- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 27, 2012

A star-studded Cannes gala attended by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson has raised a record-breaking $11 million for AIDS research, organizers said Friday.

Kirsten Dunst, Zac Efron, Alec Baldwin and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld were among the 980 glitterati at the event held Thursday night on the sidelines of the Riviera film festival by the American AIDS research foundation amfAR.

Organized in Antibes, just down the coast from Cannes, the gala also brought together producer Harvey Weinstein and Cannes juror Diane Kruger as well as Paris Hilton and Antonio Banderas.

Among star lots at the fundraiser, two guests paid $1.07 million to star in a short film shot by Mr. Lagerfeld, an Andy Warhol lithograph of Marilyn Monroe went for $752,000, and a chopper motorcycle for $200,000.

Last year’s event, the biggest of its kind in Europe, raised nearly $9 million and was attended by Monaco’s Prince Albert II and his then bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock and a galaxy of other celebrities.

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AmfAR supports HIV research, prevention, treatment, education and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy. Since 1993, the event has raised some $80 million.

Obama, Clinton to hit the Great White Way

President Obama will head to Broadway next month as part of a double bill with former President Bill Clinton — and the stars will be out to welcome them.

James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Nina Arianda, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Bobby Cannavale, Stockard Channing, Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson are some of the performers slated to attend the June 4 fundraiser, according to the Associated Press.

“Barack on Broadway” is one of two events that day that will join Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton. The two presidents also will attend a dinner featuring a performance by Jon Bon Jovi.

The fundraiser will be at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the home of “Mary Poppins,” and will be directed by George C. Wolfe.

General admission is $250, with VIP tickets for $1,000.

Madonna arrives in Israel to kick off ‘MDNA’ tour

Israelis are gearing up to get down at Madonna’s show as the pop diva landed in the holy land ahead of her world tour, which kicks off in Tel Aviv this week.

The Material Girl’s motorcade entered the Tel Aviv Dan hotel parking lot Friday as guards shielded the superstar from the media.

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