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To air is human?


Polanski, Madonna films to air at Venice festival ROME (Reuters) – Madonna’s film about King Edward VIII’s relationship with an American divorcee and Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” are set to be among highlights at the 2011 Venice film festival.

“To air” means to be broadcast over the airwaves, on television or radio.

These films will screen, play, premiere, and/or be shown at the festival. It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know the euphemism, but I wouldn’t want it to catch on.


In this day of multiple delivery technologies it may be a bit late to restrict the word only to television airwaves. does offer the definition “to be broadcast or televised.”

Having said that, it is probably a bit of a stretch to use it in connection with movies being shown: GBU Editor

He didn’t win…


Michelle Williams still asks why Heath Ledger died

LEISURE CANDY PREMIEREThe 30 year-old actress, whose romance with Ledger blossomed on the set of “Brokeback Mountain” in roles for which they both received Oscar nominations (he won supporting actor), said she had found “meaning in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened.

You should correct the misstatement of facts in this article.

Heath Ledger did NOT win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain, he didn’t win anything at all, though many of us believe he should have. He was nominated in the Best Actor category but did not win.

Pee-wee’s roles…

Pee-wee Herman returns to the spotlight in a new show  

gbu pee-wee crop 220After Pee-wee Herman disappeared in 1991, Reubens remained in Hollywood and has appeared in various TV shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “30 Rock” but his alter-ego remained out of sight, bar one or two appearances.

Correction: Though actor Paul Reubens did play minor roles in many television series, he did NOT play any role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the t.v. show. He did play a role in the 1992 movie, however.

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.

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.

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.