A nicely observed, soothingly written piece by L.A. Times writer Rachel Abramowitz about the frail Peter O’Toole and his Oscar-touted performance as Maurice in Roger Michell‘s Venus . It hits just the right tone, a slight underlayer of sadness suffused with the usual O’Toole-isms — wit, pluck, offhanded charm.

Is O’Toole’s Best Actor Oscar campaign, such as it is, going to be conducted from London? A few days ago I noted certain indications of concern. I tried to get a reading of the situation from Miramax publicity before writing anything, but they didn’t want to discuss it. And now David Poland has written that Abramowitz’s sit-down happened “before nterviews started being cancelled even for those willing to cross the ocean to talk to the ailing Oscar candidate.”