According to designer Eric Stillman, Broadcast News director-writer James L. Brooks didn’t like this suggested cover idea [below] for Criterion’s BN Bluray. And yet it’s quite obviously the best of all the options. “I like it because you can read it as an indictment of William Hurt,” Stillman writes, “or you can read it as Albert Brooks‘ character off to the side, childishly scribbling over his rival’s head.”

Due respect, but Brooks having turned this one down tells you something about how sharp his instincts are these days. Here, by the way, is the second-best option, which Brooks also blew off.