August 2, 2014 9:11 am -

The odd thing was, it wasn’t an angry director, producer or actor.

Stephen Whitty, film critic for the Newark-based Star-Ledger, was watching “Are You Here,” a new film by “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, when “this complete stranger — someone’s guest — sat down next to me,” he said. “Ten or 15 minutes after the movie started, she turned her head and started staring at me. I glanced over — she kept staring.”

The scene, like something from a psychological thriller, continued when “a few minutes later, I realized she was still staring at me,” Whitty added. “She said, a little angrily, something like, ‘What are you even doing here, anyway?’ and punched me in the face.”…

After getting cold-cocked, a stunned Whitty exclaimed, “What the…” But the man with the alleged attacker, “said by way of explanation, “She just woke up.’ ”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to Film Critic Slugged At Press Screening

  1. Carla Akins August 2nd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hahaha. I wonder if I could use that excuse.

  2. mea_mark August 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I wonder if Alan is trying to say something about one of our new mods (RJ).

  3. Budda August 2nd, 2014 at 10:56 am

    “She just woke up??” How about she just got released from the nut house.

  4. Robert Keith Johnston August 6th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    “Critics are who they are for one reason– they like to eat. Most of what they eat is brown-and-lumpy, but…”
    –From The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa with Peter Oligorchchio.
    Published in 1993.
    (Anybody who wants to earn about FZ–in his own words–should give it a look-see. Just got my replacement copy from Amazon, btw)