Things just got personal in Hollywood.
A war of words was exchanged between producer Scott Rudin and film critc David Denby.
All over a film review. A favorable film review.
Denby recently announced that his review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would be released eight days before the film's embargo date.
In a letter to Rudin, Denby tries to explain why the review is so early.
Grown-ups are ignored for much of the year, cast out like downsized workers, and then given eight good movies all at once in the last five weeks of the year…"In any case, the early vote forced the early screening of 'Dragon Tattoo.' So we had a dilemma: What to put in the magazine on December 5? Certainly not We Bought the Zoo,' or whatever it's called
Sorry Matt Damon.
Denby goes on to say that a serious movie was needed for The New Yorker and TGWDT was chosen.
He apologizes to Rudin at the end of the leter.
Rudin would have none of Denby's excuses.
In his returning letter, the producer calls out Denby for backing out on his word.
He goes on to say that the good review does not matter and the film's buzz is ruined.
For the cherry on top, he BANS Denby from any of his future screenings!
Talk about a tough falling out.