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Posted at 10:20 AM on September 15, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Picking up bits and pieces along the way:

The BBC news reported the other night there's growing concern among school authorities about a new YouTube phenomenon. Apparently British school students are using the video cameras in their cellphones to shoot playground punch-ups and then posting them on the web. Being smart and websavvy they file them under the heading "School fights." The school people say YouTube is in effect encouraging playground violence. However the police have been able to make a couple of arrests as a result of videos posted on the site.

The Beeb said the girls involved in the punch-up in question didn't know who posted the material. So what was the motive of the anonymous poster? Love? Hate? Revenge? Surely there's a film in that somewhere....

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Having had a hell of a time spelling "Quinceanera" when I did a feature on the Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer film a few weeks back, I was amused to see the film is being called "Echo Park, L.A." for its release here.

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There's a fair bit of interest in the release of the new Helen Mirren film "The Queen" in Britain. Directed by enfante terrible Stephen Frears, it tells the story of the crisis caused by Princess Diana's death. What is causing ripples here is this is the first time there has been a straight portrayal of a living monarch in a drama. For all the raunchiness of British film, this is truely one of the last taboos being broken.


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