- The Washington Times - Monday, October 11, 2004

One more time

Filmmaker Michael Moore, Miramax Films co-founder Harry Weinstein and the other distributors who backed “Fahrenheit 9/11” want to squeeze every drop of political capital they can from the anti-Bush movie.

Reuters News Agency reports they’re in talks to bring “9/11” to pay-per-view television on the eve of the Nov. 2 presidential election.

The plan under discussion would present the movie as part of a three-hour telecast titled “The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special,” carried by pay-TV distributor In Demand Networks.

Princely controversy

Prince may have toned down his sexual antics of late, but his new video is turning heads for different reasons.

The new clip, for the song “Cinnamon Girl,” is a big-budget production that follows the hardships and confusions of a teenage Arab-American girl after September 11.

Directed by Phil Harder, it stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (the Oscar-nominated star of “Whale Rider”), who concludes the video by imagining herself detonating a bomb in a crowded airport terminal.

“I kind of think about it as how far can her imagination go when the world comes down on her pretty heavy,” Mr. Harder assured AP. “None of it’s literal, but you get the picture.”

The video won’t run on MTV until next week, but you can catch a peek for free at Yahoo.com and on Prince’s fee-based fan Web site, www.npgmusicclub.com.

Said Mr. Harder: “Kids are seeing real death and war on television. Kids are smarter than people think and know what’s going on in the world. … The main motivation is to get people to talk about it.”

For-‘Prophet’ movie

The Fine Media Group is holding a press conference today at the National Press Club to announce the nationwide theatrical release of “Muhammad: The Last Prophet,” an animated film that chronicles the early life and teachings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The release is scheduled to coincide with Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Islamic fast of Ramadan.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes the movie will enrich non-Muslims’ understanding of the roots of Islam and promote good, interfaith vibes.

“The release of this film in theaters also offers a chance to interact with American Muslims in a learning environment,” says CAIR executive director Nihad Awad.

Ancient history

Jennifer Lopez wants to send her “Jenny from the Block” video down the memory lane hole.

According to Rolling Stone.com, the newly-married diva is lobbying MTV to permanently pull the clip from rotation because she can no longer bear the sight of happier times with ex-flame Ben Affleck.

Soundtrack of life

The upcoming Jude Law remake of “Alfie” is about a womanizer who realizes the error of his ways — a subject about which Mick Jagger knows a thing or two (well, maybe not the error-of-his-ways part).

Mr. Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart teamed again to produce and write most of the movie’s original songs. The pair previously collaborated on the title track for 1986’s “Ruthless People” and on Mr. Jagger’s 1987 solo album “Primitive Cool.”

Frampton goes Yankee

Peter Frampton became a naturalized American citizen after September 11 and, as a resident of suburban Cincinnati, is learning the ropes about the rough and tumble of politics on this side of the pond.

“I was pretty naive about American politics,” Mr. Frampton told AP, laughing about coming out of a grocery to find someone had removed a John Kerry sticker from his car. “Now I have one inside my car window so no one can take it,” he said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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