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'Star Wars' Wields Light Saber at Bush Policy

Tuesday, 17 May 2005 12:00 AM

Actually, some are claiming to see traces of Bush animosity in George Lucas' latest flick, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," where Lucas may have stuck in an anti-U.S. military policy message.

When you think about it, it makes sense that somebody at the Cannes Film Festival would step up and toss the Europeans some red meat since Michael Moore wasn't around this year to dish his documentary dog chow.

Apparently, the Cannes audience noticed similarities between Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side coupled with the cinematic rise of a warmongering emperor and President Bush's foreign policy approach.

Actually, some are claiming to see traces of Bush animosity in George Lucas' latest flick, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," where Lucas may have stuck in an anti-U.S. military policy message.

When you think about it, it makes sense that somebody at the Cannes Film Festival would step up and toss the Europeans some red meat since Michael Moore wasn't around this year to dish his documentary dog chow.

Before Anakin (played by Hayden Christensen) transforms into Darth Vader, he declares, "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy." The line is reminiscent of Bush's post-Sept. 11 statement, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

While at a Cannes news conference, Lucas said: "I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will waken people to the situation."

Lucas added: "You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling, there's corruption."

A full-blown feud has erupted between Israel's ambassador to the U.S. and its foreign minister.

Two of Israel's diplomats, Danny Ayalon and Silvan Shalom, were already perceived as political rivals. Ambassador Ayalon appears to be of the same mind as the White House when it comes to Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan, while Foreign Minister Shalom has given only lukewarm support to the idea.

Nir-Moses was purportedly so livid about the rebuff she tried to get Ayalon's assistant fired.

The Left Coast Report wonders how it is that Madonna could cause a guy named Shalom to get into a brawl.

3. Eye on 'Queer Eye'

At first they had the hottest hit around. But after the show's initial skyrocketing, it cooled off considerably.

Now the New York Daily News has a story about an event billed as the "Living With Fran" party for Fran Drescher that may put one of the "Queer Eye" guys on the defensive.

"She was tall and blond and really pretty," the source indicated.

The source also indicated that the woman asked: "What do I do? This guy wants to go home with me!"

The Left Coast Report asks, Could it be that right in their midst the "Queer Eye" guys have a closet heterosexual?

The runaway bride's got nothing on Dave Chappelle.

Stories about drugs, rehab and mental hospitals popped up all over the media.

The friend, Salim Domar, is a Muslim who assists Chappelle when he has questions about his new faith.

About Durban, South Africa, Chappelle said, "This is kind of my spot where I can come to fill my spirit back up." He also felt it was time to tell the public about the importance of his faith.

The comic likes to escape the celebrity trappings. He said: "Coming here I don't have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I'm interested in the kind of person I've got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced. I've got to check my intentions, man."

Edward Jay Epstein, Hollywood industry guru and author of "The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood," explains that despite news stories claiming that Michael Moore was a victim of Disney censorship with regard to his "Fahrenheit 9/11" flick, both Moore and Disney raked in a bundle of bucks.

In May 2003, Michael Eisner, then CEO of Disney, exercised his right under an agreement with Miramax to veto Disney distribution. But Miramax, a Disney subsidiary, still held the rights to the film.

On the eve of Cannes and seemingly right on cue, a front-page article appeared in the New York Times. The headline read: "Disney Is Blocking Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush."

A couple of days after the Times article appeared, Moore did a Web site post that indicated Disney's board of directors had passed on the film "last week."

Eisner retained the rights to profit on Moore's film but wanted Disney to maintain its distance. So Miramax sold the "Fahrenheit 9/11" rights to the Weinstein brothers, who then transferred the rights to another entity called Fellowship Adventure Group. In the process, the brothers were able to arrange some very favorable distribution deals.

Moore never disclosed the amount of his profit participation. When asked about it, he told reporters, "I don't read the contracts."

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