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The News: Pull Up a Chair, Edelstein's on a Roll

By S.T. VanAirsdale

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

--Pieces like this are why I couldn't wait for David Edelstein to join the blogosphere: A stream-of- consciousness meander through film festivals past and present featuring Robert Duvall, Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch, followed by a run through underseen Halloween recommendations like Pin and Wind Chill. And evidently he's having a contest of some sort. Good luck with that.

--Elsewhere online it's shaping up to be a supremely bitchy and amusing week; following Monday's on-off-on-again takedown from Glenn Kenny (it gets even better here), Filmmaker Magazine boss and veteran indie producer Scott Macaulay teed off on the Dutch "creative consultant" who worked alongside Steve Buscemi on the remake of Theo Van Gogh's Interview. "Um, yeah, if you shoot a union film in the U.S., there are labor rules," Macaulay writes. "You might want to check them out before you come here. ... And I wouldn't listen to whoever said you can't record wild sound in a restaurant. In fact, I'll give Van Hoogdalem a tip for the next trip to the U.S. -- email me and I'll hook you up with a sound FX guy who already has these sounds on a CD. " [Emphasis his.] No. He. Didn't!

--I, on the other hand, have only superlatives for Michael Cieply at The New York Times, who puts the rest of us to shame with revealing pieces like this one -- about Hollywood's frighteningly compulsive micro-marketing trends -- seemingly every 10 to 12 hours. Come up for air, Michael; we underachievers are worried about you. And ourselves, but whatever.

Posted at October 30, 2007 11:23 AM

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