Extra! Extra! Perhaps you've read Page Six's account of young Tyler Nelson, the "big-mouthed extra" who may have ended his career thanks to an ill-considered decision to blab plot details about the upcoming Indiana Jones movie.
Nelson, cast as a dancing Russian soldier, talked to the Edmond Sun in Oklahoma despite having signed a nondisclosure agreement. In response, director Steven Spielberg's spokesman is ominously quoted as saying: "Who knows whether that particular person will ever work in this town again?"
We're told that the forces of George Lucas took the lead in trying to stuff the genie back into the bottle, getting the article pulled off the Web and stripping links from sites like Ain't It Cool News. Doing in the version on Page Six might be beyond even the powers of Lucas and Spielberg combined, which raises interesting questions about the laws that govern the media universe.
We're not sure of the provenance of this little piece of art above—it came in through the virtual transom—but we thought we'd share it anyway. If its creator wants to take a bow, let us know.
Sept. 27: Update! This came in over the virtual transom:
Hi, my name is Tom Kilbourne and a friend of mine made me aware that a picture I photoshopped of Tyler Nelson, the kid who ratted out the plot of Indy 4, appeared in your article titled "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Idiocy." I showed it to him, he sent it to a friend and it somehow made it over to you. I saw the link at the bottom to get credit for the picture, and I guess I'd like to take a bow. Thanks for posting it!
Sept. 25, 2007
Words words words: Some quotes have a way of sticking in people's minds for a long time. In Hollywoodland, one of the best was Michael Eisner's famous comment about Jeffrey Katzenberg: "I hate the little midget." That was from 1999, and it took litigation to smoke it out. Given the level of caution in the business when it comes to speaking on the record, we don't get winners like that too often.
But now Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has come up with one for the ages. At a Goldman Sachs media conference last week, he said that the departure of DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg and David Geffen would be "completely immaterial" to the company's financial outlook. In case you're not a lawyer, what Dauman meant by that is that Viacom's relationship with DreamWorks is deader than a herring in cream sauce. What will happen next has the town riveted.