Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel who now heads the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, will appear with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg at the Foreign Policy Roundtable’s next event, “The Real Inside Politics of the Middle East Conflict in America.” ICM’s Chris Silbermann will moderate the Nov. 16 event, which is at the home of Andy Kaplan and Allison Wright. Foreign Policy Roundtable is an org of entertainment industry insiders that regularly brings in speakers from around the world to talk international issues.
Hoover’s Home: Clint Eastwood, producer Robert Lorenz and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black attended the Washington premiere of “J. Edgar” at the Newseum on Tuesday night, with Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and MPAA chairman Chris Dodd among those in attendance. The movie is unabashed of its portrayal of the relationship between Hoover and aide Clyde Tolson as a kind of love story, and as critics have noted, one of the more surprising elements is that it strikes sympathy for Hoover after a generation in which he has been vilified.
Eastwood, a longtime conservative who has been critical of the rightward direction of the Republican party on social issues, nevertheless had words of praise for Newt Gingrich. “I think Newt Gingrich is still the smartest guy in the room. I’m a Chris Christie fan, but that didn’t work out,” he told Politico. He earlier told the Los Angeles Times that he was a Herman Cain fan.
He added, “We are still a year away. There are a lot of good people on both sides, a lot of good Republicans and a lot of good Democrats. If Obama is the Democratic nominee, he’ll be supported. If not, maybe Hillary Clinton will come back.” (Politico).
Promoting “Lincoln”: Earlier on Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, producer Kathleen Kennedy and Dodd appeared at a news conference in Richmond to spotlight the economic benefits of location filming on states. Kennedy is producer of “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s biopic which is now shooting in Virginia. Video here.
California Reps’ Letter: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to colleagues expressing their opposition to recently introduced anti-piracy legislation aimed at stemming so-called “rogue” websites that traffic in infringing goods, including movies, music and TV shows. Among other things, they say it would give the government “sweeping new powers” over Internet providers.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a big champion of the legislation, says that the Senate version of the bill now has 40 cosponsors.
New at CNN: Eric Sherling has joined CNN as director of Washington programming. Sherling had been executive broadcast producer of “Good Morning America.” Sherling previously worked at CNN as producer in the network’s Atlanta headquarters and later executive producer of “Wolf Blitzer Reports.”