Taking photos with Paris Hilton, who was at Comic-Con promoting “Repo: The Genetic Opera,” two MTV News staffers found they displayed an identical and apparently instinctive reluctance to actually have to touch the heiress. [MTV] Maybe they’d just watched too much footage from the film, which is directed by “Saw II”-“IV”‘s Darren Lynn Bousman, and which, like many a movie monster, looked infinitely better when it was half-imagined — Defamer has a clip,
The New York Times gets around to tackling the topic of self-distribution, with John Anderson starting with the upcoming “Bottle Shock” and moving on to smaller fare like “Ballast” and “Last Stop for Paul.”
Ridley Scott’s “Nottingham” was postponed because of leaves, according to the Independent. Leaves… and the possibility of a SAG strike.
The Woody Allen/Larry David movie? “Whatever Works,” a “blackish comedy.” [Big Screen Little Screen]
The Guardian follows “Man on Wire”‘s Philippe Petit to a street performance in Washington Square.
And what is this whole “Twilight” thing the kids are hyperventilating over? According to Laura Miller at Salon, the novels (which have spawned an upcoming film) are literary crack:
Search a little deeper on the Internet and you can find women readers both objecting to the antifeminist aspects of Twilight and admitting that they found the books irresistible. “Sappy romance, amateurish writing, etc.,” complained one. Still, “when I read it, I just couldn’t put it down. It was like an unhealthy addiction for me … I’m not sure how I could read through it, seeing how I dislike romances immensely. But I did, and when I couldn’t get ‘New Moon’ I almost had a heart attack. That book was hypnotizing.”
[Photo: Paris Hilton at Comic-Con, courtesy of MTV]
+ Would You Touch Paris Hilton? A Philosophical Question To Ponder… (MTV)
+ Paris Hilton’s Genitals Finally Go Legit In ‘Repo: The Genetic Opera’ (Defamer)
+ No Film Distributor? Then D.I.Y. (NY Times)
+ Robin Hood and the wrong sort of leaves (Independent)
+ Woody’s Latest: ‘Whatever Works’ With Larry David (Big Screen Little Screen)
+ Man on Wire for hire (Guardian)
+ Touched by a vampire (Salon)