The annual amfAR charity auction was a star-studded affair in Cannes last night, and afterward a handful of big names headed to the Artists for Peace and Justice bash at the VIP Room. Paris Hilton traded her white Jean Farris gown for something green to show off the sexy dance moves Adrien Brody is such a fan of, while Elizabeth Banks partied with Gerard Butler as her season finale of 30 Rock aired back in the US. James Franco, meanwhile, parted ways with Kirsten Dunst to join Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer.
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The annual amfAR benefit brought out well-dressed celebs like Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lopez, and James Franco to pose on the red carpet, and the star-studded fun continued inside. J Lo took the stage in her pink Cavalli creation to entertain the crowd with Marc Anthony by her side, with Michelle Williams later stepping in front of the microphone and showing off her short dress. Ryan Gosling was the main attraction, though, as he auctioned off a kiss to a lucky lady, who was dressed as a man.
Kate Beckinsale wore Armani and a sweeping updo as she addressed the audience, along with Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro. Emily Blunt, whose fiance, John Krasinski, is back in NY working on Something Borrowed, instead cuddled up to irresistible Ryan. The event's organizer Sharon Stone wasn't able to attend and instead delivered a video message, but her absence didn't get in the way of the night being a success and raising $6.7 million for AIDS charities.
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What mom would turn down the opportunity to spend a few days on the beaches of the French Riviera? The Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend so we're taking a look back at the Hollywood mamas who jetted overseas to walk the red carpet. How many can you identify?
This evening's amfAR benefit during Cannes brought out many of the stars who have been celebrating at the festival for the past week. Diane Kruger is back in France from a quick trip to NYC with Joshua Jackson and decked out in Chanel to pose for photos near Karl Lagerfeld himself. Jennifer Lopez got fancy after her breakfast with daughter Emme to step out with her husband Marc Anthony. Michelle Williams stuck with short, though dressier than the tight skirt from her early press conference with Blue Valentine costar Ryan Gosling, and Rachel Bilson wore a long strapless gown.
Emily Blunt put on her latest gown to join Marion Cotillard and Kate Beckinsale. Old friends Kirsten Dunst and James Franco took a moment to snap photos together before heading over to the party. There are plenty more hot guys expected at the benefit as well, including Ryan and more. amfAr's event usually included fun celebrity auctions like last year's kiss from Robert Pattinson, so stay turned for photos from inside and the assorted afterparties!
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James Franco made his first appearance during the Cannes Film Festival this morning at a press conference for Howl with his colleagues Josh Mond and Sean Durkin. He's doing double promotional duty in France, as his one of his own movies, The Clerk's Tale, will premiere during closing night. James has been a regular at cinema events over the last few months, the most recent of which was screening his short documentary Saturday Night at Tribeca. James will soon switch gears from his big screen endeavors back to the small, when he heads back to General Hospital for a few more episodes. He spoke about his excitement to return, saying, "I find doing the soap very interesting, and I like doing it because it's a different kind of acting. It's been a good outlet for me, and they've been very open and welcoming. It's a lot of fun."
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams couldn't suppress their smiles this morning during a press conference for Blue Valentine during the Cannes Film Festival. They've looked thrilled to be together promoting their project so far in France, beaming at their photo call and lavish premiere. Ryan and Michelle look good side by side, and their obvious chemistry has fans wondering if they are a couple off screen as well. A source close to their production says it was romantic when they first met on set, but Ryan's rep claims he's just cozy and comfortable with everyone. It was just one year ago that Ryan and Michelle started working on the movie, and in the meantime they've seen other people — she was still dating Spike Jonze, and Ryan had a short fling of his own in LA.
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Actress Mallika Sherawat had her photo snapped at an event for the film Hisss at the Cannes Film Festival, and I couldn't help but notice her living necklace. Britney Spears famously wore a snake around her neck for her "I'm a Slave 4U" number, and snake charmers around the world say it's safe. Would you rock a boa as a boa for a photo, or does the idea make you squeamish?