Saturday, June 19, 2004

TERRY LAWSON: Like many documentary makers, Michael Moore crafts films that stir controversy

TERRY LAWSON: Like many documentary makers, Michael Moore crafts films that stir controversy: "Whether 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' which analysts predict could earn $50 million or more at the box office, turns up the electorate's heat or just becomes more fuel for the ever-hungry ovens of talk radio and news TV will soon be determined and re-determined.

If nothing else, it seems likely to open up more than a few hearts and minds -- to ponder again just how much fact can be found in reality and how much reality there is in nonfiction. You might learn something you didn't know about Bush and his war on terrorism. You might have your beliefs challenged. But you will be asked to sort all that out.

And that, at least, is the truth."


FIGHTING WITH FILMS: "At 9 p.m. on a Friday, Michael Moore is at Todd-AO studios in Hollywood testing the sound quality of his documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' before it is shipped to 700 theaters. He's hoarse from sitting all day in an air-conditioned room, continually consulting with technicians.
'I'm thinking, 'Why am I in a lab at this hour?' I just won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. I should be somewhere far away celebrating,' he says with a raspy voice.
It's odd to hear Moore sounding weak, because the 49-year-old filmmaker is famous -- detractors would say infamous -- for projecting loud and clear. He's become the populist voice of America, whether blaming the chairman of General Motors for the devastating impact of factory closures in 'Roger & Me' or confronting Charlton Heston about making National Rifle Association stump speeches in towns rocked by crazed gunmen in 'Bowling for Columbine.'' "

Newsweek - Politics: Agent Provocateur

MSNBC - Politics: Agent Provocateur: "June 28 issue - Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' isn't even out till late this week, and you probably already know what you think about it. Some of the advance reaction has been what you'd expect: Madonna recommending it to her audiences, a conservative group trying to pressure theaters not to show it. True, Fox TV posted a rave review on its Web site - 'a tribute to patriotism' - while Tina Brown's column quoted a Kerry supporter in Hollywood comparing Moore to Goebbels. (That Goebbels? And they say Moore is over the top.)

But mostly it has been the usual suspects taking the usual sides. For the right, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a scurrilous attack on the commander in chief in a time of war. For the left, on the other hand, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a scurrilous attack on the commander in chief in a time of war - and it was about time, though no prudent mainstream Democrat would want to come out and say so. For everybody else... well, is there anybody else?"

By David Gates

FREE PRESS FREE STUFF: 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

FREE PRESS FREE STUFF: 'Fahrenheit 9/11': "June 19, 2004
Want to see the controversial Michael Moore film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' at a special screening Thursday evening at a select metro Detroit theater?
Here's the drill to win one of 50 passes for two.
E-mail your name, postal address and daytime phone to Remember to type 'Fahrenheit 9/11' in the subject field.
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Rocky Mountain News: Moore controversy

Rocky Mountain News: Movies: "The day I talked to Michael Moore, I'd read an item in the New York Daily News claiming that this so-called man of the people had a hot tub installed on the balcony of his Manhattan apartment.
Asked about this earth-shattering news earlier this week, Moore laughed. 'I don't have a hot tub. I don't even have a balcony.'

"Look, if 15 of the 19 hijackers had been from North Korea, the headline in the Rocky Mountain News would have read, 'North Korea attacks the U.S.' If 15 of the 19 had been from Cuba and were funded by Cubans, the headline would have been, 'Castro attacks the U.S.' "

Moore further argues that Bush and associates - through board memberships, jobs and gifts - have received $1.4 billion in Saudi money.

"If you gave me $1.4 billion, I'd be real nice to you, too. If you called and asked on Sept. 11 if you can get some people out of the country, I'd do it for you. I'm not really judging them (the Bushes). They just did the human thing. When your benefactors call, you answer right away."

Moore says the media have been so reflexively pro-military, that the Marine Corps didn't bother to ask him why he wanted to follow two eager recruiters around a mall in Flint, Mich. That trip produced a segment in which the recruiters seem willing to say nearly anything to elicit positive responses. "They just assumed it would be positive. That's a sad commentary on how our media has behaved. I never got to the point where they even asked if it was me."

By Robert Denerstein
Rocky Mountain News

Don't Give in to the Right Wing--Support Freedom of Speech-- Save Fahrenheit 911!!!! Petition

Don't Give in to the Right Wing--Support Freedom of Speech-- Save Fahrenheit 911!!!! Petition

This petition is to inform the theatre chains that are currently scheduled to release this film to not be intimidated. As Americans we have the right to know what our government is doing just as Michael Moore has the right to freedom of speech. Please, do not let him be silenced. Support the freedom of speech and free thinking by releasing this movie on its scheduled date. We want, need and know it is time to be released from the ignorance that blinds us from lack of credible knowledge. Take a stand for the rights of all American's. Release "Fahrenheit 911" on June 25th, 2004 as scheduled.

Pulse24 - Toronto's News

Pulse24 - Toronto's News: "Michael Moore won't be changing the name of his controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" to "Celsius 9/11" when it plays in Canada. But he's expecting a much better reception here than he'll get in the States.

The maverick American documentary maker is in Toronto for the gala debut of his Palme d'Or winning flick at the Varsity Theatre. So far, the film, which is about George Bush and his family's alleged ties to al-Qaida, has been giving him nothing but heartaches across the border.

Three theatre chains have refused to show the movie, he's under constant attack from the White House, his website's server - which is based in Canada - has been the target of hackers, and he even has increased security following him around everywhere.

Which is why he's happy to be in T.O. "I said to my wife "I gotta go watch this movie with a bunch of Canadians,'" he laughs."I just wanted to sit in a roomful of Canadians and sit in the back and just watch them watch this movie. I'm under vicious attack by so many people in the U.S. right now, this is like a day spa for me!"

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Moore turns up heat on Tories and Grits

The Globe and Mail: "Michael Moore said he just had to visit Canada for a day -- and he put in his two cents about the federal election campaign.
In response to questions after an advance screening of his new film, Fahrenheit 9/11, he said that he arranged the June 25 Canadian opening to fall just before election day, to give voters a good look at the U.S. system before casting their ballots.
'So that four days later, they would think very seriously about whether or not they should join the coalition of the willing,' he said.
He said he has spent a lot time trying to persuade Americans that Canadians are smart and his country should be more Canada-like. Electing Conservatives -- whose leader, Stephen Harper, once advocated joining U.S. President George W. Bush's war in Iraq -- would spoil his argument, Mr. Moore said."


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Canadian Television: Filmmaker Moore hopes Canada doesn't vote Tory | CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television: "TORONTO - Hopefully Canadians will not set a trend at the end of the current federal election and vote into power a political party that says it would have joined the Bush administration's invasion-of-Iraq coalition, says U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore.
'For you to go backwards would be a horrible thing to see happen,' the scruffy-faced Moore said when asked about the stance of Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. He said he was grateful the former Liberal government stayed out of Iraq.

"It's a work of journalism," he maintained. "It's the real journalism that the journalists should be doing. The movie is filled with a lot of facts, a lot of background information, a lot of research and then the film is an op ed piece. Propaganda? That's a bit of a strong term. Propagandists believe it's OK to take the facts and tell half-truths and twist them to meet their purposes. I present to you the facts."

In the U.S. distributors are appealing to get the film a PG-13 rating, not an R. The Motion Picture Association of America appeals board is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The Ontario Film Review Board will consider the film's rating Monday night.

And Moore doesn't expect to win any hearts and minds among the ultra-right. He says he's preaching to the choir because in America the choir has been asleep by not voting.

"Who's the choir? The 50 per cent of the American people who don't vote. Are they the elite? Are they the rich? Are they the well-educated?

"They are the poor, the working class, the single moms, the young people and the African-Americans."

He said those people have given up, have sunk into despair and cynicism and that it's his job to pull them back and urge them to give it another try.

"I hope to give the choir a song to sing and I hope they sing it loud as they leave the movie theatre."

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Moving America Backwards: Censoring Michael Moore, by Scott C. Smith - Democratic Underground

Moving America Backwards: Censoring Michael Moore, by Scott C. Smith - Democratic Underground: "If the group Move America Forward has its way, come June 25th, you will not be able to see Michael Moore's new film, Fahrenheit 9/11.
Why? Well, the main reason seems to be - we do not like what Michael Moore has to say about America. And, being freedom-loving Americans, we want to pressure movie theater chains not to screen the film.
Another question that comes to mind is, what the hell is Move America Forward? I know, I hadn't heard of them, either, until recently. As I looked over their web site, the first thought that popped into my mind was: right-wing fascist nut cases. But that's not fair. I'm not a psychologist or psychiatrist, so I'm not qualified to make judgments on the mental health of Move America Forward's board of directors and staff.

Melanie Morgan appeared on the June 16 Crossfire to argue her group's case against Michael Moore's film. Which, by the way, she has not seen. There's nothing like a good old-fashioned boycott based on not knowing anything about the source material."

By Scott C. Smith

Article Excerpt. - Moore warns of swing to the right - Moore warns of swing to the right: "Firebrand filmmaker Michael Moore hopes his controversial new work Fahrenheit 9/11 will help stop Conservative Leader Stephen Harper from becoming Prime Minister, along with throwing U.S. President George W. Bush out of office.

Moore came to Toronto last night for the Canadian premiere of his Palme d'Or-winning film, which opens in theatres June 25 and which scorches the Bush administration for its handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that followed them.
And he brought with him a warning that if Canadians swing to the right by electing Harper on June 28, as polls suggest might happen, then dire consequences will follow.

'I can't believe that you guys would think about going in that direction, when we're trying to get out of that direction,' Moore told the Star, shortly before heading to the Varsity Cinemas to make a red-carpet arrival at the screening.

'I hope this doesn't happen. Bush is going to throw a party (after the Canadian election). He's going to be a happy man. (Harper) has a big pair of scissors in his hand. He wants to snip away at your social safety net. He'd like this to be the 51st State.'

Despite all that, Fahrenheit 9/11 is still expected to roll out on hundreds of screens in North America on June 25. That includes 55 in Canada, but the Canadian tally will rise to 140 within two weeks.

But Moore insists that Fahrenheit 9/11 and his vigorous promotional campaigns are meant simply to goad people into getting involved in politics and taking a stand on important issues. They're not a personal vendetta against George W. Bush.

"No, not at all. In fact, if anything, I am grateful to the Bush family. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be a filmmaker. Bush's first cousin, Kevin Rafferty, taught me how to make movies. He was a documentary filmmaker who made The Atomic Café. He shot most of Roger & Me for me ... So if it weren't for a member of the Bush family, I wouldn't have maybe gotten into this.

"I feel badly for George W. I don't think he ever wanted to be president.... He's a frat boy, ne'er-do-well living off daddy's largesse. I want to help him back to that life so he's happier.""


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Friday, June 18, 2004

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ContraCostaTimes: Cinematic squabble | 06/18/2004 | Cinematic squabble:

In the Bay Area, where 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is booked in more than a dozen locations, theater owners had varying reactions to the debate.
At Brenden Theatres in Concord, a spokeswoman said officials haven't had a chance to screen the movie, and for that reason, haven't decided whether to go ahead with scheduled showings.
But Allen Michaan, owner of Renaissance Rialto group, said no one has asked him to cancel screenings at Lafayette's Park or Oakland's Grand Lake theaters.

'My basic attitude is that the more they would call me and harass me, the more I would want to play this picture,' he said. 'The very concept of a group like this trying to stifle information and political dialogue is absolutely contrary to what America is supposed to be all about. It's appalling.'
Michaan believes debate about the movie will actually drive ticket sales -- in fact, he's taken the unusual step of offering advance tickets for the Lafayette showings via the Orinda Theatre, which he also owns, because it has the necessary computer system.

In the San Francisco office of the Landmark Theater chain, Steve Indig said tickets are already selling for the opening-night screening at Berkeley's California Theater.

"In general, we believe in free expression, from whatever direction that it is," he said. "We've played many controversial films, and this is in a top percentile of controversial films, but we're not shying away from it ...

"We know there's a lot of interest in it, and frankly, we expect to do tremendous business on it."

By Sara Steffens
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"There is a huge amount of attention and I suppose you know how much attention you're getting when your opposes really get riled up and it's clear that both sides of the political fence are riled up about this for different reasons," says Desson Thomson, a film critic for the Washington Post. "There is an election coming up and America's elections have been decided by very slim margins. There's a kind of middle voter, independent voter who goes one way or the other. There's two halves of America who always vote whatever, for the Republicans or the Democrats. So this movie is going to be, I think, very crucial, it's not going to be the only thing, but it is leading to a huge debate about whether the war in Iraq was a good thing or a bad thing and this is sort of an emotional catalyst that could well be very influential."

"It's hard to measure impact that's an old problem of media studies the influence of a film on the public mind," Christopher Sharrett, a communications professor at Seton Hall University, notes. "I think that a film can thrive and become popular only if there's a kind of a foundation for it in the public mind, if the public is really receptive to it because of changes of the political and social nature inside of the population."

Rick Pantaleo

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MSNBC - Moore defends incendiary film

MSNBC - Moore defends incendiary film: "Matt Lauer: 'The White House communications director said of your film, it is so outrageously false it's not even worth commenting. The 41st President of the United States, the president's father, called you, I think you probably heard this, a slime ball.'

Michael Moore: 'Have they seen it? Have they seen the film? No. Of course they haven't. I will tell you they haven't seen it. These are un-credible reviews from people who haven't even seen the movie.'"

By Matt Lauer
Dateline NBC

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Entertainment News Article | "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A week before 'Fahrenheit 9/11' opens nationally in theaters, Michael Moore's scathing documentary critique of the Bush administration has become a lightning rod for political debate over propaganda, patriotism and censorship.

Lining up behind the film are such Democratic luminaries as ex-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and former Clinton White House aides Chris Lehane and Mark Fabiani, plus a host of showbiz celebrities and the liberal activists of the anti-Bush group MoveOn.

Rushing to the administration's defense are veteran Republican strategist Sal Russo, along with California conservatives Howard Kaloogian and Melanie Morgan and their group, Move America Forward. "

By Steve Gorman

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Democrats stand in line to hiss Bush on the big screen Home UK: "Michael Moore has proved that he can win over audiences in Cannes, Los Angeles and New York. But can the polemical film-maker influence the outcome of the US presidential election?

Mr Moore's new documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, is not due to be released in cinemas until next Friday. But in the past few weeks Hollywood celebrities and members of the political and media elite have been flocking to private screenings of the film, a critical and caustic indictment of the presidency of George W. Bush.

At a screening in New York this week the well-heeled but partisan crowd - one member of the audience described them as 'limousine liberals' - hissed whenever cabinet members such as Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice appeared on screen, and applauded every suggestion that Mr Bush might not win re-election to the presidency in November.

Mr Moore's new status as the darling of the Democratic party reveals the polarisation that has taken place in American politics since the last election, when he threw his support behind Ralph Nader, the consumer activist and Green party candidate."

By Peter Thal Larsen

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AP - Business: Miramax weighing budget cuts, layoffs

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - Business: Miramax weighing budget cuts, layoffs: "LOS ANGELES -- Miramax Films is considering a number of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, as it nears the end of its fiscal year, a source familiar with the studio's plans said Friday.
Miramax is owned by The Walt Disney Co. and operates on a fixed budget of about $700 million a year to make and market films.
With four months left to go in its fiscal year, much of that budget has already been spent on expensive projects such as Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes film 'The Aviator,' the Johnny Depp film 'Finding Neverland' and two films starring Jennifer Lopez, according to the source, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity."

Review: By Way of Deception

By Way of Deception: "ot the judgment of film critics but the passage of time will decide whether Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 can change the world. Change, of course, is the whole purpose. Whatever satisfaction Moore derives from his ever-mounting income and awards, he clearly will consider this picture a success only if it helps drive George W. Bush from office. Voters will write the real review. I can merely fill time until November, with the thought that Fahrenheit 9/11 might be interesting as a movie after it has done its work as politics.
As with any good polemic--and this is an excellent one--you sit in the theater thinking of how someone else would respond, some imaginary 'undecided' in a swing state, or perhaps your Uncle Max the Republican. You don't much monitor your own reactions."

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

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Former assemblyman lobbying against film

Former assemblyman lobbying against film North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County News: "Former state Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian has a new target in his cross hairs. He's leading a conservative group turning up the heat on a new movie from controversial filmmaker Michael Moore.

Kaloogian, who lives in San Marcos, helped organize the successful recall of Gov. Gray Davis and failed earlier this year in his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

A few months ago he founded a group called Move America Forward, which evolved from the letter-writing campaign that prompted CBS not to air its TV movie 'The Reagans.'

Now the group is gunning for another movie, calling Moore's latest film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' propaganda. The scorching documentary attacks President Bush's rationale for the war in Iraq and accuses the Bush administration of manipulating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks for political gain.

"Michael Moore has already received worldwide attention for this movie. ... He's gotten millions of dollars (worth of publicity). My little effort is not going to give him more," Kaloogian said, when asked if all the negative attention could backfire and send more people in search of the film."

Former state Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian is wrong.
His "little effort" has generated extra international headlines for 'Fahrenheit 9/11 this week.

What is the Kaloogian Crew going to do when the film becomes available on pay-per-view, ShowTime and DVD?

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Michael Some People Still Don't Want You To See My Movie... From Michael Moore

Michael : Mike's Message : Messages: "We're a week away from the nationwide opening of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' and not a day goes by where we don't have some new battle to fight thanks to those who are still working overtime to keep people from seeing this film. What's their problem? Are they worried about something?

A Republican PR firm has formed a fake grassroots front group called 'Move America Forward' to harass and intimidate theater owners into not showing 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' These are the same people who successfully badgered CBS into canceling the Reagan mini-series a few months ago. And they are spending a ton of money this week to threaten movie theaters who even think about showing our movie.

As of this morning, a little over 500 theaters have agreed to show the movie beginning next Friday, June 25. There are three national/regional theater chains who, as of today, have not booked the movie in their theaters. One theater owner in Illinois has reported receiving death threats.

The right wing usually wins these battles. Their basic belief system is built on censorship, repression, and keeping people ignorant. They want to limit or snuff out any debate or dissension. They also don't like pets and are mean to small children. Too many of them are named 'Fred.'"

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Win Tickets To A Special Fahrenheit 9/11 Toronto Screening Tonight

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There will be a special screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 in Toronto on Friday night, June 18.

We have set aside 100 tickets for this screening to give away for free. If you are in the Toronto area and would like to see Fahrenheit 9/11 on Friday night, send an email to

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IHT: Fact-checking Moore's political broadside

IHT: Fact-checking Moore's political broadside: "After a year spent covering the U.S. commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, I was recently allowed to attend a Hollywood screening. Based on that single viewing, and after separating out what is clearly presented as Moore's opinion from what is stated as fact, it seems safe to say that central assertions of fact in 'Fahrenheit 9/11' are supported by the public record.
Moore is on firm ground in arguing that the Bushes, like many prominent Texas families with oil interests, have profited handsomely from their relationships with prominent Saudis, including members of the royal family and of the large and fabulously wealthy bin Laden clan, which has insisted it long ago disowned Osama.
Moore spends several minutes in the film documenting ties between the president and James Bath, a financial adviser to a prominent member of the bin Laden family who was an original investor in Bush's Arbusto energy company and who served with the future president in the Air National Guard in the early 1970s. The Bath friendship, which indirectly links Bush to the family of the world's most notorious terrorist, has been well documented.
Moore charges that Bush and his aides paid too little attention to warnings in the summer of 2001 that Al Qaeda was about to attack, including a detailed Aug. 6, 2001, CIA briefing that warned of terrorism within the United States. In its final report next month, the Sept. 11 commission can be expected to offer support to this assertion. Moore says that instead of focusing on Al Qaeda, the president spent 42 percent of his first eight months in office on vacation; the figure came not from a conspiracy-hungry Web site but from a calculation by The Washington Post.

Moore and his team say they have news reports and other evidence to back up the numbers, and that it will be posted on his site,, after the release of the documentary."

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Loews Cineplex: Fahrenheit 9/11 Promotion

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The Loews Cineplex Entertainment group is now promoting Fahrenheit 9/11 on their web site. See trailer.

Reuters: Hollywood Reporter: 'Fahrenheit' Fight Nears Boiling Point This Week

Entertainment News Article | "By Thursday, it degenerated into something close to self-parody as Move America Forward sent out a bulletin headlined, 'Terrorist Group Hezbollah Endorses Michael Moore Film: Offers to Help Promote 'Fahrenheit 9/11/.''
The warning cited a report in London's the Guardian, which referenced a June 9 story in Screen International. The Screen story, about plans that United Arab Emirates-based distributor Front Row Entertainment has for the film, reported 'organizations related to Hezbollah ... have rung up from Lebanon to ask if there is anything they can do to support the film.'
Reps for the film declined comment, but one can only imagine how that somewhat-hyped Hezbollah endorsement will play at the local multiplex: 'Say, Marge, what movie should we go see tonight?' 'How about that 'Fahrenheit' flick? I hear Hezbollah gave it two big thumbs up.'
It's just about now that everyone involved should take a deep breath.
But that's not likely to happen because both the pro-Moore and anti-Moore camps are convinced this one movie can somehow influence the upcoming election. Even if the movie opens to what promises to be blockbuster numbers -- at least, for a documentary -- that could prove to be a tall order. "

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ROGER EBERT, Suntimes : '9/11': Just the facts?

'9/11': Just the facts?:
A reader writes:

'In your articles discussing Michael Moore's film 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' you call it a documentary. I always thought of documentaries as presenting facts objectively without editorializing. While I have enjoyed many of Mr. Moore's films, I don't think they fit the definition of a documentary.'

That's where you're wrong. Most documentaries, especially the best ones, have an opinion and argue for it. Even those that pretend to be objective reflect the filmmaker's point of view. Moviegoers should observe the bias, take it into account and decide if the film supports it or not.

Michael Moore is a liberal activist. He is the first to say so. He is alarmed by the prospect of a second term for George W. Bush, and made 'Fahrenheit 9/11' for the purpose of persuading people to vote against him.

Moore's real test will come on the issue of accuracy. He can say whatever he likes about Bush, as long as his facts are straight. Having seen the film twice, I saw nothing that raised a flag for me, and I haven't heard of any major inaccuracies. When Moore was questioned about his claim that Bush unwisely lingered for six or seven minutes in that Florida classroom after learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Moore was able to reply with a video of Bush doing exactly that.

I agree with Moore that the presidency of George W. Bush has been a disaster for America. In writing that, I expect to get the usual complaints that movie critics should keep their political opinions to themselves. But opinions are my stock in trade, and is it not more honest to declare my politics than to conceal them? I agree with Moore, and because I do, I hope "Fahrenheit 9/11" proves to be as accurate as it seems.

Chicago SunTimes

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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Fahrenheit Frenzy

Photo Finish Details: "Whether it's the Cannes Film Festival, last week's hoity toity Hollywood premiere at the Academy or tonight's press screening in Beverly Hills, Michael Moore sure knows how to draw a crowd. "

Director Rob Reiner

FilmStew has a Photo Gallery of the Hollywood Premiere Fahrenheit 9/11 Review "Rumor has it that Michael Moore needs to get his Bush-bashing documentary out pronto (with the DVD following close behind) because his film will pass its sell-by date on Election Day. That would reduce the brilliant battering ram that is Fahrenheit 9/11 to propaganda with no resonance as cinema, history, humanism or entertainment. Nuts to that. Getting Bush out is just part of Moore's agenda. Political hypocrisy, across all party lines, is on trial in this broadside from the director of Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine.

Did I mention that Fahrenheit 9/11 is ferociously, cathartically funny? Moore isn't above a cheap laugh at the expense of a pro-war Britney Spears, John Ashcroft warbling a patriotic ditty or Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz vainly prepping for a TV interview.

Images of the dead and wounded, and of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, aren't new. But Moore has marshaled what's on the record and off into a stinging indictment of where we're going. In a multiplex filled with Hollywood cotton candy, we need him more than ever.

PETER TRAVERS - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' new NY release date

Oscarwatch Forums - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' new NY release date: "Moore doc will open early


Riding in on a wave of partisan spirit and media buzz that was cranked up another notch with Monday's celebrity-studded Gotham premiere, Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' will open in New York on Wednesday, two days ahead of the controversial doc's national release.
The premiere engagement will play on the Upper West Side at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and in the East Village at Loews Cineplex Village, prior to expanding to additional Manhattan screens with the nationwide opening June 25.

The majority of lead critics from major New York dailies already have weighed in on "Fahrenheit 9/11" from Cannes with mostly positive reviews.

Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing said the release will go out on more than 700 prints nationally, including several dozen in the New York metropolitan area. Those numbers will be finalized Monday.

Newtopia Magazine: "Hot Hot Hot...Fahrenheit 911"

Newtopia Magazine | EXCLUSIVE - "Hot Hot Hot...Fahrenheit 911", A pre-release review by Irene Tejaratchi // Summer 2004: "Fahrenheit 9/11 never flat out asks but does beg the question of how the Bush administration may have benefited from the tragedy of 9/11. The exploitation of that day is a recurring theme, from gadgets designed for the fearful masses to the passage of the Patriot Act to the invasion of Iraq. Mass media manipulation and the clear bias of reporters is nicely held up to the light, a good jolt for those who solely depend on CNN or Fox for their news. Fahrenheit 9/11 upsets that complicity by triggering questions and shaking up the luxurious oblivion affordable to Americans who are so far and detached from the war that they don't have to consider its reality. The networks might televise bacchanalian images of 'smart bombs' exploding in the distant Iraqi skies but Moore shows you a bit of what follows - the bloody corpses, aching mothers, and amputee soldiers�Invaluable footage because people should see what their taxes are paying for. Other documentaries, such as 'Control Room,' show considerably more, but unlike 'Fahrenheit 911' they won't get play in major movie theaters, they remain confined to a few indie theaters in liberal towns. " : Madonna Says 'Enough Sex' : Madonna Says 'Enough Sex': "Everywhere we turn, Madonna seems to be opening up. She was seen chatting with 'Fahrenheit 9/11' filmmaker Michael Moore backstage at her concert, Wednesday night, and Friday, in an exclusive interview with '20/20,' she explains her new name. The pop queen tells ABC's Cynthia McFadden that she wanted to attach her energy to a different name. Her mother, who was also named Madonna, died of cancer at age 30.

You can catch the entire interview with Madonna, Friday night on ABC's "20/20."

(DV) Nimmo: Kaloogian's Hooligans

(DV) Nimmo: Kaloogian's Hooligans: "Now that Move America Forward has changed hands, it is time to look at the new owner. WHOIS reports the new registrant and administrator as Howard Kaloogian.

So, who is Howard Kaloogian?

Kaloogian is a lawyer who previously 'served' three terms in the California state legislature. He is off to the right of Bush, if that is possible.

Kooky Kaloogian is perfect for the job of denying Americans the right to see Michael Moore's latest film, 'Fahrenheit 9-11.' He has plenty of experience. Kaloogian was behind the successful effort to intimidate CBS and stop the network from running the miniseries 'The Reagans.' For some reason Kaloogian believes this was a victory for free speech.

'Hundreds of thousands of Americans recently exercised their right of free speech and persuaded CBS Television not to run a mean-spirited and false miniseries about President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan,' Kooky wrote on the BushCountry web site. 'The liberals who are crying foul don't really believe their own spin that this populace uprising is censorship. They just cannot believe that there has been such strong opposition by the American public to seeing a prominent conservative leader defamed by liberal slander.'

It wasn't enough for Kooky and his pals to urge folks to simply not watch the program -- they wanted to make sure nobody saw it, even if they wanted to. This may not be censorship in the true sense of the word -- the government stepping in and stopping CBS from showing the series -- but it is the next best thing: a former government official mobilizing people to harass CBS until they backed down. " - No more Moore! - No more Moore!: "LOS ANGELES (AP) While the White House and the Republican National Committee have taken an official 'no comment' approach to Michael Moore and his new anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, some conservatives have mobilized a letter-writing campaign and crafted ads that slam the film and its maker.
Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, attacks President Bush's rationale for the war in Iraq and accuses him and his administration of manipulating the Sept. 11 terror attacks and fostering fear for political gain. " Madonna Urges Her Fans To See Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' - Movies - News - Articles - 1488490 - 06172004: "Michael Moore has got Madonna's vote - she urged fans during her concert Wednesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden to go see his provocative new film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.'

In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience - which included the filmmaker himself - that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

'I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life,' Madonna said during a break in her performance. 'And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it.'

"Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope." A perfect storm of issue films

By David Sterritt
Film critic of The Christian Science Monitor

'Fahrenheit 9/11' is at the forefront of a slew of political documentaries.

A perfect storm of issue films | "Here's a free sample of dialogue from 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' the new Michael Moore documentary: 'Governor Bush, it's Michael Moore,' says the filmmaker. 'Behave yourself, will you?' answers George W. Bush, the Texas governor soon to become the American president. 'Go find real work!'
That exchange - though it took place long before Sept. 11 - shows how Mr. Moore could raise hackles even then by simply approaching one of the men of power he's made it his business to question.

Mr. Achbar, whose political documentary "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" won numerous prizes in 1992, agrees.

"Dissident documentary-film culture ... is kind of like jello," he says. "The more you try to suppress it and push it down ... the more it's gonna ooze out between your fingers. "There's no stopping it." he adds. "There's so little of this kind of analysis in the mainstream that when it does become available, people pounce on it!"


'Fahrenheit 9/11' coming here

Michael Moore film on Bush, Iraq war will be at Michigan Theater

'Fahrenheit 9/11' coming here: "Nancy Doyal, the Michigan Theater's director of operations and programming, has great news for Michael Moore fans: 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' which examines links between President George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden's family, while also addressing the current war in Iraq, will begin its run at the Michigan Theater on Friday, June 25, the first day of its release in 500-1,000 theaters nationwide.
Doyal is also working to obtain permission for a midnight screening of the film on June 24, but she has not yet received an answer. Thus far, the Michigan is the only theater in the area able to confirm showings of Moore's film on its release date.
'We've been getting several e-mails for a while now, asking, 'Are you going to get this, are you going to get this?'' Doyal said. 'It was difficult to respond. We'd contacted the booker and put our request in, so we were waiting to see if we got it or not. But we got those e-mails before the film even had a distributor.' "

Yahoo! Buzz Index - Today's Top 20 Movies Searches

Yahoo! Buzz Index - Today's Top 20 Movies Searches:


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3-3Michael Moore (26)+242
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5-6Spider-Man 2 (154)-124
6-8Lord of the Rings (765)-222
7-4Troy (80)-521
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1 National Lampoon's Van Wilder83.68%
2 (47)+7522The Professional68.03%
3 Saving Silverman64.14%
4 Loser57.32%
5 Rocky57.03%
6 Fahrenheit 9-1151.31%
7 50 First Dates47.69%
8 Touching the Void42.86%
9 Dogville35.09%

Capitol Hill Blue: New Information Shows Bush Indecisive, Paranoid, Delusional

Editor, Capitol Hill Blue

Capitol Hill Blue: New Information Shows Bush Indecisive, Paranoid, Delusional: "In addition, a new film by documentary filmmaker, and frequent Bush critic, Michael Moore shows the President indecisive and clearly befuddled when he learned about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
While conservative critics who have not yet seen Fahrenheit 9/11 dismiss the work as an anti-Bush screed, Roger Friedman of the normally pro-Bush Fox News Network has seen the film and calls it �a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty � and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice.�
Friedman also says the films �most indelible moment� comes when Bush, speaking to a group of school kids in Florida, is first informed of the 9/11 attacks."

AlterNet: MediaCulture: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on the Hot Seat

Bill Berkowitz

AlterNet: MediaCulture: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on the Hot Seat: "Right-wing groups are launching a campaign to stop Michael Moore's film from being seen. Though information yearns to be free, will the right manage to yoke Moore's message?

For years right-wing organizations have kept their constituents mobilized by trumpeting the liberal threat to traditional family values and their lack of patriotism. These campaigns -- whether against same-sex marriage, a silly miniseries about the Reagans, or now, against Michael Moore's pointed critique of President Bush's war against terrorism and War on Iraq -- are aimed at keeping its constituents on a permanent war footing. Move America Forward will not succeed in taking down Fahrenheit 9/11. It will, however, keep Team Bush's right wing base vigilant, agitated and mobilized. "

Democrats Warm To 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (

By Tina Brown

Democrats Warm To 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (

After more than a week of round-the-clock Reaganolotry, New York was so ready for the rollout of Michael Moore's Bush-bashing movie. I mean really, really ready. There was such demand to get into a small screening at the Beekman Theatre on Monday night that executive producer and host Harvey Weinstein moved the celebrity crowd to the thousand-seat Ziegfeld Theatre. This was a canny PR move. There was only a one-week frenzy window between Gippermania and the pending Clinton memoir, and Weinstein flew right through it.

Now we have the Moore/Disney psychodrama. We have gone from the marketing Calvary of Christ to Michael Moore's Messiah complex.

They were so jazzed by Moore's ripsnorting assault, the discussion on the sidewalk afterward was about just one thing: Will it help with the swing vote?

Hollywood agent and Kerry supporter Tom Baer told me, "Kerry should flee Moore's movie. It's Goebbels all over again." And former Clinton speechwriter Mark Katz put it this way: "I hold my guys to a higher standard," he said quietly. "That's why they're my guys."

BBC NEWS: July release in UK for Moore film

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | July release in UK for Moore film: "US director Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 will get its UK release on 9 July, distributors have announced.
The controversial movie about the Iraq war will get one of the biggest-ever releases in the UK for a documentary. "

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 /Effect of controversial Moore film on election is debatable

By Anne E. Kornblut
Globe Staff / A&E / Movies / Effect of controversial Moore film on election is debatable:

"But whether the movie, which opens nationally next week, will cause a real stir among voters is debatable, given that the pre-release publicity has given away most of its secrets -- and that it is likely to draw partisans, rather than undecided voters in the handful of swing states, to the theaters. At the same time, some of the most provocative parts, about Bush's relationship with Saudi Arabia and abuse of Iraqi prisoners, are either thinly supported or have already been made public. Even Moore conceded having doubts about his powers of persuasion, saying, ''It's just a movie.'

In particular, the film dwells on the departure of a planeload of Saudi relatives of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden on Sept. 13, 2001, implying that Bush improperly allowed them to flee in the aftermath of the attacks, and suggests an ominously close relationship between the Bush family and Saudi royals.

It also shows a series of photos with President George H.W. Bush and Saudi diplomats, but does not say when or where the photos were taken, or if they came from routine White House meetings.

Bush campaign spokeswoman Nicolle Devenish said ''I'd be interested to see what lengths John Kerry goes to to keep his distance from the movie."

Devenish said that no one at the Bush campaign had seen the movie, and Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the same of the Kerry campaign. Cutter declined to comment further on the film.


'Fahrenheit 9/11' raises heat on both sides of the aisle

The Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News: "The Fahrenheit is rising, and the inboxes are starting to sag.
Only a movie? Try telling that to enemies and supporters of the Bush-bashing documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's political hand grenade set to explode on up to 1,000 North American screens June 25. Both sides are mobilizing, but so far they're not marching in the streets. They're e-mailing the theater chains.

In one corner: Move America Forward, a conservative group run by California politico Howard Kaloogian. It's urging supporters to e--mail theater chains and demand that the film not be shown.

In the other: MoveOn, the Internet-based liberal operation. It's asking its 2.2 million members to rush to the movie and bring a few friends. It hasn't launched an e-mail campaign, but supporters have kept their fingers busy in the great e-debate.
Just ask Tearlach Hutcheson, city manager of Magnolia Pictures, which will release Fahrenheit on two screens at its flagship Dallas theater. He's buried in upward of 1,000 messages a day.

'Ever since this film started getting talked about, I've been getting e-mails telling me not to show the movie,' he says. 'But in the last couple of days, we've started getting a huge amount of e-mails saying we should be showing this movie. So there's now a huge e-mail campaign for and against the movie. I've never seen this before in the theater business.' "

New York Daily News - Heated exchange at 'Fahrenheit'?

New York Daily News - Home - Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Rights group calls Lohan a mean girl: "Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through.
Only last week on his syndicated radio show, O'Reilly likened Moore to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels - author of the 'Big Lie' theory of political communication.

Yesterday, a Fox News spokesman explained: "The movie started 40 minutes late, and Bill had a previous commitment to go to."

The flack added that O'Reilly was simply confirming Moore's booking on his Fox News show next week and that O'Reilly had already asked "Fahrenheit 9/11" producer Harvey Weinstein's office for a screener."

New York Daily News: DiCaprio's hot for 'Fahrenheit'

New York Daily News - Home - Rush & Molloy: DiCaprio's hot for 'Fahrenheit': "DiCaprio, who met with Moore several times as the 'Bowling for Columbine' Oscar winner lensed the film, told The News:
'I think a lot more people who are on the fence about who to vote for, after they see this film, it's going to galvanize them. Young people didn't vote in the last election - that was the problem, and it's going to be the main issue in the next. If you're a young person you've got to get as many people registered to vote, and then get them to vote for their candidate.' In DiCaprio's case, 'that's John Kerry,' he told us.
Spike Lee thinks the Motion Picture Association of America wants to block young people from seeing the film by giving it an R rating. Lions Gate and IFC will release the film, in more theaters than ever for a documentary, on June 25.
'Giving it that rating was slick,' Spike told us. 'But teens should still go to see this movie. John Turturro brought his son tonight. The ratings people were hung up on the violence. Teens see more violence in videos than in this movie."

MoveOn PAC Acts to Counter Republican Attempts to Censor Fahrenheit 9/11

Press Release

MoveOn PAC Acts to Counter Republican Attempts to Censor Fahrenheit 9/11: "Group Calls on Its 2.2 Million Members to See Film and Bring Friends

Fahrenheit 9/11 Set to Open in Over 500 Theaters on Friday, June 25

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MoveOn PAC sent an alert out to its 2.2 million members this morning asking them to pledge to see Michael Moore's new film Fahrenheit 9/11 next Friday, on its opening night and pledge to bring their friends, relatives and neighbors. Republican allies of the Bush/Cheney campaign are trying to pressure theater owners into shutting out the new film, scheduled to open next week on more than 500 screens.
'Moore's film is incredibly patriotic,' stated Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn PAC. 'Organized Republican attempts to pressure theaters not to show the film are intimidation and censorship, pure and simple. We need more dialogue, not suppression ... what are they afraid of?'

Behind the effort to silence the film is the group Move America Forward, run by Howard Kaloogian, a former California state legislator and right wing operative who takes credit for stopping CBS from airing 'The Reagans.' However, it has been discovered that Move America Forward's website was owned by Russo Marsh & Rogers, a very well connected Republican consulting firm. When this fact was discovered, the registration of the website mysteriously changed hands over night.

Pledge/F911 Trailer

The making of a hit movie

By Krysten Crawford,
CNN/Money staff writer

The making of a hit movie - Jun. 16, 2004:

"NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Michael Moore could not have asked for a better buildup to 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' the anti-Bush flick expected to break box office records for a documentary, if he had tried. That's assuming, of course, he isn't trying.

Or is he?

Given the huge hype surrounding the controversial film, due out in theaters next Friday, some industry observers are left to wonder if this isn't just movie marketing at its best (and cheapest).

'It's fascinating the way he's playing the media,' said Brandon Gray, the editor and publisher of box office tracking firm

This is unquestionably the golden age of documentary filmmaking. Eight of the 10 top-grossing documentaries have been released in the last two years, according to

To his credit, Moore has directed three of them.

But unlike television broadcasters, theater owners don't answer to advertisers. Their job is to draw in the crowds.

And there's nothing like the smell of controversy to do just that."

Clinton-haters vs. Bush-bashers? No contest


Clinton-haters vs. Bush-bashers? No contest: "After I gave thumbs-up to Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on 'Ebert & Roeper,' some conservatives demanded I come clean. 'Admit it, you hate Bush!' said one e-mailer after another.
After I wrote a couple of columns about Ronald Reagan in which I failed to advocate placing Reagan's visage on Mount Rushmore, the dime or the $20 dollar bill, I heard from conservatives who maintained this was just another example of my anti-Republican bias.
After I marveled at Ann Coulter's bottomless reserve of hatred for liberals, I once again heard from outraged conservatives."

Macworld UK - Jobs to join new film company?

Macworld UK - Jobs to join new film company?: "Yesterday's New York Post claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs may be preparing to form a new film company.

The report (published yesterday) claims a group of New York investment bankers are busy drawing up plans to combine Jobs with Miramax co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein to form a new film company.

This comes as Disney yesterday told The Times newspaper that it would like to continue to distribute movies from Steve Jobs' other company, Pixar. Jobs is also CEO of Pixar."

NOTE: Apple Computer hosts the Fahrenheit 911 Quick Time trailer.

Conservatives launch pre-emptive strike against documentary critical of Bush / 'Fahrenheit 9/11' called propaganda

Carla Marinucci,
San Francisco Chronicle Political Writer

Conservatives launch pre-emptive strike against documentary critical of Bush / 'Fahrenheit 9/11' called propaganda: "Kaloogian's group has hired veteran Republican political strategist Sal Russo to help its effort. Another conservative group, Citizens United, headed by David Bossie, also is reportedly planning to protest Moore's film with a television commercial. "

Tuesday, June 15, 2004 A Web Site's Push for Less Moore

The Reliable Source ( "Prominent Democrats, including veterans of the Gore and Clinton campaigns, advised the PR blitz for Moore's movie at the Cannes Film Festival. Now conservatives are getting their turn: Move America Forward is chaired by Howard Kaloogian, an unsuccessful Republican primary candidate for Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat this year. His campaign was advised by the Russo firm, which registered the Move America Forward Web site last year.

The group's goal? 'To support our troops and the war on terrorism,' Executive Director Siobhan Guiney told us yesterday, adding that its anti-'Fahrenheit 9/11' crusade is 'not censorship -- only the government can censor something.' " - 'Fahrenheit' marketing will crank up the heat

By Gary Strauss
USA TODAY - 'Fahrenheit' marketing will crank up the heat: "Distributors Lions Gate Films, IFC and Fellowship Adventure Group plan to spend up to $10 million on marketing. That's peanuts compared with the $40 million marketing budgets of Hollywood blockbusters, but a record for a documentary and nearly double Fahrenheit's $6 million cost.

Fahrenheit 9/11 has its own Web site,, to bolster group ticket sales. And distributors hope to drum up additional word-of-mouth by holding 10 to 12 pre-release screenings beyond Los Angeles and New York. Friday, Moore will be on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman and NBC's Dateline. Monday, he'll be on Today.

Moore's wife, producer Kathleen Glynn, says there are no plans to cut scenes from the movie, including a beheading and gruesome shots of dead Iraqis." - The O'Reilly Factor - Interview - The Hollywood Left Mobilizes Against President Bush - The O'Reilly Factor - Interview - The Hollywood Left Mobilizes Against President Bush: "BILL O'REILLY HOST: In the 'Personal Story' segment tonight, we've been telling you for months that this election season some Hollywood liberals are going to play a part in the campaign. As you may know the celebrity press in America is very powerful and it needs big names to survive so when stars turn out, so does the press. Earlier this week a screening for Michael Moore's new anti-Bush movie attracted names like Jodie Foster (search), Meg Ryan (search), Drew Barrymore (search), Danny DeVito (search), the Osbornes, Ellen Degeneres (search), also Matthew Perry, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Bill Maher, on and on and on.

And they all have the same message, we don't like Bush. Joining us now from Los Angeles is Pete Hammond, freelance journalist based in Hollywood and Jeanne Wolfe, a celebrity journalist who knows everybody and always gives me a hard time. Now I told you, Jeanne, months ago when you appeared that this was going to be a movement and a powerful one because Hollywood is very powerful, particularly to drive-by voters. Voters who really aren't ideological, they don't really know the issues but they pick up little dribs and drabs from 'Entertainment Tonight' and 'Access Hollywood,' and all of this. And now we have all these people running out to the streets so I'm right, right?" - Moore's movie loses its point in a barrage of cheap shots - Moore's movie loses its point in a barrage of cheap shots:

"OK, a Michael Moore movie will never be confused with PBS. But Fahrenheit 9/11 does boast segments that hint at the kind of film Moore could make if he ever put down his sledgehammer. Returning to his hometown of Flint, Mich., made famous in his debut documentary Roger and Me, Moore vividly captures the appeal of military service for the sons and daughters of blue-collar families who have no other routes for upward mobility. Then, in a memorable scene near the Capitol in Washington, Moore pointedly tries to persuade members of Congress to sign up their own children for service in Iraq.
In his remarks at the screening, Moore did express the hope that his movie would attract new voters to the polls. 'There has to be a reason to come out,' he said. 'It can't be just that Bush is an idiot.' It's too bad Moore lost sight of the need for such an affirmative vision when he made Fahrenheit 9/11 ."

Metroactive Movies | Review: 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

By Geoffrey Dunn
Metro Santa Cruz

Metroactive Movies | 'Fahrenheit 9/11':

"I was invited to a special screening of Fahrenheit in San Francisco last week, and I entered with cautionary anticipation. I have often been troubled by the 'cinematic license' employed by Moore in his films and by his self-congratulatory and egocentric posturing. It's all made, admittedly, for some hearty laughs, but most of them were cheap. And they came, I believe, at the expense of his political message.

There's nothing cheap in Fahrenheit 9/11. This film goes for the jugular.

I came out of the San Francisco screening both profoundly disturbed and outraged by Moore's film. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a polemical triumph. "

Entertainment Tonight NY Screening Coverage

Yahoo! Movies: Summer Movie Guide: "Tonight on ET, we head to the New York City screening of the provocative doc, where a huge support of stars like LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, RICHARD GERE, MIKE MYERS, TIM ROBBINS, MARTHA STEWART, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, GLENN CLOSE and EVA MENDES came to check out the movie. (Video Reports)" : 'Fahrenheit 9/11' at Ground Zero : 'Fahrenheit 9/11' at Ground Zero: "Leo made a big exception by attending the premiere -- the actor told director Moore that he hadn't attended a movie premiere that wasn't his own in 10 years. 'That's so incredible, and he came out in Los Angeles too,' Moore enthused. 'He's like a foot soldier for this movie.' "

Tom Brokaw

Extra TV Dot Com has 16 photos and an online video of the event.

Cuomo to Spearhead 'R' Rating Appeal for "Fahrenheit 9/11"


Cuomo to Spearhead 'R' Rating Appeal for "Fahrenheit 9/11": "'Michael Moore's film offers us the opportunity to debate the issue,' said Cuomo at a quickly organized news conference in Manhattan Tuesday. 'The opposition is going to try and stop the film, they don't want to make this an intelligent discussion.'

Fahrenheit 9/11" was given an 'R' rating by the MPAA after being voluntarily submitted for a rating by Lions Gate and IFC. The two companies are not MPAA signatory companies, meaning that their films are not regulated by the body but they are understood to have sought a rating to gain screening in movie theaters and advertise in newspapers that will not allow access to un-rated movies.

Governor Cuomo went on to challenge opponents of "Fahrenheit 9/11" to produce their own documentary that gives an "intelligent" counterpoint to the stinging criticisms the Cannes Palme d'Or-winning film heaps on the Bush Administration, including ties to the ruling House of Saud in Saudi Arabia and the bin Laden family as well as his intentions for going to war in the first place. "There's been a tough political effort to keep this film from being seen, that's obvious," continued Cuomo, who also mentioned he has seen the movie three times with his family.

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow: Fahrenheit 911 Review

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow: June 13, 2004 - June 19, 2004 Archives:

"Went to the premiere last night, along with many fabulous celebrities. Martha Stewart! Leo DiCaprio! Spike Lee! Lots of people you vaguely recognize but aren't sure why! Lots of people you don't recognize at all who are nonetheless apparently very famous! And Bill O'Reilly--and Al Franken! It's true, they were in the same room at the same time--lucky it was a large theatre. I've met Al Franken three or four times, and in situations you'd think he might remember, but each time, I get a completely blank look, so last night I decided not to bother the man as he walked past me. As for O'Reilly, I'm not entirely sure he made it to the end of the film--I saw where he was sitting, but didn't see him after. Pity--I was hoping to ask him if he was ready to renounce the dark side now, because honestly, I don't know how anyone on his side of the fence could sit through that movie and not have at least a little self doubt at the end.

Seats were assigned--I was kind of off in the cheap seats, up in the balcony area. But then again, I was sitting directly behind Kurt Vonnegut, so there you go.

So. You're going to hear a lot of nonsense about Michael Moore over the next few weeks. You're going to read a lot of commentary about this film from people who haven't seen it, and you're going to read nitpicky bullshit from the usual self-appointed fact checkers. Not to mention a lot of truly ignorant bloviation about how much Michael "hates America." My advice is, ignore it all. Go see the movie, decide for yourself. And on the way out, be sure to tell the usher, or the manager if he or she is around, that you appreciate the theatre giving you the opportunity to do so. I suspect this movie's going to be kind of a rallying point--like a protest march, a way of seeing look, we are here, which is partly why the right wing thugs don't want it to be shown."

FOXNews: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Gets Standing Ovation - Foxlife - Fox411 - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Gets Standing Ovation: "The crowd that gave Michael Moore's controversial 'Fahrenheit 9/11' documentary a standing ovation last night at the Ziegfeld Theater premiere certainly didn't have to be encouraged to show their appreciation. From liberal radio host/writer Al Franken to actor/director Tim Robbins, Moore was in his element.

But once 'F9/11' gets to audiences beyond screenings, it won't be dependent on celebrities for approbation. It turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail.

And that's where Disney's Michael Eisner comes in. Not releasing this film will turn out to be the curse of his career.

But Eisner's short-sightedness on many recent matters has been his undoing. And this last misadventure is one that will follow him right out the doors of the Magic Kingdom."

Photo: FoxNews Event Image Gallery - Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the New York special screening of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. He also attended the Hollywood event.

Lions Gate Films: Fahrenheit 911 30 Second TV Commerical

Lions Gate Films

Mario Cuomo joins fight for PG-13 rating for `Fahrenheit 9/11'

Associated Press Writer - AP Regional: "NEW YORK -- Former Gov. Mario Cuomo said Tuesday that he has been retained by the distributors of Michael Moore's documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' to assist in their effort to get a PG-13 rating instead of an R.

'I'm going to do everything I possibly can to get this picture advanced,' said Cuomo, a Democrat who has been a lawyer in private practice since being defeated for re-election by Republican George Pataki in 1994.

The film's images include a beheading in Saudi Arabia, Iraqis burned by napalm and an Iraqi man dumping a dead baby into a truckbed loaded with bodies.

Cuomo said that he has been retained by Lions Gate and IFC to assist in the appeals process and that after seeing the movie three times "I was convinced that it should be viewed and reflected upon by as many Americans as possible ... especially young people who, in a few years, might be part of our military forces."

Cuomo added that in addition to representing the distributors as an attorney he planned to go on talk shows to promote the movie. "

Major Announcement with Mario Cuomo Regarding Michael Moore's Film ``Fahrenheit 9/11''

Major Announcement with Mario Cuomo Regarding Michael Moore's Film ``Fahrenheit 9/11'': "WHO: Former NY Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, Tom Ortenberg, President of
Lions Gate Films Releasing and Jonathan Sehring, President of
IFC Entertainment

WHAT: Major announcement regarding Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

WHERE: Willkie Farr & Gallagher
787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets)
42nd Floor
New York, NY

WHEN: Tuesday June 15th
11:15 a.m. -- media check-in
12 p.m. (Noon) -- Press Conference begins."

New objections to Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' - Jun. 15, 2004

New objections to Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' - Jun. 15, 2004:

"NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Amid Disney's previous objections, Michael Moore's film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is scheduled for release next week, but the movie that criticizes the Bush administration's policies in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks faces another challenge.

A conservative organization called Move America Forward, formed in May to rally support for U.S. troops and the war on terror, has asked the public to call and e-mail executives at theater chains scheduled to show the film, according to

'Michael Moore has the right to free speech,' said MAF Chairman Howard Kaloogian, according to Variety. 'But so do millions of Americans who find his anti-military propaganda and attacks on our troops offensive.' "

Last Nights New York Premiere


"Fahrenheit 9/11" opens next Tuesday in Los Angeles and June 25 in New York. A premiere last night brought a star-filled crowd to Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theater.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" New York Screening - Outside Arrivals
Wireimage Photos Total 86

"Fahrenheit 9/11" New York Screening - Inside Arrivals
Wireimage Photos Total 99

"Fahrenheit 9/11" New York Special Screening
Red Carpet Pictures Total 50+

Fahrenheit 9/11 given restrictive rating

Lions Gate and IFC, the partnership set up to distribute the film, have said that they will contest the rating. Incidentally, Moore's previous documentary, Bowling for Columbine, received the same rating.

Moore told reporters that the rating would effectively discourage many 15- to 16-year-old Americans - who could be recruited to serve in Iraq in the next few years - from seeing what goes on in the country.

At the same time, a California-based organisation has been urging exhibitors to boycott the film on the grounds that it fails to support America's war on terrorism.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 Dot Com L.A. Premiere Photo Gallery with Video Links

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Photos: Star studded Hollywood Premiere June 11, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 will debut at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival June 22. Michael Moore Contests 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Rating

Entertainment News Article | "Although documentaries are routinely shown without ratings, and neither Lions Gate nor IFC Films belongs to the MPAA, Lions Gate Films Releasing president Tom Ortenberg said 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is going through the ratings process because of its wide release.

'We certainly don't want to give theaters any reason not to play this picture,' he said, noting that a newly formed organization opposed to the film was lobbying exhibitors to boycott it. " - Moore seeks PG-13 rating on new film - Moore seeks PG-13 rating on new film:

"A screening by the Motion Picture Association of America's appeals board has been set for June 22, just three days before Fahrenheit 9/11 hits theaters. But the film's distributors are trying to move that screening up to this week to expedite a decision, said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films, one of the companies releasing the film.

An R rating means those younger than 17 cant' see the movie unless accompanied by an adult. The MPAA ratings board gave Fahrenheit 9/11 an R rating for 'violent and disturbing images and for language.' "

NOTE: The USA Today site has a Cannes Film Festival Photo Gallery and video clips

Press Release: July's Playboy Interview

Provocateur Moore Discusses Bush's IQ, Hillary Clinton's Sex Appeal, Hiring Israelis to Kill Osama Bin Laden and Why Oprah Should be President

Oscar-Winning Filmmaker and Best-Selling Author Michael Moore Is July's Playboy Interview:

NEW YORK, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Moore, Playboy's July Interview (issue on newsstands now), is ready to stir up national controversy once again as he prepares for the U.S. release of his new film Fahrenheit 9/11 -- a scathing indictment of the government's post-September 11th actions. 'The tragedy was a bonanza for the [Bush]administration,' Moore tells Playboy.

'Immediately after the dead were buried, Bush's people realized they had a golden opportunity.'

Following are selected quotes from Moore's July Playboy Interview conducted by contributing editor David Sheff:

On Bush's intelligence: "He is not a very bright man. Like a lot of
people who aren't very bright, he knows the best way to get ahead is to be around smart people. That's survival instinct, not brains."

On why Oprah should be President: "The Democrats need to start thinking like the Republicans. Who is our Reagan? Who is our Schwarzenegger? Oprah would be a perfect president. She's got good politics. She's got a good heart. She'll have us up Jazzercising at six in the morning and reading books. How can that be bad for the country?"

On the title of Fahrenheit 9/11: "[It's] the temperature of hysteria that has allowed the Bush administration to get away with a series of unconscionable acts since 9/11. They used the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attack as a cover to enact their own right-wing agenda.""

'Vote Bush out' voices grow louder in the US

TODAYonline: "Group of retired diplomats and military brass issues critical letter

Tay Tsen-Waye

FIRST, it was the hatchet job by controversial film-maker Michael Moore � now, a group of 26 United States retired senior diplomats and military brass have joined voices in urging Americans to vote out President George W Bush in November.
Increasingly rankled by Mr Bush's ineffectiveness in handling post-war Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the group has signed a letter arguing that his foreign policy has damaged America's national security, diminished her reputation abroad and isolated the nation.
'We just felt things were so serious, that America's leadership role in the world has been attenuated to such a terrible degree by both the style and the substance of the administration's approach,' said Mr William Harrop, one of the group's principal organisers and a former ambassador to Israel and Kenya under President Bush's father.
The signatories - who call themselves the Diplomats and Military Commanders for change - include 20 former US ambassadors, as well as senior State Department officials from the Carter, Reagan and Clinton administrations. They will release the document in Washington tomorrow.
'A lot of people felt the work they had done over their lifetime, in trying to build a situation in which the United States was respected and could lead the rest of the world, was now undermined by this administration - by the arrogance, by the refusal to listen to others, the scorn for multilateral organisations,' Mr Harrop added, in a Los Angeles Times report.
The latest public criticism of Mr Bush's foreign policy comes in the wake of mounting scepticism of his leadership - most lately captured in Mr Moore's provocative documentary,"

Google Search: Fahrenheit 9/11

Amazing! The "anti-Bush to anti-Blair" story that was killed Saturday on Michael Moore Dot Com and published by the BBC and Reuters is being passed off as "news" this morning.

Since Reuters is responsible for this worldwide deceptive story, will the international news wire service issue an offiical apology? An e-mail was sent to Reuters editors this morning seeking a statement regarding their role in this mis-communication mess.

Google Search: Fahrenheit 9/11:

"Moore: From anti-Bush to anti-Blair
Bradenton Herald, FL - 14 minutes ago
The 50-year-old filmmaker - whose latest documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' won the top prize at May's Cannes Film Festival for its highly critical look at ...

Moore: From anti-Bush to anti-Blair
The State, SC - 14 minutes ago
The 50-year-old filmmaker - whose latest documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' won the top prize at May's Cannes Film Festival for its highly critical look at ... "

There are hundreds of publications running this same story.

An anonymous email on Fahrenheit 9/11

Another Day in the Empire: "Dear Mr. Nimmo:

I am a great admirer of your work and wanted to comment on an article you posted today, Sunday, June 13, 2004, entitled 'Republicans are behind the effort to censor Fahrenheit 9/11.' I myself was a journalist years ago; I worked for a paper that's read worldwide, and then I worked overseas.

I now work in the entertainment industry and thus had the opportunity to see Fahrenheit 9/11 at its US premiere, at the Academy theater in Beverly Hills on June 8th. Michael Moore was there and gave a relatively short and ego-free (for him) speech afterwards. He did give an endorsement to the Democrats.

I have had discussions with Mike Rivero at What Really Happened about the film's content, and will reiterate my concerns here. Two caveats: as a former journalist myself I have always had huge problems with Moore's sloppy research, and as someone who has spent 13 years in the entertainment industry I have worked with many of the *players* involved in this film, the most prominent being the Weinsteins, and I do not trust their motives, especially given what I saw firsthand in this film:"

"Fahrenheit 9/11" has been moved to the Ziegfield Theater tonight

New York Daily News - Home - Rush & Molloy: Kidman-kid bath too steamy for some: "So many people want to see Harvey and Bob Weinstein's screening of Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' that it's been moved to the Ziegfield Theater, tonight. Where else to fit Tom Brokaw, Richard Gere, Yoko Ono, Stephen Sondheim, Lou Reed, Vernon Jordan, Gretchen Mol and Carson Daly? Karen (Duff) Duffy, who saw The Film Disney Refused To Release at a screening with 9/11 family members, said that audience gave Moore a 10-minute standing ovation..." - News Columnists - News Columnists: "TONIGHT: A screening of Michael Moore's controversial film about George W. Bush, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' This takes place on behalf of the Coalition of the Willing at the Beekman Theatre. Lots of star-wattage expected. At an L.A. screening last week, director Moore and all celebs who attended were respectful of the late president Ronald Reagan, who had yet to be buried. Will liberal tongues be looser this evening"

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Reuters: 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Director Not Making Blair Film

Entertainment News Article |

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Moore was asked about the lack of many references in the movie to Blair and the British role in the war.

"I struggled with it because, I think, what I decided is that I need to make a separate film about Blair, at some point here. I need to do something about Blair and Britain," Moore said. - Fahrenheit 9/11 turns up the heat - Fahrenheit 9/11 turns up the heat:

"Now that George W. Bush is disappointed to learn that the rah-rah Ronald Reagan funeral coverage won't be extended until the November election - or the capture of Osama bin Laden, whichever comes first - it is time to look back at his least Reaganesque moment.

It happened at 9:05 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, the man who would, a year later, talk of 'marketing'' the Iraq war, informed Bush that 'a second plane has hit the World Trade Center.'

Bush just sat there, blinking, listening to second graders stumble through a story about pet goats. As he would later tell London's Daily Telegraph: 'I'm trying to absorb that knowledge ... I'm sitting in the midst of a classroom with little kids, listening to a children's story and I realize I'm the Commander in Chief and the country has just come under attack.'

Bush, who had never got the memo (so to speak) titled 'Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside The U.S.,' just! sat! there! realizing that he's the man.

Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore tells Playboy in a lengthy interview this month, is "the temperature of hysteria that has allowed the Bush administration to get away with a series of unconscionable acts since 9/11."

The truth is, 50 years from now, when Reagan's many failings will have faded from memory, he will be remembered in the history books for the part he played in ending the Cold War.

Bush, thanks to Fahrenheit 9/11, will be recalled as the guy who blinked, hesitated ... and lost the war he started."

BBC NEWS | Director Moore denies Blair film

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Director Moore denies Blair film:

"Controversial film-maker Michael Moore has denied that he intends to follow up his anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 with a film about Tony Blair.

In a recent interview with Reuters he said he holds Blair 'more responsible for this war in Iraq than I do Bush'.

However, a message posted on Moore's website stated that reports of his plans for a film on Blair were false."

What's Next?

In the BBC article, Michael Moore's controversial career, written by Caroline Westbrook (May 22), "Sicko", a perspective on the US healthcare industry, was mentioned.

Documentarian kept quiet after filming U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqis

Documentarian kept quiet after filming U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqis:

"Filmmaker Michael Moore said Friday he wasn't sure he did the right thing by saving footage of U.S. American soldiers' cruelty toward Iraqis for his controversial documentary, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,'' instead of releasing the evidence earlier when it might have helped halt such abuse.

'I had it months before the story broke on '60 Minutes,' and I really struggled with what to do with it,'' Moore said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle. 'I wanted to come out with it sooner, but I thought I'd be accused of just putting this out for publicity for my movie. That prevented me from making maybe the right decision.''

"It will be in 700 theaters," Moore said. "It's the largest opening I've had, four times the number of screens that 'Columbine,' was on."

Moore said he has received more than 1,500 letters from American soldiers expressing opposition to the war and said he is considering compiling the letters into a book. "