Sean Penn berated the world for not helping rebuild Haiti. He went to Cannes to host a black-tie fundraiser for the country together with designer Giorgio Armani, model Petra Nemcova, and director Paul Haggis. The event raised more than $1 million through an auction that included items such as tickets to the Golden Globes to a guitar signed by Bono of U2.
The Haiti fundraiser dinner was a rare event in Cannes. It was the first event in the festival that was not tied to a film. Actor Penn made the black tie event look casual as he greeted those who came by explaining the reason why he hosted the event. According to Penn, he was ashamed of himself before and he thinks that other people should also be.
Celebrities who came to the event included Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Lyle Lovett, Gerard Butler, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jessica Chastain, and Diane Kruger. Most of the bids for the auction items were in six figures, including that for the Golden Globes tickets, which Director Haggis tried to sweeten by throwing in a date with Butler.
Producer Megan Ellison has kept a low profile in the parties at Cannes. She was named as one of TheWrap’s list of producers who are changing Hollywood. She has two films in competition. Steven Zeitchik and Ben Fritz called Ellison as a 26 year old former party girl with social anxiety issues as well as a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who got out of USC and went to meetings wearing Led Zeppelin shirts.
But writers couldn’t get an interview with her. Her quotes came from Twitter where she would post things such as “The question isn’t who’s going to let me. It’s who’s going to stop me.” But people rave about the producer and her works.