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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Reading for Your Leisurely Lunch

Here's an interview with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. The Gothamist interviewer says he had no problem downloading In Rainbows yesterday. Whatever. Braggart. I gave up after work to go to the movies, but I will try again today. In the meantime, I've been listening to the album this morning because my co-worker downloaded it (Thanks, Joe!). It's D*@$! GOOD! I'll let you know how the download goes later today.

I've written before about the dearth of female directors in Hollywood. One of my favorite writers for Salon, Rebecca Traister, offers an exhaustive look at women in the film industry - from directors to producers to studio execs. It's a sad state of affairs for women in Hollywood right now and Traister notes part of the reason is that women aren't an active movie-going demographic. They're not showing up to the multiplexes on the weekends and therefore, not driving the opening box office numbers -- for many the penultimate Hollywood bellwether. Traister gets a lot of insider interviews in this one (even if they won't go on record) -- it's worth the read.

I thought everyone loved Mel Brooks . Apparently not. He has refused to pay his dues to the Dramatist Guild since his play The Producers struck gold with audiences nationally and around the world. The Guild traditionally gets 3% of weekly royalties, but the play ran for 6 years with numerous productions. In short, with that kind of run, the Guild would have made bank. In fact, the Guild depends on Broadway blockbusters for much of their revenue. Needless to say, the Guild is suspected of wanting Young Frankenstein to crash and burn. Fat chance.


Jessica Winters from Slate reviews Todd Haynes' new Dylan biopic. I'm anxious to see this one - and not just because of the subject matter. I'm a Todd Haynes fan and think he could actually do something creative and fresh with the music biopic.

And, finally , apparently Dave Eggers' new novel , due out in 2008, will be based on Where the Wild Things Are . Spike Jonze is making a movie based on the famous children's book by Maurice Sendak , for which Eggers wrote the screenplay. Eggers' novel is going to be released to coincide with the movie.

More in a little while. Off to our weekly marathon editorial meeting. Joe
October 11, 2007 at 11:07 PM
So D*@$! GOOD indeed. Any favorites thus far? Nice link. Here 's an Oct. 10 blog post from Thom Yorke about music as a pond. -----