Weinstein Watch: After his highly quotable "I’m Not There" suicide vow in yesterday’s New York Times, Harvey turns up at Page 6 in what has the whiff of a publicist’s maneuver. But what the hey: "HARVEY Weinstein – the P.T. Barnum of the movie industry – is hyping his version of ‘The Nanny Diaries’ by offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the bitchy, shopaholic Upper East Side mom (played by Laura Linney) who inspired the authors of the best-selling roman a clef." We’re not sure what securing this information would accomplish, as the culprit will surely just turn out to be someone unrecognizable and therefore meaningless to the rest of the world, but "Nanny Diaries" seems in need of all the publicity help it can get, with reviews so far being dire.
Curious that Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the husband and wife directorial team behind "American Splendor," ended up here with their second theatrical project. Interviewed by Melena Ryzik in the New York Times over the weekend, they describe the decision to take it on as one that sprung from flattery ("Harvey Weinstein really wanted us to direct it"), ease ("we heard that we could shoot it all in Manhattan, and that was a big issue for us") and a hasty retreat:
PULCINI And also, things got a little crazy after â€œAmerican Splendor.â€ We would have meetings with people, and they would say things like, â€œYouâ€™ve invented a new language for cinema.â€ We were like, â€œOmigod, what have we created here?â€
SPRINGER BERMAN Everyone wanted us to do everything meta. Itâ€™s like, â€œI think metaâ€™s been done.â€
We haven’t seen the film yet, so we can’t comment on it, but we found the book mesmerizingly bad, a scornful portrait of privilege written from the point of view of someone awesomely oblivious to the considerable privilege she herself enjoys (at one point toward the front of the novel, the heroine actually describes how she was too fastidious for Brown and had to transfer, which seemed to us to slice any potentially sympathetic audience to a very slim bracket right off the bat). So, we’re curious as to how the directors managed this material.