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Media Watch: No Cameron ‘Prometheus’ In Sight; Deadline Falls for April Fool’s Prank

Media Watch: No Cameron 'Prometheus' In Sight; Deadline Falls for April Fool's Prank

Beware of April Fool’s announcements. (I loved FoxLA’s story about drought-ridden California farmers planting marshmallow trees, below.)

While plans to make an Ashton Kutcher/Steve Jobs project appear to be in earnest, Deadline newshound Mike Fleming did fall for a report that James Cameron wants to return for a “Prometheus” sequel.  Fleming should know better than to think that National Geographic Explorer and alpha male Cameron would follow rival A-list filmmaker Ridley Scott on a sequel to a movie that hasn’t yet opened, even if it’s for Fox. Now Fleming’s trying to play it off that “insiders” are telling him the story was humorous joshing on Cameron’s part.

As long as we’re talking Deadline: while we pay due respect to their countless scoops, not all their “exclusive” claims are legitimate. The screen snap (above) posted by The Playlist–who obsessively track this stuff–shows that Oscilloscope Labs tweeted their own LCD Soundsystem music doc exclusive (and then emailed a link to the media), well ahead of Deadline’s traffic-grabbing claim.

April Fools Day Fun On Studio 11 LA:

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Also, don't forget that all of this was started by The Guardian, who lifted the story, gave no mention in story of Worst Preview, and then gave only the smallest of links to the original story (and it was probably lost to most because of the random hyperlinks elsewhere in the story.)
This is a good example of how a prank has exposed some suspect journalistic practices.

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