Martin Sheen shows off his undies for $1,000 at the Artists for Peace and Justice party
Party hopping was the name of the game last night. The celebs’ collective dance card was a busy one, with such major events as Hello!’s party at the Royal Conservatory, the Vanity Fair/Fox Searchlight bash at the Thompson and the charity event Artists for Peace and Justice at Pears on the Avenue. Uptown, director Paul Haggis and actors Anna-Lynne McCord and James Franco hosted the APJ event and tried to rouse the crowd into digging deep for a live auction. Haggis, the auctioneer, bellowed into the mic, either shushing the crowd, demanding attention (“I’m a director. You have to do what I say”) or thanking his Hollywood compadres (“not the typical Hollywood wankers”) for raising $26,000 for public works in Haiti (“I conned Ben Stiller into paying half the costs”).
Outside in the rain, a crowd of kids waited breathlessly for K’naan, who posed for pics with the grateful tweens before getting into his chauffeured car. On the red carpet, Martin Sheen, when asked “boxers or briefs,” said, “For a $1,000 donation, I will show you” and revealed the briefs he received on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. And with smoking indoors quickly becoming a theme of the festival, artist Peter Tunney, wearing a white Fila sweatsuit from the IT Lounge, lit up a stogie before being kicked out to the patio. As the stars left early, so did the crowd, clearing room for a fun, if subdued, bash.