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France makes Eastwood’s day, gives him top honor

He called Eastwood, whose line “Come on, make my day” from Dirty Harry became a global catchphrase, “a myth, a giant, an example of the admiration we have for American culture.” The Dirty Harry quote in the Clint Eastwood story reads “Come on, make my day,” but should read: “Go ahead, make my day.”

Jim S.

Several readers noticed that one. We corrected: GBU Editor

U.S. director and actor Clint Eastwood reacts after he was named as a Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris,  November 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

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Animated objection?


Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “D’oh!” doesn’t even start to cover it. Marge Simpson — the blue beehived matriarch of America’s most loved dysfunctional family – is Playboy magazine’s November cover, the magazine said on Friday.

Simpson, tastefully concealing her assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.

Box office figures…


Zombieland” top destination at box office

Drew Barrymore’s directing debut, “Whip It,” and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” each reported about $4.9 million in ticket sales.”Capitalism” played in almost twice as many theaters as “Whip It,” which had been expected to open in the high-single-digit millions ahead of the Gervais comedy.The article claims the movie “Whip It” that tied for seventh place with “Capitalism..” played in half as many theaters as the Michael Moore pick though the opposite was true.My questions is if anyone is going to fixed this error and notify the outlets you sent the story to? why does it take so long to correct an obvious error such as this?SeanSeveral readers pointed this out. We corrected: GBU Editor Director of the movie and cast member Drew Barrymore poses at the premiere of “Whip It” in Hollywood, September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Casting aspersions?


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.

Repost the story?


Gelbart’s colleagues remember “master of masters”

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The classic series “M*A*S*H,” the hit movie comedy “Tootsie” and the Tony-winning play “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are part of the enduring legacy that writer Larry Gelbart left behind when he died September 11 at age 81.

“He was the single funniest human being I’ve ever known as far as being able to make a quip, a repost and make you laugh without using a straight line,” said Carl Reiner…

Basterdized spelling?


Tarantino’s “Basterds” leads world box office

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Director Quentin Tarantino scored the best opening of his colorful career with his World War Two thriller “Inglourious Basterds,” which topped the worldwide box office after selling $65.1 million worth of tickets, its distributors said on Sunday.

The last time I looked, it was spelled ‘Bastards’. It’s not a typo either. The journalist has spelled it incorrectly throughout the article.

Contending with the facts…


“On the Waterfront” screenwriter Schulberg dies, 95

His screenwriting included 1957′s “A Face in the Crowd,” but it was the classic “On the Waterfront” for which Schulberg will be best remembered.

The 1954 film, based on the award-winning Tennessee Williams play about corruption on the New Jersey waterfront, earned 12 Oscar nominations and won eight of Hollywood’s top honors including screenwriting for Schulberg.

The caste of characters?


Ridley Scott, DiCaprio travel to “Brave New World”

Characters who figure in are Bernard, a lower-caste member, and Lenina, the woman with whom he is infatuated. DiCaprio would likely play Bernard, who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.

Bernard is an Alpha-Plus, the highest cast in the book. Please revise.


In the book Brave New World, the character of Bernard is NOT a low-caste member. He’s an Alpha Plus, as any who’s actually read the book can tell you.

Alice in Blunderland


Tim Burton explores “Alice in Wonderland”

Q: What did you take from Lewis Carol’s source material?

A: It’s based on all of Lewis Carol’s material, including the “Jabberwocky Poem.” Past “Alice” films were always just a girl wandering around passively with a lot of weird characters. We tried to weave it into a story that has emotion to it and makes sense.

In case no one has brought it to your attention yet, the author of “Alice” is Lewis Carroll, not Carol.

Fire the editor?


Actress Mischa Barton on “psych hold” in L.A.

But her character was killed off at the end of the third season in 2006, and the show was canceled the following year. The actress has appeared in a strong of low-profile features since then.

String, not ”strong.” Tell your editor to be more observant. I expect this from bloggers but not Reuters.