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Michael Jackson to Assert George Lopez Defense

Tuesday, 22 March 2005 12:00 AM

THE LEFT COAST REPORT
A Political Look at Hollywood

After some buzz bounced around the Internet for a spell, "Washington Whispers," a column that appears in U.S. News and World Report, published the rumor that actor Denzel Washington had written a check "on the spot" to finance the construction of a third housing facility near Brooke Army Medical Center.

After some buzz bounced around the Internet for a spell, "Washington Whispers," a column that appears in U.S. News and World Report, published the rumor that actor Denzel Washington had written a check "on the spot" to finance the construction of a third housing facility near Brooke Army Medical Center.

This was said to have occurred after Denzel toured an Army hospital in Texas.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland-based Fisher House told U.S. News that Washington had "offered support and compassion."  But the article indicated that the actor's representative differed on one point, claiming that "he [Denzel] did not write a check on the spot."

The plans for the military housing facility were already in progress when the actor visited in December, according to sources, which also confirm that Washington has committed to contribute a significant sum to the project.

The Left Coast Report thinks Denzel's quiet act of generosity and support speaks volumes.

Michael Jackson to Assert George Lopez Defense

Michael Jackson's lawyers have attempted to present the George Lopez story before and were prevented by Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville's rulings, where he agreed with the prosecutors' objections.

Now it looks as if the judge has had a change of mind and is going to let the attorneys go forward with the tale. It goes like this:

The boy accusing Jackson of molestation also allegedly once pointed a finger at George Lopez and accused the comedian of swiping $300 from his wallet.

According to Jackson's defense team, the boy and his father told Lopez that the boy had left a wallet containing several hundred dollars at Lopez's house after a visit. Later, when Lopez and his wife found the wallet, it purportedly contained only a few bucks.
 
Lopez reportedly became estranged from the boy's family following the alleged incident.

The story is thought to support Jackson's attorneys' assertions that the boy invented molestation claims after he and his family were evicted from the Neverland ranch.

The Left Coast Report observes, with a witness list that includes Liz Taylor, Larry King and Jay Leno and evidence involving George Lopez, the Jackson trial is turning into an episode of "I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me out of Here!"

Patricia Heaton: 'Terri Deserves Better'

"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton joined Mel Gibson in publicly opposing the intentional starvation of Terri Schiavo.

The two-time Emmy winner was quoted in a written statement released by Feminists for Life of America, a group for which Heaton serves as honorary chair.

"We must not let Terri Schiavo be starved to death," Heaton said.  "This deliberate and painful destruction of a woman's life cannot be justified or tolerated.  Terri deserves better."

Michael Schiavo executed a do-not-resuscitate order for his wife and repeatedly denied her treatment for infections after receiving $800,000 for Terri's rehabilitation and lifetime care plus $640,000 for his loss. He also lives with another woman, with whom he's had kids.

Heaton describes her reaction to Michael Schiavo as "outrage."

"By his actions Michael Schiavo has demonstrated that he should not be the one making the ultimate life or death decisions for a woman who, only in legal terms, remains his wife.  His belief that this was Terri's wish counters the views of Terri's family who, no doubt, know Terri well.  Removal of a feeding tube will result in a slow starvation that is cruel and painful."

Heaton added that "a husband should not be granted absolute control over his wife's fate." She describes Michael as "a disaffected husband with dubious motives."

The actress notes that Terri Schiavo "is not in a comatose state and she is not suffering from terminal disease" and has "a fundamental right to life." 

The Left Coast Report guesses that Heaton would have a lot more Hollywood company if she were trying to save a spotted owl.

NBC Finds Religion

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly recently told Reuters that NBC was inspired by Christian novels like the "Left Behind" series and Mel Gibson's mega-success "The Passion of the Christ" to weave religion into its television programming.

The network's newest prime-time spirit-tinged winner is "Medium," which stars Patricia Arquette. Arquette plays a suburban housewife who helps solve crimes by communicating with the dead.

NBC also plans to unveil an apocalyptic series called "Revelations," which stars Bill Pullman. Pullman plays the role of a scientist who partners with a nun. Together they'll try and save the world from Armageddon.

In addition, a new pilot called "The Book of Daniel" is set to hit the small screen. NBC's promotional pack explains that the show is a drama that depicts Jesus as a "contemporary, cool" figure.

Jesus (portrayed by Garrett Dillahunt) appears in the show to give personal advice to an Episcopal minister named Daniel Webster.

Aidan Quinn plays the minister. His character struggles with, among other things, an addiction to prescription drugs. Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn portrays the priest's church superior.

"I like that it's slightly provocative," Reilly told Reuters. "We did realize that we're in uncharted waters. ... It certainly stirs people's passions and stirs opinions, and if we do it right, with quality, I think there's millions and millions of people who would say, 'Hey, that's what I've been looking for on television.'"

The Left Coast Report says, Let's see ... a pill-popping priest with a female boss and a woman who talks to the dead. Yeah, that sounds like Hollywood's view of faith.

New Gig for Robert Blake?

Almost immediately after being acquitted, Robert Blake told the collected press that he needed some work to help pay his enormous attorney's fees.

What was one of the things Blake was pondering? 

Well, something's come up and it appears to be even better than a reality show with O.J. The New York Post reports that an online gambling site, goldenpalace.com, is offering Blake $200,000 to wear a goldenpalace.com baseball cap.

The site is known to a lot of folks because its logo is tattooed on the real-life body parts of some well-known boxers.

The site's marketing agent, Mike Esterman, hasn't been able to get a yea or nay from the former "Baretta" star.

"I've e-mailed him and tried to leave him a message, but his phone isn't accepting messages."

The Left Coast Report suspects that Blake may be holding out in hopes of replacing Paula Abdul on "American Idol."

 

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