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How Will CNN Handle Eliot Spitzer Documentary?

By Roger Friedman

hollywoodnews.com: Alex Gibney’s fine documentary about disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has a release date. Magnolia Films will send it into theaters on November 5th.

Remember: we saw “Client 9,” as it is officially titled now, a few months ago. It was the highlight of the Tribeca Film Festival.

But back then, last April, Spitzer didn’t have a deal for a nightly show on CNN. The show is all set and starts in the fall. How will they address this movie release? Gibney deftly recalls the whole episode that led up to Spitzer’s resignation, including interviews with the prostitutes and their bosses.

What’s really kooky about “Client 9″ is Spitzer’s hubris: he’s interviewed for the film.

One young woman who’s basically a madam says in the film. “Vice took over virtue. He could not control himself.” This was the Governor of the State of New York. Now he’s been rewarded with a nightly talk show. But will Gibney and others from the movie be his guests? And how will CNN handle the inevitable blanketing of their shows with this material by Fox News?

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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