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Wednesday, March 19, 2003  

Keeping the film theme going in this pre-Oscars week, a couple of news items:

"Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, whose 'The Man Without a Past' is up for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, said he and his production company will skip Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles to protest plans for a U.S.-led war in Iraq."

'"We are not living in the most glorious moments of the history of mankind,' Kaurismaki wrote in a letter to Frank Pierson, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"'Therefore, I nor anybody else from Sputnik Ltd. can participate in the Oscar gala event at the same time the government of the United States is preparing a crime against humanity for the purpose of shameless economic interests.'"



Sputnik Ltd. I kid you not. That was a real story.

And then there's this: no Joan for you.

"The show will go on as planned, but Sunday's Academy Awards will be a 'more sober affair' in light of the pending war with Iraq, Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates said Tuesday.

Cates said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 'is mindful that many of its celebrity guests would feel uncomfortable arriving at this year's awards, at the beginning of a major war, to face a business-as-usual phalanx of interviewers and photographers.'"



Uncomfortable because they're yellah. They don't want to be targets of any anti-US types PO'ed that we're bombing Iraq. Which is reasonable, one now sees, given the wild gleam in Aki Kaurismaki's eye.

"Look out, look out, I think he's got a gun!"

"Who?"

"The Finn. THE FINN!!"

posted by Jeff | 3:03 PM |
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