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They're not all that odd, but I had to counteract the caffeine from the coffee house writer's group initial meeting with something that would allow me to sleep and, well, wine was handy. So, ignore the wrong things and look at these three (which have probably been covered excellently elsewhere but I've not had time to keep up today). Presenting the Just-in-Case Brigade...

A forgotten, and sadly never seen by me, Stanley Kramer screwball, SO THIS IS NEW YORK,is finally playing its titular city. (You feel dirty cause I used the word titular, don't you?)

The moviemaker Stanley Kramer was always known as an astute businessman. But in 1948 when he produced his first movie, "So This Is New York," a screwball satire of city life, previewing it in the Midwest was probably not the best idea.

Critics there hated it. Audiences generally stayed away. And so the movie quickly dropped from sight, never opening except for a brief appearance in a theater in Far Rockaway, Queens in the city for which it was named.


I hope this doesn't mean we can blame Kramer for Bible belt previews.

Item the Second: The Sloan Foundation has named the recipients of its science in film project fellowships, both to very interesting sounding projects. Though I long for the moral certitude to focus on the DNA project, I instead focus on the exciting Hedy Lammar script. (Note to Sloan Foundation: I will work for stipend and I love science.)

At any rate, you can't argue with this:

In 1933, at age 19, she swam in the nude in the notorious Czech film "Ecstasy." Often called the most beautiful woman in the world, she married badly to a domineering Austrian munitions manufacturer and escaped by drugging the maid and climbing out a window. She made her way to Hollywood, where she starred in movies with Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart.

Then there is the less known chapter of her life. In World War II, she offered her services as an inventor of weapons, coming up with a brainstorm that helped lead to wireless Internet and cellphones.

The Hedy Lamarr story: does it sound like the plot of a movie?


Let us just hope it's a good movie. (But could she have met James Bond? I'm just asking...)

Item the Third, though not in importance. Small Beer Press has put up info on its Richard Butner chapbook, to debut I believe in the not too distant future. Order now, cool kids, for everyone on your block will want one.

worm: Oh, I really don't have one. Since the most earsticky thing of my day was radio Nirvana.

thingy/s to check out: Jincy Willet's JENNY AND THE JAWS OF LIFE

namecheck: Joe "You'd Think He's A Teacher or Some Shit" Sutliff Sanders


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