Diary: 'Take 35' for film star Carla

Gleeful reports in the British press this week regarding Carla Bruni's trials and tribulations on Woody Allen's film set suggest Meryl Streep need not be losing any sleep quite yet. We're told – with maybe a hint of exaggeration – that it took France's First Lady a whopping
35 takes to convincingly exit a grocery store. Apparently the problem was caused by the fact "Madame Fancy Pants" couldn't stop staring at the camera! As the
Daily Mail helpfully pointed out, it's not the first time she's tried to "monopolise" the lense. Apparently on a visit to London she shamelessly deployed all her "feline charm" in the direction of hapless snappers "licking her lips seductively" and offering a "husky 'bonjour'." (Glad I missed all that). Still, suggestions Bruni's take-tally could be one for the record books are wide of the mark. According to film historians, that honour still goes to one Shelley Duvall, who was obliged to perform 127 takes of the infamous" baseball-bat" scene with Jack Nicholson in
The Shining before director Stanley Kubrick was satisfied. Still time Carla.

* Rarely averse to playing the populist card when needs must, Sir Paul McCartney ruffled plenty of Republican feathers last month when, during a performance at the White House, he dared to suggest George W Bush was an illiterate simpleton. After receiving the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress, Sir Paul "quipped" in front of Barack Obama: "After the last eight years, it's great to have a President who knows what a library is!" The fourth-funniest Beatle went on to offer his hosts yet another rendition of "Hey Jude" (the sight of middle-aged celebrities waving their arms to "nah...nah, nah...nah-nah-nah-nah!" isn't quite as uplifting these days as the old boy probably imagines).

A new documentary about McCartney's visit has just been watched by millions on the US channel PBS, but the show has drawn criticism after Macca's Bush jibe was curiously edited out. Maybe producers have heeded the warning of Dubya's ex-press secretary, Dana Perino, who emotionally declared Sir Paul's comments had "erased" years of goodwill among decent Americans. That's right: he's well and truly finished over there!

* What with David Davis getting himself in a pickle with all that Brokeback Mountain nonsense, surely time should be called on our politicians clumsily attempting to name-check popular films from yesteryear for their own ends? What with Davis implying in his trademark subtle fashion that Cameron and Clegg resembled a pair of "poofy cowboys", the Prime Minister took aim with a ready made Wild West-themed retort this week, suggesting he'd in fact prefer the current coalition to be compared to 1969's True Grit, starring a very un-gay John Wayne. Was the PM aware the said movie features a deadly gunslinger partnered by a 14-year-old girl?

* Having been in a spot of bother of late after I flippantly called Gillian Anderson a bit "batty", I'm cautious about tarnishing any other glamorous figures with the Diary mad brush. Still, it's Friday and Commons Speaker John Bercow's wife Sally would give the old March Hare a run for his money any day of the week. Mrs B has now announced she "can't abide" Westminster's tourists – not necessarily the official stance of the Commons gift shop. Keep 'em coming Sally!

* Ever since that old charmer Ed Balls threw his hat into the ring for the Labour leadership, Conservative foes have been unhelpfully suggesting he's the man they want to see in the hot seat.

While even his most ardent Tory backers now have to glumly accept that such an outcome looks unlikely, right-wing Bible The Spectator can't resist bigging up their lost hope one last time. Under the ominous headline "Dangerous Balls" on page three, the former Schools Secretary is hailed as an "indispensable ally to the next Labour leader" with an "unusual grasp of detail".

The said article goes on to dramatically conclude: "He is likely to remain a formidable figure in British politics – and a force with which David Cameron and his advisers had best learn to reckon."

If only Ed's ungrateful Labour colleagues could get this excited about him.

highstreetken@independent.co.uk

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Business Support - Banking - Halifax - £250 pd

£150 - £250 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - HR - Halifax - £150 - £250...

Geography Teacher

£24000 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...

Marketing Executive

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Charter Selection: A professional services company ...

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game