Why Screen Rant Doesn’t Jump On Every Story

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:42 pm,

logo2 sm Why Screen Rant  Doesnt Jump On Every StoryRumors about upcoming movies are usually lots of fun to talk about – people enjoy speculating about what may or may not happen in, or who may be cast in, the next superhero/sci-fi/action/etc. movie.

The problem is that sometimes rumors come out pretty fast and loose… and in the battle for scoops among movie news sites stuff sometimes gets posted without any fact-checking.


Yes, of course I realize that’s part of the nature of rumors, but sometimes these things surface and the content of the rumor contains info that enrages the fans of the movie (or of the source material) in question. Often these rumors are so outrageous that it seems like they surface as a joke and/or experiment to see how much traction they get on movie news sites.

There has been “news” that’s come out that has seemed so whacked that I haven’t bothered writing about it, and invariably within about 24 hours an update comes out completely refuting said rumor as total B.S.

Now of course you’ll see movie rumor stuff posted here, but I try to limit it to stuff that seems to either:

1. Have some sort of corroboration from either multiple sources or a very trusted source.

2. If not item #1, then at least it seems to make sense given other news surrounding the film.

3. It’s so ridiculous that it crosses the line into “funny” and is worth sharing just for a laugh.

Lately the rumor mill has been going whole hog over the Justice League movie, with the latest hard to believe items including reports that they want the Wonder Twins to appear in the movie or that Mel Gibson and Leo DiCaprio might be in the movie. The former sounds too stupid even for Hollywood execs to be contemplating (of course, never underestimate that factor) and the latter was debunked by the guy who made it up.

Prior to all the JLA speculation it was Cloverfield/1-18-08 with Ethan Haas speculation, fan-made websites that people thought were from the studio and a lot of other nonsense.

So now you know why Screen Rant doesn’t cover every whiff of news out there. icon smile Why Screen Rant  Doesnt Jump On Every Story

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  1. Similar people tend to post faux news stories, usually politically motivated. It’s all the same, really. I clicked on the link about the guy who admitted he was b.s.ing about the JLA “scoop.” Sigh…If you’re bored, why not go outside?!

    heath

  2. Yeah, in the discussion thread in which he claims he’s the source he tries to justify himself and I think it’s pretty ridiculous. Kind of trying to take the high ground after pulling an April Fool’s prank.

    Vic

  3. Doh! I’ll correct that!

    Thanks,

    Vic

  4. Ethan Hawke? The site was Ethan Haas. Ethan Hawke is an actor.

  5. this is why i love this site
    i can think of a sinngle instance wqhere i ever felt you were jumping on a rumor to follow the pack as for the guy that made that rumor up its nothing to feel proud about
    again something i never have to worry about here

  6. I usually come here because only the biggest and most reliable stories seem to be posted. Occasionally there are stories I’m not interested in, but for the most part this site does a great job condensing all the geeky news I could gather from other sites.

  7. Hey guys, thanks for the kind words. I try to make the site worth visiting.

    Please don’t be shy about spreading the word about Screen Rant!! :-)

    Vic

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