Fresh from speaking to a March 5 rally in Madison Wisconsin - his so-called “America is not broke” statement – in which he defended public sector workers facing the guillotine of their collective bargaining rights, Michael Moore is advocating Michiganders rally to protect possible loss of their bargaining at a rally in Lansing March 16 (hey, that’s this Wednesday!).....So being the topical filmmaker (really?) that he is, can we expect Moore’s next doc will be about the current movement to roll back union rights? Hmm, I think I’m on pretty safe terra suggesting...yes
Atlas Shrugged the movie – John Stossel told Sean Hannity on Fox News last week that the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 book had a difficult time getting to the silver screen in liberal Hollywood. In fact it was 20 years in the making. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie originally wanted to make it with Jolie playing heroine Dagny Taggart. Part I of the iconic anti-government and pro-capitalist flick will be released April 15. How appropriate – it’s tax deadline day for all you Statesiders.....
And in an interview last week with the Freep, director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), calls his new movie Red State not really a political film. You see, he says, it’s about a religious sect that terrorizes a group of young people (as if they need to be terrorized). The sect is based on the Westboro Baptist Church – you know, that insane fundamentalist Christian church that demonstrates outside of US soldiers’ funerals because those soldiers died defending the freedom of everyone including homosexuals. Give Westboro the prize for coming up with the most convoluted logic of recent times.....But one thing we can be sure of – a good liberal like Smith (he does seems a little naive in the interview so maybe he doesn’t really know it) would never make a horror film about a far more dangerous subject than whacked-out Christians – Islamic fundamentalists.
And speaking of Smith, Kevin says his next movie will be a film called Hit Somebody, a hockey comedy based on the decade-old Warren Zevon song, which Smith plans to partly shoot in Michigan whether tax credits stay or go (probably the latter). Given the national news story in Canada over the past week about the vicious hockey hit by Boston’s Zdeno Chara against Montreal’s Max Pacioretty maybe Smith should consider shooting the film in Windsor.