Ad rises above tower of ‘Babel’

Pic producers take out ad to dispel rumors

Usually, vanity ads are all about heaping praise.

But last week, a pair of print ads aimed to resolve creative differences and their fallout.

“Babel” producers Jon Kilik and Steve Golin took an ad in the New York Times to denounce published reports that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and scribe Guillermo Arriaga were at war over who was the true creative mastermind of the duo.

The ad said it was a shame that the 10-year relationship between Inarritu and Arriaga — which resulted in three acclaimed films, “Babel” being the third — was being reduced by both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to “salacious gossip.”

It included a letter Arriaga and Inarritu wrote to the L.A. Times in early October, but which was never printed. They said it was true enough that their professional relationship had run its course, but why just focus on the unwinding?

There were rumors that Inarritu banned Arriaga from going to Cannes this year for the preem of “Babel,” but those close to the pic say that wasn’t the case.

“At that point, it was not the time and place for them to be together. But it wasn’t like it was World War III,” one insider says.

Arriaga wasn’t at the Gotham premiere of “Babel” last week — he was just returning from a European book tour –but he will be on hand for the Mexico and L.A. preems, according to Paramount Vantage, which is releasing the pic.

Meanwhile, Granada Films apparently had a different goal with its ad last week in the Hollywood Reporter: making nice with Tracey Ullman.

Ad said Ullman had kindly agreed to let Granada use clips of an old CNN interview in “The Queen.” In recognition of her generosity, the ad noted, Granada was making a donation in Ullman’s name to the Great Ormond St. Hospital for Children.

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