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It pays to be Doris Kearns Goodwin

Steven Spielberg keeps buying the rights to her books faster than her publisher can get them on the shelves. From the LA Times:

A year after Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker’s DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama — and based on the work of the same author who helped make “Lincoln” possible.

The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius ofAbraham Lincoln,” which became the basis for Tony Kushner’s “Lincoln” script.

We’ve already had a couple of really good onscreen Teddy Roosevelts: Brian Keith in The Wind and the Lion and Tom Berenger in TNT’s Rough Riders. Interestingly, Keith was in Rough Riders, too; he played Roosevelt’s predecessor William McKinley. John Milius directed both films, so maybe it wasn’t a coincidence.

Not sure what they’re planning to do with Taft, but if Spielberg’s got some money to spare on visual effects, my people can sit down with his people and discuss an option on an old post of mine…

Be a shame to let this current superhero mania go to waste.

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Just like gravity

An old photograph of a lanky, bearded guy has turned up, so once again we’re afforded the opportunity to witness Lynch’s Inexorable Law of Amateur Photograph Collecting in action.  It operates with all the mechanical, pitiless necessity of the other principles which govern the observable universe.

The Abraham Lincoln Observer notes three discrepancies between this latest Pseudo-Lincoln and the generally accepted Lincoln of record: Pseudo-Lincoln is smoking a pipe, drinking, and has what appears to be a small mammal sticking out of his face.

BONUS POINTS: The photo in question comes from what the owner claims to be a trove of Roosevelt family photos. That’s supposedly Teddy Roosevelt’s dad sitting next to Abe.  It’s basically an inescapable conclusion.  See, Teddy was a mere lad during the Civil War, but this guy resembles Teddy, ergo it’s Teddy’s father.  Obvious, really.

I suppose it’s also possible that it’s Teddy himself, shortly after falling into a rift in the fabric of the space-time continuum during one of his hunting expeditions and landing on the White House lawn, just as Lincoln was celebrating a personal record for longest interval between beard trimmings by smoking his first pipe and indulging in a stiff drink.  But we don’t want to jump to any hasty conclusions here, do we?

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