's show 30 Rock will wrap next season, joked to a party guest, "I'm going to be out of work soon, so I'm making all the friends I can."
– Dana Kennedy

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Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer Get Photo-Bombed in Cannes | Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer

Cannes International Film Festival 2012

Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer Get Photo-Bombed in Cannes

Originally posted 05/17/2012 02:15PM

It was a reunion of old (and news) pals when Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer gathered for the photo call for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

"Schwim," Rock (who plays Marty the zebra) yelled when arriving at the same time as his Melman the giraffe costar. But it was Stiller who unknowingly doubled up on "Schwim" as his Alex the lion character photo-bombed the two as they made their way down the Croisette.

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Saddle Up! The Dictator Rides Into Cannes on a Camel | Sacha Baron Cohen

The Dictator Rides Into Cannes on a Camel

Originally posted 05/16/2012 02:45PM

Sacha Baron Cohen has brought an entourage of beautiful women to many of his promotional appearances for The Dictator, but his date for the Cannes Film Festival might be his most mesmerizing yet.

Before making his way down the Croisette promenade Wednesday, Cohen, in character as Admiral General Aladeen, comically mounted a camel named Osama to mark his entrance.

The actor and his ride attended a photo call for the comedy, which hits theaters today, then later went to relax with a stop at a nearby cafe and some browsing at a local Ralph Lauren store.

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PHOTOS: The First Stars (And a Camel) Arrive at Cannes

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Cannes Film Festival Welcomes a Slew of Celebrities

Originally posted 05/16/2012 01:10PM

Sacha Baron Cohen kicked off the tradition of Cannes publicity stunts Wednesday when he appeared as his latest alter ego to promote his new comedy, The Dictator. Cohen arrived atop his camel, Osama, bringing the iconic Croisette promenade to a standstill in the process.

Four-legged arrivals aside, this year's Cannes Film Festival promises to be one of the most star-studded in years with some of Hollywood's biggest names scheduled to appear. Bruce Willis and Bill Murray were also photographed Wednesday on the red carpet for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens the festival.

Others on the list of expected VIP attendees: The reigning king and queen of Cannes, Angelina Jolie and fiancé Brad Pitt (his new crime drama, Killing Them Softly premieres at the festival), though they may have some competition in the supercouple category this year.

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The (Unofficial) Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Guide to Cannes | Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

Cannes International Film Festival 2012

UpdatePosted 05/16/2012 11:00AM

The (Unofficial) Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Guide to Cannes

Originally posted 04/19/2012 01:00PM

The ring is about to rock the red carpet.

Engaged super-couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are set to attend the upcoming 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. The two-week festival kicks off May 16 on the French Riviera, where Pitt will be promoting his upcoming crime thriller Killing Them Softly.

The famed festival is a favorite destination for the pair: They have attended together every year for the past five years with the exception of 2010. While they always spark a flashbulb frenzy on the red carpet – this year more than ever, thanks to that engagement sparkler – in the past they have also made time for family activities and date nights.

As Jolie told PEOPLE in 2008, when she was promoting her Clint Eastwood drama The Changeling: "It's always a good time and there's always something silly that goes on. Cannes is fun."

Here's how to do Cannes the Jolie-Pitt way:

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