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You say Politico, I say Poly-tico…

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For folks who don’t know the difference between Beltway Politics and Inner/Outer Loops, it really is an easy mistake. Especially if you’re supposed to be covering entertainment news with a political tint for a major national magazine known for its political coverage.

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A Junket Question

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Media junkets aren’t anything groundbreaking or new. Most of the time, they involve a very long table in one of the conferene rooms at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles or Waldorf Astoria in New York; and if they ever happened in Washington, DC I’m sure someone would spring for the Americana Motel in Crystal City.

Junket Questions, though, are another beast entirely. These are the best that the brightest from People, Teen People, Seventeen, Tiger Beat, TV Guide, and other illustrious print/online sites that cover media purely for the SEO dollars. They ask the hard hitting questions for their allotted 45-minute press conference or 25-minute roundtable interview with five other people and the selected talent.

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November 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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Morning Glory

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Dir. Roger Michell
Theatrical

In the years to come, history will look back upon the world of news media with a simple debate: sugar vs. bran cereal. That’s the crux Morning Glory strives to an answer for, if you’re an over-analytical twit who can’t sit back and enjoy the light-hearted comedy that stars Rachel McAdams as the perpetually active executive producer of a morning news program so doomed it lives in the sub-basement of a media corporation.

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December 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

It Came From My Archives…Stupid Questions Asked By A Real Person: The Wolverine Edition

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. Again, I really hate stupid questions and junket fodder. From Current_Movies Blog.

Sometimes there are moments in the world that beg the question, “How could someone do that?”

These occur with frightening regularity in the world of film junkets and press days with directors, actors and other talent. These are routinely asked at press/online film junkets where talent is delivered into a room filled with all types of people, recorders at the ready, waiting to ask the most mundane, ass-kissing-ist questions known to man.

Unless you’re doing a one-on-one. Those tend to be fine.

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September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It Came From My Archives…How To Correspond With Robert Rodriguez’ Publicist

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I’m also a huge fan of attacking poorly designed interviews. From the Current_Movies Blog.

Hot on the word that Robert Rodriguez managed to turn an important press event into his important press event, the close-knit cats at Aint It Cool managed to get some neatly scripted PR responses from the Hard R director that funds his CGI-galas off goofy kids’ movies.

So let’s get into the tough questions! Maybe he’ll elaborate more on Rodgriguez’ next film, Nervewracker? Or maybe Rodriguez will explain why he’s doing The Jetsons? Or…

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September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

It Came From My Archives…Director That Made A Vampire Film Attached to Successful Vampire Franchise

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I still like this best for my “round-up.”  From the Current_Movies Blog.

You may have heard the news on Current.com/Movies, but a director has been attached to the third film in the Twilight franchise: David Slade. Best known for Hard Candy and adapting 30 Days of Night, Slade will tackle fangs once again with the third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

[Side Note: wtf is up with that title?]

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September 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

It Came From My Archives…Great Moments in How Online Media Works: The Heathers Edition

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I love media. From the Current_Movies Blog.

A sequel to Heathers, the 1988 Michael Lehmann/Dan Waters film about teenage angst, murder and explosions, is likely going to happen, or so says returning actress Winona Ryder. We’d verify it, but a quick search proves everyone is out-meta-reporting each other already.

Instead, we scoured through the material and found our single favorite bit of text that accurately describes how a majority of online sites–including us–function for material.

Dread Central? Play yourself off:

According to Us Magazine, in an interview that will be published in the July issue of Empire, Ryder had this to say about that:

So. What is wrong with this statement? Thematically, nothing at all. In fact, this is text book on how one acredits and gives props to other sites for their exclusive material and reporting. The thing that kills me is that Empire Online doesn’t have a teaser for this interview. Instead, it was leaked via their PR team in snippets to US Magazine as a means of generating hype to buy a print edition of the paper.

And it works.

Even PerezHilton came out with his claws ready. But the meat of the matter: there’s no interview. It’s speculation regurgitated about an interview nearly a month away that had only one cosmetic nut to pop: that Winona Ryder may or may not be working on an unconfirmed sequel to a film she made with the same writer (Dan Waters_ and director.  And it’s pretty apparent all three are desperate for the same remake after Sex and Death 101 and Flakes, which were pathetic attempts at retaining a culturally defining film with zero idea how.

Hell, Flakes even had Zooey Deschanel and was able to flop like Nemo on a hot plate. There’s no reason to make a sequel. There’s no reason not air the full interview at Empire. And this is how Online Media Works in an attempt to further “Print Media.”

See you tomorrow!

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September 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm