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Rosie O'Donnell Defends Fonda, Condemns Bush

Friday, 06 May 2005 12:00 AM

In an apparent effort to smack Fox right in the Nielsen, ABC will dedicate an entire "Primetime Live" program to doing an expose on Fox network's ratings grabber "American Idol." And the dirt will be dished just in time for May sweeps.

In a shrewd move, ABC dubbed the news show's hour-long special "Fallen Idol." Included in promo for the program is advertising and PR that are cleverly designed to pique the public's curiosity.

The network indicated that it plans to "explore explosive claims about behind-the-scenes activities at 'American Idol,' the hit television show that became a cultural phenomenon."

"Primetime Live" PR guru Adam Pockriss' lips are sealed tight, though. All anyone has managed to get from the guy is a measly "no comment."

However, reports have circulated about inappropriate contacts between judges and contestants on the "American Idol" show, the most detailed of which involves former contestant Corey Clark, who claims to have had an affair with "Idol" judge Paula Abdul.

Abdul's spokesperson said that the former contestant is "a liar and opportunist" trying "to generate interest in a book deal."

Time magazine reported that "Fox honchos are worried that ABC may have incriminating video of the couple."

Evidently, Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest were sent out to do damage control. And Abdul sicked a lawyer on ABC.

The Left Coast Report predicts that even though ABC will get big numbers for it's "Primetime Live" special, "American Idol"'s ratings will go higher rather than lower with the added attention.

Like Mel Gibson, filmmaker Todd Solondz recently had to use his own money to make his latest film, "Palindromes," because no studio was willing to shell out the bucks.

Now that the film's been released many mainstream critics are being hard on it.

A.O. Scott of the New York Times thinks Solondz went too far and "seems to have no particular direction in mind, no artistic interest beyond the limitless ugliness of humanity."

Rex Reed of the New York Observer sneers that the Solondz work was "as amusing as lung cancer."

Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that "Palindromes" is "the most misanthropic, depressing, hopeless film in memory."

Why would a Tinseltown guy who's used to getting atta-boys from his peers, and who had such a difficult time financing this particular movie, now become the target of savage reviews?

An industry source close to the production tells me that "he's [Solondz] been very hurt by their treatment" and feels as though "shots have been taken for political reasons."

My source also indicates that "it's been shocking how the mainstream media castigated Solondz, who's been a darling of theirs - - just for having what they think was a pro-life message."

The filmmaker himself revealed the source of his problem to the Chicago Tribune. He said this about the flick: "It's not pro-choice or pro-life. I know where I stand personally. If anything, it's more anti-anti-choice, given the drama that happens here."

Solondz added, "Certainly it's the most politically charged movie I've done; morally complicated, let's say."

Guess for so-called tolerant-minded abortion advocates a "morally complicated" stand is simply intolerable.

The Left Coast Report says once again it shows that liberals want speech to free unless they happen to disagree.

Rosie O'Donnell apparently wants to give a little gas to one of her many careers.

O'Donnell has been a standup comic, TV talk show host, magazine publisher and Broadway star, but now she's acting in movies again.

You may have seen Rosie recently in the made-for-TV film "Riding the Bus with My Sister." In it, she portrays a developmentally challenged woman.

While on a promo tour for the flick, O'Donnell took time out to come to the defense of Jane Fonda and her traitorous Vietnam conduct.

Rosie related a tale to Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera about how when she "was a kid and the Vietnam War was on," Fonda was "the only person standing up and saying what every kid that was 9 years old like I was knew — war is wrong and we shouldn't go over and kill people."

It made me wonder whether the sight of Rosie making an appearance on the supposedly arch-conservative Fox News Channel, shooting the breeze with Geraldo and heaping praise on Hanoi Jane had liberals reaching for their smelling salts.

O'Donnell continued opining militarily, saying, "You know [President Bush] invaded a sovereign nation [Iraq] in defiance of the U.N. He is basically a war criminal! He should be tried in the Hague!"

She disclosed that her publicist recommended she "stop talking about politics."

Rosie is now expressing herself through her blog. In fact she writes that she recently turned down an invitation from the "Late Show with David Letterman" because executive producer Rob Burnett had accused her of trying to steal Letterman's job.

The Left Coast Report can't say it better than Burnett's counter, "The last thing I want to do is get into a fight with a powerful celebrity who has a blog read by tens of people."

It should have been just another Hollywood premiere. You know, bright lights, red carpet, paparazzi, adoring fans, and the like.

But it wasn't.

This was the premiere for the film "Monster-in-Law," which stars Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.

Lopez's husband Marc Anthony was at the event, but so were a number of surprise attendees. Alongside the group of expected stargazers was a pack of PETA protestors.

Activists from the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are upset over the fur that is used in Lopez's Sweetface fashion line.

The anti-fur squawkers carried signs that displayed the words "Monster-in-Fur."

When asked what she thought of the protest, J. Lo replied, "I don't."

The Left Coast Report hears that when asked what she thought of the protest, Fonda looked at the signs and said, "Those Viet Nam vets just won't quit."

Some say that listening to Carlos Santana play the guitar can be a spiritual experience.

But in a lawsuit brought by Bruce Kuhlman, one of Santana's former employees, Kuhlman claims he was fired because he wasn't spiritual enough.

Kuhlman's suit alleges that Carlos's spouse, Deborah Santana, consulted with a guru named Dr. Dan, and that employees were evaluated using "Dr. Dan's Neuro-Emotional Technique."

Unfortunately for Kuhlman, his "enlightenment/consciousness level" was too low, and apparently he was too old to raise it.

Kuhlman maintains that Mrs. Santana based her hiring and firing decisions exclusively "on evaluation by Dr. Dan and his measure of the applicant's 'consciousness level.'"

According to the suit, Dr. Dan said that "the more enlightened a person was, the closer to God he was and the better employee he was."

Deborah Santana recently penned a book entitled "Space Between the Stars." Her Web site states that "Deborah sought a path of illumination and justice and has remained committed to spread peace, wholeness and unfold her own spiritual transformation."

The Left Coast Report suspects that some of the employees think the book should have been called "Space Between Her Ears."


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