Gerry Canavan

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Friday Night in Arlington

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* Travel the galaxy from the privacy of your couch with these retro Star Wars travel posters. (Thanks, Fiona!)

* Rally for Sanity Watch: Liberal and left activist groups will be out in force trying to swell their ranks. I wonder how they’ll feel after Stewart says they’re half the “problem.

* Rally for Insanity Watch: 1, 2, 3.

* Here come the Dollhouse comics.

Between a solid science fiction and crackpot that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the science fiction.

* Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach will co-produce “a screwball comedy about an escort, a theatre director and a private detective.” Something called Moonrise Kingdom is said to be Wes’s next directorial project. I’m already excited.

The Friday Before Spring Break Is The Third Greatest Friday in the World

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* Whenever I heard a word like “neuromarketing,” I reach for my gun.

* Neoliberalism! Greece told to sell off islands and artworks.

* Is Obamacare now a favorite to pass? My sense for a while now has been that both mainstream pundits and bloggers are (for different reasons) deeply exaggerating the extent to which health care is embattled. With the Senate having already cleared the highest hurdle, there isn’t any reason not do the Senate bill + sidecar reconciliation, no matter what happened in Massachusetts or what might happen in November. And Pelosi’s a good Speaker; I’ve never really doubted she could get the votes on this when she needs them. I don’t know that Obama will still get the ten-point popularity bump I was expecting when health care finally passes—they really let Republicans and Firedoglake diehards brand reform negatively—but I think it’ll pass.

* Mesofacts: those facts you don’t keep up with precisely because their rate of change is neither so fast as to be important nor so slow as to be newsworthy. Examples include the current population of the Earth, the number of known extrasolar planets, and the current suckiness of Pittsburgh.

* Glenn Greenwald is on fire talking about neo-McCarthyism in the media this morning. He already said it once:

I’ve seen some attempts to criticize Holder based upon clients he has represented while in private practice, most notably his defense of Chiquita Brands in a criminal case brought by the DOJ arising out of Chiquita’s payments and other support to Colombian death squads. Attempts to criticize a lawyer for representing unsavory or even evil clients are inherently illegitimate and wrong — period. Anybody who believes in core liberties should want even the most culpable parties to have zealous representation before the Government can impose punishments or other sanctions. Lawyers who defend even the worst parties are performing a vital service for our justice system. Holder is no more tainted by his defense of Chiquita than lawyers who defend accused terrorists at Guantanamo are tainted by that. 

* Noah Baumbach to work again with Wes Anderson?

* Bull Durham sequel in the pipeline?

* And Funny or Die has an advocacy ad about financial reform reuniting the SNL presidential impersonators. (They got someone shockingly famous to replace Phil Hartman’s Reagan…)

Indie Filmmaker Alert

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Indie filmmaker update: The Times Online offers some small hints regarding The Fantastic Mr. Fox, while the New Yorker completely curbs my enthusiasm about Noah Baumbauch’s upcoming Margot at the Wedding, which I’d been looking forward to ever since I heard about it over the weekend. Just listen to the first sentence of this review:

There are many ways of frustrating and boring an audience, but setting up a bunch of characters who are so inept that they can’t hit a croquet ball, or run through the woods without tripping, or chop down a tree without the tree’s landing on a wedding tent may be the most infuriating way of all.

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November 13, 2007 at 6:53 am

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Margot at the Wedding

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The Squid and the Whale’s Noam Baumbauch has a new movie coming out, Margot at the Wedding. Thanks to Ben for dropping the knowledge. Here’s the opener from a New York Times Magazine profile:

There is one scene in Noah Baumbach’s new film, “Margot at the Wedding,” that arose directly from the journalistic reaction to his previous film, “The Squid and the Whale.” Margot, a fiction writer in the throes of a personal crisis, is at a bookstore appearance, which goes quickly awry when her interviewer presses her on the connections between her life and her work. He brings up a story of hers that concerns an abusive patriarch. She immediately begins to defend her father. He interrupts: What he meant to ask was whether she had based that monstrous figure on herself.

“I wrote that scene in response to the interviews I did when ‘Squid’ came out,” Mr. Baumbach said over coffee recently at the Chateau Marmont hotel here in West Hollywood. (He and his wife, the actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, live mostly in New York but were spending a few weeks at their Los Angeles home while their Manhattan apartment was being renovated.) “I was having fun with what people assume when they think something is autobiographical.”

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November 11, 2007 at 4:08 pm

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