- The Washington Times - Monday, October 16, 2000

Propaganda film

"Cantankerous actor Gary Oldman is openly badmouthing his new movie, 'The Contender.' …

"Oldman … is fuming about editing cuts made to 'The Contender,' which he alleges were made due to the studio's Democratic leanings… . Oldman and his manager, Douglas Urbanski, accuse DreamWorks honchos Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg all Democrats of turning the political drama upside down to make it mesh with their pro-Al Gore agendas.

" 'If your names are Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen,' Urbanski declares, 'you can't have a film with a Republican character … who is at all sympathetic … being released on Oct. 13 [less than a month before the presidential election].'

" 'The Contender' focuses on a female presidential candidate (Joan Allen) who comes under fire when her opponent, a Republican congressman (Oldman), reveals a scandalous skeleton in her closet.

"Oldman says when DreamWorks bought the film rights, the company forced director-writer Rod Lurie to turn 'The Contender' into an unbalanced, Democrat-friendly tale. Urbanski … [says] that the film is a 'piece of propaganda' on par with that produced by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels."

from "Oldman Says Studio Democrats Ruined 'Contender,' " in Mr. Showbiz Friday at www.mrshowbiz.com

Feminist advantages

"Statistically, Kristin Whiting should not be single: At 32, she's seven years past the age at which the average American woman gets married. But Kristin Whiting is neither worried nor hurried… .

"Whiting is no loser. From her job as an on-air reporter for ABC News 'Lifetime Live' to her house in the Hamptons and her network of similarly bright, ambitious friends, she is, in almost every category society uses to tally the worth of its inhabitants, a winner. But in the hunt for a life partner, Whiting is not finding what she's looking for.

"Beautiful women in search of husbands have always made good copy … but never more so than now, when the advantages conferred on women by feminism have created both greater choice and deeper ambivalence about the merits of marriage. Not only are women getting married later in life (25 is the highest average age for first marriages ever; 19.9 was the lowest, in the late '50s), many are deciding not to get married … at all: Today, just over 45 percent of the adult female population in America is single."

Rebecca Johnson, writing on "Picky, Picky, Picky," in the September issue of Talk

The first couple

"I think we were probably the first couple to invite openly gay couples to the White House, which we just did as a natural course of who our friends were and who should be part of our social life there… .

"And you know, it's been an issue for me for probably 20 years, I guess. I knew people in Arkansas, people from around the country. Also at Wellesley and then Yale Law School. I had many friends who struggled with their sexual orientation. Some are still struggling, and some are open… .

"Every time we've had great change happen, whether it was overcoming slavery or the women's movement or civil rights or standing against anti-Semitism, it's always been necessary to stand against both the evil and the weakness that still stalks the human heart, stand against how people try to lift themselves up by putting others down and how they try to externalize and project their insecurities onto the other… . We have got to overcome the tendency of people to revert to the lowest common denominator in the face of change. That's what I think the president has tried to do, and he has exemplified what I have tried to do to break down these barriers."

David Kirby, writing on "Hillary: Up Close & Personal," in the Oct. 24 issue of the Advocate

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