That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Fresh from his trip to Darfur, George Clooney meets with Vice President Joseph Biden this evening, and then appears on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to talk about the crisis there.
Penn Picture: Fresh off his win for “Milk,” Sean Penn is negotiating a deal to portray Joseph Wilson opposite Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame in “Fair Game,” with Doug Liman directing. Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment would finance, with Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker as producers.
More on “Milk”: The day after “Milk” won Oscars for best actor and screenplay, the Courage Campaign is calling on supporters to send messages of thanks.
Where to from here?
Backstage at the Oscars, Penn elaborated on his reference to President Obama. “We know that his public position, in terms of the specific issue of gay marriage, has not been, let’s say, officially supportive. I would like to believe that’s a political stand right now, and not necessarily a future one and a felt one. I don’t think any of us and, in particular, our president, will long be able to take that position. He’ll adapt.”
Wanda Sykes, who will emcee this year’s White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, has launched a new campaign for Equality California called “I Do.”
Warning Sign: Producer Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Foundation has launched a new online documentary series challenging President Obama’s increase in troop levels in Afghanistan. Called “Rethink Afghanistan,” the series features Tom Hayden, Andrew Bacevich, Lawrence Korb and Steve Coll, and may be the first organized opposition to an Obama policy coming from the Hollywood left.
Switch: Was Arnold ready to bolt the Republican party?