AIDS benefit lures the A-list

Elton John dedicated an AIDS benefit dinner to the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, an early pioneer in the fight against the disease.

John called Taylor a "force of nature" and pledged she'll remain the star-studded charity event's "guiding star." Taylor died in March.

Celebrities from the film and fashion worlds, as well as the realm inhabited solely by the extremely wealthy, flocked to the amfAR dinner and auction, held Thursday at the Hotel du Cap in the Cap d'Antibes.

A-listers included Sean Penn, Kanye West, Patrick Dempsey, Karl Lagerfeld, Kristen Dunst and Cannes Film Festival jury members Uma Thurman and jury president Robert De Niro.

The star-studded event coincided with the prestigious French Riviera cinema showcase.

Batman begins filming

Writer-director Christopher Nolan has called "Action!" on his latest Batman film.

Warner Bros. Pictures says principal photography began this week on "The Dark Knight Rises," the conclusion to Nolan's Batman trilogy.

The film will be shot in India, England, Scotland and New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are also returning to the cast. Newcomers for the third installment in the franchise include Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is slated for release on July 20, 2012.

'Titanic' resurfaces

"Titanic" is coming back to theaters in 3-D.

Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that James Cameron's Oscar-winning film will be re-released April 6 next year.

It will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail on April 10.

Cameron says the film was "painstakingly" converted to 3-D and promises "an epic experience."

"Titanic" was released in 1997 and won 11 Academy Awards and grossed more than $1.8 billion worldwide. That gross is second only to Cameron's "Avatar."

Landing at CBS

The pilot who safely brought down that plane in the Hudson River has landed at CBS News.

The network announced Thursday that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III, also known as Sully, has been named as Aviation and Safety Expert.

In his new role, Sullenberger will provide analysis of aviation safety, contributing to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

Logging 20,000 hours of flight service, Sullenberger retired from US Airways in March 2010.

Clear the schedule

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked his talent agency to put all of his pending entertainment projects on hold as he focuses on his personal life.

A statement from Schwarzenegger's office Thursday says the former "Terminator" star has asked Creative Artists Agency to put all of his motion picture projects under way or being negotiated on hold until further notice.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Singer Joe Cocker, 67 ... singer-actress Cher, 65 ... actor-comedian Dave Thomas, 62 ... actor Bronson Pinchot, 52 ... singer Susan Cowsill, 52 ... rapper Busta Rhymes, 39 ... actress-singer Naturi Naughton, 27