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Posts Tagged ‘Justin Kroll’

El Mayimbe Guests on Meet the Movie Press

For the past few months, Schmoesknow.com EIC Mark Reilly and TheWrap film reporter Jeff Sneider have been getting together each Friday to Meet the Movie Press. The one-hour podcast, which highlights the business of breaking Hollywood scoops, is anchored around weekly conversations with fellow entertainment journalists like Justin Kroll (Variety), Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Alex Billington (First Showing).

This week’s MTMP guest is Umberto Gonzalez, a.k.a. El Mayimbe, from the website Latino Review. Gonzalez, who recently staked a new claim on the other side of the film-reporting fence, began the conversation by talking about his recent Matt Damon/Jason Bourne scoop and his background in New York independent film production.

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Deadline EIC Responds to a Rival’s Accusations

On Twitter yesterday and today, TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider questioned the integrity of an item posted by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr.

Initially, he mocked Fleming for labeling as exclusive some project news involving Michael Eisner‘s Tornante Company . Then, less forcefully, Sneider noted and wondered about the deletion of the Deadline item in question.

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Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?

ShutterstockEdNortonOliver Stone calls the narrative at the center of Guardian journalist Luke Harding‘s tome The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man “one of the greatest stories of our time.” With the announcement that Stone will work closely with the British newspaper to adapt the book into a big-budget Hollywood movie, the next question becomes our headline.

The first name that popped to mind for FishbowlNY is Edward Norton, and not just because he shares the same first name. Yes, Norton is considerably older than the 30-year-old Snowden, but this terrific, fiercely intellectual actor could easily handle that challenge and certainly wouldn’t be the first thespian to portray someone younger on screen. Norton previously starred in Stone’s 1996 drama The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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Bryan Singer Abuses His Twitter Privileges

So what happens the next time director Bryan Singer tweets out some major casting news, as he has been known to do every once in a while. Will the media ignore the “scoop”?

Entertainment reporters around town are generally being sympathetic to Variety film writer Justin Kroll for rushing first to what turned out to be an erroneous quick-post about Lady Gaga joining the cast of the next X-Men film. That’s because they know it could just as easily have been one of them.

The Singer-Gaga April Fool’s tweet, as you can see, had no clue to help unravel the joke. There was also no quick follow-up “gotcha!” tweet from the filmmaker’s end, which would have still allowed him to have his fun while sparing the likes of Kroll.

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Mike Fleming Curses Out Variety Ben Affleck Item

The highly competitive rivalry between Deadline’s Mike Fleming and the film reporting crew at Variety has taken a contentious new turn. Reacting on Wednesday to a variety.com item by Jeff Sneider and Justin Kroll (with help from Marc Graser) about Warner Bros.’ pursuit of Ben Affleck as a possible director for a Justice League movie, Fleming lost it:

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff lately that has been of questionable substance, and I’m calling bullshit on this big Variety scoop today that implies Warner Bros. will get Ben Affleck as director of its Justice League film. This is a story I checked out days ago, and didn’t run when Affleck’s reps stated that it was not going to happen with him…

Just because the studio wants Affleck doesn’t mean he will do the movie, and several sources tell me he might take a meeting, but that’s it.

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Variety’s Boffo Internship Program Mints Another Full-Timer

Today is the first day on the TV beat job at Variety for AJ Marechal (pictured). She was an intern last year with the Hollywood trade from March through November.

Marechal’s salaried return continues a rather remarkable string of success for the program instituted in 1995 by current managing editor Kirstin Wilder. “During my college days, I interned at the St. Petersburg Times in South Florida and the News & Observer in Raleigh,” Wilder tells FishbowlLA. “I learned first-hand how important these opportunities can be and was determined when I came to Variety to put an internship program in place.”

From the get-go, Wilder insisted that the trade’s internship program be a paid one. The list of people who’ve jumped from intern to staffer at Variety over the years is long and impressive. Marechal joins a current group of internship-program grads that consists of chief film critic Justin Chang, music editor Andrew Barker, senior writer Marc Graser, graphic designer Dan Doperalski and film reporters Andrew Stewart, Jeff Sneider, Justin Kroll and Rachel Abrams.

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