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The Best of LCR 2004 - Part II

Tuesday, 28 December 2004 12:00 AM

THE LEFT COAST REPORT
A Political Look at Hollywood

This year the Venice Film Festival was preoccupied with abortion.

This year the Venice Film Festival was preoccupied with abortion.

The flick that won the Golden Lion prize for best film was "Vera Drake." It's an anti-life film that even the Cannes festival saw fit to reject. The star, Imelda Staunton, was named best actress as well in Venice.

Also, Ellen Barkin, best known for "The Big Easy" and "Sea of Love," attended the festival to promote another anti-life flick called "Palindromes," which she stars in.

The actress explained how she would handle things if her daughter were to become pregnant.
 
She bellowed at a press conference, "I am the mother of a 12-year-old girl, and I can tell you unequivocally that if my daughter was pregnant, I would take her kicking and screaming to have an abortion."

The Left Coast Report says, So that's what they mean by "choice."

2. Jamie Lee Curtis and Demi Moore, Surgery Opposites

Jamie Lee Curtis has taken up a new cause.  It's not one of the usual plights, such as hunger, homelessness or hybrids. The actress is out to put a halt to the cosmetic surgery frenzy.

Curtis has joined Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Stone in voicing opposition to makeovers of the surgical kind.

She told World Entertainment News Network that "this obsession with plastic surgery is an epidemic. It's lunacy! These women have had their faces rebuilt, and they look terrible. It's going to backfire at some point; sadly somebody famous and young is going to have to die on the table."

Meanwhile, Demi Moore disagrees. She has reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures.

But evidently Moore still finds one of her body part objectionable: her knees.  Supposedly she's getting ready to do a knee-lift.

The British newspaper Daily Mail reported that Moore consulted a surgeon in hopes of boosting the sagging mid-leg regions.

The Left Coast Report understands that when Ashton Kutcher heard about Demi's knee-raising plans he thought he was being "punk'd."

3. Julia Roberts on Diva Patrol

Hollywood is known for coddling its stars. Now comes a story from the New York Post about palatial pampering during the filming of "Ocean's 12."

Some of the highest-paid celebs in Hollywood make up the cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon.
 
At least one member of the ensemble turned out to be a wee bit demanding.

Roberts reportedly insisted that some scenes be refilmed because she was unhappy with the way that she looked.

The cast and crew had to be flown to Chicago for a day of reshooting. Across from the set were three mansions rented for the cast's comfort. Roberts, curiously, ended up with one of the manors all to herself.

Reports indicate she demanded that costly new wardrobe items be brought in because she wasn't pleased with the original cinematic outfits.

The Left Coast Report hears the refrain of a new tune. I think it's called "Petty Woman."

4. Alec Baldwin's California Reaming

Unlike his brother Stephen, Alec Baldwin doesn't appear to have seen the light. 

He apparently wasn't paying attention when his first-grade teacher instructed the class to think before speaking, either. 

In a cable appearance on "Topic A with Tina Brown," Alec managed to insult California's popular governor as well as the beloved late former California governor-turned-president.

Baldwin said Arnold Schwarzenegger "had zero qualifications whatsoever to be the governor in the state of California, none."

The actor and diehard Democrat also asserted that "the Republicans are very keen in getting people to come in and be the host of the show. Reagan was like that. They get a guy who can read lines and be the front man for the band, so to speak, and other people take over and get the job done."
   
The Left Coast Report suspects Alec might be suffering from a case of Ahnold envy.

5. Margaret Cho's Slap at the Pope

Remember how on "Saturday Night Live" Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of the pope? Comedian-activist Margaret Cho has one-upped the smooth-headed singer.

After comparing the presidential race to male anatomy, Cho unleashed an attack on Christians.

In an article she wrote for In These Times, Cho cites the "busy-body 'Christian' people," who according to the comic, "when they're not preparing for the Rapture — are trying to make gay people miserable."

She then started to pummel John Paul II. "The Pope recently castigated the media for making gays look normal. Yeah, he's a real good judge of normal. With the gold dress, and the matching gold hat, living up in the Vatican with 500 men, surrounded by the finest antiques in the world. You go, girl!"

The Left Coast Report thinks maybe Cho is confused and thinks there's an opening for papal jester.

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