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US DIARY ORLA HEALY

Published 07/10/2012 | 05:00

Team Obama owes Daniel Day-Lewis quite a thank-you. Mid-way through Wednesday night's debate between a miserably lacklustre President and a fired-up Mitt Romney, Dreamworks aired a gripping TV spot for the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, which campaign Kremlinologists suggest could give the Democrats a much-needed subliminal boost.

Whether or not you buy into the left-wing Hollywood conspiracy theory that Dreamworks, as Movieline.com put it, "not-so-subtly implied the 16th and 44th Presidents of the United States are kindred spirits", viewers watching Day-Lewis as Lincoln close the clip with a rousing: "I am the President of the United States of America. . . clothed in immense power!" immediately started making comparisons to Obama's DNC speech ("Times have changed, and so have I. I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the President.")

The serendipitous coincidence just might help offset the giddy cyber-guessing-game about exactly what grade of anti-anxiety meds Obama may have taken to turn in such an "ambien-esque" performance, but it's also opened the door for Day-Lewis and Spielberg to roll out what looks like an impressive Oscar campaign.

On Thursday, the duo announced that the movie would debut at the New York Film Festival tomorrow night. Two days later, they will host a live Q&A chat following a 7pm Manhattan screening. Fans can submit questions for the conversation (which will live stream on Yahoo! Movies at http://movies. yahoo.com/ lincoln-live/) via Twitter (#Lincolnmovie).

No Kidding about TomKat

Nicole Kidman wants no part in the TomKat drama. The actress, whose 10-year marriage to Cruise ended bitterly in 2001, is rubbishing reports that she counselled and/or consoled Holmes in the wake of her split from the box-office-star. "I never spoke to her," Kidman tells the Aussie weekly Who, adding, "I wish all of them well, but I was not involved in any of that."

Kidman, 45, who is in the midst of a press tour to promote her edgy new movie The Paperboy (which opened to mixed reviews stateside on Friday), sounds very keen to gloss over the break-up of her first marriage.

"I got married really fast and really young. Then, when it didn't work out, I had to really dig deep and find my way through depression. I have no regrets about all of it. It was all part of growing up," she tells the mag, revealing, "There were times following [the divorce] when I thought, 'Wow, this is the loneliest, loneliest existence ... ' But with Tom, it was a fantastic decade. I wish all of the people that have been involved in my life well, because it's very important to me to be in a place of forgiveness and love."

Critics, incidentally, are not loving Kidman's new movie -- but they are relishing writing about it, mainly because they're so utterly transfixed watching the Very Serious Oscar-Winning Actress vamp it up in some wild sex scenes.

There is also the draw of an outrageous scene in which her character (Charlotte Bless) urinates on Zac Efron (after his character, Jack Jansen, has a run-in with a jellyfish). According to director Lee (Precious) Daniels, his first instinct on seeing that cut was to kill it. But, he tells the Huffington Post, he was overruled by Kidman who, he says with no apparent irony "didn't want the work to go to waste".

Fergie milks her moment

Sarah Ferguson doesn't miss a trick. The Duchess of York, who is in America to promote her latest children's book, Ballerina Rosie, got an unexpectedly warm welcome from media types eager to find someone with connections to talk about the recent tabloid travails of the Duchess of Cambridge. Given that she has probably never even met Kate Middleton, Fergie managed to milk her moment in the spotlight for far more than it was worth. "They are a beautiful couple doing an extraordinary job for Great Britain. Catherine is always full of grace and dignity and she's beautiful -- she didn't do anything wrong," Sarah gushed to the hosts of the TV show Access Hollywood last week. "[It's] not just [an] invasion of privacy, it's also the invasion of her inner space," a tight-lipped Fergie said, adding, "I've been there. I know what it feels like. There's nothing -- it's just so cruel to go to that level."

In a funny slip of the tongue, Fergie noted: "Nobody's entitled to that."

She also managed to slip the name of her good friend Diana into the segment. "I've been in public life 27 years now and when Diana and I were together it was bad then," she said. "It's the same now and it's gonna get worse and worse with these telephones with cameras on [them]."

Wills and Kate will undoubtedly be deeply touched by her support.

Go-Go for it, Gwyneth!

Spoiler alert: do not read if Goop! goddess Gwyneth Paltrow gives you the pip. The multi-hyphenate actress, model, cookbook author, lifestyle guru, rock-star wife and mom celebrated her 40th birthday last week with a glass of champagne to fete not one but two new enviable gigs.

First up, Gwyneth will create a theatrical production based on the Eighties all-girl super-group The Go-Gos with co-producers, including Donovan Leitch and Rick Ferrari. (Think: Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia! and Green Day's American Idiot.)

She is also signing up to produce a movie musical, One- Hit Wonders, with Glee producer Ryan Murphy. Way not to let the haters win.

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