Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Rome Film Festival 2011 (Photo: Image.net)
Watching Oscar winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson cry her way through a Whitney Houston tribute last night has made all other matters seem trivial, but here's your Monday link roundup as promised.
Vanity Fair has rolled out a lush slideshow sharing some behind-the-scenes moments from iconic movies such as "Cleopatra" and "The Godfather." One of their picks, Barry Levinson's 1982 hit "Diner," ended up with an entire feature. I believe that sound you hear is Netflix grinding to a halt as thousands of people add the film to their queue...
The NY Post has named indie darling Maggie Gyllenhaal among wealthy New Yorkers who register with the famed Park Slope Co-op (an organic market where members work shifts in the store in exchange for wicked deals on fresh eats) and then send stand-ins such as maids and assistants to do the actual labor for them. Maggie's people have denied the charge, claiming the actress doesn't actually have any employees -- so who would she send? Since the article has refused to name its sources, the Post seems to be the only one caught slacking off.
Remember that huge PBS documentary about Woody Allen that everyone was talking about, and which you never got around to watching for some unacceptable reason? Well you just ran out of excuses -- that baby's online now: Part 1, Part 2.
I'd like to take this opportunity to come out of the closet... as someone who really enjoyed the movie "Speed Racer." Maybe I'm not alone: Here's an essay in defense of the Wachowski's infamous cartoon-to-film epic.