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Diane Kruger

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Christoph Waltz

Early Oscar buzz for films and male lead performances could be The Descendants, The Artist and Shame. This momentum Marisa Tomei has to sustain itself on the long road to Eddie Murphy’s opening monologue on Oscar night in February. Next to Evan Rachel Wood’s favorite pool, I am lunching and munching on pasta and pizza with Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Bruce Hoeksema, Charlene de Ganay and Carlos Souza aka “the family.” Paul Giamatti, whose family changed their spelling, tells me he is actually related to Valentino’s business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, which is a visual stretch of the imagination. Valentino has brought his yacht T.M. Blue One carrying six pugs to Venice to attend Madonna’s premiere of W.E., which is about the compelling romance between King Edward VIII and the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. Madonna has shown an early cut to Valentino in his grand Paris apartment last spring. Valentino loves the film and says Andrea Riseborough, who was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, is as fascinating as Wallis. Similarities between Madonna and Wallis are striking: both Americans hounded by the press, both moved to London to marry Englishmen, both were fashion icons always re-inventing themselves and both were possessed with a faint sense of being misunderstood. After the premiere, Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, and Harvey Weinstein host a slightly decadent, secret after-party on the outside terrace at the Bauer Palazzo. The 53-

Cindy year-old Material Girl brings Brahim Crawford Zaibat (her 24-year-old break-dancing boyfriend), sips bellinis and sings “Like a Virgin” until 4:30 a.m. to Valentino, Guy Oseary and her cast: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, James D’Arcy and Oscar Issac, who is also in the Cannes-winner Drive. Simultaneously, Sony Picture Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard premiere Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which is based on Yasmina Reza’s French play God of Carnage, which played to packed houses in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. Curvaceous Kate Winslet, appearing in three films at the festival (Carnage, Mildred Pierce and Contagion), makes her red carpet debut—whips out her mobile phone and photographs the fans. Fresh from fighting fires and saving lives on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, she is joined by co-stars Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Polanski, however, is in Gstaad. He remains a wanted man in the United States, and although he avoided an extradition charge last year, he still risks arrest in some parts of Europe. Carnage, filmed in “real Jessica time,” is a 79-minute actor’s showcase set Chastain in a Brooklyn apartment, but shot entirely in Paris. OCTOBER 2010 · AVENUE MAGAZINE | 77


AVENUEinsider October 1, 2011