Political Lions Join TomKat at a D.C. Film Premiere
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were back in Washington last night, causing the predictable frenzy that comes with a TomKat landing. Connecticut Avenue was limo-locked in front of the Uptown Theater, where Cruise and Robert Redford attended the Washington premiere of "Lions for Lambs," their look at the war on terrorism.
"Tom! Tom!" shouted paparazzi, who snapped Cruise (charcoal suit, dark shirt and tie) and the missus (black sheath) as they dove into the crowd of gawkers and scribbled autographs. Inside, Dan Snyder, Madeleine Albright, Ted Leonsis, Lynda Carter, George Stephanopoulos , David Gregory and a bunch of congressfolk took their seats.
The movie is the first release since Cruise and partner Paula Wagner took over United Artists. Not in the credits: Snyder, who went into the movie business with Cruise last year. But reports of a falling out between the star and the Redskins owner appear to be false; Snyder's not part of the "Lions" team, but is an executive producer on "Valkyrie," Cruise's next film about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. Snyder was also a co-host at Tuesday's Museum of the Moving Image tribute to Cruise in NYC, and the two men and their wives dined at Nobu Monday night.
Celebs Cast Votes
Bo Derek has endorsed Rudy Giuliani, Chris Dodd got Paul Simon in his corner and Bill Richardson has already cinched the important Whoopi Goldberg vote. Now, another update on how the stars are aligning in the 2008 Celebrity Primary:
Julia Roberts: Tells Vanity Fair, "I'm really digging Obama."
Chuck Norris: Writes several essays for the conservative Web journal WorldNetDaily endorsing Mike Huckabee, "a well-rounded, real American patriot, who understands the plight of average citizens," also "an avid fisherman, hunter and a long-term member of the NRA."
Ben Stein: $750 contribution to Giuliani.
Tyra Banks: $2,300 contribution to Obama.
Sacha Baron Cohen: In the persona of bumpkin Kazakh journalist Borat, he tells Reuters (in an e-mail interview promoting his new book), "I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A. In Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun -- very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan. . . . I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
* Kiefer Sutherland shooting another scene for "24" outside the Capitol yesterday, with new-season co-star Annie Wersching. After almost a week of shooting, the show is due to leave Saturday -- but not before crew members got a private tour last night of the "real-world CTU" arranged by Homeland Security head/"24" fan Michael Chertoff. Depending on the course of the Hollywood writers' strike, the cast may return in a couple months -- they've developed a hankering for Five Guys burgers while here.
* "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee picking up lunch at the Logan Circle Whole Foods Monday. The fake-news comedian, in town for a Capitol Hill segment, wore a great muted-purple coat, jeans and boots, carried a pale yellow leather bag.
Sarkozy, Wedded to the Ring?
The divorce from Cécilia was final three weeks ago, but French president Nicolas Sarkozy is still wearing his wedding ring. Despite speculation that he might bring a date to Tuesday's White House black-tie dinner, Sarkozy arrived solo -- sporting a gold band on his left hand. French newspapers claim he's still carrying a torch for his ex-wife, who was spotted in NYC last weekend with daughter Jeanne-Marie, son Louis and a mystery man.
THIS JUST IN . . .
Disgraced broadcaster Don Imus may soon be resurrected on D.C. airwaves. WTNT (570 AM), the low-rated talk station that carried Imus when he uttered his infamous crack about the Rutgers women's basketball team, is talking with his new employer, Citadel Broadcasting, about restoring the New York-based yakker to its morning shift. No deals yet, but WTNT program director Bill Hess told our colleague Paul Farhi that Imus could be back on the air after Jan. 1.