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Screening Gotham: Sleazoid Mogul Hyperbole Edition

Some of today's movie news of note from around New York:

--Variety reports that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino will star together in Righteous Kill, a $60 million indie featuring the actors as cops chasing a serial killer. The film was packaged in part by Nu Image, whose godhead Avi Lerner acknowledged in typically restrained fashion from Cannes: "This is an event in world history ... They were in two scenes in Heat. In this movie, they are in the whole thing together." The gimmick drama films in Connecticut and New York starting August 6.

--Former mayor Ed Koch's homosexuality may be among the worst-kept secrets in New York culture, but his new review of Jindabyne, with its ultimate non sequitur, "I saw it at the Quad Theater on 13th Street in Manhattan," is just rubbing it in.

--It's an altogether deadly slow news day in New York; so slow, in fact, that Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir of all people is responsible for the most enlightening factoid of the day: "(Death Proof) will be pumped out to Euro-audiences as a freestanding film under the French title Boulevard of Death. (To be specific: Boulevard de la mort -- un film grindhouse.)" Oh, and a bonus revlation: "Robert Rodriguez must be pissed as hell." What, the copy editor wouldn't let "hella pissed" slide? Take some chances! This is the Web.

--In honor of tomorrow's opening of Fay Grim, the quick thinkers at ScreenGrab call our attention to this classic moment from its spiritual and narrative predecessor, Henry Fool:

Posted at May 17, 2007 10:02 AM

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