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Justin Bieber bugged by mom’s anti-abortion film, insider says

LOS ANGELES CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Singer JustBieber (R) mother Pattie Malette attend 40th American Music Awards held NokiTheatre

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Justin Bieber (R) and mother Pattie Malette attend the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Updated: February 22, 2013 6:26AM



In general, Justin Bieber steers clear of controversial political or social issues. So it’s not surprising the teen pop kingpin is not particularly happy about all the attention his mom, Pattie Mallette, is drawing for her promotion of “Crescendo,” a strongly anti-abortion film.

Mallette not only is an executive producer of the short film, but she’s hoping that after it begins distributing Feb. 28, it will raise at least $10 million to fund anti-abortion pregnancy centers around the country.

A longtime Bieber associate explained Sunday, “Justin just is very uncomfortable about political issues — especially ones like abortion that are very divisive. He’s all about entertaining his fans with his music and not interested in pushing a political agenda. ... Furthermore, I don’t believe he agrees with his mom on this issue.”

That likely will come as a big relief to his core audience of girls and young women, not all of whom would agree with Mallette’s views.

The source also noted that Bieber doesn’t need any more controversial headlines in his life these days “so soon after a lot of relatively negative stories tied to his own actions. First there was the alleged drug use, then the mooning photo on Twitter this weekend. ... He doesn’t need this [his mother’s role in the anti-abortion film] on top of it.”

An added wrinkle in all this is the fact Mallette is also soliciting financial support for her “Crescendo” co-producers — including

Jason Jones — and their HERO Inc. not-for-profit organization and Movie to Movement website promoting faith-based films. Jones ran the grassroots campaign that funded the controversial right-wing documentary “2016: Obama’s America.”

HERO stands for Human Rights Education and Relief Organization, with its stated purpose as “promoting a ‘whole life’ ethic that recognizes the intrinsic worth of the sanctity of human life at all stages of physical development, regardless of social standing, physical or mental abilities, or geopolitical circumstances.”

ARNOLD’S ANGRY: While the former California “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger frequently used his famous line “I’ll be baaaack!” to describe his planned return to action filmmaking, it’s clear the 65-year-old star was stunned by the very under-whelming public reaction to his first post-politics major role in “The Last Stand.”

The anemic 10th place finish (with an estimated take of only $6.7 million) for its opening weekend reportedly shocked Schwarzenegger — if not many others in Hollywood.

“Arnold has to face facts. His time [as an action star] is past. Plus this movie was pretty lame,” said a veteran Hollywood studio executive who has worked with Schwarzenegger in the past.

A second source added, “Arnold was fine being part of that great ensemble [of

Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren] in “The Expendables 2” last year, but he can’t expect to carry a big action film all by himself any more. … He should really look for some different kinds of projects.”

No public word from Maria Shriver about her estranged hubby’s big bomb this weekend, but I hear she smiled slyly when she heard about the film’s poor showing.

DID SHE KNOW? While Sheryl Crowe has been silent about ex-fiance Lance Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey he did take performance-enhancing drugs, there have been a lot of ugly rumors flying around that the pop superstar had to know Armstrong was doping.

However, a very close Crowe associate quietly told me Sunday, “Trust me. Sheryl really didn’t know about any of that, and she did believe him — at least in the beginning. Obviously, all the evidence that stacked the deck against Lance so much has come out quite some time after they split up.”

SUNDANCE SET: The Illinois Film Office again has partnered with the important Hollywood trade magazine Variety at the Sundance Film Festival — a great place to showcase Illinois as a location for moviemaking. So it’s not surprising that the state’s film office director, Betsy Steinberg, was thrilled to see such stars as Naomi Watts, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt drop by Saturday at the Variety Studio, home base for Illinois’ Sundance campaign.

On top of that, Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”) is very excited to be heading to Chicago to film “Divergent” this spring. Steinberg says she also caught up with great young director and Columbia College Chicago grad Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“Toy House”).

Before Nancy Pelosi headed back to Washington for President Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. House Democratic leader stopped at Sundance to support her daughter, Alexandra Pelosi, who premiered her latest HBO documentary “Fall to Grace,” at the festival. It’s about former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned in 2004 after it was revealed he had cheated on his wife with a man.

Since then, McGreevey not only came out as a gay man but has worked with incarcerated women and helped them as they transitioned to life after release from prison.

The younger Pelosi, a former NBC News journalist, has made seven earlier HBO documentaries, covering everything from homeless children to the Tea Party movement to

Ted Haggard, the pastor at the center of a drug and sex scandal.

“Fall to Grace,” will debut on HBO March 28.

SCENE ON THE SCENE: Things were hopping and happening at Joe’s Stone Crab the other night as the Bears’ tight end Matt
Spaeth
partied with his family and pals and (separately) Christie Hefner was spotted dining at the popular Grand Avenue eatery as well. … In the minds of many, you’re not an official Chicago boldface celeb until you’ve eaten at Gibsons, so it seems apt that new Bears head coach Marc Trestman dined at the landmark Rush Street steakery on his first night in Chicago last week.



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