Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee Brawl Over History

June 7, 2008

In the arena of moviemaker battles, the current war of words between Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee is pretty ugly.

It started on May 20, when Lee held a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival following the premiere of a trailer for his new film “Miracle at St. Anna,” a World War II epic about an all-black infantry division that fought in Italy.

Lee wondered from the dais why black soldiers weren’t a part of Eastwood’s 2006 drama “Flags of Our Fathers,” which detailed the 1945 battle for Iwo Jima and its aftermath: “There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint…. That was his version: the negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version.

“It’s not like [Eastwood] could say he didn’t know. It was a conscious decision not to have any black people.”

A half-hour after the comments made by Lee, 51 — who’s been a public and cinematic provocateur since his 1986 breakthrough, “She’s Gotta Have It” — Eastwood, 78, was having his own press conference, for the Cannes screening of “Changeling,” his upcoming Depression-set drama starring Angelina Jolie as a mother seeking her lost child.

But Eastwood kept silent when asked repeatedly by reporters if he’d like to reply to Lee’s dig. A spokesperson also declined to comment.

However, Eastwood sat down later in the film fest with a reporter for the London Guardian, which published the interview Friday. Predictably, Lee’s remarks didn’t sit well with the former “Dirty Harry.”

“Has he ever studied the history?” Eastwood asks of Lee, who, he told the Guardian, “complained when I did [1988’s Charlie Parker bio-pic] ‘Bird.’ [He said] ‘Why would a white guy be doing that?’ I was the only guy who made it, that’s why. [Lee] could have gone ahead and made it.”

Speaking about black troops on Iwo Jima, Eastwood said, “But they didn’t raise the flag. The story [was] … the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I put an African-American actor in there, people’d go, ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate. … When I do a picture and it’s 90% black, like ‘Bird,’ I use 90% black people.

“A guy like [Lee] should shut his face.”

The New York-based Lee has not responded. Yet.

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Sexy Lady Beats The Pants off the Heavily Favored in Nascar

April 21, 2008

On Sunday, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car Race.

She defeated two-time Indy 500 winner and Dancing with the Stars champ Hélio Castroneves by nearly six seconds to take home the first place trophy at the Indy Japan 300.

Patrick covered 200 laps at the 1.52-mile course in one hour, 51 minutes.

Will we see Danica go after the Dancing title, too?

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Bush: The Worst President in American History

April 18, 2008

President Bush’s approval trend has taken a sharp downturn in recent weeks, to fall to a new low for the administration at 28.3%. This follows a lengthy period of stable approval at around 32-33%.

Recent polls from Gallup and AP/Ipsos put approval at 28%, a new low for the Gallup poll. Harris recently found approval at 26% while CBS News put approval at 28%. Pew similarly has approval at 28%, though the Diageo/Hotline result for registered voters (as opposed to adults in the other polls) has approval at 35%, the only recent poll over 30%.

While the President has taken a back seat to the primaries in recent months, his new approval slump reflects growing pessimism over the economy which has displaced the war in Iraq as the most important problem facing the country. Likewise the percent saying the nation is headed in the wrong direction has continued to grow in recent months, to a high of 81% in a recent CBS News poll.

– Charles Franklin / Cross posted at Political Arithmetik

** The thing that alarms me about this is that every time his approval has been announced to be the lowest ever or at least during his administration, some major catastrophy happens for him to gracefully come to the rescue of the citizens of the United States, ultimately raising his rating back to something he can argue is in his favor again.  Look at his approval rating before 9/11.