Fenton Bailey writes:
Will The Da Vinci Code be the Jaws of our time? What does it mean that the movie that’s reportedly tracking better than any movie since tracking began hasn’t really been shown to anyone? (Official website)
Spotted director Ron Howard, sporting a beard, walking across the lobby of his office yesterday lunchtime. He looked calm and confident, with even a spring in his step. He had been to the kitchen to make himself a cup of tea. Only calm people drink tea. If you’re freaking out that your movie is going to be a bomb, you don’t fix yourself a nice cuppa.
Meanwhile, countdown is progressing for the departure of the TGV from London for Cannes. The train, rechristened The Da Vinci, has been decorated inside and out with cool Code decor. After a live satellite send off, 17 cameramen will record the doings of a cluster of stars and VIPs until they arrive in Cannes almost nine hours later with another live satellite broadcast. I don’t know how much of this everyone knows already, but over lunch the other day, Brian Grazer turned to me said, “How do you know all this?” – suggesting I knew things that ordinary men are not supposed to know.
As for the film, it really doesn’t matter if it’s the most exciting thing since sliced bread. Jaws certainly wasn’t, and crept along at a snail’s pace. But, like Jaws, the Da Vinci phenom has got the Zeitgeist by the balls. (Official Code website)
– Fenton Bailey
(Image: Da Vinci’s The Last Cuppa)