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Livid Over Lurie

October 15, 2000

I still remember fuming when I read critic-turned-screenwriter Rod Lurie's xenophobic review of "Mississippi Masala" in Los Angeles magazine a few years back. The story in Calendar ("Once a Critic, Now a Player," by Robert W. Welkos, Oct. 8) confirmed my views that the guy is also racist, homophobic, mean-spirited and a real opportunist.

Hey, but he's a real man's man, and he sure has fun when he plays cards with his buddies. He's also proud of the fact that he plays the soundtrack from "Schindler's List" just to suck up to Steven Spielberg when he's expecting the call from the helmer.

Now we're supposed to be thrilled that he's written a "political" role for Joan Allen in a movie that seems to be manipulative and a pale copy of "The West Wing." Sorry, but I'd rather be forced to watch the new "Digimon" movie than sit through a film made by a weasel.

RAMIN ZAHED

West Hollywood

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