"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse
The New York Times reports that Michael Moore's explosive new film Fahrenheit 911, which takes a hard look at the events surrounding 911 and how they all seem to lead back to the ties between the Bush family and the Saudi royals, has been cancelled by Disney. There's been a lot of bad blood between Disney and it's distributor Miramax lately due to the Kill Bill films (apparently they're not Disney enough - surprise!), but Michael Moore's agent claims there is much more to it than that.
Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.Michael Moore's statement is here and, thankfully, he feels undaunted and believes he will get the film distributed. It's currently set to debute at the Cannes Film Festival next week.
"Michael Eisner asked me not to sell this movie to Harvey Weinstein; that doesn't mean I listened to him," Mr. Emanuel said. "He definitely indicated there were tax incentives he was getting for the Disney corporation and that's why he didn't want me to sell it to Miramax. He didn't want a Disney company involved."
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