By Kyle | December 5, 2013
You just gotta love Harvey, who took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times to denounce me for my review of Philomena. He is a consummate showman and the absolute master of the fake controversy — a pure tabloid soul. I especially love how, every six months or so, he manages to get headlines over the “raging dispute” about whether a film that appeals to exactly zero teenagers in the first place is going to get an R or a PG-13. As one of my former editors used to tell me when I was a rewrite man, “Whip up a little outrage!” Maybe he plants a couple of F-bombs in every movie just to be safe that he’ll at least have an MPAA contretemps to generate awareness.
I think Harvey knows “Philomena” isn’t really good enough to merit a Best Picture or even a Best Actress nomination for Dench’s dim-little-old-lady act, so he’s trying to change the subject: If you don’t vote for this film, you’re on the same side as one of those Evil Conservatives we all hate! Hilarious. Now my review (which came out when people were packing up for Thanksgiving and had more important things to think about than an obscure British indie) is going to get 100 times as many readers. Thanks for the hits, Harvey! Keep whipping up that outrage!
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