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Is it an ad or a movie -- it's two in one!

Jennifer Nelson writes on SFGate.com: Hollywood is in the midst of an anti-George W. Bush feeding frenzy. Although the governor of the nation's largest state is an actor and a Republican, the industry is still dominated by liberals. And it is up in arms about the chance that President Bush might be re-elected.

In an unprecedented campaign tactic, the entertainment industry has financed and released a handful of films designed to influence the voters' decision on November 2: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"; John Sayles' upcoming "Silver City"; "Bush's Brain," a documentary on Bush strategist Karl Rove; George Butler's ("Pumping Iron") pro-Kerry documentary "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry"; and Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."

At what point will these films be considered political advertising?

The films are not simply works of art by writers and actors making a statement about current events. The people associated with the films are very open about the fact that their intent is to influence the election-just like many other public-interest groups in the nation. The difference is that other public-interest groups and corporations are required to report their campaign spending to the Federal Elections Commission and identify any advertising as political. -- Political Ads Get A Hollywood Disguise (SFGate.com)