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AP Makes Its Broadway Debut

Yesterday evening, the Associated Press took to Broadway following a performance of “Time Stands Still” at the Cort Theatre — Donald Margulies‘ play about war correspondents starring Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James as a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent who return from Iraq. Santiago Lyon, the AP’s director of photography, led the production’s weekly post-show “Talkback’ with the help of AP senior managing editor John Daniszewski, photographer Julie Jacobson and reporter Kimberly Dozier.

The four, all of whom have earned their stripes covering war zones, discussed the unique dangers and hurdles of covering news in volatile parts of the world. The AP offers a look at the discussion, during which the correspondents noted the parallels between art and life:

Jacobson, who last year photographed a powerful image of a dying Marine in Afghanistan, said she identified with the play’s portrayal of war correspondents coming home and feeling disconnected. She said she found it odd upon returning from the Haiti earthquake to find that she didn’t have to brush her teeth with bottled water any more.

And here’s an interesting little tidbit: the AP has suffered a total of 31 staff fatalities since its founding in 1846… starting with a reporter who was killed covering Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Audio from the performance will be available later this week.

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Tracking Down Mrs. X With “Nanny Diaries” Scribes

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Harvey Weinstein is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can accurately reveal the identity of the real Mrs. X as portrayed onscreen by Laura Linney in “The Nanny Diaries.” And The New York Post reports that The Weinstein Co. head honcho’s phones have been ringing off the hook. However, FBLA caught up the tome’s authors – who created the fictional character – and they say nailing down the real name of the boss from hell won’t be easy. “How do you offer a reward to find the Easter Bunny,” laughed “Nanny Diaries” co-scribe Emma McLaughlin. Continued her writing partner Nicola Kraus, “We can’t lie, it is a fictional story.” And one that the authors say they wish so many people across the globe couldn’t relate to due to the abusive situations their star character finds herself in. “It’s so amazing to work so hard on a social satire and such a compliment when those characters ring so true to so many people – and not just in Manhattan. We’ve talked to people in South China and Holland and so many cities where people tell us that they are related to Mrs. X or married to Mrs. X,” Kraus explained. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were just one family?” Another wonderful thing is the brilliant mind of Harvey Weinstein who came up with the reward idea, something that is helping to generate press while the pic’s star, Scarlett Johansson, is working with Woody Allen on an untitled project thus unable to pump her pic in the Stateside press. “Had the lovely and beautiful star of the movie not been waylaid in Madrid with Woody Allen all of this might not be happening,” McLaughlin explained. Besides “Nanny Diaries” – which opens in theaters today – the duo are also the creative minds behind other projects including the novels “Citizen Girl” and the recently released “Dedication” in addition to the screenplay “Five Men Who Broke My Heart” for Paramount. But back to the mysterious Mrs. X. “It’s like a $100,000 reward for finding Holden Caulfield,” laughed Kraus. Yeah, good luck with that.
- CHRIS GARDNER

Sundance News: Worst, Kinkiest, Best–Take Your Pick

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FBLA knows that even if our readers can’t go to Sundance, you still need to be able spout all the gossip/conventional wisdom/buzz about the offerings. So, we’ve rounded up the best–feel free to pass off any cogent remarks as your own.

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David Poland says it’s the worst ever. Logan Hill makes a case for kinkiest.

Grace is Gone seems to be the biggest hit thus far, which isn’t saying much. The Weinsteins have picked up this homespun drama, starring John Cusack as a family man whose wife gets killed in action in Iraq.

The Hollywood Reporter thinks Savages from Tamara Jenkins is the festival hit. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman turn in strong performances as siblings taking care of their aging father.

Hounddog, aka the Dakota Fanning rape project, got a lot of pre-festival press. Audience reactions remain to be seen.

Richard Corliss, writing in Time, confirms what the rest of us think: Sundance movies are their own genre.

The program is heavy with earnest studies of emotional accommodation.

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