Late night links: Julia, real-life ‘Basterds,’ the Ling sisters and Conde Nast cutbacks
What really bugged Julia Child about the blog project that became the basis of Nora Ephron’s movie? Russ Parsons attempts to explain in the LAT. The food journo, who was friendly with Child during her later years, says the chef seemed most unsettled by the fact Julie Powell did not approach her cooking with as much discipline as she did. Also a turn-off: Powell’s constant complaining. Child really was a plucky as she seems in the film.
Kim Masters tells the story of her father, a Jewish commando for the British Army during WWII, in a feature tying into the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Guess what? Veterans have issues with the movie’s cartoonish violence. They hate “the premise that Jewish soldiers would hunt for scalps or bludgeon prisoners with a baseball bat,” Masters writes. “We killed people elegantly, without that sort of thing,” said Tony Firth, now 90, tells her.
Recently sprung journo Laura Ling and her sister Lisa are shopping a book about sisterhood and journalistic ideals, WSJ’s Speakeasy blog reports. This enables the sisters to pool their respective starpower – until Laura was imprisoned by the North Koreans, her sibling, a correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” was far better known. It will also allow Laura Ling to broaden the story behind her captivity, and rescue, which, let’s face it, might not sustain an entire book.
The N.Y. Observer checks in on the mood at Conde Nast and discovers a horrifying litany of cutbacks: No more expensing spa treatments! The bottled water is almost gone, never to be replenished! But the paper passes along reports that Si Newhouse has assured New Yorker editor David Remnick that his pub will be spared. Asked about the scuttlebutt, Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend sighed. “When Si and David speak at the lunch they have periodically, God knows what’s communicated between them.”