May 20th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Cannes: 'Fair Game' takes aim at Bush White House

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.

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May 12th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

A plague on Cannes?

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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March 5th, 2010
05:11 PM ET

Sacha Baron Cohen to Oscar: I'm outta here

The Motion Picture Academy is confirming Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out as an Oscar presenter.

He was supposed to take part in an "Avatar" sketch with Ben Stiller, playing a female Na'vi.   Stiller reportedly was going to "translate" what Cohen was saying in Na'vi.  The Cohen avatar reportedly would then reveal she was pregnant with director James Cameron's love child.

Sounds pretty funny to me, but the Academy says the bit "did not come to fruition" (maybe "gestation" would have been a better word). 

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February 16th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Carly Simon's "vanity" project

Carly Simon released her classic pop/rock song "You're So Vain (Clouds in My Coffee)" back in 1972, well before the days of music videos. Well, she's decided it's finally time to put pictures to the music, and she wants your help.

Through a press release, she invited "fans and filmmakers" to create a music video for the song. She'll judge the entries herself. The winning video will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the press release promises. It will also play on AOL Music's spinner.com.

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February 15th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Oscar's most controversial man

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Stars are dining on Oscar's tab today, at the annual Luncheon for Academy Award nominees in Beverly Hills.

Sandra Bullock's here, looking lovely as can be. Also lunching are Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Woody Harrelson, Vera Farmiga, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, among many others.

One of the most controversial people here isn't a nominee, but a guest. Daniel Ellsberg, the subject of the Best Documentary nominee "The Most Dangerous Man in America", joined the Oscar-nominated co-directors of the film, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. If you're old enough, you'll remember he's the man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, making him possibly the most important whistleblower in American history. FULL POST

December 2nd, 2009
01:42 AM ET

Michael Moore: Obama plan "insane"

"With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

The saying may apply to Pres. Obama who's getting heat from some former supporters over his Afghanistan speech.

Michael Moore just told CNN's Larry King he thinks the Obama troop surge plan is "absolutely insane." He added, "This is going to be his Vietnam."

Moore was one of Obama's big supporters during the campaign. So was Robert Greenwald, who produced anti-John McCain videos during the presidential election. What is Greenwald producing now? Short films arguing for a withdrawal from Afghanistan.

I talked with Greenwald, who is a big-time liberal activist, about the Obama plan and he called it a "tragic" mistake. He's spent time in Afghanistan and said people there view U.S. troops as "foreign invaders" so sending in more of them won't help.

Hollywood stars haven't been anxious to comment on the Obama plan so far. Richard Dreyfuss keeps himself well-informed on international affairs, but when I asked his political adviser where he's leaning on the surge, she said Richard hadn't made up his mind.

It will be interesting to see if Obama's Hollywood base deserts him on this issue.

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