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Postby TerraFrost » Mon Jun 14, 2004 5:44 am

Anti-Bush Film Trailers Debuts in Theaters, Online

Michael Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" will hit theaters Friday, June 4, and will sneak preview a day earlier online.

The film links President Bush with important Saudi Arabians, including Osama bin Laden's family, and criticizes the president's actions surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"Fahrenheit's" incendiary subject matter had caused The Walt Disney Co. to block its subsidiary Miramax from distributing the film in the US. Miramax chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein, however, bought the film and struck a deal with Lions Gate and IFC Films to bring the film to theaters on Friday, June 25.

The film recently won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

To view the trailer, visit Moore's site at: www.michaelmoore.com.

Moore, 50, is known for his politically charged films, including "Roger and Me" and "Bowling for Columbine," which won an Oscar for best documentary in 2002. He also recently wrote "Stupid White Men," a criticism of the Bush administration
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Postby TerraFrost » Sat Jun 19, 2004 7:49 am

Brace yourselves. Michael Moore's Palme d'Or-winning "Fahrenheit 9/11" approaches its New York opening in two theaters Wednesday and its national opening Friday.

Already this week, a couple of dueling Web sites have been batting around Moore's anti-Bush documentary like a political shuttlecock.

First, a Web site called MoveAmericaForward.org, backed by the PR firm Russo Marsh & Rogers, which sports conservative credentials, stepped forward with a campaign intended to pressure theaters not to book the film as a way of "supporting America's war on terrorism."

Almost immediately, the liberal activists of MoveOn.org rallied back, urging their members -- as if they needed any encouragement -- to see the movie on opening night.

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.

The fact is that even though "Fahrenheit" carries a ripped-from-the-headlines urgency -- it covers events up through recent Sept. 11 hearings -- it's still been overtaken by current events.

A recent Gallup poll -- conducted June 3-6 -- found that 57% of Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling the war, and 52% say it was not worth going to war. For that audience, the film, rather than changing attitudes, is likely to simply confirm them.

Given the closeness of the vote in the 2000 presidential election -- Al Gore beat Bush by 543,895 nationally, while Bush edged out Gore by 537 votes in the critical Florida race -- it's certainly possible to construct a scenario in which a movie tips a contest in a battleground state. Moore's previous film, "Bowling for Columbine," did $20 million domestically, which translates into about 4 million viewers.

But the critical question, which can't be answered with any certainty until well after the film opens, is whether "Fahrenheit" is likely to reach beyond its core audience to undecided voters. It's more likely that it will energize the anti-Bush base -- and leftist groups are likely to use it for that purpose just as Christian churches used "The Passion of the Christ" to get members into the pews.

But don't tell that to the media in the coming week. In our hyperbolic cable age, Moore's loyalists as well as his detractors will be going at it head-to-head. And a good sound bite will be had by all.
(Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)
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Postby shahmask » Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:59 pm

i am not a michael moore fan. however, i truly believe i will like this movie.
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Postby Roadkill » Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:21 pm

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Postby Nuxius » Sun Jun 20, 2004 4:28 am

I think his films are entertaining, and not much beyond that.

He is a VERY biased person, so his movies should not be looked at as a documentary, instead just as thoughtful entertainment.

To that extent, I enjoy his work.
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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Jun 20, 2004 6:28 am

yeah... i agree that michael moore is really biased. actually, i think what made me come to that conclusion, more than anything else, was what michael moore did to charles heston, in bowling for columbine. don't get me wrong - i enjoyed bowling for columbine - i just didn't think it was, as ya'll have said, a very good documentary, heh. indeed, i was dismayed when it won the "best documentary" award at the 2002 oscars...

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Postby Aulla » Wed Jun 23, 2004 12:15 am

i dont get it....is it about Osma winning the War? :huh
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Postby Roadkill » Wed Jun 23, 2004 12:22 am

It's about bush, his stupid actions, and congress and their stupid actions. Pokes fun at alot of high people.
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Postby Aulla » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:11 am

Ah well bush is my bitch! i think they made some mistakes but if we didnt do anything everyone would have been complain n if we do everyone complains so either way we loose...
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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Jul 04, 2004 5:45 pm

more news about 9/11...

'9/11' ads renew flap with MPAA
NEW YORK -- Having unsuccessfully challenged the MPAA's R rating, the distributors of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" complained Monday that the MPAA had nixed a quote from critic Richard Roeper that they wanted to use in the film's ad campaign: "Everyone should see this film." Given the restrictive nature of the movie's R rating, the MPAA disallowed the "everyone should see" line. "Fahrenheit" beat the already optimistic estimates of its distributors, attracting even more ticket buyers than predicted over the weekend. Its final tally set the documentary's three-day gross at $23.9 million, 9% better than Sunday's estimate of $21.8 million. Having collected $24.1 million to date -- more than any other docu that isn't a concert film or a large-format feature -- "Fahrenheit" continued to court controversy as its distributors, Lions Gate Films, IFC Films and Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Fellowship Adventure Group, once again butted heads with the MPAA.


also, moore has expressed his approval of 9/11 being downloaded on p2p networks (or whatever)...

http://www.sundayherald.com/43167

i don't know if i'll d/l it, myself, though, as it'd be kinda a hassle. perhapes michael moore should put the movie up for download on his website, hehe :)

of course, then again, that would use tons of bw, heh.
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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Jul 11, 2004 1:05 am

'Fahrenheit' Banned in Iowa Theaters for Inciting Terrorism
July 4, 2004

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Despite expanding its run to 1,710 screens nationwide, "Fahrenheit 9/11" won't be shown at select theaters in Iowa.

R.L. Fridley, the president of the Des-Moines-based Fridley Theatres in Iowa and Nebraska, is refusing to show the incendiary documentary, claiming it incites terrorism, reports the AP.

"Fahrenheit" is a highly critical look at President George W. Bush's connections with high-ranking Saudi families, including Osama Bin Laden, and questions his actions and motivations regarding the war in Iraq.

In an email to his company managers, Fridley stated that the company does not "play political propaganda films from either the right or the left."

The message also continues to state, "Our country is in a war against an enemy who would destroy our way of life, our culture and kill our people. These barbarians have shown through (the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001) and the recent beheadings that they will stop at nothing. I believe this film emboldens them and divides our country even more."

"Fahrenheit" won best picture at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in May and held the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend, breaking numerous records.
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Postby TerraFrost » Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:25 am

Michael Moore wrote:July 4th, 2004

Friends,

Where do I begin? This past week has knocked me for a loop. "Fahrenheit 9/11," the #1 movie in the country, the largest grossing documentary ever. My head is spinning. Didn't we just lose our distributor 8 weeks ago? Did Karl Rove really fail to stop this? Is Bush packing?

Each day this week I was given a new piece of information from the press that covers Hollywood, and I barely had time to recover from the last tidbit before the next one smacked me upside the head:

** More people saw "Fahrenheit 9/11" in one weekend than all the people who saw "Bowling for Columbine" in 9 months.

** "Fahrenheit 9/11" broke "Rocky III’s" record for the biggest box office opening weekend ever for any film that opened in less than a thousand theaters.

** "Fahrenheit 9/11" beat the opening weekend of "Return of the Jedi."

** "Fahrenheit 9/11" instantly went to #2 on the all-time list for largest per-theater average ever for a film that opened in wide-release.

How can I ever thank all of you who went to see it? These records are mind-blowing. They have sent shock waves through Hollywood – and, more importantly, through the White House.

But it didn't just stop there. The response to the movie then went into the Twilight Zone. Surfing through the dial I landed on the Fox broadcasting network which was airing the NASCAR race live last Sunday to an audience of millions of Americans -- and suddenly the announcers were talking about how NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took his crew to see “Fahrenheit 9/11” the night before. FOX sportscaster Chris Myers delivered Earnhardt’s review straight out of his mouth and into the heartland of America: “He said hey, it'll be a good bonding experience no matter what your political belief. It's a good thing as an American to go see.” Whoa! NASCAR fans – you can’t go deeper into George Bush territory than that! White House moving vans – START YOUR ENGINES!

Then there was Roger Friedman from the Fox News Channel giving our film an absolutely glowing review, calling it “a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail.” Richard Goldstein of the Village Voice surmised that Bush is already considered a goner so Rupert Murdoch might be starting to curry favor with the new administration. I don't know about that, but I’ve never heard a decent word toward me from Fox. So, after I was revived, I wondered if a love note to me from Sean Hannity was next.

How about Letterman’s Top Ten List: “Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About "Fahrenheit 9/11":

10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing

9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election

8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words

7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported

6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger

5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true

4. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe

3. Where the hell was Spider-man?

2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth

1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball

But it was the reactions and reports we received from theaters around the country that really sent me over the edge. One theatre manager after another phoned in to say that the movie was getting standing ovations as the credits rolled – in places like Greensboro, NC and Oklahoma City -- and that they were having a hard time clearing the theater afterwards because people were either too stunned or they wanted to sit and talk to their neighbors about what they had just seen. In Trumbull, CT, one woman got up on her seat after the movie and shouted "Let's go have a meeting!" A man in San Francisco took his shoe off and threw it at the screen when Bush appeared at the end. Ladies’ church groups in Tulsa were going to see it, and weeping afterwards.

It was this last group that gave lie to all the yakking pundits who, before the movie opened, declared that only the hard-core "choir" would go to see "Fahrenheit 9/11." They couldn't have been more wrong. Theaters in the Deep South and the Midwest set house records for any film they’d ever shown. Yes, it even sold out in Peoria. And Lubbock, Texas. And Anchorage, Alaska!

Newspaper after newspaper wrote stories in tones of breathless disbelief about people who called themselves “Independents” and “Republicans” walking out of the movie theater shaken and in tears, proclaiming that they could not, in good conscience, vote for George W. Bush. The New York Times wrote of a conservative Republican woman in her 20s in Pensacola, Florida who cried through the film, and told the reporter: “It really makes me question what I feel about the president... it makes me question his motives…”

Newsday reported on a self-described “ardent Bush/Cheney supporter” who went to see the film on Long Island, and his quiet reaction afterwards. He said, "It's really given me pause to think about what's really going on. There was just too much - too much to discount." The man then bought three more tickets for another showing of the film.

The Los Angeles Times found a mother who had “supported [Bush] fiercely” at a theater in Des Peres, Missouri: “Emerging from Michael Moore's ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ her eyes wet, Leslie Hanser said she at last understood…. ‘My emotions are just....’ She trailed off, waving her hands to show confusion. ‘I feel like we haven't seen the whole truth before.’"

All of this had to be the absolute worst news for the White House to wake up to on Monday morning. I guess they were in such a stupor, they "gave" Iraq back to, um, Iraq two days early!

News editors told us that they were being "bombarded" with e-mails and calls from the White House (read: Karl Rove), trying to spin their way out of this mess by attacking it and attacking me. Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett had told the White House press corps that the movie was "outrageously false" -- even though he said he hadn't seen the movie. He later told CNN that "This is a film that doesn't require us to actually view it to know that it's filled with factual inaccuracies." At least they're consistent. They never needed to see a single weapon of mass destruction before sending our kids off to die.

Many news shows were more than eager to buy the White House spin. After all, that is a big part of what "Fahrenheit" is about -- how the lazy, compliant media bought all the lies from the Bush administration about the need to invade Iraq. They took the Kool-Aid offered by the White House and rarely, if ever, did our media ask the hard questions that needed to be asked before the war started.

Because the movie "outs" the mainstream media for their failures and their complicity with the Bush administration -- who can ever forget their incessant, embarrassing cheerleading as the troops went off to war, as though it was all just a game -- the media was not about to let me get away with anything now resembling a cultural phenomenon. On show after show, they went after me with the kind of viciousness you would have hoped they had had for those who were lying about the necessity for invading a sovereign nation that was no threat to us. I don't blame our well-paid celebrity journalists -- they look like a bunch of ass-kissing dopes in my movie, and I guess I'd be pretty mad at me, too. After all, once the NASCAR fans see "Fahrenheit 9/11," will they ever believe a single thing they see on ABC/NBC/CBS news again?

In the next week or so, I will recount my adventures through the media this past month (I will also be posting a full FAQ on my website soon so that you can have all the necessary backup and evidence from the film when you find yourself in heated debate with your conservative brother-in-law!). For now, please know the following: Every single fact I state in "Fahrenheit 9/11" is the absolute and irrefutable truth. This movie is perhaps the most thoroughly researched and vetted documentary of our time. No fewer than a dozen people, including three teams of lawyers and the venerable one-time fact-checkers from The New Yorker went through this movie with a fine-tooth comb so that we can make this guarantee to you. Do not let anyone say this or that isn't true. If they say that, they are lying. Let them know that the OPINIONS in the film are mine, and anyone certainly has a right to disagree with them. And the questions I pose in the movie, based on these irrefutable facts, are also mine. And I have a right to ask them. And I will continue to ask them until they are answered.

In closing, let me say that the most heartening response to the film has come from our soldiers and their families. Theaters in military towns across the country reported packed houses. Our troops know the truth. They have seen it first-hand. And many of them could not believe that here was a movie that was TRULY on their side -- the side of bringing them home alive and never sending them into harms way again unless it's the absolute last resort. Please take a moment to read [url="http://fayettevillenc.com/story.php?Template=local&Story=6429101"]this wonderful story[/url] from the daily paper in Fayetteville, NC, where Fort Bragg is located. It broke my heart to read this, the reactions of military families and the comments of an infantryman’s wife publicly backing my movie -- and it gave me the resolve to make sure as many Americans as possible see this film in the coming weeks.

Thank you again, all of you, for your support. Together we did something for the history books. My apologies to "Return of the Jedi." We'll make it up by producing "Return of the Texan to Crawford" in November.

May the farce be with you, but not for long,

Michael Moore
http://www.michaelmoore.com
mmflint@aol.com

P.S. You can read letters from people around the country recounting their own experiences at the theater, and their reactions to the film by going here.

P.P.S. Also, I’m going to start blogging! Tonight! [url="http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/diary/index.php"]Come on over and check it out[/url].


This is an exact reproduction of a mail sent to members of Michael Moores mailinglist.
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Postby TerraFrost » Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:51 am

George Bush as Best Actor?
By Mike Szymanski
July 26, 2004

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) -- As Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" continues to break box office records, surpassing $100 million, there's a concerted effort to look ahead at awards season.

Moore, who already has won an Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine" and a Palme D'or at Cannes this year for "Fahrenheit," is looking forward to going head-to-head for a best picture nomination up against Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" at the Academy Awards.

"We are definitely going to push this for best picture, that's in the plans," IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring tells Zap2it.com. "Michael has a substantial fan base and has touched a nerve with the American public."

IFC Films is distributing the movie with Lions Gate and they will all determine the best strategy for the upcoming Oscar campaign. But, Zap2it has learned that Moore may want to launch a campaign urging Academy voters to also consider George Bush as best actor.

Moore has said that Bush is "a great comedian" in his movie and garners a lot of laughs. The ad campaign idea could be a joke, but the Academy has issued a warning that Oscar ads should not be negative, or in bad taste.

Sehring says, "I've heard rumblings about that, and it's a great idea." However, he notes there aren't any specific plans for the film's Oscar campaigns at the moment.

In fact, three Academy members who ask not to be identified because the Academy tells members not to reveal their voting plans, tell Zap2it they would vote for Bush if he earns a nomination for best actor.

No documentary has ever been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and normally when a picture is eligible for best picture, it is open to every category. However, an Academy spokesperson says people appearing in documentaries are not eligible for any of the acting nominations because they are not considered actors.

So, Bush wouldn't be eligible for an Oscar, and neither would Moore -- at least as an actor.

That doesn't mean such a campaign won't take place, even if it just a publicity stunt. Moore may let his feelings known in a very public fashion this week at the Democratic National Convention, when he meets with members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and hosts a private screening of "Fahrenheit 9/11" on Tuesday (July 27).
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Postby TerraFrost » Fri Sep 10, 2004 4:41 am

apparently michael moore may forgoe the best documentary award in favor of having farinheight 9/11 aired on television shortly before the election:

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/messa ... 2004-09-06
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