from the mashup! dept
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but we keep hearing how it’s the professional press that actually checks fact, and it’s the blogs that rush out stories that are factually weak. And yet… there seem to be plenty of examples of the “professionals” going to press with stories that clearly weren’t fact checked or researched. Robert Ring points us to an article in the CBC supposedly about a new film coming from George Lucas. The only problem is that it seems to take two totally separate George Lucas films, and thinks they’re the same exact film, making for quite the odd story. You see, Lucas has been working for quite some time on a film called Red Tails, all about the Tuskegee Airmen, which he wrote and executive produced (but didn’t direct). That film is in post-production and should be out in the nearish future. Just recently, stories came out about a totally unrelated, and totally different project that Lucas was involved in — a computer animated musical about fairies. Yeah, don’t ask.
These are clearly two separate films… unless you’re a reporter for the CBC apparently:
George Lucas is tackling his first musical, a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American pilots.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas is working on the movie Red Tails at his Skywalker Ranch in California.
Plot details for the computer-animated film are not being released, but it is known that fairies play a role.
While we’re big supporters of mashups and remix culture, this isn’t exactly what we meant…
The article continues to bounce back and forth over the details of the two movies, as if they were the same thing. Perhaps this is why the CBC put in place a terms of service that required sites to get permission before quoting any CBC articles…
Update: Despite the article being up for over a week without a correction, within hours of this post, they changed the article around. Luckily… we’ve got screenshot: