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6.  CANADIAN BACON

6.0.  What is CANADIAN BACON?

     It is Moore's first foray into narrative filmmaking.  The $10
million film was written, produced and directed by Michael
Moore.  It stars Alan Alda, John Candy, Bill Nunn, Kevin J.
O'Connor, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollack and Rip Torn.  The film also
features cameos by Stephen Wright, James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd,
Michael Moore and Ben Hamper.

     The director of photography was Oscar-winning Haskell Wexler
(ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, BOUND FOR GLORY).  The production
designer is Carol Spier.  Wendey Starzler, who edited ROGER AND ME,
edits.  Elmer Bernstein wrote the music score.

     Moore has described the film as a cross between DR.
STRANGELOVE and ANIMAL HOUSE.  What follows is a synopsis of the
film taken from Denis Sequin's article:

     "Faced with high unemployment and industrial sluggishness, the
film's waffling U.S. President (Alan Alda), a Clinton surrogate, is
forced to concede that there's nothing like a full-time enemy to
concentrate the national senses. But when the representatives of
the former Soviet Union are unwilling to negotiate the old enmity
back into existence, the national security adviser (Kevin Pollak)
whispers an unfamiliar arctic name in the president's ear. That
night, the major network newscasts are full of ominous stories from
north of the border....

     In Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sheriff Bud Boomer (Candy) is at the 
bankruptcy auction of a local weapons plant -- peace is bad for 
business -- when he hears word of a Canadian invasion.  Later,
watching TV, learning about the infiltration of Canadian
celebrities into the U.S. media, he decides to take matters into
his own hands. While the CIA dusts off its Canada specialist and
the Secret Service readies a clandestine force of fake Canadian
invaders, Bud Boomer mounts a preemptive strike. He attacks the
'capital' of Canada: Toronto."

6.1.  Is CANADIAN BACON available on video?

     Yes.  It is available for rental by Polygram Video.  There is
no retail price for the VHS as of yet, but I understand that a
laserdisc is available.

6.2.  Why was CANADIAN BACON delayed from release for so long?  And
how come I didn't see it playing at my local theater?

     A struggle between Moore and the original distributor,
Propaganda Pictures, forced the film to sit on the shelf for two
years.  

     In an interview with Denis Sequin, Moore elaborates:

     Moore's script takes so many whacks at things American -- 
opportunistic politicians, compliant media, ignorant public -- you 
wonder how this film got made in the first place. According to
Moore, it very nearly didn't, and took quite a fight to keep it as
tart as it is.

     Although Candy was the prime factor in the studio's financing,
Moore suggested that the producers were rubbing their hands in
anticipation of their very own version of Uncle Buck, an execrable
but profitable Candy vehicle.

     "John wanted to do more of what he used to do, sharp-edged
satire and not what Hollywood expected of him," says Moore. When
Candy died in March of '94, a little bit of the film died with him.
"John was my supporter and he was no longer there to back me and my
vision of the film so I lost fights with the studio about content."

     If the studio did, as Moore suggests, get more politics than
they bargained for, you have to question what the producers were
doing bankrolling Moore in the first place.

     "I told them [the studio] it could make money and be about
something, that it doesn't have to be a dumb comedy. It's not going
to make Dumb And Dumber money but they'll get their money back. But
we live in an economic system where there's no such thing as
'enough.' They're never satisfied because there's always more money
to make."

     Having given his producers more politics than they bargained
for, Moore shouldn't have been surprised when they gave him more
flak than he expected. Now, with only movie-goers left to vindicate
him, Moore is undoubtedly hoping that they are more inclined to
voting with their entertainment dollar than their suffrage.

An interview with Bob Strauss in PULSE expands upon the conflict
Moore had with Propaganda:

     Making _Canadian Bacon_ was something of a war in itself. 
Although the film lists as producers such respected names as David
Brown (_Jaws_, _The Sting_, _The Player_) and Ron Rotholz,
president of Madonna's Maverick Pictures, most of the financing
came from an outfit called Propaganda Films.  Recently sold to the
giant PolyGram entertainment conglomerate, Propaganda was in dire
need of a hit after backing such tankers as _A Stranger Among Us_
and _Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got the Will?) and _SFW_.  Moore still
isn't certain what Propaganda executives thought they'd be getting
from his determinedly radical satire.  But from day one, it was
clearly not the movie Moore intended.

     "They were very much in my face and tried to interfere in the
process from beginning to end," Moore says.  "Y'know, these money
guys are around and they're extremely nervous.  Here I was: I
finished this film on time, on budget, shot it in 38 days, and they
just couldn't leave it alone.  In some ways, what's delayed the
release is my insistence that the film be the way it is, as opposed
to the way that they wanted it to be.  They wanted more of _Uncle
Buck_.  On the set, they'd be, 'Do you guys think you could write
some more lines for John?  Have him do more goofy stuff?'  I'm
going, 'Guys, it's not that film.'  There's a good enough amount of
that in there already, because it's not an art film.  But it's 
not _Uncle Buck_."

     During production, Candy was Moore's strongest ally.  "John
really wanted to do this film because it was cutting edge and it
harkened back to where he came from, _SCTV_," Moore contends.  "He
had allowed himself to be placed in a number of films that were not
up to the level he was capable of.  He wanted to make a statement,
like he did in that small part in _JFK_, that he's a good actor and
not Uncle Buck.
     
     "He was my backer.  Whenever they'd come down on me when we
were shooting, he would just say, 'This is the way we're doin' it. 
This is the script I signed up to shoot.'  But when John died, I
lost my main support.  And they came in like hawks."
 
     Moore contends Propaganda executives wanted to tone down the
film's edgier politics: "Why would you go into business with
somebody who is like I am and then try to enforce your vision, if
I can use that word?"  Moore wonders.  (For their part, requests to
Propaganda spokespeople for comment were unanswered.)

     After the film was cut, director and production company held
dueling test screenings, Moore with hip urban audiences who gave
the picture positive scores, Propaganda at suburban sites packed
with teens who didn't get it.  Propaganda took the film away from
original distributor MGM, then refused to release a print to the
most recent Sundance Film Festival.  When _Canadian Bacon_ won a
berth at last spring's Cannes Film Festival, Moore finally
triumphed.  Steve Golin, Propaganda's cofounder, took his name off
the film, and Moore's version (vision?) is being distributed by 
a different, PolyGram-co-owned company, Gramercy Pictures.

     With a few minor variations, producer Brown confirms Moore's
descriptions of the postproduction tug-of-war.  Brown has no
comment on the nature of the creative differences that occurred
during shooting.  But Brown does say of Golin, "We owe the
existence and the backing of the film to him.  Steve Golin worked
earnestly on the film and was the reason the film was financed."

                              * * *

     In addition, CANADIAN BACON got a shoddy release from Gramercy
Pictures.  It was released in only a couple of cities on September
22, 1995, which in Gramercy bureaucratese constitutes a "national
release" with a minimum of press and advertising.  Needless to say,
Michael Moore has said that "he'll only do another Hollywood film
if they send him a blank check with no return address."

6.3.  CANADIAN BACON miscellany

     From the Alexander Cockburn interview:

     "Three dozen different film companies rejected the script and
told me the American public doesn't want anything
political....After GE gave TV NATION the green light, it created an
interest in me and my script.  Two months after I shot the pilot
for the TV show, I had the green light for my movie and two months
later I was shooting it....After I made the pilot and showed it to
John Candy and Alan Alda, I got the money."

                              * * *

     Some of the items Moore used to research the film were
brouchures from Niagara Falls motels, maps of Canada and
memorabilia from various Desert Storm celebrations.

                              * * *

     Moore had been working on a drama about a Holocaust survivor
until Operation Desert Storm began in early 1991.

					* * *

	Interestingly enough, the end of 1997 brings WAG THE DOG to
the movie theater.  The plot of this Barry Levinson film is very
similar to CANADIAN BACON -- a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman)
is hired to engineer a war for the president's re-election.
Whether or not Moore will pursue a copyright infringement suit
remains to be seen.

6.3.1.  Were there any changes from the initial cut?

     According to johnr@vnet.ibm.com:

- The ending with Wallace Shawn as the Canadian Prime minister was
     cut to make the ending more final.  Michael described what it
     was, and all the Canadians in the audience were very
     disappointed that it was removed.  Michael has promised to
     bring it to the Festival though so we can see it.  

	There were also scenes of Moore and Hamper in the preview
(cast as milita members, no less) that mysteriously vanished when
the film was released.

7. DOWNSIZE THIS! Random Threats From a Unarmed American

7.0. What is DOWNSIZE THIS 

From the back of the book,

"From the creator of the hit BBC TV show TV Nation and the most
popular documentary of all time, Roger and Me, comes the book
for all you disillusioned, political abstainees who are working longer
hours for less pay and have had enough."

"Michael Moore has established himself as someone who just won`t shut
up, go away, or otherwise do what political and corporate fat cats
would like him to do.
    Nothing but the truth is sacred in this hilarious screed on
the state of the USA.  With chapter headings such as "If Clinton
Had Balls..." and "Why Doesn`t General Motors Sell Crack?" setting
the tone for a biting indictment of American corporate politics,
Moore`s take-no-prisoners attitude is brutually funny, insightful,
irrepressible.  The issues raised are universal; here Michael Moore
lifts the veil on the people who set themselves up as our role models 
and hysterically exposes their vulnerable underbellies."

7.0.1 Chapter Headings

Chapter headings include,

"Not on the Mayflower? Then Leave!"

"So You Want to Kill the President!"

"Steve Forbes Was an Alien"

"A Sperm`s Right to Life" 

"Free Us, Nelson Mandela!"

"Mike`s Milita"


7.1. How Can I Get It?

The book should be available from your local bookstore, took note 
however, of this from Moore:

"Some people have written me to say that their bookstore has run out  
of it or has it back in the "humor" section.  If you're in a bookstore
this week, will you do me a favor and ask the manager for
the book?  If he/she takes you to the section with the Garfield
books tell them my book isn't really that funny, in fact, it's
downright damn depressing and they should move it to the
part of the store where people will see it (up front with all those
other books in Current Non Fiction!)".

Ordering details are;

ISBN:0-7522-2269-4
Published by     Crown Publishers in the USA
Published by     Boxtree in the UK
Price (HB):      $18.90/9.99pounds
First Published: Sept 1996

The book is also available on audio cassette, read by
Moore. 

A paperback version of the book was also issued, containing an
extra chapter entitled "Why O.J. is Guilty."

7.3 Downsize This! Links

The 'Official' Downsize This! website is at;

	http://www.randomhouse.com/downsizethis/

Other websites about the book or related to topics in the
book are;

	http://www.thenation.com/

  Using the search engine on The Nation`s website should list 4 articles
  written by Moore whilst promoting the book. 

8 THE BIG ONE with Michael Moore

8.0 What is THE BIG ONE?

To promote Downsize This, RandomHouse asked Moore to go on a booksigning
tour of 47 American cities.  After visting the first few cities
Moore realized that the events on tour could be made into a film;

Amazon.com: I imagine you've been gathering a lot of stories on your
   tour. Do you think you'll come out with another book?

   Moore: There are so many stories! Yes, I want to write another book,
   but, you know.... I actually called the BBC and said, "You've got to
   send some cameras over here!"
   
   The things that are happening on this tour are just strange and
   bizarre. And meanwhile people are sobbing at the table, telling me how
   they're working their fourth job now because they've been laid off or
   fired three other times in the last year.



8.1 Where can I see THE BIG ONE?

The film was released in the USA from 10th April onwards. So go see it.

Release Dates:

INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

	"The Big One"  will be released internationally
	at a later date

OTHER DATES AND CITIES

	"The Big One" will open in other cities depending
	on how well it does in these larger markets.  The
	better it does in these markets the more chance
	the message the movie has to offer will get shared
	with smaller cities.

8.3 What happened with ... ?

Some of the items in the film had the background only briefly explained by
Moore. This part of the FAQ looks at the history of each item. 

8.3.1 Borders Bookstore

In the film we hear Moore explaining what happened at the Philadelphia
bookstore that caused the dispute between himself and Borders
Management.  This article, published in The Nation, explains the event
in greater detail.

Banned by Borders

 By Michael Moore


 On November 9, as I write this, I was supposed to have been at the Borders
 bookstore in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, speaking and signing copies of my book
 Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American. It was to have
 been the final stop of my forty-seven-city tour. But on October 30 I was told
 that the book-signing had been canceled. The Fort Lauderdale Borders had
 received a memo from its corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
 banning me from speaking or signing at any Borders store in the country.

 When I was growing up in Michigan, the original Borders was a store that
 actively championed free expression. In fact, when I was publishing the
 Michigan Voice, Borders would carry my paper when other establishments
 would not. Now, Borders is a huge nationwide chain, and its "liberal" views
 have earned it the reputation as the "Ben & Jerry's of the book chains."

 So why was I banned from Borders? My book was doing well. It has been on
 the New York Times best-seller list for a month and was the number two
 best-selling Random House book for the entire Borders chain. I've been
 banned, I found out, because I made the mistake of uttering a five-letter word  the dirtiest word in all of corporate America -- "union."

 Back in September, on the second day of my tour, when I arrived at the Borders
 store in downtown Philadelphia, I found nearly 100 people picketing the place
 because Borders had fired a woman named Miriam Fried. She had led a drive
 to organize workers at the store into a union. The effort failed, and, a few
 weeks later, Miriam was given the boot.

 When I found this out I told the Borders people that I have never crossed a
 picket line and would not cross this one. I asked the demonstrators if they
 wanted to take the protest inside. They thought it was a good idea. I had no
 desire to cause a ruckus, so I asked Borders management if it was O.K. to allow the protesters in. They said yes. So we all came into the store, I gave my talk
 ,I gave Miriam the microphone so she could talk, everyone behaved themselves
 and it was a good day all around -- including for Borders, which ended up
 selling a lot of books, breaking the record for a noontime author at that
 location. (The record had been held by George Foreman, and I now like to tell
 people only Ali and I have beaten Foreman.) I also announced that I would
 donate all my royalties for the day to help Miriam out.

 Although Anne Kubek, Borders' corporate V.P. in charge of labor relations,
 had approved my bringing the protesters inside, upper management decided
 that she had made a mistake -- and they were going to take it out on me. On
 the following Tuesday I was scheduled to speak at the new Borders store in
 New York's World Trade Center. When I arrived, I was met by two Borders
 executives. They had flown in from Michigan just to stop me from speaking.
 The executives, flanked by two security guards, explained that I could come
 into the store and sign books, but I would not be allowed to talk to the people who had come to hear me. They said that the "commotion" I had caused in
 Philly raised "security concerns." I couldn't believe I was being censored in   a bookstore.

 The Borders manager told the assembled crowd that I would not be speaking
 because "Port Authority police and fire marshals have banned all daytime
 gatherings at Borders." When I heard this, I stepped forward and told the
 people this was a lie, that I was forbidden to speak because of my support for
 the workers in Philly. Under protest, I signed the books of those who stayed -- beneath a big banner celebrating "Banned Books Week."

 On October 13, I spoke to a large crowd in a Des Moines auditorium. After the
 speech I went out front and started signing books. "What store are these from?" I innocently asked. "Oh, these are from the local Borders," I was told. Well,   I thought, they don't mind if I make them some money -- as long as it's not on
 their premises! Then someone slipped me an anonymous note. It read: "We are
 employees of the Des Moines Borders. We were told that we could not work
 the book table tonight, that only management was working the table, because
 they said they wanted to 'protect us' from you."

 An hour later, I went out to the parking lot and saw some people standing there in the dark -- the employees from the Des Moines Borders! They said they
 were hiding out there because they had spotted Borders' regional director with
 another man inside. "He flew in to spy on you, or us, or both," they told me.
 "He saw us so we may not have jobs on Monday." (Bookstore employees afraid
 they might be fired for attending a public speech at the Herbert Hoover High
 School auditorium!) The executive had not introduced himself to me -- or his
 colleague, who employees believe is a unionbusting "consultant" hired by
 Borders.

 I wished the workers well, and the next night they held their first union
 meeting. The previous week, the Borders store in the Lincoln Park section of
 Chicago had become the first Borders in the country to vote in a union (United
 Food and Commercial Workers). Recently, workers in Des Moines signed
 enough cards to hold a union election. It is a victory that should inspire not
 only Borders workers but underpaid employees everywhere. That's why I am
 not in Fort Lauderdale as I write this. Borders is "protecting" its workers 
 from me.

 Well, they're really going to need protection now. First, I am donating my
 royalties from the next 1,000 sales of Downsize This! to the organizing drive 
 at Borders. Second, I am asking each of you to support the Borders workers in
 your city. Bring up the union when you're in the store and thank that kid with
 the nose ring and green hair for helping to revive the labor movement in
 America.


After this was published, Moore recieved a letter from Joe Gable, which 
attacked Moore's version of the events at the Philidelphia store.  Moore 
responded to this letter as follows.


                            JOE "BORDERS" GABLE AND ME

    I remember meeting Joe Gable, the manager of the original Borders
 store in Ann Arbor on the street last summer. He had heard that I had
 learned of their union troubles and he wanted to set me straight. He
 proceeded to attack Miriam Fried, the woman Borders had fired in
 Philadelphia,  with such aggression that I was sort of taken aback by his
 anger toward her and the union. That venom is still present in his letter
 "Michael & Me" in which he calls her "the martyred poster girl of the
 union organizers." She is not a "girl" and Joe, you are obviously no
 friend to the working woman or man. In fact, as I understand it, your own
 workers in your Ann Arbor store had organized a union election which, I am
 told, so upset you out that you threatened to resign if they voted in the
 union. Because they felt so sorry for you, they postponed the election
 until next year. You, though, in the meantime,  left the store and have
 become part of management at Borders corporate headquarters! Didn't you
 feel a responsibility to explain to the readers of your letter these
 events as they transpired?

     So let's deal with the untruths and misleading statements in your
 letter.

     1) The vice-president of human relations did, in fact, give me
 permission to bring the Philadelphia protesters inside the store. I felt
 bad for you, reading that line you wrote, "Anne Kubek had never given
 Michael permission to bring the picketers inside the store." Of course,
 you had no idea that I FILMED my conversation with her when she gave me
 that explicit permission. Oops!

     2) I have never urged people to boycott Borders. That is a bald-faced
 lie and you know it. In fact, I have encouraged people to buy the book at
 Borders (and talk union!). I did so in my Nation column and in the New
 York Times. If I had "trashed Borders and urged people to buy their books
 somewhere else" in Philly, why did I then sit there for 2 and 1/2 hours
 signing and selling over 200 books? Tell the truth.

     3) You were right in describing Borders attitude toward me when I
 showed up at your World Trade Center store in Manhattan by stating "word
 of this circus performance (BTW, workers trying to organize representation
 for themselves is not a "circus performance", unless you think of them as
 trained monkeys) raised legitimate security concerns..." But then you put
 the blame on the "Port Authority" for shutting my talk down! No one
 believes this, Joe! The manager of that store told me very clearly (and
 there were witnesses) that "the commotion you caused in Philly" is not
 going to happen here "and you are not going to speak." All this, minutes
 before I'm supposed to speak to the hundreds who had gathered there.


     If, in fact, you and the "Port Authority" were worried about "large
 crowds in a small second floor area", then why did you have the Duchess of
 York, Sarah Ferguson, a member of the Royal Family and a target of the IRA
 in that same exact store (the terrorist-bombed World Trade Center) just
 nine weeks after I was considered such a "security risk." Make up a better
 story next time you're going to lie!! :>>>)

     4) You were not in Des Moines the night I was there (just as you
 weren't in Philly or Manhattan), so how do you know what took place?
 Again, you forget that I had my camera crew with me and filmed the whole
 event! The Des Moines Borders workers first slipped me an anonymous note
 telling me they were not allowed to work the book table at my event and
 then they met me out in the parking lot later that night to tell me their
 plight. They had been paying into your corporate HMO for over six months
 -- and were being refused health care! Borders picked an HMO that HAD NO
 DOCTOR IN DES MOINES!!  No wonder people start unions!  Before they left,
 they told me that they were going to call a meeting the next night to see
 if there was interest in forming a union. I wished them well (and later
 pledged money to their cause). Yesterday, at 4:00pm, they held their union
 election at the Borders in Des Moines -- and the union won!

     I feel bad, Joe, that you had to attack me so personally, calling me
 names -- I have never done that to any Borders executive through this
 whole conflict. But that is the refuge of one who doesn't have the facts
 or the truth on his side, so I understand your malice. I love how you
 blame the AFL-CIO for being behind this big, sinister plot to unionize
 your stores and other service workers. The AFL-CIO, until recently,
 couldn't organize their way out of a paper bag. If you get anything out of
 this letter, please understand this: YOU, and other corporations like you,
 are organizing the workers. By not paying a liveable wage, by promising
 benefits and not delivering --- you have brought this on yourself. I wish
 I could take credit for it, but the credit is all yours.

     I did have a good meeting with the President of Borders two weeks ago
 and I hope something will be resolved shortly. I think he knows the
 mistakes that have taken place here. I had tried for two months to resolve
 this quietly and only went public after the event in Ft. Lauderdale was
 canceled. I look forward to speaking and signing at Borders in the future.
 But I will never remain silent when I see something happening that I think
 is wrong, even if it is my favorite hometown bookstore doing it, and even
 if they are selling a zillion of my books. When it comes down to commerce
 vs. conscience, well, it's one thing the nuns taught me right.


 Michael Moore
 Author, "Downsize This"
 11 December 1996

 P.S. Please feel free to pass this on to others who may have received
 Joe's letter. I am also asking Borders to post this in their stores and on
 their web site as they did with Joe's.


8.5.2. Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell was a security guard at the 1996 Olympic Games who was
arrested after a bomb exploded in the Olympic Park, killing two people.
  After 88 days of media judgement about his involvement with the
bombing, the FBI declared that he was no longer a suspect in the
case.  This caused problems for several news organisations, as they 
had already put him in the role of the bomber, and had written 
articles that assumed his guilt. Jewell brought lawsuits against 
NBC and the Atlanta local newspaper that first identified Jewell as the 
bomber (and settled for $500,000 from NBC).


8.5.3. Detroit Newspaper Strike

This item had already been featured on TV Nation(Series 2, Episode 7).


9.	THE MICHAEL MOORE SHOW

9.1	What is THE MICHAEL MOORE SHOW?

Recently, Moore shot over two days a pilot for a proposed weekly talk 
show to be aired on FOX featuring Jon Stewart, Sheryl Crow and many others.

The most notable appearance on the show was by O.J. Simpson, who appeared
at the end of the show to a completely stunned audience.

>From a post by Peter Shafran <pwslaw@worldnet.att.net> on alt.tv.tv-nation:

"I was in the audience of the pilot last night.  I enjoyed the show for the
most part. let me tell you about it briefly.

The set was very simple--it was a typical talk show set (desk, chairs, etc.
and a small area for musical guests).  It was done in early
industrial/garage.  It also had a huge monitor/screen for the audience to
watch the taped and live segments.

After a short (somewhat lame) monologue/intro, his "henchman", Lucky and ???
gave out guns to the audience in a "right to bear arms" segment.  It was
pretty funny.

Then they went to Angola Prison in Louisiana via satellite for an interview
and tour of the facility with the warden.  The subject was prison
labor--sort of similar to the NAFTA/Mexico segment from TV Nation.  They
went back to the prison several times and then finally, supposedly lost the
feed for the last segment.

The musical guest was Sheryl Crow, who talked about Wal-Mart's effective
censorship of her second album because it contained a reference to 
Wal-Mart selling guns to children.  Then she sang the song.  I 
originally thought she sounded somewhat dopey, but by the end she won 
me (and most of the audience) over.

BTW, she looks really hot!

There was a lame segment involving pitting 3 Wall St. investment types
(obviously actors) vs. a chimp in picking an investment stock.  needless to
say, the chimp won.  Usually, the chimp would be funny--here, the bit
fizzled.

There was another segment pitting the NY (i.e., poor hip) audience vs. the
LA (rich out-of-touch) person-on-the-street (obviously pre-taped) and, of
course, the NY audience won.

There was another segment involving tainted meat left over from the summer's
recall and MM's attempt to sell it to 3rd world countries at the UN (pretty
funny) and trying different ways to use the meat, e.g. subway seat cushions,
corking baseball bats, birthday cake icing, etc.  Then they went back to the
studio and passed out "free tainted meat burgers".  The taped portion was
really funny.

The final segment was a "surprise" guest---O.J. Simpson.  They did a typical
guest interview and it got a little uncomfortable and then downright ugly as
the audience started yelling things out to OJ.  He took it in stride and
then the staff came around with mikes to ask OJ questions.  I, personally,
don't believe it was really OJ, but an very convincing lookalike or
impersonator who was very knowledgeable about the trial, etc.  It really
brought the audience down and I felt like I was watching an Andy
Kaufman-type bit with MM challenging the audience.  Whether or not it really
was OJ, I think it was a terrible move on MM's part to use this segment in
his pilot.  First of all, it was taped out of order, that is, they purposely
taped the show ending first and asked the audience to wait around for
another segment to be taped out of order.  I think they did it this way,
because they knew that many people would have walked out (as many did)
before the show would be over and then when they would have taped the show
ending, there would be many empty seats!

All in all, I think the show would be a welcome alternative to late night TV
(it's being presented to FOX for the Fall '98 lineup).  However, many of the
taped segments had a Letterman-esque feel and look.  Also, albeit that this
is MM's first attempt with a talk show format, he looked obviously nervous
and a little too laid back at times.  The audience, though pumped up for
most of the show, was down for the whole OJ segment."

9.2 	Will THE MICHAEL MOORE SHOW have a regular time slot?

At this time, FOX has not made a decision.  As soon as details become
available, they will be posted in an upcoming version of the FAQ.

10.	ADVENTURES IN A TV NATION

10.1	What is ADVENTURES IN A TV NATION?

It's a new book written by Kathleen Glynn and Michael Moore, chronicling
a behind-the-scenes glimpse at TV NATION, as well as other topics.  The
book will reveal how Moore and his cohorts got away with many of their
stunts.

It will be released in America by Harper Collins Press sometime in 
the summer.

11.	BETTER DAYS

11.1 	What is BETTER DAYS ?

Better Days is a sitcom made for CBS. The pilot episode has been taped, 
starring Jim Belushi. The show is about a town where everybody is made
unemployed.

12. THE SHOW FORMERLY KNOWN AS TV NATION

	Coming soon to a square glass surface near you.

13.	Miscellaneous

13.1. Other Projects

At some time or other the following projects were linked to Moore. When
or if they see daylight is another matter.

* Moore has signed a deal with Channel 4 in the UK to produce a sitcom and a
  daily chat show from New York.
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