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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2012 at 3:27PM

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's Mike Fleming did fall for a report that James Cameron wants to direct a "Prometheus" sequel.
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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.

LCD Soundsystem

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: MyFoxLA.com

This article is related to: Media, Oscilloscope Pictures, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Oscilloscope, James Cameron, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Ridley Scott


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.