John Goodman is looking good, and he knows it.
When the 57-year-old actor stopped by the “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, he acknowledged what many in the industry have already noticed: Goodman has dropped some obvious weight.
The weight loss, he joked, is “kind of like letting the gas out of the balloons up on 77th street every Thanksgiving.” Goodman mused his all-time high was somewhere around 400 pounds.
Conservatives will likely take issue with the latest film to premiere here in Cannes, but liberals may think it's the best thing since sliced bread.
The movie in question? “Fair Game”, which tells the story of Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. Plame is the former covert CIA operative, whose identity was allegedly leaked by the Bush Administration after Wilson publicly criticized the President’s use of faulty intelligence to justify going to war in Iraq.
The film, starring Naomi Watts as Plame and Sean Penn as Wilson, holds its official premiere tonight, but I dropped by an earlier screening, and I think this film has potential Oscar nominee written all over it.
Woody Allen raised eyebrows at Cannes over the weekend when he offered words of support for another internationally known filmmaker, Roman Polanski.
“It’s something that happened many years ago," Allen said of Polanski’s sex scandal during an interview with French radio station RTL, according to the L.A. Times. "He has suffered, he has not been allowed to go to the United States. He was embarrassed by the whole thing."
Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, but fled to Europe before he was sentenced. He’s now fighting extradition from Switzerland to the United States.
Cannes may be known for its film festival, but come here once and you can’t escape the fact that the town loves its music. Say the town’s name in its correct pronunciation (KAN) twice in a row and it’s a music hall dance. And that’s just what it's like here at film festival time: a 24/7, crazy, old-fashioned music hall, with fewer petticoats.
So while the movies eventually stop playing, the music doesn’t quit. Ever. It blares through town all evening and long past the midnight hour from the sound system at the main theater here called the Grand Theater Lumiere. Sometimes it’s the soundtrack to the film premiering at the Grand Theater and sometimes it's a completely unrelated French pop song.
To fill in the potential peaceful silence gaps, the gigantic tent parties and yachts that line the beach blast their dance tracks from sundown to sunup.
"...I want to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
Say what, Michael?!
The "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" star surprised me at the Cannes Film Festival when we sat down to talk about the new film - which is premiering here at Cannes - and the first words out of his mouth were a birthday greeting!
Someone up there doesn’t like the Cannes Film Festival. At least not this year.
Days before the festival got underway, terrible weather and massive waves struck the town, damaging oceanside restaurants and eroding the beach.
Then the Icelandic volcano flared up again, causing more flight cancellations just as people were trying to get here.
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