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'Crossfire' at Cross-purposes

Thursday, 09 September 2004 12:00 AM

THE LEFT COAST REPORT
A Political Look at Hollywood

In the weeks to come,

Begala told the New York Times that Bush campaign sage Karl Rove had made John Kerry the topic of discussion. "And it required the cooperation of the candidate. And you know what? The Kerry campaign is no longer cooperating. Sorry, Karl," Begala whined.

Unlike classy columnist Peggy Noonan, who announced that she was taking several months off from the Wall Street Journal to work on the Republican campaign, Begala has indicated that he intends to keep his gig on CNN's "Crossfire."

The Left Coast Report thinks that maybe CNN should place a sticker on a certain forehead that reads: "The statements emanating from the mouth below have been pre-approved by the Kerry campaign."

 Hate Bait

In an unfortunate sign of the times, some bookstores have set up whole "I Hate Bush" sections where they are featuring a collection of anger-laced selections.

Bush bashing titles run the gamut from "The I Hate George W. Bush Reader" to "The Bush-Hater's Handbook."

If you happen to be roaming the unharmonious aisles, you can check out "Checkpoint," a novel by Nicholson Baker. The story features the nasty dialogue of two guys in a hotel room who are plotting the assassination of President George W. Bush.

Wouldn't you know it? In an age where fiction takes the Documentary Oscar and Yasser Arafat snags the Nobel Peace Prize, Baker was given the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In other Bush-loathing news, a British comic recently performed a tune for some ill-tempered appreciative audiences. The ugly little ditty was called "Let's Get Together and Kill George Bush."

In some parts of New York City, Republican National Convention visitors were greeted with displays of unconventional stickers that read "I'm Gonna Kill the President."

Apparently, the stickers were part of an advertising effort to promote an off-Broadway play. The play ran in the East Village during the Republican National Convention. Its full title was "I'm Gonna Kill the President, a Federal Offense."

Audience members who attended were purportedly asked to keep the name of the author and the actors in the play a secret.

The Left Coast Report reminds the Left that jesting about murder usually results in political suicide.

Festival Follies of Lee, Robbins and Demme

What is it about film festivals these days?  Participants can't seem to confine themselves to things cinematic.

Things were no different this year at the Venice International Film Festival.

Filmmaker and festival juror Spike Lee admitted that politics was in the air. "People are trying to have an influence," he confessed, stating that "Bush has Fox News."

Tim Robbins was in attendance. He was at the festival to show a low-budget digital film version of his tedious, Iraq war-distorting play titled "Embedded."

"The last nine months, there has been a reaction to the deception that led us into war," Robbins told the assembled entertainment press.

On the second day of the festival, director Jonathan Demme, while pushing his flawed flick "The Manchurian Candidate," gave a news conference on a non-film subject. He was apparently in a geopolitical mood as well.
 
"As an American, I really feel my country is in a lot of trouble," Demme unloaded, adding that "I think our leaders have taken us in a really bad direction on so many levels."

Demme gave a couple of reasons why he thought our leaders were going in the wrong direction and why he believes they actually want to take over the world.

"I feel that our leaders really want to own the world for two reasons," Demme surmised. "One, there are endless profits from owning the entire world, and because if you own and control the world, there is a relief from fear."

The Left Coast Report asks, How can our leaders ever "own the world" unless Teresa Heinz Kerry decides to sell it to them?

Celebrity Life Line

Apparently, a Reuters news service editor just couldn't restrain himself.

When Todd Eastham received a press release from the National Right to Life organization after a federal judge in New York struck down the ban on partial birth abortion, the news editor for Reuters sent an e-mail to the pro-life group.

The e-correspondence read as follows: "What's your plan for parenting & educating all the unwanted children you people want to bring into the world? Who will pay for policing our streets & maintaining the prisons needed to contain them when you, their parents & the system fail them? Oh, sorry. All that money has been earmarked to pay off the Bush deficit. Give me a frigging break, will you?"

Eastham and others like him might experience a shift of focus if they took to heart the words of one world renowned mom as she looked upon her baby for the very first time.

"I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature spinning around in my womb. Tap-dancing, I think. Waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb. I could have sworn I heard it laughing."

The Left Coast Report relays that the tiny dancer was Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon and the famous mama was Madonna.

No Kabbalah Wedding for Britney

Britney Spears has been hanging with the Kabbalah crowd in Hollywood. 

Along with Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Mick Jagger and, of course, Madonna, Spears has been drawn in by the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre, which was founded by former insurance salesman-turned-self-help guru Philip Berg.

Now that Britney is getting hitched, though, it seems that she is returning to her Christian roots.

Spears and fiancé Kevin Federline have been talking with the monks at Malibu's Serra Retreat Center, a Catholic monastery, about using the facilities for their upcoming nuptials.

Spears' parents are Christians and were not enthused with the notion of Kabbalah connubial plans. So reports Britain's Daily Mirror.

Federline's family is Catholic and apparently prefers Britney's revised plans as well.

The Left Coast Report hears that Britney asked the monks if the ceremony was going to be conducted in Pig Latin.

Moore Scheming

Michael Moore indicates that, when it comes to his fibbing "Fahrenheit 9/11," he's not going to seek to compete for a best documentary Oscar.

The fake-umentary maker claims he won't go after an award in that category because of his generosity and nobility.

Moore maintains that he doesn't want to steal the spotlight away from the other flicks that qualify for the best documentary category. Translation: He was booed last year by Hollywood, and the critically acclaimed "Super Size Me" would most likely trounce the "Fahrenheit" fantasy.

Moore says he wants to run his film on broadcast TV just before the November presidential election. But according to the rules of the Academy, an airing on broadcast TV would invalidate the movie for Documentary award consideration. Not so for best picture, so some TV "Fahrenheit" finagling is still possible.

Moore recently posted the following on his Web site: "Don't get your hopes up for seeing 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on TV before the election. In fact, I would count on NOT seeing it there (you know me, I'm always going after something I probably shouldn't). Get to the theaters soon, if you haven't already, or get it from the video store..."

The Left Coast Report sees that once again the real motivation behind Moore's maneuvering appears to be blatant box office lust.

 

Moore Scheming

Michael Moore indicates that, when it comes to his fibbing "Fahrenheit 9/11," he's not going to seek to compete for a best documentary Oscar.

The fake-umentary maker claims he won't go after an award in that category because of his generosity and nobility.

Moore maintains that he doesn't want to steal the spotlight away from the other flicks that qualify for the best documentary category. Translation: He was booed last year by Hollywood, and the critically acclaimed "Super Size Me" would most likely trounce the "Fahrenheit" fantasy.

Moore says he wants to run his film on broadcast TV just before the November presidential election. But according to the rules of the Academy, an airing on broadcast TV would invalidate the movie for Documentary award consideration. Not so for best picture, so some TV "Fahrenheit" finagling is still possible.

Moore recently posted the following on his Web site: "Don't get your hopes up for seeing 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on TV before the election. In fact, I would count on NOT seeing it there (you know me, I'm always going after something I probably shouldn't). Get to the theaters soon, if you haven't already, or get it from the video store..."

The Left Coast Report sees that once again the real motivation behind Moore's maneuvering appears to be blatant box office lust.

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

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