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Is new ‘Star Wars’ an anti-Bush flick?

While “Star Wars” fans squabble over whether “Revenge of the Sith” contains any anti-Bush messages, one central figure has weighed in on the debate: Hayden Christensen, the actor who plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

When the Ottawa Sun asked Christensen if the flick “takes metaphoric shots at the war-mongering politics of U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and the two George Bushes” the star answered: “Absolutely.”

He went on to say that he thinks that some people who weren’t American allies in the Iraq war will love “Revenge of the Sith” because of it.

“I think for that reason the French will be really responsive to it,” Christensen said. “I think they’ll get it. They’ll get the political commentary and the subtext. Anakin says: ‘If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy!’ I think they’ll love it.’”

Romancing the Stone

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American actress Sharon Stone poses for photographers during a photo call promoting her film "Basic Instinct 2", directed by Michael Caton-Jones, at the 58th international Cannes film festival, southern France, Sunday, May 15, 2005. (AP Photo/Bruno Bebert)

Sharon Stone lived up to her reputation as a scene-stealer at Cannes.

The vamping actress, who was at the Cannes Film Festival promoting the sequel to “Basic Instinct,” wowed the crowd in a gold satin gown with a plunging neckline. Speaking to the press about her newly adopted baby son, Laird Vonne Stone, the actress commented, “I couldn’t imagine that it could get better after having the experience of being a mother to Roan. But the only thing better than one is two.” Stone has a five-year old-son, Roan, adopted with her ex-husband, Phil Bronstein, and she said, “Single women can do it all.”

Stone said she’s happy to be working in London — where the film will be shot with European director Michael Caton-Jones. “As you know, I’ve always kind of flourished when I work with a European director. I’ve always felt freer when I work in Europe. Like the character, I have a little bit more experience now, so that’s at once more free and a little bit scary.” When a reporter at a press conference asked if she’s shooting the flick to prove that she’s still sexy, Stone laughed and replied, “No — but thanks for asking!”

Notes from all over

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(FILE PHOTO) British pop group The Rolling Stones pose Januaey 17, 1964 in London. From left to right, Brian Jones (1942 - 1969), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. Jagger will celebrate his 60th birthday on July 26, 2003 with a party in Prague, Czech Republic where the Rolling Stones are currently on tour. (Photo by Getty Images)

Las Vegas mayor Oscar B. Goodman’s girlie pics as a celebrity guest photographer for Playboy appear on the mag’s Web site starting this week. The mayor, a former mob lawyer, spent an hour photographing Playmate Irina Voronina, and according to a Playboy spokesman, had “only one real technical glitch — having to defog his glasses.”  . . .  The Rolling Stones have given their okay to a biopic about Brian Jones (left), according to filmmaker Stephen Woolley, who apparently sides with those who think that the death of the band’s guitarist in 1969 was no accident.   . .  Natalie Portman, who’s sporting a bald head for her role in the flick “Vendetta,” thinks people may misinterpret her hairless look. “People will think I’m a neo-Nazi or that I have cancer or I’m a lesbian,” she said. “After the crazy hairstyles I had to endure, it’s quite liberating.”

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