Mia Farrow releases a victory statement in her battleground of choice, the New York Post‘s Page Six, after shaming Steven Spielberg into leaving his role artistic director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At BBC News, China expresses regret, passive aggression:
"It is understandable if some people do not understand
the Chinese government policy on Darfur, but I am afraid that some
people may have ulterior motives, and this we cannot accept," [Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao] told a
"China is also concerned about the humanitarian
situation in Darfur. [But] empty rhetoric will not help. We hope that
relevant people will be more pragmatic."
Anthony Kaufman tackles what’s "not exactly a cinematic new wave. A clique, maybe? No, too fashionable. A band of outsiders? Too self-conscious. Maybe the best way to describe them is a filmmaking family" at the Village Voice. We’d hoped to see a mumblecore rumble on the horizon, but the piece is actually about producer Paul Mezey and Journeyman Pictures.
Elliott Gould briefly discusses his namesake sandwich (at the Stage Deli) with Esquire:
ESQ: What is bologna, anyway?
EG: Sometimes they say it’s a lie. Don’t give me the bologna or
malarkey. But it’s some junky thing. I thrive on being honest. When I
was asked if I’d like to have my hands and feet at Grauman’s Chinese —
and I was younger and I didn’t have perspective — I said no thank you.
But obviously, I got a sandwich named after me, so I deserved it.
In her review of "Jumper," Slate‘s Dana Stevens describes previous Hayden Christensen project "Shattered Glass" as "’Saw’ for journalists."
From the AP: "A construction worker has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he strangled actress Adrienne Shelly while trying to rob her in her New York City apartment… Diego Pillco will receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 6."
+ MIA’S MUSCLE (NY Post)
+ China ‘regrets’ Spielberg action (BBC News)
+ The New American Realism (Village Voice)
+ The Elliot Gould, Stage Delicatessen, New York (Esquire)
+ honest to blog . . . (Reverse Shot)
+ Super Frat Boy (Slate)
+ Guilty Plea in Adrienne Shelly Killing (AP)