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Reagan's Son to Pen Anti-Bush Editorial
Kinky Friedman

Posted on 01/22/2004 6:21:46 AM PST by ConservativeMan55

Reagan's Son to Pen Anti-Bush Editorial

Thursday, January 22, 2004 By Roger Friedman Reagan's Son Anti-Bush? | Kennedy Memoir | Secret Miramax Movie

Ron Reagan to Pen Anti-Bush Editorial

Ron Reagan, son of the former president of the United States, is set to write an editorial piece for Esquire magazine urging the end of the Bush administration.

Reagan co-hosted a panel discussion yesterday for The Creative Coalition, the non-partisan lobbying group, at the Sundance Film Festival along with "Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin, the inimitable "Joey Pants," Joe Pantoliano, and actor Kevin Pollak.

Coincidentally, both Reagan's dad, Ronald, and Astin's mother, Patty Duke, were at one time presidents of the Screen Actors Guild. Of course, Reagan's dad was also president of this country, but in Hollywood that doesn't count as much.

Reagan has always been a vocal opponent of his father's political party, but never as much as he is now. He told me he will write an article of undetermined length for Esquire explaining why George W. Bush should not be re-elected.

One reason, I inferred, was that Bush has blocked stem-cell research for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Reagan is extremely clear about his feelings on this subject, since his father, who will turn 93 next month, has been felled by this insidious illness.

"It's unbelievable that Bush doesn't approve stem-cell research," Reagan said.

I also asked Reagan what he thought of the controversial TV movie, made by CBS but aired on Showtime recently, about his family.

"I saw it on tape," he said. "Someone sent it to me. I think my mother saw some clips from it. It looked to me like a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch. I mean, it was just so bad. And who cared? James Brolin did a terrible imitation of my father. Judy Davis is a good actress, but she's not my mother. The problem is that people made such a big deal out of it, but in the end it was nothing."

Reagan and I reminisced about the days in the early 1980s when he and his wife Doria, to whom he is still married, lived on my block in New York. The Secret Service took up a lot of parking spaces, which caused much grumbling.

"We left after 18 months," he said. "I never really liked living in New York. I'm much happier in the country."

As for the panel discussion, I have to say that Astin is turning into a very articulate and passionate newcomer on the celebrity political scene. Some of this may be attributed to his mother, Patty, who led the Screen Actors Guild through troubled times and won a lot of respect from her peers. We can expect him to make even more of an impression as the election year drags on.

A Kennedy Family Memoir?

More political legacy news from Sundance: Chris Lawford, the actor-producer son of the late actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford , is writing a book. He's signed a deal with HarperCollins to pen a memoir.

I'm told that certain members of the Kennedy clan weren't too thrilled to hear this news, but they can relax. Lawford is not writing a tell-all about anything or anyone. For instance, there will no scoops about Marilyn Monroe, who was linked to his father and to his uncles.

"That was all before my time," he told me at a Sundance party. "The book is about my life, and how I've seen it."

Lawford's agent showed his 40-page proposal to a dozen publishers, all of whom wanted it. But HarperCollins' Maureen O'Brien won out in the long run.

Lawford — whose acting career includes a long stint on "All My Children" — will write the book himself. If it's anything like the author himself, it should be thoughtful and substantial. I do hope there's a little bit about the Rat Pack in there!

The Secret Miramax Movie Is Finally Screened

One of the great, weird screenings in this year's Sundance festival has been Mark Brian Smith's indie film, "Overnight." It tells a very strange story that previously had only been movie-business lore.

In 1997, Miramax — possibly hoping to replicate its "Good Will Hunting" success — signed up a working-class, rough-around-the-edges writer/bartender named Troy Duffy. The company committed to producing Troy's script, called "The Boondock Saints." Miramax's Harvey Weinstein even helped Duffy buy the Hollywood bar he worked in and renamed it "Duffy's."

Sounds like a good story, right? At the same time that this was going on, Duffy agreed to let two filmmakers, Smith and Tony Montana, chronicle his rise through the business. Since Duffy envisioned himself an entrepreneur, he also started a rock band, attempted to get a label deal, and put Smith and Montana in charge of that project.

In the most hyperbolic terms, he vowed to become the biggest name in show business and convinced his pathetic followers — men who treated him as if he were Jim Jones without the Kool-Aid — that he was going to change their lives.

But then Miramax discovered what the "Overnight" audience can plainly see: Duffy is a sociopath. He is frightening and completely out of control. He treats his brother, Taylor , a possibly very talented musician, like dirt.

In short order, Duffy manages to turn everyone who knows him against him, including a slew of William Morris agents who pathetically attempt to appease him. He is the real-life equivalent of the Woody Harrelson character from "Wag the Dog": a Frankenstein monster who cannot be tamed.

Of course, Smith and Montana were still filming even while all of Duffy's projects collapsed. What they've put on film is a documentary that just about gave me and everyone else who saw "Overnight" real nightmares. "Overnight" was originally described as "anti-Miramax," but in fact, Weinstein — who is seen only briefly — comes across as unusually sympathetic, an actual victim of Duffy's insanity.

The people who really suffer here are real-life agents and other associates of the aborted "Boondock Saints" who strafe Weinstein and Miramax with profanities and obscenities when they realize their ship is sinking. These people will not only never eat lunch in this town again, they will be lucky to get snacks.

It's unclear whether anyone will ever show "Overnight" to the public. Square-jawed, handsome Smith and street-savvy Montana (who changed his name to the "Scarface" character) swear that they have all their signed releases and their "legal ducks are in a row."

At least one major William Morris agent who appears briefly in the film insists this isn't true. Will anyone want to take on what could turn into a big legal hassle?

I can only hope that one day "Overnight" gets a wide public viewing, if only to see Smith and Montana's incredibly painful adventure, and the spectacular way in which a really crazy person almost became a superstar — at least in his own mind.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: fox; lefties; ronreaganjr; showtime
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1 posted on 01/22/2004 6:21:47 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Apologies for the source. Here it is. I forgot it.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,109154,00.html
2 posted on 01/22/2004 6:22:21 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Its sad that he couldn't have been half the man his Dad was.
3 posted on 01/22/2004 6:23:18 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
The first part of the article is interesting. Wonder what Mike thinks about all this?
4 posted on 01/22/2004 6:27:03 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
he and his wife Doria, to whom he is still married

And Michael Jackson has been married twice.


5 posted on 01/22/2004 6:27:25 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
And I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance!
6 posted on 01/22/2004 6:28:24 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Something's wrong with this picture.
7 posted on 01/22/2004 6:28:39 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Heck, he's not even half the dog show announcer that David Frei is. (Perhaps because he's only half as knowledgable as David.) And Ron knows even less about political truth.
8 posted on 01/22/2004 6:28:49 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: ConservativeMan55
Even with the former President's failing faculties, Ron is still not half the man intellectually, that is his father.
9 posted on 01/22/2004 6:29:17 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: ConservativeMan55
I guess talent does skip a generation. At least this guys kids will be squared away.
10 posted on 01/22/2004 6:30:16 AM PST by Live free or die
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To: ConservativeMan55

There's one in every family.

11 posted on 01/22/2004 6:30:28 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Reagan has always been a vocal opponent of his father's political party, but never as much as he is now. He told me he will write an article of undetermined length for Esquire explaining why George W. Bush should not be re-elected.

One reason, I inferred, was that Bush has blocked stem-cell research for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Reagan is extremely clear about his feelings on this subject, since his father, who will turn 93 next month, has been felled by this insidious illness.

"It's unbelievable that Bush doesn't approve stem-cell research," Reagan said.

Here is the crux of the matter. I'd stake my immortal soul that his father would be in complete agreement with GWB.

12 posted on 01/22/2004 6:30:40 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: ConservativeMan55
You're right, it's so very sad. The Reagans marriage was certainly not blessed with the type of children one hopes for. I wonder why is it that so many times very brilliant and great people have such disappointing children?
13 posted on 01/22/2004 6:30:47 AM PST by pepperdog (God Bless and Protect our Troops)
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To: The_Victor
I agree with you as well. Its 100 percent certain.
15 posted on 01/22/2004 6:31:53 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Bush has blocked stem-cell research for diseases such as Alzheimer's

Not exactly. He blocked federal funding of stem cell research involving human embryos, and as the daughter of a victim of Alzheimer's, that doesn't offend me one bit.

Not just the ballet dancer Ron; everyone's a political expert these days: Lauren Hutton, Walter Cronkite and Moby Offer Expert Analysis; A State of the Union Bash.

16 posted on 01/22/2004 6:32:53 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Live free or die
Not neccessarily talent either.

To compare..unless somebody takes Michael Jackson's kids away QUICK, they are going to be SCREWED UP!!!
17 posted on 01/22/2004 6:33:10 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: mountaineer
Yes. Last night Bill O Reilly called out Moby.

"Lets see what kind of cojhones you've got!" Bill said.
18 posted on 01/22/2004 6:34:36 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
A non-partisan lobbying group at the Sundance Film Festival? If I'm not mistaken, the Sundance Film Co. is run by Robert Redford, hardly a non-partisan group. And it's hardly surprising that Ron Reagan would be penning an ant- Bush column.
19 posted on 01/22/2004 6:34:38 AM PST by jaugust (Old Curmudgeon)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Sean Astin

Don't tell me Samwise Gamgee has joined the dark side!

20 posted on 01/22/2004 6:34:51 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: jaugust
Welll...remember the author...Roger Friedman. An unabashed liberal.
21 posted on 01/22/2004 6:35:20 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: Unam Sanctam
Looks that way, lol.
22 posted on 01/22/2004 6:35:40 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: Unam Sanctam

23 posted on 01/22/2004 6:37:24 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: ecurbh
Reagan co-hosted a panel discussion yesterday for The Creative Coalition, the non-partisan lobbying group, at the Sundance Film Festival along with "Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin, the inimitable "Joey Pants," Joe Pantoliano, and actor Kevin Pollak.

~snip~

....As for the panel discussion, I have to say that Astin is turning into a very articulate and passionate newcomer on the celebrity political scene. Some of this may be attributed to his mother, Patty, who led the Screen Actors Guild through troubled times and won a lot of respect from her peers. We can expect him to make even more of an impression as the election year drags on.

Oh I hope he is smart!

24 posted on 01/22/2004 6:37:56 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: The_Victor
Here is the crux of the matter. I'd stake my immortal soul that his father would be in complete agreement with GWB.

I agree

26 posted on 01/22/2004 6:41:26 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: B4Ranch
ps. Myself, I don't think suicide is a good idea

Well then it probably won't help us to support anyone ~but~ Bush this time around.

27 posted on 01/22/2004 6:44:44 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: B4Ranch
You are deluded. The choices are Bush or a dem. The dems love unfettered immigration because it makes more folks for their plantation. Bush is your second choice. I do not for one minute think an antiimmigration, close the borders candidate would get more votes than say Ross Perot. The best you can hope for is a change in immigration laws and a minor crackdown on illegals. You won't get more.
28 posted on 01/22/2004 6:45:14 AM PST by cajungirl (.)
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To: William Creel
A True Reagan:


29 posted on 01/22/2004 6:46:34 AM PST by m1-lightning (Weapons of deterrence do not deter terrorists; people of deterrence do.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
"As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist" I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines " where the life and death decision has already been made", This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research" without crossing a fundamental moral line by providing taxpayer funding that would sanction or encourage further destruction of human embryos that have at least the potential for life."
-- George W. Bush August 9, 2001
30 posted on 01/22/2004 6:50:46 AM PST by m1-lightning (Weapons of deterrence do not deter terrorists; people of deterrence do.)
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To: cajungirl
True. If grades were given out on the recent immigration bad decisions by those representing our side, the good guys, it would be a D+. The Dems, the dark side, would get an F- and sinking.
31 posted on 01/22/2004 6:51:20 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: B4Ranch
Can't you stay ON TOPIC????
32 posted on 01/22/2004 6:51:34 AM PST by goodnesswins (Poverty is more about the "mental" than the "money.")
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To: ConservativeMan55
RR Jr. half the man is father is ?? .... call me silly but I never take political advice from men in tights

in fact what advice would you take from a man who wears tights??

can't imagine a man in tights with a problem with his father's vewpoints

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33 posted on 01/22/2004 6:53:33 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: cajungirl
"The choices are Bush or a dem. "

So far but it could change if the President doesn't.

34 posted on 01/22/2004 6:59:05 AM PST by B4Ranch (Dear Mr. President, Sir, Are you listening to the voters?)
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To: William Creel
Michael Reagan is the only "real" son that Reagan ever had.

I couldn't agree more and Michael just "sighs" everytime Ron's name is mentioned.

I'm sure he thinks he's a friggin weenie like most of the rest of us:-)

35 posted on 01/22/2004 6:59:28 AM PST by moondoggie
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To: jaugust
I think it's great that we can trade the words nonpartisan and liberal ( or democrat ). It sounds like a plea.

"We're nonpartisan. No really. Just because a leftist issue is always called nonpartisan, doesn't mean it isn't. Please believe us."
36 posted on 01/22/2004 6:59:38 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Heck, he's not even half the woman his mother is.
37 posted on 01/22/2004 7:03:57 AM PST by metesky (I own a Fry-O-Lator and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
The non-partisan Creative Coalition is littered with Baldwins and the likes of non-partisan Susan Saranwrap.
38 posted on 01/22/2004 7:06:37 AM PST by metesky (I own a Fry-O-Lator and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: metesky
Suranwrap! I love it!

Rush was calling Chris Collinsworth.....Chris Collinsworthless the other day!
39 posted on 01/22/2004 7:08:26 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: William Creel
I've always found it interesting that the children Ronald Reagan had from the first marriage were so close to him politically as well as personally, and those by Nancy were so far to the left politically. Things I've read through the early years before they got to the White House have caused me to think that Nancy probably didn't always agree with RR politically, and that her children may have gotten their political leanings from her and some of her friends. I'd be interested to know about that from someone who actually knows.

Ron didn't say what he thought his father would have thought about GWB, or whether he would have supported him for another term. I'd bet RR would agree more with GWB than little Ronnie.

40 posted on 01/22/2004 7:24:12 AM PST by LucyJo
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To: ConservativeMan55
I miss the presidency of his father...the worst mistake Reagan ever made, IMHO, was introducing a Bush into American politics. Now, before you flame me, I voted for GHW Bush twice and GW Bush the last time and will again; but ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO ONE ELSE TO VOTE FOR!
41 posted on 01/22/2004 8:13:50 AM PST by meandog ("Do unto others before they do unto you!")
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To: ConservativeMan55
I read somewhere that the Sundance Film Festival's pappy is none other than the ultra-liberal leftist big-time clintoonian RAT-supporter Robert Redford. Somewhere in his movies (especially "Sneakers" and "Spy Game") Redford always slams Pubbies or the Pub Party.
42 posted on 01/22/2004 9:12:33 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: ConservativeMan55
Isn't Ron Reagan the ballet dancer?
43 posted on 01/22/2004 9:23:14 AM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Ron Reagan, son of the former president of the United States, is set to write an editorial piece for Esquire magazine urging the end of the Bush administration.

I too am calling for the end of the Bush Administration. I demand Bush leave office by Jan 20, 2009!

44 posted on 01/22/2004 9:36:20 AM PST by montag813
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To: montag813
Nope...not even by then...we can then start the Jeb Bush Administration!
45 posted on 01/22/2004 9:58:31 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: LucyJo
You know, you could be right. For the sake of argument, let's say that's exactly how it was in their family. At least Nancy was extremely loyal to her husband. Stood by him through thick and thin and kept her mouth shut even if she disagreed. Too bad THAT didn't get passed on to Patti and Ron.
47 posted on 01/22/2004 10:24:08 AM PST by Softballmom
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To: ConservativeMan55
Who really cares what Ronald Reagan's lefty son thinks. If it weren't for riding his dad's good name, he'd be an assistant manager at Walmart while he's still trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up... nevermind that he's approaching 50.
48 posted on 01/22/2004 10:40:17 AM PST by tdadams
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To: ConservativeMan55
Reagan is extremely clear about his feelings on this subject, since his father, who will turn 93 next month, has been felled by this insidious illness.

I don't know that he really cares much about his father having Alzheimer's, but it makes for a good pretext to criticize Bush about stem cell research.

49 posted on 01/22/2004 10:57:50 AM PST by tdadams
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To: pepperdog
I wonder why is it that so many times very brilliant and great people have such disappointing children?

Just because one may be brilliant and great in a certain field doesn't at all imply that they will be great parents...
50 posted on 01/22/2004 11:13:09 AM PST by Stone Mountain
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