Caught & Social: Captain Clooney takes over in Venice
Few look as stylish as George Clooney when arriving to a film premiere, but the actor outdid himself in Venice by commandeering the wheel of his water taxi on the way to the screening of The Ides of March, which was also attended by Diane Kruger and Paul Giamatti. Helping Clooney complete the look was his close friend and former supermodel Cindy Crawford (her husband Rande Gerber is in the middle). In the film, Clooney plays a presidential candidate but he said he had no desire to make the move to politics in real life. “There’s a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anyone you know, who’s nicer and who has more compassion than almost anyone you know,”he said. “And he’s having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anybody volunteer for that job?”Not a definite “no”then – there’s some promise there….
Theo descends on the Waterloo arches
Theo Hutchcraft of the band Hurts was among the first to try the new “walk of terror”…and darkness descended by the Punchdrunk theatre company, held to launch Resistance 3 on the PlayStation. While Theo seemed unruffled by the experience, we’re told actress Kristen Stewart was one of the bravest, leading the way in her group. It must be all that exposure to vampires in the Twilight series…
The Sarah Jessica Parker roadshow has arrived in London. The actress, who is touring the world to promote new film I Don’t Know How She Does It, arrived at Claridge’s to pose for pictures. But the formulaic pattern of the photocall was interrupted when a man collapsed outside the hotel. SJP (right, followed by photographer Richard Young) apparently rushed out after hearing the screams of the man’s wife, but before she could do anything, hotel staff came to the man’s aid.
Scene & heard
“I pity the poor children of today who are exposed to the nasty world of profanity, porn and poverty of thought,”says Joan Collins in her latest book The World According to Joan. Thankfully, Joan is one with the wealth of thought to give us this aperçu. “It’s no one’s fault to be born ugly but must it be worn as a symbol of pride?”she wails. “Is the answer to a plain face to put on 40lb, staple metal to every available lobe and tattoo oneself like an Apache on the war trail?” Perhaps the next book will feature Joan giving it a go. In other book news, Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, recalls an encounter with a fan at a book signing in London. “[He] told me he loved what I’d written about waiters doing things to celebrities’ food,”he tells Shortlist. “He said he worked in a four-star restaurant in the City… He went very quiet and suddenly said: ‘Margaret Thatcher has eaten my sperm.’ I started laughing, so he became bolder and added: ‘At least five times.’ It was such a glorious, hideous little moment.”
Fresh from fighting fires and saving lives on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Kate Winslet arrived at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of her new film, Carnage. She was joined by her furry-faced co-stars John C Reilly and Christoph Waltz. One man who wasn’t there, however, was the film’s director, Roman Polanski, who remains a wanted man in the United States. Although Polanski avoided an extradition charge to the US from Switzerland last year, he risks arrest in some parts of Europe.
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“Clear as crystal sharp as a knife/ I feel like I’m in the prime of my life.” Lindsay Lohan’s new tattoo, with lines from a Billy Joel song and surely destined to fadeTagged in: celebrity gossip, Cindy Crawford, Diane Kruger, George Clooney, Hurts, Joan Collins, lindsay lohan, Nicky Wire, Paul Giamatti, Rande Gerber, richard branson, sarah jessica parker, Theo Hutchcraft
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