WeinsteinWatch (â™¥! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?) â€” via Jeannette Walls‘ "The Scoop" at MSNBC:
[Matt] Damon, [Heath] Ledger, director Terry Gilliam and many other people connected with ["The Brothers Grimm"] were passionately vying for talented and quirky actress Samantha Morton to get the role [that ultimately went to Lena Headey], according to a behind-the-scenes account of the flick that’s been published in the U.K., but Harvey Weinstein, co-head of Miramax which was a producer on the film, put the kibosh on her.
"Samantha Morton! You must be kidding me!" Weinstein said, director Gilliam told Bob McCabe, author of the book "Dreams and Nightmares," which has just been published in the U.K. "You think Matt or Heath would want to [bleep] that?"
Rex ReedWatch â€” via Tom O’Neil at the LA Times’ award blog Gold Derby:
This year [New York Film Critics Circle] President Gene Seymour of Newsday reports, "There wasn’t any acrimony." In fact, he adds, "We aren’t as contentious as people think. The worst that happened today was there was occasional grumbling around the table and Rex Reed rolled his eyes."
How nice that Rex behaved himself. Legend has it that, back in the glory days of the circle, he screamed unprintable epithets at Pauline Kael, who may have deserved it considering how she used to filibuster proceedings. It was eons ago that Rex got into a fist fight with Manny Farber at a voting session of the National Society of Film Critics (virtually the same as the circle back then â€” they shared the same members), but everybody’s still talking about it.
Roger Ebert-slips-in-the-smackdownWatch â€” from the end of his review of doc "39 Pounds of Love," to which he gave one and a half stars:
None of this is intended to detract from the courage and will of Ami Ankilewitz. His life is extraordinary. But he has not been well served by the documentarians. Having been assigned by fate to an undeveloped body, he is the victim for reasons unknown of an undeveloped film. That "39 Pounds of Love" was short-listed as an Oscar contender suggests that the short-listers were not knowledgeable about documentaries, or that they were honoring Ami and not his film. That this film but not Werner Herzog‘s "Grizzly Man" made the cut reflects bad judgment bordering on scandal.