Casting aspersions?

September 22, 2009

Few deals, some Oscar bets at Toronto film festival

He pointed to Rodrigo Garcia’s relatively low-cost “Mother and Child,” which stars Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson

Corrections are required. This is not the first time that you, Reuters, have misinformed other media especially those at the Toronto Film Festival that this film stars Annette Bening, Naomi Watts…..etc. and they’re all quoting you.

As per the official cast listing that has been publicly announced, this film stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening…. You people have once again slighted Ms. Watts and deprived her of what she deserves just because you think Ms. Bening is a bigger name.


I don’t agree with your assessment that deviating from the order in some official cast listing means our story “misinformed” anybody, much less that it needs correcting. Both actresses are in the movie, right?

This story was from the Toronto International Film Festival, whose synopsis listed Bening first.

But look, just for you, here’s a picture of Watts and not one of Bening

Cast member Naomi Watts attends the gala screening of “Mother and Child” at Roy Thomson Hall during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2009. The festival runs from September 10-19. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Attention: Robert BaslerSorry, the TIFF’s synopsis listed a no-name 14-year old teenager first.Thanks so much for picking just for me one of the most honest pictures of Watts from amongst hundreds of others taken and published on the internet. I was there and had taken my own collection of photos and videos.As renowned a media as Reuters, if this is your customer service and how you would respond to readers’ feedback, OMFG! It’s a shame. m/in/pelicula.php?ano=2009&codigo=570352

Posted by steandric | Report as abusive

How can a synopsis mentioning be taken as a cast billing order? I don’t understand. From what I see so far, the official cast of this film is indeed Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington, in this order. Regards.

Posted by chumsley | Report as abusive

This whole argument is odd. I don’t understand the initial grievance. I’m not in cinema or journalism, so I don’t know if there’s a certain protocol or expectation in entertainment journalism that the actors be listed in the order they are billed in the film. From a layman’s perspective, I really don’t care about the order of names when I read a review or synopsis.

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