(Berry) has a sassy best friend who seems a composite of other sassy best friends.

(Berry) has a sassy best friend who seems a composite of other sassy best friends. (Boston Globe)

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"I don't think I am particularly grounded. [I'm] completely wanky."

Keira Knightley, when asked by DarkHorizons.com what keeps her grounded, replied, "I don't think I am particularly grounded. [I'm] completely wanky."(MSNBC)

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Linda Ronstadt was thrown out of the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas on the weekend after dedicating a song to liberal film maker Michael Moore and his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11,"

Singer Linda Ronstadt was thrown out of the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas on the weekend after dedicating a song to liberal film maker Michael Moore and his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11," a casino spokeswoman said on Monday.

Ronstadt, who had been hired for a one-show engagement Saturday night at the Las Vegas Strip casino, dedicated a performance of "Desperado" to Moore and his controversial documentary, which criticizes President Bush and the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

That dedication angered some Aladdin guests who spilled drinks, tore down posters and demanded their money back, said casino spokeswoman Sara Gorgon. (Reuters)

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"Fahrenheit 9/11" is attacking Mr. Bush for spending 42 percent of his first eight months in office on vacation

In a summer when Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" is attacking Mr. Bush for spending 42 percent of his first eight months in office on vacation instead of worrying about Al Qaeda (Mr. Moore's calculation came from The Washington Post), the image of Mr. Bush lazing away August on his 1,600 acres was not one that Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, particularly relished. (New York Times)

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Brando was asked if he believed in immortality. He replied: 'I can't think - I can't believe - that we're just here for one gnashing, stomping moment and that's all.'

Brando was asked if he believed in immortality. He replied: 'I can't think - I can't believe - that we're just here for one gnashing, stomping moment and that's all.' (Guardian)

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I've never had any respect for Hollywood. It stands for greed, avarice, phoniness, crassness...

Brando saw his overall attitude differently. "I am myself," he once said, "and if I have to hit my head against a brick wall to remain myself, I will do it."...."It's been said I sold out," biographer Patricia Bosworth quoted Brando. "Maybe that's true -- but I knew what I was doing. I've never had any respect for Hollywood. It stands for greed, avarice, phoniness, crassness -- but when you act in a movie, you act for three months and then you can do what you want for the rest of the year." (Washington Post)

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Film Industry Lobby Picks Successor to Valenti

Film Industry Lobby Picks Successor to Valenti---Not everyone was so nostalgic for Mr. Valenti, including some art house movie executives who were stung by an M.P.A.A. ban last fall on sending DVD's and video cassette tapes to voters on the Oscars.
"It can't get any worse, it can only get better," said Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, an arthouse division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "The guy was so old and past his time. They really haven't revamped the M.P.A.A. ratings system for years. It's almost medieval the way they evaluate the movies."
(New York Times)

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Everybody wants to be smarter than the movie they're seeing. If you try to make a smart movie then you're pretentious."

It doesn't take much to get (Ethan) Hawke on to a theme that crops up a lot in his interviews: the shoddy quality of most mainstream movies. "I think people go to the movies now and they don't expect much," he observes. "I go to see some of these big Hollywood blockbusters and afterwards everyone is walking out of the theatre just laughing at what a piece of shit it was. Everybody is going to go, but they're just going to mock it and in that way we live in such a cynical, ironic time. Everybody wants to be smarter than the movie they're seeing. If you try to make a smart movie then you're pretentious." (The Independent)

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Film and Election Politics Cross in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

"Fahrenheit 9/11" casts a deeply unfavorable light on Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Iraq war, ridiculing him and his top advisors with footage that catches them in embarrassing moments clearly not intended for public viewing. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz uses spit to comb his hair; Bush jovially asks news crews to watch him swing a golf club seconds after sternly calling on the world's nations "to do everything they can to stop terrorist killers."
Moore, who closes the film with the message "Do Something," is unabashed about his hope that the film will help dislodge Bush as president.
(L.A. Times)

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Fahrenheit 9/11 finds coalition of willing distributors

Fahrenheit 9/11 finds coalition of willing distributors---After being famously dropped by Disney, Michael Moore's award-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has finally secured US distribution and will hit American cinemas on June 25.
The film is to be released by a partnership of Lions Gate Films, IFC Films and the Fellowship Adventure Group, which was formed by Miramax's Harvey and Bob Weinstein specifically to market Moore's film.
"I am grateful to them now that everyone who wants to see it will now have the chance to do so," Moore said in a statement. "On behalf of my stellar cast - GW, Dick, Rummy, Condi and Wolfie - we thank this incredible coalition of the willing for bringing Fahrenheit 9/11 to the people."
Moore's film, which recently won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, criticises President George Bush's response to the Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden's.
(Guardian)

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