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Posts Tagged ‘Justin Kroll’

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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