Michael Moore’s New Prediction: “Trump is Gonna Get Us All Killed”

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Michael Moore’s latest essay, titled ‘Donald Trump is Gonna Kill Us All,’ begins with two disturbing sentences:

“A week has gone by since Donald Trump admitted he’s only been to “two or three” of his daily presidential national security briefings. There have been 36 of them since the day he secured enough electoral college votes to be appointed president next Monday when the Electoral College meets.”

Trump’s disregard for national security, in Moore’s words, “boggles the mind.” He writes:

“When the next terrorist attack happens — and it will happen, we all know that — and after the tragedy is over, amidst the death and destruction that might have been prevented, you will see Donald Trump acting quickly to blame everyone but himself. He will suspend constitutional rights. He will round up anyone he deems a threat. He will declare war, and his Republican Congress will back him.

And no one will remember that he wasn’t paying attention to the growing threat.”

His essay proceeds to draw parallels between Trump’s behavior and that of George W. Bush’s before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which Bush had been warned of five weeks before planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. Moore wrote another essay back in July titled ‘5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win.’ That frightening prediction, of course, has already come true.

Moore concludes his essay with these words:

“To you, Mr. Trump, I say this: When this next terrorist attack takes place, it is YOU who will be charged by the American people with a gross dereliction of duty. It was YOUR job to pay attention, to protect the country. But you were too busy tweeting and defending Putin and appointing cabinet members to dismantle the government. You didn’t have time for the daily national security briefing. Don’t think we’re going to let you use a modern-day burning of the Reichstag as your excuse to eliminate our civil liberties and our democracy.”

You can read the entire thing here.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and author is responsible for such documentaries at Fahrenheit 9/11 (a critical look at Bush’s presidency and the War on Terror and the highest-grossing documentary of all time) and Bowling for Columbine (about the Columbine massacres, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature).

Linkage: Charlie Kaufman Tapped For New YA Series, Goodie Mob Reunites

Charlie Kaufman has signed on with Lionsgate — the home of The Hunger Games and Twilight series — to adapt yet another young adult series called Chaos Walking, about a dystopian future where thoughts are audible and privacy long gone. An inspired move! [Deadline

Victoria Beckham designed a special edition of Range Rover’s off-road vehicle, the Evoque, which has rose-gold plated accents and vintage leather inspired seats. "I think it’s very cool," she says of the car. "I did a lot of research and not just with cars, old and new, but boats, planes, movie stars, different locations." [Reuters]

Goodie Mobb reunited last night on Cee-Lo’s The Voice, where they debuted their new single, "Fight To Win," off their upcoming Age Against The Machine. [RapRadar

Last night through a series of tweets, electro-pop duo Purity Ring released the first full track, "Obedear," off their highly-anticipated debut Shrines, out this summer on 4D. [GvB]

"They’re afraid to talk to me," says Michael Moore of his now knowing interview subjects. "I have to send in my production assistants to do interviews.” [WSJ/Speakeasy]

With her old e-mail address, Kim Kardashian has dumped her "Kim Kardashian" Google alert. "I just feel I have peace of mind now," she says. "I hardly look on the Internet like I used to." She is, however, still "addicted" to Huff Post’s Real Estate section. [Paper]

Here’s What a Sarah Palin Documentary Made by Michael Moore Would Look Like

You’d think the shameful performance of the “official” Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated, would put an end to the Palin documentary sub-genre. You’d think. But how then, do you explain Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, another moving picture documenting the Palin phenomenon? Let us try. Whereas The Undefeated was made by a Tea Party disciple who had Team Palin’s full blessing, You Betcha! takes a more back-channel approach. The first film was made by and for Palin’s shrinking group of supporters. This one was made for everyone else.

So what can we expect from Sarah Palin – You Betcha!? Its director is British pest Nick Broomfield, known for making the non-definitive Kurt and Courtney and Biggie & Tupac, two films that made wild, and ultimately unproven claims about its subjects. How will Broomfield fare with a subject who is actually alive? If this brand new teaser clip is any indication, it means he’ll do his best Michael Moore impression and shout things at his powerful subjects from a distance, only to be escorted out by security. It’s an entertaining two minutes, if only because silly disruptions of public gatherings are always thrilling on some primal level, but we’re not sure what Broomfield can say that hasn’t already been said.

Sarah Palin – You Betcha! premieres at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and we’re at least curious.

Afternoon Links: Gaga’s Single Out Early, Fergie Has Doubts About Super Bowl

● Josh Brolin can officially rule out a role in Mission: Impossible 5, after telling The New Yorker that Scientology is “really fucking bizarre.” [The New Yorker] ● Watch B.o.B deliver a meta-performance of his hit “Airplane” on an airplane, giving new meaning to the term “in-flight entertainment.” Get it?! [YouTube] ● Lady Gaga tweeted that her new single, “Born This Way,” will be out this Friday. Then her boyfriend tweeted how proud of her he is. Then I sneezed. [Lady Gaga/Twitter]

● The Super Bowl was watched buy 111 million people, making it the most-watched television event of all time. [Reuters] ● On a similar note, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas has admitted their half time performance wasn’t perfect. We could have told you that. [THR] ● Michael Moore is suing Harvey Weinstein for stiffing him on Farenheit 9/11 profits, proving that you can never have enough money, or in Michael Moore’s case, doughnuts. [TMZ]

Michael Moore Bails Out WikiLeaks Founder

Instead of buying a burrito for lunch, Michael Moore helped buy the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by contributing $20,000 of his own money to Assange’s bail fund. According to a blog post written by Moore on today’s Daily Cos, “We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again. So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top…”

Whether you like Moore, or think he is an overblown ass – or think, like The UN, Time Magazine, Brazil, and Russia that Assange is a heroic rogue journalist trying to change the world for the better, or if you side with The US government, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders in calling Assange a lawless security danger, or even if you see both sides and aren’t sure, you’ve got to respect Moore’s fearless spending for the forces of whatever cause he’s currently fighting for. Then again, it would be easier to respect him if he wasn’t so damn patronizing. If Moore really wanted to do us a favor, he’d go make an album with Wyclef called Good Intentions, then burn it.

Where Celebs Go Out: Penelope Cruz, Katie Couric, Gabrielle Union

At the New York Film Festival premiere of Broken Embraces:

● PENELOPE CRUZ – Favorite restaurant in New York? “Oh, I have many because I love food so much!” And in Madrid? “I go to many that are out in the countryside, but whoever goes there for the first time should go to Botin. It’s the oldest restaurant in the world.” What did you like about it? “Everything!”

● PEDRO ALMODOVAR – Favorite restaurant in New York? “Mr. Chow’s — we had dinner there the other day, and it was really very impressive.” And in Madrid? “In Madrid, there are many. Casa Lucio is one of my favorites.”

● LAUREN BACALL – Favorite restaurant in New York? “Oh, please, don’t ask me about that! I’m going to see a movie!”

● ANDREA ILLY – Favorite restaurant in New York? “Here we have many good restaurants: Le Bernardin, Le Cirque, these kind.” And in Rome? “In Rome, we also have many restaurants, like Lapergola — these kind of beautiful restaurants — or the Hotel de Russie, a beautiful place as well.”

At the Library of American Broadcasting’s Giants of Broadcasting Awards:

● KATIE COURIC – “I don’t really spend a lot of time hanging out in bars [laughs], which I think is a good thing. But I like BLT Steak because I’m a big carnivore. I like this really, beautiful restaurant outside Washington called L’auberge Chez Francois, where I took my parents on their anniversary. I love Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami. Those are three good ones.”

● KEN BURNS – “Well, I like Burdick’s Restaurant in Walpole, New Hampshire. It’s been around since 2001. It is a small, little village in New Hampshire, but people quite often drive from New York or Boston. That’s four or three hours to have a meal there. The fact that I am a silent partner in it is part of full disclosure. I live in Walpole, New Hampshire; I travel a great deal, and I basically don’t cook anymore. I’ll eat every meal I can in this restaurant. It’s a broad mix of Continental cuisine done in a very informal and really charming atmosphere, and I don’t know anybody who has been there that hasn’t just fallen in love with it. The proprietor, the man whose genius it is, is Larry Burdick, the well-known chocolatier with a boutique chocolate business. He used to work here, as a dessert chef for many fine restaurants, and moved to our little village 15 years ago to manufacture his chocolates, which are second to none. But he and I had always complained that what we needed was a good restaurant, and we were able to do that.” What about in New York? “I like Bar Pitti on 6th Avenue between Bleecker and Houston. It’s next to Da Silvano, which gets a lot of attention. Bar Pitti is just quite simply the best Tuscan cuisine in the United States. It’s simple. Everyone who goes there knows about it. You can’t get a better side dish of spinach. The tagliata is amazing. Every dish — I’ve never had a bum dish there. And it’s sort of our go-to place. We bring the kids; we go late; we go early. I’ve been doing it for 20 years.

At the New York Film Festival premiere of Capitalism: A Love Story:

● MICHAEL MOORE – What are some of your favorite restaurants or bars? “[Laughs] I don’t do commercials!”

● MORGAN SPURLOCK – “I love La Esquina ’cause it’s right next to my office. It’s this incredible restaurant, right on Kenmare and Centre Street and Lafayette. Amazing food, fantastic. I love Balthazar. I probably have lunch there once a week because my office is also very close to there. Puck Fair is probably my favorite bar in New York City — Irish bar. I love Puck Fair. I love just the energy. It’s probably the best pint in New York City. Yeah, it’s a great energy, great vibe.”

At the Quicken Online launch party for Bank of Mom and Dad:

● FARNOOSH TORABI – “Cafe Frida on Columbus Avenue & 77th Street for Mexican food.”

Spotted on Columbus Avenue, in town for Clinton Global Initiative:

● LISA LING – “My favorite place these days in L.A., which is where I live, is a place called Baby Blues Barbecue. It’s Southern-style barbecue, and it is comfort food. And over the last few months, I had been needing a lot of comfort, so it was a perfect kind of place to feed that desire and that craving.”

At the Sophie’s Voice benefit for spina bifida research:

● COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS – “I was just at Jean Georges on Central Park West, which I haven’t been to in a long time, and it was so nice ’cause we got to sit outside and the weather’s still nice … so that’s one of my favorite places in New York. In Milan, Sant Ambroeus. They come from Milan, and they have a place in New York and Southampton.”

● GABRIELLE UNION – “Let’s start with Miami! They have this new place called Eight Ounce Burger that I love; love Il Gabbiano on the water, off of Biscayne; love the spa at the Mandarin. In L.A., there’s this place called Happy Foot on Ventura that gives, like, the most amazing foot and body rubs, but you’re fully clothed. It’s kind of awesome.”

Oprah Winfrey & Michael Moore Now Dating Exclusively

You won’t see a lot of interviews with Michael Moore in the lead-up to his new doc Capitalism: A Love Story. Why not? Well, as the LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein recently found out, Moore’s doing a sit-down with Oprah on September 22, and the price of her oh-so-critical attention is total exclusivity. The doyenne-of-daytime doesn’t want anyone stealing her thunder. A New York Times piece and a Leno appearance scraped by because they preceded the Oprah booking, but otherwise that’s it until the 23rd when the film drops in NY and LA.

This might seem like a questionable move on Moore’s part, but it’s not. The Oprah platform is unparalleled within the media-scape — a promotional boon worth a million lower-profile interviews. It also provides a very convenient, one-stop schedule for Moore, whom I admire, but will readily admit isn’t always the most temperate interview subject. This volatile exchange with Wolf Blitzer is a case in point.

The trailer for Capitalism: A Love Story is also worth checking out if you haven’t already:

From Sick to ‘Sicko’

The last time I was imprisoned in the waiting room of a hospital, I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out how many Q-Tips I go through in an average month. Not so for Erik Luchauer and Kevin Antoine, brothers-in-law from Knoxville, Tenessee, who did battle with slogging healthcare monotony by creating Rootclip.com. It’s a website through which aspiring Stan Brakhages are invited to add “chapters” to an existing short. Rootclip provided the first two-minute clip, an open-ended plot introduction, and users are asked to finish their story—one one-minute entry at a time.

In total, the short will be comprised of six chapters, each of which are chosen by online voters. At the end of the competition, during the final chapter round, one winner will win a trip to the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan to meet the “gadfly of corporations,” and the festival’s curator, Michael Moore.