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Lee Iacocca Joins Snoop Dogg's Posse

Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:00 AM

A Political Look at Hollywood

Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Mike Tyson claims he's desperate for money.

Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Mike Tyson claims he's desperate for money.

Tyson really must be. He recently received a knockout of a tax bill from the IRS that purportedly numbers in the millions.

To extricate himself from the financial jam he's in, Tyson is apparently turning to the adult film industry.

Guess a porn career can have a seductive quality when you're cash-strapped.

Back in the 1990s, Tyson served six years jail time for rape charges.

The irrepressible pugilist, who just retired from boxing in July, was approached by representatives for porn star Jenna Jameson to co-star in an X-rated movie.

He excitedly told the UK magazine Zoo, "I just talked to a gentleman called Jimmy who's involved with Jenna Jameson. They said they were interested in getting me involved in the adult film industry."

Tyson had one proviso for his prospective employers. "I need the money up front," he said.

The Left Coast Report hears that Jenna Jameson was spotted on Rodeo Drive chewing over some Gucci earmuffs.

Joe Pesci's Ex Arrested

Joe Pesci is best known for roles in which he portrayed tough, cold-blooded Mafia operatives.

Now in a real life drama Pesci's ex wife, Claudia Haro, a.k.a. "Marty" Haro, has been arrested for attempted murder.

The former Mrs. Pesci is suspected of hiring a hit man to kill her husband. Haro is married to a stuntman named Garrett Warren. 

In May 2000 Warren was outside his California home when a gunman shot him four times. Miraculously, he survived the attack.

Haro was taken into custody by the police in July 2005 as a suspect who ordered the hit. 

She was released two days later and didn't have to post bail because of an "insufficient complaint." Authorities are now searching for more evidence against her.

Haro's alleged motive is a custody dispute with Warren over their daughter. While Haro was serving her two days in jail, Warren managed to get temporary custody.

Pesci claims his ex is not capable of hurting anyone and wouldn't even know how to arrange a hit. He's willing to testify in court to help her out.

The Left Coast Report always thought of Pesci as a Goodfella.

Kate Hudson's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Marriage Policy

Kate Hudson was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Almost Famous" and stars in the upcoming thriller "The Skeleton Key."

During an interview with "Access Hollywood," Hudson offered a perspective that seems to confirm what many Americans believe about Hollywood.

In a discussion about her marriage, Hudson opined that monogamy wasn't "realistic."
Perhaps the actress has been hanging out with Jude Law. Or maybe Will Smith. Remember when he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith announced their arrangement? Essentially it allowed for cheating in their marriage if one spouse asks the other's permission.

Hudson has been married to Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson for five years. The couple has an 18-month-old son named Ryder.

Goldie Hawn's daughter said that although she doesn't believe monogamy is realistic, she does "believe that we, as people, have the power to make it happen."

As for her personal behavior, Hudson said, "I will not disrespect my husband and stray."

When asked about her rock star husband's ability to toe the marital line, Hudson said, "If you focus your attention on that, then you are always wondering if your husband or men are out there cheating on you. If for some reason, that's what he has to go do, I just don't want to know. As long as things are good in our house, just please, don't get caught."

The Left Coast Report suspects that while playing a groupie in "Almost Famous" Hudson learned more about the rock 'n' roll lifestyle than she now cares to know.

Lee Iacocca Joins Snoop Dogg's Posse

What's the car world coming to?

Ford is dumping Eminem over his new song and Chrysler is working with Snoop Dogg.

On Eminem's track, the rapper compliments the rear anatomy of female stars including Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. 

Ford had planned to showcase the new Ford Fusion sedan in the song's music video but has since changed its mind.

Meanwhile, in an apparent attempt to appeal to younger car buyers, Chrysler has decided to team Lee Iacocca up with rapper Snoop Dogg.
"You know, I'm not too sure what you just said. Now everybody gets a great deal," Iacocca says in the spot.

"Fo shizzle, I-ka-zizzle," Snoop Dogg replies.

The bit ends with Snoop Dogg giving his own version of Iacocca's trademark line "If you can find a better car, buy it."

"If the ride is more fly, then you must buy," Snoop Dogg says.

The Left Coast Report wonders if there are plans for Iacocca to appear with Snoop in the next "Girls Gone Wild" video.

Kudos for 'The Great Raid'

"The Great Raid" is a cinematic celebration of the selfless valor that has always defined our nation's military.  

The film recounts the true against-all-odds story of the most successful rescue mission in U.S. military history.

In an age where many in the media seem bent on impugning the armed services, it is refreshing to see a movie that elevates America's defenders, allowing audiences to stand up and cheer for those who sacrifice for our freedom.

Planner and leader of the raid Captain Robert Prince (played by James Franco of "Spider-Man" fame) narrates the story, which takes place the last five days of January 1945 in the Japanese-occupied Philippines.

Colonel Henry A. Mucci (played by Benjamin Bratt) leads the Alamo Scouts, the 6th Ranger Battalion, a group of extensively trained but unseasoned soldiers with the perilous assignment of rescuing 500 prisoners who are being held captive in the nefarious Cabanatuan POW camp.

Colonel Mucci meticulously plans each aspect of the arduous mission with the help of soft-spoken and cerebral Captain Prince. Together with a small group of Philippine resistance fighters they take on overwhelming odds, impervious to the specter of failure or death.

The climax of the film, the attack of Cabanatuan, is worth the cost of admission alone. It is one of the most exemplary depictions of military battle ever displayed on the screen. From the moment the first bullet hits a Japanese guard in a watchtower to the moving liberation of the beleaguered POWs, the footage is simply breathtaking.

At the screening that I attended, there was a man who appeared to be a Greatest Generation member, quite possibly a WWII veteran himself.

At the finish of the film, as the credits rolled on, the unassuming gentleman made his way slowly toward the exit, eyes still fixed upon the screen. He paused at the doorway, gently lifted his hand to his brow and gave a heartfelt salute.

The Left Coast Report seconds that emotion.


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