spielberg.jpgWe have a few more details this evening on the lack-of marketing campaign planned, at the director's request, around Steven Spielberg's Munich. The no-press-at-all rumors, it appears, were not exactly accurate. Today's LA Times article confirms that Spielberg, the cast, and screenwriter Tony Kushner will not be doing interviews or special appearances, but the film, which will open relatively small on 500 screens two days before Christmas and was only screened for studio brass earlier this week, will still be screened for press and, more importantly, Academy members, starting soon (yo, Universal – where's our invite?). Universal also has plans to purchase the usual "for your consideration" ads in the trades. And even the director's personal publicist admits that Steve might loosen up on his refusal to do interviews. "When people see the film, then it could become a different matter," says Marvin Levy.

Levy admits that the film's political content has something to do with the director's squeamishness. To that end, Spielberg has hired a whole envoy of ideological boygaurds, including crisis public relations consultant Allan Mayer, former White House communications guru Mike McCurry and former presidential envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross. So one imagines that if he is coaxed in front of a tape recorder this Oscar season, it'll be only to parrot carefully rehearsed, politically correct non-commentary. Because that's what wins Oscars, right?