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Daily Briefing. "Who's Cary Grant?"

Also: The award-winners from the Zurich and Reykjavik film festivals.

Towards the end of his interview on the New York Times Book Review podcast, John Lithgow, whose new memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education, is reviewed by Ada Calhoun, along with Hal Holbrook's Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, tells Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus that acting "really only exists while it's happening…. The more that an actor can accommodate himself to the truth that he will eventually be forgotten, the better off he is." Naturally, Tanenhaus asks, "Even film performances?" That's when Lithgow recounts an "appalling moment" from the days when he was working with "my dear young protege," Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who overheard some of the older actors talking on the set of 3rd Rock from the Sun, and asked, "Who's Cary Grant?"

Of course, Gordon-Levitt was young at the time — this would have been well over ten years ago now — but for anyone needing a refresher, do scan the latest gallery at everyday_i_show: That's Cary Grant.

"Cindy Meehl's doc Buck won the International Documentary Film prize over the weekend at the 7th Zurich Film Festival, while Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter won the International Feature Film prize," reports Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. Also: "Russian director Angelina Nikonova's Twilight Portrait, the story of revenge between a social worker and a militia man against the modern day backdrop of a Russia ridden with social conflict, won the Golden Puffin prize at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival over the weekend, with a special mention going to Andrea Segre's Li and the Poet. Also receiving a nod was Norwegian director Joachim Trier's Oslo, 31, August. Aki Kaurismäki's latest, Le Havre, meanwhile, won the RIFF Audience Award." More on Reykjavik from Richard Bernstein in the NYT.

Mention Cary Grant and I always have to take another look at this classic bit from Mel Brooks:


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JGL has learned the masters by now, methinks.
I met JGL in 2007 at SXSW and he was talking about Monte Hellman and Warren Oates, so the guy does know his film history. Maybe the Cary Grant gaffe was just the inspiration he needed as a young man.

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