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Weinstein Brothers' 'Transamerica' Dream

Tuesday, 23 August 2005 12:00 AM

A Political Look at Hollywood

Sean Penn's Chronicle Capers

In January 2004 Sean Penn wrote a two-part report for the San Francisco Chronicle about a trip he had taken to Iraq. You remember the one where he traveled halfway around the globe so he could get the lowdown from Saddam's stooges.

Well, Penn also went to Iran about two months ago, and his long- awaited report on the voyage hits the Chronicle this week.

Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein (Sharon Stone's recent ex) said, "Sean brings a unique perspective and a diary-like sensibility to the situation in Iran. In his very successful career as an actor and director, he has developed a keen eye for detail and for character. These are the things that make a story compelling."

According to Editor and Publisher magazine, Penn's piece was handed in to the Chronicle's editors over a month ago.

"As with anything like this, it required a fair amount of work between the editor and the author," Bronstein revealed.

Most of the first installment of Penn's five-part piece deals with his preparation for travel and some of his initial impressions of Iran.
Penn writes that reactions of journalists to his presence in Iran were familiar.
"The scene downstairs reminded me of similar scenes in Iraq, at Baghdad's Al Rashid and Palestine hotels. International journalists with that 'What the f--- are you doing here, Mr. Penn?' look on their faces." 

The Left Coast Report hears that the same expression appeared on the faces of some of the Chronicle's overworked editors.

Weinstein Brothers' 'Transamerica' Dream

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are apparently hoping to connect with Middle America. Make that Middle "Transamerica."

This December their new film firm, The Weinstein Company, will release a movie with the trans title.

By the sound of it, you might think the thing is a travel flick. It isn't.

When I heard about the story line, I could only imagine how the original pitch must have gone down:

"Harvey, Bob, we've got this dynamite script for you. It involves this guy who is saving his money so he can have a sex change operation. He's living as a woman so he can prepare for the permanent change when he discovers that during a past affair he fathered a son. He goes to visit his boy dressed as a girl but his son doesn't know that the chick he's looking at is really his dad. Oh yeah, did we mention the transgender hopeful is also a born-again Christian?"

In another Tinseltown tweak, the main character, Bree, will be played by Felicity Huffman who's best known as Lynette Scavo of ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

The Left Coast Report asks, do you suppose that the former Miramax execs jumped at the project so they could get it out just in time for Christmas?

Dreyfuss, Asner, Begley Jr. and David Duke Present United Front

When Hollywood actors Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Asner and Ed Begley Jr. attended a vigil in Studio City for "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan, an unusual ally provided some support: former K.K.K. leader David Duke.

Duke's blog praised Sheehan's geopolitical comments, musing that "courageously she has gone to Texas near the ranch of President Bush and braved the elements and a hostile Jewish supremacist media to demand a meeting with him and a good explanation why her son and other's sons and daughters must die and be disfigured in a war for Israel rather than for America."

Sheehan claims she never said the things that have attracted Duke. But in a letter that Sheehan e-mailed to ABC's "Nightline," she wrote that her son "was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel."

Sheehan denied on CNN that the statements in the e-mail were hers and claimed on her blog that her words had been changed by a third party. But Fox News has revealed tapes of her making similar statements.

Meanwhile certain folks in Hollywood appear to be characteristically clueless.

Sheehan has "shown the world ... what one person can do," Asner sighed.

"I just wanted to come out tonight in support of her and all the men and women whose lives have been lost over there in Iraq," Begley declared.

And in a protest flashback, Bob Dylan's former squeeze and folk warbler Joan Baez showed up in Crawford, Texas to serenade the Sheehanites.

The Left Coast Report wonders what size burqa Baez wears.

Britney Spears' Kabbalah Water Baby

Pregnant pop princess Britney Spears seems to be letting her mentor Madonna call some of the shots on her upcoming birthing process.

As part of the preparation for her baby's delivery, Spears has coughed up over $32,000 to the Kabbalah Centre.

Under Madonna's tutelage, Spears is paving the way for her infant's spiritual direction by giving money to "Spirituality For Kids," a Kabbalah affiliated organization for tots.

As the date of her child's arrival approaches, according to In Touch magazine, Spears will shell out another $3,800 to have her baby's first experience be a "Kabbalah water birth."

The infant will supposedly enter the world via a pool filled with 1,000 one-liter bottles of duly blessed Kabbalah water.

The Left Coast Report expects that any day now the L.A. Kabbalah Centre will be kicking off its marketing campaign for Kabbalah Pampers.

George Clooney Panning for Oscar Gold?

George Clooney is directing and starring in a flick that will open the 43rd New York Film Festival come September.

The movie is titled "Good Night, and Good Luck," which also happens to be the signature sign-off phrase of the legendary news anchor Edward R. Murrow.

Don't let the hallmark words fool you into thinking that Clooney's flick is a single-focused celebration of the famed broadcaster. It isn't. Rather, it is chiefly a Hollywood hammering of the inexorably demonized Joe McCarthy.

Now the mere mention of Senator McCarthy's name silences a Hollywood gathering faster than a Pat Boone T-shirt at a MoveOn rally. With Clooney at the helm, there's no telling how far this ship will drift.

Clooney's studio Web site describes "Good Night, and Good Luck" as the story of how, using the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," "Murrow challenged McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists were working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government…"

Buzz about the film being an Academy Award contender has already started. 

Do you suppose Clooney is going to include in his movie any info on the Verona cables, the declassified documents from the Soviet archives that provided evidence which showed some of the so-called victims of McCarthy were, in fact, Soviet spies?

The Left Coast Report says don't hold your blacklist breath.

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