new pics 12/17 (if you don’t see the thumbnails, this link should work):

Léa Seydoux in “the French dispatch”:


Lyna Khoudri in “the French dispatch”:

Pauline Lorillard in “Que la bête monte”:

Honorine Magnier in “le calendrier de l’avant”:

Gabrielle Chabot in “Mad line”:

Natacha Lindinger in “OSS 117”: 1

Fatou N’Diaye in “”OSS 117:1

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Scoop’s footnote #1: OSS 117 is kind of the French version of 007. In the earliest incarnations in the fifties through seventies, he was pretty much a straight Bond-like character, but the most recent films hover somewhere between homage to and parody of the superspy genre. The original character was an American spy working in Europe (OSS was the predecessor of the CIA), but the latest 117 is a French agent played by Jean Dujardin. Who? You may have forgotten him already, but in 2012 he had his fifteen minutes of fame when he won both the Oscar and the BAFTA as the best actor in a leading role, for his performance in The Artist. In the process of earning those accolades, he beat out such industry stalwarts as Pitt, Clooney and Oldman. Because the singer-dancer-comic has such a jokey take on the classic spy, Dujardin is to 117 kinda-sorta as Roger Moore is to 007.

Unless you are a major film buff, if you run into Dujardin at a party and he tells you he once earned the best actor Oscar, you would think he was kidding.

And, in a sense, he would be.

“He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows.

“I’m pushing it hard,” Meadows replied. “I agree.”

“We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. continued. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”

WTF? You have to agree with Junior’s thought process – but at the same time, you have to wonder why he did not just talk or text to his father directly. Mary Trump’s answer: “Cowardice. Because Donny knew that the message he was delivering was the message his father did not want to hear.”

Her answer seems logical, but I’d like to hear Junior’s own answer to the same query. Their family dynamic is fascinating. Did Junior first try to contact his dad directly, only to find his call screened? Were there texts from Junior to Senior that went unanswered before the outreach to Meadows? Does Eric know how to text? Inquiring minds want to know.

Warren tweeted that they should fix the tax code so Musk pays more taxes.

Musk called her “Senator Karen,” and pointed out that he will pay more taxes than any American in history this year. (That seems correct. He deferred capital gains taxes, but did not avoid them.)

Given that Musk actually accomplishes things while the congress basically just jerks off, it’s not unreasonable to posit that the country should give money to him, rather than the other way around.

That said, Warren’s point is probably valid when applied to most other billionaires. Even many of them have admitted they should pay more taxes.