Last night on the news, they were hyping up the fact that there is a new movie out which presents itself as a documentary but using special effects shows President Bush being shot. Death of a President
is not being show at the two largest movie chains nationwide. Locally in Seattle it is only playing at two theatres; The Varsity on the Ave in the U-district and the Bellevue Galleria (across the street from the BellSquare mall). Jay Whittaker, an actor in the film, has a brother living on Seattle and he was part of the interview and he said that he brother was surprised that they film was even being shown stateside and thought it was only to be shown like in places such as Germany. The movie itself tells the story of looking back at the still unsolved assassination.
The other film in the news with ties to Bush is the documentary Shut up & Sing
. This is the doc about the band the Dixie Chicks who openly criticized Bush in concerts in 2003. The news around this film is that both NBC and CW are refusing to air national ads for the film. Here are a few quotes from a story in Varity
According to the Weinstein Co., NBC’s commercial clearance department said in writing that it "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush."
TWC also quoted a rep from the CW as saying it had concerns that "we do not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot."
The CW spokesman contents that they would run the spots and the Weinsteins decided not to buy but it is interesting nonetheless that nationally that there is even a proposed ban. Locally in NYC and LA where the film has already opened ads for the film have run on NBC and CW. The film will open around November 11th in Seattle.