‘Fair Game’ Premieres at Cannes

May 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

Ken Regan/Summit Entertaiment

Fair Game, the new movie based on the book by ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame ’85, debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival this week. Naomi Watts, known for her roles in King Kong and The Ring, stars as Plame, while Academy Award winner Sean Penn plays her husband, Joe Wilson.

Plame received national attention in 2003 when Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that she was a CIA operative, which led to a grand jury investigation involving Lewis “Scooter” Libby (chief of staff for then-vice president Dick Cheney). Plame published a memoir titled Fair Game in late 2007, and she was our cover story in the Jan./Feb. 2008 issue of The Penn Stater.

The film, helmed by Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, was the only U.S. film premiering at Cannes this year. It “received solid reviews, but most critics agree that it broke no new ground, cinematically or politically,” StudioBriefing.net reports. The New York Times says the film was “greeted with solid applause and a smattering of boos after its first press screening” and had “an enjoyable opening hour before disintegrating into melodramatic hooey.” The New York Post, on a brighter note, reports that “Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are being tipped for Oscar nods.”

Fair Game has another Penn State connection besides Plame: Ty Burrell ’97, star of ABC’s Modern Family, also appears in the film.

No word yet on when the movie will hit U.S. theatres, but you can check out a clip below.

Amy Guyer, associate editor

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  • 1. tiger tim  |  June 26, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Malibu born and bred, LONG rich always comfortable
    ‘daring rebel outsider’ Sean Penn along with he rest
    of franchise slum Hollywood -one and all continue
    to baulk unfolding revelations of staggering, indeed,
    record shattering levels of ‘peacetime’ mass genocide
    in their ‘fave’ mass market paradise —ACROSS the

    In this he’s on the same page as BOGUS ‘America-Firster’
    –notorious RED China biz-nihilist apologist and frontman
    Pat Buchanan.

    All this ESP. galling as millions continue to suffer and die
    imprisoned and forgotten on this, the once again ‘mysterously
    overlooked’ 60th Anniversary of the astoundingly relevant,
    virally important, STILL unfolding —–KOREAN WAR.


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