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Tuesday, 12 November 2002 12:00 AM

Mexican critics who don't like "Frida" generally fall into two categories. Some say the movie sensationalizes the lives of

But both camps miss the point. What's really wrong with this film is that it celebrates a couple of U.S.-hating Soviet-style communists.

Apparently, Hayek served as one of the film's producers. She describes the movie as a story of unconditional love. But Kahlo and Rivera's politics were in no way some sort of quaint artistic eccentricity.

What's the scoop on the real Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera? Well, in 1936 Rivera petitioned the Mexican government to give Trotsky and his wife asylum, after they were forced out of Norway. The Trotskys ended up staying in Kahlo's family home. Kahlo then seduced the older man. One of her self-portraits is dedicated to him.

After Trotsky was assassinated, Kahlo acted like a member of the Politburo. She claimed that Trotsky was a coward and had stolen from her when he stayed at her house.

Kahlo attacked Trotsky because she had become a dedicated Stalinist. She continued singing Stalin's praises even after finding out about his culpability in the death of millions.

One of Kahlo's last paintings is called "Stalin and I." Her diary is filled with references to Stalin and her yearning to meet with the tyrant. Kahlo's art also reveals her deep hatred of the United States.

The Left Coast Report says, knowing all of this, who would ever believe that Hollywood would applaud such a movie and the U.S. Postal Service would put Kahlo's face on a stamp.

It seems that the less-than-compelling ex-Veep got a guest spot on the season premiere of the animated science-fiction comedy.

"Futurama" takes place in the 30th century. In the episode, Gore is depicted as a preserved severed head. His noggin is introduced at a global-warming convention as "the inventor of the environment and first emperor of the moon."

The Left Coast Report hopes his old boss doesn't get wind of Gore's latest gig, or Bubba may try to get a "Futurama" appearance and preserve one of his own body parts.

Liberal Democrat

The unusual pair is set to promote the grand opening of the National Constitution Center's "We The People" campaign. The purpose is to raise public appreciation for one of our most precious founding documents.

When the Washington Post questioned the two, Kirkpatrick described Dreyfuss as "a very skillful actor."

And Dreyfuss said that Kirkpatrick was "a remarkably commonsensical person," adding that she had "a very reasonable manner" and "used to be a Democrat."

Listening to Dreyfuss' chatter over the years, it's difficult to imagine that he would actually promote the Constitution. But he did seem to fall back into character when responding to a question about the recent election.

"I didn't vote," Dreyfuss said. "I got my absentee ballot and I tore it up. That was my vote."

The Left Coast Report suggests that project organizers play it safe and give Dreyfuss something that he's more predictable with – a script.

Electronic music artist

The tape urges folks to telephone Butterball via the company's recipe hotline. Once connected, callers are supposed to say, "There is no proper way to kill and cook these beautiful birds."

Don't these people know the proper thing to do is to kill the beautiful birds,

PETA may think that comedian

The Left Coast Report hears that melted Moby CDs make great turkey platters.

When Showtime received publicity and increased its ratings with the gay-themed program "Queer as Folk," you knew it would only be a matter of time before a variation on the pink theme surfaced.

After all, Showtime's parent company, Viacom, has been looking to introduce a gay cable network. Maybe it'll eventually be Showtime.

For now, Showtime is planning a drama for next summer that it's tentatively calling "Earthlings." The program will focus on the lesbian community in Los Angeles.

The L.A. Times reports that

The Left Coast Report believes that, at the present time, there are no plans to include RuPaul in the cast.

Toronto boy band

EU's Public Health Commissioner

The campaign will create TV ads, which will be shown on national TV networks, MTV Europe and 5,000 cinemas running the new Harry Potter movie.

Fifteen pop groups and/or artists are taking part in the "feel free to say no" campaign.

Byrne said the campaign is coordinated with a new EU proposal to ban all tobacco advertising on TV, radio, magazines and the Internet.

Tobacco companies will be happy to know they can still use skywriting and crop circles.

The Left Coast Report understands why kids are so mixed up. They're told to say "yes" to premarital sex, profane rap, body piercing, tattooing and weed. And they're supposed to "feel free to say no" to a cigarette?

The "Sex and the City" star is not griping about our politics. No, she just thinks we're a bunch of prudes. Apparently, she's never seen Britney, Christina Aguilera or J.Lo.

Cattrall told the Sunday Express magazine, "Americans can withstand incredible violence on TV shows – which, as I come from England and Canada, I find difficult to stomach – but they are more puritanical when it comes to nudity on screen."

Maybe Kim has received one too many letters pointing out that a show about women who compulsively bed-hop lacks artistic merit. The Left Coast Report says hey, we've got NYPD Blue moons and Anna Nicole Smith's bazooms. What country is she talking about?

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