Moore film gets the axe

05.05.04

Disney’s Miramax Films is refusing to distrubute Michael Moore’s new movie:

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which criticizes President Bush’s handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden’s, won’t be released through Miramax Films on orders from parent company Disney.

Disney chief executive Michael Eisner said Wednesday the company “did not want a film in the middle of the political process where we’re such a nonpartisan company and our guests, that participate in all of our attractions, do not look for us to take sides.”

Unfortunately, some other company probably will distribute the film, ensuring that it will see the light of day and not end up on the bottom of a trash heap where it clearly belongs. But, true to character, idiotarian-extraordinaire Moore never misses an opportunity to see a conspiracy theory:

Moore believes The Walt Disney Co. is worried the documentary would endanger tax breaks the company receives from Florida, where Bush’s brother Jeb is governor and where Disney World is located.

“What tax break?” Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded. “We don’t give tax breaks, that I’m aware of, to Disney,” Bush said. “I appreciate the fact that Disney creates thousands and thousands of jobs in our state.”

I see… so our next Moore treat will be a film about how Mickey Mouse is really responsible for all war and conflict. Gotcha.

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1 DaninVan 05.07.04 at 12:28 AM

“What tax break?” Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded. “We don’t give tax breaks, that I’m aware of, to Disney,” Bush said. “I appreciate the fact that Disney creates thousands and thousands of jobs in our state.”

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Miramax then decided to pick up the $6 million production cost on its own. Despite the near-certainty of making a profit on the venture, this was done over the express opposition of Mr Eisner. “Michael Eisner asked me not to sell this movie to Harvey Weinstein; that doesn’t mean I listened to him,” Mr Moore’s agent, Ari Emanuel, was quoted saying in the New York Times. “He definitely indicated there were tax incentives he was getting for the Disney corporation [in Florida] and that’s why he didn’t want me to sell it to Miramax. He didn’t want a Disney company involved.”

Take your pick; somebody’s nose is growing…

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2 andrew 05.10.04 at 3:41 AM

man lay off micheal moore at least hes saying something. how can you say his movie belongs on the bottom of the trash heap? have you seen it?Forgive him for not blindly following the rest of the countrys (ameriaca/canada) into bomb droppings.If hes got an informed opinion let him share, dont shun him because your narrow mind dosent want to listen to anything but cnn’s version of the turth. next time you bash an intelligent film maker at least come up with facts, not crappy opinions.

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3 jill 05.11.04 at 12:30 AM

Segacs the censor, how fitting.

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