Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yes We Cannes!

Politics is inescapable, even at the Cannes Film festival, halfway around the world, the conversation moved from flicks to the Obama administration. Woody Allen is in Cannes for the premiere of his new film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." But in an interview with a Spanish publication, Allen came up with a solution for what he thinks America needs - a provisional dictatorship with Obama as the benevolent despot. "I am pleased with Obama. I think he's brilliant." Allen said. "The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him…It would be good if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly."

But someone who’s emerged as an unlikely celebrity in Cannes, is Valerie Plame Wilson. The Washington Post says, "[she] may be having the strangest Cannes experience yet. The former CIA covert operations officer came here on behalf of not one but two films. She appears in the documentary "Countdown to Zero," in which she serves as a nuclear counterproliferation expert; and later this week she will attend the world premiere of "Fair Game," a dramatization of her memoir in which she's being played by Naomi Watts.” She and Queen Noor of Jordan were among the luminaries who gathered at the Film Festival on Sunday to support “Countdown to Zero. Interestingly enough, while Wilson is climbing the red carpet Thursday night at the "Fair Game" premiere, actor Sean Penn -- who plays her husband Joe in the movie -- will be in Washington at a Senate committee hearing on Haiti.” Talk about a role reversal....
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