David Zucker, best known for the movies Airplane and Top Secret, has a new wacky comedy coming out in October: “An American Carol.” Just in time for the last month of Election Madness, this politically-topical film features a parody of filmmaker Michael Moore — named Michael Malone — who has to be taught the real meaning of patriotism by the ghosts of America’s most famous personages.
But is this film going to be a little extreme? Here is a description of one scene in the film:
“In a climactic scene, Moore’s stand-in (here named “Michael Malone”) finds political clarity at the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center while the admonishing ghost of George Washington (played by Jon Voight) hovers nearby.”
Is this being played for laughs? Is it just a pointed partisan attack on Moore in the guise of a wacky comedy movie? Will the 911 scene be considered in bad taste?
Postscript: Playing the fake Michael Moore in the film is Kevin Farley — brother of the late Chris Farley.
I was a big fan of Oliver Stone’s earlier stuff like “Platoon” and “JFK,” so I’m wondering how this film’ll be. Initial impression: the way it’s presented in this trailer, it’s like a stoner from an 80’s comedy eventually became president of the United States.
New York Magazine asks the question: “is this sock monkey racist?”
The sock monkey in question is produced by TheSockObama.com, who claims that the toy is just the result of a “casual and affectionate observation one night, and a charming association between a candidate and a toy we had when we were little.”
But some New York readers are not amused, with some commentors suggesting that the attorney general of Utah, the state where the sock monkeys are produced, should be notified. Another reader comments:
“As an African-American boomer, I have to give them an “A” for cleverness and cunning. During (legalized) Segregation in the South, when I visited Mobile, AL during the Summers — I went through the looking glass and experienced a world filled with nuance, double entrendre and African-Americans having to pretend demeaning imagery was funny. In other words, we had to be “in” on the joke or there was something wrong with us.”
But, other readers disagree, saying that this is “much ado about nothing”:
“The SockObama happens to look very cute. It is just your usual sock monkey with an Obama haircut and a suit. It does in fact look a bit like Obama, and Obama does in fact look rather like a sock monkey. What is your problem? Get over it!”
What’s your opinion? Do you think the Obama Sock Monkey is racist?
Some supporters of Barack Obama are taking on his middle name as their own to show their support, the New York Times reports.
You might recall that Obama’s middle name, Hussein, has stirred up some controversy by people who want to falsely assert that he is Muslim — or, in extreme cases, that he is some how “related” to Saddam Hussein, et. (this is also done with his first name, twinning it with “Osama”):
Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist
But, now there is a movement — albeit a small one — to symbolically assume Obama’s middle name to show that they are not “afraid” and to show their support.
Some wear buttons, others reconfigure their e-mail or Facebook names to reflect the change. For example, the NYT article mentions the example of Obama supporter Emily Nordling, who has changed her name on Facebook to read, “Emily Hussein Nordling.”
Still, it would be great if family names weren’t an issue at all in a campaign for president.
Artist Ron English’s interpretation of a mix between presidential candidate Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln:
(via The World’s Best Ever)
A young Hillary Clinton refuses to concede defeat in a Connect Four match and much more in this video created by Jerry O’Connell and Brandon Johnson.
With the announcement of the upcoming W film by Oliver Stone, I thought it would be interesting to revisit other movie and TV portrayals of George W. Bush…
10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
James Adomian plays W., in a scene where he smokes pot with Harold & Kumar.
9. Master Of Disguise
One of the many zany characters Dana Carvey plays in the film is George — he played W.’s dad in Saturday Night Live as well.
8. Robot Chicken
In one episode, W. is dreaming that he has Jedi powers — even dueling with Abraham Lincoln with a lightsaber. In another, he comes into possession of a mogwai, with disastrous results.
7. King Of The Hill
In a 2000 episode called “The Perils Of Polling,” Hank Hill shakes the hand of then Texas gov George W. Bush — and complains that the shake wasn’t firm enough. Apparently Bush on the show was drawn nothing like he looks in real life.
6. Scary Movie IV
Not a direct appearance of W. — but Leslie Nielsen as the POTUS does an obvious homage to the prez in a scene where he reads a book to a bunch of school children.
5. That’s My Bush
This short-lived Comedy Central original TV series by the creators of South Park. Timothy Bottoms starred as the wacky president.
4. MAD TV
George W. Bush was played by Frank Caliendo for several seasons on the show. Will Sasso and Christian Duguay also played the president on the show.
3. Lil’ Bush
Another Comedy Central original TV show, this animated series stars George W. as the pint-sized son of “current” president George H. W. Bush.
2. South Park
George W. makes several appearances in the long-running animated series. He gets a makeover on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, gets involved in “Cartoon Wars,” and then is revealed to be the mastermind behind all conspiraracy theories in “The Mystery Of The Urinal Deuce.”
1. Saturday Night Live
Will Farrell played W.from 1999 to 2002, followed by Chris Parnell and Darrell Hammond in 2003. Will Forte had the role in 2004, and Jason Sudeikis in 2006.
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Russian Communist Party members are none too happy with the new movie “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull,” citing a distortion of history.
In the new Indiana Jones film, an evil KGB agent played bu Cate Blanchett is competing with the famed archeologist to find a mystical and powerful crystal skull.
Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member from St. Petersburg, complains:
“What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathized when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame…”
Another party member, Andrei Gindos, said:
“Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett (are) second-rate actors, serving as the running dogs of the CIA. We need to deprive these people of the right of entering the country…”
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Unhappy State Department Employees are apparently drawing fake mustaches and the like on large color photos of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice, the Nukes and Spooks blog reports:
“Outside the State Department ‘s press briefing room on the department’s 2nd floor hang large official photos of Bush, Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney. The pictures were, er … modified by persons unknown. (We did not personally witness this, we must admit — or we’d have a photo to post). We’re talking fake mustaches and the like. The defacements were promptly cleaned up. They reappeared.
An edict came down from on high: stop this childishness.”
This reminds me of the last days of going-out-of-business companies, when resentful employees finally blow off some steam and steal the post-its and engrave bitter platitudes on the office furniture with straightened-out paper-clips.