Thursday, July 08, 2004

Kid Rock dismisses film as "propaganda"; Spider Man fan rebukes Moore

New York Daily News columnist Lloyd Grove reports:

Has "Spider-Man 2" pushed "Fahrenheit 9/11" director Michael Moore out of the limelight?

And is Moore having trouble coping with his predictable drop from the top spot?

Last weekend, the Tobey Maguire blockbuster dwarfed the anti-Bush polemic - with "Spider-Man 2" grossing a record $116 million compared with $21 million for "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Monday night, on the third floor of the UA Battery Park cineplex, a crowd of "Spider-Man 2" filmgoers converged in waves, all but drowning out a fat bearded man who had appeared to give an impromptu oration.

Namely, Michael Moore.

"Check out my Web site,," Moore exhorted as he signed ticket stubs, posed for camera phones and generally basked in the glow of his own celebrity.

Suddenly, a showing of "Spider-Man 2" ended and the exiting fans were blocked by Moore's "Fahrenheit" love-in, creating a major traffic jam.

A Lowdown spy reports that Moore droned on, oblivious to his own personal safety until a Spidey loyalist yelled, "Not everyone thinks you're God, Moore!"

The director hastily wrapped things up and wandered away dejectedly.

Apparently, musician Kid Rock knows where it's at:

It was a lazy afternoon at Russell Simmons' spread outside downtown East Hampton.

The hip-hop and fashion mogul, his younger brother Joe (aka Rev. Run, who's filming a pilot of his own reality show for the ABC Family Channel), movie director Brett Ratner and his girlfriend, Serena Williams (recovering from her defeat in the Wimbledon final), were getting a little antsy on a rainy Monday, wondering what to do with themselves.

Then Kid Rock arrived.

So they all decided to drive into town and take in a movie.

They jumped into various vehicles and headed for the United Artists East Hampton theater on Main St.

Standing in front of the box office and perusing the titles, Simmons suggested that everybody catch the 7:15 showing of "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Kid Rock balked.

"I don't want to see that, it's all propaganda," the rock star said - sparking a prolonged political debate right there on the sidewalk.

"Russell, don't you understand, everything we got in this country, we got from fighting," Kid Rock argued, according to Simmons' account. "It's just a movie. ... I'd rather go to the bar across the street."

Kid Rock refused to see the movie, and said goodbye. The others bought tickets and went into the theater.

A couple of hours later, Simmons returned to his parked car. On his windshield was a scribbled note:

"Vote Bush. Bush Rocks," apparently written by Kid Rock himself.