ANTIBES, France (AP) – The focus at the Cannes Film Festival turns Thursday to the glitzy amfAR gala to raise money for AIDS research.
Queen Latifah is hosting a grand bash that will raise millions through an auction of one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Co-chairs of the evening include Angela Bassett, Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson. Halsey, Gladys Knight, Adam Lambert and Bebe Rexha are expected to perform at the 29th edition.
The nearly two weeks of Cannes red carpets have provided many extraordinary fashion moments. This year’s edition did not disappoint, with Helen Mirren sporting blue hair on opening night, Johansson and other stars of Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” looking glamorous and Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss and other celebrities appearing in “Indiana Jones and Getting ready for The. Premiere of ‘Dial of Destiny’.
The Associated Press is livestreaming the arrival at amfAR on YouTube beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
Stars attending the nearby Cannes Festival often attend the gala. De Niro was last year’s special guest and a lunch with the Oscar winner was one of the fundraising items.
As of last year, the amfAR Gala Cannes has raised $245 million for the group’s life-saving AIDS research programs.
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