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    More on Harvey Weinstein

    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!


    Topics: Movies |

    12 Responses to “More on Harvey Weinstein”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 5th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Cool- Congratulations!

    2. yankeefan Says:
      December 5th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      This is the most fun since the waiter column. Don’t forget to add Harvey to your Hannukah-card list!

    3. K Says:
      December 5th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Bravo! Mencken couldn’t have done it better.

    4. kishke Says:
      December 5th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      You and Weinstein have a mutually beneficial relationship. He gets his controversy, you get your hits. Everyone is happy.

    5. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      December 6th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      As some of you know, Kyle is a personal friend. A few years ago, in his cups, he told me was raised by nuns. He loved them. He wanted to be one when he gree up. It was only when a sobbing Mother Superior dashed his dreams that Kyle decided that, if he could not serve God in the way he had hoped, he could serve his country instead, and promptly joined the military. The rest is history.

    6. yankeefan Says:
      December 6th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      UNRELATED: Kyle, I could’ve talked you off the ledge re: police commish weeks ago. I meant to post here, but forgot — a good friend of mine, who is a friend of BdB’s, had Bratton as a heavy fave all along. Maybe I didn’t type it because I didn’t want to jinx the pick.

      I’ve always been a huge Bratton fan, dating back to long before Rudy chased him out of town. He was going to be Mark Green’s pick had that charmer gotten elected.

    7. Julie Says:
      December 6th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Some of us had very, very different experiences with clergy. Just because he had good experiences does not make it right that he essentially behaved in the most unChristlike manner possible when it comes to the women whose children were stolen by the Church. Christ Himself would be ashamed of Mr. Smith’s review. Christ Himself would not think the “good” nuns were doing those girls “a favor” by taking their babies away and selling them, and by incarcerating those girls against their will and forcing them into a lifetime of slavery and then dumping their bodies into an unmarked, mass grave. Maybe Mr. Smith’s nuns should have done a better job of educating him about what the Church did to unwed mothers all around the world. Or maybe they should’ve pointed out that Christ’s mother herself got pregnant out of wedlock.

    8. sherm Says:
      December 7th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody….

    9. Jules Brouwer Says:
      December 9th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      I saw Harvey Weinstein last night. He was in London for a preview screening of Meryl Streep’s new movie August. Crap film but Kyle probably liked it, knowing his taste.

    10. Kyle Says:
      December 9th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      I walked out of it at the point where Meryl was running dementedly through the fields and just after the point where Meryl was getting gang-tackled on the floor by the rest of the family while trying to reach for a bottle of painkillers.

    11. Jules Brouwer Says:
      December 10th, 2013 at 3:01 am

      I think I was asleep by then.

    12. S. A. Smith Says:
      January 2nd, 2014 at 11:47 am

      For those of us who are adopted or had children who were adopted, this film was not a political commentary. Your comments, and those of Mr. Weinstein are simply self serving. There are people who, like Philomena Lee have run up against the proverbial brick wall when trying to uncover their truth. It is painful and debilitating, which renders us dimwitted, at best. Lame jokes are necessary for survival at times.
      It is clear that you care more about promoting what you believe to be an important political view of a movie than to actually understand the emotions and actions portrayed on the screen. As one on the other side of the quest, I cannot know how Ms Lee actually felt, but I know that Judi Dench’s portrayal of frustration with roadblocks was dead on. Absolutely dead on.
      If it’s a subject that you’re unfamiliar with, say so. Emotions are not everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to write political commentary, fine. Do that. Just don’t call it a movie review.