Three Brokeback Mountain items: (a) despite George Bush‘s recent assertion that he hasn’t seen Ang Lee’s film, producer James Schamus said recently that the White House has requested a print and that one was sent over; (b) a guy named Pepe Ruiloba has written and told me after seeing Brokeback Mountain [he] was surprised to discover that the male prostitute that Jack Twist picks up across the boarder is none other than the film’s Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, and yet the IMDB doesn’t list Prieto…who knows the truth of this?, and (c) a recent new story said that Brokeback Mountain will be banned from theatres in China in Mongolia.