And this, from just one piece in the Times about the Ziegfeld Theater premiere of Farenheit 9/11:
1. "Can an artist have a luckier break than someone in power declaring their work should not be seen?...It is our belief, seeing the crowd, that HARVEY WEINSTEIN should send MICHAEL EISNER a plant."
Plants replace muffin baskets as the speed-dial thank-you gift of choice in Hollywood. With all the Atkins going around, muffins are now the f***-you gift. Unchanged: still unsure how to read a muffin basket from a 300-lb monster. The unseen impact: slave wage assistants lose their only reliable source of grains.
2. Standing ovation now comes BEFORE the film.
3. "Yhere was some hissing when CONDOLEEZZA RICE appeared on screen."
Supersized auditorium, darkness, loosen inhibitions and turn the Ziegfeld into the largest, loudest, most accurate test audience in town. [Oh wait, that stays the same. If you want to accurately predict public reception of your film, just run the trailer at the Ziegfeld. Those people know how to boo.]
4. "LEONARDO DICAPRIO, in a backward baseball cap and wispy facial hair, did group interviews at Mr. Weinstein's request."
We now care deeply what celebrities think about politics.
5. "Is it important for celebrities to be public about their political beliefs, a reporter asked.
Ooops - we're running tight on space. YOUR NAME IN THIS SPACE to the person who can tell us what Mr. DiCaprio's answer was."