Mr. Will Smith Goes to Washington?

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010 03:07 PM

By James Hirsen

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The Left Coast Report: A Political Look at Hollywood

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1. Mr. Will Smith Goes to Washington?
2. Michael Moore Criticizes Obama
3. ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Promotes Abstinence
4. 'Red Dawn' Remake to Preserve the 'American, Patriotic Feel'
5. West Hollywood May Ban the Sale of Dogs and Cats

1. Mr. Will Smith Goes to Washington?

Will Smith is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. The actor, though, is apparently now eyeing a new career as a politician.

His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, recently let the cat out of the bag about her husband's secret ambition to trade a Tinseltown lifestyle for a D.C. one.

“Will is thinking about going into politics,” Jada told reporters. “He once said he could imagine becoming a U.S. president. He wasn’t joking, he was quite serious about it.”

Evidently, Will wouldn’t mind President Obama's job, but Jada isn’t all that interested in first lady Michelle's position.

“It’s just not for me,” she said.

She is, however, interested in politics as it relates to education. The couple has set up the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which provides assistance to young people in urban inner cities.

“Will and I want to leave traces on this planet — and with that I mean more important traces than just films,” she said.

After seeing how the election results turned out in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, if Jada’s husband is serious he might consider a run as a Will Smith Republican.


2. Michael Moore Criticizes Obama

Mockumentary maker and Bush nemesis Michael Moore has a new administration in his sights — Obama’s.

The propagandist recently rebuked the Obama administration for its response to the Haiti earthquake.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Moore said, “the response from our government is once again this sort of, you know, clunky ‘we’re too big’ — you know the saying — ‘we’re too big to fail.’ This is like ‘we’re too big to succeed.’ That’s what it feels like.”

Moore said that he felt really good on the first day of the Obama response, but then he added, “By the second and the third day, when no, you know, real help had arrived, and the concern turned, you know, mostly to how are the Americans doing there . . . it’s human nature to care about your own first, but I would hope, by this point, that we’re in a place where we just care about everybody and that we don’t see ourselves as more human or more worthy of life.”

When talking about the administration's failure to respond to the National Nurses Union, Moore mistakenly called the Obama administration “the Bush administration.”

After the gaffe was pointed out to him, Moore explained that the reference “wasn’t just Freudian. That’s really — that is my state of mind.”

“That is how I’m, you know, feeling, because I won’t accept the sugarcoated difference between the Obama administration and the Bush administration,” Moore said.


3. ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Promotes Abstinence

Danielle Staub, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” has said that she is publicly committed to abstaining from all sexual activity until she is married.

“I’m abstinent now,” Staub told People magazine. “I realized that with abstinence, if you really, really believe in yourself like I do, you discover your own self-worth. Abstinence means you refrain from any sex — thinking about it, doing it . . . I’m a born-again virgin.”

Staub shared that it has been a year-and-a-half since her last intimate encounter.

“I am saving myself for marriage. I didn't do it the first two times but I learned from my mistakes. So now, it's OK to wait.” Staub said.

The reality show’s second season is scheduled to start in the spring.

The 45-year-old is a single mom, an IMG model, has an autobiography coming out in the spring called “The Naked Truth” and has plans to release a fitness video and athletic clothing line.

It looks like the real New Jersey housewife can add another cred to her list — real role model.


4. 'Red Dawn' Remake to Preserve the 'American, Patriotic Feel'

Ever since it was announced that a remake was in the works of the 1984 John Milius film, “Red Dawn,” fans have been wondering just how much of the original premise would survive today’s politically correct filter.

The original flick centers on a Soviet invasion of the American Midwest. A group of teens comes to the rescue in defense of their town and country.

The retooled “Red Dawn” is scheduled for release later this year, and based on some statements by actor Josh Hutcherson it will retain the original film’s attraction for patriots.

Hutcherson told MTV News: “We've changed quite a bit of the story, but the heart of the story is there. The American, patriotic feel of the original, rising up against the invaders, is still definitely there. The Chinese are invading now, so we're switching that up just to stay with the times a little bit.”

Hutcherson revealed in a previous interview that in the battle scenes of the movie the special effects crew “blew up all of downtown Detroit.”

He disclosed that “blowing stuff up and shooting guns all day was quite an amazing experience.”

The actor plays the role of Robert, the same character portrayed by C. Thomas Howell in the original. Robert is a key member of the teen defense squad that resists the invasion.

Changing the invaders from the Soviets to the Chinese is a welcome relief.

It’s heartening to know that in the remake it’s still communists doing the invading and not Tea Party Patriots, Scott Brown supporters, or in Hollywood's scariest imaginings, an army of Dittoheads.


5. West Hollywood May Ban the Sale of Dogs and Cats

The West Hollywood City Council has apparently gone to the dogs.

The city wants to cut down on puppy mills, and some council members believe the best solution to the problem is to ban the sale of dogs entirely.

Some are even suggesting a ban on the sale of cats, too.

City council member Jeffrey Prang announced the proposed legislation in the meeting’s agenda.

The idea for the new law came from an investigation of a West Hollywood pet store, Elite Animals, which found that the store allegedly sold puppy mill dogs.

Although I don’t think the ban is the way to go, one side benefit to such a law would be that it would encourage folks to adopt doggies and kitties from shelters.

In my opinion, anyone who goes the rescue route without having to be coerced gets a two paws-up.

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