It’s very easy for bloggers working without a proofreader to occasionally blank on a person’s name and either misspell a first-last or fudge the info completely, failing to catch the mistake(s) until after the item has published. FishbowlLA can personally attest to this hazard of the trade.
In the case of Nikki Finke last night, perhaps she had Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter on the brain because it was announced earlier Monday that he will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame November 1. In any event, when it came time to report on President Obama’s Hancock Park neighborhood movements, she placed the POTUS at Lasseter’s imaginary place rather than that of Will Smith‘s production partner, James Lassiter:
Finke blamed it on being sick. Meanwhile, veteran Hollywood Reporter staffer Gregg Kilday, who was one of the first to tweet about the mistake, gets major points for the gentlemanly way in which he did so. Given the ongoing and sometimes litigious friction between her Deadline and his THR, he had every right to rub it in.