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."