Banksy's Oscar March Continues, and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Social Network principals try lunar Sex... Anthony LaPaglia has a Bridge to sell you... Ricky Gervais blowback from an unlikely source... Your offbeat critical reading of the day... and more...
· After a swift, muscular run through last month's critics awards and earning a Directors Guild nomination for Best Documentary, Bansky's extraordinary "street art disaster film" claimed the top prize at Tuesday's Cinema Eye Honors in New York. The events recognizes the year's best in nonfiction and signified the last award the elusive artist wouldn't collect before facing next week's likely question: Do I (we?) blow cover for the Oscars, for which nomination seems imminent? Other Cinema Eye winners included The Oath, Last Train Home, and Audience Award-winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. [Cinema Eye Honors]
· Producers Scott Rudin and Michael De Luca will partner once again with author Ben Mezrich -- whose Accidental Billionaires the duo adapted as The Social Network -- to develop Mezrich's latest book Sex on the Moon. The story deals with Thad Roberts, "a once-promising young scientist working for NASA who back in 2004 hatched a crazy plan to steal highly prized moon rocks" to impress his girlfriend. Aww! Sounds like it has a pretty Thad ending, though. Ahem, sorry. [LAT]
· Anthony LaPaglia will co-produce and join fellow Aussies Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill and Yankees Vera Farmiga and Sebastian Stan in a screen adaptation of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. [THR]
· "Instead of the Magical Negro archetype found in way too many movies about white people in need of soulful healing, Jack is the Magical Working-Class Guy, whose work ethic and tough love replenishes all the spirit that was drained out of Bobby by living in a million-dollar house and driving a Porsche." Now there's a reading of the Ben Affleck/Kevin Costner recession drama The Company Men that I hadn't thought of before. [Salon]
· Perhaps the most disturbing thing to come out of the Ricky Gervais/Golden Globes backlash? An angry letter from the planning commissioner of West Covina, Calif., to LAT columnist Partick Goldstein. You've just got to read this. [LAT]
· I know what you were thinking when you heard Steve Jobs was taking another health-related leave of absence from Apple: How will this impact my editing-software upgrades? Thankfully Variety has your answer. [Variety]