Associated Press (via MSNBC):
Fans of No. 5 Gonzaga have been asked to stop yelling ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at opposing players. The reference to the recent movie about homosexual cowboys was chanted by some fans during the game Feb. 6 against Saint Mary’s, and is apparently intended to suggest an opposing player is gay.
"Brokeback Mountain" has been passed in its entirety by the film censors in Singapore, in spite of the country’s stringent laws against homosexuality. The Oscar-nominated film will be restricted to cinema-goers over the age of 21 and will carry a ‘mature theme, sexual scenes’ warning. Singapore’s media content director said Ang Lee‘s film was passed as it did not ‘promote or glamorise the lifestyle.’ Gay sex is punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment in the country.
Singapore banned Chen Yin-jung‘s gay-themed Taiwanese film "Formula 17" for "glamorizing" â€” fortunately, "Brokeback" sticks to the internationally welcomed message that homosexuality leads to a lifetime of loneliness and despair (oh, sit down, you know we love the damn movie).
Arthur Spiegelman at Reuters:
An Israel diplomat on Sunday told Reuters in Jerusalem that Israel and U.S. Jewish groups were lobbying the Academy not to present "Paradise Now" as coming from "Palestine."
"Both the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles and several concerned Jewish groups pointed out that no one, not even the Palestinians themselves, have declared the formal creation of ‘Palestine’ yet, and thus the label would be inaccurate," the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Hong Kong and Taiwan were also allowed to submit separate films â€” here’s hoping next year China will kick up a fuss about that. Because for hundreds of years, submitting a film for Oscar consideration has been the natural precursor to a declaration of sovereignty.
How did Russian audiences react to this film?
Shocked. We never had a vampire film in this country, and we never had fantasy at all. We never had fantasy books, fantasy comics, no. A journalist [in L.A.] asked me about it, and I started to think, and then I understood why: During the seventy years of the Communist era, we had a super-fantasy world. We lived in this world, because the whole concept of Communism was a fantasy. Nothing could compare to this fantasy idea. [There were] a lot of rituals, a lot of symbols and heroes, super-heroes, super-powers, everything was included in the concept of Communism.
Elizabeth Guider in Variety:
Michael Winterbottom, when asked about the comparison, via Mike Collett-White in Reuters:
I’m not as big as Michael Moore.
Greencine Daily‘s David Hudson at Berlin:
Pen-ek Ratanaruang professes to love film noir "and anything with Robert Mitchum," which he’ll watch again and again. The idea here is to do something along this line, only, as he told die taz, whenever he sees a Hollywood film, he always wonders what the scenes that are cut out look like. That’s one way of approaching "Invisible Waves"; another is to see it as an anti-thriller that isn’t nearly as pretty to look at as [Christopher] Doyle‘s other work and that has its moments. For me, those moments are a little too few and far between.
No Screen Quota = No Old Boy
That’s this week on "Siskel…& Ebert….& the Movies." And the asshole. That’s Roger.
+ Gonzaga fans’ chant: ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (MSNBC)
+ Singapore censor passes Brokeback (BBC)
+ Oscar organizers deny pressure on Palestinian film (Reuters)
+ It’s Wildest Before the Dawn on a Russian "Night Watch" (IFC News)
+ Prison pic packs punch (Variety)
+ Guantanamo film is Berlin’s "Michael Moore moment" (Reuters)
+ Berlin Dispatch. 8. (Greencine Daily)
+ S.Korea film director in Berlin protests quota cut (Reuters)
+ Siskel & Ebert Part 1 (Bedazzled)