Thursday, September 16, 2004

Moore's Fahrenheit fever inspires a Celsius sequel

Los Angeles: A conservative American grass-roots group and a leading Hollywood Republican are teaming up to deliver a rejoinder to Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's documentary about President George Bush.

Celsius 41.11 is to have its premiere in Washington on September 28. The title alludes to the temperature at which the brain deteriorates from heat - in this case, from Moore's left-wing rhetoric, said the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, one of Hollywood's most vocal Republicans. "You tell enough lies, and the brain starts to die," he said on Wednesday.

Financial backing for Celsius 41.11 came from Citizens United, a group that claims more than 100,000 conservative members.

"With only six weeks, start to finish, we don't expect to hit a home run, like Moore," said its president, Dave Bossie. "But we're hoping for a solid single that will educate people and influence the political debate."

Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11 has taken $118.3 million ($170 million) domestically to become the highest-grossing documentary ever, could not be reached for comment.

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