1. "Tumult at City Pages: Film Editor Axed, Cost-Cutting Memo Leaked": On the unceremonious axing of City Pages editor Rob Nelson. From the Minnesota Monitor, via GreenCine Daily.
[""Everything we know about security is wrong," reads the headline of this week's cover story. Given today's firing of film editor Rob Nelson—and considering other high-profile exits in recent months—one might get the impression the piece is about job security."]
2. "Owen Wilson in suicide bid": From The Times of India.
["Magazines reported that Wilson tried to kill himself. Sources tell he cut his wrists and took a number of pills—and was discovered by a family member, who alerted authorities. "]
3. "The Greatest Directors Ever: Part 1 & Part 2": Thanks to Jim Emerson, who comments here.
["It took months of bickering—sorry, discussion—and weeks of sulking—sorry, reflecting—but here, finally, is Total Film's locked down, rubber-stamped, definitive selection..."]
4. "The view: Is Hollywood America?": House contributor Edward Copeland gets a mention, and resultant discussion, on the Guardian blog.
["It's been listin' time again this week, as what seemed like every man, woman or child who ever blogged lined up to take part in a poll organised by Edward Copeland to find the world's most esteemed non-English language movies. And rigorous the process has been too, with a nominating committee, no less, proposing 122 candidates from which to choose your favourite."]
5. "Harry Potter and the Snarky Reviewer": Liverputty's Escutcheon Blot on the Harry Potter series.
["I want to talk about the Harry Potter series, and address the negative, both private and printed, critiques that I have read or heard from acquaintances. Please do not read this if you have not read the books. The following essay contains more spoilers than a white-trash Trans-Am circa 1979 (with a big fire eagle painted on the hood). I think that the series is a great one...one of the landmark literary achievements of our time, and do not want to spoil the pleasure of any body's first read of the Potter saga."]
Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): "The Scream"; House of Bamboo (1955)
Clip of the Day: So the theme from Jaws has lyrics...
"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.