Buzzkill: About Debunking Rumors
You know the system's gone haywire when Entertainment Weakly is making fun of someone else's ability to break a rumor.
There's a brief piece over at EW.com today at their Popwatch Blog about casting rumors that pretty much dismisses all of them as crazy talk from bored fanboys.
Thing is, I've written that piece already, and I used the "Batman 3" rumors as an example of how simple logic and understanding the way internal development works at a studio can help cut through some of that. He tries to use the development of "Iron Man 2" to do the same thing.
But that only points out just how disconnected from the process of actually breaking any scoops Marc Bernadin really is, because he makes himself sound like a horse's ass in the process. It would be funny, except it's so incredibly disrespectful to the people who actually do know what they're doing, and it makes me really dislike this guy.
As I've said repeatedly while writing my BUZZKILL column at AICN, and over the last 12 years of playing this rumor game, it's very easy to get taken when someone really does their homework and lays out a convincing hoax, and it's happened to the best of us, from Michael Fleming at the trades to the greenest first year webmaster. But you have to get good at sifting through things if you're going to comment on this stuff, and Bernadin is obviously not good at it. At all.
The reason you know that any and all "Batman 3" casting rumors are garbage right now is because Christopher Nolan doesn't even have an outline for a third film. He has no story, no characters yet, and he hasn't chosen which villains will appear in the film. So why in the world would anyone be hiring Eddie Murphy or Johnny Depp or Rachel Weisz? That's just logic. Once Nolan's made his deal and he's onboard, then that process will begin, but it's still months and months from now before we hear anything, and that's assuming he doesn't do another film before he gets back into all things Batman.
With "Iron Man 2," though, it's the opposite. There's a script already, and they're deep into development on it. When I was just in London to visit Robert Downey Jr. on the set of "Sherlock Holmes," I heard several mentions of Justin Theroux having been onset just before me. He was there to show Robert all the work that's been done on the script, and to get his input. And because they're gearing up to shoot soon, there absolutely are major casting choices being made.
Which brings us to the biggest douche-moment in Bernadin's piece. He slams the recent news that Tim Robbins will be appearing in "Iron Man 2" as Tony Stark's father, setting up a major piece of the Marvel Universe for films like "Captain America" and "The Avengers." He dismisses it in the same way he dismisses "Batman 3" rumors.
But he's wrong. Tim Robbins IS going to be playing Stark's father in flashbacks.
So next time you're going to slam the reporting of an outlet like Latino Review, who broke that story, maybe you should make sure you actually know what you're talking about, Marc Bernadin, so you don't make EW.com look even more clueless and out of touch. I know... you're "traditional media," but it's moments like this that really underline why the Internet's been kicking your ass for several years now, and why that's going to continue to be the case until you learn to really play the game right.
News From Our Partners
- Beyonce Pregnant Again? Sources Confirm 'Epic' Star Is Carrying Baby No. 2 'Hangover 3' Red Band Trailer: Take a Walk Down a NSFW Memory Lane (VIDEO) Why 'Man of Steel' Didn't Use 'Superman' in the Title
- Kelly Rowland Close to Signing 'X Factor' Deal Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush Loses $7,000 Worth of Gifts for Fans [Video] Kanye West to Drop New Album 'Yeezus' on June 18
- The 'Doctors' Unite 'We Are Men' In 4 Words MTV Legend Recalls Heavy Metal Frontman's Anti-Gay T-Shirt Controversy
- Weekly Ketchup: Will Smith to Star in Wild Bunch Remake? Critics Consensus: Star Trek Into Darkness is Certified Fresh Red Carpet Roundup: Star Trek Into Darkness Edition
- Cannes Film Festival: Cannes 2013, Day Three: Cheers for the young stars of The Selfish Giant, jeers for the new films by Hirokazu Kore-eda and Arnaud Desplechin Hear This: Destroy This Place shows how press releases can get it right Watch This: With Beavis And Butt-head Do America, Mike Judge skewered the idiocy of cinematic adventures
- 'Anchorman 2' Trailer Had Us At 'Hello': Watch Now! Fiery 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Scene Hurt The Most: Ouch! How Far Will 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Boldly Go At Box Office?
- The Telefile - The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week The Telefile - Modern Family: The Best Lines of the Night The Telefile - Fall TV 2013: What's On When
- Doctor Who "The Name of the Doctor" Review: The Impossible Girl Made Possible What to Watch This Weekend: The Season Finales of Nikita, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, and Family Guy The Office Series Finale Review: That'll Do, Show. That'll Do.
The director's next film promises to be packed with talentSunday, May 19, 2013
This is one you'll want to watch as soon as you've seen the movieFriday, May 17, 2013
Plus we look back at a more spirited encounter with the comic actorThursday, May 16, 2013
The Channing Tatum/Mila Kunis science-fiction action movie is shooting nowThursday, May 16, 2013