By Jim Schutze
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Columbia Pictures publicists for Dallas' hometown-to-Tinseltown success story, Bottle Rocket, recently ran afoul of People magazine critic Leah Rozen. Rozen called Rocket a movie of "raffish charm," and compared its feel to that of The Brothers McMullen. She added, in print, "There's a note at the bottom of my notepad, scrawled while watching this small film about three college-age friends at loose ends in Texas. It reads: 'Wow! What a debut.' Although a tad hyperbolic, it specifically refers to Owen C. WilsonE"
When Bottle Rocket's ads came out the next week, they quoted Rozen as gushing over the entire film with the blurb: "Wow! what a debut."
Many movie critics would have been flattered just to have their name splattered over the movie sections of America's newspapers--including The New York Times. But Rozen was a bit bent out of shape that her words were used out of context--and she let Columbia Pictures know it.
"I liked the movie and I wish it well," she says of Bottle Rocket, "but I think they pushed it here."
It has taken more than two weeks, but Rozen has gotten her blurb pulled from the ads. (Buzz full disclosure: Leah Rozen is the sibling of Observer staff writer Miriam Rozen.)
We figure world-class cities have to take superlatives anywhere they can get them, including this news: "New York May Now be #1, but the Lone Star State still secures three spots" in d-Con's "Top Ten Worst Mouse Cities." Sadly for Texas, New York (an also-ran in '95) bumped San Antonio out of the No. 1 spot this year. Big D-Con, at No. 5, was edged out by No. 3 Houston.
Just mice, you say? D-Con's announcement points out that Mus musculus' teeth are harder than iron and their jaws can exert pressures of 24,000 pounds per square inch--which Buzz believes to be greater than that generated by America's Team guard Nate Newton's Boysus humongous on a Slim Jim.
Don't leave Park Cities without it
In another sign of the apocalypse, Deep Ellum, Dallas' quaint bohemian theme park, is offering its own MasterCard. It was pointed out to Buzz (by the application form from MasterCard) that when patrons choose the Deep Ellum Preferred plastic, "you know they have a good reason."
It's "the only credit card to benefit the Deep Ellum Area." Even better: "It identifies you as a Deep Ellum community patron." (Buzz gets the feeling they're going to start checking passports at Elm and Good Latimer.)
Unfortunately, the hype doesn't spell out exactly what benefits Deep Ellum gets from this "extraordinary" credit card--aside from the included coupon for a free entrŽe at Blind Lemon or Art Bar.