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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Biskind’

The Henry Jaglom-Orson Welles Tapes

For fans of Orson Welles, tomorrow is already guaranteed to be a summer highlight. That’s the day Metropolitan Books is serving up My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles.

Edited and introduced by Peter Biskind, the book features transcripts of recordings made by Jaglom (with Welles’ permission) of the pair’s regular lunches at Ma Maison restaurant in West Hollywood . The 1983-85 sit-downs are everything one might expect – and more. The beauty of the recordings is that they allow for Welles to speak through the page in all his glory. As in this instance for example, when he recalled a memorable media moment at the New York premiere of Citizen Kane:

“That was in the days when the crowd were still screaming, “Here comes Norma Shearer!” The days when there was that kind of opening. John Barrymore made the famous joke. A radio reporter announced, “And here come Mr. John Barrymore, and Orson Welles, who made this picture! What have you got to say, Mr. Barrymore?””

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Vanity Fair December Cover Scarlet Johansson Has Wide-Ranging Interview

Scarlet Johansson is the Vanity Fair‘s December cover.

The actress spoke to contributing editor Peter Biskind about her recent nude photo scandal, and her relationships with men such as Ryan Reynolds, Woody Allen and Sean Penn.

The interview also discusses her campaigning for various Democratic political leaders, including President Obama. She tells Biskind that nearly one term later “we’re all guilty of being idealistic, I and everyone who voted for him.” But in response to being asked if she would work for him again, she says, “It would be irresponsible not to.”

As for the recent topless photo scandal she tells Biskand, “I know my best angles.” Johansson adds. “They were sent to my husband,” now ex Reynolds. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.”

The December issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands in New York on November 3, and on the iPad on November 9.

Vanity Fair Profiles Mel Gibson

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Peter Biskind takes a look at the tumultuous life of Mel Gibson. The piece opens with a fantastic quote from director Richard Donner:

I have a bust of Abraham Lincoln in my office, and it’s not because of the greatness he did for our country, but it’s because that whenever I look at it I have to remember an actor killed him.

Great, right? Well, in a piece about Gibson, there are obviously many, many more quotes worth noting, despite the actor opting not to be interviewed.

Biskind does a good job of getting all the highs and lows of Gibson, and manages to find one common factor throughout it all: The influence of Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson.

Hutton is apparently an extremely religious guy, and that religion – called Catholic Traditionalism – has shaped Mel Gibson’s hatred of pretty much everyone.

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