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"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Lawrence Wright
Guests at Cannes have bid up to (EURO)200,000 ($255,656) at a Haiti fundraiser for items including a Bono-autographed guitar as the film festival's glitzy, global spotlight turned to charity.
Sean Penn tried to turn the conversation at the Cannes Film Festival to Haiti, hosting a fundraiser for the earthquake-ravaged and poverty-stricken country.
"It's no wonder that the Academy Awards show is so often a festival of nitwittery that leaves normal Americans scratching their heads wondering, 'Um, what the hell was that?'" writes Kurt Schlichter at the Andrew Breitbart site Big Hollywood.