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For Scott Rudin quote aficionados , this has been a banner five days. The brusque super producer began the week by blasting New Yorker film critic David Denby in an email for breaking the 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' embargo. "The needs of the magazine cannot trump your word," Rudin wrote in an email. "The fact that the review is good is immaterial, as I suspect you know. You've very badly damaged the movie by doing this, and I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again." Burn! But it's not just Denby who gets wrath-y emails from Rudin -- it's the New York Times too.
For an article about 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' -- the new Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film that Rudin produced, and the last remaining major Academy Awards contender to screen for critics and tastemakers this year -- Rudin was asked about his latest bit of "Oscar bait."
"Feel free to write what you want, as I don't especially care," Rudin wrote in an email to reporter Brooks Barnes. "It's a movie, not a worm on the end of a hook." Double burn! You just know Denby is reading this right now and sniggering to himself.
Whether 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' capitalizes on its positioning as an Oscar film is probably of minimal consequence to Rudin. The producer -- who won a Best Picture Oscar in 2007 for 'No Country for Old Men' -- also produced the aforementioned 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' and 'Moneyball,' two other high-profile Academy Award contenders.
'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' hits theaters in limited release later this month.
[Photo: Warner Bros.]
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