Straight Talk About Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

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What holiday? The current of lit and film news stops for no man, no matter how much America he did or didn't discover. Here are today's hot topics.

In a recent lecture, screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman (who permanently altered the game of film adaptation with his meta-tribute to Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief)  shares memories of his salad days as a sitcom writer, and offers advice to would-be storytellers. It's like having a tiny portal into his head, except you don't have to worry about catching him in the shower.

Is it just us, or is Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" playing very hush-hush with the fabulous skeletons in the old man's closet? The IMDB page alludes to the former FBI director's "secrets," but so far we've only seen one incriminating screenshot, via the UK's Daily Mail, and even that is a bit on the mild side. The JEH Foundation is already in denial mode, despite not even knowing the extent to which Eastwood's film broaches the "rumors." Meanwhile, the screenwriter claims that the gay subplot shines through loud and proud. So why do Eastwood and Warner Brothers appear to be trying to distance themselves from it?

Film historians and bughunt-enthusiasts will be excited to see the amazing restoration of the Nostromo, the commercial starship from the 1979 sci-horror classic "Alien." The model had been exposed to the elements for nearly two decades before being salvaged by Prop Store. Nice work, gang! Next can you renovate Tom Skerritt?

The futuristic dystopia we've all been waiting for finally arrives in the form of a movie based on Xynga's "popular" Farmville game. Jokes about this news practically write themselves, whereas the film itself will be written by a fun-destroying supercomputer powered by marketing drones on treadmills.