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'Fahrenheit 9/11' available online Nov. 1
Updated: 2004-10-30 11:36

An online pay-per-view showing of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" will be released on the eve of the presidential election, the Internet movie provider CinemaNow announced Friday.

Viewers can see the film Monday by logging on to the company's Web site at 8 p.m. EST and paying $9.95, said the company's chief executive officer, Curt Marvis. It also will be made available in December.

"We're thrilled that the people behind 'Fahrenheit 9/11' have recognized the power of digital distribution," Marvis said.

He said Moore and Fellowship Adventure Group, one of the film's distributors, have agreed to donate their share of the profits from Monday's showing to a charity to benefit veterans.

A spokesman for Moore did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moore had originally struck a deal with the cable pay-per-view company iN DEMAND to show the film as part of a three-hour election eve special, but the company announced two weeks ago that it was dropping the project because of "legitimate business and legal concerns."

Moore accused iN DEMAND of bowing to pressure from Bush supporters.

His film, released on video this month, attacks the president's handling of the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq and criticizes the Bush family's ties to the Saudi royal family. It has earned more than $100 million in theatrical release, a box office record for a documentary.

The Walt Disney Co. refused to release "Fahrenheit 9/11" to theaters through its Miramax Films because it was too politically partisan for the company's taste. Moore eventually released it through Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., IFC Films and Fellowship.

CinemaNow, majority owned by Lions Gate, offers releases from most major studios.

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