Sorry for the silent morning. Con Edison decided to dig some trenches and knock out the power for most of the day, disabling all my electricity-based devices. I'm probably upgraded to some sort of super electricity now though, so a fair trade all in all.
Anyway, let's do movie news. Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt have signed on to star in an adaptation of the Leanne Shapton lengthy-titled book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. Romantic comedy just got incredibly pretentious:
The book takes the form of Sotheby's-like estate auction catalog, with 325 entries and photographs depicting items that reveal the private moments and the rise and fall of a four-year relationship between the fictitious couple Hal Morris (a 40ish photographer) and Lenore Doolan, (a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s).
The project will be developed as a romantic comedy, with Pitt to play Morris, and Portman to play Doolan.
Shapton, an illustrator and art director of the NYT's Op-Ed page, uses items that range from clothes to notes, e-mails and heirlooms to convey the excitement, the hopes and dreams, and ultimately the heartache of a love affair that runs its course.
I can't wait for the scene when the Sotheby's-like auction house is about to sell off all of Natalie Portman's emails, but then Brad Pitt, camera dangling from his neck to show he's a photographer, steps in and silently raises his number paddle--because he still loves Natalie Portman, and he doesn't want her to auction away her emails.
My bet for the title: Auction. No, wait... Bidding on the Heart.
Pitt, Portman to star in 'Artifacts' [Variety]