INDIANA JONES AND THE HOLLYWOOD STING
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers set up a sting operation to nab a man suspected of stealing laptop computers and hundreds of photos from the latest Indiana Jones movie last Tuesday. According to a Los Angeles Times account, authorities were contacted by the operators of several unnamed entertainment gossip websites, who told them that they had received emails from someone offering to sell images from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Sheriff's detectives then replied to the man's messages, saying they were interested in the photos and setting up a meeting at a West Hollywood hotel. The man who arrived -- and was promptly arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property -- was 37-year-old Roderick Davis of Cerritos (who was also charged with violating his parole). A spokesman for the Sheriff's office said Wednesday that other people are involved in the theft."
CANNES WINNER HOPING FOR TICKET BUYERS, NOT TROPHIES
The winner of this year's top prize at the Cannes Film Festival says he hopes his film won't be relegated to a few art houses and other film festivals. In an interview with Reuters at the New York Film Festival, Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d'Or for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, said, "I don't see myself as an arthouse filmmaker, making films for small theaters and few people. ... I care about awards ... but I just want to reach more people who would get something from the story." Mungiu went on to remark that he realizes that he "can't compete with Spiderman 3 and it is OK they will go and see that film, but there are people who want to see a film like mine too."
DYLAN MOVIE TO GET COVER TREATMENT BY NY TIMES MAGAZINE
The trade publication Editor & Publisher has disclosed many of the details of next Sunday's cover story in The New York Times Magazine about I'm Not There, in which six actors play Bob Dylan. The article, titled "This Is Not a Bob Dylan Movie," quotes Cate Blanchett, who plays one of the Dylans as saying, "I don't know that it does make sense. ... I don't think the film even strives to make sense, in a way." Producer Harvey Weinstein, who says in the article that he will get Blanchett an Oscar nomination or kill himself, also remarks, "Nothing's ever been attempted like this before [in film]. ... There are scenes and episodes that are amongst the best filmmaking that has taken place in American film. ... There are other sections that are going to be a little bumpy." Speaking at the New York Film Festival Tuesday night, director Todd Haynes was asked about his decision to cast Blanchett as one of the Dylans. According to the online Radar magazine, he replied, "For all the ways that Dylan is associated as a guy's artist or a heterosexual kind of icon, his flamboyance and foppery during that time were profound, and it must have been a freaker for people at the time." The film is due to open on November 21.
JIMINY CRICKET! WHAT DID THEY DO TO THAT SONG?
The music publishing house Bourne Co. has sued 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, the Cartoon Network and others over a parody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney's Pinocchio, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1940. Bourne claims that the parody, sung for a 2000 episode of Fox's The Family Guy, included anti-Semitic phrases that led to the episode's being yanked from the air. However, according to the lawsuit, more than 1 million copies of the show have been sold in various formats.