Remember the profile of Mel Gibson and his new film The Passion by L.A. writer Christopher Noxon last March in the New York Times Magazine? Says Richard Horgan, writing at FilmStew.com this week: "Not since Tom Junods 1997 Esquire Magazine article questioning Kevin Spaceys sexuality has there been this much fallout over a magazine profile of a Hollywood celebrity." Charges that Gibson's film might be anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic have been swirling, and without a distributor yet locked in, Gibson finally spoke out last week in Variety.
Another recent Horgan column ponders the pitfalls for Hollywood publicists of having their clients show up in the gossip columns on Page Six of the New York Post. Horgan's new column appears Wednesdays at FilmStew.com.