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Michael Moore Declares War on America's Uber-Class: "America is Not Broke"

Filmmaker/activist Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story) is on the war path against America's greed-is-good uber-rich. On Sunday he impulsively flew to join protesters in Madison, Wisconsin--and he is as angry as Inside Job Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson, who declared at the Academy Awards: "I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail. And that's wrong."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2011 6:37 AM
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MPAA Names Christopher Dodd, ex-Senator from Connecticut, as Chairman and CEO

Hollywood's newest lobbyist in Washington, replacing Dan Glickman who in turn replaced the legendary late Jack Valenti, is new Motion Picture Association of America chairman Christopher J. Dodd. The five-term Democratic Liberal Senator from Connecticut had been in talks for some months; he takes over the reins on March 17. He has many ties to Hollywood leaders, from Sundance founder Robert Redford to SnagFilm CEO Rick Allen, who has known Dodd for 30 years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 7:02 AM
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Paul Haggis Talks Scientology to The New Yorker, ABC Videos Cruise

We've been waiting for Lawrence Wright's New Yorker Scientology expose ever since Canadian writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) denied involvement in writing a tell-all book. That may not be necessary now that The New Yorker has published the 26-page story about the director and his many years spent in league with the religion. Lawrence has said: “I will expand on that material for the book. Both the article and the eventual book will explore the Haggis family’s experience inside the church and their decision to leave it. Haggis has been extremely helpful and candid, but he is certainly not a collaborator."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2011 8:56 AM
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George Clooney's Satellite Sentinel Project: Report on Sudanese Border Conflict

"We're the anti-genocide paparazzi," George Clooney told Time magazine of his Satellite Sentinel Project.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2011 9:53 AM
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A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island. Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two."Here is the scorecard, King George VI's speech, a clip from the film (which Weinstein Co. may trim for a PG-13) and Obama's State of the Union, below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2011 2:07 AM
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Cine Foundation International Launches Protest Film Campaign, Calls for Panahi Release

Cine Foundation International was launched on December 10 as both a non-profit film company and human rights NGO aiming to "empower open consciousness through cinema." They are wasting little time, having announced a campaign calling for the release of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The campaign will include protest films that speak to human rights issues in Iran and throughout the world, six of which are commissioned feature-length, plus twenty shorts. Participating filmmakers may act anonymously or through pseudonyms since voicing their stories can be dangerous. The films, which will address themes of nation, identity, self, spiritual culture, censorship and imprisonment, will be aimed for public, web and various exhibition media.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2011 8:45 AM
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WikiLeaks Reveal Bush Administration Attacks on Michael Moore

Michael Moore is nothing if not paranoid, but it looks like he has reason to be. When he reads through all the WikiLeaks cables, his own name crops up, more than once. It seems that the Bush administration was genuinely threatened by the damage that Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 could do. But the more the White House tried to hurt the movie, the more it fueled its success, Moore writes. Another WikiLeaks Cable from the Bush Administration About My Movies ...a note from Michael Moore
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 23, 2010 6:45 AM
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The Stars Who Want to Legalize Marijuana?

Which stars favor the legalization of marijuana? Here's a look, courtesy of The Daily Beast, at celebs who either vocally or inadvertently have been associated with (thanks, paparazzi) the mary jane. They range from venerable Morgan Freeman (who called it "God's own weed") and Prince Harry to Justin Timberlake and Zach Galifianakis, who pointedly smoked a joint on Bill Maher's talk show (see below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 1:39 AM
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Michael Moore Writes A Boot to the Head Election Memo

Michael Moore is worried--as are many Democrats--about the midterm elections Tuesday, which could return control of the House (if not the Senate) to Republicans (many of them right of center) and bring on true governmental paralysis. He'll be on Rachel Maddow Friday night on MSNBC, at 9:00pm ET/PT. Here's his latest missive:A Boot to the Head ...from Michael MooreFriends,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2010 9:27 AM
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A Global Warming Campaign from Richard Curtis. Watch it. No Pressure.

This Richard Curtis 10:10 global warming spot will get your attention:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 1:02 AM
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