Hattergate: White House Struggles to Account for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton Visit

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Johnny Depp/Photo: CC/Nicogenin/Flickr

There's nothing better than a good Hollywood/Washington crossover scandal. This time around, it concerns Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, who apparently were not logged as official White House guests when they attended an "Alice in Wonderland" themed party in 2009 (Burton designed the party, and as unlikely as it may sound, Depp actually performed as his character, the Mad Hatter). The President's staff insists that no wrongdoing occurred and that the party was not kept secret, but the whole matter grows curiouser and curiouser by the day.

After years of emphasis on original shows such as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," the network AMC will return to the "classics"  with an original series based on the Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." If we're putting in requests for TV shows based on films about gang warfare, my vote's on "Heathers" (though I'm happy to settle for a musical).

Here's something new in the world of film criticism: Lisa Hanawalt of The Hairpin has composed a fully illustrated review of "War Horse" (warning: contains movie spoilers), which makes one long for the days of actual comic strips in newspapers' Arts sections. Hey editors, could this be a regular feature please?

One last thing: Here's an excellent NPR profile of Mara Brock Akil, the screenwriter whose recent hits "The Game" and "Jumping the Broom" have presented her as an important emerging voice. And a rare one, for male-dominated Hollywood: She bears the distinction of being African American, a Muslim, and mother of two. Looking forward to hearing more of what Akil has to say.