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Essayist Clarence Page Reflects on Journalists in Movies

Essayist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune discusses the images of journalists as presented in Hollywood films.

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  • CLARENCE PAGE, Chicago Tribune:

    If the poet Robert Burns were a film critic, he might well say, "Oh, what a gift the movies give us journalists to see ourselves as others see us." Take, for example, Woody Allen's movie, "Scoop." Please.

    HUGH JACKMAN, Actor, "Scoop": You're very different from the women I usually meet.

    SCARLETT JOHANSSON, Actress, "Scoop": Hmm, I hope that's a good thing?

  • HUGH JACKMAN:

    Well, I just can't seem to get the vision of you in your swimsuit out of my mind.

  • SCARLETT JOHANSSON:

    Oh, I'm glad you liked it. It was marked down.

  • CLARENCE PAGE:

    Scarlett Johansson plays an earnest young reporter who promptly sleeps with her source to get a big story.

    AARON ECKHART, Actor, "Thank You for Smoking": This experience has taught me an important lesson: Having sexual affairs with members of the press is just unfair.

  • CLARENCE PAGE:

    So does Katie Holmes as another earnest young journalist in "Thank You for Smoking." The message is clear…

  • AARON ECKHART:

    A meaningless affair with a seductress in the form of a young, brunette Washington reporter named…

  • CLARENCE PAGE:

    Journalism goes with prostitution like popcorn with movies.

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