Kerry Washington has opened up about the trauma she experienced on the set of "Django Unchained," in which she played the title character's enslaved bride, Broomhilda. According to the article, Washington "asked her agent, parents, and even her therapist to fly in during the filming to help her get through the emotional strain." That's not an indictment of Quentin Tarantino's directing -- she credits him with making the character real for her, teaching her about certain historical horrors from the days of slavery.
People have been gabbing all weekend about the newly released documents showing that the FBI was keeping a file on the intimate details of Marilyn Monroe's life. They apparently believed that the star's film company was being used as a cover for communist activities. Right now the government is under pressure from the Associated Press to release more documents, since the star's now been dead for fifty years. (That's an awfully long time, especially in Hollywood years.)
In other quasi-political film news, Matt Damon is on the road promoting his new film "Promised Land" -- an tale about the environmental perils of fracking. If you think it's all partisan stumping, allow Matt to set you straight: "The game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter." I guess we won't see him campaigning for anybody in particular in 2016!
In Patti Smith's searing memoir Just Kids, she shared a letter she wrote to her longtime companion, the artist Robert Mapplethorpe, when he was on his deathbed. That letter is reprinted in its entirety on (where else?) the blog Letters of Note. Should anyone ever write such a beautiful letter to any of us, we'd be very lucky indeed.