And more from our Liz: Cher goes classical for mideast peace … Angie and Brad — a “well-balanced” wedding?
“HER worldview is comparable to someone who’s suffered a serious head trauma,” says Steve Benen of GOP candidate Michele Bachmann, now knocking them dead in Iowa. (This appears in Washington Monthly.)
For a further examination of Ms. Bachman I would have to recommend you read the story of her conversion to radical “unrivaled extremism” in her evangelical Christianity, as told by writer Michelle Goldberg in The Daily Beast.
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Another Texan heard from — on the occasion of Governor Rick Perry’s sudden burst onto the scene — the fabled Jane Hickie, onetime aide to the late Ann Richards. Jane e-mails us: “Rick Perry is a Samson and Delilah challenge. We have to get some hairdresser to attack him so he winds up with a buzz cut. The only thing that man has going for him is the hair do.”
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WELL, I know I’m a little late, folks, in joining the fans of the new Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris,” but this one struck me as the most charming outing by Woody yet. Paris is eternal and I just don’t see how anyone can resist his version of revisiting this city, not just Paris at midnight, but Paris in the rain.
This is the most nostalgic and beautiful film Woody has ever made, with the City of Light as his star. The idea of a Hollywood writer going to Paris with his fiancé and her horrid parents and then escaping them by going back in time to the Twenties was just irresistible to me. You will love it when Owen Wilson mysteriously encounters Ernest Hemingway, Scott and Zelda, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein and all the rest in his midnight travels. (And it’s even more fun when he and the Twenties beauty Marion Cotillard go all the way back to La Belle Epoch and hang with Toulouse Lautrec and his fellow painters in the Moulin Rouge.)
The surprise hit of “Midnight in Paris” (to me) was the discovery of France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni, playing a guide in the Rodin Garden. Once you see Madame Bruni acting briefly onscreen, you never want to lose her. A stunning American film debut and bravo to Woody for using the beautiful Carla. (Maybe after her husband completes his duty for his country, Miss Bruni will stage a real comeback — she did act and sing prior to her marriage.)
The only thing I didn’t care for in this movie was the Woody type “costume” affected by leading guy Owen Wilson. I can’t believe anybody would go to a first-class French hotel wearing such unattractive slouchy pants, plaid shirts and no necktie.
Times have indeed changed but Paris demands a little more of us.
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CHER, the one and only, welcomed a dozen Israeli and Arab classical music students to her Hollywood home last week in conjunction with the Polyphony Foundation, co-founded by the star herself. This organization uses classical music as a bridge to promote dialogue between young Jews and Arabs. Cher, who was very moved by the performance, said “if we can keep a safe environment for this kind of beauty to flourish and bloom amid such violence and hatred, it makes you feel like everything is possible, if you just try.”
The event at Cher’s home was a kickoff for a U.S. tour. The children, age nine to 16, were dazzled by the legendary lady. And young as they are, they sure did know who she is!
When I spoke to a friend about this event, he said, “Oh, really? That doesn’t seem like her at all.” Typical response. (I guess he assumes she spends her off hours counting sequins or something.) But it’s very much her. People only think they know a lot about Cher. She is one of the most private of stars. She holds a lot in. And she does good deeds.
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THE WEEKLY glossies always go to extremes with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — either they are viciously fighting and breaking up, or — as per this week’s issue of InTouch — finally getting married.
With its “intimate details” from “close friends,” the article is all the usual stuff. (The “kids” persuaded them to make it legal.) But I enjoyed this bit: “They are talking about getting married on September 23 — the day of the equinox this year. They both feel the equinox holds special meaning because it is the day the earth is most balanced — the night is as long as the day, and the sun’s center is on the same plane as earth.”
I have to hand it to these writers. When you have absolutely no facts, try a science lesson and tie it to the world’s most glamorous couple.
High marks for creativity!