Trump Cooks for 2012 With TV Roast; Hillary Irked by 'NCIS'

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 04:42 PM

By James Hirsen

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The Left Coast Report: A Political Look at Hollywood

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Julianne Moore to Play Sarah Palin in HBO Movie
2. 'Redacted' May Have Inspired Act of Terror
3. Hillary Clinton Peeved With 'NCIS' Producers
4. Pro-military 'Battle: Los Angeles' Wins Box Office
5. Trump Promotes Presidential Bid With TV Roast

 

1. Julianne Moore to Play Sarah Palin in HBO Movie

HBO is at it again with a new flick, "Game Change."

The premium cable network that brought us "Recount," the celluloid revision of history of the presidential election of 2000 and the subsequent litigation, is planning a small-screen slam of the 2008 GOP presidential campaign. Sarah Palin will once again serve as the punching bag of the left.

"Game Change" is an adaptation of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's book, which follows Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign and selection of Palin as his vice-presidential running mate.

Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore will portray the former Alaska governor. Jay Roach, who helmed the factually challenged "Recount," will direct from a script by "Recount" writer Danny Strong.

In an interview on Fox News' "Hannity," Palin remarked, "I think I'll just grit my teeth and bear whatever comes with that movie."

Teeth gritting is what a whole lot of us will be doing; that and some quick channel changing.


2. 'Redacted' May Have Inspired Act of Terror

Despite being shunned by audiences, taking in less than $800,000 worldwide, the anti-U.S. flick "Redacted" may have played a significant role in influencing a real-life terrorist to kill American citizens.

Arid Uka was recently arrested in connection with an attack on an American military bus at the Frankfurt airport, which killed two American airmen and wounded two others.

The 21-year-old, a devout Muslim, told German police that he was motivated in part by YouTube video ostensibly showing American soldiers "plundering a house and raping a girl" in Afghanistan.

As Van Helsing blogged on the Right Wing News site, a video posted on YouTube in November of 2010 depicted men dressed in U.S. military uniforms who appeared to be raping a young woman. The English-language version of the video indicated that the footage was taken from "Redacted"; the German description did not.

Director Brian De Palma used the freehand camera technique to make the scene look as if it were reality caught on tape by a bystander.

"Redacted" was unleashed on the world with financing supplied by Dan Rather's current employer, billionaire Mark Cuban.


3. Hillary Clinton Peeved With 'NCIS' Producers

Hillary Clinton is livid over a hit television show.

No, it's not because the secretary of state hasn't yet been scheduled for a "Glee" appearance.

Rather, the former first lady and ex-presidential candidate takes issue with an episode of CBS' "NCIS" featuring a suicide bombing in the fictitious nation of Belgravia. The scene created the impression of an assassination attempt on a U.S. secretary of state, portrayed by a Hillary look-alike.

A source told the National Enquirer, "It's not that she thinks al-Qaida was watching 'NCIS' and they're planning to attack her, but there are crazy people who would love to get near her. Having a faux Hillary character in a scene with a suicide bomber may lead people to believe that she's an easy target."

You can't blame Hillary for being concerned about Islamic radicals. But it does make one wonder how it squares with her claim that the terror apologist network Al-Jazeera delivers "real news" — unlike in the U.S., where Clinton said the news "is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners."


4. Pro-military 'Battle: Los Angeles' Wins Box Office

Fly-over country once again controlled the box office over the weekend with a pro-military sci-fi film that celebrates heroism and self-sacrifice.

"Battle: Los Angeles" was the nation's No. 1 flick with a respectable $36 million. The PG-13 film reportedly only set back Sony Pictures $70 million.

The positive depiction put off mainstream media critics, though. The big-screen release only received a score of 22 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

In sharp contrast to "Battle" was "Mars Needs Moms," which must have sent Disney execs into a deep funk. The cute PG film cost the Mouse House $150 million to make but only took in $6.8 million for the weekend. "Mars" placed fifth at the box office and may end up with near-record amounts of red ink.

Paramount's "Rango" placed No. 2 in its second week, roping in $23 million. Warner Bros.' "Red Riding Hood" brought in a lower than expected $14.1 million and placed third. Universal's "The Adjustment Bureau" came in fourth the second week, with $12 million.

The normal insecurity in Hollywood was heightened with the news that the total box office was down 12 percent compared to last year, when "Alice in Wonderland" debuted.


5. Trump Promotes Presidential Bid With TV Roast

Donald Trump has been showing some serious interest in running for president. In a rather unorthodox move for a presidential contender, though, Trump recently agreed to be roasted by some Comedy Central comedic pros and celebrity guests.

The "roast-master of ceremonies" for the event was "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. Roast regulars on the network included comics Jeffrey Ross and Lisa Lampanelli. Celebrities Larry King, Snoop Dogg, Marlee Matlin, and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino were also on hand to ding The Donald.

MacFarlane dubbed Trump "the second worst tragedy ever to hit New York City."

Lampanelli wisecracked, "You've put up more worthless hotels than an autistic kid playing Monopoly."

King decided to add a controversial zinger aimed at a former CNN colleague. "That's all the time we have," King announced. "Let's go to Anderson Cooper and see what she's got coming."

"The Situation," who recently announced that he was leaving MTV's reality smash "Jersey Shore," was booed by the audience as he attempted to wax comedic.

Snoop gave Trump a thump with a hard-hitting punch line. "Donald says he wants to run for president and move on to the White House," the rapper said. "Why not? It wouldn't be the first time he pushed a black family out of their home."

The timing of the Trump roast provides fuel for those who speculate that he's going through the motions of a presidential campaign just to get some publicity for his TV show.

Trump may deny the publicity rumor, but he always seems to find a way to work into the conversation that "Celebrity Apprentice" airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Maybe someday, if Trump does follow through with his run for prez, we'll get to hear him deliver his trademark line to President Barack Obama: "You're fired!"

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