Scott Rudin goes shopping, and Armond White keeps going off
In this morning’s roundup of movie news ‘n’ notes from around the web, Scott Rudin goes shopping and Armond White keeps going off.
Oh, my. This Armond White/”Greenberg” thing is getting even crazier than it was before. New York Press critic White, you may remember, was very upset to be disinvited from an advance screening of Noah Baumbach’s new film, though he had a long history of trashing the writer-director, occasionally in terms that some found offensive. Now that he’s seen the film, White looks back on the furor and writes, “I must rise above it.” Then he proceeds to wallow in it for about 2,300 words – out of which, by my rough count, around 335 might actually count as a review of “Greenberg” (with Ben Stiller, right). The rest of the piece consists of outraged attacks on fellow critic J. Hoberman, and overheated defenses of “free speech,” which in this case seems to mean the freedom to be invited to movie screenings. (New York Press)
The New Yorker does one of those patented East Coast eyebrow-raisings as it considers a silly West Coast ritual – in this case, the Publicists Guild Awards, which took place two days before the Academy Awards. (Why’d it take so long to react, Marshall Heyman?) At least three of the show’s participants – host Mario Lopez, winner Ernest Borgnine and presenter George Clooney – congratulated the assembled flacks for being so good at lying. Apparently this was not an entirely popular sentiment in the room, though of course Clooney can get away with saying anything he wants. (The New Yorker)