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Kerry wins film award, Moore loses TV spot, and Angelina says she's really into S/M.


Salon Staff
October 19, 2004 12:00AM (UTC)

Turn On:
Dog lovers, take note: Monday night brings "Nuts for Mutts" (8 p.m. ET, Animal Planet), a celebrity-judged canine contest in which dogs are rated on their kissing and singing abilities, among other traits. Or you could tune into PBS's "American Experience" special on the 1938 world heavyweight boxing champ bout between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling (check local listings).

Morning Briefing:
Kerry wins! A short film written and directed by John Kerry's 31-year-old daughter, Alexandra, "The Last Full Measure," about a 9-year-old girl welcoming her father home from war, took the prize for student narrative short at the Austin Film Festival on Saturday. No word on whether the filmmaker wore a see-through dress to accept her award, as she did on the red carpet in May when the film was screened at Cannes. (Austin Film Festival)

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Moore TV blues: Matt Drudge is reporting that Michael Moore ordered C-SPAN's cameras turned off during a speech he was giving at the University of California last week, citing illness on his part. Drudge contends the move was to maintain the secrecy of not-yet-shown footage that never made it into "Fahrenheit 9/11," and which Moore had planned to show during a "high-profile pay-for-view election special." However, the Associated Press reports that the cable channel that was to run the special, In Demand, decided on Friday not to run it as planned based on what the company termed "legitimate business and legal concerns." Moore says the company has caved in to pressure from Republicans and says he may seek action. "We've informed them of their legal responsibility," the filmmaker said, "and we all informed them that every corporate executive that has attempted to prohibit Americans from seeing this film has failed." (Associated Press, Drudge)

Look out, Angelina's sharing again: Hardly a complete surprise coming from a former blood-vial wearer, but Angelina Jolie says she's long been into S/M. "A lot of my relationships just weren't honest enough, so I took them down different paths toward violence or wildness ... to try to find somebody to hold me down and make me feel," the actress, who says she's taken both the dominant and the submissive role in her relationships, tells Allure magazine. "S&M sex can be misinterpreted as violence. It's really about trust. I like to push boundaries, both emotional and sexual, with another person. That's when I've felt the sexiest." Then again, she says, she's still waiting for that special someone to really restrain her. "I've never been tied up. I have a feeling the person that does it will be The One. I think that's what I'd like." (Allure via Rush and Molloy)

Also: Fox News is appealing to the courts for clearance to fire Andrea Mackris, the 33-year-old associate producer who has accused Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment (N.Y. Daily News) ... "The Tipping Point" author and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell's hair caught on fire when he got too close to some candles at a cocktail party this week; it was quickly extinguished and caused no great harm (Page Six) ... Steve Martin is teaming up with ABC on a reality TV show in which high school seniors compete for college scholarships (Reuters/Hollywood Reporter) ... Britney Spears says she hurt her knee in June because God wanted her to take a rest, so she's taking a break from the spotlight. She writes on her Web site, "My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of US Weekly be your entertainment -- good luck girls!" (BBC News)

Money Quotes:
Abe Vigoda began his speech at the Friars Club's roasting of Donald Trump last week as follows: "If Abe Vigoda were alive today ..." (N.Y. Times)

Star magazine editor Bonnie Fuller on her readers' predilections: "Our readers love celebrities even more when they know they have cellulite. They identify with them even more." (Fortune magazine via Keith Kelly)

-- Amy Reiter

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