RE­BRAND­ING MR. GORE

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cans rather than Democrats es­tab­lish­ing the first “po­lit­i­cal beach­head” in Hol­ly­wood un­der the tute­lage of stu­dio mogul Louis B. Mayer, Ge­orge Mur­phy, Ron­ald Rea­gan and other lu­mi­nar­ies in later decades.

“The Hol­ly­wood left’s story line has been one of hope and guilt: hope of what the United States could be and guilt that we are not do­ing enough to achieve that vi­sion,” Mr. Ross says. “The Hol­ly­wood right has told a sim­ple but com­pelling story of Amer­i­can tri­umphal­ism: Amer­ica is the great­est nation in the world. What more do you need to know? Few cit­i­zens want to hear a Jane Fonda, War­ren Beatty or Sean Penn point out what is wrong with the United States.”

Mr. Ross’ new book about his ob­ser­va­tions — “Hol­ly­wood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped Pol­i­tics” — will be pub­lished by Ox­ford Univer­sity Press in Septem­ber. He’s per­sis­tent, that’s for sure. Al Gore will not let go of his cli­mate cri­sis and is couch­ing his alarmist ar­gu­ments about global warm­ing with a new twist.

“Us­ing the same de­ceit­ful play­book as big to­bacco used years be­fore to mis­lead the pub­lic about the dan­gers of smok­ing, oil and coal com­pa­nies and their al­lies are now de­ceiv­ing the pub­lic about cli­mate change. They have nearly un­lim­ited re­sources to sow doubt, but we have one crit­i­cal ad­van­tage: Re­al­ity is on our side,” Mr. Gore says.

The for­mer vice pres­i­dent has re­named the Al­liance for Cli­mate Pro­tec­tion — his old non­profit ac­tivist group — the Cli­mate Re­al­ity Pro­ject, to cen­ter around a Sept. 14 event that will fea­ture a new “mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion cre­ated by Al Gore” broad­cast on­line in 24 time zones and 13 lan­guages. Or some­thing like that.

But brace for im­pact. Or hide. Mr. Gore is just in the nascent phases of “An In­con­ve­nient Truth, Part Deux,” ap­par­ently.

“The cli­mate cri­sis knows no po­lit­i­cal bound­aries. Fe­ro­cious storms and deadly heat waves are oc­cur­ring with alarm­ing fre­quency all over the world. We are liv­ing with the re­al­ity of the cli­mate cri­sis ev­ery day,” Mr. Gore says. “This event is the first step in a larger, mul­ti­fac­eted cam­paign to tell the truth about the cli­mate cri­sis and re­ject the mis­in­for­ma­tion we hear ev­ery day.” that. Hus­band? Done with that, too. Movie star? Not done with that. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger has emerged from the dol­drums of his re­cent in­fi­delity scan­dal and has signed on to play the lead in an edgy West­ern ti­tled “Last Stand,” de­scribed by the film’s South Korean di­rec­tor, Kim JiWoon, as a cross be­tween “Die Hard” and “High Noon,” specif­i­cally de­signed for a “63-year-old bro­ken-down guy.”

In­deed, Mr. Sch­warzeneg­ger plays an aging but heroic sher­iff who takes on a Mex­i­can drug car­tel along the law­less U.S.Mex­i­can bor­der. The pro­ject is get­ting some early ap­plause.

“An old-fash­ioned ad­ven­ture tale about an aging, self-sac­ri­fi­cial cow­boy who goes out of his way to see that jus­tice is done, reads as be­ing a po­ten­tially great re­turn-to-form for Sch­warzeneg­ger — one that will por­tray him in both a heroic light and in­cludes his de­te­ri­o­rat­ing physique as a plot point, es­sen­tially,” says Screen­rant cor­re­spon­dent Sandy Schae­fer.

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