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James Hirsen By Tuesday, 28 August 2007 03:17 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

A Political Look at Hollywood

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Paul Giamatti’s Karl Rove Inspiration
2. Bill Clinton’s Hillary-Free Slip-Up
3. Rosario Dawson's Horrifying Movie Choice
4. Jodie Foster’s Red Carpet Values
5. Brad Pitt’s Free Eco Lunch

1. Paul Giamatti’s Karl Rove Inspiration

Michael Davis, director of the upcoming film "Shoot 'Em Up," has been writing a guest column for MTV.

Davis muses about meeting and interacting with the stars of his film — Clive Owen ("Closer"), Monica Bellucci ("The Passion of the Christ") and Paul Giamatti ("Sideways").

"Shoot ‘Em Up"’s plotline involves a man who delivers a woman's baby during a shootout and then must defend the newborn from an army of gunmen.

Davis tells readers about a meeting he had with Giamatti one scorching hot summer day in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

So relaxed was the actor, he wore a shirt that as Davis recounts was "unbuttoned down to his belly button."

Giamatti’s hang loose attitude apparently affected his tongue because he revealed a tidbit about the inspiration for his onscreen character.

Davis had indicated to Giamatti that he would love a character that went beyond the page.

Giamatta replied with something that went way beyond the page.

He told Davis he’d like his character to be based on President Bush’s outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

Giamatti described Rove as a "a seemingly bookish guy who exercises power behind the scenes."

Davis’s reaction: "I like it."

The director was quick to reassure readers that Giamatti’s "character turns out to be way more flamboyant than Rove."

2. Bill Clinton’s Hillary-Free Slip-Up

At the site of one of the former first couple’s favorite vacation haunts, Martha's Vineyard, Dem front-runner Hillary Clinton vacuumed up the cash at a celebrity-laden bash.

Singer/songwriter Carly Simon provided the music. Stars Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen represented the Hollywood contingent.

The fundraiser raked in more than $100,000 in campaign donations.

First gentleman wannabe Bill got up to address the crowd of two thousand. In his speech, he revealed his un-wedlock thoughts, which may later have resulted in a lamp or two being flung at his head.

The ex-prez talked about being at the fundraising event at Hillary’s request even "if we were not married."

Bill’s Freudian slip put a whole new twist on Simon’s song "Anticipation."

3. Rosario Dawson’s Horrifying Movie Choice

Rosario Dawson (of "Sin City" fame) was apparently shocked by the graphic cruelty displayed in her latest movie, "Descent."

The film is another addition to the Hollywood dung heap of flicks that focuses on suffering, torture and cruelty while packaged as entertainment.

"Descent" includes a brutal rape scene in which Dawson portrays a victim who eventually goes after her attacker, and with the help of a friend, imposes an even more vicious form of revenge.

"It was horrifying for me to watch it," the actress tells the World Entertainment News Network and acknowledges the need to warn people of the dreadful content before they line up at the box office.

"But it's also really amazing how much the affect is. It really humanized a lot of us who are part of this experience because it brought up a really deep conversation that most of us don't ever want to talk about," she adds.

Torture flicks humanizing? Next she’ll be telling us that mindless flicks boost

the IQ.

4. Jodie Foster’s Red Carpet Values

Jodie Foster is about to take to the big-screen as a vigilante.

After playing action hero characters in "Panic Room" and "Flight Plan," Foster has apparently decided to go the legendary Charles Bronson route.

In the film "The Brave One," Foster is the victim of a violent crime who then turns around and fights back with a vengeance.

After the awful ordeal, her character overcomes her fear and proceeds to knock off criminals while deftly dodging the cops.

Interestingly when it comes to the touchy Tinseltown topics of age and weight, the real life Foster rejects conventional Hollywood wisdom.

"I'm 44. Nobody cares about me," she tells the Los Angeles Times.

The actress makes light of all the fashion commentary that accompanies the red carpet. "It's the whole 'I'm wearing this' thing," she explains. Foster views it as a sort of "person as accessory" phenomenon.

"You wouldn't want anyone to think they owned you or want someone to only talk about your body. That would be humiliating."

Maybe Jody could bring some vigilante values to Hollywood’s headline hounds.

5. Brad Pitt’s Free Eco Lunch

To his credit, Brad Pitt continues to lend a hand in the post-Hurricane Katrina efforts.

But on a recent jaunt to New Orleans, the actor also shared some thoughts that appear to be in keeping with some of Tinseltown’s patented intellect-free activism.

Pitt pointed out some ways in which we can supply folks with heat, water, and electricity for free.

"The idea that we pay utility bills is absolutely unnecessary. There's the sun, you feel the breeze . . . and you've got water right out there," the actor said, according to Thomas Crosby Media.

"Any one of these can be harnessed and we can integrate ourselves into that eco-system and not only power our houses, but actually produce energy for other parts of the city," Pitt added.

To which energy eggheads the world over asked, "Why didn’t we think of that?"

The Left Coast Report is put together by James L. Hirsen and the staff of NewsMax

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THE LEFT COAST REPORTA Political Look at HollywoodHeadlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Paul Giamatti’s Karl Rove Inspiration2. Bill Clinton’s Hillary-Free Slip-Up3. Rosario Dawson's Horrifying Movie Choice4. Jodie Foster’s Red Carpet Values5. Brad Pitt’s Free Eco...
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