'Lies': Most of D.C. Was Left on the Cutting Room Floor

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, October 9, 2008

For this they spent three weeks in Washington? In the new terrorism thriller "Body of Lies," our fair city seems to flicker across the screen in a matter of seconds! This despite the fact that director Ridley Scott burrowed in for the better part of a month last fall, affording us many star-sightings of Russell Crowe and Leo DiCaprio in local bars.

What you see of Washington in the movie, which is based on our colleague David Ignatius 's novel and opens Friday:

· Crowe's character briefly lounging on a boat docked outside his Annapolis home.

· Crowe glimpsed picking up his kid from a school -- Edgewater's St. Andrews United Methodist Day School -- and later yakking with DiCaprio via cellphone while at a soccer match there.

· Crowe and DiCaprio arguing on the Mall (after one of those classic panning shots of the Capitol that could be the same shot they use in every D.C. movie), the only extended Washington scene.

Ironically, our region is on better display in scenes that have nothing to do with Washington. That scene at the Amman airport? Filmed at Dulles. That terrorist hide-out in England? Actually Baltimore. And local audiences will groan during that scene at "Amsterdam's" tourist district -- totally Eastern Market.

(Note: As in so many movies, the official-Washington scenes are shot in cool, bloodless shades of steel blue and gray. Is this how we really look to them?)

Last-Minute Votes From Celebrityland

Still undecided? With barely three weeks until Election Day, celebrities are still issuing their endorsements to help you choose:

· Colombian superstar Shakira is backing Obam a-- "the person that can bring the world the true American message," said the "Hips Don't Lie" singer/UNICEF ambassador.

· Sixties sex kitten-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot has issued an open letter slamming Sarah Palin for not supporting protections for polar bears. She's also offended by the "pit bull" joke.

· The Foo Fig hters have asked McCain to stop using their song "My Hero" at campaign rallies, saying it "perverts the original sentiment of the lyric." Sounds like they're not endorsing him.


Buyer: Franklin Raines

Price:$4.9 million

Details: Meltdown? What meltdown? The former Fannie Mae chairman -- who separated from wife Wendy this spring -- has settled into a luxury bachelor pad (three-bedroom, seven-bath condo with private terrace and hot tub) at the downtown Ritz-Carlton Residences, the Washingtonian first reported. His soon-to-be-ex bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial in Cleveland Park for $4.2 million. They put their seven-bedroom Forest Hills home (movie theater, pool, tennis court) on the market in March; it's now under contract after a price drop from $8.2 million to $7.6 million.


· Jeff Buben got a frantic call at Bistro Bis at 11 p.m. Tuesday telling him that a customer had cracked the massive glass wall at his other restaurant, Vidalia. The chef-owner rushed over with a huge roll of tape to find . . . his surprise 50th-birthday bash. Many of Washington's top chefs ( Roberto Donna, Eric Ziebold, José Andrés, Jeff Tunks, Robert Wiedmaier, Ris Lacoste, Todd Gray) gathered for the potluck party, which lasted until dawn.


"My hope is that the world will see that I'm not the scumbag pervert that I've been painted to be."

by Ed Betz -- Associated Press

-- Peter Cook telling Barbara Walters why he's blabbing -- in violation of a confidentiality agreement -- about his divorce from Christie Brinkley ("I wanted a little acknowledgment . . . a little thank-you every now and then for my efforts"), his affair with a teenage employee and that $3,000-a-month Internet porn addiction.

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