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Gov. Schwarzenegger Terminates 'Holiday Tree'

Wednesday, 08 December 2004 12:00 AM

A Political Look at Hollywood

School Bus Driver Canned for Quoting Mel Gibson

School Bus Driver Canned for Quoting Mel Gibson

An elementary school bus driver in Grand Island, N.Y., has been fired for alleged inappropriate behavior.

According to the Buffalo News, Julianne Thompson got the ax for daring to utter aloud some facts about stem cell research.

Thompson told the paper that she had read an interview with actor-director Mel Gibson. Gibson had pointed out that more than 20 years of embryonic stem cell research had not cured any diseases but that cures had been found with adult stem cells.

Thompson repeated these facts to some pupils but did not offer any personal opinions on the subject.

The Buffalo News indicated that school Superintendent Thomas Ramming's position is that employees are not allowed to discuss political issues with pupils.

The Left Coast Report says in this case it looks as if the kids might have been learning more on the bus than they were in school.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Terminates 'Holiday Tree'

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck a blow against the anti-Christmas agenda of the P.C. Scrooges.

As California's first lady Maria Shriver flicked on the state Christmas tree's 5,000 bulbs, the governor terminated the preposterous practice of referring to the traditionally trimmed symbol as a "holiday tree."

Schwarzenegger made no mention of the reason for the change back, but it was in honor of the late Sen. William "Pete" Knight.

Apparently back in May while at the funeral of the late senator, Schwarzenegger indicated that he would change the name back to "Christmas tree."

The previous governor, "Grinch" Davis, had renamed the tree, and Knight had lobbied to get the original name restored.

The Left Coast Report hears that ACLU might be seeking an injunction to prevent Arnold from singing "O Tannenbaum."

Assassination Rap

How much do some Europeans hate President Bush? 

This much. A group of rappers from Norway called Gatas (Street) Parliament has been raising money to have him assassinated.

The Web site, which has an Internet address that translates into "Kill him now," features an image of Bush with a laser sight targeting his head and a caption that reads: "Can Anyone Shoot This Man?"

The site is supposedly raising money for a Bush-designated bounty.

In response to a complaint by the American Embassy in Oslo, Gatas Parliament member Elling Borgersrud, in an interview with newspaper VG, accused U.S. diplomats of having "an impressive lack of a sense of proportion, lack of a sense of humor, and of intelligence."

The site has been shut down twice by police, according to the Norwegian newspaper The Aftenposten.

In a press release, the group indicated that to thwart the shutdown it was moving the site to Internet servers abroad.

The group claimed that the police had no right to close its site and that the page had no influence on the president's safety.

The Left Coast Report thinks this phenomenon is a result of parents who gave their kids too much Norwegian cod liver oil.

Oliver Stone Ponders Maggie Thatcher Pic

After having turned Alexander the Great into a crybaby (and a box-office and critical disaster), filmmaker Oliver Stone is getting ready to give the Ollie treatment to another historical figure: former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Stone is purportedly courting Meryl Streep in hopes that she'll portray the "Iron Lady."

World Entertainment News Network reports that a source close to Stone says, "Oliver is one of Baroness Thatcher's greatest fans. Alexander was slammed by critics, so maybe he thinks it's time to concentrate on a great woman for a film. Thatcher was one of the most powerful political figures in the world and her life has been as colorful as any superstar."

The Left Coast Report can see it now. If it's in keeping with his other films, Stone's celluloid version of Margaret Thatcher will somehow be linked to a plot that inflicts Elton John on the world.

Oscar Buzz

Sometimes the non-Academy Award trophies that are given out give us a hint as to which way the Oscar wind is blowing.

Most folks heard about how Anna Nicole Smith had to be pulled off the stage at the VH1 awards. But the bona fide moment of shame came when a clean-shaven Michael Moore received VH1's Big Boat Rocker prize from fan Sharon Stone and was given a standing O.

The good news is that at the Gotham Awards (given by the IFP, New York) Moore's phony 9/11 fantasy was beat out for best documentary by Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist." Demme's film centers around Haitian journalist and activist Jean Dominique.

There is buzz over the biopic "The Aviator," in which Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Howard Hughes.  We'll have to wait and see if the buzz is "Alexander"-type hype or the real thing.

Critics are still standing in line to praise the tedious piece of pretension "Kinsey."

The artsy comedy "Sideways" was named best picture at the Gotham Awards. It was also given six nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards of the IFP's L.A. branch.

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures dubbed Johnny Depp's latest vehicle, "Finding Neverland," the year's best film.

Noticeably absent from the early award ceremonies and Oscar prognosticating is Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."  Still, the film has moved into the top five for the People's Choice Awards in the category of Favorite Movie Drama.

The People's Choice Awards are different in that the public is able to participate by voting online.

The Left Coast Report predicts that a plethora of passionate people will push "The Passion" to the primary position.


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