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Will Katharine Hepburn's Biopic Take a Page from the Ellen Page Playbook?

Katharine Hepburn/Photo: CC/TheFoxling/Flickr

Editor's Note: A forthcoming Katharine Hepburn biopic inspires speculation, Werner Herzog and others inspire Reddit, and more in today's roundup.

From the instant Permut Presentations announced they were filming a biopic about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's legendary relationship, Hollywood historians and biographers (as well as many fans) have been in a tizzy over what "angle" the film will take -- both stars are storied to have had homosexual relationships in their heyday, especially Hepburn. William Mann -- author of the 2006 bio Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn -- is publicly calling for film producers to draw parallels between Ellen Page's recent comments on the occasion of her own coming-out and Kate's long and complex relationship with her own love life, which is well documented in "literally thousands of her letters" as well as interviews with friends and intimates. Will they take note, or will they decide to perpetuate the same fictions that Hepburn spun in order to survive as a public figure? The world, as they say, will be watching.

Reddit had a big, bloody weekend on the AMA front (For those who have yet to be initiated, that's "Ask Me Anything"). In one thread, famed documentarians Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Joshua Oppenheimer simultaneously dropped by to answer questions about their new collaboration, a film called "The Act of Killing." Meanwhile, over on the horror subsite, Heather Langenkamp showed up to discuss all things "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and promote her own doc about the series called "I Am Nancy." Not only will she never sleep again, she also works on weekends!

Many film buffs experienced a quiet wrench of sadness this weekend when Maria Franziska von Trapp -- the last surviving member of the musical family immortalized in "The Sound of Music" -- passed away at the respectable age of ninety-nine. As the song so eloquently put it, "So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu."

Books not only contain a wealth of knowledge, they also make great action figures! With some wire and a few props, artist Terry Border has created an adorable set of anthropomorphic book sculptures, each acting out bits of the story they contain. Listen, you dirty little Orwell statue: You and I both know there isn't any film in that camera.

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