• Michael Joseph Gross tracks Richard Linklater's attempt to shoot Fast Food Nation – I'm sorry, Coyote – in real locations on the low pro. Though one of the film's producers maintains that the fast food industry shouldn't be worried ("We're just using the fast food industry as a backdrop for a multitude of characters. It's not a polemic. It's a character study, set in the world of the fast food industry"), they apparently are. The president of the Colorado Restaurant Association frets: "If people are willing to lie about what they're doing, they can probably talk their way into most anywhere, and that could be a problem."
  • Mick Garris makes a strange analogy to explain the genesis of the Masters of Horror anthology that premiered last night on Showtime: "Whenever our paths would cross at horror conventions and screenings, we would always talk about getting together for dinner, but no one made a move. After a few years of this, I decided to play Dorothy Parker and organize the Algonquin Round Table West."
  • Are Asian countries – Japan and Korea, in particular – "breeding a new generation of cinematic sadists"? Park Chanwook doesn't think so, but as he admits to Dave Kehr, "I don't want the viewer to stop at the mental or the intellectual. I want them to feel my work physically. And because that is one of my goals, the title 'exploitative' will probably follow me around for a while."
  • Bruce Weiss is planning to produce a series of DV remakes, to be directed by actors Bob Balaban, Stanley Tucci, and Steve Buscemi, of films made by Theo Van Gogh, the controversial Dutch artist who was assassinated by a disgruntled moviegoer earlier this year. Christian Moerk reports, "They are movies that aim to tap the all-around rambunctiousness that made van Gogh what Mr. Weiss calls "an equal-opportunity offender."

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