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tinseltown: fight club and fahrenheit
This week, Fight Club – The Musical.

The first rule of Fight Club? Don’t talk about making Fight Club into a musical unless you’re dead serious. Novelist Chuck Palahniuk wrote the taut, angry book on which director David Fincher based the 1999 film. While on a book tour promoting his latest, Stranger Than Fiction, Palahniuk announced – to a disbelieving audience – that he and Fincher were talking about bringing the script to the stage. But don’t start dreaming about life-size bars of dancing soap and lots of classic musical-style lyrics (I was one/And now I’m two/Am I fighting me/Or fighting you?) – Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails’ lead singer and general crusader against The Man, will be responsible for the tunes.

There’s plenty going on in Hollywood but all anyone really wants to talk about is Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11. It dominated the box office last weekend, taking over $20m, Madonna’s been telling fans and fellow Kabbalah-ists to see the film, Moore’s been telling teenagers (prohibited by the R rating) to sneak into the movie, and theatre owners have been defiantly lax on enforcing the rating. Oft-vilified MPAA (Moving Picture Association of America) head, Jack Valenti, on the other hand, is proving to be very much the disciplinarian. Marketeers for the movie wanted to use critic Richard Roeper’s quote, “everyone should see this film”. Valenti interpreted the quote as a blatant endorsement of wild, unfettered underage viewing and, despite repeated pleas, would only allow a shorter version, “see this film”, to be used.

Jade Chang 02 July 2004
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