Bob and Justin's Mad Movie Blog

My name is Bob. My friend Justin and I are aspiring filmmakers and we have pretty similar tastes in movies. This will include our take on what's going on in film and television today as well as updating you on the status of our own work.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Edward Norton

Ya know we hear an awful lot about celebrities saying and doing outrageous things. Mel Gibson, just this past weekend, Michael Richards and OJ (thankfully his book and special have been cancelled). We also hear about a lot of celebrities trying to help out in the world, but am I alone in feeling like Bono and Angelina Jolie might be the two most self congratulatory people on the planet? As for Madonna, she needed some publicity.
But it's nice to hear this from Edward Norton. It's also nice to hear that the extravagant gift baskets at awards ceremonies are probably going to be done away with. This from IMDB:

Norton Urges Oscars To Banish Gift Baskets
Actor Edward Norton is leading a celebrity charge to banish lavishing gift baskets on presenters at top awards shows. The Illusionist star is appalled by the freebies celebrities pick up backstage at events like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, while many people watching the ceremonies at home are struggling to pay the rent and feed their kids. He says, "A lot of us have talked to the Academy Awards producers about this and I think they're actually going to scuttle the gift baskets and that kind of stuff. I mean the gift baskets, worth amounts of money that a low income family could live on for a year, (are given to) people who have so much already. It gets depressing. You sit there, going, 'This is an embarrassment.'"

Go Edward. No shameless self promotion. No patting himself on the back, just telling it like it is.

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