Star Scoop: AmfAR Raises the Bar, Book Bruno Mars for your Birthday, Star Wars Spins Off

By  May 23, 2014

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AmfAR raised the bar for its 21st Cannes gala. A-list attendees like Jessica Chastain, Leonardo DiCaprio, and host Sharon Stone raised a record $35 million for the AIDS research foundation.  A gold-plated Damien Hirst mammoth skeleton sold for $15 million; a Picasso sketch for $518,000; and the Carine Roitfeld-curated Red Dress Collection featuring supermodels in Tom Ford, Gucci, and more, sold for $6.8 million. We’ll toast to that! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Want to book Bruno Mars for your birthday party? Adele for your anniversary? Kanye West for your wedding? Degy Entertainment can help you budget. The booking agency compiled a list of artists’ rates for private gigs with the aforementioned commanding $200,000 to $750,000 for a private set. On the higher end, the likes of MadonnaBon Jovi, and Justin Timberlake charge a cool $1 million. Who’s buying? [Variety]

Enough Star Wars: Episode VII talk. It’s time for some spinoff conversation. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been tapped to direct one the space opera’s first stand-alone films, which will be released in December 2016, a year after Episode VII lands in theaters. No word yet on which character will get all the extra camera time, but we wouldn’t be opposed to more R2-D2. [Vulture]

We never knew just how much Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith looked alike. Until last night’s epic, and now viral, drum battle on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. [Huffington Post]

Music lovers hailed the King of Pop this week with the release of his latest posthumous album Xscape; but it wasn’t enough to curb the Black Keys’ chart-topping success. The band’s new project, Turn Blue, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, earning the band its first top spot with 164,000 units sold. Michael Jackson’s Xscape came in at number two with 157,000 copies sold, while the Frozen soundtrack and Rascal Flatts rounded out the top five. We’re still trying to figure out just who is still buying Now That’s What I Call Music compilations… but we’ll save that for a “Music Musings.” [Billboard]

As season seven of Mad Men rolls along, one thing has become clear: its series finale is imminent. Cast and crew are rolling into a final production schedule, with the last scenes set to be filmed the first week of July. Still, as John Slattery puts it, there’s no concrete finale in sight. “We’re all kind of standing here scratching our heads wondering how it’s going to end, and it’s bringing up all kinds of questions while we shoot,” he said. Enjoy the ride while you can, man! [Vulture]