Famous Faces on the Right

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

An anti-Obama film is in the works that suggests he’s Hollywood’s darling. Doonesbury mocks John McCain’s paucity of star supporters. And the candidate himself is derided by a McCain spokesman with this quip: “Who does he think he is, Clay Aiken?”

But the GOP does have a Hollywood movement, according to a Washington Times piece that looks into “Friends of Abe,” labelled as “Hollywood’s conservative underground.”

“The group, whose members call themselves “Friends of Abe” after Abraham
Lincoln, was organized as an underground movement because of fears that
prominent industry titans with outspoken liberal views would retaliate,
said participants. They often were reluctant to name members of the
group in interviews for fear it would hurt their careers.”

Pat Boone, Lionel Chetwynd, Craig Haffner and Jon Voight are among those involved, and Gary Sinise is credited with being a key organizer.

Although there’s some suggestion that stars are reluctant to talk about their conservative stripes — with Sinise’s and Kelsey Grammer’s reps providing no comment — they aren’t exactly hiding out. Grammer has appeared at campaign events for Republican candidates, Sinise is a frequent sight at GOP fund raisers and Voight went on the trail and campaigned for Rudy Giuliani.

Zucker’s Movie:
More signs of a higher profile for industry conservatives: David Zucker of “Airplane!” fame is planning “An American Carol,” a spoof that skewers “ACLU attorneys, liberal colleges and anti-war protesters,” reports the Politico’s Jeffrey Ressner.

“The movie
saves its most severe scorn for the main character, a slovenly
documentary filmmaker based on Oscar winner Michael Moore. The attack
is literally scorched-earth style: In a climactic scene, Moore’s
stand-in (here named “Michael Malone”) finds political clarity at the
smoking ruins of the World Trade Center while the admonishing ghost of
George Washington (played by [Jon] Voight) hovers nearby.”

The pic — which also features Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Paris Hilton and Leslie Nielsen — is set for release later this year.

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