Although the Brad Pitt/Cate Blanchett feature Babel opened strong this weekend - taking in $366,000 on just seven screens - the more interesting drama may be unfolding off screen. The movie's producers, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, placed an ad in the New York Times to zing both that newspaper and the Los Angeles Times for reporting that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga were at odds over which of them was the real creative genius. It's "salacious gossip," the execs' ad copy reads. Just for the record, if anybody takes offense at anything I might happen to write while subbing for Matt Webb Mitovich, please, by all means, take me to task by buying ad space at TVGuide.com!
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