Muscle Beach and the Dawn of Huge – Over the years, whispers have circled about Arnold’s possible involvement in the gay-for-pay cash grab at Gold’s, but no evidence has ever emerged. Sprague, when asked, says he had no direct knowledge and wouldn’t comment on rumors. So, too, with Drasin and the others I talked to, who conceded that Gold’s was rife with hustlers, but not them and surely not Arnold. Efforts to reach Schwarzenegger were unsuccessful. I couldn’t ask him, then, about that other vice at Gold’s: the prolific, and very public, use of steroids.
Steve Coogan (Vanity Fair) – And now comes word from Coogan that he is at work on something his fans have long hoped for: an Alan Partridge movie. He is writing it with two of his frequent collaborators, Peter Baynham, who co-wrote the Borat movie with Baron Cohen, and Armando Iannucci, the creative force behind the BBC political-satire series The Thick of It and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s new HBO show, Veep. The plan is for the Partridge picture to be filmed this summer and released in 2013.
Style & Identity in Do the Right Thing – The costume palette is loud and the clothes (in the main) are minimal, reflecting and highlighting the sweltering heat and sweat of the long Bedford-Stuyvesant day upon which the film is set. The girls wear tube tops and the guys wear shorts and vests, and there is little cohesion in terms of a colour scheme, echoing the growing mood of disharmony that permeates the film. Reds, pinks, greens, oranges and yellows are par for the course, often on the same garment. However, the colour explosion is largely youthful, with the older characters’ clothes generally more reserved.