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Michael Moore Cancels Press Conference, Goes for Labor Rally Instead

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Why have a press conference when you can get reporters to go to a rally? The Weinsteins, perhaps nervous about pesky questions about the “leaked” and “pirated” versions of Michael Moore’s Sicko, cancelled the press conference and invited journalists to the LA Rally for Healthcare Reform organized by the California Labor Federation. City Hall steps Tuesday, June 26 at 11am. From the press release:

The event will feature filmmaker Michael Moore and stories from Los Angeles residents who have been negatively affected by California’s current healthcare system. The rally takes place the same day as the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Moore’s newest documentary, Sicko, which chronicles the failures of America’s healthcare system.

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In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)