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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Of bobbleheads, whips and police tape

Ah, another headline that just might inspire a few clicks. No, no, it’s all quite G-rated: I’m talking about the movie-themed stuff on my desk. When you are a movie critic, studios send you stuff, even if you beg them repeatedly not to do so because you have no room on your desk and because it’s all such a waste of time and resources. Because of the aforementioned begging, I don’t get too much stuff, but it does show up from time to time. (Speaking of wasting resources: Yesterday I received a huge box in the mail that contained a movie poster lying flat.) Anyway, these days I’m getting some pressure to clear away a lot of the debris on and around my desk (I am, ahem, a tad messy) because the Times is moving offices in a few months and there’s no time like the present. As I dig through endless piles of notebooks and screener DVDs, here’s some of the more interesting stuff I’m finding:
— Bobblehead figures of Harvey Pekar (as depicted in “American Splendor”) and Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies. For the record, Robert is taller.
— A braided leather bull whip (well, I suspect it’s not real leather), sent out as a souvenir of the last “Indiana Jones” movie, and which I keep handy in case any editors get out of line.
— A roll of what looks like crime-scene police tape, but with the title and cast of “Cyrus” on it (Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener), which is mystifying as I can’t remember anything about that movie involving wide tape. Perhaps I’ve blocked it out.
— A pair of bedroom slippers in the shape of animals, promoting the Disney movie “Brother Bear.” They sort of fit.
— Two drinking glasses, currently with thumbtacks in them, with Charlie Chaplin’s picture on them. I have no idea whatsoever where these came from.
— A pair of “Harry Potter” 3D glasses.
— A pair of “Harry Potter” regular glasses, in an unopened package stating that they are appropriate for ages 4 and up.
— A pink feather boa, courtesy of some Lindsay Lohan movie years ago
— And way, way too many books.
Anyhow. Speaking of “American Splendor,” which is always worth speaking of, here’s a clip for the weekend (I’m off tomorrow) from that movie, featuring Paul Giamatti and Judah Friedlander (who’s so funny on “30 Rock”). Best use of “The Pina Colada Song” ever, no? See you Monday.

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