2010 May 24

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(NEW YORK) Dear Daily,

On the plane headed home now after 11 rosé-soaked and foie gras-filled days and nights at the Cannes Film Festival. Instead of writing this, Daniel and I should be sleeping, Rip Van Winkle-style. You see, we have been out until 4:00 a.m.-ish (sometimes 5:00 a.m.!) almost every night these past 11 nights. But Cannes is not for the faint of heart (or those looking for a good night's sleep under les etoiles). To follow, a rundown of some of the highlights of our debauched Riviera relay race:

Day 1 - Dinner with gorgeous Liya Kebede and husband Kassy in Antibes.

Day 2 - Dinner at Karolina Kurkova at Archie Drury's villa in Cannes.

Day 3 -  Gucci, with Martin Scorsese, screens Visconti's Il Gattopardo, and Wall Street 2 premieres. The Wall Street 2 premiere is one of the hottest premieres of the week. Tickets are being sold (how do you say "scalped" en français?) for up to 9500 Euros (over $12,000!). Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, director Oliver Stone, and producer Ed Pressman all walk the beyond glam red carpet at the Palais. Also there were Diane Lane, Naomi Campbell, George Lucas and Cannes Film Festival topper Thierry Fremaux. Later we hang with Wendi Murdoch, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Armani power troika Roberta Armani, Wanda McDaniel and Gianluca Passi, Vanity Fair's Jane Sarkin, and more at a swanky private villa in Cannes.

Day 4 -  The premiere of Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Those who know me know I am a Woody Allen fiend. I can't get enough, and his latest oeuvre doesn't disappoint. The film stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, and in a star-making performance, my new favorite Lucy Punch. I spy uber-producer Letty Aronson with Woody on the red carpet. The French crowd goes nuts for Woody (bien sûr). Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard wisely snatched this gem up just a few months prior. Following the glamorous Palais premiere, we head to the Vanity Fair party at the Hotel du Cap. Graydon and his fab team (with Gucci as a partner this year) throw the starriest and most exclusive bash of the festival. Think Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, Meg Ryan, Juliette Binoche, Jennifer Lopez, Bryan Lourd, Jennifer Hudson, and on and on.....

Day 5 - Dinner in Cannes and a night of boat-hopping (Amy Sacco does a Bungalow 8 Cannes boat party!).

Day 6 - Paul Allen's annual party aboard his mega-mega-boat Octopus, replete with yellow submarine, recording studio, screening room and glass-bottom library. Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Gosling, Dominic Cooper, Karolina Kurkova, Tim Burton, Kate Beckinsale and more...

Day 7 - Breakfast with our pal and manager-extraordinaire Jason Weinberg. That night, the Blue Valentine premiere and party. One of my favorite films in a long time. Powerful. Our buddy Jamie Patricof produced, Derek Cianfrance directed, and stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams both deserve Oscars for their performances. Absolutely incredible. Harvey Weinstein picked up the film earlier this year. Keep your eyes on this one---people are going to be talking about it for a long, long time. (I haven't stopped talking and thinking about it since I saw it.) Later that night, Fawaz Gruosi hosted his hot-ticket De Grisogono dinner and late night fête.

Day 8 - Tommy Hilfiger and stunning wife Dee invited us to the premiere of the Rolling Stones' documentary Stones in Exile, which they co-hosted with Mick Jagger. The film documents the debaucherous times the group spent in the South of France for several months recording their '72 album Exile on Main Street. Back to Paul Allen's Octopus for an almost-equally debaucherous South of France after-party (what's that expression? "Plus ça change...") with Mick and L'Wren Scott, Tommy and Dee, Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, Emily Blunt, and Camilla Belle. Also that night, the Art of Elysium's Paradis, and following that, we met up with the beyond fab Dree Hemingway for karaoke in a hidden away super-exclusive club near the Carlton Hotel.

Day 9 - The Amfar dinner. No Sharon Stone this year, but our pal Alan Cumming did the honors, Patti Smith and Mary J. Blige performed, and Harvey Weinstein prodded a parade of A-listers to help auction off dazzling lots. A day with Karl Lagerfeld prompted a bidding frenzy and went for 600,000 Euros! The event raised well over 7 million Euros. Kudos for this winning night should also go to Kenneth Cole, and Andy Boose and his able production team. As we retired at 5:00 a.m., we caught Harvey Weinstein in a meeting (more to come on that, in next entry).

Day 10 - Evidently the indefatigable Harvey had one hour of sleep after his 5:00 a.m. meeting before heading to a meeting at 7:00 a.m.. We know this, as we had lunch with Harvey and Georgina Chapman before Harvey helicoptered off to his next meeting. Stefano Tonchi invited us to a Style Star party on the Croisette, and following that, Daniel and I escaped the throngs of Cannes for a quiet dinner in Biot and an early (ish) bedtime for a change (2 a.m.---believe me when I say that's early for Cannes).

Day 11 - Our last night, and what a night: Naomi Campbell's birthday party. It is beyond. Best. Birthday. Ever. I only wish she and handsome boyfriend Vladimir Doronin would do this every year (are you listening, Vlad?). Grace Jones and the Black Eyed Peas performed, and everyone hit the dance floor until the wee, wee hours. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone, Andre Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles, Christy Turlington, Gerard Butler (swarmed by gorgeous females all night long, natch) and on and on. Daniel and I stay until 4:00 a.m., forced to leave as we have a 7:00 a.m. wake up call. Were it not for the wake up call, we'd probably still be there dancing.

On the plane home now, with Stefano Tonchi, and Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury. Gotta get some shut-eye.

Bonne nuit
.

Andrew Saffir



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