Thompson on Hollywood

On the plane to Salt Lake City, I was listed A 01 on Southwest for the first time, like first class, and got out before they shut down some southern California flights due to high winds.

I laughed out loud reading John Horn's five-director confab in the LAT--Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron and Lee Daniels. These are the DGA nominees and likely Oscar nominees on Feb. 2.

The Q & A reveals what can happen when you put competitive alpha males in a cage--and that includes Bigelow. They were all topping each other with tales of bravado, and Cameron won the day. (I'd bet on him in a game of Survivor.) Who can top pulling out an unloaded gun with the producer who wants to go over some script notes?

It's a wonder Horn got out alive.

[Photo courtesy LATimes]