"I have always believed in full disclosure. When I announced that I had a recurrence of salivary cancer that required surgery, I had no idea when I went into the hospital on June 16 that I would still be here on August 16." So writes Roger Ebert, who goes on to share details of his surgery and recovery on his website.
Also in recovery is sound mixer and filmmaker Dwayne Buckle, who was stabbed with a steak knife by a group of angry young New Jersey women in front of what was, contrary to what Cara Buckley and Kate Hammer report in the New York Times, actually the IFC Center.
Mr. Buckle was trying to decide whether to get a drink or go home when, he said, a petite young woman in a white skirt passed by, surrounded by girlfriends. He did not know any of the young women, but he liked how the woman in white wore her hair. He also liked the woman. And so he said, â€œHey, howâ€™re you doing?â€ The woman gave a half-smile and kept going. But one of her friends, Mr. Buckle said, shot back a caustic remark. She made fun of his jeans, he said, and ridiculed his sneakers.
"She said they were cheap," Mr. Buckle recalled yesterday afternoon, still groggy during an interview from his hospital bed.
After hearing about the incident but before learning the details of Mr. Buckle’s unfortunate encounter with a serrated blade, we had wondered if anyone could have possibly come storming out in a fury after the Center’s controversial weekend screenings of…Kurosawa’s "Ikiru"? Though the above story hardly seems more reasonable. The moral is: Never say hi to anyone, ever.
Finally, via WENN, also presumably resting up is Jared Leto, who has gout. You’re totally going to hell for laughing at that, and we will see you there. Apparently, after gaining 62 pounds to play John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman, in "Chapter 27," Leto attempted to lose it all quickly for a subsequent role and made himself ill.
+ E-mail from Roger (RogerEbert.com)
+ Man Is Stabbed in Attack After Admiring a Stranger (NY Times)
+ Leto Diagnosed With Gout (WENN)