Spike Lee is developing a Universal feature called “L.A. Riots,” about the events before and after the 1992 Rodney King beating verdicts. In a bit of irony, when the riots broke out Lee was screening “Malcolm X” for at Warner Bros. for the first time for Bob Daly and Terry Semel.

Nearly lost in the news that the National Board of Review had picked “Letters from Iwo Jima” as its best picture was that it also chose “An Inconvenient Truth” as best documentary.

On his way out as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) accused the media of overhyping global warming, adding that there is a “media obsession” with “An Inconvenient Truth.” His successor, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) , begs to differ.

Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain has picked GOP operative Terry Nelson as his national campaign manager. Nelson was the strategist who headed up an independent expediture committee that aired the controversial blonde bimbo “Harold, call me” ad against Harold Ford’s Senate campaign (the spot also was labeled “Hollywood values.)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) unveil PSAs today informing parents about ratings for videogames.

At a panel Wednesday, TV showrunners lamented stepped up network censorship, with “King of the Hill”‘s Greg Daniels revealing that he was only able to depict Hank Hill as constipated when he explained that he was performing a public service to get viewers to have colonoscopies.

With Jonathan Demme’s documentary crew in tow, Jimmy Carter appears Monday at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Demme also has a new twist for the doc: New questions are being raised about the accuracy of Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” as a Carter Center scholar resigns and says that the ex-presidents tome includes factual errors, omissions and plagarism.

As the nation wonders if President Bush will change course in Iraq, Peter Bart compares the President’s  stubborness to that of Alfred Hitchcock. Given the elegant showing Bush and wife Laura made at the Kennedy Center Honors, Bart asks Bush if he’d ever be up for attending the Oscars. “I think there’s too much on my plate to make that trip.”