It’s not uncommon for identical movie projects to surface in Hollywood at the same time, typically forcing one to fold. Less common is the notion of two old-time Oscar caliber directors simultaneously blogging their love of the same movie.
Martin Scorsese chimed in October 15th on behalf of “favorite musical” The Band Wagon for his ongoing DirecTV.com column “The Scorsese Selection.” Then came Peter Bogdanovich; his latest Sunday indieWIRE blog on October 24th sang the praises of the very same Vincente Minnelli-Fred Astaire collaboration.
Scorsese and Bogdanovich both celebrate the 1953 MGM film’s willingness to echo Astaire’s real-life career predicament at the time, namely that of a movie star struggling to reclaim his audience. This is something Mel Gibson may want to consider, post-Hangover 2 cameo debacle.
In terms of the respective Internet layouts of the Scorsese and Bogdanovich columns, indieWIRE wins hands down. Mainly because the webmasters of DirecTV.com appear to have an aversion to the hard-break paragraph command.