Hillary Is Boffo in Hollywood

After flirtation with Barack Obama, entertainment power brokers now back Clinton
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 6:15 AM CDT
Movie director Rob Reiner listens to a question during a Tribeca Film Festival news conference, in New York Wednesday April 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After an early romance with Barack Obama, entertainment industry power brokers have largely switched their affection to Hillary Clinton, the Los Angeles Times reports, finding the former first lady more charming and personable than they had expected. Director Rob Reiner, who had been skeptical that Clinton could be elected, is now hosting a combined birthday bash and fund raiser for the senator later this month.

Former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing was among 200 who attended a recent fund raiser for Clinton at a palatial Holmby Hills estate. "Her speech was one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed," gushed Lansing. One political consultant attributed Hillary's mounting Hollywood popularity to a  stronger stump speech and her ability to overcome concerns about her "likeability."