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Friday, October 6, 2006

Luke Wilson Barred From Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2006 at 3:41 PM

Wondering why you can't see Mike Judge' s latest movie, Idiocracy, in Cleveland? It's because the film's distributor, 20th Century Fox, got cold feet. Judge -- the man behind Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill, and Office Space -- takes a look at America 500 years in the future, when a long-slumbering Luke Wilson awakens as the smartest man alive. Along the way, Idiocracy skewers U.S. politics, pop culture, and monopolizing franchises. It's to Wal-Mart-weary Americans what Office Space was to cubicle slaves.
The good news: That's one less Luke Wilson movie in your future.
The Cinematheque was to be the first Ohio theater to show it. "We had the print," says the Cinematheque's Tim Harry. "Then they called us and told us that the movie was officially out of release." Which means -- even though it had already opened in Los Angeles and six other cities -- it wasn't available to any other theaters to screen. Fox has pulled the plug. "We were told it was a business decision," says Harry, who speculates that the film's political themes are "too sensitive for corporate America, because it attacks corporations from Starbucks to Fox News." Expect a TPS report on it any day now. -- Michael Gallucci

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