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Steven Spielberg Hires Ariel Sharon Aide to Sell 'Munich'

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:00 AM

THE LEFT COAST REPORT
A Political Look at Hollywood

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Steven Spielberg Hires Ariel Sharon Aide to Sell 'Munich'
2. Klum-less in Iran
3. 'Super Size Me' Director to Attack GOP
4. Bob Dylan's Satellite Stretch
5. Auctioning Off John McCain

 

Steven Spielberg hasn't taken it this badly on the chin since he made "A.I."

It may be that he's come down with that dreaded Tinseltown affliction – 'moral relativitis'.

Spielberg's new movie "Munich," deals with Israel's retaliation for the Palestinian attack on its team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The famed director gave the Los Angeles Times the following quote: "A real sort of negative energy that drew me into it ["Munich"] when I first began developing it, that frightened me."

It may be that Spielberg believes in negative energy, but what about plain old evil?

He may have provided a clue to his worldview when he said that he "didn't want this ["Munich"] to be a morality play, the way that 'Private Ryan' is a morality play."

Since "he will not admit the existence of evil, as it really exists, Spielberg gets reality wrong. Understandably, he doesn't want to portray Palestinian terrorists as cartoon bad guys, but he simply doesn't portray them," writes David Brooks in the New York Times.

And the New Republic's Leon Wieseltier refers to Spielberg's problem as the "sin of equivalence."

Many former agents and diplomats have expressed their displeasure as well after discovering that Spielberg's main historical source for the film was the widely discredited 1984 book "Vengeance" by Canadian journalist George Jonas.

Avi Dichter, a retired head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service, told Reuters "there is no comparison between what you see in the movie and how it works in reality."

Eyal Arad, a Sharon aide who helped mastermind the recent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, will be promoting "Munich" in Israel.

The Left Coast Report thinks that to promote "Munich" here in the U.S. Spielberg may have to hire Ali G

Some disquieting TV news recently came out of Iran.

Apparently, Iranian soccer fans had to watch the World Cup Finals draw in Germany without any shots of Supermodel Heidi Klum.

Approximately 350 million viewers around the globe watched as qualifying teams were grouped together ahead of next year's finals.

Apparently, Victoria's Secret hasn't come up with a line of burqas.

Klum's dad, Gunther, has had it with Iran. He told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, "I don't understand it. What about the dancer [a magician's assistant who appeared on the show in a bikini top]? She revealed far more flesh than Heidi."

The Left Coast Report hears that a deal is in the works for a future Klum appearance -- as long as she agrees to appear in the next Cat Stevens video.

Michael Moore understudy Morgan Spurlock has optioned Chris Mooney's "The Republican War on Science" and will develop the book as his next feature project.

Spurlock directed the McDonald's-disparaging and distorting "Super Size Me."

The documentary maker also has a television show with a similar theme called "30 Days," which has been picked up for a second season on cable.

Mooney's book deals with the supposed scientific conflicts that the Bush administration has in areas like stem cell research, climate change, missile defense and abstinence education.

It attempts to make the case that those on the Right will sacrifice science for ideology.

Spurlock is all atwitter over his new project. He claims that science "is being ignored, manipulated and/or used incorrectly to further political agendas."

"Now more than ever, we need the real answers to the big questions," Spurlock says.

The Left Coast Report doubts if Spurlock intends to feature Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who has been accused of faking his astonishing embryonic stem cell findings.

Beginning in March 2006, Bob Dylan will host an hour-long weekly show on XM Satellite Radio.

As one might expect, the program will feature a mix of music that will reportedly be hand-selected by Dylan.

But in addition, according to a statement released by XM, Dylan will comment and interview guests, including other artists.

The legendary songwriter is quoted in the XM statement as saying, "Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic. It'll be as exciting for me as it is for XM."

For those of you who haven't heard Dylan speak in the past few years, I'd say that the excitement is going to be in trying to figure out what the heck the guy is saying.

The Left Coast Report hears that to translate for Dylan XM may hire renowned mumble expert Ozzie Osbourne.

Senator John McCain has joined Robin Williams, Larry David, and Oprah Winfrey in auctioning off some one-on-one time in order to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.

Chairwoman Ethel Kennedy suggests that this might be "a great way to do your holiday shopping - no one else will have it and your gift will help human rights activists around the globe."

Among the items being auctioned off are a walk-on role in "Reign O'er Me" (Mike Binder's upcoming film starring Adam Sandler), lunch with Williams, a visit to the set of "The West Wing" and lunch with the producer, and poker play with David.

Also in the auction lineup is what is being billed as a "power-lunch with straight-talking Senator John McCain."

No one knows yet whether Senator Lindsey Graham will be the high (or perhaps sole) McCain lunch bidder.

Meanwhile Senator Hillary Clinton is getting fairly consistent flak from some of the power players in Hollywood.

David Geffen recently expressed his displeasure with a Hillary presidential bid, and Tim Robbins requested that the senator from New York plant one on his posterior.

Now George Clooney has entered the fray.

The star of "Syriana" and the Oscar-wooing "Good Night, and Good Luck" told the London Times that he is "frustrated and disappointed" that Hillary was afraid to oppose the war on Iraq. "I hate it when smart men and women are saying, 'Well, if I knew then what I know now,' The fact is: I knew it then and I don't have national security clearance."

Maybe Clooney and company should be a bit more understanding. After all, House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did sort of officially give Dems the independent go-ahead when she said, "There is no one Democratic voice … and there is no one Democratic position [on the Iraq war.]"

In additional war news, this time in the culture battle, the upcoming Stanley Tookie Williams memorial service may turn out to be the hottest ticket in Tinseltown.

Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, Mike Farrell and Danny Glover will supposedly attend the funeral of the convicted killer, who last week was executed at San Quentin Prison.

The noon service is scheduled to be held at Bethel AME Church on December 20, and large TV screens will apparently be set up to accommodate folks who are expected to gather outside.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have been invited. Snoop Dogg and Jackson are slated to speak.

The families of the four victims of Tookie are not expected to attend.

The Left Coast Report says there's no word yet on whether attendance at Tookie's funeral will be step two in McCain's game of celebrity triangulation.

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