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Moore terror film 'gets backing'
Michael Moore
Moore lambasted George W Bush at the Oscars
A film by Oscar-winner Michael Moore about the 11 September terrorist attacks has won backing from movie giant Miramax, according to reports.

Miramax stepped in after Mel Gibson's Icon Productions withdrew support for the film, Fahrenheit 911, according to the Reuters news agency.

The company, part of the Disney corporation, is to provide cash in temporary "bridge" funding, which offers it less risk, although it will get a lower return.

Fahrenheit 911 will look at the US in the aftermath of 11 September, 2001 as well as alleged links between the families of President George W Bush and Osama bin Laden.

The title comes from Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, about a future where books are burned and trivial information is prized above knowledge and wisdom.

Moore used the Fahrenheit 911 title in February 2002, when he e-mailed fans to claim publisher HarperCollins had delayed issuing his book Stupid White Men because of its criticism of Mr Bush.

Earlier this year, Moore won the best documentary Oscar for his previous film, Bowling For Columbine, an investigation into gun culture in the US.

He used his acceptance speech to criticise Mr Bush, calling him a "fictitious president".

Moore rose to prominence in 1990 thanks to his film Roger and Me, which saw him pursue Roger Smith, chief executive of General Motors, to quiz him about the consequences of the car giant sacking hundreds of staff in his home town of Flint, Michigan.

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