Hollywood gets political

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Hollywood is coming out this fall with a slew of political movies that hit all the hot-button topics as the tight US presidential campaign nears its climax.

From religion to patriotism, gay rights and the presidency of George W. Bush, directors are wearing their political colours on their sleeves, using comedy, true stories and fantasy to send not-so-subtle messages to Americans preparing to choose between Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain on November 4.

‘There is a sense now that these political films can really be successful, and they’re a genre aimed at one side of the political spectrum or the other,’ said Robert Thompson, professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University.